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We Saw Your Hypocrisy: Seth MacFarlane, Hollywood, and the Liberal Media

When PC people manufacture controversies such as the uproar over Seth MacFarlane's Oscar humor, they reveal that they are oblivious to how they consistently confirm every unflattering stereotype depicting them as humorless bores.

Music

Queen of Disco: The Legend of Sylvester

As America moves forward into a new era of equality, it would be only right for music fans to look back on the career of Sylvester with both enthusiasm and regret.

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Golden Dance Class

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Getting Away with Murder: A Conversation with Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes

Warren Haynes is a one man weapon of mass destruction. Rolling Stone ranked him as one of the 25 greatest guitar players in rock, and he is easily one of the genre’s best signers. We talked about the Gov't Mule's new release -- The Georgia Bootleg Box, his band’s history, and the future of his music.

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Evil Teen Records

Film

Takin' It Easy for Us Sinners: The Dude and Jesus Christ

Even a cursory look at The Big Lebowski and the Gospel reveals that Jesus of Nazareth was an original Dude and Lebowski of Los Angeles is, in his own way, a practitioner of Jesus’ way and life.

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Abide University Press

Music

John Condron: ...If Any or At All

Those who see John Condron perform live will get a firm grasp on the excitement and contemplative growth associated with the era that belonged to folkies carrying guitars through city cafes and small town bars. …If Any or At All is a sonic postcard representing that experience and presenting Condron’s thoughts and talents to anyone willing to take the musical and spiritual ride.

Music

The Way You Do The Things You Do: Sex Education and Smokey Robinson

In his golden years, Smokey Robinson is more convincingly and excitingly sexual and sensual than nearly every young performer who will join the parade of sensationalistic imagery on the MTV VMA awards.

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Politics

The Love of Light: Gore Vidal, 1925 - 2012

We must approach any consideration of Gore Vidal's vast body of work with fear and trembling, because if we do not properly understand and absorb his wisdom, we will have missed yet another opportunity to truly grasp American history and identity.

Music

What Happened to Romance and Joy in Music?

Pop music should not merely raise brand awareness in slick advertisement campaigns; it should also seek to inject the culture with love, hope, and joy.

Music

The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster: A Portrait in Freedom

Blues, gospel, and jazz singer Ruther Foster spent so much time on the road that her songwriting suffered -- yet the folk, Stax soul, and gospel that accompanied the sound of tires spinning on asphalt gave her a different kind of musical inspiration.

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Blue Corn Music

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Shemekia Copeland and Ronnie Baker Brooks Take a Class

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.

Film

Revisiting 'The Bodyguard': A Romantic Blockbuster for Adults

The legacy of the The Bodyguard, beyond the greatness of Whitney, the vision of Kasdan, and the wisdom of Costner, is that it's possible to please the public and produce profit on a massive scale by intelligently presenting the complexities of adult love.

Film

Get a Leg Up: The Power of Angelina Jolie's Pose

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.

Music

Real Life Intensity: A Conversation with Warren Haynes

Warren Haynes is the greatest living practitioner of blues-based, soul-inspired rock ‘n’ roll music. We discussed his new album Man In Motion, his life on the road, and the magic of “real life intensity” in music.

Books

Some People Have a City Instead of a Life: The Work of Tim Hall

Tim Hall possesses the uncanny gift to compress startling insight into short phrases with such care and concision that he could likely turn a Twitter feed into a system of philosophy.

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Undie Press

Television

'How to Make It in America'? Well for Starters, Don't Make Hopeful Television

The HBO dramedy How to Make It in America, despite being one of television's best programs, could not make it because it was too hopeful and joyful to survive a culture of cyncism.

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Stax Records

Music

As the Spirit Moves Mary: The Life and Art of Mary J. Blige

If My Life gave people insight and empowerment who shared the singer’s despair, My Life II is the amplification of three of the most important words in the English language: It is possible.

Music

Daryl Hall: Laughing Down Crying

After a 14-year hiatus from releasing new, original music, Daryl Hall is back to prove himself, yet again, as a songwriter. His new album, Laughing Down Crying, represents all the varied musical styles that live within the artistry of Hall.

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