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Monday
Nov042013

Check Out the New "Root" & My Interview with "Ask A Slave's" Azie Dungey

The Root web site relaunched today with an awesome new redesign. All the better to showcase this recent interview I did with Maryland-native Azie Marie Dungey, the star behind YouTube's "Ask A Slave" videos. Check out the story here.

Tuesday
May142013

TV on the Internet: An End to Awkward Black Girl, But A New Beginning For Issa Rae

The fourth in a series of stories on the people behind your favorite YouTube channels, new and old. Previous entries include Alison McDonald's "She Got Problems," Patti LaHelle's "Got 2 B Real," and  Tanjareen's "The Celibate Nympho Chronicles." This time we take a look at the uber popular series by Issa Rae that wrapped this year, "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl."

Issa Rae, the writer and star of web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl went Hollywood as she wrapped season two of her show this February and continued to branch out into other YouTube series. She's pitching shows to major TV networks in Hollywood and blowing up, all because of the popular web series she created and launched.

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Tuesday
Mar052013

A Short Compilation of Appropriation: Harlem Shake Included

Do the Harlem Shake has finally gotten to black people who now also "do the Harlem Shake" by not actually doing the damn "Harlem Shake" at all.Paul Mooney famously once said, "Everybody wants be a nigga but nobody wants to be a nigga," which is about the most true statement in the history of African American culture. People LOVE black culture, but hate the folks who make it. If only there was a way to enjoy all this good black stuff without the pesky black people. And hence, appropriation was born. But it's not always Pat Boone taking the funk out of Motown or Elvis making "hip thrusts" white people friendly. Today, appropriation is more of a comedy art form practiced by hip hop loving white people who want the thrill of saying the "N-word" but not that pesky backlash afterwards. 

Here is a brief compliation of white appropriations in black culture (particularly hip hop and "ratchetness"), and what these appropriations mean.

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