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It does the whole ‘magical people of color’ bit, which I recognize is problematic. But the pacing is great , the script is really smart, and the four leads give flawless performances. Furthermore, it’s the second feature by Tom McCarthy, who helmed The Station Agent and was last seen making up stories as Scott Templeton Read More

Remember the R. Kelly trial? We almost thought it would never happen. The Pied Piper of R&B* has had almost six years of freedom to tour and pen bizarre epics, as his trial has been delayed by his own appendicitis, the judge’s falling off a ladder, and the lead prosecutor coming down with a case Read More

Your mama do, but should everyone else? Reflexively, I think I would say yeah, and I’m sure most people would. But we’re also not the ones who have to grade English papers, like a certain anonymous adjunct professor who penned an essay for the Atlantic arguing that maybe we’re trying to be a little too Read More

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Nas has caved under myriad “pressures” to change his ninth CD title. For months now, he’s been promoting his latest release as Nigger, garnering criticism from tons of folks from civil rights leaders to bloggers.

On point, as usual. I gotta say, It’s funny that these cats (Terrance Dean, D.L. King, etc. ) have been trying to couch their self-promotion in some kind of larger social concern, like citing the D.L. “phenomenon” as a reason for the disproportionately high rate of AIDS among black women. The big problem with that Read More

Barack and Michelle Obama appeared on today’s Good Morning America, where they were asked about an ad the Tennessee GOP has created in response to a “controversial” comment Michelle made back in February in Madison, WI. “For the first time in my adult like,” she said, “I’m proud of my country.” And the hyper-patriotic crowd Read More

California will allow gay marriage, which is an unalloyed good for the couples who want legal protection for their unions. Good shit. And obviously, this is a big, big deal. But how does it shake out for the Democrats in the fall? Though both Clinton and Obama have backed the mealy-mouthed notion of civil unions, Read More

Don’t let Hillary Clinton’s optimism following her West Virginia win fool you: she knows it’s over. But do her supporters? If you’re riding for HRC, what you’re essentially hoping for is that the Democratic party elite install her as the nominee even though she trails by every conceivable metric. It’s a move that would be Read More

I’ve been reading Ta-Nehisi since his time at the Village Voice back in the day. We’ve been linking to is blog for a hot minute now, because we sorta wanna be him when we grow up. (We got the hip-hop-loving, hood-raised, left-tilting political junkie part down). I finally got to meet him at a book Read More

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