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The Black Album: 15th Anniversary

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 11:48
The Black Album is Jay-Z’s best solo work. Some of this has to do with the time when it came out. In 2003, Jay was arguably the most successful rapper ever. He had survived a beef with Nas, his only real competition for the title “King of New York,” and no one else at the time had the combination of commercial success, street credibility and […]


Thu, 12/20/2018 - 12:52
  [By Jerry Ward Jr.]    When a writer uses the findings of the social sciences regarding anger to produce an explanatory narrative, the writer’s good intentions may provoke anger and a vision of despair.  How many readers find comfort when the reflection of their faces in a Mirror of Truth stares at them with contempt?  Charles Duhigg, an accomplished writer of a certain kind, […]

The Great American Read: America’s Best-Loved Literature Centers Whiteness, Not Diversity

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 06:20
[By: Morgan McComb] On October 23rd, 2018, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) announced the culmination of their Great American Read project, a survey of America’s 100 “best-loved” novels. The Great American Read began by conducting “a demographically and statistically representative survey asking Americans to name their most-loved novel.” Approximately 7,200 people participated in that survey, and the list that resulted from the survey was narrowed […]
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