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When Hunters was first announced, I remember feeling invigorated by its concept. I didn’t really look into it too much beyond series creator and co-showrunner David Weil, and felt at ease knowing there would be a Jewish person of my generation helming the project. The knowledge that Jordan Peele was on board as a producer meant it would likely be subversive and challenging. Then we got the first trailer and I was all-in.
However, nothing could prepare me for how this series would reflect my personal experience as a Jewish woman living in North America today. What Weil and his team have accomplished is remarkable; they’ve created a series that straddles the trauma of our most recent past alongside the threat of our imminent future, while lovingly and angrily embodying the very essence of the contemporary Jewish experience.
This article contains some spoilers for the first season of Hunters.
I’m shaking as I write this. You see, it’s impossible for me to talk about this show without getting personal, much like it’s impossible for most Jewish people to disconnect from our shared generational trauma as a culture. In a recent interview with Variety, the cast and crew discussed the show’s significance at a time when the visibility of latent antisemitism is on the rise. Near its conclusion, the show’s creator, David Weil, talks about growing up Jewish in America, surrounded by subtle forms of antisemitism. “Small acts,” he says, “a joke about Jews in ovens that I heard when I was in college or a swastika being spray-painted on the front lawn of my high school growing up.” I wince. I know exactly what he’s talking about because I’ve experienced nearly the exact same things.
When I was 16 years old working at the local movie theatre, a co-worker stopped me to tell me a joke. He led with “you’re Jewish, so I think you’ll like this.” I gave him the go-ahead, not sure where this was going. “What’s the difference between a Jew and a pizza?” I didn’t answer. I stared at him in stunned silence, which he took to mean I was waiting for the answer. He continued. “Pizzas don’t scream when you put them in the oven!” He laughed as if he’d told a real knee-slapper. I started shaking and, in my anger and hurt, I yelled at him. I told him that wasn’t funny, and he told me to lighten up. After all, it had been a long time since the holocaust, he said. I proceeded to tell him about my Abuelito, my mom’s father, and shame him for ever thinking that kind of joke was okay. He apologized, though defensively. I walked slowly to the staff washroom and proceeded to cry there, alone, shaking as I am now.
When I was in University, I got really used to being the only Jewish person for miles. Typically, if we’re not in a predominantly Jewish area, we’re usually the only ones in a...
High school can be a battlefield, but rarely has that battlefield seemed so dangerous as it does in Amazon’s stylish Sundance drama Selah and The Spades. The feature film debut of writer/director Tayarisha Poe, Selah and The Spades follows a young girl who is chosen to be the protégé of the Queen Bee of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, and discovers that she wasn’t the first to be given this dubious honor. Watch the Selah and The Spades trailer below.Selah and The Spades Trailer
Amazon Studios has released the official trailer for Tayarisha Poe’s feature film debut, Selah and The Spades, a stylish high school drama set in the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school. In this exclusive world, the student body is run by five factions: The Spades, The Sea, The Skins, The Bobbies, and The Prefects. Commanding the top faction is the titular Selah Summers Love Simone, who decides to choose a young protégé to take her place upon graduation. But as that sophomore upstart Paloma Celeste O’Connor soon finds, it’s a treacherous path to the top.
Selah and The Spades seems like a teen drama in the tradition of Brick or Thoroughbreds — stylish, razor-sharp, and populated by very good-looking teens who all act like characters in a noir film. The cast of fresh faces playing those characters include Jharrel Jerome, Jesse Williams, Gina Torres, and Ana Mulvoy Ten.
Here is the synopsis for Selah and The Spades:
In the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, Haldwell, the student body is run by five factions. Seventeen-year-old Selah Summers Lovie Simone runs the most dominant group, the Spades, with unshakable poise, as they cater to the most classic of vices and supply students with coveted, illegal alcohol and pills. Tensions between the factions escalate, and when Selah’s best friend/right hand Maxxie MOONLIGHT’s Jharrel Jerome becomes distracted by a new love, Selah takes on a protégée, enamored sophomore Paloma Celeste O’Connor, to whom she imparts her wisdom on ruling the school. But with graduation looming and Paloma proving an impressively quick study, Selah’s fears turn sinister as she grapples with losing the control by which she defines herself.
In her feature debut, writer/director Tayarisha Poe immerses us in a ened depiction of teenage politics. This searing character study encapsulates just how intoxicating power can be for a teenage girl who acutely feels the threat of being denied it. Exciting newcomer Lovie Simone’s performance beautifully embodies both Selah’s publicly impeccable command and the internal fears and uncertainty that drive it.
Selah and The Spades premieres on Amazon Prime Video April 17, 2020....
A week flooded with terrible news continues as it's been reported that the young, talented actor Logan Williams has sadly passed away. A teenage television actor, Williams is perhaps best known for starring as the young Barry Allen in the CW series The Flash. Although no cause of death has yet been revealed, Williams is said to have died suddenly on Thursday. Only days away from his 17th birthday, Williams was just 16 years old.
Marlyse Williams, Logan's mother, tells The Tri-City News she's 'absolutely devastated' by his passing. 'I am not able to hug my parents who lost their only grandchild,' Marlyse adds, noting she's been left to mourn the loss alone due to the recent physical distancing restrictions. Like his fans, Marlyse is also thinking about what could have been with Logan's life and career, making the news all the more heartbreaking. 'With his talent and gorgeous looks, Logan had the potential to be a huge star,' she says.
An only child, Williams was born in 2003 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Naturally talented, Williams succeeded with his very first audition at the age of 10 when he sought a part in the Hallmark Channel's television movie The Color of Rain which saw him play the role of Jack. From there, other roles started to come in for Williams, Alongside Lily Rabe and Milo Ventimiglia, Williams appeared as Young Elliot in multiple episodes of the horror TV series The Whispers on ABC. He would also appear as Max Johnson in the episode 'Plush' of the sci-fi series Supernatural.
Starting in 2014, Williams landed the role of Barry Allen in The Flash as the younger version of the titular hero played by Grant Gustin. He'd appear in the role in many episodes during the show's first and second seasons, making him very memorable to fans of the CW series. 'I was so impressed by not only Logan's talent but his professionalism on set,' Gustin says in an Instagram post paying tribute to the young actor. The older Barry Allen goes on to add: 'My thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family during what is I'm sure an unimaginably difficult time for them. Please keep Logan and his family in your thoughts and prayers during what has been a strange and trying time for us all.'
A Hallmark Channel star, Williams also appeared alongside Lori Loughlin in the network's TV series When Calls the Heart. Between 2014 and 2016, Williams played Miles Montgomery, the middle child of Chelah Horsdal's Cat Montgomery. Erin Krakow, who played Elizabeth Thatcher Thornton on the series, also spoke about her former co-star's passing in a tribute post on Twitter. 'We'll miss you Logan. I'll always be very proud of you,' Krakow writes alongside a video clip of a scene the two had shared together on the series.
During his short time in the business, Williams had also won several awards for his work. This includes winning the 2015 Joey Award for his role as Barry Allen in The Flash and a Best Newcomer...