Jamila R. O'Hara
The visuals undoubtedly add aesthetic interest to the show, but are they enough to justify what’s essentially a fiction podcast residing on a television streaming app?
Perhaps the most important truth that the CCAs nominees and winners reveal is that representation in thoughtful storytelling matters and deserves to be recognized during awards season.
“Black-out” brings the Johnsons into a new year, but it’s clear that the chaos and trauma that defined 2020 is still very much in their world.
Ultimately, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”’s captivating visuals, radiant performances, and celebration of the Blues in its music and sound design make for an affecting meditation on Black art and racism in the entertainment industry that unfortunately feels as timely as ever.
Both visually and narratively compelling, “His House” is an affecting portrait of trauma, guilt, and the refugee experience.
Like with most industries, the pandemic has presented Hollywood with an unprecedented set of challenges, posing a myriad of questions that producers, directors, and actors have never before had to consider. And producers’ approaches to the pandemic are about as varied as television programming itself.