Keegan-Michael Key of the too-funny Key & Peele comedy show is not just wildly entertaining, but seriously important. Frequently adopting high-risk social topics into their skits such as slavery, police brutality, racial dynamics, and so much more, to make their audience laugh nervously and think a little.
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“The deepest part of a scene should be from a human place first so that anyone can identify with the character’s plight. I think it’s effective to make everyone go, Oh, I didn’t know black people could be like that! It sounds silly to say that, because you, in your mind, go, Some people don’t understand other people’s experience, so the experience is so alien to them that it’s almost not human. You can make the humanness of it a touchstone, and hopefully it appeals to all people and it opens up dialogue amongst all people.” - Key in Buzzfeed News
In Hamlet in Purgatory, renowned literary scholar Stephen Greenblatt delves into his longtime fascination with the ghost of Hamlet's father, and his daring and ultimately gratifying journey takes him through surprising intellectual territory. It yields an extraordinary account of the rise and fall of Purgatory as both a belief and a lucrative institution--
A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality―the black Chinese restaurant.
Growing up in Dublin, John Kavanagh was bullied. After suffering a bad beating when he intervened to help a woman being attacked, he decided to learn to defend himself. Before long, he was training fighters in a tiny shed, and promoting the earliest mixed-martial arts events in Ireland. And then, a cocky kid called Conor McGregor walked into his gym.
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