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Monday, March 3 2003


I remember as a toddler being damn near being reduced to tears of relief and exhilaration when Mr. Rogers looked me in the eye and recognized my own inner dramas. Through the course of an episode he gently untied all the psychic knots that get twisted in the mind of a troubled childhood.

Wednesday, February 26 2003

My Black Male Feminist Heroes

It is much more difficult for black men to own up to their backward-ass gender politics, particularly in public, but this is the stance that longtime writer and journalist Kevin Powell took in his brilliantly brave essay 'The Sexist in Me.'

Monday, February 24 2003


The more Augusta National Golf Club hangs on to outdated principles, the more it lets go of its future.

Thursday, February 13 2003

When Fashion Throws Back

Not since shaggy haired, indie rockers stormed their local thrift shops for ironic ringer tees and mesh hats has a retro fashion hit the streets with such a force.

Monday, February 10 2003

Same Old, Same Old

Martin Bashir's effort to catch Jackson out, to expose even the slightest craziness, was evident from the outset.

Covering Columbia

When it comes to major events, the dedicated news channels have become increasingly reliant on centering their broadcasts on provocative imagery.

And Now He’s Got the Stubble

When Michael Jackson calls Tony Mottola 'devilish' or dangles his baby, the media grind into high gear for weeks.

Wednesday, February 5 2003

The Weird Trilogy: Iggy Pop’s Arista Recordings

The chance to revisit these albums is not likely to result in any critical reevaluation, but at least it's a chance to enjoy a boldly experimental phase in the career of one of rock's most intriguing artists.

Tuesday, February 4 2003

Bulls on Parade

The Super Bowl exemplified the star-spangled ethos of a nation, glossed over and wrapped up in a monumental production.

“Can’t you see what you mean to me?”: A Tribute to Nell Carter

Nell Carter, who died January 23 at age 54, will be remembered by many for her tough-as-nails, but also motherly and loving housekeeper, Nell Harper on the NBC sitcom Gimme a Break!.

Wednesday, January 29 2003

“We’re Going to Make a Painting For You”: An Interview with Black Heart Procession’s Pall Jenkins

Pall Jenkins talks about the band's new record, Amore Del Tropico, a sunnier but equally subversive look at love gone awry.

Meet Stew, the Best Songwriter in America, and His Negro Problem

I'm not really sure if the critical neglect of Stew has anything to do with his being black . . . it's pretty clear that he's just not doing fashionable music.

Tuesday, January 28 2003

The Globalized Association

The NBA is becoming less insular, resembling much more closely the face of international soccer for the ease with which players cross national boundaries to play for 'foreign' nations.

Thursday, January 23 2003

Reflections: A Tribute to Maurice Gibb

Maurice Gibb, as a part of the Bee Gees, had a significant hand in writing some of the most popular and well-known songs of all time.

Thursday, January 9 2003

Male Bashing on TV

Welcome to the new comic image of men on TV: incompetence at its worst.

Post-Fab: Scores, Scandals, and Stigmas in College Athletics

Pessimists argue that this bygone role of college sports can no longer exist, yet students and educators can decide to wrest their teams away from negative outside influences. As a result, it may be possible to remove the athletic albatross from bringing down the academic worth of the institution, and college athletics would once again truly serve the student body.

Viagra: The New Image of Baseball

Baseball needs a new marketing campaign and fast, or it really is in danger of becoming a relic of another era.

Thursday, January 2 2003

The Pianist: An Interview with Adrien Brody

Roman doesn't even like using a stand-in.

Best Shorts of 2002

A fan of making lists, movies, and making lists of movies, I’ve published best-of lists consistently for about ten years. That such lists usually

Best Television 2002

It’s been about 8,760 hours since the last time that I wrote a year-end best list. Considering that I receive 68 channels on my television, if

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