The latest mass shooting in South Carolina more than qualifies as terrorism. If you look at U.S. history, it’s the definition of terrorism. In this quick take, why the context and political motivation of this incident can’t be overlooked.
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.
I was afraid that the Bruce Jenner interview on 20/20 would be a publicity stunt, but it’s not. This is for real, and it’s so important — I’m serious. In this quick take, my response to the groundbreaking special while watching it on ABC.
While the U.S. marches toward marriage equality nationwide, we can’t forget about the broader fight for civil rights protections for LGBT people. In this quick take, an overview of “religious freedom” laws that threaten to set us back.
The stark, blatant racism of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma caught us by surprise, but perhaps it shouldn’t. In this quick take, I discuss how institutional racism lets hateful traditions prevail.
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.
A grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, decided not to bring charges against a local police officer in the controversial death of Michael Brown. In this quick take, my immediate thoughts following the prosecutor’s callous statements.
The great Lou Reed has died at 71, so let’s remember him the best way I know how, by looking back at his stint hosting an early episode of MTV’s 120 Minutes in 1986. Join in by watching these video clips from the show.
It was human after all: The creators of @horse_ebooks revealed that the absurdist Twitter account was a conceptual art project. But when I found out its creators were also responsible for Pronunciation Book and This Is My Milwaukee, pieces of an Internet mystery finally started to come together after 5 years.
I was browsing my own website and I ran across this short spoken word piece by Maggie Estep that aired on MTV back in 1993 as part of a series called “Free Your Mind”, presumably named after the En Vogue song of the same name. It inspired me to write out some thoughts I had about it and the era it came from.