All in the Family, a sitcom that dealt with contemporary cultural issues like no other show had dared, focused on everyday concerns and their effect on an average middle-class family. In 2014, not much has changed.
I love what Hollywood could be, but I must say that I don't love what it is. I can't accept that while my daily life is filled with black and brown women, they are completely absent, erased, when I look at a TV or movie screen.
We must make sure that our children and all of us know our history and that the atrocities that wiped out the lives of countless individuals who died for freedom and justice during the Civil Rights Movement -- including eight Black men whose bodies were only found as the FBI dredged Mississippi rivers and swamps searching for three other young men -- do not ever happen again. We must all do our part to create a safe and hopeful nation for every child.
The Purge had interesting ideas but ultimately failed as the horror film it was marketed as. But with Anarchy, the pretense of being a horror movie seems to have been abandoned, leaving something pretty unique: a political allegory dystopian action thriller that slyly attacks conservative ideology.
I try to be a gracious, well-mannered dinner guest, and a good listener; or so I'm told. It's what I reflect about over the dinner that may give people indigestion and pause. As acquaintances and friends sometimes ask me: "Eric, why do you often steer dinner discussions toward issues of racism?"
Twenty seven publishers in the U.S. and U.K. turned down my novel. The vast majority of rejections my literary agent received were surprisingly positive, but were knock-backs all the same.
If there was ever a contrast in the way two separate and seemingly removed from each other police abuse cases were handled, the New York Police Department and the California Highway Patrol cases fit the bill.
Vine user Rashid Polo posted a Vine that pulled millions of views overnight. We spoke to him about being a new Vine star, and the important message ...
As a young adult, it is normal for people my age to believe themselves invincible. I know this to be untrue, but I often forget this fact. With Eric Garner's death, I am reminded that black men are certainly not invincible, rather, they are endangered.
It's uncomfortable. It feels like it comes out of nowhere. But sooner or later, if you're living in an even moderately diverse environment, you're going to get called out. And how you respond is going to be really important.
What might have been an excellent piece of reporting on an important public-health concern in India has turned out instead to be one of the most absurd, far-fetched, and ugly pieces of Hinduphobic racism in journalism ever.
While no one is claiming that the goals have actually been reached, indications are that the reported progress is significantly overstated. This sleight of hand is accomplished statistically by making the truly vulnerable and poor populations disappear into a larger pool of data collected on a macro scale from the better-off.
In brief, Kenny Kramer may have lost on the facts, but the judge seemed to recognize that, under different circumstances, false accusations of homophobia can indeed be defamatory.
Don't get me wrong, Sierra: Appropriation does happen, but gay men didn't steal "your" shit. They helped draw, color, sew, produce and conceive of it in the first place. So when you see white gay men emulating black women, you should be aware that part of what they are responding to is the expression of gay, queer and feminine men.
I was not dressed inappropriately, I wasn't loud or menacing, I wasn't posing a threat to anyone. I was just a regular teenager shopping in an outlet store. However, to her I was a black teenager in an outlet and that made the world of difference on her skewed perspective of the situation.
No one, of course, is suggesting that merely disagreeing with Obama is evidence of racism. That's clearly not true. But we have a political party and a right-wing media machine that pander incessantly to the racist reactionaries in our society, often through code words.