Category: Pop Culture

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Marsha Coleman-Adebayo: Why White Folks Love Hidden Figures

This formula of black victims and white saviors forms the core of how Hollywood portrays the struggle of black people

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Juan Cole: “This Land:” The pro-Immigrant Radicalism of Lady Gaga and Guthrie at Half-Time

By beginning with Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” and then switching to Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is your Land,” Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta, 30) engaged in a subtle but very radical critique of the immigration and other policies of Donald J. Trump. Her switch at the end to quoting the pledge of allegiance with the Read more…

Robert Lipsyte: Football Is Trumpball Lite

Can Kaepernick Save Us?

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Badri Raina: On the pursuit of greatness

Technology now makes it possible for the smart ones to circumvent those laborious spans of time and effort, and to generate what may properly be nomenclatured selfie forms of greatness

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Dave Zirin:  Yes, Tom Brady’s Friendship With Donald Trump Matters

The most successful quarterback in the NFL is being willingly used as a way to deodorize an agenda animated by division and hatred

Lonnie Ray Atkinson: Unsafe Words: Ain’t my fault

A look at violence in the U.S.

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Juan Cole: Meryl Streep calls out Trump: Having Bully-in-Chief Coarsens whole Culture

Occasionally entertainment and politics intersect, often hitting a false note. You never want your screenplay to be, as they say in Hollywood, “on the nose.” You have to step sideways away from ordinary news and address some dimension of the human condition to make art. But in moments of national crisis, stars feel a need Read more…

Leonard Cohen: Everybody knows

Leonard Cohen’s lyrics are both prophetic and startlingly contemporary

Bruce Springsteen: This Land Is Your Land

‘I don’t know if a lot of people feel if this song is true any more, and I’m not sure that it is, but I know that it ought to be.’

Brian Ward: Why the World Series Is Tainted by Racism

Cleveland’s baseball team comes onto the national stage with the most spectacularly racist logo in professional sports: Chief Wahoo

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