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Hitchcock, Zeal and the Velvet Rope

More than almost any other of the great directors, Hitchcock filled his films with characters that are either explicitly or implicitly coded as gay. And almost always as villainous.

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Starfleet Unitards for Women

Trekkie compilations and more cocoa in Starfleet to confront viewers with the show's embedded sexism.

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"Cop Out": Old Bible Stories / Modern Archetypes

This hero-worship is some old rehashing of Bible stories- the absent omnipotent father who will act as the ultimate punisher, executioner and maker of the law, while still allowing the privileged kid to grow up in heavenly wealth and luxury.

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Clipping all the difference(s) into patterns of hierarchy all around!

Arg! And here I was just sifting through the current news, looking for health care coverage, but got assaulted with this crap in the headlines.

Music

India's Fair Skin Ambassadors Welcome Hip-Hop's New Dark Knight (video)

Since Shahrukh Khan is showing Akon around Bollywood, imagine that awkward moment when the two are out on the town and they encounter the Fair and Handsome advertising chair, and Shahrukh Khan says to Akon, "I'd like you to meet my sponsor."

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Those "Crazy Colored People": Reading Race in Mental Health

Where white kids are depressed, black kids are pathological, even when demonstrating the same behavior in a classroom. NPR's Tell Me More investigates why "Blacks, Latinos Less Likely Treated For Depression". Perhaps the facts of race explain insanity for many, and there's no treatment for that.

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What It'd Be Like to Tweet, FB-Update or Podcast Live from the 1963 March on Washington

Digitizing revolutions: The Negro still is not free [‘My lord’ a sister can be heard saying, and you can almost see her gleaming from sweat, fanning herself and shaking her head side to side with her eyes firmly fixed on Dr. King].

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Culture

Happy Blackface Day in German-Speaking Lands!

The January 6th edition of the Aachener Zeitung predictably found that one Black child to shoot! Epiphany in German speaking lands is what it is: Three Wise Men or not, each little German town will prance an anonymous Black him or her around to announce the coming of the Prince of Peace.

Television

Not-So-Tragic-Mulatto's Low Point: Crossing the Color Line in 'The Jeffersons'

This episode was played really well -- and played pretty close to the race line. Neither have iconic images as old as the archetypical bi-racial character in Imitation of Life, the 1959 classic with the tragic mulatto, nor has the sheer election of Barack Obama pressed Americans to tackle the race question head on. In the thick of those two eras stands a time when television seemed to have more gall around "difference".

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Victim's Gay Hero and Modern Marvels of Social Change

No, gays won’t have to march- there are plenty more ways for heroes to come out to battle. What if lynching had gone viral? Remember that Dr. King had no iPhone, hence the distance between Montgomery and Atlanta was enormous, but dwarfed by now the Internet (not to mention I-85).

Internet

Why won't rappers rap about marriage?

“He’s the most influential rapper in the world. If anyone can change young black men’s attitudes about marriage, all fingers point to Hov,” charges Jozen Cummings on The Root.com, a candy store for the politicized hip-hop junkie.

Games

A Dyslexic's Wet Dream: Lift Up and Fly Like a Bird

Mad love for Mariah Carey's artistry, exhibited through her "Fly Like a Bird" performance on American Idol.

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The Navy bla bla bla…but not charged with a hate crime.

Forced retirement is a lot better off than the dishonorable discharge many face under DADT, and the gap in pay and benefits is huge.

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"RE: Raw Video of Derrion Albert 16 teen year old beaten to death ..."

How slow is too slow for non-violence? One girl counts to five and voila!

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