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Song Premiere: Sinead O'Connor, 'Take Me To Church'

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sinead O'Connor's nearly 30-year career forms a portrait of an artist in conflict; a brilliant singer who remains musically, politically and personally uncompromising after forays into folk, pop, standards, reggae and points beyond. By definition, her catalog is erratic, but it's consistently bold and surprising.

On August 12, O'Connor ...

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The Fight Over The Redskins Name Moves To Prime Time

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

If you were watching the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs face off Game 3 of the NBA Finals last night, you might have caught a surprising political spot during halftime.

The ad was released online just before the Super Bowl in late January, but last night's prime time ...

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Defending Bergdahl Deal, Hagel Faces Critics On Both Sides Of Aisle

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testified before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, defending the prisoner swap that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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What Is Your Race? For Millions Of Americans, A Shifting Answer

Monday, June 09, 2014

This post has been updated.

We tend to think of a race as a static thing, but it's always been much more slippery. American history has seen lots of immigrant groups that were the targets of suspicion and even racial violence — Jews, the Irish, Germans, Italians — gradually ...

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The Modest Bus Station At The Center Of A World-Changing Confrontation

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: This summer, we'll be regularly spotlighting sites on the National Register of Historic Places that have some significance to issues of race and culture.

The Montgomery Greyhound Station, Montgomery, Ala.

It seems odd to suggest that folks should visit a bus station if they're in the area; ...

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In Historic First, Native American Brothers Win Lacrosse Trophy

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Tewaaraton Award is college lacrosse's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, given to the best player in the country each year. The award takes its name from the Mohawk word for lacrosse, as a way to honor the sport's Native American origins. The bronze trophy depicts a Mohawk man with ...

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In College Lacrosse, Two Brothers Flirt With Making History

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Tewaaraton Award is college lacrosse's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, given out each year to the sport's best male and female players.

This year, Miles and Lyle Thompson, brothers from the Onondaga Nation who are teammates at the University at Albany, State University of New York, are ...

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The Desire For A Reckoning Meets The Wish For A Reset

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The title of Ta-Nehisi Coates' much-discussed cover story at The Atlantic, "The Case for Reparations," might be something of a misnomer.

Coates' opus is really calling for a collective reckoning with America's history, and he uses a call for reparations as the vehicle. He aims to disabuse readers of ...

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How To Tell Who Hasn't Read The New 'Atlantic' Cover Story

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Atlantic does this a lot: use the magazine's covers to launch large, provocative conversations that you later hear endlessly dissected on cable news, in the blogosphere, and on Twitter. It is a think piece factory. You might recall Hanna Rosin's declaration that we'd reached "The End of Men," ...

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Macklemore Plays Dress-Up And Lands In Hot Water

Monday, May 19, 2014

Post Updated 1:45 a.m. ET Tuesday:

Macklemore posted an apology on his website late Monday. He said he picked out items that he could use to disguise himself so he could move freely around an event. "I wasn't attempting to mimic any culture, nor resemble one. A 'Jewish stereotype' ...

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A Complicated First: A Black Editor Takes The Helm At The Gray Lady

Thursday, May 15, 2014

When New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger removed Jill Abramson from the paper's executive editor spot on Wednesday, it stunned the media world. Abramson was the first woman to ever fill the paper's top post and was credited with helping right its fiscal ship, and much of the early ...

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Young People Want Equality But Struggle To Discuss Bias

Thursday, May 15, 2014

One oft-employed generalization about The Kids These Days is that they've grown up free from the legalized discrimination and racial neuroses of older generations, and they will live in a more multicultural world with less racism. But do we even know if that's true?

MTV, that reliable weather vane of ...

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Donald Sterling Says He Isn't A Racist. Is Anyone?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Last week, I was having a conversation with a woman who said that her father was distrustful of people of other races. When I asked her if she considered her father a racist, she balked at the premise of the question. When I think of a racist, I think of ...

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After 6 Decades, 'Jet' Magazine Decides To Go All-Digital

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

When I was growing up, my aunt used to stack dozens of magazines high on a side table at the top of her stairs. It was an accidental library of black magazines — lots of Ebony and Essence, the stray Black Enterprise here and there, but especially the digest-sized Jet. ...

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European Soccer Tackles Racism But Slips On A Banana Peel

Thursday, May 01, 2014

While sports fan in the U.S. have been focused this week on the Donald Sterling scandal, European soccer fans have been talking about another racial incident. At a match between FC Barcelona (popularly known as Barça) and Villareal CF in Spain this past weekend, Brazilian player Dani Alves was ...

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How Donald Sterling Violated The NBA's Unspoken Social Contract

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

We play for each other, for our fans, and for our families — not Donald Sterling.

That was the general message that players for the Los Angeles Clippers reiterated, off-mic, when the Sterling fiasco blew up over the weekend. They were being buffeted by questions about how, exactly, they might ...

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For Donald Sterling, A Spotty Reputation Further Tarnished

Monday, April 28, 2014

If you're a basketball nut, last week was heaven. Nearly all of the series in the first round of the NBA playoffs have been intense affairs with dramatic finishes. Several teams that barely squeaked into the postseason might upset some of the league's powerhouses. It was an uncommonly exciting week ...

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What Exactly Qualifies As 'Racist,' Anyway?

Friday, April 25, 2014

Meet Cliven Bundy, a 67-year-old Nevada rancher and the latest person in public life recorded making pretty racist comments, only to later insist that they lack racist bones.

Over the past few weeks, Bundy has garnered huge amounts of media coverage and plaudits among some conservatives for defying the ...

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Two Justices Debate The Doctrine Of Colorblindness

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Michigan voters' 2006 decision to ban affirmative action in the state's higher education system passed constitutional muster.

But much of the attention on the decision has zeroed in on a specific exchange between Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Chief Justice John Roberts on ...

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The Golden Arch Of The Universe Is Long ...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A member of the Code Switch team — who shall remain nameless, but whose name rhymes with Tatt Mhompson — was recently winding his way through the recesses of Amazon when he stumbled across an ad for McDonald's that appeared in Ebony back in 1972. (Don't trouble yourself trying to ...

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