Thursday, March 7 2013
While people were killing and dying, what did it matter whether there were decent songs being sung, insightful films being produced, appropriate art being inspired? When did poetry ever stop a war?
Sunday, March 3 2013
Black people had plenty to say about slavery -- especially slaves themselves -- and as soon as they learned to write, they did.
Sunday, February 3 2013
A mother attempting to stab her own daughter, an exorcism, a school suspending a student -- author Bernadette Barton describes growing up in the religious South.
Thursday, January 31 2013
Comics-in-Chief: Laughing With (and At) the Presidents - The Growth of Democracy & the Flow of Humor
“Greatest” and “worst” president surveys continue to reveal what is surely not just a coincidence: we have always and still continue to revere our wits in the White House.
Monday, January 28 2013
Picture such a creature in your mind and see how it compares to the one in mine: White. Well-fed. Armed. Christian. I’m seeing Boss Hogg in Bermuda shorts, Foghorn Leghorn in a business suit, Britney Spears in a monster truck.
Sunday, January 27 2013
Deaf and punk cultures seem to share a similar outsider status, and Deaf clubs and social media, like punk bars and fanzines, offer refuge and regeneration, community-building and cures for boredom.
Wednesday, January 23 2013
There’s a fine line between showing violence and fetishizing it. Have we crossed it?
Monday, January 21 2013
The biggest difference between the Black Chicago Renaissance and the Harlem Renaissance is brand awareness. The fact is, from roughly the early ‘30s to the ‘50s, Chicago was black America’s most fruitful cultural capitol.
Thursday, January 10 2013
Fiction lets us to explore our weirdest speculations and darkest fears about the person who sits in the White House. Is reality, under America's current president, worse than fiction?
Monday, January 7 2013
The end of the year is a time for festivities, joy... and naysayers to lament the end of cultural artifacts. The naysayers needn't fear. The world hasn't ended, again. It's just different, now.
Sunday, January 6 2013
Our culture is on a deathtrip. Do we secretly wish for the end of the world?
Thursday, December 20 2012
More than 100 “hobbits” journeying from a half dozen countries to celebrate the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in the Middle of Middle-earth (aka Wellington, New Zealand). They developed a unique fan fellowship—and along the way, met Peter Jackson.
Thursday, December 13 2012
Do we need to teach kids about LGBT people in our schools? Well, it's only normal that kids will have questions about such things, especially when Uncle Dan suddenly insists on being called Aunt Dana and is borrowing earrings from Mommy.
Tuesday, December 4 2012
The recent news of the reconciliation between pop stars Chris Brown and Rihanna highlights how upsetting it is that no lessons were learned from that fateful night in 2009.
Monday, November 19 2012
The buzz word from the 2012 presidential election is "diversity". It's a good story. The look of the Obama crowd had both the structure and randomness of a Jackson Pollock painting. It was the ol' melting pot writ large.
Sunday, November 18 2012
An overrated meal. Awkwardly catching up with family members. Black Friday. A boring and ugly color scheme. Thanksgiving is just the worst.
Democrats have returned the term 'Liberal' to the political lexicon. Long live the 'L'.
Thursday, November 15 2012
In the works of many New Wave auteurs, a sense of alienation often leads to disillusionment. Unlike the pessimism of many of her contemporaries, Agnes Varda views alienation as a quest for identity, one that offers hope and freedom, no matter the uncertainties.
Wednesday, November 7 2012
Among the things that members of the LGBT community should be most grateful for are those straights who have joined in the fight to ensure our equality and recognition under the law, from Avan Jogia to Zach Wahls.
Tuesday, October 16 2012
I was expecting Frederick Wiseman's cinema verite masterpiece for this column. Imagine my surprise when I was served up John Stalberg Jr.'s sophomoric High School, instead.