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Our need for the first annual observation of No Shame Day on Monday, July 2 could be traced to any number of get-right-quick antidotes. Despite the growing number of mental illness diagnoses in the black community, many are loath to accept their legitimacy.
The cloud of chronic traumatic encephalopathy -- the concussion-related brain disease that had led to mental illness and Alzheimer's-like symptoms -- hangs over the apparent suicide of Junior Seau, one of the N.F.L.'s great linebackers. The news was the final straw for Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic, who wrote that he could no longer find enjoyment in watching football with the increasingly grim prospects for its long-term practitioners, and so he was giving it up.
As you might have heard by now, President Barack Obama has expressed his belief that gay people should be able to get married. I want to take a moment to talk about the terms of the discussion. My concerns can fit broadly under what I'll call The Equality Problem.
This is about more than a t-shirt. This is about how to participate mindfully and self-critically in struggles against domination
Here's Marvin Gaye, who would have been 73 today, performing "I Want You" while lounging on the couch in a Belgian hotel room. Epic.
It's about time that we got a Shirley-centric episode. Yvette Nicole Brown, aside from her ping-pong rivalry with Jeff, has been pretty quiet this season.
Colored TV is a new PostBourgie feature that looks at television series through the lenses of race and class. Up first: "Parenthood" and "Revenge."
Jeremy Lin is much more than a fortune cookie. Treat him as such.
Let's not think of it as a defense of Brown. Let's consider it a plea for worthier troubled souls.
In keeping with this season's trend of featuring musicians who haven't faded into bitter oblivion, the latest Unsung heralds the career and eventual semi-retirement of Ray Parker Jr.
Male soul, R&B, and hip-hop artists have long served as Cyranos for brothers who can't seem to express the right sentiments without digging a deeper hole.
By employing phrases like "food-stamp president," Newt Gingrich has become a symbol of racialized politics. But he's not the only one suffering from racially insensitive diarrhea of the mouth.
So, if you don't know much about this week's featured group, Full Force, you might assume this is going to be another heart-breaking story about fame lost and bitterly mourned. But you'd be wrong.
Aside from my own personal investment in Miles Morales becoming the new Ultimate universe Spider-Man, I had concerns.
To posit that a woman's behavior can be a means for stopping rape is a slap in the face to all the women who "followed all the rules" and still got raped.
I arrived late to the new meme "Shit Girls Say," but my family members were quick to fill me in over the holidays. I laughed -- but only with half my heart.
Vesta Williams's unexpected and untimely death was just one in a long string of mysteries surrounding her life. What happened? Where had she been? Why hadn't she hit it bigger?
It's hard for a sitcom to produce a Very Special Christmas Episode, without it seeming overwarmed, cliched, or just plain ol' corny.
Gene Banks's widely derided "If I Was A Poor Black Kid" column oversimplifies a lot -- including how hard it is to get into Philly's best schools.