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Fifteen years ago, rappers like Public Enemy, KRS-One and Queen Latifah
were received as heralds of a new movement.

Russell Simmons, known for decades as Rush to his friends, is of average
height and build for a man his age (45), with a cleanshaven face, bald
dome and light complexion.

In Hicksville, Long Island, on any given Sunday afternoon, pierced and
tattooed teenagers in black clothing gather to listen and watch as
groups of kids like themselves tear their fingertips on

The Chicago-based magazine Punk Planet--nominated for the past
two years in Utne Reader's Alternate Press Awards for "General
Excellence," along with such better-heeled competitio

On the self-titled debut record by punk/dance band Le Tigre, there's a
short song called "Eau d'Bedroom Dancing" that pays tribute to the
timeless tradition of spinning around one's bedroom, al

In more than fifteen years of rock-and-roll touring, my worst night of
sleep followed a June 10, 1989, show at Centro Sociale Leoncavallo, an
anticapitalist squat in Milan.

As Trent Lott struggled to "repudiate" segregation fifty years after it
was outlawed, about the only point he left out of his incoherent
counterattack is that he was a soul-music fan.

It's a shame that Savion Glover is trying so hard to hide from the
world, because he's the greatest tap dancer who ever breathed.

For years Pittsburghers have witnessed the low regard in which public
television station WQED holds its second channel, WQEX.

I can think of no picture of recent years, other than Roman Polanski's
The Pianist, that has won the Palme d'Or at Cannes and yet
stirred neither controversy nor excitement.

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Many in the media are criticizing Katheryn Bigelow’s depiction of torture in her new, critic-pleasing film.

December 11, 2012

November's victories at the ballot box show the drug war is vulnerable. 

December 10, 2012

One of Obama’s favorite TV shows warns him directly against the terror of drones.

December 10, 2012

Some details in Skyfall are just too silly to accept.

November 29, 2012

The filmmaker challenges the accepted narrative that dropping the bomb(s) was the right thing to do.

November 26, 2012

The long-time Dylan historian sounds off on the Bard’s thirty-fifth studio album.

October 2, 2012

Sixty-seven years later, a look at one of the great, unknown tales of Hollywood "censorship."

September 27, 2012

The campaign season earns local television stations enormous sums of money. What should they give back?

August 14, 2012

The hit BBC show Luther, not to mention real London police, are important reminders that you don't need a gun to be a good cop.

 

July 31, 2012

Are lobbyists using the new Batman movie as a form of bribery? Senator Leahy’s second cameo, and a special preview screening for staff, is a problem.

July 23, 2012