Journalism Archives

Don’t have a ton to say about the “black women have a net worth of $5” meme (which comes from this study), but allow me to quote Ta-Nehisi Coates on that somewhat inaccurate Pittsburgh Post Gazette story about the study that’s been making the rounds: The headline announces, presumably, that all single black women are Read More

Brother Serwer has already weighed in on the New York Times‘ non-story about Gov. Paterson and political aide David Johnson. For those keeping score in the war of old media versus new, it’s worth noting that the New York Times wasn’t hyping this story as the imminent collapse of David Paterson’s career; the blogosphere was. Read More

We’ll skip the fanfare, but we’ve finally done did it, y’all. PostBourgie: The Podcast. It’s got a little silliness, a lot of politics, and a few bad jokes (mine, mostly). Our first episode features Monica (you know her as quadmoniker), G.D., Jamelle, and me, your loving moderator, as we talk about the Harry Reid kerfuffle, Read More

Via Instaboner, I’ve discovered that Ebony’s back issues are scanned and available online. Before you excoriate me for sending you to a magazine that is basically a brown-washed People, take a moment to think about the full import of this. Ebony from the 60s. Ebony from the 70s. All online. Reasons why this is awesome: Read More

From the New York Times, we have a gift guide just for women of color. It includes nail polish (a portion of the profits go to the vaguely described “people of Haiti”), a book about makeup specifically for Asian faces (one can only assume it includes Asian faces that range in color and shape from Read More

This month we’ll be reading The Blind Side by Michael Lewis. In an excerpt called “The Ballad of Big Mike,” Lewis tells the story of Michael Oher, an impoverished kid from Memphis who through a strange confluence of events ends up in the legal custody of a wealthy white family. At the time of his adoption Read More

In graduate school, one alarmingly bad, blindingly obvious article about gay marriage convinced me that the New York Times Magazine, the one you get for free on Sundays, is actually bad for journalism. That the world’s pre-eminent journalistic institution can churn out, at times, such a poorly written and edited magazine has always troubled me, Read More

Today in my office, a pimp and his prostitute came looking for advice on where to score some blow and advice on how to fill out their W-2s. When I told them what they could do, they accused me of encouraging them to engage in public masturbation. I hope Beck and Co. don’t get hold Read More

Slb’s analysis of the natural hair discussion being a “constantly warmed over narrative” might actually be on point. Chris Rock does a movie on black women’s hair, and suddenly we have to read about the politics of it in the New York Times: Although legions of black women in America straighten their hair (including Michelle Read More

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