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America’s hip-hop travesty: How rap lyrics are being used in court — to police black speech

<b>Vonte Skinner (Burlington Township)</b><p>A New York Times columnist mocks the dead. Movies do the same. But when rap lyrics do it? Here’s what happens<p>Matthew Pulver<p>February 8, 2015 11:58am (UTC)<p>Black speech has always been policed. Many Southern colonies and states outlawed literacy among slaves. Black …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Maureen Dowd’s clueless white gaze: What’s really behind the “Selma” backlash

<b>Maureen Dowd; "Selma" (AP/Steven Senne/Paramount Pictures/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>NY Times columnist is the latest critic of “Selma” for its depiction of LBJ. Here’s why a new racial lens is needed<p>Brittney Cooper<p>January 21, 2015 10:59pm (UTC)<p>New York Times critic Maureen Dowd saw "Selma" last week …

Black History

Rahm Emanuel’s offensive new pension-gutting scheme

The mayor of Chicago is now arguing that pension funds are not part of city government at all. How convenient!<p>David Sirota<p>January 18, 2015 5:00pm (UTC)<p>On its face, Chicago's municipal pension system is an integral part of the Chicago city government. The system is included in the city's budget, it …

Chicago

Watching Artist Bruce Riley Paint With Resin Is Better Than Drugs

The art of Chicago-based painter Bruce Riley is all about movement. “It’s not about a end result,” he says of his work, made by mixing dripping paint and resin. “You can’t have any other intent but moving.” The end result, however, as the mini-documentary by the filmmakers at True Stories shows, …

New video released in police shooting of Cleveland boy

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Cleveland police did not appear to have given immediate aid to Tamir Rice after an officer fatally shot the 12-year-old boy in a city park in November, according to a security video of the incident released on Thursday.<p>Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year old …

Police Shootings

We Need to Reconsider Art School

A year ago today, I wrote about the almost criminal cost of most Master of Fine Arts programs. It’s a year later, and things have only gotten worse, …

How do we reconcile warring images of a boy hugging a cop and a boy shot dead by a cop?

<b>(AP/The Oregonian/Johnny Nguyen/Reuters)</b><p>One paints the world the way we wish it would be. The second captures it as brown and black people know it to be<p>Anoosh Jorjorian<p>December 11, 2014 12:00am (UTC)<p>I can't hold both of these images in my head.<p>The first, richly colored as an oil painting, is a …

What Chris Rock got wrong: “Nice” white people perpetuate white supremacy

<b>Actor/director Chris Rock (Evan Agostini/invision/ap)</b><p>America is slowly, gradually producing nicer white people. Sadly, they’re part of the problem<p>Tim Wise<p>December 7, 2014 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>This past week, Chris Rock noted in an interview that although racism …

White America’s ignorant bliss: Why so many “good” white people are completely oblivious

<b>St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office photo shows Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson photo taken shortly after August 9, 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, presented to the grand jury and made available on November 24, 2014. (Reuters)</b><p>Black people have to learn everything about white people …

Marissa Alexander accepts plea deal, is expected to be released in January

<b>Marissa Alexander (AP/Lincoln B. Alexander)</b><p>Alexander pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault. She will reportedly be released in January<p>Katie McDonough<p>November 24, 2014 8:01pm (UTC)<p>After 1,030 days in jail and faced with a possible 60-year sentence for firing a warning shot to ward off …

OverDrive

SpY returns to Paris, this time with phosphorescent glow-in-the-dark paint.  

SpY returns to Paris, this time with phosphorescent glow-in-the-dark paint.

SWAT team’s brutal murder: How they killed an innocent man on his childhood driveway

<b>A riot police officer (Reuters/Jim Young)</b><p>Sam Mullane had done nothing wrong. But a SWAT team mistook him for two suspects — and the rest will sicken you<p>Alison Clement<p>October 20, 2014 3:58pm (UTC)<p>In the middle of the night of May 31, 2012, a SWAT team arrived at a house deep in Oregon’s coastal …

What killed John Crawford: How terrible police training is destroying America

<b>John Crawford (WDTN)</b><p>Local cops were trained to immediately “engage” an “active shooter” suspect. But a dishonest witness set him up<p>Joan Walsh<p>September 26, 2014 2:31pm (UTC)<p>Another day, another troubling video of police killing an unarmed black man . Or so it seems. But the horrific South Carolina …

Feminism’s ugly internal clash: Why its future is not up to white women

<b>Beyonce (AP/Jordan Strauss)</b><p>From Beyoncé to the Internet to different policy priorities, white and black feminisms are not the same. Here’s why<p>Brittney Cooper<p>September 24, 2014 5:45pm (UTC)<p>Earlier this week, I received an email from a reader who wondered what my work might look like if I “included …

“We deserve to do more than just survive”: Watch this Marshall Islands poet deliver a powerful statement to world leaders

<b>(Screenshot, Youtube)</b><p>26-year-old poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner received a standing ovation at the U.N. Climate Summit<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>September 23, 2014 3:47pm (UTC)<p>Speaking Tuesday morning at the opening of the U.N. Climate Talks, Marshall Islands poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner addressed a poem not to the 126 …

“Megyn Kelly’s eyes are very cold”: Bill Ayers on his Fox News appearance, education “reform” and the problem with the Ivy League

<b>Megyn Kelly (AP/Alex Kroke/Salon)</b><p>The man Sarah Palin called Obama’s terrorist pal talks Fox News cyborgs, freedom and why teaching is subversive<p>David Masciotra<p>September 18, 2014 12:30pm (UTC)<p>Bill Ayers, according to the right, is Barack Obama’s terrorist trainer and ghostwriter. Upon further …

Family capitalism’s insidious return: How billionaires are undermining America

<b>Screenshot from the "Koch Brothers Exposed" trailer (Screenshot from the "Koch Brothers Exposed" trailer)</b><p>The Kochs are only the most conspicuous 1 percenters who believe they can fashion the country in their image<p>Steve Fraser<p>September 12, 2014 11:15am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on …

“I’m not your brother!”: Video reveals police’s stunning double-standard for black Americans

<b>Video of the confrontation (YouTube)</b><p>In a shocking video posted to YouTube, police tase and arrest a black man picking his kids up from preschool<p>Joanna Rothkopf<p>August 29, 2014 8:45pm (UTC)<p>The latest in police misconduct was captured in a cellphone video that surfaced earlier this week. The video …

Cornel West: “He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency”

<b>(Albert H. Teich via Shutterstock)</b><p>Exclusive: Cornel West talks Ferguson, Hillary, MSNBC — and unloads on the failed promise of Barack Obama<p>Thomas Frank<p>August 24, 2014 11:00am (UTC)<p>Cornel West is a professor at Union Theological Seminary and one of my favorite public intellectuals, a man who deals …

Al Sharpton does not have my ear: Why we need new black leadership now

<b>Rev. Al Sharpton (AP/John Minchillo)</b><p>Here’s how the Rev’s limitations were on display yesterday — as he stood in a pulpit over Mike Brown’s casket<p>Brittney Cooper<p>August 26, 2014 3:15pm (UTC)<p>Racial politics in the U.S. is beholden to the space of black death. On Monday, Michael Brown’s family, friends …

The ultimate white privilege: Darren Wilson and being “afraid for your life”

<b>(jacomstephens via iStock)</b><p>Claiming you shot someone out of fear of your life can be a “get out of jail free” card — depending on who says it<p>Katie McDonough<p>August 21, 2014 4:45pm (UTC)<p>On Wednesday, Matt Zoller Seitz shared an anecdote to illustrate how white privilege kept him from getting arrested …

America’s new racial low point: More crying black mothers, and tear gas on our dreams

<b>Parents of Michael Brown, Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden (AP/Charlie Riedel)</b><p>I am emotionally exhausted. But it’s time to tell the truth about the scary, enraging times this nation confronts<p>Brittney Cooper<p>August 19, 2014 11:45am (UTC)<p>Six bullets. More than I can count on one hand. That is …

Incredible Little League pitcher Mo’ne Davis lands Sports Illustrated cover

<b>Pennsylvania's Mo'ne Davis delivers in the fifth inning against Tennessee during a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Pennsylvania won 4-0 with Davis pitching a complete game two-hit shutout. AP</b> …

“We always have to be so stoic”: How one Michael Brown protester defied respectability politics

<b>Police wearing riot gear walk toward a man with his hands raised Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP/Jeff Roberson)</b><p>Frances Francois never expected her profane sign at a rally in Tallahassee to go viral. She’s glad that it did<p>Terrell Jermaine Starr<p>August 20, 2014 11:15am (UTC)<p>This article …

Ferguson’s massive problem: What Mike Brown’s death means for black families

<b>Lesley McSpadden, right, the mother of Michael Brown, watches as Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., holds up a family picture, Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP/Jeff Roberson)</b><p>Lost in so much of the commentary is the effect of all this on parenting — and reproductive justice. Here’s why<p>Katie …

Black America’s everyday reality: Ferguson and the world that terrorizes us

Powerful images coming from Missouri are just a small dose of the life we know and endure. It’s time to embrace it<p>Ian Blair<p>August 14, 2014 2:39pm (UTC)<p>I told a co-worker I wanted to hide from the Internet last night because the weight of Michael Brown’s killing had become unbearable. “I'm logging …