Ta-Nehisi Coates

Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A by Danielle Allen review – a heartfelt eulogy

There are touching moments in Allen’s memoir of her young cousin who became a victim of the US prison system – but her subject remains frustratingly elusive<p>It’s both known and yet not known enough that the US imprisons more of its population than any other country on the planet. That number has …

Books

The 21 best movies of 2017

From Lady Bird and Dunkirk to Get Out and The Big Sick, it was an extraordinary year at the movies.<p>In the introduction to her review anthology <i>For Keeps: 30 Years at the Movies</i>, the legendary film critic Pauline Kael wrote, “I’m frequently asked why I don’t write my memoirs. I think I have.” She …

Ingrid Goes West

OkayAfrica's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

okayafrica<p>3m<p><i>This is our third gift guide in the run-up to the holidays. Keep checking for more lists of great African products here. And for more</i> …

Africa

These Media Screw-Ups Would Make Dan Rather Proud

<i>EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays.</i><p>…

Conservative View

Hilarious essays and a mighty children's book

“We Are Never Meeting in Real Life,” Samantha Irby’s collection of candid, funny and deliberate essays will make you laugh until you pee and cry and ache in your belly. It’s like nothing you’ve ever read, because Irby is like no one you’ve ever met, although you will never really know, because I’m …

Oh Hey, Andrew Sullivan Exists and He’s Still Racist

Who else wanted to see Racist Andrew Sullivan express his disappointment in Ta-Nehisi Coates? Oh right, no one. Except for The National Review. For …

Political Science

Full transcript: Historian and author Leslie Berlin on Recode Decode

Her book about the origins of Silicon Valley is called “Troublemakers.”<p>On this episode of <b>Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher</b>, the historian for the Stanford University Silicon Valley Archives, Leslie Berlin, talks about her new book “Troublemakers: Silicon Valley’s Coming of Age.” The book covers …

Silicon Valley

Bill Moyers, America’s Conscience, Retires Again—This Time for Real

Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images<p>Bill Moyers attending the 2015 Writers Guild Awards New York Ceremony at the Edison …

Lyndon B. Johnson

Donate Books to People in Prison

Scrolling up and down Amazon wish lists for prisons makes my eyes water. It’s so frustrating to know that not only are so many people imprisoned all …

Are Private Schools Immoral?

A conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones about race, education, and hypocrisy.<p>Public schools in gentrifying neighborhoods seem on the cusp of becoming truly diverse, as historically underserved neighborhoods fill up with younger, whiter families. But the schools remain stubbornly segregated. Nikole …

Racism

9 Essayists of Color You Should Know About

I put this together as a list of essayists of color and indigenous essayists you should follow, since many “people to follow” lists aren’t …

Feminism

The Hugo/Nebula Winner Who’s Writing Black Panther? That’s Out This Week.

In one of the more interesting prose writer to comics signings this year, Hugo/Nebula/World Fantasy Award winner Nnedi Okorafor’s Black Panther …

Comics

Celebrities 'Weep Tears Of Joy' As Doug Jones Pulls Off Surprise Senate Win In Alabama

"Thank you for restoring my faith in humanity, Alabama."<p>As Democrat Doug Jones pulled off a victory in the Senate special election in Alabama on Tuesday, defeating his embattled Republican opponent Roy Moore, celebrities took to social media to celebrate the shock win.<p>Actress Alyssa Milano, who’d …

Alyssa Milano

All The Best Reactions To Roy Moore’s Election Loss

Twitter is undefeated<p>Last night, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama’s Senate election against conservative Republican candidate and accused pedophile Roy Moore. Celebrities, public figures, and Twitter users across the nation took to the social media platform to react to Jones’ narrow and victorious …

Equality

Trump unintentionally advances sexual equality

In the physical world, Isaac Newton postulated, every action produces an equal and opposite reaction. In the world of politics and society, the same is true — except the reaction is sometimes more than equal. Barack Obama’s presidency proved it, and Donald Trump’s offers new confirmation.<p>History …

Elections

Here’s a model for major school reform that looks vastly different from Betsy DeVos’s vision

What is the purpose of public education that welcomes all students?<p>It may seem like a simple question, but the answer lies at the heart of one of the most important and heated debates in education. That came into stark relief a few years ago when Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker quietly tried to change …

Betsy DeVos

15 books to give your mother-in-law for the holidays that will make a great impression

Holiday shopping is HAPPENING, people. If you’re still searching for the perfect gift, fear not — there are plenty of shopping days left, and we’re …

Books

Watch New Alabama Senator Doug Jones Celebrate His Win by Blasting “Teach Me How to Dougie”

Source: CNNIt was a big win for DemocratsWe were about 20,000 votes away from having an accused pedophile as a United States senator. On Tuesday …

Silicon Valley (TV Series)

One Night Only: PRIEST Returns to BLACK PANTHER (and EVERETT K. ROSS) With 2018 Annual

Credit: Brian Stelfreeze (Marvel Comics)<p>Christopher Priest helped make a name for himself in comic books with his unconventional but seminal run on</b> …

Comics

Doug Jones Defeated Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate Election and the Twitter Reactions Are Gold

And it's all thanks to black women.<p>Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election last night, defeating Republican Roy Moore, a conservative, Trump-endorsed candidate who is facing allegations of sexual harassment and child molestation from several women.<p>Twitter celebrated his win:<p>People …

Maxine Waters

Stars, They're Just Like Us! They Lose It over the Alabama Senate Race on Twitter!

Last night, Doug Jones became the first Democrat elected to represent Alabama in the Senate in 25 years. He owes the win to African American voters who showed up in record numbers to vote for the person who <i>was not an</i> <i>accused child molester</i>.<p>In the meantime, Roy Moore has said he will not concede, …

Maxine Waters

There is no escape from politics | Sports stopped making sense in 2017

I. “By the way, everyone wanted to be here today”<p>It is the day Donald Trump is meeting with the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, and I am sitting in the basement of the White House with a group of black folks. The group is made up of journalists, cameramen — all here to watch the day …

Kendrick Lamar

8 Unexpected Holiday Gifts For Marvel Fans

Merry Christmas, true believers!<p>By on<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>It’s been a heck of a year for Marvel …

Comics

A Response to Enemies of the Faith

<b>Charlie Brown and Linus</b> are sitting on the floor, looking at something in a book and laughing. Lucy comes up to them and asks what they are laughing …

Faith

Bret Weinstein: What happened at Evergreen State 'would be MLK's nightmare'

Tuesday Heather Heying and her husband Bret Weinstein co-wrote a piece for the Washington Examiner which walks through their experience at Evergreen …

Conservative View

Double Standards and Distortions

Political elites on both sides of the Atlantic are still frothing over President Donald Trump’s retweeting of three videos recording Muslims acting …

Racism

What Would Doctorow Do?

Dec 11, 2017<p>29 Min read time<p>“However you find your society . . . you do not have to embrace its lies, or become complicitors in its cruelties,” wrote …

Literature

A Year in Reading: Scaachi Koul

Oh my god, would you believe that we didn’t die this year? I know that, technically, many people did die this year, but you reading this and me …

Books

Finding Your Roots Season 4 - Episode 9 Promo | Finding Your Roots

Sign In<p>Use one of the services below to sign in to PBS:<p>You've just tried to add this video to your Watchlist so you can watch it later. But first, we …

Genealogy

Two of UVA’s Professional Readers Offer Advice to Enhance Your Holiday Gift List

There’s no shortage of interesting books to dive into over the winter break or consider giving as gifts. To help you decide, University of Virginia …

Books