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The Wonderful Afrofuturism of ‘The Wiz’

In Culture, Film by fivefifths1 Comment

The Wizard of Oz is, as the saying goes, as American as apple pie. Every year at least, I’d crowd around a screen with family to watch Dorothy’s teleportation from sepia-seeped Kansas to technicolor Oz, a tradition that I imagine many American families share. However, my family shared another tradition that many others did not.…

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Thoughts on Chi-Raq

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I genuinely don’t know where to begin. All I know is that I watched Chi-Raq last night and I feel...feelings. So let me tease them out. First of all, Chi-Raq is a beautiful film, visually. Director Spike Lee is up to all of his old tricks, and a few new ones. There’s striking bold text,…

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The Evolution of Kendrick Lamar

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Something special happened to me four years ago at the 9:30 Club in D.C, slam in the middle of the awful August 2011 heat wave in a room full of sweated-out shirts. A concert with some friends, one of those summer internship thrills that becomes all you remember after the coffee-making and dry cleaning delivery…

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“Key & Peele”: A Comedic Identity Study

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Honest hour, I was not a day one “Key & Peele” fan. My first formal introduction into the world created by co-creators/stars Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and director Peter Atencio was this YouTube clip: The sketch opens at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Tallahassee Black Republicans. The opening speaker, played by Jordan Peele, is decrying the…

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The NFL’s War on The Black Body

In Culture, Social Justice, Sports by Hanif Willis-AbdurraqibLeave a Comment

Ohioans have dueling misery on either side of the state: In Cleveland, the Browns serve as unapologetic harbingers of misery each year. In Cincinnati, the Bengals drag fans slowly through a bright and promising season before dashing dreams during the playoffs. As an NFL fan and loyal Ohioan, I am familiar with both extremes of…

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Race in “Fear The Walking Dead”: Will the Real Latinos Please Stand Up?

In Art & Media, Culture, Television by Feliz MorenoLeave a Comment

I know it's full The Walking Dead season after last night's season premiere, but I am still recovering from its younger sibling's brief time on TV. After the short six episode run of the first season of AMC’s latest series spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead, I am both impressed and unimpressed with how the creators have dealt with the…

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In Culture, Music by Rob Henderson2 Comments

Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto. “I am a human being, I consider nothing that is human alien to me.” - Terence When the Eagles lost the Super Bowl in 2005, I didn’t care. I wasn’t interested in sports, I didn’t watch the games and it wasn’t a part of my life. The opposite…

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Be Real Black For Me: A Review of “Dope”

In Culture, Film by Israel DaramolaLeave a Comment

Recently, I went to see the film Dope: a movie that’s reminiscent of the 80s goofballs-get-into-wild-misadventures genre of broad comedies. The film follows a high-school senior named Malcolm (played by Shameik Moore), a socially awkward kid with an obsession with the 90s that he shares with his two best friends Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) and Jib…