PoC News in America

Hope you are enjoying this long wonderful, 3-day weekend if you are stateside. Read More PoC News in America

Friday News Bites: Syrian Refugees, Oliver Sacks + More

Greetings, one and all. Quick roundup of news stories this Friday, though I invite you all (as usual) to share anything interesting that has crossed your path.

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PoC News in America

This weekend I did not watch the MTV VMAs but I did watch most of these unforgettable hip-hop performances from the VMAs. Kanye West received the Video Vanguard Award and host Miley Cyrus defined white feminism. Read More PoC News in America

Friday News Bites: Sandra Bland, Egregious Deaths, SCIENCE! + More

This week’s news stories primarily regard the #BlackLivesMatter movement, science-y bits, and a splash of book news thrown in. Let’s get started, friends.

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This Week in Misogyny: Awards Show Edition

New Yorkers, be sure to check out the recommended readings before hitting the voting booth in a couple weeks (you are voting in the primaries, right?) so you can be sure to vote for the feminist candidates, who aren’t necessarily the female candidates. We’ve also got updates on the misogyny of the Emmys, lots of terrible people, some disheartening studies (the one about Fifty Shades readers was particularly interesting, though not terribly surprising), and so much more. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny: Awards Show Edition

An Open Letter to Miley Cyrus

Dear Miley,

You’ve received your fair share of criticism in recent years. I confess, I liked your show, and I’ve danced to “See You Again” in my living room. I thought you were okay. Like the rest of America, I’ve seen your progression to movies and a solo career. When you started with the twerk and ratchet obsession this year, I was not amused. I rolled my eyes. Then there was Sunday night. I don’t even have a cable subscription, but I couldn’t avoid seeing clips of your performance virtually everywhere online. And I must say, it is not okay. Your performance with the often problematic Robin Thicke amounted to a minstrel show of epic proportions. Read More An Open Letter to Miley Cyrus

Do We Still Need the VMAs?

For years now, MTV hasn’t aired music videos the way they used to in the early days, or even in the 1990s. Even when the channel aired just a few reality shows (The Real World and Road Rules), I remember videos airing in the morning, and of course during TRL and some countdown show with Simon Rex. Although the same videos would get played for weeks at a time (I distinctly remember 2Pac and Dr. Dre’s “California Love” being on heavy rotation), at least they saw the light of day.  Read More Do We Still Need the VMAs?