Dodai Stewart asks whether the casting agents for the upcoming film adaptation of The Hobbit are racist because they turned away a dark-skinned woman seeking an extra role as a hobbit. The agents’ reasoning is that hobbits are fair-skinned. The woman who got turned away says it’s racism. Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings director Read More
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I was content to ride out 2010 listening to nothing but Kanye West’s brilliant new release, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Being the patriotic American that I am, though, I felt obligated to make some sort of Black Friday purchase – so, appropriately enough, I scooped up Pink Friday (and yes, I tried for several Read More
Via blog-cousin Channing Kennedy via Tusks Family Blog.
On this week’s podcast, Nicole, Jamelle, Monica and G.D. sit around an actual dinner table to discuss some depressing new stats about the academic woes of black boys. They also try to make sense of some high-profile attempts to regulate food purchases (including a push to forbade people on government assistance from buying soda, a Read More
The LAT has a post up about the writer of the new Buffy The Vampire Slayer film reboot, Whit Anderson. The film is set to proceed without BTVS creator Joss Whedon, and Anderson calls on feminism to explain why she loves the character: “I didn’t really watch much television at all, but I always watched Read More
In the New York Times’s most recent psycho-analysis of Kanye West, prompted by the release of his fifth album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the exquisiteness of the product is written off in passing: “it’s terrific — of course it’s terrific.” But according to the Times, this fact is beside the point – it “doesn’t Read More
LessGentleMen: You In Reverse from Wale O on Vimeo. This vid, by the hyper-talented Friend of the Blog AeonRND12 (the MC-beatmaker-photog-etc. who also created the theme to the PostBourgie podcast), features WaleO, himself a hyper-hyphenate (Afrobeat artist-attorney-best-dressed-man-in-America-finalist) engaging in reckless acts of public dandyism. Photos from the shoot here.
The USDA’s Economic Research Service put out its latest figures for food insecurity hunger in the U.S. yesterday. From the press release: In more than a third of those households that reported difficulty in providing enough food, at least one member did not get enough to eat at some time during the year and normal Read More
The TSA’s new airport security protocols, in which folks are either subjected to high-tech x-ray screening or patdowns, have ruffled a lot of feathers from people who have become rather convenient civil libertarians. I caught Dave Barry, the humorist, on NPR the other day joking about an embarrassing search as he waited to board a plane, Read More
Crossposted from ColorLines. A job deferred is a dream deferred. The Great Recession has set youth unemployment rates skyrocketing to unprecedented altitudes, leaving 4.4 million young people without work just as we begin our careers—a stunning share of them African Americans. There are of course immediate consequences—wrestling with college loans, overstaying our welcome at our Read More