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Arts & Culture

Even Hindsight Isn’t 20/20

by Susan Starr on September 15 2006, 12:00PM

Reflections on the documentary Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

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Spotlight: Chamindika

by Bushra Rehman on September 15 2006, 12:00PM

Sri-Lankan Art: Out of the Gallery, Onto the T-Shirt

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Shake It ’Til You Make It

by Tammy Johnson on September 15 2006, 12:00PM

Bellydancing celebrates its roots.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Start the Presses

by Daisy Hernandez on September 11 2006, 12:00PM

A Muslim newspaper that began after 9/11 now thrives.

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Listening Up

by Momo Chang on June 21 2006, 12:00PM

Music production has blossomed as a way for young people to tune out of corporate radio and into their own creativity.

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Black Men, Asian Women

by Rinku Sen on March 21 2006, 12:00PM

Exploring fantasy and reality, starting with TV hospital dramas.

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Let’s Talk About Sexo

by Dulce Reyes Bonilla on December 21 2005, 12:00PM

Why Spanish-language radio beats Howard Stern in ratings.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Race Records

by Juba Kalamka on September 20 2005, 12:00PM

Zap Mama Ancestry in Progress (V2/BMG)The highly anticipated follow-up to 2000’s A Ma Zone finds frontwoman Marie Daulne using a pastiche of sound effects as metaphor for personal and familial histories. Ancestry’s spread of Daulne’s trademark chirping, raspy vocal gymnastics…

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Our Little Secrets

by Bushra Rehman on July 21 2005, 12:00PM

A Pakistani artist explores the shame and pride of her community’s bathroom practices.

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Got Tradition?

by Daisy Hernandez on July 21 2005, 12:00PM

American Indians use native foods to fight diabetes and revive Indian culture.

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Race Records

by Hua Hsu on July 21 2005, 12:00PM

Okada Taxi Wise Retrogression (Dusty Groove)The solo project of composer and producer Takashi Okada, this imaginative disc is the latest in a string of brilliant discs from Japan fixated on the jazzy possibilities of broken-beat and electronic jazz. With help…

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Race Records

by Hua Hsu on March 21 2005, 12:00PM

Afrika Bambaataa Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of Light (Tommy Boy) The legendary hip-hop pioneer traveled around the world to record his most recent treatise on the state of the art. From Baltimore house to British electro—and featuring collaborations…

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Rants & Raves

by Anmol Chaddha on March 21 2005, 12:00PM

RANT: Spell Check for Racists. Tensions have been high since a Hmong American was charged with murdering six white deer hunters in northern Wisconsin. Stores in Wisconsin and Minnesota, both home to Hmong communities, have been selling bumper stickers that…

Topics: Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice

Race Records

by Hua Hsu on December 21 2004, 12:00PM

The Isley Brothers Taken to the Next Phase / Columbia One cowers at how many babies were probably made to the criminally smooth sounds of the Isley Brothers. Here, a talented generation of new jacks like Questlove, Mos Def, Raphael…

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Repping Chinatown

by Kevin Y. Kim on December 21 2004, 12:00PM

Mainstream America’s first Asian-American solo rapper battles myths, markets and the tightrope line between exposure and exploitation.

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Rants & Raves

by Anmol Chaddha on December 21 2004, 12:00PM

RANT: What’s sovereignty?Well, uh, it’s sovereignty. At an August conference for journalists of color, a Native American reporter asked George Bush what tribal sovereignty means in the 21st century. His response to the bemused journalists: “Tribal sovereignty means that, it’s…

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Popularity, Privilege, and the White Populists Who Populate the Airwaves

by David Leonard on September 21 2004, 12:00PM

After the sixth book arrived in the mail, I realized something might be going on here. Stupid White Men; Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot, Does Anyone Have a Problem With That: The Best of Politically Incorrect; Lies and…

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Hit the Ground Swinging

by Mattie Weiss on September 21 2004, 12:00PM

Voter organizing for a generation raised on hip-hop, Reaganomics and the Internet.

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Race Records

by Hua Hsu on September 21 2004, 12:00PM

Ollabelle Ollabelle (Sony) Shortly after 9/11, this crew of concerned New Yorkers wandered from their respective sounds (punk, jazz, pop) and found a common purpose in American Roots music. The sextet’s debut is a delightful, heartening blend of blues, gospel,…

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Race Records

by Hua Hsu on July 21 2004, 12:00PM

Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd In What Language? (Pi) Last April, pianist Iyer and poet/rapper Ladd teamed for this one-off show examining lives lost in transit. Set amidst the hustle and bustle of the international airport, Iyer’s fiery playing…

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