BLOGS


  • InsideAirbnb’s Report Isn’t Worth The Digital Ink It Is Printed On This week, the anti-home sharing website InsideAirbnb released an outrageous—and outrageously shoddy—new report that made a series of sweeping conclusions about the nature of the Airbnb host community in historically Black neighborhoods in New York City, asserting that Airbnb is promoting “racial gentrification.” Unfortunately, the report isn’t worth the digital ink it is printed on. Rather, ...
  • The End Of Innocence: Taking The Bystanding Out Of Bullying Trump’s reversal of the Obama policies recommending protections of trans kids in schools is yet another reminder that it is an increasingly perilous to be anything but a white, straight Christian male in this country. Schools districts may make the right rules against bullying, but those are particularly difficult to enforce in spaces generally devoid of ...
  • No, Thank You, I Don’t Drink… No really, I don’t.  It’s okay though, really, it is.  I usually leave it at “no thank you” without adding the “I don’t drink,” because I don’t want to get into it, but since you pushed, please understand that you don’t need to pressure me, I’m perfectly fine without it.  And, no, I’m not judging you for ...
  • Impeachable: A New Kind Of Protest Song People have been wondering what folksinger/activists, some of them septuagenarians like Noel Paul Stookey and me, might be doing in the face of the current cataclysmic challenges to our democracy and our nation. The answer is simple: we are going to keep on keeping on. We inherited a legacy from Woody, Pete Seeger and the Weavers ...
  • 10 Habits Of Mentally Strong People Despite West Point Military Academy’s rigorous selection process, one in five students drop out by graduation day. A sizeable number leave the summer before freshman year, when cadets go through a rigorous program called “Beast.” Beast consists of extreme physical, mental, and social challenges that are designed to test candidates’ perseverance. University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela ...
  • I Dream Of Healthy Black Futures Healthcare is a human right. No one should be denied the opportunity to see a doctor because of how much money is in their pocket or where they live. Our loved ones shouldn’t die from easily curable diseases simply because they can’t afford medicine. Black lives matter. Why are these controversial statements? Why are we living ...
  • Saudi Arabia Is Changing Something is happening in Saudi Arabia. The country is undergoing real change. Many commentators have written about it, but in some instances their observations have been based on a one-off visit comparing what they’ve just seen with the biases they’ve learned—without context or history. I am by no means an expert on Saudi Arabia, but as ...
  • On Being Safe In America For all of the bravado, all of the acclamations on how policies being enacted by the new administration will keep Americans safe, the truth is, fewer and fewer people in America are safe, be they citizen or not. Surely, the alienation of our allies, and the agitation of our enemies, does not make for a ...
  • 7 Broccoli Recipes Your Family Will Devour Broccoli doesn’t have to be a boring, bland side dish. When you liven it up with flavor, broccoli can be the star of the meal. From Chinese Vegetable Stir-Fry to Roasted Broccoli with Chipotle Honey Butter, these recipes will have your family begging for more. 1. Chinese Vegetable Stir-Fry There is much to love about this Chinese stir-fry: ...
  • We Must Rise Up For Transgender Children Wednesday night, as the Republican Administration announced its withdrawal of federal guidance that protected transgender and gender-nonconforming students in public schools from being discriminated against based on their gender identity, I sat in a movie theater on the Lower East Side. I was there for a preview screening of the first episode of “When We ...
  • As Anti-Semitic Acts Rise, So Should Our Leaders’ Resolve 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); A Wave of Crimes After a decade of declines, hate crimes against Jews are rising again with an increasing focus on what leaders should do in light of such developments. A fourth wave of bomb threats struck 11 Jewish centers and schools across the nation this Presidents’ Day, bringing the 2017 ...
  • Weekend Roundup: A Hard Look At The Long Past And The Near Future Sorting out the present global turmoil understandably demands our attention. But fathoming the lessons of the long past and anticipating the near future is no less important in framing the consequential choices we make today. Warning to the reader: what follows will likely disturb the safe space of those with a Panglossian outlook. A decided ...
  • Women Are More Than What They Wear At The Oscars 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); It’s common practice on the Oscars red carpet for interviewers to ask the women in attendance, ”Who are you wearing?” before they ask about their accomplishments. It’s an old tradition, and it’s one that needs to die hard because, let’s face it, nobody asks the men the same question. You ...
  • We Award President Trump And His Cabinet Some “Alternative” Oscars 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); The newly appointed President seems obsessed with cartoonish depictions of gold and wealth. In fact, we all know President Trump dreams of gold, just take one look at this lavish apartment. He’s purported to be a man of great taste, perhaps even the greatest taste. No one has better ...
  • The World Of Cosplay Is Filled With Black Joy This piece by Talynn Kel originally appeared on The Establishment, an independent multimedia site founded and run by women. On this day of #28DaysOfBlackCosplay, an online celebration of Black people in the cosplay community, I find myself thinking back to the days when I first learned about DragonCon. Immediately upon hearing about the annual conference featuring people dressing up as ...
  • Trump Provokes Global Backlash Let’s hope that Donald Trump is the political version of syrup of ipecac. The American system has been sick to its stomach for some time. Then along comes Donald Trump, America swallows him (hook, line, and sinker), and the system experiences gut-churning convulsions ever since. According to the most hopeful medical prognosis, America will eventually expel ...
  • People Of Faith Are Pledging To Protect People Under Threat By Trump’s New Policies Many people in our nation, and indeed around the world, are scared by the things happening in Washington. Those most affected by the actions of this administration are especially afraid. But today, we announce a plan of action in response. Immigrant families are faced with an administration crackdown on undocumented people. Children are afraid to go ...
  • ACA Repeal Will Cut Taxes For The Wealthy While The Vulnerable Suffer During President Trump’s inaugural address, he spoke of a government that benefits working people—not wealthy insiders. He said: “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now.” But if President Trump meant it, he would not be working with Republicans in Congress to rob working ...
  • Mass Deportations — The Surfacing Of The Worst In Us The accelerated deportation of illegal immigrants is brainless, cruel, antagonizing to many allies and neighbors and, ultimately, banal. It is antithetical to our better natures and to the humane face of America that has made us an exemplar for human rights, a voice for the voiceless and, as Ronald Reagan said, “a shining city ...
  • 5 Reasons It’s Important To Talk About Your Abortion I had an abortion. Yes, I did just share that in public. I had no intention of sharing it publicly, but with all that is happening right now, I feel I no longer have a choice. I feel it is my duty to begin to speak out and talk about it in order to protect ...