Viral Journalism and the Valley of Ambiguity

Once you’ve worked as a writer and editor in the world of social media for a decade, the way I have, you start to notice patterns. For example, there are some stories that will never go viral, even if they are brilliant in every measurable way. That’s because they lie in the “valley of ambiguity,” … Continue reading

Enter the Wu-Tang, 20 Years Later: Who Ya Got?

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most important cultural documents of a generation: the Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The album was crafted in a dojo in Staten Island, New York — better known as Shaolin — by a nine-man collective (sorry, Cappadonna) with a staggering amount of talent, and it … Continue reading

Where Are the Serious Movies About Non-Suffering Black People?

Hattie McDaniel, the first black person to win an Oscar, did so for her role inGone With the Wind as Mammy in 1939. McDaniel was a formidable actress but, for better or worse, roles that found her playing a maid dominate her résumé because, in her time, domestic servitude was the primary way popular culture could … Continue reading

Young, Gay, and Black in a Southern Town

In 2012, Preston Gannaway was living in Norfolk, Va., looking for a coming-out story to cover for the Virginian-Pilot, where she was a staff photographer. Gannaway met Tavaris “Teddy Ebony” Edwards, a 21-year-old gay man living in public housing in Chesapeake, Va., who came out when he was 16. Because Edwards represented several demographics rarely covered in the … Continue reading

Nap Time Turns Into Dream Adventures

Do babies dream when they sleep, or they simply rest peacefully? Queenie Liao, a free-lance artist and mother of three boys living in California, has tried to answer this question by sharing the adventurous dramas that her child Wengenn dreams of during his sleep. Combining artistry and imagination with photography, Queenie has created captivating photos … Continue reading

Kids React to Gay Marriage

An incredible new video is making its rounds on the Internet that asks a group of children, ages 5-13, their opinions about same-sex marriage. The video starts with the kids watching two different viral videos of gay marriage proposals and then a brief Q&A about their opinions surrounding marriage equality ensues. Click the link below … Continue reading

Jay Z makes himself an exhibit

  This is what happens when you put artists from different cultures into a big white room and enter an A-list hip-hop artist to perform to them. Not only perform, but connect with each one of them, breaking the boundaries and exploring a whole new territory! “The Artist Is Present”, Jay-Z you are a genius! … Continue reading

Nas Introduces Harvard Fellowship

By James Sullivan October 31, 2013 4:40 PM ET When Henry Louis Gates emailed Nas to ask him to lend his name to a new fellowship at Harvard’s Hiphop Archive, the rapper replied yes “in a nanosecond,” said the professor. A decade ago, he might have had a different answer.  “I said no to a lot of things in … Continue reading

Brand Revolution

http://gawker.com/russell-brand-may-have-started-a-revolution-last-night-1451318185 (Follow Link for Video) The revolution itself may not be televised, but on last night’s edition of the BBC’s Newsnight, viewers may have witnessed the start of one. Actor-slash-comedian-slash-Messiah Russell Brand, in his capacity as guest editor of the New Statesman‘s just-published revolution-themed issue, was invited to explain to Jeremy Paxman why anyone should listen to a man … Continue reading

Is News Dead?

As a journalist my colleagues have told me for years that TV News is dying a slow death.  Cleary the internet and mobile devices are becoming more and more prominent as the main sources for information and news.  Most of my contemporaries laugh when I mention I watch local television news and scowl when they … Continue reading