15 of the Best and Worst Pop Culture Teachers Are Put to the Test

The end of the school year inevitably brings heated debate among parents and politicians about the value of tests  – for both students and teachers. Families insist that their children can’t be quantified by a single number, while educators reject being graded themselves or having their salaries tied to classroom performance. ...more
This was a clever idea, but reading it just made me sad because all of our decent pop culture ... more

Dealing with the WTF of 'Grey's Anatomy' Grief

The problem with recovering from the grief of a death of a major character in a Shondaland show is that you have many, many emotions to calm. Sadness and the pain of loss, of course.  The ache of nostalgia overtakes you in the inevitable cascade of flashback scenes. You've known this character for years! ...more
This has been so obvious since the beginning of the. Season, with Patrick Dempsey gone for so ... more

Gale Anne Hurd Invites Community Support to Create New Documentary Celebrating Wilma Mankiller

Gale Anne Hurd is making a movie about Wilma Mankiller, and she's inviting contributors to join the supportive community required to launch it. The Hollywood industry leader and executive producer of The Walking Dead, who spoke at BlogHer '13, is working with director and producer Valerie Red-Horse to produce MANKILLER. This important documentary will celebrate an important figure who, despite earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is relatively unknown. ...more
Great project. Great post.  I've been aware of Wilma Mankiller for as long as I can remember, ... more

Blogging for Beginners: How to Choose and Get a Domain Name

Thinking of starting a new website? You'll need to choose a domain name for your new site, then buy that domain name. Let's take a look at some of the basics you'll need to get a domain name you love. ...more
pinesandpalmettos Excellent tips. Thanks! more

Another Dead Lesbian TV Character and the Question of Representation

Warning: Last Tango in Halifax spoilers. I write about pop culture on my blog at Old Aint Dead. One of the TV shows I love and spend time recapping is Last Tango in Halifax. I normally love everything about this BBC series. I love the old people having a romance, I love the lesbian couple having a romance, I love the mixed-up straight woman trying to figure out how to have a suitable romance. ...more
Rubyfruit38 That's the thing, isn't it? We live and learn by telling stories. They mean the ... more

Another Dead Lesbian TV Character and the Question of Representation

Warning: Last Tango in Halifax spoilers. I write about pop culture on my blog at Old Aint Dead. One of the TV shows I love and spend time recapping is Last Tango in Halifax. I normally love everything about this BBC series. I love the old people having a romance, I love the lesbian couple having a romance, I love the mixed-up straight woman trying to figure out how to have a suitable romance. ...more
lunkhead Every time the kill-the-lesbian trope pops up, the lesbian community is incensed, but ... more

Flashy New Hip Hop Drama 'Empire' Started as a Hot Mess, But It's Getting Better Already

I was excited just like anyone else when FOX decided to launch a new show with a diverse cast. Set in the worlds of hip hop, drugs, and centered on the African American community, Empire premiered with amazing ratings.   But after viewing the first episode I was for, lack of a better word, a bit underwhelmed.  With a cast like Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, and Gabourey Sidibe I was expecting…well I don’t know what I was expecting, but it definitely wasn’t the stereotypical hot mess I came across. ...more
I've been watching and enjoying Empire. My only complaint was this week when Gladys Knight was ... more

Another Dead Lesbian TV Character and the Question of Representation

Warning: Last Tango in Halifax spoilers. I write about pop culture on my blog at Old Aint Dead. One of the TV shows I love and spend time recapping is Last Tango in Halifax. I normally love everything about this BBC series. I love the old people having a romance, I love the lesbian couple having a romance, I love the mixed-up straight woman trying to figure out how to have a suitable romance. ...more
lakesidesinger So right. Maybe the point didn't come across in the post, but there are so many ... more

Another Dead Lesbian TV Character and the Question of Representation

Warning: Last Tango in Halifax spoilers. I write about pop culture on my blog at Old Aint Dead. One of the TV shows I love and spend time recapping is Last Tango in Halifax. I normally love everything about this BBC series. I love the old people having a romance, I love the lesbian couple having a romance, I love the mixed-up straight woman trying to figure out how to have a suitable romance. ...more
ljrichs Certainly one way to creating that "teaching moment" for shows who disappoint the ... more

What's Your 'Orange Is the New Black' Bingewatch Plan?

It's breaking my heart, but I haven't yet watched the second season of Orange Is the New Black which dropped at this morning. All 13 new episodes are out there taunting me from the Netflix server. Friends who assumed I would have started already have been blowing up my phone asking something about Lindsay Lohan or warning me not to spoil it for them. I can hear Regina Spektor singing the theme song in a brain loop like a siren song, luring me to log in and press "play." I've got Orange Fever, and I've got it bad.  ...more
My plan is to watch whenever I can grab an hour away from the rest of life. I'm maybe half way ... more