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Tuesday, January 3 2006

A New Exorcise Program for 2006

Gadette seeks divine intervention to help 'trim some fat', so to speak.


Monday, January 2 2006

The 2005 YATS Image Awards

Sick and tired of the same old faces getting the same lame accolades from the media? In his ongoing attempts to keep it 'real', Harris presents his personal picks and pans from the previous entertainment year.


Thursday, December 22 2005

Thoughts on the NBA Dress Code

The new NBA dress code, which requires players to dress in 'business casual attire', is clearly and unapologetically directed toward suppressing hip-hop culture.


Wednesday, December 21 2005

Endgame

All life's games must come to an end. Harvey writes on the importance of a closing narrative... and bids adieu.


Tuesday, December 20 2005

Monochrome Christmas

With the holidays rapidly approaching, it's time to tap into the true spirit of the Season: the black and white stop motion melancholy of Suzy Snowflake and her devious elfin pals Hardrock, Coco and Joe.


Playing Ashamed

A tale of two songs, both with complicated manifestations of male sexuality that explicitly broach gratification and possession in the shadow of the Ying Yang Twins' 'Wait (The Whisper Song)'.


Monday, December 19 2005

Tailbacks of the World, Unite! Debunking the Myth of the Student-Athlete

The real travesty of college football is not that it fails to regularly account for a champion, but that it fails to account at any point for its players.


A Thinly-Veiled Display of “Democracy”

Arabesque -- A Thinly-Veiled Display of 'Democracy' -- The Egyptian government has long made it clear that its citizens should be happy with a limited, shall we say 'symbolic', political participation.


Sunday, December 18 2005

The Best Metal Albums of 2005

From metalcore to hardcore, guttural growls to soaring falsettos, and unabashedly sludgetastic to downright operatic, the cream of this year's metal crop is as eclectic as it is provocative.


Thursday, December 15 2005

Out of Proportion: Understanding the Medieval Motet

There is a parallel heard in the complex, seemingly conflicted harmony of 13th century music to today's dissonant world. As we struggle to fold our differences into an orchestrated 'global' accord, we might do well to challenge ourselves to stop, and truly listen.


Wednesday, December 14 2005

Austen’s Powers

Despite Jane Austen's obvious skill as a storyteller, her novel, Pride and Prejudice, is somewhat asexual. Thankfully, the new film version of the literary classic introduces some much needed physicality into this far too courteous romance.


Tuesday, December 13 2005

Holiday Shopping: The Good Fight

Warriors of Consumption, Black Friday Masses, The Joys of Discretionary Spending, The Privilege of Spending.


Monday, December 12 2005

All I Want for Christmas…

'Tis the season! Several modest proposals for Mr. S. Claus regarding studio execs, rock chicks, worldwide revolution, and other gift ideas.


How Chris Tucker Made a Fortune in Films Without Making Movies

Want a sure-fire way to a $20 million payday? Just follow the Chris Tucker example of salary security: don't make a movie for five years.


Sunday, December 11 2005

When Good Isn’t Enough

When a national music scene is mediocre at best, what exactly constitutes 'good'? Campbell trounces his fortified preconceptions about Beijing rock bands to find out.


Thursday, December 8 2005

Tech-tock: Technology the Time Saviour?

In their debut column on technology and culture, Osman and Springer consider a time-saving gadget... if they can just figure it out. And come to wonder which is the user, which the used.


Wednesday, December 7 2005

Good Night, Annie Lee Moss, and Good Luck

She knew the community and she knew the dynamics of life and activism in those perilous, McCarthy-era, pre-Rosa Parks days. What else did Annie Lee Moss know?


Monday, December 5 2005

Goodbye to Love

Romance -- or more specifically, the Romantic Comedy -- isn't dead; it's just been relegated to the '90s as said decade's defining genre de jour.


Sunday, December 4 2005

Ad Nauseum

With a WHUMP! on your doorstep that cracks the foundation, newspapers spread 'cheer' from Advertising Nation.


Where Have All the Black Girls Gone?

If a black woman ever needs reminding of the dearth of black female leads, she need only ask a white person what actress she most resembles. Chances are she'll hear 'Whoopi Goldberg' at some point.


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