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'The Wire' Creator David Simon Has The Worst Excuse For Using The N-Word

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 09.20.2016 | Black Voices

It’s 2016, and white people in the public eye are still insisting on using the n-word, even though they should know better. The latest culprit: Davi...

HBO's "The Deuce" Captures Vintage NYC

Nana Karlsson-Ofori | Posted 05.18.2016 | Entertainment
Nana Karlsson-Ofori

This article originally appeared on in September 2015 Earlier this month the uptown NYC neighborhood of Washington Heights was tran...

Teaching and Intimacy in the The Wire: What Teaching HBO's The Wire Taught Me

Arvind Rajagopal | Posted 04.27.2017 | College
Arvind Rajagopal

David Simon has claimed that the stories in The Wire are or could be true; they derive from journalistic reportage. And The Wire has been adopted as a teaching text in many college classrooms, as a show that engages closely with problems of contemporary U.S. society.

'Show Me a Hero' on HBO: Lost in Yonkers

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.15.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

"This story wasn't going away," said David Simon explaining his persistence in making the six-part mini series, Show Me a Hero, he co wrote with William F. Zorzi based on Lisa Belkin's 1999 book.

'Show Me a Hero': David Simon Is Still Mad As Hell

Rolling Stone | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment

The following article is provided by Rolling Stone. Of all those who revolutionized TV in the last 20 years, David Simon was always the most politica...

James Franco Will Play Twins In HBO Porn Drama

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 01.17.2017 | Entertainment

James Franco. Twins. Porn. Must you know more? Those key words pretty much sell "The Deuce," a new pilot from "The Wire" creator David Simon and direc...

Arrest Data That May Help Explain The Baltimore Riots

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

Many of the Baltimore residents protesting the April 19 death of Freddie Gray in police custody have said they or someone they know has been treated u...

Arthur Delaney

'The Wire' Creator Savages Martin O'Malley | Arthur Delaney | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

David Simon, the creator of "The Wire," is charging that as mayor of Baltimore, Martin O'Malley cooked the books in order to create the impression of ...

'The Wire' Creator: Drug War Plays Big Role In Baltimore

The Marshall Project | Posted 04.29.2015 | Black Voices

David Simon is Baltimore’s best-known chronicler of life on the hard streets. He worked for The Baltimore Sun city desk for a dozen years, wrote “...

Watch Obama Geek Out About 'The Wire' And Criminal Justice Reform With David Simon

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama recently sat down with the creator of one of his favorite television shows, "The Wire." And in addition to praising the five-se...

'Wire' Creator Doesn't Expect Anyone To Watch His New Series

Posted 01.30.2015 | Celebrity

“Nobody watched 'The Wire' when it was on,” says David Simon, leaning forward with a conspiratorial whisper, sitting at a neat desk in the ersatz ...

Here's What Happened To McNulty After 'The Wire'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 10.06.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

There is a famous scene in "The Wire" where detective Jimmy McNulty encounters a struggle in his apartment, namely in the form of an IKEA bed. It was ...

Maureen Ryan

TV Writers Pay Tribute To 'Hill Street Blues' | Maureen Ryan | Posted 06.23.2014 | TV

The pilot for the 1981 drama "Hill Street Blues" opens on chaos. Police officers and other employees mill around a drab, disorganized meeting room. Bl...

Watch: David Simon on America as a Horror Show

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

After President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union address, it's a reality check from someone who artfully uses television drama to report on the state of America from an entirely different perspective -- the bottom up.

Advice to Plutocrat Perkins: Time to Shut Up!

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

There's a rule of thumb in cyberspace etiquette known as Godwin's Law. A variation of that law boils down to this: He who first compares the other side to Nazis loses, and the conversation is at an end. Unless you're billionaire Tom Perkins, who seems dedicated to digging a deeper and deeper hole for himself.

Happy News Year: 'The News Dissector' Looks Beyond The Top Stories of the Year to Examine the News System

Danny Schechter | Posted 03.04.2014 | Media
Danny Schechter

At year end, the news agenda fills up with stories on top stories, a chance for networks to repackage footage or highlight favorite newsmakers. These...

With Treme, Blues at the Equinox

Sam Chaltain | Posted 02.09.2014 | Entertainment
Sam Chaltain

In the face of such banal reforms, and amidst the death and the betrayal, and the corruption and delay and disappointment, Treme reminds us of something that the rest of our popular entertainment seeks to skip over.

'The Wire' Creator Rails Against Inequality In America

Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

David Simon doesn't like to mince words. The creative genius behind such acclaimed television shows as "The Wire" and "Treme" has never been one to...

How She Changed Paths At 42 And Became A Bestselling Author

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.13.2013 | Women

What does it take to get to the top -- without losing your center? Our “Making It Work” series profiles successful, dynamic women who are standout...

'The Wire' Creator: If I Was Black, I'd 'Pick Up A Brick' & Head To Courthouse

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 07.16.2013 | Entertainment

David Simon, the man behind "The Wire" and "Treme," has often commented on social and political matters, and his latest offering is as sharply worded ...

NSA Surveillance Is Legal, and That's the Worst Thing About It

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

One of the most disturbing realities the surveillance revelations have brought into relief is that in its drive to safeguard national security, the Obama Administration has concocted tactics that draw a sharp line dividing the state and the public, casting the latter in the role of potential conspirator.

'Endless Wars Overseas, Infringing on Civil Liberties at Home': An Interview on NSA Surveillance With Former State Department Official Matthew Hoh

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

"We shouldn't be surprised that a government establishment that is not being held accountable or in check by any other institution, that is Byzantine in size, structure and purpose, and that receives 25 percent of all government funding is overreaching."

The Prejudice We Permit

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.17.2013 | Crime
Ian Reifowitz

Prejudice can kill. George Zimmerman saw a young black male wearing a hoodie, and made a decision that reflected the dictionary definition of prejudi...

The House I Live In Is an All-Encompassing Look at the Disgraceful 'War on Drugs'

Scott Mendelson | Posted 03.17.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Eugene Jarecki's newest documentary, The House I Live In , is a superb and comprehensive look at the last forty years of drug policy in America.

Man Who Inspired Omar Little On 'The Wire' Dies

The Huffington Post | Alex Moaba | Posted 10.21.2013 | TV

Donnie Andrews, the former Baltimore stick-up man who inspired the Omar Little character on "The Wire," died Thursday in New York City after suffering...