BLOGS


  • Why Madonna’s ‘Like A Prayer’ Is The Most Important Album Ever Made By A Female Artist 28 years ago this week, Madonna released what is not only her best album to date, but also what could be the most important release ever by a female artist. That’s not to say that Like a Prayer is the best album ever by a female artist, but it’s pretty close. After six years of ...
  • A Public Letter To New Chinese Immigrants I have learned a profound lesson. I will never forget it. I recently wrote a blog here about the Asian American movement and newer Chinese immigrants. It went “viral.” I had hoped to promote cooperation. I urged an audience of progressive activists to reach out and respect their cousins who have arrived more recently and might ...
  • Stop Saying, ‘I Can’t Do Anything Because I Have Kids’ — In Front Of Your Kids The struggle is real. Having kids and also wanting that adult time without them. Every parent struggles with it, whether you’re a single parent or part of a parenting couple. But do we really have to rub it in so much all the time? Especially when our kids are standing right there? The choice to raise ...
  • An Open Letter To White People From Two Professors Of Color: Step Up! Now that reality television star Donald Trump is the president of the United States, many Americans have begun experiencing life in a vertigo of disbelief, embarrassment, fear, and anger. Many find it galling that he was elected, despite evidence that he likes to touch women without their consent. However, others were outraged long before that ...
  • Neil Gorsuch Might Have Disturbing Views On Pregnancy Discrimination function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible);   Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch may hold disturbing views on pregnancy discrimination that would be bad for women—and bad for business too. A former student of Judge Gorsuch alleged that he told a class that not only could potential employers ask female interviewees about their pregnancy and family plans, but ...
  • I Shouldn’t Have To ‘Pass’ On The Phone For You To Take Me Seriously My name is Nicole Breedlove. My name is not necessarily a culturally specific name. When you speak to me, my voice doesn’t sound culturally specific either. In fact, my last employer told me that she did not know I was African American when she spoke with me. She was shocked when I showed up for ...
  • Ivory Aquino Responds To Alexandra Billings’ Concerns About Trans Visibility In ‘When We Rise’ As an activist and member of the LGBTQ community I could not wait to watch ‘When We Rise.’ I was totally mesmerized by the story telling. One of the most important things that Dustin Lance Black has achieved is start many, long awaited conversations. I couldn’t be more proud to share with you this conversation ...
  • And Gorsuch Makes Three: With Trump And DeVos, A Special Needs Nightmare First, I want to thank you, sincerely, for helping our son. Ben suffers from severe autism. His needs are immense, as are the bills, for him and the hundreds of thousands like him. If you pay taxes, you have made it possible to give him a critical chunk of what he and his fellow sufferers desperately ...
  • America’s Wars: Business As Usual Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com U.S. Marines are, for the first time, deploying to Syria (with more to come). There’s talk of an “enduring” U.S. military presence in Iraq, while additional U.S. troops are being dispatched to neighboring Kuwait with an eye to the wars in both Iraq and Syria.  Yemen has been battered by a veritable blitz ...
  • The Revisionist History Of CENTCOM Attempts To Demonstrate Progress Onward and Upward with U.S. Central CommandCross-posted with TomDispatch.com By way of explaining his eight failed marriages, the American bandleader Artie Shaw once remarked,  “I am an incurable optimist.” In reality, Artie was an incurable narcissist. Utterly devoid of self-awareness, he never looked back, only forward. So, too, with the incurable optimists who manage present-day American wars.  ...
  • Why These Trump Voters Are Sticking Up For An Undocumented Neighbor This week, a conservative community in my part of Indiana will lose one of its model residents. Roberto Beristain came to America without permission 17 years ago, fell in love, and became a cook at a family restaurant. Living the American dream, he wound up owning one of the restaurants he had worked in, buying it ...
  • Blood and Betrayal in the Southwest The Southwest was once a part of Mexico, but that doesn’t mean that Mexicans have always felt welcome there. Land disputes led to segregation, discrimination and even state-sanctioned violence. In this rebroadcast, Latino USA looks into the history of resistance leaders like Juan Cortina and Reies López Tijerina, the dark side of the Texas Rangers ...
  • Trump’s Budget Would Cut Crucial Emergency Aid President Trump’s 2018 budget request not only proposes drastic reductions to the State Department and USAID, including funding to the United Nations and its affiliated agencies. It also proposes to entirely eliminate the State Department’s Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance (ERMA) account, which would deny his government a critical tool for averting disasters around the ...
  • The Hidden Provision In The Affordable Care Act That, If Lost, Will Quickly Lead To Poorer Health While the attention of Obamacare repeal is focused on insurance, there’s a hidden and oft overlooked provision that, if lost, will lead to poorer health and higher costs—particularly for children and the elderly. The provision involves the existence of what is known as the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The Prevention Fund provides investments into keeping ...
  • 5 Reasons All Democrats Must Oppose Gorsuch After a contentious start to Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination hearings, Senate Democrats are struggling with what the New York Times calls “two options: Get out of the way or get run over.” But Democrats have a third option, one that should attract moderate or “centrist” Democrats as well as more liberal senators: Fight. Sen. Michael Bennet, ...
  • ‘When We Rise’ Didn’t Tell Your Story? Oscar-Winner Dustin Lance Black Say ‘Get Writing!’ With his sweeping ABC mini-series When We Rise, Dustin Lance Black brought generations of the fight for equality into homes across America – and around the world. Still, the out Oscar-winner says, even this epic, four-day television event is only “scratching the surface” of queer history’s diversity. “In no way does it claim to be the ...
  • The Fed Goes High Last week the Federal Reserve Board raised interest rates for the third time in the last year and a half. This move did not get nearly as much attention as it deserves. The decision to raise interest rates was a conscious decision to slow the rate of economic growth and job creation. It will raise interest ...
  • 5 Possible Temp Jobs For Tomi Lahren You know what they say: “All close-minded things must come to an end.” Or, wait, is it, “Don’t cry because it’s over, be a more tolerant country because it happened.” Hmm either way, Conservative political commentator and walking white privilege advertisement, Tomi Lahren, has been temporarily suspended from The Blaze. Hot damn. Why? It can be traced ...
  • The Life Cycle Of A Trump Conspiracy Theory Donald Trump will doubtlessly go down in history as many things, but what we’re all coming to grips with right now (a bare two months into his presidency) is that Trump will also surely be remembered as the first “Conspiracy-Theorist-In-Chief” in American history. Trump, in fact, personifies the old adage: “I’ve made up my mind ...
  • I Don’t Want To Travel If you want to feel out of place tell your friends you don’t want to travel. The looks you’ll receive in return will run the gamut from shock and disgust to quiet pity. Admitting this is pretty much declaring ignorance and isolationism. It’s tripping down the stairs while crawling back into your doomsday bunker. Good, ...