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If undecided voters would just ask for help we could all sleep tonight

Sitting in the Minneapolis airport waiting to fly home today, I overheard a political conversation. Well, I did not so much overhear it as it was an experience I was subjected to: the participants are loudly extolling the virtues of their respective candidates from thirty feet away. It’s actually fairly terrifying in its rudeness. We’re all pretty aware that there’s a…

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Things I Am Reasonably Sure Prince Has Never Done

Things I Am Reasonably Sure Prince Has Never Done – Scott Woods Replaced toner in a copy machine Manned the grill Needed proof of ID Played for exposure Used a feather duster on a piece of furniture Worked part time in a five and dime Touched a black woman’s hair unsolicited Stayed on the phone…

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What would it take to stop police killings?

On the heels of the shooting of Alton Sterling, the days-later shooting of Philando Castile has people asking – again – what would it take to stop police killings that amount to state-sanctioned murders? With little preamble, no cute title, no personal reflections from 1989, no qualifiers, here’s some day one recommendations. To change the culture of…

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Dear Fox: Hand over the X-Men franchise slowly

Contrary to public outcry, X-Men: Apocalypse isn’t the worst superhero film in just the last three months, let alone its own tedious franchise, but for every one thing it gets right it gets a dozen other things wrong. When you start running that math out for two-plus hours, you’re left with a film destined to…

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The (Tired) Question of Poetry’s Relevance

Listening to NPR the other morning, I caught Scott Simon interviewing 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo and became incensed. Pardlo availed himself admirably. No surprise there: he has been professional and warmly erudite in every clip of him I have seen to date. The interview, short as it was, was plugging along just fine. And…

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Prince & Little Weird Black Boy Gods

If you are, say, thirty-five years of age or older there is a 99% chance that you are no good right now. Not merely sad, but irreparably despondent. Verily, Shakespearean in your grief. Depending on how old or weird or gay or starstruck or black you were in 1984, Purple Rain was either an awakening, a…

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Should Read “Crooked Cop’s Legacy Stays Being Racist”

The video of Jameel McGee hugging, smiling and working alongside Andrew Collins, the Benton Harbor, MI ex-cop who framed him and put him in jail for four years, kept popping up in my feeds over the last twenty-four hours. I avoided it initially because news stories about random black people forgiving not-so-random white acts of…