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Action figures are fun, right? When I hear the term Action Figures, I immediately get visions from my childhood, creating good vs. bad scenarios in my eight-year-old head: Batman vs. The Joker was a common occurrence, with other details always varying. Today, we’ve got our own version of The Joker—and he’s residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. To keep with that parallel, FCTRY, a toy company in Brooklyn, began selling a Donald Trump action figure last...
Ordained Baptist minister, political pundit, and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson has always saturated his work  with messages and themes that not only explicitly articulate the Black experience, but uniquely define it as well. From providing searing commentary on the travesty that was Hurricane Katrina to sharing valuable critique of Barack Obama’s historic presidency, Dyson’s incomparable insight has become crucial to any discussion of the state of Black America. In his latest book,...
For a fleeting moment this morning, I woke up with my mind completely blank—the sun shining through my window blinds and the sounds of New York City leaking through my walls. Then, as a reflex, checking my iPhone and logging into Twitter, it all came rushing back: the jarring turmoil that the new presidential administration is bringing to our country at a rapid-fire pace. We’ve been attempting to track it here at Brooklyn Magazine, but, really, it’s...
You may be familiar, if you follow the world of comedy at all, that beloved stand-up comic, Parks and Recreation ensemble standout, and Master of None star, writer, and Emmy winner Aziz Ansari hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time this weekend. It was the first show after Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, and, much like the first episode with host Dave Chappelle after the election, Ansari's monologue mixed humor with some of the heavy...

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