This week's list offers artists making rules, breaking rules or trying to figure out what the rules even are. It also includes a walking tour. 5. War against the photograph Around 2004, painter David Hockney, famous for slick, smart renderings of SoCal swimming pools and uncomfortably posed sociali ... More >>
James BaldwinIn the history of the world, gays and lesbians have always made important contributions to many different societies. One such person is James Baldwin, the American novelist, essayist, and social critic. ''I would place him very high among writers,'' Benjamin DeMott, professor o ... More >>
Two professors anthologize the best rap lyrics
Papa Michael Reagan.After his son was arrested outside his San Fernando Valley home, Michael Reagan, himself the son of late President Ronald Reagan, compared his progeny's arrest to that of black Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. outside his own home in July. "Where is the American Ci ... More >>
The LATEST NEW REVIEWS are embedded in this week's COMPREHENSIVE THEATER LISTINGSAlso, this week's STAGE FEATURE on Hair, at the Chance TheatrePEE WEE FOREVER?Photo by Greg GormanNot quite "forever," but Stage Raw just learned that The Pee Wee Herman Show, originally slated for Nov. 8 - 29 at the ... More >>
Ted SoquiWas it something I said?Early last week I posted a brief blog noting the appearance of those "Obama Socialism" posters, in which the president's face is made up to resemble Heath Ledger's Joker character from The Dark Knight. That Batman-film derived image had been Photoshopped by Firas ... More >>
Biracial? Tell it to the hosts of Fox and Friends. Obama is black.
Carl Hancock Rux on Asphalt, war-torn cities and the state of black literature in America
Can a pro-Bush comedian get laughs?
On race and depression
On Lee's First "White" Film, the Elusive "Black" Audience and Other Gray Areas