By Sam Staley | Thursday February 16, 2017 at 3:31 PM PDT | Comments Off on Review: Moonlight’s Focus on Drugs, Sexuality Make It a Film for Our Times
On the surface, Moonlight is a heart-wrenching film about a young African-American boy coming to terms with his sexuality while growing up in the impoverished public housing projects of Miami. But the Golden Globe winner (Best Motion Picture—Drama) is much more than a compelling, poignant, and uncompromisingly relevant movie; it’s a provocative portrayal of...
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Tags: Barry Jenkins, drug addition, drug trafficking, drug violence, film review, homosexuality, inner cities, Moonlight, urban policy, urban poverty
By Sam Staley | Monday December 5, 2016 at 12:06 PM PDT | Comments Off on Ben Carson and the Future of Cities
President-elect Donald Trump has tapped neurosurgeon Ben Carson to head the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While pundits are focused on their primary feuds, a more important question is whether HUD’s mission will change under Carson’s tenure. On the surface, Carson’s appointment might seem to be a simple patronage job, a reward...
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Tags: Ben Carson, Donald Trump, enterprise zone, faith-based organization, Housing, HUD, individual empowerment, Privatization, urban policy, urban revitalization