Podcast #21: Blackface Christmas!

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White Woman Wears Afro, Life Changes. Or Something.

There’s a white woman running around New York in a big black afro wig because she thinks it’s teaching her something about herself and the world and how she sees it and how it sees. She blogs about it sometimes on her website, Before and Afro. [...]

Tender-headed schools can’t ban cornrows

A London school’s ban on cornrows was ruled “unlawful, indirect racial discrimination which is not justified.” School cited hairstyle promoted “gang” culture…if by “gang” they meant the members of the African Diaspora, I guess they’d be right.

Represent your set.

White People Have Gotten Less Crazy.

(Cross-posted from TAPPED) Chris Rock puts our “progress” as a country into proper perspective. Via Sociological Images

The Fluidity of Race.

Cross-posted from TAPPED.

Elahe Izadi at DCentric points to a post by Matt Yglesias about that profile of him and other bloggers in The New York Times a few weeks back:

When the New York Times recently did a piece on me, Ezra Klein, Brian Beutler, and Dave Weigel exactly zero people [...]

In the Back of the Kitchen.

Top Chef’s contributions to the reality show genre don’t come from exciting cliff-hangers or the evil machinations of those who would only win by cheating: the ingredients that make it work best are good chefs cooking food that looks pretty and makes you want to eat it. Occasionally, there’s a key rivalry or a [...]

Relistening to a Restoration.

A couple of weeks ago, I heard a replay of Terry Gross’s Fresh Air interview with John McGlinn, a conductor and musical historian who died Feb. 14. McGlinn found lost songs and original orchestrations for several musicals and re-recorded them. Among his restorations was a recording of the musical Show Boat.

Show Boat, if [...]

More Obama Firsts (Maybe).

Via Politico:

Preeta Bansal, a Harvard-educated litigation partner at Skadden, is rumored to be President-elect Obama’s choice for solicitor general. That person argues the government’s position at the Supreme Court (which will still be dominated by conservatives). “It’s making the rounds in New York’s legal circles, absolutely,” says a former colleague of Bansal’s. She was [...]