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Corrupt Politician From 'The Wire' Says Trump Is Just Like Him

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling | Posted 09.06.2016 | Entertainment

Throughout the five-season run of “The Wire,” Isiah Whitlock Jr. played Sen. Clay Davis, the notoriously corrupt politician with a propensity for ...

ESSAY: If You Loved HBO's 'The Wire,' Here are Some Books that Drill Down Deeper on Race, Class, and Crime (and TV)

The National Book Review | Posted 08.09.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review: By Shawn Peters HBO has a big new hit on its hand with The Night of, a gritty cr...

Back in Graduate School at Cities for Tomorrow

Joel Epstein | Posted 07.27.2016 | New York
Joel Epstein

These are curious times. In Cleveland last week there was a strange gathering celebrating a narcissistic nativist who doesn't have a nice thing to say...

White America, Wake The F*ck Up. The Deaths Of Alton Sterling And Philando Castile ARE Your Problem.

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
Jesse Damiani

As a self-proclaimed "woke" white dude, it's sometimes difficult to know how to participate in conversations about race that matter deeply to me. The last thing I want to do is suck up oxygen from the voices that need to be heard.

Creed Star Michael B. Jordan Receives Rainmaker Award at Maui Film Festival

Kristin McCracken | Posted 06.27.2016 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

Though only 29, Michael B. Jordan has already developed a 15-year filmography full of intense roles on both television and the silver screen.

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...

'The Wire' Star Arrested For Allegedly Attacking Bernie Sanders Supporters

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 05.16.2016 | Crime

Actor Wendell Pierce was arrested at an Atlanta hotel over the weekend after a political discussion with two other guests turned violent. The 52-year-...

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

Arvind Rajagopal | Posted 04.26.2016 | 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.

Real-Life Drug Kingpin Who Inspired 'The Wire' Dies In Prison

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.17.2016 | Crime

Former Baltimore gangster and drug kingpin Nathan “Bodie” Barksdale, who inspired several characters on HBO’s “The Wire,” died of an undiscl...

Inspiration Behind 'The Wire,' Dies In Federal Prison

The Baltimore Sun | Kelly Chen | Posted 02.16.2016 | Entertainment

Nathan Barksdale, the former Baltimore gangster who inspired characters in "The Wire," died in a federal medical prison in North Carolina on Saturday....

WATCH: 'The Wire' Animation Makes Us Want To See It All Over Again

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 01.10.2016 | Entertainment

Fans of "The Wire," this one's for you. It's been eight long years since Omar Little, Stringer Bell and Jimmy McNulty left our TV screens. But they're...

Leonardo DiCaprio Is A Mystical Warlock Who Will Never Die

The Huffington Post | Cole Delbyck | Posted 12.15.2015 | Entertainment

In "The Revenant," Leonardo DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, a revenge-stricken frontiersman who survives a brutal bear attack (not rape) only to be buried ...

Satoshi's PGP Keys Are Probably Backdated And Point To A Hoax

Motherboard | Annum Masroor | Posted 12.10.2015 | Technology

On Tuesday, both Wired and Gizmodo dropped a big bombshell: According to “leaked” (Wired) or “hacked” (Gizmodo) documents, the real Satoshi Na...

Drug Kingpin Who Inspired And Acted In 'The Wire' Dies

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 12.04.2015 | Entertainment

"Little" Melvin Williams, the infamous Baltimore drug kingpin whose rise to power was one of the inspirations for HBO's "The Wire" and who also appear...

Idris Elba Is Down To Make 'True Detective' Season 3 With Cary Fukunaga

The Huffington Post | Leigh Blickley | Posted 12.04.2015 | Entertainment

"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." "Thor." "Luther." "Prometheus." "Pacific Rim." These are just a few of the projects Idris Elba has starred in -- and ...

Melvin Williams, Actor And Inspiration For ‘The Wire,’ Dies At 73

Variety | Brennan Williams | Posted 12.03.2015 | Black Voices

Melvin Williams, the one-time Baltimore drug kingpin whose transformation helped inspire David Simon’s HBO series “The Wire,” died Thursday at U...

From ‘The Wire’ To ‘Empire': Andre Royo’s Career Transcends Character

Man's Life | Brennan Williams | Posted 11.24.2015 | Black Voices

The man who played Bubbles on 'The Wire' talks to veteran entertainment journalist Karu F. Daniels about this roller coaster ride of an acting career ...

A Man Must Have a Code

Krzysztof Piekarski | Posted 10.22.2016 | Education
Krzysztof Piekarski

Not starting an alternative to our current higher-education system would be easier than starting one. So when things get muddled--as they always are in the early stages of planning and thinking and the miasma of sloppy uncertainty-- I need to always remember why, exactly, I'm doing this.

Why Ziggy From 'The Wire' Was James Ransone's Least Favorite Role

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 08.24.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Actor James Ransone explains to HuffPost Live why his character on "The Wire" is his least favorite of the roles he's played....

'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...

Have You Seen 'The Wire?'

Paul Achter | Posted 07.21.2016 | Black Voices
Paul Achter

For Whites, saying we loved The Wire may earn us some social capital among more progressive-leaning friends, but unless that social capital is mobilized somehow--unless our attitudes, our voting rates, our actions change--little else happens.

‘The Wire’ Cast Reunited In Baltimore To Uplift Community

CBS Baltimore | Brennan Williams | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices

BALTIMORE (WJZ)–The cast of HBO’s The Wire reunites for a special performance right here in Baltimore on Saturday....

HBO Releases First Trailer For New Mini-Series By Creator Of 'The Wire'

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 07.13.2015 | Entertainment

HBO on Sunday released the trailer for an upcoming miniseries from the celebrated mind behind "The Wire," arguably the best show ever broadcast on Ame...

"Wait, Mom, Are Those Police or Isis?"...

Elizabeth Lazar | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth Lazar

...asked my 9 year-old last month. Otherwise absorbed in a rousing Fifa 15 match, he looked up from the iPad when the news upstaged Isco's corner kick.

The Chickens Come Home to Roost in Baltimore

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Like so many African American men before him in this country, Gray was guilty of nothing other than "walking while black." In his case, Baltimore's sordid history of racial and class oppression, combined with the war on drugs, made for a deadly combination.