This Type of Ish Happens Every Day.

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 [...]

Black Youth Losing Its Future in Job Crisis.

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 [...]

The Threat to Programs for Poor Families.

George W. Bush discusses welfare reform in 2002.

Liberals have always had a hard time dealing with fatherhood and family programs designed for low-income families. On the one hand, some of the arguments behind the creation of programs for low-income families that demonstrate healthy relationships and encourage fathers to be emotionally involved in their [...]

The Wrong Side of History.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c It Gets Worse PSA Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

Given his history on this issue, he’ll probably have a new stance by January.


Your Tuesday Random-Ass Roundup: Mad Boy.

Diddy is apparently having some respiratory problems:

“Damn it hurts in a whole other way when someone you felt and I mean really felt was your Friend, Betrays you. It hurts when Breathe.”

Faith Evans can probably relate.

Seems like he’s suffering from a severe case of, ahem, bitchassness. But if Jay Electronica keeps putting [...]

The Burning Question About The ‘Color Purple’ Reunion:

Will Phonte be there?!


What Does America’s New Color Line Look Like?

Via Lisa at Sociological Images, UC Irvine professor Jennifer Lee mulls over the increasingly complex conversations on race in the U.S. being spurred by the immigration of Asians and Latin@s, away from the black/white binary. She says the new continuum is black/nonblack, as opposed to white/nonwhite.

Jamelle has made a similar point in the [...]

Grinding in Obscurity.

The New Yorker profiles Bettye LaVette, a singer/badass who had some minor hits back in the 60s, but who’s experienced a career resurgence after her performance of The Who’s “Love Reign O’er Me” at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2008.

The profile is unfortunately behind a paywall, but it paints LaVette as a charismatic, [...]