What’s In a Name? Kind of a Lot.


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. [...]

Random Midday Hotness: Michael Jackson, Lego Man.

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Some person or persons with too much time on their hands put this together, and we are grateful to them for it. [...]

White History Classes.


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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, [...]



Leonard Cooper of Little Rock, Arkansas is living black history every day. [...]

Random Midday Hotness: ‘The Door.’

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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 [...]

Blogging Scandal: Season 2, Ep. 13; “Nobody Likes Babies.”

Verna likes to watch.

Verna likes to watch.




Good Kids, Mad Cities.

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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 [...]

Random Midday Hotness: Hari Kondabolu on a Bus In Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

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Stereotypes can kill. [...]