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Lupe Fiasco Calls Out Obama, Among Others

Lupe Fiasco is returning hip-hop to its best tradition: actually saying something. With his new track, “Words I Never Said” (listen after the jump), the rapper confronts such diverse topics as the war on terror and the foreclosure crisis, with rhymes such as “Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit | Thats why I aint vote for him, next one either | I’ma part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE


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Their ‘Perestroika’

Democracy is ever a fragile thing, especially in states that have no tradition of democratic rule and have, instead, a tradition of self-serving rule by self-appointed and often brutal elites.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Bradley Manning Treatment Reveals Continued Government Complicity in Torture

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is facing court-martial for allegedly leaking military reports and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, is being held in solitary confinement in Quantico brig in Virginia. Each night, he is forced to strip naked and sleep in a gown made of coarse material.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 READ MORE



Book Preview: ‘The Fall’

In fledgling author Ryan Quinn’s coming-of-age novel, three friends meet in their senior year at an isolated New England university, forming an unlikely triangle that changes the course of their lives in a story about identity, first love and contemporary friendships. Here’s a snippet from the book’s beginning, courtesy of the author.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 READ MORE



Lady Gaga vs. Malaysia

Apparently the heavy-handed radio stations of Malaysia are not too keen on the pro-gay message of Lady Gaga’s newest ubiquitous single and have taken to editing out parts of “Born This Way.” The monster-in-chief told her Malaysian fans to “do everything that you can if you want to be liberated by your society, you must call, you must not stop, you must protest peacefully.”

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Taylor: 1932-2011

She was a bona fide movie star by age 12, thanks to a horsey little number called “National Velvet,” but it’s safe to say that Elizabeth Taylor was able to avoid the curse of the child actor, given the countless memorable screen moments she produced over the next 50 years.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011 READ MORE



GLAAD Awards Celebrate Ricky, Anderson and Other Media Friends

Ricky Martin, “Anderson Cooper 360,” “True Blood,” Oprah’s O magazine, Essence.com, comic book writer Peter David, “30 Rock,” Frank Rich, The Denver Post and Russell Simmons are among the winners of this year’s Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Awards. More winners will be announced in the coming months.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Karen Ballard

Playing Dick Cheney

Who will be the man to take on the dramatic challenge—and that combination smirk/sneer expression—of stepping into the shoes of the notorious Bush VP, Dick Cheney? Since HBO announced its upcoming Cheney miniseries, the ideas have started to fly ...

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE



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A Smooth Ride in This ‘Lincoln’

Fine work by the actors, the writer and the filmmakers makes a noirish spin in L.A. feel like a drive back to the day when audiences considered such good movies a birthright.

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 READ MORE



Mortal Sins of Omission

The lone living top commander implicated in a slaughter of civilians and cover-up has written a history of the U.S. 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam, and what his book does not say could have grim and far-reaching consequences.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE


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