Gitte Nielsen

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New Jersey teenager shot seven times by police was unarmed, lawyer says

A New Jersey teenager remains in stable condition after being shot seven times by police as he ran away from officers. The 14-year-old, Radazz Hearns, was unarmed, according to a lawyer representing the family.

The shooting occurred on Friday, while state troopers and a Mercer County sheriff’s …


Is A Deadwood Movie Finally Happening?

David Milch's extraordinarily sweary HBO Western series Deadwood was abruptly cancelled after three seasons in 2006, meaning it never got to conclude …


The Rebirth of Black Rage

Mychal Denzel SmithFrom Kanye to Obama, and back again.


The Women Who Defined Alfred Hitchcock

For half a century, the legendary director found talent who brought beauty, wit, and danger to the screen.

Alfred Hitchcock had an eye for leading ladies. From veteran actresses to Hollywood ingenues, the director worked tirelessly to ensure that his thrillers dropped like musical chords—every note …

Alfred Hitchcock

Racial Profiling Is a Problem that Californians Want Fixed

Natasha Minsker: Now, a new poll shows that California voters overwhelmingly see a problem with biased policing in our state and support reforms to …


Ferguson’s Police Chief Was Suspended Three Times From His Previous Job

Andre Anderson, who is currently heading Ferguson's police department, was served with an order of protection after he allegedly hit a woman.

Andre Anderson, the interim police chief in Ferguson, Missouri, has some troubling blemishes on his record, including an order of protection filed against him …


One Year Later: The Evolution of a Movement

One year ago, our nation got a wake-up call.

The death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014 was the third in a string of five police killings of unarmed …

Michael Brown

Pentagon forces Ferguson to return two Humvees to police militarization program

As new clashes between the police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, revive concerns about the growing use of military-type gear by local cops, …


Police: Oath Keepers presence in Ferguson ‘unnecessary and inflammatory’

The controversial right-wing “patriot” group that calls itself the Oath Keepers put both protestors and police on edge while visiting a protest in …

Two criminologists dispel some myths about Ferguson to explain what’s behind the protests

Peaceful demonstrations designed to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer turned …

Ferguson, MO

WATCH: Larry Wilmore On What's Changed In the Year Since Ferguson -- And What Hasn't

Larry Wilmore marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown at the hands of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson with a bit …

Larry Wilmore

“True Detective” recap: The beauty of the finale couldn’t save this flaming disaster of a season

Was that the light winning again? Who the hell knows?

The best thing I can say for last night’s 90-minute “True Detective” finale, “Omega Station,” is that it’s very beautiful. The direction of this season has left me a bit cold, but material aside—very, very aside—“Omega Station” is the first …


'True Detective' Season Finale Recap: Daze of Glory

One last killing spree isn't enough to give Season Two a reason to live

The moment the phrase "90-minute season finale" flashed on screen last week, it was all over for True Detective but the shooting. A shoddy second season had by then partially redeemed itself with a pair of tight, tense episodes …

True Detective

The Unsettling Truth About America's Attack On Nagasaki

Ben Railton

The first GOP presidential debate and Senator Chuck Schumer’s concurrent announcement that he will oppose the proposed deal with Iran are …


Bill Murray’s Long, Strange Trip Back to ‘Ghostbusters’: Legal Threats, Rejected Sequels, and More

The legendary Bill Murray will grace the screen in Paul Feig’s upcoming all-female reboot. But how he got there is a movie unto itself.

During a 2010 trip to the Late Show with David Letterman, the inimitable Bill Murray, wearing a fur hat, bedazzled purple shirt, and with his leg in a sling, regaled …

Bill Murray

Poll: Majority sees Confederate flag as Southern pride symbol, not racist

Washington (CNN)American public opinion on the Confederate flag remains about where it was 15 years ago, with most describing the flag as a symbol of Southern pride more than one of racism, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. And questions about how far to go to remove references to the Confederacy …


To Ben or not to Ben: Affleck says Batman is the American Hamlet

Ben Affleck has spoken about his upcoming role as Batman and compared the character to Hamlet.

The actor, who will star in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, revealed that he wasn’t nervous about following in Christian Bale’s footsteps in a new interview with Entertainment …

Ben Affleck

The Double Standard In Race Based Violence

It may appear that America's very painful journey in dealing with race relations has taken yet another difficult detour. Over the last 22 days, words and phrases characterizing Black and White youth and their behaviors have flooded social media and online news agencies. The very definition of these …

Ethnic Violence

Sandra Bullock: It’s ‘Open Hunting Season’ on Women in Media

"It’s not because of who we are as people, it’s because of how we look or our age”

While there’s been a noticeable trend of female celebrities speaking out against their treatment in Hollywood, Sandra Bullock is addressing the issues closer to home: how the media sees women in general, particularly …

Sandra Bullock

11 Things You Didn't Know About Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway took his life on this day, July 2, back in 1961.

Below are obscure facts about the novelist's life, pulled from old interviews and personal accounts by the writer.

1. Hemingway apparently once lived, got drunk and slept with a bear.

Former New Yorker staff writer Lillian Ross had a …

Ernest Hemingway

The Dominican Republic, Haitians and the Global War on Blackness

My grandmother was born Black and poor in Trujillo's Dominican Republic. She was only five years old when the state-sanctioned killings of thousands …

Dominican Republic

“The Third Man”: Why this masterful 1949 Euro-noir about the age of American arrogance and power is more relevant than ever

Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten play Cheney and Bush (almost) in Graham Greene and Carol Reed's restored thriller

British director Carol Reed’s 1949 Euro-noir “The Third Man” is justly famous among movie buffs and film scholars for its black-and-white cinematography, its memorable zingers, its …


The Confederate flag’s big lie: How racists and segregationists made it their own

Once and for all: Anyone who talks about the flag as a symbol of heritage is flat-out wrong

I am a Southerner by both birth and heritage. I come from a long line of poor white cotton farmers on both sides of my family. Three of my four great-grandfathers fought in the Confederate Army. The fourth …

Liberal News

5 Ways I'm Happy With My Supposedly "Old" Age

I turn 30 in a couple of months. And I lead a very different lifestyle from where I am.

Most friends my age are employed, working hard at their jobs …


Why Do So Many People Pretend to Be Native American?

Russell Cobb | This Land Press | August 2014 | 16 minutes (3,976 words)

This Land PressFor this week’s Longreads Member Pick, we are thrilled to share …

Indigenous Peoples

The 10 Movies You Need to Watch on Netflix This July

Ten great movies you can stream on Netflix this month.

Poised in front of the TV without anything to watch? We've all been there. Fortunately, Netflix is always expanding its library, and we've sifted through the additions to find the 10 best movies you can stream starting tomorrow.

Grandma's Boy


5 Points On The Fires At Southern Black Churches

A rash of church fires in the South, most of them at black churches, has religious leaders and civil rights activists concerned, particularly on the …

Terminator Genisys isn't good, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is great in it

That big scene at the start of Terminator Genisys, when Old Arnold Schwarzenegger fights Young Arnold Schwarzenegger? Not as cool as you might think. Some filmmaker somewhere could’ve teased out the resonance of a moment like that: A battle across time, the young man at his absolute apex of …

It's Like It Never Happened: A 'Terminator' Dossier

In 1984, a $6.4 million sci-fi chase flick by a skinny 29-year-old whose prior feature directing credit was a T&A horror flick called Piranha II: The Spawning became a surprise hit, launching the career of future King of the World and depths-plumbing oceanographer James Cameron. He'd sold his …


'Hannibal': TV's Happiest Meal

Equal parts lifestyle porn and horror movie, NBC's cult hit has quite a bite

Hannibal often gets praised as the best serial-killer drama on TV — but that's kinda like praising Treetop Cat Rescue as the finest show about getting kittens out of trees. As a subject for thrillers exploring the dark side …