Tag: Culture

Our Friend, the Trump Propagandist

To help sustain the lie, Horowitz was duty bound to deliver another quickie Trump book within six months of the lost election. Not that The Enemy Within provides evidence that a crime was committed on November 3, 2020. It’s basically a clip job, repeating the wild and disproven fraud allegations made by Rudy Giuliani, Sidney […]

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Josh Hawley and the GOP’s Fake War Against Big Tech

Where Hawley is most afar afield is in talking about content moderation. This is a broad, thorny issue that essentially concerns what kinds of posts a social network should allow and what kind it shouldn’t. Big companies like Facebook employ thousands of third-party content moderators who help keep social networks free of the flood of […]

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Why the Chaotic Protest at Manchester United’s Stadium Was Good, Actually

The protest was a reminder of how little has changed since the demise of the Super League—and how far away substantive change still is. Nothing has been done about the rot that had been eating away at the sport for years. Indeed, while the Super League charade was happening, European soccer’s governing body approved changes […]

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American Beauties: Naomi Osaka and Amanda Gorman Confirmed as Co-Chairs of a Distinctly Diverse 2021 Met Gala

Naomi Osaka, left; Amanda GormanPhoto: Clive Brunskill (Getty Images), Ben Gabbe for Glamour (Getty Images) In years past, today, the first Monday in May would typically find our eyes trained on the steps of Manhattan’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, as we waited to see what incredible ensembles the celebrity set would be wearing at the […]

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How a Young Scholar Changed Our Understanding of Homer Forever

Hearing Homer’s Song: The Brief Life and Big Idea of Milman Parry by Robert Kanigel Buy on Bookshop Knopf, 336pp., $28.95. His argument was that the name we give to that supposed author disguised a bias modern folk have for writing and against listening. In Kanigel’s words, literary critics of the 20th century associated reading […]

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The Coming Revolution in the American Economy

These investments delivered much more than the initial goal. They resulted in dozens of spillover products, industries, and processes that President Kennedy could never have foreseen when he pledged to send a man to the moon. Major investments in semiconductors and software engineering transformed technology, leading to modern computing. Meanwhile, NASA’s work required inventing materials […]

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Here Are The CDC’s New Mask Guidelines For Fully Vaccinated Americans

The CDC has finally released new guidance for vaccinated Americans and it includes ditching face masks for almost every outdoor activity, aside from attending a crowded outdoor event like a concert or sports game. The new guidelines were issued Tuesday morning and advise fully vaccinated Americans to feel free to forgo masks when walking, running, […]

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Travon Free And Martin Desmond Roe Talk About Police Violence And Their Oscar-Winning Short ‘Two Distant Strangers’

Last night, Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe won the Oscar for their short film, Two Distant Strangers. Among other things, the movie is perhaps the most bleak-yet-realistic-feeling time loop movie ever made. A loop in which Carter, played by rapper Joey Badass, tries any number of ways to keep from getting murdered by a […]

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No, Joe Biden Isn’t Really Trying To Steal Your Burgers — An Explainer

If you spent any time watching conservative news this weekend, you might have heard that President Joe Biden is planning on limiting every American’s red meat consumption as part of his administration’s ambitious new climate plan. Fox News ran with a graphic titled “Up In Your Grill” that informed the public that Biden’s climate requirements […]

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Is Europe Open For US Travelers This Summer Or Not? An Explainer

Americans woke up Monday to some welcome travel news, with headlines that read, “Fully vaccinated Americans will be able to vacation in the EU this summer, European Commission president tells New York Times” from CNN and “European Union will let vaccinated Americans visit this summer: official” from FOX News. The headline of the original New […]

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It Has Been a Week, So Please Enjoy This Palate-Cleansing Homage to Black Excellence From Zendaya and Law Roach

Zendaya speaks onstage during ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Randy Shropshire for ESSENCE (Getty Images) Y’all, we have missed so much this past year—family reunions, brunches, concerts, the Met Gala, casual hookups (if you’re into that kinda thing—no judgments). I’ve now celebrated two birthdays in this damned panorama, so […]

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The Existential Crisis That Led to the European Super League Fiasco

The European Super League, perhaps the biggest debacle in sports history, was born of desperation, and it showed. Twelve breakaway clubs—the largest in England, Spain, and Italy—announced their new competition on Sunday with a logo, a half-finished website, and nothing else. They launched without two of the continent’s biggest teams, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, […]

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Why the Super League “Dirty Dozen” Are Obsessed With Fortnite

The European Super League, perhaps the biggest debacle in sports history, was born of desperation, and it showed. Twelve breakaway clubs—the largest in England, Spain, and Italy—announced their new competition on Sunday with a logo, a half-finished website, and nothing else. They launched without two of the continent’s biggest teams, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, […]

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The Glow Up 50: In Praise of the Glam Squad

The Glow Up 50The Glow Up 50Our annual celebration of the black tastemakers, trendsetters and innovators elevating the world of style. In this most unconventional of awards seasons, we are proudly closing out our second annual celebration of Black creatives innovating the worlds of fashion, beauty and media, better known as The Glow Up 50. […]

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Ben Shapiro Goes Trolling in Hollywood

The war over cancel culture is reaching new levels of absurdity. Earlier this year, Lucasfilm dropped the actress Gina Carano from its Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian after she likened conservatives—who she said are “hated” for their political views—to Jews who had died in the Holocaust. Her comments generated the usual cycle of backlash: #FireGinaCarano […]

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What Did the Sacklers Know?

The story of Ann Hedonia, the legal secretary at Purdue who researched the memo about recreational OxyContin use, is a study in how the company demeans and discredits those with substance use disorders. In the book, Keefe gives Ann Hedonia the pseudonym Martha West. One day at Purdue’s headquarters in Connecticut, a top lawyer, Howard […]

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The Blake Bailey Fiasco Implicates Everyone

When The Los Angeles Times asked Blake Bailey what he thought about Laura Marsh’s review of his Philip Roth biography in The New Republic, he replied, “That was harsh. I mean, wow.” He had a heavier hitter on his side, anyway: “David Remnick of The New Yorker says that I’m ‘uncowed,’ that I let the […]

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The Glow Up 50: For the Love of Dap

The Glow Up 50The Glow Up 50Our annual celebration of the black tastemakers, trendsetters and innovators elevating the world of style. It’s no small thing to have an award named in your honor, but the designer known as Dapper Dan is no small entity—in fact, he’s larger than life. The journalist turned self-taught couturier born […]

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The Black Panther Party Has Never Been More Popular. But Actual Black Panthers Have Been Forgotten.

Though Odinga and Muntaqim have been recently granted the opportunity to live out their final years among family and friends, over a dozen Black Panthers and other Black liberation activists remain incarcerated, including Russell “Maroon” Shoatz, Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown), Kamau Sadiki, and Mutulu Shakur (Tupac’s stepfather). Many of these incarcerated […]

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Bringing the Black Radical Tradition to the Oscars

This year’s slate of nominees for the Academy Awards brings Amiri Baraka to mind. In his 1965 essay “The Revolutionary Theatre,” Baraka called for Black productions that might “stagger through our universe correcting, insulting, preaching, spitting craziness … but a craziness taught to us in our most rational moments.” One wonders what Baraka—who insisted upon the […]

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Dave Chappelle Is Launching His First-Ever Podcast, Along With Friends Talib Kweli And Yasiin Bey

“Last summer, Yellow Springs [Ohio] was what Hollywood is supposed to be,” says Talib Kweli about the much mythologized “Chappelle Summer Camp” of 2020, which has now given birth to Dave Chappelle’s first podcast. “What we realized is that Hollywood and all that stuff is fake. The real dopeness is where the people are. If […]

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I Hope You Already Got That Pair of Kobe’s That You Wanted Because If Not, You’re About to Pay Stupid Prices For Them

Nike Kobe 6 Protro “Grinch” Photo: Panama Jackson On December 24, 2020, Nike (and I presume the Kobe Bryant estate, headed up by his wife Vanessa Bryant) decided to re-release the Nike Kobe Zoom 6 Protro in the green apple/black/volt-crimson colorway. The shoes, affectionately referred to as the “Kobe Grinches” (because of their super green […]

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Soccer Is Broken. The European Super League Proves It.

Tottenham, meanwhile, is in seventh place and literally fired its manager on Monday; Arsenal, a basket case, is in tenth, and appears to be in the midst of a rebuild that will take years. Ex-players have been particularly vocal, with Gary Lineker and Jamie Carragher blasting the move on English television. Players and managers have […]

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When Richard Wright Broke With the Communists

The Man Who Lived Underground is constructed of the precise, often terse, sentences that are a hallmark of Wright’s work, and its prose, thrumming with energy, has many pleasures to offer. Its story, in contrast, contains none. Simply put, it’s a work of horror. The book’s protagonist is Fred Daniels, a Black man employed by […]

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The Book That Stopped an Outbreak of Nuclear War

Heeding what he saw as the lesson of Tuchman, Kennedy was thinking two or three moves ahead, worrying about the potential ramifications of any action. On August 21, Robert Kennedy, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, Secretary of State Dean Rusk, and Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs McGeorge Bundy were scheduled to discuss […]

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Whither the Religious Left?

Biden’s Catholicism has proved politically complicated in telling ways. His position on abortion, the issue that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) upholds as “preeminent,” has evolved along with the Democratic Party’s to become firmly pro-choice, including no longer supporting the Hyde Amendment—a breach so alarming to the USCCB’s leadership that a special working […]

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The Funk Boutique: Celebrating Successful Black Women, Sustainability, and Sneakers

Photo: Jason Kempin (Getty Images) Everything’s coming up American fashion! The first Monday in May has always been known as “Met Gala Day,” when the most elite of the elite come out dressed to impress and preview the exquisite annual costume exhibit hosted by Anna Wintour and Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute of […]

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