Remembering Tilikum: the public impact of documentary ‘Blackfish’

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About a week ago, in the early hours of Jan. 6, Tilikum — Seaworld’s best-known orca and the star of Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s 2013 documentary “Blackfish” — died at age 36. Captured wild in Icelandic waters, Tilikum was long known as the notorious perpetrator of three homicides over a period of
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Daily Californian Arts Awards: Film of 2016

T hrough the first two-thirds of 2016, the year’s landscape of film was looking absolutely horrendous. No one went out to see the brilliant independent films such as “The Lobster” and “Swiss Army Man,” and a majority of the major blockbusters, such as “Gods of Egypt” and “Independence Day: Resurgence,”
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Ava DuVernay reigns with fresh crown jewel ‘Queen Sugar’

Young Ms. DuVernay had a farm, Q-U-E-E-N! Critically acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay, known for cinematic hits as “Selma” and “13TH,” has claimed a new throne on the small screen with her powerful television drama “Queen Sugar.” Based on Natalie Baszile’s novel of the same name, “Queen Sugar” examines the lives
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Media chains POC artists to cultural narratives

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Spotting the few POC artists in the relatively homogenous pool of American media may be the easiest “Where’s Waldo?” yet. We tokenize them, celebrating their successes as if they singlehandedly solve the lack of diversity plaguing the entertainment industry. We force their cultural narratives upon them, demanding their roots to
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Daily Californian Arts Awards: Music of 2016

Music in 2016 was, in one word, overwhelming. It was tumultuous. Life collided with death, in more ways than one. Its forebears — David Bowie, Phife Dawg, Prince, Leonard Cohen and, most recently, George Michael — passed on to the next life. Some left behind swan songs, both posthumous and preceding
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