Your Random-Ass Roundup: Praise Yeezus?

It’s been a fairly epic week for Kanye, even by his lofty standards. He may have never beaten a white artist head-to-head for a Grammy, but he just became a father and lots of people seem to like his new album.

If you’re looking for opinions on his latest release, try this one and this one and this one.  If there are others we should know about, feel free to drop links to them in the comments section.


Let’s start in Arizona:

Not surprisingly, SCOTUS has ruled Arizona’s citizenship proof law was illegal. Consider it a victory for voting rights activists and non-racists.

SCOTUSblog, however, cautions the decision could be something less than a significant victory for the federal government.

Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker, participated in an extensive live-chat Monday with Guardian readers.

Here’s a list of everyone being detained at Guantanamo Bay and their formerly shrouded detention statuses.

What does the gender wage gap say about society? Better question: what sort of answer were you expecting from Miss Utah?

Also, there was a hint of truth in Miss Utah’s admittedly convoluted response.

Our founder and leader, Gene, writes over at Code Switch about a new “angry-making” study that finds “blacks, Latinos and Asians looking for homes were shown fewer housing options than whites who were equally qualified. And fewer options meant higher housing costs.”

Stacia, on what being an unmarried mom taught her about fatherhood.

A racial history of drowning. (G.D.)

Revisiting the Tawana Brawley rape scandal.

“You’re wearing an XXL T-shirt you plan on wearing the day your novel comes out. The front of the T-shirt says, ‘What’s a real black writer?’ The back reads, ‘Fuck you. Pay me.'” Kiese Laymon, ladies and gents. (Terryn)

When all of your superheroes look nothing like your children. (Sean)

It just got real in those Sesame Streets: meet Alex, the first Muppet to have a parent in jail.

So long to the Golden Arcs and Big Mick’s: the McDowell’s in “Coming to America” is going to be demolished.

A father writes a letter to his daughters, to be read at a much later date, about appreciating LeBron James.  “I’m exhausted by my inability to figure this guy out.” h/t Decker.

Several Naval Academy football players will face charges in connection with an alleged rape of a female midshipman in April 2012.

What are you reading that we should be reading? Share your links in the comments.


Joel Anderson —blackink —  writes about sports, politics, crime, courts, and other issues far beyond his competence at BuzzFeed. He has worked at media outlets in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Atlanta and contributed to a number of publications, including The Root and The American Prospect, among many others.