Longtime editor starts storytelling project on Ferguson before and after protests

I am rolling out a project named BeforeFergusonBeyondFerguson that highlights the challenges St. Louis families have faced over many generations in getting a quality education and securing their purchase on the American Dream. It grew from my work with Forward Through Ferguson, an organization formed in the wake of social unrest and with the goal of …

Not your typical journalist’s memoir

Lucky Severson, Lucky From Virgin: An Unlikely Story, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018 (Available only on Amazon on Kindle edition, $7.09, 390 pages.) Lucky Severson’s new book Lucky From Virgin is a memoir of sorts, but not in the typical fashion. There is no overarching storyline detailing his life. It seems to be broken up …

YouTube and You

Paul Colligan, YouTube Strategies 2016, Colligan.com, Inc., 2016, $14.95, 182 pages. Author Paul Colligan considers himself a “new media master” and YouTube “expert.” In this book, he deals well with multi-media strategies, especially for YouTube and podcasts. He has published 14 books, all of which can be seen as guidance for newcomers in the field …

Ethics of 13 Reasons Why

Season One of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why was controversial. The series is about a teenage girl, Hannah, who commits suicide in the series’ finale. Before doing so, she records 13 reasons why she did it and includes a list of rules to accompany the tapes Friend and fellow high-school classmate, Clay, receives a …

Understanding the Trump-era via contemporary horror cinema

Siegfried Kracauer wrote his astute book of film criticism, From Caligari to Hitler, in 1947. In it he explores the connection between the German Expressionist films of Weimar Cinema and the rise of Adolf Hitler. The relationship between Weimar Cinema and the sociological and psychological state of Germany in the wake of defeat after World …

An African love affair

Jeffrey Gettleman, Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War and Survival “Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War and Survival” by Jeffrey Gettleman, a reporter for the New York Times who spent 17 years as the East-Africa bureau chief for the media outlet, is the author’s autobiography chronicling his life as a war correspondent in …