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In place of still photography, I will replace it with video and sound to create thought provoking art for the month of August. I did the video work, but the music is by William Rosati, titled Sulking.

As these leave were floating in the water, it made me think of how this year is passing for some. We are the leaves just floating at whatever pace the water sets for us.

Where are you going?

Welcome to August

At UPP Creative Media, we educate, entertain and inform our audiences through various media. In our podcast, TV Talk With the Sistas, we examine the diversity in some sci fi projects. But there are eight other episodes where other topics are discussed. Check them out and send us some feedback on Twitter @TVSistas.

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TV Talk With the Sistas Episode 9

Case of the Perfect Attorney

It is like seeing the love of your life before he acquired all of the qualities that endear you to him. That is how this new Perry Mason is hitting me.

I am drawn to the fact that it is set in the 1930s like Erle Stanley Gardner’s books. I like the storytelling from this time period because it is before censors began curating what type of story could be told.  Censors decided what the public could see and stayed away from anything that actually reflected society.

This new series gives Mason a backstory that reflects some of the things I learned of him in the 1960 series. As a matter of fact, he lives on the farm where he was raised as the story opens. But one thing this story does, which was hard for me take, is bust up Mason’s perfect image.

This takes my hero and makes him a former soldier of World War I with struggles that made him a divorced deadbeat dad who has a hard time holding down a job. I know right. But Paul Drake is an African American police officer with more morals than Perry in the midst of a corrupt police department.  I am all in. Della Street brings in our LGBTQ storyline, which was refreshing because these storylines are usually men.

The main story with the criminal case is very dark, with parents accused of kidnapping their own baby.

In true Perry Mason style, they defend their client with all of the same tricks, but it gives you a glimpse into why Mason does what he does.  There are many twists and turns, but worth it.

The biggest flaw in this series to me is cinematic.  African Americans are so dark in this series that in some scenes they lose their features. It is just a large black blob.  For instance, there is a moment when Drake shows up on Mason’s doorstep. He sits out in the dark with the moon shining on his face. The only features you can make out are the whites of his eyes.  I hope the producers understand that it eclipses the actor’s humanity to not make him look attractive like the other actors. I hope they correct this in season two.

Matthew Rhys plays a very troubled brooding Mason with Chris Chalk playing an equally troubled and dissatisfied Paul Drake. I mean you can see where it is leading. But the train ride to getting there is pretty fun.

Each Sunday night they drop a new episode on HBO.

Who Told A Better Story

TV Talk With The Sistas

In this podcast, two sisters chat about iconic television shows and their impact on the African American and American culture. We are available on Stitcher, Apple, Google, and Spotify.

Episode One

The Sistas examine the 1970s hit Sanford and Son starring Redd Foxx and the British murder mystery series, Midsomer Murders.

Episode Two

The Girls focus on the Netflix series The Crown and the 1980s crime drama In the Heat of the Night. They find similar qualities in the way they tell their stories.

Episode Three

The Girls focus on the 1980s Norman Lear sitcom The Jeffersons and the Netflix limited series Self Made: The Madam CJ Walker Story. They examine the impact of these stories on African American culture.

Episode Four

The Sistas talk about the James Bond,007 franchise and the impact they think it has had on society and culture.  These two Bond lovers go toe to toe over who is the best Bond. They also introduce you to their rating system

Episode Five

The Sistas talk about how shows like Designing Women and Living Single brought a strong message about women from the 1980s and 90s. Even though one show was geared toward a Caucasian audience, the other an African American, they both created moments that are still funny today. They created timeless comedy but uplifted their subject matter.

Episode Six

In this week’s episode, the Sistahs talk about The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency and Queen Sono which are two shows that have strong African characters in the lead. These shows have women in nontraditional roles and showcase the beautiful land of Botswana and South Africa.

Episode Seven

In our latest TV Talk With the Sistas podcast, we ask the question “Who is the best defense attorney on television?” One sista says Perry Mason, the other sista says Matlock. They present the evidence, you are the jury.

Episode Eight

The Sistas examine the image of the gangster in the African American community with the series Godfather of Harlem and American Gangster.

 Listen up…Episode 8

The Best Podcast Ever

TV Talk With The Sistas

In this podcast, two sisters chat about iconic television shows and their impact on the African American and American culture. We are available on Stitcher, Apple, Google, and Spotify.

Episode One

The Sistas examine the 1970s hit Sanford and Son starring Redd Foxx and the British murder mystery series, Midsomer Murders.

Episode Two

The Girls focus on the Netflix series The Crown and the 1980s crime drama In the Heat of the Night. They find similar qualities in the way they tell their stories.

Episode Three

The Girls focus on the 1980s Norman Lear sitcom The Jeffersons and the Netflix limited series Self Made: The Madam CJ Walker Story. They examine the impact of these stories on African American culture.

Episode Four

The Sistas talk about the James Bond,007 franchise and the impact they think it has had on society and culture.  These two Bond lovers go toe to toe over who is the best Bond. They also introduce you to their rating system

Episode Five

The Sistas talk about how shows like Designing Women and Living Single brought a strong message about women from the 1980s and 90s. Even though one show was geared toward a Caucasian audience, the other an African American, they both created moments that are still funny today. They created timeless comedy but uplifted their subject matter.

Episode Six

In this week’s episode, the Sistahs talk about The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency and Queen Sono which are two shows that have strong African characters in the lead. These shows have women in nontraditional roles and showcase the beautiful land of Botswana and South Africa.

Episode Seven

In our latest TV Talk With the Sistas podcast, we ask the question “Who is the best defense attorney on television?” One sista says Perry Mason, the other sista says Matlock. They present the evidence, you are the jury.

Episode Eight

The Sistas examine the image of the gangster in the African American community with the series Godfather of Harlem and American Gangster.

 Listen up…Episode 8