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Eric Battersby

Washington Redskins name change

U.S. Patent Office Cancels Trademark for Washington Redskins

Is It Finally Time for a Redskins Name Change? Big news out of Washington, and no it’s not even politics-related.  Yesterday, as ThinkProgress reported: The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins, ruling…

dodgeball movie

If You Can Dodge a Wrench, You Can Dodge a Ball…

Dodgeball Movie | How “Speaking Out” Gets Easier… Unless this just happens to be the first thing you’ve ever read here at Hollywood27.com, I’m sure you’re well aware that I actively encourage speaking out against racism. I wrote a book for those who want to…

Racism in Video Games - Far Cry 4

How Well Do Today’s Game Creators Handle Racism in Video Games?

Racism in Video Games | Ubisoft’s FAR CRY 4 Yesterday I stumbled upon an article on blockbuster video games and racism, and as a longtime gamer myself, I expected the over-exaggerated Grand Theft Auto V game to sit squarely in the crosshairs of the article’s…

Post Racial America

Post-Racial Society — Grand Opening, Grand Closing

ARE WE LIVING IN A POST-RACIAL AMERICA? Last week, I caught an article published in The Guardian that pretty much requires a post.  Now I’m not a huge news junkie (in stark contrast to PYRITE’s Director of Photography and news-a-holic RJ Blazen by the way),…

Donald Sterling Acts Racist

Sterling Silver? Donald Sterling and the NBA

It’s curious how if you pay attention as you’re walking through life, trying to do good work, certain things will pop up that either point you in a different direction, or simply affirm the direction you’re currently headed. Right now I’m in the middle of…

MLK hit by a rock

The PYRITE Story: Figting Racism (Part 3 of 3)

For the third and final post on the PYRITE story here, I’m starting off from that final thought of post #2, where I mentioned that a few people have even asked me if the story in Pyrite is still relevant… if we aren’t post-racial now…

Martin Luther King Jr Trailer: PYRITE Trailer #3

The Martin Luther King Jr Trailer for PYRITE. In this more experimental preview, the content largely focuses on Chicago’s West Side and the havoc wreaked shortly after Martin Luther King Jr’s murder back in April 1968. I edited this one personally, and it’s my way of paying homage to the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Forest Park Illinois Sign

The PYRITE Story: Fighting Racism (Part 2 of 3)

AND THEN THERE’S THE MEDIA… Wrapping up the first part of the story behind Pyrite, I’d just finished recounting the moment at my old junior high, where parents and 8th grade students alike admitted to their fear of Proviso East and the racial barrier sitting…

PYRITE Trailer #1

Second PYRITE video to add to the mix, this is actually the original trailer that’s been circulating for a while on the net.  The all-new trailers are on tap next, but I hope everyone still enjoys the original here.

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Proviso East

The PYRITE Story: Fighting Racism (Part 1 of 3)

For PYRITE’s grand finale here, which probably only seems epic to the select few of us who spent untold hours bringing the finished film to fruition, it hit me that the story behind the story really needs a proper re-telling from scratch. After all the…

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