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I.F. Stone, 1988

Annals of the Press

by Jacob Brackman | Oct 15, 2018 | Media, Politics

Jacob Brackman was a 21-year-old features editor on The Harvard Crimson when, in 1965, he wrote this vivid profile of Izzy Stone, the ingenious and curmudgeonly proprietor of I.F. Stone’s Weekly. Corporate media was ascendant even in those early years, and Stone’s independence, fearlessness, and legendary work ethic earned him a unique standing at a […]

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John Ridley

On John Ridley’s American Crime and the #MeToo Movement

by Cyrus Cassells | Apr 17, 2018 | Culture, Media, Politics

The more I’ve been following the #MeToo movement, with its dismaying, even shocking revelations about the ubiquity of harassment, sexual coercion in the workplace, and even rape, the more I’ve been longing to revisit the incredibly pertinent second season of ABC’s American Crime. The show focuses, with unremitting power, on the alleged sexual assault of […]

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Acclaimed Black Cinema: On Moonlight, Fences, and Get Out

by Cyrus Cassells | Feb 5, 2018 | Culture, Media

The underdog Best Picture triumph at the 2017 Oscars of Barry Jenkins’s deeply affecting Moonlight, which already feels like a contemporary classic, over the lightweight, plucky, Hollywood fantasia La La Land, might be seen as a weather vane of sorts, an upbeat sign of the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement and the genuine […]

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Fake President

Fake News was Hallmark of MSM Long Before Trump and Twitter

by Jim Sleeper | Sep 10, 2017 | Media, Politics

Ever since the current occupant of the White House blamed mainstream journalists for generating fake news, some of us have countered by blaming social media and armies of trolls and bots (robotic tweets). But it’s as silly to blame social media for causing fake news as it would be to blame the internal combustion engine […]

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Black Literacy

by Cyrus Cassells | Jul 17, 2017 | Books, Media

If you’re looking this summer to get a firmer grasp of African-American life and culture, these four intensely dynamic, wide-ranging books, enriched by vital, memorable language and compelling vision, can’t be beat.   Collected Poems by Robert Hayden This is a book I come back to time and again—a seminal work that illuminates African-American life […]

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