Category: Pop Culture

Howard Bryant: On the Revolt of the Black Athlete

From Ali to LeBron James

Robert Lipsyte: Another Season of Despair

Or a Pigskin Blue Wave?

Nicolas Lalaguna: Elites control the message

From the news media to Hollywood

Laura Finley: NFL Anthem Protest Policy and Faux Patriotism

It’s very hard to understand the vitriolic opposition to this modest protest given that Kaepernick’s own explanation of it could only be offensive to a racist

Mike Ferner: Veterans’ Group Says “No” to Emmy for PBS Vietnam War Series

A national veterans’ organization is weighing in on this year’s Emmy awards with a full-page ad in Variety, saying Ken Burns and Lynne Novick’s “Vietnam War” series does not deserve a “Best Documentary” award

Molly Odintz: Radical Noir: 26 Activist Crime Novels

Revolutionaries, Agitators, and Organizers in Crime Fiction

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The NFL’s plan to protect America from witches

The NFL’s cheerleader problem shows exactly what’s wrong with the league’s management: They insist on being the self-appointed guardians of America’s mythological vision of itself

John Feffer: How ‘Black Panther’ Sees the World

The film contrasts aloof isolationism with Gates Foundation-style paternalism. It unfairly paints more revolutionary alternatives as narrowly violent

Joseph Tompkins: Woke Hollywood? The Marketing of Black Panther

Schools and neighborhoods will continue to deteriorate thanks to the very policies and promotions that make a film like Black Panther possible

Tom Engelhardt: Big Brother Isn’t Watching You

You’re Watching Him

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