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Jack Rico


2016/12/03 at 11:07pm

What I’m Seeing And Reading This Week… Part 1

12.3.2016 | By |

One of my favorite endeavors is to be well-informed and well read on almost every subject matter ranging from politics to pop culture. I like to share what I’m reading, seeing and listening to, but also intrigued to hear what other people’s current obsessions are as well. So moving forward, we’ll begin the first installment of a new weekly feature article titled – “What I’m Obsessing On This Week”. Read on and let me know what you’re obsessing about this week.

What I’m reading…


Since I began sharing my thoughts on politics about two weeks ago (thank you Mr. Trump) on my Highly Relevant podcast, I’ve been devouring large amounts of literature on social, cultural and economic history to understand why and how Trump won. It is no question that the capitalistic structure of our nation allows for the rich to create laws that favor them thus creating a corrupt machinery that eventually maltreats us the working-class. There is no other book in the modern era that deconstructs the gap between the rich and the poor better than French economist Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the 21st Century“. The distinguished NYTimes columnist Paul Krugman talks about this same book in this video about the 1%. The history of wealth inequality is magically captured in a way that anyone can understand how America and the world ultimately works.

What I’m listening to…

Every weekend I get lost at Upstate New York and take some time to catch up on my Spanish language music on Spotify. One of my rewards this week was discovering Mexican singer-songwriter Jósean Log, who uses a ukelele to deliver easy breezy songs with lyrical feeling. You can envision yourself on a sailboat headed to the Caribbean with his music. Listen to “Beso” and “La Luna” and you’ll be listening to the whole album in a blink. It’s the perfect music for the unwinding weekend.

What I’m watching in film…

So I think by now, most of you have an idea that governments aren’t always advocating on our behalf. They can be selfish. The documentary “All Governments Lie” gives us an overview of how they operate and why they lie.

What I’m watching on TV…


Instead of watching another Knicks game in a losing cost, I decided to continue to enrich my mind. This little TV series is a fun history lesson from the BBC called “Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds: A Tale of Three Cities”. It has a guy by the name of Dr. James Fox who tells the story of three cities in three exceptional years – cities whose artists and thinkers, writers and musicians set the world on a new course. I love this stuff. Can’t get enough of it.

Jack Rico


2016/11/18 at 11:48am

Episode 12 – Trump as President… How Do We Move Forward?

11.18.2016 | By |

In this episode I chat with Sean Braswell (2:18), a Senior Writer at, to take me through who he thinks are the top political contenders poised to challenge Trump in 2020; and are we officially now in the “Age of the Celebrity Presidents”? With The Rock now also interested in becoming President, how serious do we take our celebrity’s political ambitions moving forward? Also, is the psychology of America shifting to the 60’s culture wars? What is the future of multiculturalism in America and what is our role in it? writer Sean Illing (11:33) explains the complexities in maintaining a multiethnic democracy. I will then be joined by reporter Oliver Staley (21:56) from the business website QUARTZ to illustrate the potential threat to corporate workplace inclusion under the Trump administration. And we end with same-sex marriage attorney and Trump supporter Brad Berfas (30:42) about the realistic outlook at Trump nullifying same-sex marriages. Read More

Jack Rico


2016/11/11 at 6:59pm

‘Highly Relevant Podcast’ Ep. 11- The Impact Of A Donald Trump Presidency

11.11.2016 | By |

Welcome everyone to the 11th episode of the Highly Relevant podcast. It’s a new day, a new United State of America and happy pop culture escapism is taking a back seat on this episode as I want to use this forum to talk about the reality of a Trump Presidency. People are upset. Half of America is protesting in the streets across the nation and there’s this feeling of hopeless that has seeped into half of the country. The only way to get passed this is by opening the right channels of conversation, by asking direct, but honest questions that you won’t hear from particular news networks. Think of this platform as an alternative voice to legacy media, a place where YOUR voice does matter, especially right now. Read More

Jack Rico


2016/11/07 at 12:05pm

This Week In Movies: ‘Almost Christmas,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’

11.7.2016 | By |

We’re beginning the second week of November (jeez, holidays are already here!) and as we march down the award season months, this particular week we see a putative award season film from Ang Lee – Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. This film has had some buzz, not only for a Lee film being released, but also because of the new technology it is using.  The movie was shot in 120 frames-per-second 3D with 4K clarity. People have already complained it looks “fake” and it is “distracting”. Nevertheless, critics are mixed about it and it looks like it won’t live up to the hype nor to “Life of Pi”.   Read More

Jack Rico


2016/11/06 at 8:20am

TODAY: Must Things To See And Read For Thanksgiving Weekend!

11.6.2016 | By |

Of all the segments I have done for the TODAY show in the last 3 years, this was by far the most challenging and visually dynamic one I’ve done. The concept is simple: discuss three cultural topics, under 5 munutes, on three stages with three hosts. It sounds like an obstacle course, right? Lol. From what I was told, these types of segments have been done before but with THREE contributors. The fact that TODAY producers allowed me to do all three means they have tremendous trust in me which I highly appreciate them for it. Also, I found out it was the first time they were testing out the new format so whatever you see here has never been done before on their show. I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunity and for actually pulling it off!
Jack Rico


2016/11/04 at 9:31pm

Will These Be The Top 10 Movies Of 2016?

11.4.2016 | By |

So I think we can finally start narrowing down the Top 10 Movies Of 2016. I have not seen several of the films on this list due to the fact they have not screened yet for New York press, but this list isn’t really an official announcement, it’s more a playful speculation, an educated guess, a curated observation of what I’m hearing from festivals, insider knowledge from studios and fellow critics’ opinions.  Read More

Jack Rico


2016/11/04 at 4:52pm

The Official ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer!

11.4.2016 | By |

Here you go you superhero fiends! Watch and learn how ‘Wonder Woman’ earns her respect.

Synopsis: After leaving her all-female island, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) discovers her full powers and true destiny while fighting alongside soldiers during World War I. Read More

Jack Rico


2016/10/31 at 9:52am

Brian Tyree Henry On The ‘N’ Word, Black/Latino Culture And ‘Paper Boi’

10.31.2016 | By |

On the tenth episode of my Highly Relevant podcast, I had a chance to chat with Brian Tyree Henry, a.k.a. Paper Boi on FX’s Atlanta. We spoke mainly about diversity in the arts, but we did get to the nitty gritty on the prolific usage as of late of the word ‘nigga” in television and film (music has been like that from the beginning). Aren’t we trying to eliminate the word from our vocabulary? We also conversed on his pal Donald Glover’s casting in the new Star Wars movie, his first encounter with him, his character Paper Boi, the show’s appeal, his view on Latino culture, Broadway’s lack of minority storytelling and why Gina Rodriguez is so hot to him. Read on or listen to the interview! Read More

Jack Rico


2016/10/29 at 3:18pm

FX Atlanta’s Brian Tyree Henry Reacts To Donald Glover ‘Han Solo’ Casting News

10.29.2016 | By |

On this 10th episode, I chat with the one and only Brian Tyree Henry (a.k.a. Paper Boi) of one the most acclaimed TV shows on right now – FX’s ATLANTA. We discuss everything from the reasons why the show is resonating with viewers, the new golden age of black pop culture, his affinity to Latino culture, why Broadway still lacks diversity compared to film and TV and a passionate discussion on why the use of the ’N’ word in today’s arts and culture landscape is okay with him. That plus a look at why the website Quartz decided to create a Spanish language newsletter with its senior editor Gideon Lichfield as well as horror film recommendations for this Halloween.

Jack Rico


2016/10/27 at 12:47pm

5 Actors Who Could Reboot ‘Rocky’

10.27.2016 | By |

Creed was one of the surprise hits of 2015, and successfully revitalized the Rocky franchise in an unexpected way. While Sylvester Stallone stole the show as an aging Rocky training a protégé, it was Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Johnson character that positioned himself to continue the series. That means that in some sense Rocky will continue, though it will do so through a new character. Coming Soon, which tends to have up-to-date information on release dates in addition to its regular film news, has said that there’s a tentative November 2017 release date for Creed 2 (which may or may not feature Stallone in a major role). Read More

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