Tuesday, July 12 2011
With The Homeland Directive writer Robert Venditti offers a deep and meditative work on the nature of personhood in an era of mass marketing. Easily the equal of the illustrious works of John Reed or Jonathan Franzen, The Homeland Directive elevates both the political thriller genre and the comics medium.
Tuesday, December 7 2010
Let’s continue our look at the biggest events in music, one month at a time, with February 2010.
Tuesday, January 12 2010
A new decade promises to bring fresh sounds and renewed vigor to R&B. Let's hope it keeps its promise.
Thursday, December 10 2009
In adapting author Sapphire's difficult novel for the screen, director Lee Daniels is helping change the way spectators view African American women by deploying stereotypes and then exploding them.
Monday, November 9 2009
Mad love for Mariah Carey's artistry, exhibited through her "Fly Like a Bird" performance on American Idol.
Monday, September 28 2009
Pop Heroism, One Song at a Time
Tuesday, April 14 2009
Certainly, my wet dreams aren’t of some wanton tragic mulatto naked on her hands and knees, projecting that very old Plantation style racial order (See the next-to-last scene of Monster’s Ball). Rather, I fantasize about Mariah, Barack and Alicia.
Wednesday, March 25 2009
Although perhaps the most album-like R&B album in recent memory, typical R&B pitfalls bring Love vs. Money down from the excellence The-Dream has proven capable of producing.
Wednesday, April 30 2008
The second act of Mariah's comeback doesn't wisely expand her sound: it instead succumbs to the blueprint so carefully laid out by its predecessor, a pointless remake that exists only because it has to.