Doreen St. Félix
Doreen St. Félix has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2017 and was named the magazine’s television critic in 2019. Previously, she was a culture writer at MTV News. Her writing has appeared in the Times Magazine, New York, Vogue, The Fader, and Pitchfork. In 2017, she was a finalist for a National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary, and, in 2019, she won in the same category.
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On TelevisionJuly 12 & 19, 2021 Issue
The Invention of Black Boyhood Onscreen in “David Makes Man”
Tarell Alvin McCraney created the OWN series, and, of his explorations of Black adolescence, this one is the strongest, second only to “Moonlight.”
By Doreen St. FélixJuly 5, 2021
On TelevisionJune 28, 2021 Issue
“Ziwe” Is Trapped in an Interminable Dance with Whiteness
The variety series on Showtime, formerly an interview show on Instagram Live, struggles to release itself from the grip of its muse.
By Doreen St. FélixJune 18, 2021
On TelevisionJune 14, 2021 Issue
“Hacks” Pits Zoomer Against Boomer
It’s Carhartt versus caftan in this HBO Max series, which depicts a generational war between a young TV writer and a Las Vegas standup legend, played by Jean Smart.
By Doreen St. FélixJune 7, 2021
On TelevisionMay 24, 2021 Issue
The Achievement of Barry Jenkins’s “The Underground Railroad”
We have known Jenkins as a portraitist. In his reimagining of Colson Whitehead’s novel, he is a virtuosic landscape artist.
By Doreen St. FélixMay 14, 2021
On TelevisionMay 10, 2021 Issue
Gender and Genre in “Made for Love” and “Mare of Easttown”
The tech-world satire, starring Cristin Milioti, and the Kate Winslet crime drama, both streaming on HBO Max, put a spotlight on different kinds of male violence.
By Doreen St. FélixMay 3, 2021
On TelevisionApril 5, 2021 Issue
Michelle Obama’s Lesson to Kids: You Are What You Watch
According to “Waffles + Mochi,” Obama’s food-travelogue series for kids, being good means absorbing good, organic things, like fresh mushrooms and politically astute children’s programming.
By Doreen St. FélixMarch 29, 2021
On Television
The Rigorous Empathy of “Oprah with Meghan and Harry”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal Family exit interview, an instantly iconic artifact of pop culture, could not have been without Oprah.
By Doreen St. FélixMarch 8, 2021
On TelevisionMarch 15, 2021 Issue
Queen Latifah Obliterates Trumps n’ Musks in “The Equalizer”
The CBS crime procedural is a gimme for an audience who’d die to have this therapeutic queen dismantle racial capitalism in one fell girl-boss swoop.
By Doreen St. FélixMarch 8, 2021
On TelevisionFebruary 15 & 22, 2021 Issue
“The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” Is Culturally Sensitive Trash
The tenth iteration of the “Housewives” franchise frequently nails a difficult art: incorporating racial politics into the sketchy morality of a guilty pleasure.
By Doreen St. FélixFebruary 8, 2021
On TelevisionJanuary 4 & 11, 2021 Issue
A Hot Mess Caught in a Caper in “The Flight Attendant”
The HBO Max miniseries is like a clever pop song; the thrill is in its juxtaposition of a rowdy rhythm with a lyrical portrait of tragedy and grief.
By Doreen St. FélixDecember 28, 2020
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