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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.

Topics: Arts & Culture

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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Art & Unrest in the Andes

by Cristina Ver�n on July 21 2004, 12:00PM

Bolivia’s indigenous filmmakers explore race and identity issues with a frankness that has forced these debates into the national dialogue.

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Activist Web

by Libero Della Piana on July 21 2004, 12:00PM

Portals to Third World News Inter Press Services www.ipsnews.net Journalists seeking to create an alternative to the mainstream and corporate wire services and news agencies founded the Inter Press Services (IPS) news agency in 1964. IPS calls itself “civil…

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Race Records

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

David Banner Mississippi (SRC/Universal) The allure in David Banner’s brash, mouth-of-the-South shtick is that he’s not sure he’s got all the answers himself. For every hedonistic “Like a Pimp” there’s a thoughtful, God-fearing-but-loving “Cadillac on 22’s,” and the balance makes…

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The British, Invaded

by Hua Hsu on December 21 2003, 12:00PM

Hua Hsu reviews Vivek Bald’s music documentary chronicling the rise of England’s “Asian underground” amidst racial turmoil.

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This Person Doesn’t Sound White

by Ziba Kashef on September 21 2003, 12:00PM

Ziba Kashef wonders what to name her child, when “talking while black” and other forms of linguistic racism thrive.

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The Politics of Making People Laugh

by Aundre M. Herron on September 21 2003, 12:00PM

The feds are avidly pursuing “diversity” hires, but what are the risks of representing at security and intelligence agencies?

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The Politics of Making People Laugh

by Aundre M. Herron on September 15 2003, 12:00PM

Stand-up comedy is one of the most challenging and complex of the performing arts. After doing stand-up for nearly 10 years, I’ve seen talent that runs the gamut of ambition. Some comics are after the cheap laugh. Others are enthralled…

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Activist Web

by Tammy Johnson on September 15 2003, 12:00PM

Rethinking Schools Online www.rethinkingschools.com This quarterly real-time education journal recently retooled their online presence into a readable site with bite. Full access to the publication’s content is a major plus to any progressive education activist. Columns such as ESEA Watch…

Topics: Arts & Culture, Schools & Youth

“I Am A Poet Too”

by Anmol Chaddha on September 15 2003, 12:00PM

In Sarah Jones’s latest play, first-generation immigrants at a poetry reading take on racism and xenophobia in the era of homeland security.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice

Activist Web

by Chandra Ray on June 15 2003, 12:00PM

Today’s Front Pageshttp://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/If you lack access to international newspapers, this website provides access to 212 front pages of 29 countries, including countries whose populations are largely non-white, such as India, Jamaica, and Thailand. There is an option to download pdf…

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Culture-Tracfficking for the 21st Century

by Gabrielle Banks on June 15 2003, 12:00PM

Meet the cross-cultural, postcolonial performer who takes on everyone from George W. to J-Lo

Topics: Arts & Culture, Schools & Youth