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Travis Scott’s deadly concert was a failure on the part of many to act with an ounce of decency and empathy

As much as I’ve grown accustomed to waking up to bad news, I still struggle with accepting what little empathy so many people seem to have.

When it comes to the tragedy that took place over the weekend in Houston at the Astroworld Festival, as shocking as it was to…

Jeymes Samuel’s riveting new film ‘The Harder They Fall’ refuses to acknowledge race, but its Blackness is difficult to ignore. (Zero spoilers ahead.)

Throughout his recent interview with GQ, Jeymes Samuel, director and executive producer of the new Netflix film The Harder They Fall, doggedly emphasized that although his first feature is a western with an all-Black cast, it’s not a Black western.

“If Rio Bravo is not a White western and Unforgiven

Frank L. Fleming went from transforming Denzel into Malcolm X to making Raising Kanan Black television’s best dressed.

One can make a case that the fan favorite character on Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s Power spinoff Raising Kanan is its early 1990’s aesthetic — the designs under high-top fades, the apple red and baby blue BMWs, the BBS rims, the Polo––Oh lord, the vintage Ralph Lauren pieces (“Suicide” Goose…


Who’s the snowflake now?

Ever since Dave Chappelle released his latest comedy special, The Closer, I’ve seen countless think pieces about how his jokes are transphobic, punch down, or just aren’t funny. Some are even calling for the stand-up to be pulled from Netflix entirely — yet another example of cancel culture dictating what…

He claimed the movement had no "call to action." Did he miss the point?

When Kaepernick started to take a knee during the national anthem in 2016, he caught backlash from all sides. Many White Americans, including President Trump at the time, disagreed with his decision. And liberals don't get a pass. I'm old enough to remember when Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the White feminists'…


Seeing a Black version of a White classic series has some folks flustered. Let's unpack this.

White folks are used to seeing themselves on TV. Let's face it. Back in 1988, when the original Wonder Years series aired, mainstream American television focused on telling the same coming-of-age story. Boy meets girl — scratch that — White boy meets girl was the premise of dozens of series…

The two music legends mastered concept albums centered on freedom, equality, and Blackness

Below is an excerpt from veteran journalist and culture critic Miles Marshall Lewis’ upcoming book, Promise That You Will Sing About Me: The Power and Poetry of Kendrick Lamar, set for publication by St. Martin’s Publishing Group on September 28, 2021.

There’s not much consensus over what constitutes a concept…


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