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Get Out Directed by Jordan Peele Opens February 24 The sorta-horror sorta-comic thriller Get Out conjures dread almost immediately, and with no actual ghosts, zombies, or demons whatsoever. It opens on a young black man, talking on his cell phone, relating that he’s gotten a little lost in this suburban neighborhood. He ends the call, consults some street signs, and a car pulls up near him. The speed with which this situation, free of all but the...
“If you’re a celebrity you have no color.” -Robin Greer, Friend of Nicole Brown Simpson That June 1994 Time Magazine cover pissed us all the fuck off. When we realized it wasn’t a printing error, but a deliberate darkening of a medium-brown-skinned African-American, O.J. Simpson or not, we understood that the national conversation around the guilt or innocence of the former football player and celebrity would pivot towards race. Newsweek’s editorial team used the same mug...
It would be hard to take a look at New York City's public schools and think they're anything but broken. On the whole, the city's public school system is the most segregated in the country, with over 50 percent of the city's school districts—including "every district in the Bronx and two-thirds of the districts in Brooklyn"—containing less than 10 percent white students. Beyond that, there's enormous disparities even from zone to zone in our city's school...
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins knows how to end a play. The last scene of  his 2010 play Neighbors (Public Lab) had The Crows, a black family in blackface—Mammy, Zip Coon, Sambo, Topsy and Jim—finally perform “the show” they’d been semi-rehearsing. As it turned out “the show” was the family staring straight at the audience for almost fifteen minutes as “Whistling Dixie” played in the background. When I saw Neighbors, I squirmed under the gaze of the...

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