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Monday, March 10 2003

South by Southwest 2003: A Field Journal

PopMatters kicks off its daily coverage of South By Southwest 2003 with a look at day one of the film festival, the highlights of which are Ron Mann's latest documentary Go Further and The Revolution Will Not Be Televised documenting the efforts of a revolutionary opposed by powerful forces.

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.'

Friday, December 27 2002

Of Big Oil, By Big Oil, For Big Oil: The 10 Most Startling Speculations and “Conspiracy Theories” Ab

The 10 Most Startling Speculations and 'Conspiracy Theories' About September 11 and America's New War by Mike Ward -- Following are the 10 most alarming theories about September 11, the 'war on terror,' and the future of the world.

Tuesday, September 10 2002

The Racial Lessons of 9/11

Unlike Arab-Americans, the flag that African-Americans know is so heavily drenched in blood and tears that it can never flutter lightly anywhere. Looking at how Arab-Americans use flags reminds me of the Biblical story when the God of Moses instructed the Hebrews to mark their doors with blood so that the wrath of God bypasses their homes.

Tuesday, June 25 2002

Be Like June . . .

If June Jordan has been invisible to the mainstream in her death, it was not simply because she was black, but because she was a black woman, who chose to be an activist and an intellectual, in a society that seemingly has little value for black women who aren't taking off their clothes, while celebrating their 'bootilicious' reality on a Viacom-owned video channel or an HBO 'sex' series.

Wednesday, May 15 2002

Love and Robots

Due to the uniquely democratic nature of comics, the medium has been praised for helping to create national identities, a space for archetypal storytelling, and even a shared language of words and images.

Wednesday, April 10 2002

Paranoia Over Privacy

How is a sense of security retained in an environment embedded with hidden policies and clauses that come to the foreground only after the fact? The same security measures put in place to protect our privacy have the capacity to strip them from us.

Wednesday, March 6 2002

Oh, what heights…: Chuck Jones [1912-2002]

During the 20-plus years he spent making cartoons for Warners, alongside such other luminaries as Fred 'Tex' Avery and Bob Clampett, Jones left an indelible mark on popular culture.

Thursday, November 15 2001

Harry Potter: The Storm Breaks

It's Harry's world right now -- the rest of us just live in it.

Thursday, September 27 2001

Tears, Fears, and Mariah Carey

A Tribute to Heroes', why I was glad to see that she looked less frazzled than I expected.

Banned in the U.S.A.?

Following the turmoil felt all across the United States after the events of September 11, 2001, Clear Channel Communications announced a list of songs that are deemed 'questionable' in the wake of terrorist attacks and a move towards war . . . And this sensitivity, it seems, means that anything that may cause listeners to think about the crisis at all is to be avoided.

Tuesday, September 18 2001

Four Movements and a Coda: Perspectives on a National Tragedy

I have been deeply conflicted by the events of the last week and the prayer vigil allowed me to finally understand that mourning the dead and valorizing American imperialism are two radically different concepts. The differences in these concepts will, unfortunately be will lost on some Americans.

Thinking With the Wrong Hemisphere

In the minds of whoever is responsible for these reprehensible attacks on the United States, the hijacked planes were but the means to an end –- their ultimate work will be done by us the moment we sacrifice any of our liberties in the name of security.

Sunday, September 16 2001

I Am the World Trade Center

After seeing and feeling this most recent national tragedy, I am proud, scared, anxious, and angry to pronounce that I, too, am the World Trade Center.

The End of the Push-Button War

The explosions of our weapons in foreign wars will not look like a video game. Not anymore.

Tuesday, July 10 2001

Is There a Gangsta Double Standard?

-- I personally have no problem saying that 'The Sopranos' and 'The Marshall Mathers LP' are masterpieces. I am simply waiting (maybe in vain) for media critics to acknowledge the creative genius of Black rap 'gangstas.'

Thursday, June 14 2001

Questioning the Answer

Now that Iverson is a superstar in professional basketball, critics are no longer able to point to his controversial gangsta image as a sign of the juvenile unruliness that had prevented him from winning early in his career. Instead, Iverson is widely praised for recognizing the error of his ways in order at last to 'grow up,' to 'accept responsibility,' and to 'become a man.'

Friday, May 25 2001

A Song for Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day, while others will attend cookouts, go to the movies, or find the nearest swimming hole, I will be going on a search to find Clyde's grave.

Tuesday, February 13 2001

Ten Modest Proposals

I'd like to point out that had this election not involved many large and cumbersome piles of punch-cards that the media insist on calling "votes," the process would have gone much more smoothly, quickly, and efficiently.

Friday, December 22 2000

Election Statement

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling effectively prohibiting recounts in Florida of what are being called “undervotes”—a ruling that has decided the

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