Of all the X-men installments from the movie franchise, hands down “X-Men First Class” is its star pupil. It has all the components: vengeance, thrilling action scenes that don’t try to bombard you with all the latest special effects, and quality actors that transform these original 2-D comic book characters into fleshy, multi-faceted beings (well, Read More

Crossposted from ColorLines: As the nation marks the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin have taken to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to, as they put it, restore our nation’s honor. The Washington Post reports that  “an overwhelmingly white crowd of tens of thousands” Read More

I’m going to be vague on location here to avoid giving away too much, but I had a friend who just had to interview a group of homeowners in a portion of the northeast that’s very wealthy and smugly liberal. The group was concerned about a mixed-income housing unit going through the zoning approval process. Read More

Just in case your suspicion that racism persists in courtrooms and television news was waning, a TV exec in Fresno makes it explicit.  Sitting as a potential juror in Fresno County Superior Court early last week, Hall said he couldn’t be a fair juror in a Hispanic man’s carjacking trial because research by the station’s Read More

cross-posted at my place A commenter at Ezra Klein’s blog writes: All those people worried that crazed black people are going to riot if Obama loses should really be worried about the crazed white people rioting when Obama wins. Very few white Americans are aware of the tremendous amounts of violence directed towards successful black businesses and Read More

Hello folks!  First an introduction; my name is Jamelle and I blog (along with two awesome co-bloggers) over at The United States of Jamerica (if you’d like to know a bit more about me, just check out the “Bio” page over at my blog).  We mostly cover politics, but occasionally we’ll jump into other things Read More

By M. Leblanc over at Bitch. Ph.D. Cross-posted with permission. By now, everyone’s already blogged about this horrible op-ed in the Boston Globe by Geraldine Ferraro (see, for example, Jill at Feministe, Ta-Nehisi at Matthew Yglesias, and Megan Carpentier at Jezebel). Most have zeroed in on the most ridiculous sentence in the piece, where she Read More

There are few discussions more incendiary and polarizing for the Black community than ones surrounding the word “nigger.” You should know, before reading forward, that this article will use the word “nigger” as opposed to the phrase, “the N word,” in many of its sentences. If this will incite your anger or heighten your discomfort, Read More

A shooting at a city council meeting in Kirkwood, Missouri made national headlines this week. The story, as published in major outlets, goes like this: on Thursday evening, Charles “Cookie” Thornton walked into the just-convened meeting with a gun in each hand and opened fire. Within minutes, he’d killed five people and shot the mayor Read More

So funny, so sad. Elna Baker, an aspiring actress in New York City, worked at FAO Schwartz to make ends meet. She was hired to play a nurse in an elaborate toy demonstration to get little girls to ‘adopt’ expensive realistic ‘newborns’ the store was selling. One day, an MTV reality show filmed a segment Read More