Critical race theory (CRT) is a school of thought meant to emphasize the effects of race on one's social standing. It arose as a challenge to the idea that in the two decades since the Civil Rights Movement and associated legislation, racial inequality had been solved and affirmative action was no longer necessary. CRT continues to be an influential body of legal and academic literature that has made its way into more public, non-academic writing.
Reggaeton has been the soundtrack of Cuban daily life for over a decade, spilling out of homes, cars, and bici-taxis all over the island. Cubaton, as it’s sometimes referred to, is the preferred genre of Cuban youth, displacing the Cuban dance genre called timba (a late 20th-century Cuban form of salsa), and redefining the latter as music for tembas, middle-aged people.
The term “mulatto” is one of the third rails of US racial politics — an anachronistic and offensive term that holds animalistic connotations for many Black people, although the etymology of the word is still contested. In the video “Evoking the Mulatto,” an interviewee says that the term seems antiquated, and that “it doesn’t really apply anymore, like, come on, we’ve moved on.” It’s clear that many view the term as a signifier of a more racist past.
The third season of “Better Things” is currently airing on FX — and, judging from the first few episodes, the show continues to be the best show about motherhood on television. As a mother of two, I’ve always loved the show’s willingness to highlight the hardest, most frustrating aspects of motherhood: a contrast to the usual overly optimistic TV representations of mothers.
(CNN)There's no doubt that women had a banner year at the Grammys. It's hard to say if this is an anomaly or the new normal, and it's too soon to herald a changing of the guard within the Recording Academy.
Many people I know are binging “You,” the Lifetime series that premiered on Netflix on Dec. 26 and will be taken over in Season 2 by the streaming giant. And why not? It’s a twisty, addictive thriller that has a lot to say about how we can’t seem to live our lives off of social media.
Of all the touted benefits of breastfeeding, the idea that I would effortlessly lose all of the baby weight was a major motivator for me. Unfortunately, in my case, it turned out to be false. I breastfed my eldest child for a year and a half, and lost most of my pregnancy weight within the first month, but then I started regaining it. My experience has been roughly the same with my second child, who’s still nursing at almost one year old.
(CNN)The 2019 Golden Globe Awards will be held Sunday night, and based on a Hollywood Reporter poll conducted last month, the favorite for Best Drama appears to be FX's "The Americans," which concluded its sixth and final season this year, while the favorite pick for Best Comedy appe...
Historically referred to as the “pearl of the Antilles,” Cuba is the largest, most populated island in the Caribbean and one of the last Spanish colonies to gain independence. Known for its long history of socialist government, its ideological war with its northern neighbor, and its rich African-derived music and dance, the island has been in a state of flux since the early 1990s. Our local tips expand your horizons, give tips on how to best explore famous spots, and take you away from touris...
Twenty-five years ago, hip-hop had a surprisingly momentous month. No less than four classic albums dropped in November 1993, including two debuts that would change hip-hop forever: Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) on Nov. 9 and Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle on Nov. 23. In addition, A Tribe Called Quest released its third (and arguably best) album, Midnight Marauders (Nov. 9) and Queen Latifah released her third album, Black Reign (Nov. 16). Incredibly, each of these four albums repre...
California is still burning. Millions of residents across northern California have experienced dangerously unhealthy air quality for 12 days straight, and Bay Area schools were closed last Friday because we were “in the purple” or the very unhealthy air quality range.
As I sit here writing in Oakland, our air quality index is at 165, which is in the “unhealthy” range where all populations (not only sensitive ones) may experience adverse side effects.
Touched what I never touched before
Seen what I never seen before
Woke up and seen the sun sky high, sky high.
Goodie MOB’s “Black Ice” is a lyrical wet dream for hip-hop nerds....
(CNN)I loved my maternal grandmother fiercely. When my daughter was born this year, I gave her the middle name "Hilda," my grandma's given name, although my whole family called her "Tutu."
My grandparents fled Nazi Germany in 1938 and their first stop in the US was Honolulu, where they ...
Last November, BuzzFeed News writer and media studies scholar Anne Helen Petersen did what she’s known for and what she’s paid to do: She profiled a celebrity, taking a critical deep dive into their fame. This one was about Armie Hammer, who was in the spotlight for his turn in Call Me by Your Name. However, Hammer’s fans saw it as a “hit piece,” and the actor himself reacted defensively, calling Petersen’s perspective “bitter AF.”