Wednesday, June 13 2012
The sense that a cohesion of group identity was no longer a defining factor of black life had taken a firm hold in America. Then Trayvon Martin was killed.
Thursday, May 31 2012
It'd be a shame if the endless emphasis on youth results in a lack of "grown-up" concerns in pop culture. Here are five examples of the old kicking ass and refusing to give way to the young in mainstream pop culture.
Tuesday, May 1 2012
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.
Thursday, April 12 2012
For many artists of Armenian descent, engaging with the legacy of the 1915 genocide is more than dutiful; it's of crucial importance to how we understand and confront the modern world and its troubles.
Tuesday, April 3 2012
Sometimes, the prism of the future can be envisioned in the kitchen and playground, in unexpected forms of empowerment.
Sunday, April 1 2012
From Reagan in the '80s to Limbaugh in 2012, Republicans have an uncanny knack for linking themselves to musicians who don’t support them. Just ask Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and John Mellencamp.
Wednesday, March 21 2012
In light of a third animal death on set, HBO swiftly canceled its promising new racetrack drama. Was that move the least bit hypocritical?
Monday, March 19 2012
In 1957, Academy Award-nominated actress Dorothy Dandridge found herself at the center of a smear campaign that betrayed the patriarchal and racial politics of Hollywood and the US at large. The '50s were far from calm.
Tuesday, March 13 2012
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.
Thursday, February 9 2012
Films about LGBT people that are aimed at mass audiences win awards; films about LGBT people that are aimed at LGBT audiences… not so much. So, here's the Queer, Isn't It? Best Pic nominees.
Tuesday, January 31 2012
As challenging as it can be to grow up gay or lesbian in an area where the next closest homosexual is 50 miles away, it's often not the sad existence that an urban dweller might assume it to be.
Thursday, January 19 2012
Mort Sahl and Lenny Bruce were more than just maverick dissenters; they were the founding fathers of what would later coalesce under the umbrella of the “counter-culture”.
Sunday, January 8 2012
The upcoming documentary, Wish Me Away, centered on country singer Chely Wright chronicles the pains of coming out in Nashville and raises questions about why more country musicians haven’t come out.
Thursday, January 5 2012
Welcome to the 2011 Through the Looking Glass awards, the Anger Is An Energy edition. This was the year the whole earth shook, sending shock waves in all directions. We don't mean to imply that the seismic shifts were of equal magnitude: not every violent disturbance registered the same on our Richter scale.
Tuesday, January 3 2012
You’re a clever Casanova, Amazon. You knew if you could win my love with books, there’d be no stopping us.
Wednesday, December 14 2011
It's been over 70 years since Lili Elbe underwent the first gender reassignment surgery, so isn't it time that media in so-called 'advanced' cultures began to recognize the presence of trans persons in its midst?
Wednesday, December 7 2011
Get extra creative this holiday season with Kickstarter.
Wednesday, November 30 2011
Called a 'Stepin Fetchit', an 'Uncle Ruckus' and worse by black pundits, I have to wonder... Has Herman Cain found a way to talk about racism in America without actually saying that word?
Monday, November 14 2011
Despite gay rights progress on many fronts, the problems of black LGBT people are still largely invisible, as they are often shunned by the black communities from which they come.
Tuesday, October 11 2011
The Taqwacore movement seizes space in the punk narrative and social fabric, which allows Muslim voices to take root and explore their own version of rebellion.