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In a post about some dope-looking charts made by W.E.B. Dubois for the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris on the state of black life in America at the time, Adam offers up this aside: But you can get a hint from this of the days when teachers at black schools were among the best in Read More

Reminder: For history nuts, bio buffs and ery’one else , “Thurgood”, Laurence Fishburne‘s one-man show about the civil rights activist and Supreme Court Justice premieres tonight on HBO tonight at 9PM. (There’s an encore presentation on February 27th in case you miss it.) I remember vaguely reading Marshall’s autobiography in junior high, but on my Read More

When I was a young comic reader, the only Black comic books characters I could remember were an African princess, an African king and a jive-talkin’ ex-con*. At the time, I didn’t think this was a problem. I’m glad that people like Dwayne McDuffie did.

Sure. Justin Bieber may have down some of his mentor’s dance moves. He has a nice crossover dribble (ask Common about it). And he apparently makes a home in Atlanta. But his temporary hood pass might have already gotten revoked: Via AJ’s Headspace. Bad move, Biebs. Now for something even more random – a roundup: Read More

Got to love this song. Well no, you don’t GOT to…but at least appreciate what Lupe is trying to do in a genre where conscious rap–while it surely isn’t dead its constant balancing act between sellability and socio-political responsibility often make it a  less-than-profitable venture record labels usually shy away from. Lupe evidently aware of Read More

What’s been so frustrating to me about the House’s move to defund Planned Parenthood yesterday (never fear: the bill will likely die in the Senate) is that House Republicans, especially the bill’s sponsor, Mike Pence, are counting on most Americans not knowing anything about the nonprofit. The vast majority of its services are for routine Read More

If you get a moment — or a few moments, since it’s long as hell — you should really holler at the much-discussed New Yorker article about Paul Haggis, the screenwriter and director of the worst movie ever, and his falling out from the Church of Scientology after nearly three decades as a devoted, high-ranking Read More

William Andrew Short was born in New York City in 1953, but by 1974 he was known as Willie Dynamite, a driven, heartless pimp determined to be #1 on the scene.  He was well on his way until his operation was brought down by Cora, a social worker who did her best to convince the Read More