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Refusing to learn how to pronounce Quvenzhané’s name says, pointedly, you are not worth the effort. The problem is not that she has an unpronounceable name, because she doesn’t. The problem is that white Hollywood, from Ryan Seacrest and his homies to the AP reporter who decided to call her “Annie” rather than her real name, doesn’t deem her as important as, say, Renee Zellwegger, or Zach Galifinakis, or Arnold Schwarzenegger, all of whom have names that are difficult to pronounce–but they manage.

| via | Between Mr. Gaines from A Different World passing away and me losing my BBQ sunflower seeds, this Black History Month was on a fast track to becoming one of the saddest in history.  Until, that is, Twitter banded together, shed their shrouds of indifference, made some hot, sweet, sticky, witty love* and Read More

Ava Duvernay won the Best Director award at Sundance last year for Middle of Nowhere, her quiet, affecting drama about a woman (Emayatzy Corinealdi) trying to hold her marriage together while her husband is in prison. (DuVernay was the first black woman to win the award.) There’s a whole lot to like about the film, Read More

Verna likes to watch. Stacia, LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL. Last week, a commenter suggested that I was getting some details  twisted when I called the whiny, impulsive, emotionally stunted, and violent “Fitz vaguely serial killer-y.” “Um, as far as I know, Fitz hasn’t killed anyone.” But it looks like we just give him a little time. Because while Read More

TNC mulls Kendrick Lamar‘s latest over at the NYT: I must confess my bias. I grew up in Baltimore during a time when the city was in the thrall of crack and Saturday night specials. I’ve spent most of my life in neighborhoods suffering their disproportionate share of gun violence. In each of these places Read More

Rally O! Sorry we’ve been slacking on our recappin’! It won’t happen no more. (Previously.)  Stacia, One of the problems I’ve had watching Scandal over these many months is that the show seems to be dead-set on giving you anyone to root for. That’s not a bad thing, necessarily; even the most sympathetic characters on The Read More

  Ray Lewis entered the NFL in tears, mourning the death of his slain friend and roommate Marlin Barnes on draft day. Ray Lewis left the NFL in a spasm of joy Sunday, a two-time Super Bowl champion at the conclusion of the final game of his 17-season career. In between, Lewis went from an Read More