If you enjoyed The Wire, underground jazz and funk musicians (are there any other kind?), or mocking journalists who badly misidentify black celebrities, then you lost a friend and cohort in David Mills. Mills, a one-time Washington Post music critic who went on to an Emmy-winning career as a TV writer and producer, died Tuesday Read More
17 yr. old Biggie on Fulton St. in NY, via Talib Kweli via twitter.
I came home from a day of motherhood prep to find that one of my literary foremothers has passed away. Frequent visitors to this blog may know how connected I feel to Lucille Clifton. I loved her. And it feels like one of my own relatives has left this realm. I hope her spirit is Read More
In the early aughts, I was deep in a trough of profound, soul-crushing brokeness that seemed to stretch on forever. I had a terrible job and no money, and I’d spend a lot of my free time in the Barnes and Noble in downtown Brooklyn reading books I couldn’t afford to purchase. It was Read More
From Michael Kelley’s legendary GQ profile, “Ted Kennedy On the Rocks”: Even a partial listing of the major bills in whose passage Kennedy has played a part is impressive. Whether you admire them or not, these are the measures that transformed—mostly liberalized—America in our time: the first Immigration Reform Act; the Voting Rights Act and its extensions; Read More