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The Best Thing

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September 13th, 2013

I used to love the Jetsons, those futuristic Flintstones. My favorite episode is the one with teen heartthrob Jett Screamer. It’s the one where Judy wrote the terrible song (“Jett […]

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Roadside Attractions

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September 6th, 2013

I was beginning to feel as if I was getting paranoid. Traveling around my neighborhood, I was sensing that roadside objects were calling out to me or somehow communicating with […]

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The New Elvis Hater

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September 5th, 2013

I am stunned. Stunned that America has come to this. This is the reality show Naked and Afraid. It’s about — that’s right — people who have to navigate food […]

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Sad American Legacy

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August 28th, 2013

This post was inspired by the result of the Zimmerman trial and our long legacy of racial profiling. Along with this reality is the legacy that White people must also […]

Miley Cyrus VMAs

I’ll Take Manhattan

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August 27th, 2013

Watching this year’s MTV VMAs with my daughter, I was as put off by the pandering to Brooklyn as I was by Miley Cyrus’ desperation to convince us that she […]

East Versus West

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August 23rd, 2013

In West Side Story, poor Rita Moreno danced herself silly into the eye of a territorial storm. In the ’90s, the rap world traded barbs and bullets, each thinking East […]

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Driving With Maps

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August 8th, 2013

Before there was MapQuest or Google Maps, there was my trusty Thomas Guide. I always consulted my handy book before leaving to go to any new location. I carefully plotted […]

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Street Cred: A Middle Aged User’s Guide

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August 7th, 2013

In my spare time I work with teens, some from pretty tough neighborhoods. They love me because I speak their language. For example, if a teen is feeling insecure about […]