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Tuesday, March 12 2013

We Saw Your Hypocrisy: Seth MacFarlane, Hollywood, and the Liberal Media

When PC people manufacture controversies such as the uproar over Seth MacFarlane's Oscar humor, they reveal that they are oblivious to how they consistently confirm every unflattering stereotype depicting them as humorless bores.


Tuesday, February 12 2013

Queen of Disco: The Legend of Sylvester

As America moves forward into a new era of equality, it would be only right for music fans to look back on the career of Sylvester with both enthusiasm and regret.


Tuesday, November 13 2012

Takin’ It Easy for Us Sinners: The Dude and Jesus Christ

Even a cursory look at The Big Lebowski and the Gospel reveals that Jesus of Nazareth was an original Dude and Lebowski of Los Angeles is, in his own way, a practitioner of Jesus’ way and life.


Monday, September 17 2012

The Way You Do The Things You Do: Sex Education and Smokey Robinson

In his golden years, Smokey Robinson is more convincingly and excitingly sexual and sensual than nearly every young performer who will join the parade of sensationalistic imagery on the MTV VMA awards.


Monday, August 13 2012

What Happened to Romance and Joy in Music?

Pop music should not merely raise brand awareness in slick advertisement campaigns; it should also seek to inject the culture with love, hope, and joy.


Sunday, May 13 2012

The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster: A Portrait in Freedom

Blues, gospel, and jazz singer Ruther Foster spent so much time on the road that her songwriting suffered -- yet the folk, Stax soul, and gospel that accompanied the sound of tires spinning on asphalt gave her a different kind of musical inspiration.


Tuesday, May 1 2012

Shemekia Copeland and Ronnie Baker Brooks Take a Class

Copeland and Brooks infected my classroom with the ‘existential freedom’ that allows each person to stare into the darkness, yet somehow and someway, find the words, the voice, and the courage to sing a sweet song. That is, they gave us all the blues.


Tuesday, March 13 2012

Get a Leg Up: The Power of Angelina Jolie’s Pose

The impassioned reaction, both negative and positive, to Angelina Jolie and her leg proves the power of the strong and independent woman, and demonstrates the discomfort such female power provokes.


Monday, February 13 2012

Some People Have a City Instead of a Life: The Work of Tim Hall

Tim Hall possesses the uncanny gift to compress startling insight into short phrases with such care and concision that he could likely turn a Twitter feed into a system of philosophy.


Tuesday, January 24 2012

‘How to Make It in America’? Well for Starters, Don’t Make Hopeful Television

The HBO dramedy How to Make It in America, despite being one of television's best programs, could not make it because it was too hopeful and joyful to survive a culture of cyncism.


Thursday, December 8 2011

As the Spirit Moves Mary: The Life and Art of Mary J. Blige

If My Life gave people insight and empowerment who shared the singer’s despair, My Life II is the amplification of three of the most important words in the English language: It is possible.


Tuesday, November 15 2011

All That We Learned About Livin’: John Mellencamp’s Legacy

At nearly every level of his career, John Mellencamp used his great music to send the message that quarry workers, farmers, single mothers, and everyday people are just as important as rock stars with supermodel wives.


Sunday, October 23 2011

Michael Moore vs. Jon Stewart: The Self-Destruction of the American Left

Michael Moore is a populist and Jon Stewart is an elitist. The blind liberal embrace of the superficial smugness of Stewart and detachment from the heroism of Moore is the most powerful and convincing illustration of the suicidal tendencies, moral bankruptcy, and spiritual decay of the American left.


Sunday, September 11 2011

We Piss Anywhere: ‘Sympathy for Mick Jagger’

Mick Jagger is the devil; the avatar for the swaggering, fatally self-assured hedonist who will piss anywhere with a cocky smirk written all over his face that only confirms there is nothing you can do to stop him.


Tuesday, August 9 2011

The Human Collision: A Conversation with Matt Nathanson About Modern Love

Songwriter Matt Nathanson has just made his finest statement with his new album, Modern Love, a diverse collection of songs about relationships, sexuality, and intimacy in a rapidly changing world.


Wednesday, July 6 2011

Hall and Oates: Still Relevant. Still Rocking.

Hall and Oates use the internet and collaboration with young bands and artists to infuse their classic songs with modern sensibilities. This is why their concerts are filled with fans that were barely born when those songs were written.


Monday, May 9 2011

Selling Sex: The Media, Fantasy, and How I Fell in Love with Britney Spears

It all started when I was in Walgreens buying deodorant and I saw her looking me right in the eye with a glossy glow from the cover of an October 2010 issue of US Weekly.


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