Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown under fire after praising Sean Spicer as ‘sweet guy’

Star deletes his Twitter feed amid backlash over his meet in the middle approach to Trump allies Queer Eyes Karamo Brown has always been an outspoken advocate of meeting in the middle believing that many of Americas problems could be solved if Republicans and Democrats worked together more. Last year, he met with Karen Pence and her chief of staff to discuss federal spending on arts programs. And hes previously said that all American citizens need to support Trump. It appears this kumbaya philosophy has finally landed Brown, one fifth of the Netflix makeover show, in serious trouble with fans and critics. The TV star ignited a firestorm of criticism after calling his Dancing with the Starscast-mate Sean Spicer a …

Al Sharpton on Donald Trump: ‘He’s a white nationalist’

The civil rights activist, who recently found himself at the sharp end of the presidents tweets, discusses his history with Trump and the recent mass gun violence Among the many framed mementoes that clutter the white vinyl walls of the Rev Al Sharptons midtown Manhattan office, there is one he treasures just a little more than the others. Its an official program for the state memorial service held for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg back in 2013. Sharpton, the American civil rights stalwart, had been unable to travel to the event in person, and received a copy in the mail signed by a close friend. Across the programs gold lettering, a short message is scrawled in thin black marker: To Rev …

Guess who said it: Tucker Carlson or a far-right shooter | Nathan Robinson

The Fox New hosts nightly diatribes are making the US an ever more terrifying place for immigrants and people of color Its not surprising Tucker Carlson doesnt think white supremacy is a threat to the United States. Its easy not to notice a problem when the problem is you. Speaking on his show, Carlson encouraged viewers not to think about racism, saying that every minute youre angry about race is a minute youre not thinking about class, which is of course the real divide in this country. If I were Tucker Carlson, I wouldnt want people to think about racism either. If they did, they might start to notice that Carlsons rhetoric about non-white people has long been virtually identical …

Wild oversharing comic Phoebe Robinson: ‘I do dumb things. That’s who I am!’

Is the fringe ready for the brash standup who used to get paid in nachos and chicken wings? We meet one half of 2 Dope Queens as she fills her shoes with sweat What does Phoebe Robinson want to see when she arrives at the Edinburgh fringe? Just tons of dudes smuggling their bangers and mash in their kilts. Observational comic, astute social critic, signee of a deal with ABC studios, bestselling author (2 Dope Queens (the podcast duo turned HBO stars), Robinson has a philosophy: that comedy thirsty, uninhibited, occasionally gross, with riffs on Googling David Bowies penis size after learning he has died can be a force for good. At Edinburgh, Robinson will tour her show, called Sorry, …

There’s an old word for Trump’s brand of nationalism: ‘hatriotism’ | Samuel G Freedman

The term perfectly describes people who cloak toxic intolerance in patriotism. Lets bring it back Several weeks ago, as President Trump used the pretext of patriotism to unleash a blog called AmericanHatriots, in a radio shows and website of the political commentator David Pakman. And, oh yes, theres a Original Article : HERE ;

The new 007 is a black woman don’t make her a Bond girl

Online joy over Lashana Lynch inheriting James Bonds codename may be premature. White men wont give up their hero status so easily Fans have been hoping for a black actor to play first rumoured as a possible successor to Lashana Lynch is going to be the new 007. There was much celebration on social media, which is understandable. But it may be a little premature. Casting black female actors as legacy characters is a great step towards rectifying the historical racism and sexism that has led to a disproportionate number of those characters being white men. But its only a step. Black women also need to be written with respect; they have to be presented as natural, worthy heroes who …

‘Shopping while black’: Yes, bias against black customers is real | Cassi Pittman Claytor

Name a store, and Ill bet I can find a black person who has experienced discrimination there, writes Cassi Pittman Claytor Name a store, any store, from Fifth Avenue to Main Street, and Ill bet that I can find a black person who has experienced discrimination there. The beauty chain Sephora recently became the focus of criticism when the singer SZA accused one of its employees of just the most recent steadily increased over the past decade. When asked about being treated unfairly due to their race in the last 30 days, more blacks reported unfair treatment while shopping (29%) than in any other circumstance even interactions with the police (21%). Experiences of shopping while black include everything from slights, …

Never mind the quality, feel the ‘woke’ Green Book, The New Negro and white guilt

The best picture Oscar and the Pulitzer for biography have been bestowed on problematic and inferior works on race Art highlighting the marginalized, blacks, gays and others, is more fashionable than ever. For the gatekeepers of culture, however, it is not authenticity but stories that celebrate a superficial idea of progressiveness which exert the greatest appeal. Narratives exhibiting how woke we are resonate most. As long as a work captures how accepting whites are of blacks, how understanding straights are when encountering queerness, success is assured. Some blacks and empathetic whites get it. Seeking reparation for racist inequality by any means necessary, they reason, makes it time for diversity, any diversity. If the best and brightest black candidates are unavailable, …

John Singleton: maverick director with a radical edge

Boyz N the Hood sent audiences reeling and marked the start of an uneven career for a writer-director whose films were rooted in lived experience Hollywood wasnt ready for Boyz N Mean Streets or Fellinis Snowfall Singleton arguably did not have the fully realised directorial career that others had. Imperious debut Ice Cube in Boyz n the Hood. Photograph: Allstar/Columbia But most other directors couldnt boast of anything approaching the ferocity of his Boyz N the Hood, a masterpiece that seems to thump, judder and pulse with police helicopter rotor blades, or semiautomatic gunfire, or music in the streets. Cuba Gooding Jr plays Tre; Ice Cube is his troubled friend Doughboy and Morris Chestnut is Doughboys brother Ricky. Tyra Ferrell …

Black People Asked White People About Things They Dont Understand About Them And Actually Received Frank Answers

A few years back, when social media was in its infancy and people were thinking about its potential to change the world, we imagined all the ways that it would help to bring us together. Easy and instant communication with people from all over the planet would surely break down the artificial borders constructed between us, and lead to greater cultural exchange, mutual understanding and a shared humanity that could help us to solve the bigger global problems that affect us all. Sadly, it hasn’t quite worked out that way. Sure, there are some great examples of social media being a force for the common good, but ultimately we are a tribal species, and we seem to prefer segregating ourselves …

To fight racism, we need to think beyond reparations | Bhaskar Sunkara

We need a political revolution to truly bring democracy and equality to the United States reparations wont cut it The moral case for reparations is undeniable. The United States is a country built in large part off the labor of black slaves. Their coerced labor was turned into capital. That capital was appropriated by planters, filled the coffers of merchants, and fueled industrialists. Meanwhile, the descendants of slaves were stuck of the lowest rung of an incredibly violent and exploitative society. Even after the tremendous gains of the Civil Rights movement and the election of a generation of black leaders, black Americans have to settle for the worst schools, the worst health care, the worst jobs, and the worst end …

How we made Booker T and the MGs’ Green Onions

It was originally called Funky Onions but to laced-up, deep-south America, that sounded like a cuss word, so we had to retitle it Booker T Jones, organist I grew up in Memphis and by the time I was 17, I was learning saxophone, piano and Hammond organ, paid for by my paper round. I started going over to Billie Lee Riley, but something hadnt worked out. Hed packed up and left, so we had the studio to ourselves. We started playing around with a piano groove Id been performing in the clubs, trying to emulate Ray Charles. It sounded better on the organ, so I kept on playing that. Stax owner Jim Stewart liked what we were doing and wanted …

Anand Giridharadas: ‘What wealthy people do is rig the discourse’

The author of Winners Take All assesses the relationship between philanthropy and antiracism in an era of growing wealth among elite changemakers On the same day that Anand Giridharadas announced that he would be joining Time as an editor at large, I had the opportunity to talk with him about antiracism and America. A political analyst for MSNBC and author of the 2018 bestselling book Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, Giridharadas assesses the relationship between philanthropy and antiracism in an era of growing wealth among elite changemakers. Our wide-ranging conversation meandered from Malcolm X and Cedric Robinsons idea of racial capitalism to ruling-class dance moves. … One of the most important arguments you present in …