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Summer M.

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Crime and Punishment

Yesterday afternoon, the Baltimore Ravens finally decided to terminate running back Ray Rice’s contract after new video emerged of him assaulting his then-girlfriend (now wife), Janay Palmer, in a casino elevator. The decision, though necessary, was probably a result of peer pressure and needing better PR around this story. After all, the Ravens’ Twitter feed […]

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Angels and Emmys

Last weekend, Charles Belk, a 51-year-old black man, was arrested and detained by the Beverly Hill Police Department on the suspicion that he had robbed a nearby bank. In reality, Belk had been having a meal at a nearby restaurant, and was on his way to check the status of his parking meter. Before Belk […]

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On the POTUS’ Response to the Events in Ferguson

After a night of turning up and after issuing a statement on the death of actor Robin Williams, President Obama finally got around to saying a word or several about the killing of Michael Brown and the ensuing situation in Ferguson, Missouri. Obama’s remarks, as many of us expected, were as tepid as his dance […]

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Revenge of the Black Biopic

I was mildly curious about how Get On Up, the James Brown biopic, would do in its first weekend at the theater, even though I had no interest in seeing it. After all, a trailer that includes the words, “from the director that brought you The Help” as enticing jargon clearly does not have me […]

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New World Water

I know it’s Meatless Monday and all, but I have half a mind to eat a double cheeseburger while rocking a fur coat or something. But that wouldn’t do anything but further clog my arteries, and make me especially hot during a remarkably mild summer day here in Chicago. It would do nothing to stop […]

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Return of the King

I love LeBron James. And it’s not just because he makes clips from The Lion King appropriate.

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Laying it on Too Thick[e]

Robin Thicke is having a “rough” couple of weeks. In this latest leg of the #getpaulaback campaign, blue-eyed soul crooner du jour Robin Thicke took to the BET Awards stage and sang another song about Paula Patton. During the performance, Robin looked…sad. He was weirdly tan, was showing off a buzz cut, and seemed puffy […]

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Season’s Greetings

Summer has officially begun. This means, of course, vacations, barbecues, long days, and, perhaps, a rise in crime rates in certain places, including Chicago, a city that has become (unfairly) a poster child for violence in urban America. The numbers have started to pour in already. The day after Father’s Day, news outlets reported that […]

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The Role of a Lifetime

It was recently announced that America’s Next Top Model contestant-turned-actress Yaya DaCosta will play Whitney Houston in the upcoming biopic on the singer to be aired on the Lifetime network. The film, which has first-time director Angela Bassett at its helm, will cover Houston’s relationship with her former husband, Bobby Brown, a coupling that many found surprising […]

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Hush Money

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has more or less purchased the Los Angeles Clippers from the embattled Sterling family for $2 billion. That’s right $2 billion. American dollars. Here’s some context: Ballmer outbid competitors Oprah and co. by $4 million. Ballmer is “worth” $20 billion, so paying for the Clippers, I suppose, is some, weird, […]

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