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The Obamas’ ‘People’ Magazine Interview About Racism Is All Subtext

This morning, the progressive Internet considered two important pieces about race in this post-Ferguson era: “‘Listen when I talk to you!': How white entitlement marred my trip to a Ferguson teach-in” by Brittney Cooper at Salon and “I Don’t Know What To Do With Nice White People” at Jezebel — both challenging essays that call even the most well-intentioned white people to account for aiding and abetting white supremacy.

Both pieces, which I thought were excellent, were getting assailed by racist commenters the last time I checked. … Read More

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Mark Whitaker Still Doesn’t Get How He Screwed Up His Cosby Biography

When the powers-that-be at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the Graduate Center of City University of New York put together last night’s discussion of “The Biography of African-American Comedy,” it seemed a relatively uncontroversial event. With two biographies of noted African-American comedians slated for fall release, they’d put together a panel of authors and experts, share some insights, and have a few laughs. “Oh joy, what fun this will be,” Levy Center director Gary Giddins recalled thinking in his intro to the event, which prompted knowing chuckles in the audience, as one of those biographies became quite controversial indeed: Mark Whitaker’s Cosby, which came under harsh criticism for failing to even mention the rape accusations that have dominated headlines over the past few weeks (and reemerged partially due to their exclusion from Whitaker’s book). To his credit, Whitaker kept the commitment and appeared on the panel, seemed legitimately contrite and regretful, and still clearly has no idea what he actually did wrong. … Read More

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Watch: Tilda Swinton Tries to Seem Human While Emma Stone Deifies Her

The running rhetoric surrounding Tilda Swinton and her career is that she’s inhumanely awesome — there’s the gorgeous alienness… Read More

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Beverly Johnson’s Silence About Cosby Shows Just How Far Rape Culture Permeates

Seventies supermodel Beverly Johnson went public yesterday with a story about being drugged by Bill Cosby, in what looks like an attempted sexual assault that follows the pattern of nearly every other alleged assault by Cosby. … Read More

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Naked Dresses and Sparkly Beards: Links You Need To See

2014 was an important year for fashion. Oscar de la Renta, L’Wren Scott, and Joan Rivers all passed away, leaving enormous voids in the fashion world. Noted anti-Semite John Galliano was appointed as creative director of leading fashion house Maison Martin Margiela… … Read More

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Lena Dunham’s BuzzFeed Op-Ed Illuminates the Difficulties of Telling Rape Stories

After Random House announced that it would change the pseudonym Lena Dunham used to describe the man who assaulted her in college— due to his similarity to a real person with the same name — Dunham penned an op-ed for BuzzFeed, recounting the aftermath of writing about assault. She explained that revenge and outing her rapist were never on her agenda. … Read More

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The Conversation We Should Be Having About Mark Wahlberg’s Entitled Pardon Request

News broke this week that Mark Wahlberg — actor, producer, restauranteur, and the star of the upcoming Christmas Day release The Gambler — has applied to have his 1988 felony assault conviction in Massachusetts expunged from his record. The timing and the content of the news paints a grim portrait of celebrity entitlement in an age of protest and unrest. … Read More

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Judd Apatow’s Uneasy Feminist Awakening

With his recent lashing out at Bill Cosby in the vein of a Depeche Mode lyric with an anti-rape-culture twist, Judd Apatow has further cemented his newfound stance as a feminist. … Read More

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