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Rihanna’s #BBHMM Video Assaults Patriarchy and Generates Dialogue about the Gendered Politics of Race, Violence, and Labor

Call:  Rihanna’s recent video for the song, “Bitch Better Have My Money,” or #BBHMM, is generating vibrant conversation about race, gender, and economics.  Some advertisers even boycotted the video.  Of course, there are rather predictable responses to Rihanna’s revenge fantasy.  However,… Continue Reading

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The Dolezal Files Part II: Blaming Black Women in Academia

Call:  A recent PhD publishes an op-ed in the LA Times about why academics should “blame themselves” for Rachel Dolezal’s fraud.  The author leaks his disdain for black women, claiming that, “The notion of black people generally and black women… Continue Reading

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Yet Another Article about Iggy Azalea: All’s Fair Dinks in Love (Money) and Hip-Hop

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Call:  A friend recently asked me to respond to some of his recent inquiries about the Iggy Azalea phenomenon.  He asks, “So I’ve read a handful articles about Iggy Azalea and “cultural appropriation.” I didn’t really know who that was… Continue Reading

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Plagiarism and Leakology

Plagiarism is a concept best understood through leakology.  This pervasive cultural practice perversely lurks somewhere between seduction and sin, narcissism and insecurity, voyeurism and exhibitionism.  Although it is tempting to categorize the plagiarists’ actions as theft, their flagrant disregard for… Continue Reading