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When I saw Mr. Rogers appear in a post on The Awl on November 9, 2016, and when I clicked and discovered it wasn't a joke (it was about how to find and be a "helper" in tragic times) I thought I saw a deeply sweet, intense vulnerability. It seemed to match a loss of self-assurance, a new, mostly ego-free self-awareness—in real people and on the terrifying Internet—that wasn't quite as cripplingly sarcastic as it was before. I...
Because the internet is a disgusting and despicable place, SNL star Leslie Jones' website, JustLeslie.com, had to come down this afternoon after being viciously attacked by online hackers. The scum-of-the-earth hackers commandeered her site, posting nude photos that reportedly originated from her iCloud account, images of her drivers license and passport--an absolutely vile invasion of privacy--, and photos of getting-near-overdone meme Harambe the gorilla, among other wildly racist attacks. Jones, whose only crime is being funny...
As a Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute, Mychal Denzel Smith has become a crucial voice writing about politics, social justice and pop culture through the lens of black male identity. His highly-anticipated, forthcoming book Invisible Man: Got The Whole World Watching (Nation Books, 6/14) grapples with what it has meant for Smith, personally, to come of age as a black man during the presidency of Barack Obama. When did you realize you first wanted...
For many in the book world, the release of publisher Lee & Low’s first ever diversity in publishing survey in January 2016 offered no surprises. Publishing is overwhelmingly white (79 percent), straight (88 percent), able bodied (92 percent), and female (78 percent). In high school my friend Herbert would call these women, of whose ranks I am now a member, the white girl mafia. It was not a compliment. Unmeasured in the survey is class, but...

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