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 —

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The Darkness in Burns, Oregon | Rolling Stone

Outside my motel door, I can sometimes hear the word "media" hurled like a slur from the parking lot. Dirty media.

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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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Northwest Mixtape |2015-16 Catalog | Conversation Project ...

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 Dock Ellis.

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Crate Diggers Podcast | Ep. 23 – Donnell Alexander

Crate Diggers is a music / interview podcast using vinyl records as a jumping off point for conversations between musicians and other cool people. Donnell Alexander falls under the second category of cool people.

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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.

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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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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.

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.

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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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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.

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.

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In Hollywood, An Urban Legend Worth A Fact-Check

"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.”