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On The Walking Dead, an Allegory of White Supremacy

Outrage over the hit AMC series The Walking Dead has fractured its audience into faithfuls, hate-watchers, and deserters; and at the root of this outrage is the demise of most of its black characters. The death rate of black people in Robert Kirkman’s survival horror story reminds many black Americans of the real-world situation in […]

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On “10 Hours Walking” – A Lady Bits Outtake

Jacqui Moore and I discussed street harassment in episode 15 of Lady Bits, referencing the Hollaback and Jezebel videos that went viral during late October/early November. The following passage did not make its way into the recording, but remains a valuable message about the relationship between empathy, satire, and opportunism. The adage that “imitation is […]

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The Creep Who Raised Us: Bill Cosby Continues to Teach from Beyond Redemption

We have lost an American treasure to a fate far worse than death. Comedy legend Bill Cosby sullied his name and the minds of all who revered him, and the internet has been a vigil for all to react to losing America’s greatest TV dad to an unsettling number of sexual assault accusations. Many of […]

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Think Being a Woman in NYC is Hard? Try Being a Comedian!

As filmmaking technology and online content outlets continue to make attracting viewership more competitive, quickness tends to supersede quality. A recent example of this compromise premiered on Funny or Die just a few days after Shoshana Roberts’ daylong endurance of 100+ catcalls went viral. Inspired by the Hollaback video, 10 Hours of Walking in NYC […]

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Get “Funny Or Die” Trying – How The Latest Salvos On Racism Missed

In response to the murder of Michael Brown and subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Funny Or Die has produced 2 video sketches supposedly to release tension through satire. One video features a black man being harassed by a police officer for eating an ice cream cone on his own front porch, and the other parodies […]

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Taking “Return of Kings” Seriously: A Feminist Battle Unfit For Women

The heteronormative gender divide, reinforced by traditional values and mass media, can be found everywhere that people consume content. From seemingly innocuous ‘battle of the sexes’ game shows, to emotionally manipulative romantic comedies, and even debates that take place in state and federal government, both genders have been subject to countless representations of gender double […]

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Funny Business: Does the Comedy Economy Shortchange Its Most Valuable Resource?

“New York has closed itself off to the young and the struggling…New York City has been taken away from you. So my advice is: Find a new city.” –Patti Smith at Cooper Union, May 2010 Rock icon Patti Smith’s advice to budding artists hoping to sustain themselves in New York while pursuing their dreams applies […]

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An Open Letter to Ridiculous, A Word on the Brink of Moral Bankruptcy

Dearest Ridiculous, Before you get defensive, I want you to know that what I have to say comes from a loving place. Though I admit to playing favorites with words from time to time, you are all of equal importance because, without you, we people would have a hard time defining our lives. I recognize […]

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Jump Into The Gap: Why Skipping College Shouldn’t Be So Unpopular

A 2012 commercial for the Gerber Life College Plan should alarm Millennials and the generations that succeed them. In this ad, new parents discuss saving money for their babies’ college funds. Although the dialogue includes a reasonable option for insuring a solid financial base for their children upon young adulthood, the insistent last line of […]

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The Internet: Where Everything Is Awesome, But Nobody Matters

Allow me to jump out in front of the hypocrisy that you will most certainly call out for writing this post. As an independent writer of online content, I, like many others who would prefer to spend their days spouting their thoughts to the internet community, would be thrilled to find out that my articles […]

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Gentrification Is Not Just An ‘Angry Black Man’ Problem – An open letter to the anchors of PIX 11 Morning News

To Kori Chambers and Sukanya Krishnan of PIX 11: To allay any suspicion that a bias in favor of Spike Lee influenced my decision to write this message, I need you to understand that although I have enjoyed most of Spike Lee’s films, there are matters that he has been vocal about in the past […]

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Not Done With Slavery: What Black Oppression Narratives in Today’s Media Say About America

Immediately upon reading an email this morning about “another poignant book about slavery,” it was difficult to determine whether the “#FREEDOM” that ended the message was sarcastic. After clicking the provided link to more information about Tonya Cherie Hegiman’s Willow, and knowing the sender relatively well, I concluded that the hash tag was sincere. My […]

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Grownups Are Doing Happiness Wrong, So Says A Kid With No Problems

14-year-old Logan LaPlante became a YouTube darling last year by having life all figured out. In his TEDx speech at the University of Nevada, Logan laid out a clastic blueprint for a more fulfilling existence than the one conventional education facilitates. Logan deserves much of the praise he has received for having the poise to […]

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The WrestleMania Railroad: How WWE Has Outpaced The Mainstream in Intra-racial Diversity

Race and ethnicity have influenced promotion in professional wrestling since long before it became a billion-dollar industry being broadcast worldwide. Back when the ability to put asses in seats was the only source of revenue, promoters had to cast their shows based on talent with whom the local audience would culturally identify. Living legend Bruno […]

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At the 2014 Australian Open, It’s ‘Game, Set, Match’ for Sexism

Before this rant commences, here is the back story: Canadian tennis pro Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the Australian Open semifinals by defeating Ana Ivanovic, who was favored to win In other words, Bouchard, a professional athlete demonstrated her excellence in front of millions of people Former tennis pro turned sideline reporter Samantha Smith had the […]

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Down With Dope, Booze, Junk Food, and Couches: An Open Letter To Nancy Grace

Firstly, Ms. Grace, congratulations on all of your success. Being a mother, wife, and public figure all at once is no small task, and your apparent ability to balance those roles deserves commendation. Although I have only seen a few segments of your HLN show over the years, I can still tell that your prior […]

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Are Millennials the Real #FirstWorldProblems?

Although shortening attention spans allow for the term to seem new, American Exceptionalism influenced the attitudes of US citizens long before the term resurfaced as a rallying cry against current national dissonance. As far back as the Gay (18)90s and the Roaring 20s, aggrandizing the periods during which we live predates Facebook’s ascent as the […]

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The Real “Sexy” Halloween Costumes of 2013

It’s that time of year again, Humanoids, when legions of young ladies take to the streets looking like rookie sex workers. It is the day women revoke their own licenses of self-respect in exchange for copious amounts of cheap booze and even cheaper costumes, when men are allowed to call women ‘slutty’ when they would […]

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6 Years Later, The Invisible President Emerges

President Barack Obama’s press briefing last week had a deeper impact than his historic election in 2008. To those jaded by politics, there was little hope that Obama would be able to honor a fraction of his promises within the current system. But when he confronted Americans who would rather not acknowledge the reality of […]

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All Your Brains Are Belong To Us. Signed, The Internet

The other day I read a disturbing Facebook status update: a man wished his wife a happy anniversary. Of all the modes of communication to declare continued love for his lady, he decided that the more private methods wouldn’t suffice. No, a public declaration was necessary to emphasize that he’s yet to reconsider his commitment […]

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A Man’s Response to “Why Men Aren’t Real Men Anymore”

As with any online opinion article, the user comments’ section of Paul Hudson’s Why Men Aren’t Real Men Anymore had its fair share of dissent, ranging from tempered retorts to impassioned dismissals of the author’s audacity. Doubtless that Hudson’s intention was to provoke readers, he should be commended for accomplishing what all published writer’s (the […]

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Tinder Tips: Advice from an A**hole

I get it, ladies. That clock is ticking, and it’s been hard to meet adult men now that the well of college guys has long dried up. You’ve tried the set-ups by friends, even tried Match.com, but you’ve still come up loveless. And all these false starts have led you to the most logical next […]

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The Cultural Hangover of Steak & BJ Day

Every year, over the past decade, the lure of St. Patrick’s Day collides with the wake of an observance of less historic magnitude. Still, it appears that this newer celebration has aftereffects that scoff at the headaches, vomiting, and embarrassment brought on by excessive drinking. Steak & Blowjob Day, on March 14, appeared to be […]

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A Breath of Froggy Fresh Air: How A YouTube Sensation Redefined “Keeping It Real”

Since the turn of the millennium, regional influences in rap music have shifted from its coastal beginnings to the American south. Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida have become breeding grounds for the most popular rappers of the past decade. And to the credit of these performers, their success stems just as much from unheard-before […]

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Humanity Check: The Uppercut as an American Teaching Moment

It was the punch heard ‘round the country, an incident recorded by phone-equipped amateurs showing an altercation between on-duty Cleveland bus driver Artis Hughes and 25-year-old Shi’dea Lane. The barely intelligible argument escalated to violence and virally became national news. And although acts of violence on public transportation routinely surface on the internet, the fallout […]

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The Real “Sexy” Costumes of Halloween

Ah, Halloween: the one day of the year when women test the fashion boundaries of “she was asking for it” without anyone believing that they actually are. It’s that magical night when willingly adopting an indiscriminately promiscuous exterior somehow won’t cancel out the respect women demand in hetero-social spaces every other day of the year. […]

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Why I Won’t Vote: An Open Letter to Obama for America

The following letter was submitted to the ‘Questions or comments’ page of BarackObama.com. To the Obama Administration: I will not vote in the 2012 Presidential Election, but a sense of civic responsibility has prompted me to explain why. As the Republican and Democratic campaigns have picked up momentum, it is extremely challenging to believe that […]

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The 2011-2012 NBA: A Season In Review and A Nation In Peril

This NBA season has delivered in ways that the last lockout-shortened season did not. Players learned from their predecessors’ missteps in 1999 by arriving to training camp in relatively good shape. And although their rust showed well into the season, the storylines that ensued made fans believe that this season would be a worthy sequel […]

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Bobbing for Racists: What Makes Halloween Scary at American Colleges

Halloween is upon us, which means that millions of college students will engage in tasteful get-togethers, where the refreshments are sure to enhance the already sophisticated events to which coeds are inherently accustomed. I kid. This weekend’s college environment will primarily consist of drunken young adults, whose costumes will range from topical to every variation […]

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La Gente vs Katt Williams: A case of passion and comedy diverged

Humor is the good-natured side of a truth. – Mark Twain Comedian Katt Williams showed up on America’s radar as an emerging star in 2002 with his role in Friday After Next. Since then, he has parlayed his persona of the diminutive pimp into a multi-million dollar career with successful standup specials and feature roles […]

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25 Reasons To Be Pretty Damn Depressed You Live In New York City

Two weeks ago, the Village Voice’s blog I Really Do Heart New York featured an article called “50 Reasons to Be Pretty Damn Euphoric You Live in New York City,” reminding New York residents that they have little to complain about when living one of the most advanced and influential cities in the world. It […]

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Cereal Almost Murdered My Childhood

Growing up, I loved cereal. You probably did, too. It was the perfect companion for a Saturday morning of TV watching. It’s the express breakfast that some of us still depend on as adults. But beneath its nutritional value and great taste lives a seedy underbelly that breeds bad behavior and questionable values. And that […]

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