The incredible story of Theranos has been all over the media lately. And with good reason. The 10 billion dollar fraud that was Theranos is the best microcosm of American culture since the O.J. Simpson trials. Both of these irresistible flashpoints in contemporary American life exposed design defects in our culture that we love to... Continue Reading →
You really can’t blame us for getting something so big so wrong the first time out. This whole thing started in the mid-20th century when black folks decided they really didn't like being called "nigger" 17 times a day- at work, at school, or just trying to buy a carton of milk at the grocery... Continue Reading →
MSNBC's Morning Joe occupies an important space in political-news-talk television. That is why so many rational people with an insatiable appetite for political discourse watch it almost daily. The alternative is to watch Fox & Friends but then the likelihood of a rational person choosing to watch that shameless, brainless propaganda-fest is pretty slim. In... Continue Reading →
The times when people really DON'T want to be bothered is probably exactly when they most need to be bothered. That simple message has to kick off this review of one of the most genuinely intriguing films I have seen in years. In a period when we have a television show host as president most... Continue Reading →
I was watching FX's new drama 'POSE' with my woman earlier this week and I had a seriously uncomfortable moment. My discomfort was not triggered by the subject matter itself: 'POSE' revolves around the lives of homosexuals, transsexuals and drag-queens in 1980's New York City at the height of the AIDS epidemic. What was so... Continue Reading →
It is profoundly disappointing and discouraging that the '70's era blaxploitation cult-classic film Superfly was remade and released this summer. If the filmmakers and the distributors had the capacity for self-awareness they would be ashamed of themselves. I don't give a damn how much money they can make by dumping this steaming pile of dog shit on... Continue Reading →
Today is Prince's birthday and it is cause for his friends and loved ones to celebrate. If you loved his music and appreciated what he gave to the world, that includes you. He made that abundantly clear over and over throughout his career. My appreciation for Prince and his music goes well beyond fandom and... Continue Reading →
I am not attacking Meghan McCain as an individual but lately she has been sinking into the floor and hanging out in the sunken place. Her shrill tantrum this week about how many American flags she has in her house and how she feels about NFL players anthem-kneeling was just the most recent proof that... Continue Reading →
We desperately need to redefine what qualifies as "news." Whatever a responsible news outlet comes up with as a formal definition CANNOT include the desperate and delusional ravings of a mentally ill rap-artist. Kanye West opining about history and politics is not news, so all major media outlets need to check themselves if they have... Continue Reading →
Monique used to be a funny comedian. But she made herself into a joke recently when she put out a video message imploring all of her fans to boycott Netflix for alleged racism and sexism. She didn't get the contract offer from them that she wanted so she decided that everybody else should quit watching... Continue Reading →
At long last, sisters are really getting their due. Everybody knows America loves it's "Jennifers" and I'm cool with that. I don't begrudge Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Anniston, Jennifer Garner or even Jennifer Lopez the wealth and fame that comes along with being in the official class of "America's Sweethearts." These lovely ladies all have their... Continue Reading →
This is one of those rare occasions where a marriage between something old and something new is a perfect union. Three decades have come and gone since Spike Lee altered the landscape of the film industry but it has barely been three years since Netflix forever changed the game for net-based entertainment. Back when Spike... Continue Reading →
Hey Atlanta! Spring is here and it’s time to venture out to your local farmers markets. Georgia has a variety of markets to choose from offering fresh, Continue Reading via Organically Good! — Peace Up ATL!
Scott Woods at Scott Woods Makes Lists compiles a sequel to his popular 2016 list of black picture books that aren’t about boycotts, buses, and basketball. via 28 MORE Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses, or Basketball (2018) — Discover
Hey Atlanta! I’ve missed chatting with you guys & sharing what’s on my mind. My quote for today: The best way to multiply your happiness Continue Reading via Cocktail Social: Crown Royal Red Snapper — Peace Up ATL!
When it's all said and done we usually wind up right back in high school. Rational and engaged political actors have been racking our brains over the Trump phenomenon for a full two years now. Closeted racism helps explain some of it but it just doesn't cut it no matter how convenient the truth may... Continue Reading →
The NFL hype machine is in full swing, firing on all cylinders and cranked up to its highest volume. The league needs this Super Bowl to do well- or at least keep pace with recent editions. The NFL is in a panic right now because the news has been littered with stories over the past... Continue Reading →
What’s up ATL? Happy New Year and all that good stuff! Ok, how many of you have fallen off the wagon from your new year’s resolution? Well if you have, don’t feel bad or beat Continue Reading via Friday Music Vibes — Peace Up ATL!
There are two distinct factions of conservative operatives who put Donald Trump into the White House and now they are in a bitter brawl over control of conservatism and the government itself. That brawl is getting uglier by the day and blood is about to spill in D.C. The so-called "alt-right" and the reviled "establishment Republicans"... Continue Reading →
A lot of us were teenagers when the charity of famous musicians came to the forefront of popular culture. Its a beautiful thing when those who are blessed with so much formally dedicate themselves to the most noble goal of sharing and spreading that wealth. Our friends from the U.K led us off in '84... Continue Reading →
It is a bitter irony that Otis Redding lost his life while he was flying high in the skies fifty years ago today. Stars belong in the sky and Otis was a star if ever there was one. His music has proven that it will certainly burn as long as any star we can gaze... Continue Reading →