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SXSW Panelpicker 2016

If you would like to see Spencer Hall and I at SXSW next year head over to the Panelpicker and vote for us!

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Dr. Dre’s Buried Treasure: Detox

Dr. Dre’s Detox is hip hop’s Atlantis, a genius at his highest levels crafting a perfect, utopian work of art that most likely doesn’t exist. Most likely, which is to say there’s a chance that the final copy of Detox is sitting in a vault somewhere in California. But it most likely doesn’t exist. Every…

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Jay-Z, and the Second Life of Hip Hop’s Golden Age

Jay-Z once bragged about how he held us down for six summers – and that was back in 2001. To put that into perspective, there was no Twitter, no hashtags, no smartphones. You could argue that the most consistent cultural presence in the last 15 years has been Jay-Z (or Pharrell). Is three tours in one…

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Sterling’s Racism: Finally News

With Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban from the NBA, we examine Sterling’s history of racial discrimination based on housing practices and lawsuits

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For Leonore

On Friday, April 25, Leonore Draper died in Chicago. I’ve known her almost 15 years and was in her wedding. For various reasons, each of us has thanked the other for saving our lives. This is what I offered in her memory at her memorial service in Houston. Just thought this was something some of…

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Melissa Harris-Perry

Symbols vs. substance in the racism debate The MHP panel—Jelani Cobb, Ari Berman, Brittney Cooper and Bomani Jones—discuss how outrage about racially-charged language can often distract from structural racism and the policies and actions that disproportionately harm people of color. Looking at actions over words with racism The MHP table talks about how sexism as…

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