Your Tuesday* Random-Ass Roundup: Stop Crying and Fight Your Father.

Happy Merries! Since we strive for religious and cultural understanding in our cozy little corner of the Internet, how about we dig the aluminum pole out of the crawl space?

Before I get into all the reasons you all have disappointed us this past year, let’s please dig into this grab bag of randomness:

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Clueless Was Good.

Ta-Nehisi posts a video of Gene Siskel (still deeply missed) and Roger Ebert critiquing Clueless when it came out:

He adds: “Poorly drawn movies tend to depend on poorly drawn characters. And poorly drawn black characters almost always descend into stereotype and cartoon. Not that I’m an expert on Teen Movies, but I can’t [...]

Hurting for Female Directors.

In graduate school, I had to attend a series of talks from magazine editors and one* of them, from Harper’s, faced a tough question from a friend of mine who asked a lot of tough questions of our guests. She read through the masthead’s list of all-male, mostly Anglo-sounding names and [...]

Finally Free.

After spending 35 years in prison for a rape that he didn’t commit, James Bain was finally released Thursday morning.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Bain made five requests for DNA testing before a judge granted his motion. The testing eventually cleared him of the crime.

Obviously, the state of Florida owes [...]

Random Midday Hotness: Dred Scott.

I don’t know what happened to this cat. He put out one criminally slept-on album in ’94, and then disappeared. I think this was the lead single, and he also did the album’s production. I used to bang this all the time, but no one i knew was checking for him.

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Wrap That Shit Up, B.

Book of the Month Discussion: The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman

My earliest reading of Wallace Thurman’s The Blacker the Berry, I believed and still contend that this novel is a defense of dark-colored skin. His portrayal of the light-skinned antagonists and the bevy of characters who subscribe to the “light is right” mindset are one-dimensional and often vicious. This is similar to what Richard [...]