I’ve made some mistakes, and have no excuses,” Leaf said Friday night in a...– Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested Friday for burglary and drug possession, according to this ESPN article. Leaf was the second person selected in the 1998 NFL draft (one spot below former Colt and current Bronco lead horse, Peyton Manning) and is considered one of the biggest busts ever....
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Nicki Minaj looking for a worthy opponent over a Hit Boy beat, with Rick Ross and Killa Cam adding support.
The Boss Uses a Teleprompter?!? →
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5 All-time Great Articles →
tetw: As chosen by Jared B. Keller Jared B. Keller is an associate editor at The Atlantic, and one of the keepers of The Atlantic’s Tumblr. We asked him to choose the 5 articles he finds himself recommending over and over again, and here they are: Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Diamond by Edward Jay Epstein (The Atlantic, 1982) - ”An unruly market may undo the work of a giant cartel and of...
The Smithian: '...an overwhelming 78 percent of... →
…voted Republican in the 2000 presidential election, with only a thin sliver voting Democratic. Since 9/11, those numbers have flipped: The percentage of American Muslims who “lean toward the GOP” is just 11 percent. Muslim Americans generally have pretty traditional values—many of them…
Awkward Black Girl's Travails in Racist Internet... →
Issa Rae won a pretty big Internet web series award on Monday night, then got bombed with racist Tweets and whatnot. That’s all pretty standard, and of course it’s recounted in the link above. But what’s interesting is the analysis provided by the smash-hit web show’s creator: …I found myself relating more to the humor in shows like The Office, 30 Rock and Arrested...
The Portland Hipster Cafe Game
Here’s something I’ve been trying to write about for weeks. It’s tough; I don’t mean to make anybody feel awkward or uncomfortable. My subject’s only being engaged here because I find it so strangely emblematic. What it’s emblematic of, I can’t exactly say. Not yet. Maybe by the end of this post. That’s what these posts are mostly about — figuring...
George H.W. “Rubbers” Bush vs. the G.O.P. The one where Bush 1 sends a note of congratulations to Planned Parenthood. If you like this, check out this radio interview with Rachel Maddow, who has a new book out. The show’s host is clearly crushy about her. You will be, too.
In Other Trayvon Martin News... →
They are coming after the boy, big-time! Guess I was living in my self-guided media bubble to really get the backlash that’s been forming. It doesn’t end w/ Geraldo.
The Skittles-for-Lollies Program Wyatt Cenac switches candies, for safety’s sake. Meanwhile, John Oliver throws over his hoodie for the the British version of nakedness.
One African Woman... →
…is mother to us all. Sinead O’Connor reminds us of this on her blog. She writes beautifully.
When Poverty Was White →
Smart, smart piece that debunks foundational mid-20th-century thought, “a logic widespread at the time, translating the disarray associated with poverty into a racial trait.” “The story of white poverty, as Carrie Buck’s story illustrates, is much longer and more complex than Charles Murray and his admirers realize or want to admit.”
In Mildly Appealing Murdered Black Male News... →
A ruling to fire a detective for his role in the killing of Sean Bell in Queens is upheld, and three other officers will be forced to resign.
Inception, Explained (For Real) →
No longer must you front like you got the whole thing.
The First 30 Tweets →
And, oddly, they aren’t that self-indulgent. (I kid. They are so totally self-indulgent; how could they not be?)
Oh, No — I Don't Need More Fans! →
Still, this is my updated fan page. Do with it what you must.
This. Is. The. iBook. →
Fo’ realski. The thing is out. Getcha iPads ready.
Mark Leyner, World-Champion Satirist, Returns to... →
From the NY Times: After a 15-year absence, the novelist drifts back into the mainstream. I hung out a bit with this guy in NY. Good times, great writer… If you’re not read Et Tu, Babe, you’ve not really been hip to 21st century American prose.
Some of us saw Network and didn’t even really get its meaning. My generation of non-fiction writers came to traditional journalism just as the form was beginning to decline. A decade-and-a-half out of Watergate, aspersion-casting media pieces such as Broadcast News were hitting the scene, and hints of something new (Spy magazine, Straight Outta Compton, Roger & Me) began to emerge. I...
How Big a Star Is James Deen Becoming?!? →
Bigger than John Holmes? Bigger than any male porn star before him?
FUCKIN’ COON? Is that what George Zimmerman said on the 911 call? The Martin case could be a police cover-up.
When I Come Back Like Jordan
“Wearin’ the 4-5 / It won’t be to play games with you / It’ll be to aim at you” I never stop being awed by these lines from Jay-Z’s “Encore”. The wordplay is singularly excellent. Considering what’s gone on with Trayvon Martin, I also can’t help but consider the mixed messaging we send in telling the world how we want to be seen.
Paris Chanel: Asians are people of color, and we... →
vogueflo: It upsets me when people forget that Asians have had a nasty history in this country and think that we have it all grand and dandy. White people did not want any of us in this country for a long time (see: Chinese Exclusion Act), and any recognition of our culture comes in the… Sassy! (and right.)
Vulnerability to Street Murder
It’s only an indicator of how black life is not widely valued, aside from sports arenas. Take a look in a ‘hood refrigerator some time. Sit in on a network TV strategy session. Or a White House strategy session. Or a real estate broker’s sales pitch to a black couple on a nice block. Free murder is the iceberg’s tip.
Making 'Hunger Games' Blow Up →
As a developing content strategist, I’m more than a little interested in how campaigns such as the one for this forthcoming film based on a popular bunch of books achieve ubiquity. This video reveals the machine behind the curtain, and that revelation is as compelling as the trick itself. The thing is to set a bunch of fires in our still-newly interactive world. Do it right, and consumers...
It is impossible to discourage the real writers—they don’t give a damn what you...– Sinclair Lewis (b. 1885)
BREAKING: U.S. Department of Justice announces... →