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The Hard Truths of Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Hard<br>Truths of<br>Ta-Nehisi<br>Coates<p>After the dreams of Martin Luther King Jr. and the hopes of Barack Obama.<p>Photographs by Lyle Ashton Harris<p><b>Late this</b> …

5 Rappers Poised For Rap/EDM Crossover Success

Whether completely hating the move or willing to accept it as logical progression, EDM’s occupation of Rap music is a reality whose demise is like …

Wu-Tang, Atomically

Twenty years after the Wu-Tang Clan invaded and radically altered hip-hop, Shaolin’s finest are struggling to reunite for one more album. Here, a …

This Insane New App Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes

The reading game is about to change forever. Boston-based software developer Spritz has been in "stealth mode" for three years, tinkering with their …

Apps

Uber Cab Confessions

City by city, Uber is upending the taxi business, even though its rides can be pricier than cabs. So what's the hook? Instant gratification, a hint of glamour, even some sex appeal. That's what GQ's Mickey Rapkin discovered after spending one week as an Uber driver. He also saw and heard some …

Where It Hurts: Steve McQueen on Why 12 Years a Slave Isn’t Just About Slavery

<b>Inside a cheap Thai restaurant</b> in a Hollywood strip mall one evening a few weeks ago, I told the artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen I’d been nervous …

Apple launches CarPlay, iOS for the car, as smartphone wars move to dashboard.

What kind of car do you drive—Android or iOS?<p>Will Oremus is <b>Slate</b>’s senior technology writer. Email him at will.oremus@slate.com or follow him on …

Pharrell Williams Is Finally Happy

It might seem crazy what we’re about to say: Pharrell Williams, the ageless 40-year-old mega-producer, is about to have his biggest year yet. _GQ’_s Zach Baron spent a few days in the once and future Neptune’s orbit to find out why—after years of hit-making and money-raking—Pharrell says he’s just …

Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience

Americans get riled up about creationists and climate change deniers, but lap up the quasi-religious snake oil at Whole Foods.<p>If you want to write …

The Artistic History of American Anti-Asian Racism

A new book traces the source of the stereotypical, harmful image of "the Orient."<p>More than a century before Coca Cola’s controversial Super Bowl commercial celebrating America as a nation of nations, the melting pot overflowed with people of all races and ethnicities—each subject to its share of …

Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album.<p>"The College …

DataBall

With an ocean of new statistical information available, the NBA could be on the verge of understanding the value of every single movement on the …

Basketball

Sam Cooke And The Song That 'Almost Scared Him'

Fifty years ago this week, Sam Cooke strolled into a recording studio, put on a pair of headphones, and laid down the tracks for one of the most important songs of the civil rights era.<p><i>Rolling Stone</i> now calls "A Change Is Gonna Come" one of the greatest songs of all time, but in 1964 its political …

An oral history of Hoop Dreams, 20 years after its première

<b>Steve James (Director/Producer/Editor/Narrator):</b> I played a lot of basketball in my life. I played organized ball up through one year of college, and …

An oral history of Hoop Dreams, 20 years after its première

In January 1994, a group of filmmakers from Chicago went to the Sundance Film Festival to accomplish the impossible, by selling a three-hour …

Saturday Night Live: Will Sasheer Zamata help solve the show’s race problem?

In the early part of the past decade, I wrote biographies of two famously deceased actors from <i>Saturday Night Live</i>, John Belushi and Chris Farley. …

Spike Jonze’s Her is a Rorschach test for your feelings about technology.

<i>This piece originally appeared in the New America Foundation’s</i> Weekly Wonk<i>. Warning: It contains spoilers about</i> Her<i>.</i><p>It’s not you. It’s me, and my 600 …

The Easily Attainable Shin-Soo Choo Alternative

There was a rumor the other day that Shin-Soo Choo turned down a seven-year contract offer from the Yankees worth $140 million. I’m not sure I …

A Whole Foods Grows in Brooklyn

On Tuesday in Gowanus, an industrial neighborhood that is still somewhat affordable to artists and middle-class workers, Whole Foods Market opened its first store in Brooklyn. A rooftop greenhouse grows produce for the store, and indoor fruit displays are constructed out of wood salvaged from the …

S.F. tech companies' civic image at stake as backlash grows

Outrage over evictions, buses underscores need for outreach<p>Rachel Ceasar, a 29-year-old doctoral candidate in medical anthropology, sat in Sightglass Coffee surrounded almost exclusively by men - many of them staring at MacBook laptops, wearing designer eyeglasses and drinking artisanal coffees - …

What If You Don’t Like Beyonce’s Album?

I’m pretty sure it’s some kind of mortal sin to not be completely obsessed with Beyoncé’s new album. Since last week’s surprise release, the …

American Hustle's Stylish Lies

David O. Russell's latest has a lot to say about deception, but it gets lost in the details.<p><i>American Hustle</i> never lets you forget what it’s about: bullshit. That’s in part because the film’s cast of polyester-and-sunglasses-decked crooks and cops don't ever stop talking about it. "Bullshit" is …

‘Wolf of Wall Street’ a dubious investment of your time

Naked Hookers! Cocaine! Quaaludes! Hookers and cocaine! Quaaludes and hookers! Dwarf tossing! Naked Leonardo DiCaprio with a candle in his butt! Leo …

Funny? No, Die: The Many Problems of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

You can tell when an actor adores a character, because breaking it becomes tough. Will Ferrell loves being the idiot anchorman Ron Burgundy, whether …