Donnell Alexander

Donnell Alexander

I create cultural content.

Sundance and CNPA award-winning writer, editor, filmmaker & radio producer with two decades of experience blending the entertaining and the educational. 503.258.7907 — donnellellisalexander@gmail.com

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Consider the Merkin: A Brief History of Pubic Wigs in Hollywood «

“Cleopatra was known for her beautiful, long, luxurious pubic hair, which she proudly wore brushed and oiled, and she was known to admire — and display — her pubic hair in the shiny marble floors and the light, diaphanous gowns of the time.”

I Love My Children and I Owe Them So Much Money

I Love My Children and I Owe Them So Much Money

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The Conversation Project: Northwest Mixtape

The Pacific Northwest has a relationship with hip hop culture that is complex and, on occasion, commercially exceptional.

Weekend America: An LSD No-No

The four-and-a-half-minute public radio narrative from 2008 that helped the world rediscover MLB pitcher Dock Ellis.

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Dock Ellis & the LSD No-No: A Short Film

The short has been hailed as, among other things, one of the greatest baseball films ever. The audio narrative was created by me, with Neille Ilel.

The Darkness in Burns, Oregon

During the 45 minutes I spend inside the occupied refuge, I experience a calm and acceptance that is utterly unlike the vibe back in Burns. The occupiers ask me to stay, and invite me to eat. I talk to several other people in addition to Ehmer, and at no point do I feel racial animus.

Still, I ask Ehmer the question...

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Review: Straight Outta Compton Is a Bio-pic With a Sanitized Attitude

N.W.A’s gritty, complicated history deserves an equally complex film adaptation, something closer to the “reality rap” its members claimed to create.

How the NFL Enabled the 'Gas Mask' Fiasco - Leafly

By now you’ve heard plenty about the gas mask bong kid. Probably.

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Jordan's brush with death by samurai sword - Ball Don't Lie

"Gash Almighty"
by Donnell Alexander, taken from ESPN The Magazine's 2009 "bookazine" on Michael Jordan.

Early in the spring of 1982, when he was a skinny freshman at North Carolina, before he had enough fans to start his own religion, Michael Jordan was largely unknown outside the state.

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'When a Ball Hits a Dead Bat, it Dies' - YouTube

Dock Ellis and Gaylord Perry, together again. A visual meditation on cheating, from my enhanced ebook Beyond Ellis D, produced with Thor Swift.

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Crate Diggers - Ep. 23 – Donnell Alexander | Listen via Stitcher Radio On Demand

Crate Diggers is a music / interview podcast using vinyl records as a jumping off point for conversations between musicians and other cool people.

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In Hollywood, An Urban Legend Worth A Fact-Check npr.org

"To me, this conversation always comes back to the Booty Call-Rosewood conversation," says director Barry Jenkins.

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Hey Musicians, Would it Kill You to Get a Job? — Cuepoint — Medium

“It’s going to come as a shock to people, but these days [musicians] have other pursuits.” Martyn Leaper says. “This is a good thing.”

Racism Literally Costs America $2 Trillion...Ready to Stop Payment?

Bigotry in America has marginalized a diverse range of minority culture. “I was expecting it to get more attention as well, the numbers are so startling,” says Turner....

A Brief History of End Zone Dance | Observer

Homer Jones spiked the ball first. Jimmy Graham and the genius showman Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson gave verticality to end zone festivities. However, it’s the incomparable Billy “White Shoes” Johnson who sits atop my list.