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  •  I stopped watching televison for many years (3+ / 0-)
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    Vita Brevis, poco, tytalus

    until I encountered The Wire.

    Like you I enjoyed NYPD Blue - or any of the few shows that actually had a few normal people of color in them.

    Growing up - black people on TV if they were there at all were maids and cooks.  I'm not from the Cosby generation.

    "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Wed Sep 28, 2011 at 05:41:59 AM PDT

    •  NYPD Blue was pretty (2+ / 0-)
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      poco, Denise Oliver Velez

      honest in its portrayal of not only people of color but everyone, warts and all. To lay bare a character like Andy Sipowicz with all of his bigotries, and the tension between him and Lieutenant Fancy and other characters of color ( gender, sexual orientation ) was very real. Bochco did this as well with Hill Street Blues, and LA Law.

      Other shows like St. Elsewhere showed black and female characters in traditionally white male roles. Not to mention giving us a certain actor named Denzel Washington :)

      We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

      by Vita Brevis on Wed Sep 28, 2011 at 06:01:54 AM PDT

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