Frangela on the Oscars The big winners at the Oscars last night were, unsurprisingly, white. But how about a new hashtag today, perhaps #OscarsSoIrrelevant? One of the highlights of last night's telecast was host Chris Rock interviewing movie-goers on the street in Compton, none of whom had heard of several Best Picture nominees. Plus, the Oscar ratings were the lowest in eight years. Madeleine dissects the show with the comedy duo known as Frangela.
Oscars So White Earlier this week, Jada Pinkett Smith put out a video on YouTube calling for a boycott of the Oscars ceremony. That’s because #OscarsSoWhite has been a prevalent issue with the lack of minority nominees for the awards for many years in a row. In 2015 there was no dearth of movies with highly talented actors of color, including “Straight Outta Compton,” “Beasts of No Nation,” “Creed” and “Concussion.” None of these movies were nominated by the Academy, and that’s certainly led to a call for change, if not a boycott. Some people think the boycott idea is ridiculous because there are other, more important issues at hand involving people of color.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.