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John McWhorter has carved out a niche among the commentariat, blasting hip-hop for contributing to the waywardness of black youth. Granted, it’s not exactly the loneliest ideological space, as Cee-Lo Green Stanley Crouch does the whole get-off-my-lawn-you-crazy-hippy-hop-kids act with unparalleled aplomb, and there are plenty of others. McWhorter, though, is pretty much alone in putting Read More

Last week, a commenter joked that he wished the Obamas were appearing on the covers of magazines with a little more heft than US Weekly. But Barack Obama, it seems, really ain’t trynna be too picky with where his mug is plastered, as the above Gawker composite shows. (Full size here.) Note how the Time Read More

[Photo: Wash. Po.] Robert Mugabe bludgeoned and tortured his way to a sixth term, even amid a growing chorus of  condemnations. Condi Rice called the votes a “sham” and the U.S. considered tightening sanctions, though that seems much more likely to hurt the many poor people in Zimbabwe rather than Mugabe and his top brass Read More

Ezra Klein, upon hearing that Obama will cameo on Q-Tip’s next album: There are things in this world that are true. There are things in this world that are not true. And there are things in this world that appear to be true, but would be so awesome that were they allowed to manifest, reality Read More

[image from Art Sentral Asia.] A few years ago, when I was in journalism school, a friend of mine went to a panel of members of the Pulitzer Jury hosted at the school. She asked the panel members how they had managed careers in journalism, the brutally long hours and low pay, with their personal Read More

In the current double-month issue of The Atlantic, Hanna Rosin wrote a story about rising crime rates in new areas of mid-sized cities. Sociologists and criminologists can link it to the outward migration of inner-city, housing-project dwellers who took Section 8 vouchers and spread out when their developments were torn down. It seems the projects Read More

*taps chin* Oh, okay. Figured it out. It’s because this dude is a Republican. After seeing the spot, the Obama campaign made a point to suggest that it was supporting Jeff Merkley, Gordon Smith’s Democratic challenger. Smith must have peeped which way the wind was blowing in his state, what with the city-sized crowds coming Read More

We’re not expecting dude to be pure or perfect around here, but his defense of the FISA “compromise” was eyebrow-raising and legitimately worrisome. We didn’t even get to catch our breath before we learned that he was screwing over all the Muslim Americans who were clamoring to support him.

Don Imus, on Pacman Jones’ recent arrest: Newsreader Warner Wolf: …[H]e’s been arrested six times since being drafted by Tennesse in 2005… IMUS: What color is he? Warner Wolf: …He’s African-American IMUS: Well. There you go. Now we know. [Audio here] We’re absolutely shocked. Who could have seen this coming? [From Deadspin.] Update: Al Sharpton, Read More

Us Weekly puts the Obamas on the cover, and sees a bump in sales. Guess the “rebranding” of Michelle Obama is working. In a video on her site, Hillary Clinton hits all the notes from her surprisingly good concession speech. She thanks her supporters for their help and time, throws some love Obama’s way, talks Read More