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‘We Can’t Make Our Elections About Being Against Trump’

Cory Booker on the 2020 presidential race, Star Trek, and why it’s Gen X’s turn to save the day<p>As Democrats position themselves for the 2020 presidential election, one name is mentioned again and again: Cory Booker. Before becoming New Jersey’s first black U.S. senator, in 2013, Booker was the …

Star Trek

With great power comes great uncertainty: Marvel’s slowly evolving politics

Marvel wants to tell stories about American hegemony but can’t quite bring itself to do so.<p>In Ursula K. Le Guin’s most famous short story, “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas,” the city of Omelas is perfect for 99.99999999999999 percent of its citizens. There is ample leisure time and an abundance …

Marvel Universe

Did anyone else pick up on the disturbing messages in Marvel's 'Black Panther'?

The revolution has been commodified. During its opening weekend, <i>Black Panther</i> sold nearly half a billion dollars’ worth of tickets, thanks in large …

Black Panther's Lessons On Racism, Elite Apathy, Feminism, And More Create Space For Important Conversations

In the coliseum of the film, Marvel’s <i>Black Panther</i> has become the reigning <i>gladiator-triumphant</i>. It’s shattered a host of records, earned</b> …

The Tragedy of Erik Killmonger

The revolutionary ideals of Black Panther’s profound and complex villain have been twisted into a desire for hegemony.<p><b>The following article contains major spoilers.</b><p><i>Black Panther</i> is a love letter to people of African descent all over the world. Its actors, its costume design, its music, and …

Black Panther

Et Tu, Too?: Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” and the Revival of Black Postmodernism

<i>The newsworthy transformations wrought by Picasso, Pollock, Warhol, and Robert Mapplethorpe have been replaced by shiny ghosts. They are not news and</i> …

He was a Border Patrol agent. What he saw gave him nightmares.

How the job “can cause you to bottle up compassion or internalize violence.”<p>Francisco Cantú never thought he would become a US Border Patrol agent.<p>The grandson of a Mexican immigrant, Cantú had been studying international relations in college, but became “tired of reading about the border in books” …

This Renowned Wharton Professor's Best Leadership Advice: For the Love of God, Stop Brainstorming

Superstar leadership expert Adam Grant identifies the most important evidence-based truths to apply to your business today.<p>Leadership is not mysterious. If you understand how people and organizations behave, you'll have a pretty good idea how to maximize the performance of both. Fortunately, we're …

Leadership

The Provocation and Power of Black Panther

The biggest success of the new Marvel film isn’t representation, but its contemplation of identity, responsibility, and the future of a diaspora in an interconnected world.<p><b>This article contains light spoilers.</b><p>Blackness invites speculation. The very idea of a global African diaspora creates the most …

Black History

9 Writing Skills You Need to Have To Be Successful | Times Square Chronicles

9 Writing Skills You Need to Have To Be Successful<p>Which writing skills lead to success? How to develop them?<p>Read about writing skills; how to …

Football Players May Be Huge and Padded, but They’re Fast, and Runners Can Learn From Them

Playing in the NFL requires not just brawn but speed, and what goes into achieving this makes just as much sense for everyday runners as for Tom Brady.<p>Thanks to computer chips inserted into players’ shoulder pads since 2015, the NFL has been tracking the speed at which football is played. That …

NFL

The Case Against Tom Brady

He’s arguably the best quarterback of all time. That’s part of what makes him the absolute worst.<p>Perhaps the sight of Tom Brady’s chin dimple doesn’t blind you with seething rage. I guess you don’t have eyeballs.<p>Or maybe you’re not from Philadelphia. Eagles fans have recently been prevented from …

NFL

The Lost Giant of American Literature

A major black novelist made a remarkable début. How did he disappear?<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>There were arrows, so we followed them. This was one afternoon last summer; my partner and I had spent the day at our local public …

15 Motivational Tips to Help You Achieve Your Writing Resolutions in 2018

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018]<b>New Year’s resolutions can be</b> …

Creative Writing

What's The Easiest Way To Write Every Day? This 1 Prompt Will Get The Job Done | Inc.com

If you want to become a writer, you have to write.<p>This is a universal truth that most people understand in theory but fail to understand deeply through practice. Just about anyone on the planet can verbalize the words, "If you want to get better at something, you have to practice it."<p>That's not the …

Creative Writing

Cornel West, Ta-Nehisi Coates and the post-Obama black public intellectual

A major row between Harvard philosopher Cornel West and best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates has triggered new debate about the responsibilities of the black intellectual, and the role of social media in public discourse.<p>Watch Post Opinions columnist Christine Emba discuss the row and its wider …

Cornel West

Want To Be More Successful Next Week? Remove These 4 Thoughts This Weekend | Inc.com

High performers take advantage of the weekends to separate themselves from the pack by deliberately refocusing and recharging along with setting aside 60 minutes to transform their upcoming week.<p>Whether you're looking to improve your productivity, health, or life--it all starts with designing an …

Motivation

Underrated Films Of 2017: The Best Movies You Missed This Year

Why are some films blockbusters and others flops? Is it lackluster marketing? Is it a poorly-timed premiere? Is it an uninspired trailer? Or is it …

Construction

The Problem With Calling Meghan Markle the “First Black Princess”

<i>Meghan Markle is</i> half <i>black. She is biracial. Her father is white, and her mother is black.</i> I wrote it out and then hit send. This was my response to nearly all of the texts from friends about Prince Harry’s <i>new black fiancée</i>. With some black friends who I knew needed this celebration of a black …

Is Lena Dunham's ‘hipster racism’ just old-fashioned prejudice?

Last week, the Girls co-creator was accused by a former colleague of ‘hipster racism’. Arwa Mahdawi reports on an unwitting racism deeply embedded in popular culture<p>It is, by now, a familiar cycle. First Lena Dunham, the writer-actor-director best known for creating and starring in HBO’s Girls, …

Feminism
Republicans

The Culture Caught Up With Spike Lee — Now What?

Before he had even made his first movie, Spike Lee used to fantasize about three things: season tickets at the Garden, a brownstone in Fort Greene like the one that he was raised in and a house in the historically black Oak Bluffs section of Martha’s Vineyard. In 1986, after writing, producing, …

Black Lives Matter

The Nationalist's Delusion

Trump’s supporters backed a time-honored American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination.<p>THIRTY YEARS AGO, nearly half of Louisiana voted for a Klansman, and the media struggled to explain why.<p>It was 1990 and David Duke, the former grand …

Political Science

Ta-Nehisi Coates Discusses We Were Eight Years In Power, the Trump Administration, and the Influence of Hip-Hop on His Writing – BLARB

“You should be scared. You laugh not to cry, but don’t laugh too much, you should be scared,” said author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates to 1,270 …

Books

Why Do White People Feel Discriminated Against? I Asked Them.

Look, I know it’s hard to feel like you really know white people after doing a few interviews. But here’s what I found out from them.<p>I have to be …

This is why baseball is so white

In 1949, the Brooklyn Dodger’s lineup for Game 1 of the World Series was pretty astounding for African Americans.<p>At second base was, of course, Jackie Robinson — the first African American in Major League Baseball. At catcher was Roy Campanella, whose mother was black and father was Sicilian; he …

Baseball

Death of Dissonance – BLARB

“Black women are the mules of the world,” a friend once said to me in an argument, paraphrasing Zora Neale Hurston.<p>When I asked her to explain, she …

Cosby Show

Black Radicalism and the “Tuition-Free” University

During the presidential primaries of 2016, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders promoted a policy that, for many, was a radical idea. As an …

Ta-Nehisi Coates: the laureate of black lives

Ta-Nehisi Coates is short on sleep. He did five interviews yesterday to promote his new book, <i>We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy</i>. Today there was another at 7am, then surgery “to get a little thing removed” from his neck. As his tall frame appears in the doorway of an office at his …

Donald Trump

George Packer Responds to Ta-Nehisi Coates

There’s a lot to admire in Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new essay. It’s one of those pieces that grabs you with its first paragraph and never lets go. The argument keeps gathering force, building on the striking imagery (“Trump cracked the glowing amulet open”) and the caustic scouring of the polemics …

Hillary Clinton