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We have a lot to be proud of

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It’s a joyous day as marriage equality comes to the entire United States. While there’s still a lot of work to be done on many different fronts, let’s take a moment to appreciate the unbelievable week of progress we just witnessed.

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Facing our own greatest threat

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The latest mass shooting in South Carolina doesn’t just qualify as terrorism — if you look at U.S. history, it’s the definition of terrorism. In this brief reaction to the news, I discuss the context to this incident that can’t be overlooked.

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The force that breeds unrest

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Building anger over police brutality blew up in Baltimore as riots overtook what had been peaceful protests. The destruction is a shame, but the violence from police that triggered it is the story. In this piece, I take down three short-sighted reactions to the uprising and refocus on the real problem.

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A breakthrough for acceptance

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I was so afraid the Bruce Jenner interview would be a publicity stunt, but it’s not. This is so important — I’m serious. It’s in the running for the most informed thing about gender and trans issues that has ever aired on network TV.

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When hate is a lingering tradition

Racism is taught: #SAEHatesMe

Let’s think about the blatant racism of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement and the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery.

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TC’s top 40 albums of 2014

For my 12th consecutive year of listing and reviewing my favorite music, I’ll be looking back at some of the most memorable singles of each season of 2014, followed by my top 40 albums. Who will claim #1 this year? You’ll have to keep reading to find out. Join me for this signature special feature.

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Stephen Colbert’s lasting legacy

Stephen Colbert and Grimmy

After 9 years of The Colbert Report, or 17 years including his time at The Daily Show, the time has come to say farewell to “Stephen Colbert”, an unprecedented character the likes of which we’ve never seen anywhere else in pop culture.

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The lie of “justice for all”

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In this short article, I share my immediate feelings after a local prosecutor and grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, declined to bring any charges against a police officer in the widely discussed shooting death of Michael Brown.

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Long live this awesome project

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You didn’t have to do it, but you did. You stepped up to the plate to help The 120 Minutes Archive, this thing that I’ve been running for the past 11 years, live to see another day. Thanks to you, the project is now funded through 2015.

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TC’s top 40 albums of 2013

Each year, I take an inclusive, honest, and unapologetic look back at my personal favorite and otherwise memorable music. Now it’s time to review 2013, my 11th consecutive year. Inside this special feature, a list of the most noteworthy singles of each season, followed by my top 40 albums of 2013.

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