Published on Sep 11, 2013
While most ethnic groups have go-to slurs when you’re looking for something hateful, “cracker” just doesn’t seem to carry the necessary weight. Kamau consults a panel of New Yorkers—including the master, Chris Rock—to come up with a new alternative.
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Published on Sep 17, 2013
Recently, a group of black women gathered in Union Square to let passersby know that it was okay to touch their hair. An important step towards an open dialogue about race or a clever plot to get white people killed? Dwayne Kennedy investigates.
Posted in BIAS, cultural objects, hair, inequality, meaning, race relations, RACE-ETHNICITY, racism, skin color, social construction, SOCIOLOGY, STRATIFICATION, symbolic interactionism, white privilege | Leave a Comment »
Ke$ha – Die Young
Published on Nov 8, 2012
Directed By: Darren Craig for The Uprising Creative
Produced by: Jonathan Craven for The Uprising Creative
Editor: Shahana Khan
VFX: Ryan Paterson & Jesse Austin and Mike Orr
(C) 2012 Kemosabe Records/RCA Records
Die When I’m Young – Rachel Bloom
Parody. Cameo by aborted fetus puppet.
Published on Jul 2, 2013
Burn out fast and dance forever.
Originally Produced by Funny or Die
Starring Rachel Bloom
Written by Rachel Bloom and Jack Dolgen
Directed by Dan Gregor
Produced by Ben Sheehan at Funny or Die
Song Produced by Jack Dolgen
Cinematography by E. Gustavo Petersen
Edited by Caleb Swyers
Choreographed by Kathryn Burns
Puppet Operated by Victor Yerrid
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Published on Apr 2, 2013
Snoop Lion teams up with Drake and his daughter, rising star Cori B to deliver a much-needed message of peace in his latest video, “No Guns Allowed.”
President Obama, Sandy Hook, Trayvon martin, school shootings
Lyrics and annotations at Rap Genius
[Verse: Snoop LioAnnotaten / Cori B.]
Money makes a man and that’s a crime
If we all were rich, we’d spend more time
With our daughters and sons, they’re losing their minds
We all feel hurt, here’s mine, hear me now
[Hook: Snoop Lion / Cori B.]
Cause, no guns are allowed, in here tonight
We’re gonna have a free-for-all, no fights
I wanna get lost in the crowd, in here tonight
I need to hear my thoughts, turn the music up loud
[Hook: Snoop Lion]
Let the music play, me don’t want no more gunplay
When the bodies hit the ground, there’s nothing left to say, ay, ay
Me don’t want to see no more innocent blood shed
Me don’t want to see no more youth dead
Come hear me now
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Published on Aug 22, 2013
After being banned in French schools, religious symbols could now be banned in universities. France’s High Council for Integration is calling for students to remove their headscarves, skullcaps and crucifixes in a bid to reduce tensions that some say are compromising the country’s secular values. The Muslim community has seen the proposals as an attack on their religious freedom.
Published on Aug 6, 2013
Lunch is as important as breakfast. Don’t pass over.
Country: South Africa
State Department Establishes Office for Religious Engagement
Published on Aug 7, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry has appointed a professor of Christian ethics as the first director of the State Department’s Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives. The new office is the outgrowth of an initiative by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports.
New State Department Religion Office Provokes Concerns
Published on Aug 16, 2013
The U.S. State Department recently created a special office to coordinate its diplomacy with religious groups. The office is a response to criticism that the U.S. has failed in the past to take account of the religiosity of foreign people. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports on concerns that U.S. Christian groups will now seek to influence foreign policy.
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The Jeselnik Offensive: Black Name Spelling Bee
Published on Feb 25, 2013
Can Anthony’s audience members spell the names of actual black people?
The Jeselnik Offensive: Which Kind of Asian Is This?
Published on Mar 18, 2013
In this new game, Anthony’s audience learns about cultures and how best to mock them.
The Jeselnik Offensive: Search and Destroy
Google autocomplete searches:
Black people smell like…
White people smell like…
Published on Apr 8, 2013
Could Anthony’s audience games possibly get more racist? Not after this one.
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Burka Avenger Trailer (English)
Published on Aug 5, 2013
In Pakistan this month there is a new action-comedy program for kids: The Burka Avenger. The animated TV series, created by pop star Haroon Rashid, is a first in the country. Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how children are reacting to their very own masked hero.
Muslim Wonder Woman: Pakistani superhero ‘Burka Avenger’ defies Islamic gender stereotypes
Published on Jul 26, 2013
One of Pakistan’s biggest pop stars has created a local superhero cartoon featuring a mild-mannered teacher who uses a burka to hide her identity while she fights criminals who are trying to shut down the girls’ school where she teaches. The animated show called Burka Avenger is set to debut in August.
‘Burka Avenger’ comes to Pakistani TV
Published on Jul 25, 2013
She is called the Burka Avenge and is like no other superhero before her. By day she is a Pakistani school teacher, but by night the secret martial arts expert dresses in a veil while fighting bad guys. The animated children’s series is about to hit TV screens across Pakistan. Al Jazeera’s Imtiaz Tyab reports from Islamabad.
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Published on Jul 2, 2013
The government has passed a law that allows elderly parents to sue children who don’t visit them. The country’s one-child policy is being blamed for increasing cases of neglect in a rapidly ageing population. But the new law has been criticised for being too vague. Al Jazeera’s Scott Heidler reports from Hong Kong.
Smoking Tobacco & Marijuana During Pregnancy
Department of Education. Excerpt from the “And Down Will Come Baby” documentary. “And Down Will Come Baby” is a video about the effects of exposure to alcohol and other drugs on the fetus during pregnancy. Creative Commons license: Public Domain
1949 TV commercial from Camel cigarettes.
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DJ Academe is amused.
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Parallel parking in Germany vs. France.
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Pop That: Probing Lil Poopy’s music video
I heard about this story and decided it was a great subject for a megapost.
Published on Feb 26, 2013
“Pop That” is the name of a rap video featuring a blinged out, booty-grabbing rapper. It’s making the rounds on YouTube right now.Nothing new, right? Well, the issue in this case is that the emcee grabbing the mic is not a man with gobs of street cred. He’s 10-years-old.In “Pop That” he says, “Coke ain’t a bad word.” Some of his other videos show him swearing and slapping a womanâs bottom.
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