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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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.

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

The short has been hailed as, among other things, being among the greatest baseball films ever.

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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.”

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Dr. Dre's Secret (Sequined) History — Cuepoint — Medium

In 1983 a teenaged Andre Young ventured into a Hollywood punk rock club and West Coast hip-hop changed forever

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My Time In Motel Hell: Scenes From America's Housing Crisis | FUSION

Bedbug bites are far from the worst outcome in this, one of the lowest rungs of housing insecurity, just steps away from homelessness.

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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.”

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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.

Pomme bebe feeds the wee goo-goo gourmet - Los Angeles Times

The chef had cooked at some real quality joints, including Laguna Beach's Picayo. And while he'd served his fair share of petulant customers, he had not officially cooked for babies.

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....

The Conversation Project: Northwest Mixtape | Oregon Humanities - Portland, Oregon

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

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Business Unusual: Work That Skirt! | Entrepreneur.com

Steven Villegas fancied a man-skirt. Turns out he wasn't the only one.

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Can This Millennial Mayor Turn Compton Into L.A.’s Next Hot Neighborhood?

I’d come to Compton to talk to its mayor about what’s going on in this old city with a young population and an outdated reputation for all manner of blackness.

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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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Do Rappers Dream of Electro-Beats?

DJs Egyptian Lover and Arabian Prince return to celebrate an unsung chapter of L.A. hip-hop history
Los Angeles City Beat 07/28/05

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iTunes - Books - Beyond Ellis D by Donnell Alexander

Contains a print narrative, three short films, and audio components. (Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.)