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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, Aisha Harris joins to discuss the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations. Are the changes that the academy plans to make substantive enough to make a difference? Next up, guest Willa Paskin says that America isn’t paying attention to The Daily Show’s host, Trevor Noah. Why hasn’t the new show taken off? Finally, the gabbers discuss Carol, a film adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s romance novel, The Price of Salt. Do the two leads have believable chemistry?
Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:
- Creed, Straight Outta Compton, and last year’s Selma
- A press release that describes some of the changes the academy will take to increase diversity
- “Charlotte Rampling Wonders if Black Actors ‘Deserve’ Oscar Noms, Doesn’t Understand How the Oscars Work” by Aisha Harris on Slate
- “Why Awards Like the Oscars Matter to Black Artists, Explained” by Damon Young on Very Smart Brothas
- The Hurt Locker by Kathryn Bigelow
- Charlotte Rampling’s comments in French
- A piece on Matt Damon’s comments about Hollywood’s diversity problem by Aisha Harris
- A member of the academy’s directors branch responds to the Oscars diversity controversy
- Aisha Harris’ Slate piece on Kickstart Diversity
- Slate’s coverage of this year’s Oscars
- “Why Are Americans Ignoring Trevor Noah?” by Willa Paskin on Slate
- Far From Heaven, which was also directed by Todd Haynes
- Patricia Highsmith’s book The Price of Salt
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which starred Rooney Mara
- Slate Academy’s A Year of Great Books hosted by Laura Miller
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Laura: The Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century by John Brewer
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