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Beyoncé class in session at Rutgers University

Students at Rutgers University are now earning college credit while studying Beyoncé. The course, “Feminist Perspectives: Politicizing Beyoncé,” is available to students for the summer semester. The class is part of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies curriculum. 

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For Your Consideration: Summer M.’s Movie Pitch

It’s awards season. And although I did not spend a tremendous amount of time in the movie theater, I learned a thing or two about what’s hot in Hollywood, which might be summed up in the following tweet from Erykah Badu: Judging from the trailers I sometimes catch while watching television, this observation seems about […]

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Summer M.’s Finals Week

For many, today marks the beginnings of finals week, a slew of tests given at the end of the semester wherein students attempt to coherently regurgitate everything they learned last night while cramming. In this tradition, I’d like to assign several essay questions to a few folks who have some explaining to do. You know […]

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They Came Before Troy Barnes

I just learned about “blerds” and I’m over them already. I got an email with a link to an NPR story about this apparently ascendant set of non-athletic, non-jive talking black folks–mostly men, I guess–who are apparently populating television shows and stand-up stages. It took fewer than 4 minutes, the length of Eric Deggans’ piece, for me […]

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The Price of the Ticket

As much as I’d like to make today’s post an extension of last week’s racist Halloween costume checklist by including entries such as, “Is this costume one of Oprah’s favorite things?” I think it’s best to say a word or two about the upcoming Nina Simone biopic. Late last week, images of Zoe Saldana as […]

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VIDEO: Chris Brown Is Stressed Out About ‘Loving Two People’

Chris Brown wants his fans to know that he’s torn between two women. In a video released by Brown, the singer admits that he’s drunk and then proceeds to consider whether one can love two people at the same time: “When you share history with somebody, then you tend to fall in love with somebody […]

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Coming Out Stories: On Frank Ocean

I’ve spent the last week treading in the liquid of a queer-flavored ambivalence, trying to determine why the Anderson Cooper and Frank Ocean coming out announcements mean less to me than other people. I have seen enough episodes of Coming Out Stories and foolishly subjected myself and my partner to the awkward anti-climax of telling my father […]

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David Clowney Shares HIV Status On Twitter: Inspiring, or TMI?

David Clowney shared his HIV status on Twitter; he tweeted the test results, and even supplied a picture, too. Is knowing Clowney’s status beautiful and/or inspiring? Or is he just the latest to prove, via Twitter, why athletes need publicists?

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Pariah’s Pariah: A Review, a Critique

*Spoiler Alert* On Friday, Dee Rees’ much lauded independent film, Pariah will expand its release from four theaters to eleven, increasing the opportunity for many to view this incredibly important Focus Features release. Rees’ debut work has deservedly generated a deluge of critical praise, and should at the very least garner a few nominations come award […]

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WHY EVERYBODY HATES DRAKE, and Why They’re Wrong…

People really just don’t like Drake. And by that I mean the very idea of Drake. But like it or not, he’s about to go to the next level. I’d put money on it. And here’s why…

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