Blogging Scandal: ‘White Hat’s Off’ (Season 2, Ep. 1)

Photo courtesy ABC.

Live-tweeting has completely revitalized the TV-viewing experience. How did we ever wait 12 to 24 hours to gather at water coolers or to meet our friends over coffee and discuss all our guilty pleasure shows and their salaciousness? Shonda Rhimes shows especially lend themselves to shock-tweeting; she trafficks in big plot [...]

This Is How You Lose Her.

Cross-posted from Feminist Texican [Reads].

Anyone familiar with either of Junot Díaz’s previous books will remember Yunior, the Dominican kid coming of age in Drown who goes on to become the narrator of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Back for his third starring role Díaz’s work, Yunior is the link connecting most [...]

In Search of a Good Obama Impersonator.

Grantland’s Andy Greenwald isn’t sold on Jay Pharoah as SNL’s Obama:

But I’m still not entirely sold on Jay Pharoah. The guy is a brilliant, otherworldly mimic, but I’m not sure he’s all the way there yet as a performer. Don’t get me wrong — I’m thrilled he’s got the podium with the seal [...]

Super-Predators, ‘Wilding,’ and the Central Park Five.

By Guest Contributor MK, cross-posted from Prison Culture with permission. On April 19, 1989, a young woman who was jogging through Central Park in New York City was found badly beaten. She had also been raped.

I have written briefly about the case before in comparing it to Scottsboro. However, I want to return to [...]

Random Midday Hotness: Barack Obama With A Lightsaber Riding A Lion.

All this time, people thought he was an undercover radical Muslim — when he was really a Jedi.

Because yes.

Also: Ronald Reagan with an Uzi on a velociraptor. Abe Lincoln with an M-16 on a grizzly. Teddy Roosevelt vs. Sasquatch. Ben Franklin vs. Zeus.

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On Magical Black Homophobia.

Stories like this are part of a pattern.

There’s a telling line that pops up in trend stories — those oft-mocked pieces you see in the New York Times Style section about how there’s a groundswell of well-heeled Upper East Siders taking their pets to doggie yoga or something — that let’s you [...]

Random Midday Hotness: Get Free.

The latest from Major Lazer.

You gon’ get that work: Lisa Wade argues that Obama’s “cling to guns and religion” comments from ’08 are very different in character than Romney’s “47 percent” gaffe.

Jill: “The ideological attacks on AIDS scholarship are scary. If the moral arguments against circumcision can stand on their own, [...]

Madonna Says Vote For ‘Black Muslim’ Obama.

Y’all better vote for fucking Obama, OK? For better or for worse, all right? We have a black Muslim in the White House. Now that’s some amazing shit! It means there is hope in this country. And Obama is fighting for gay rights, so support the man, goddamnit.

…Oh.

(There’s gotta be a [...]