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Happy Father’s Day

Rap history.

Rap history.

Here is a tutorial on the history of “No Homo,” since many people apparently still need one.

AYO QUEENS GET THE MONEY, LONG TIME NO CASH

AYO QUEENS GET THE MONEY, LONG TIME NO CASH

Growing up in New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen was so important to me, because listening to him you didn’t feel like a loser. You felt like a character in an epic poem about losers. — Jon Stewart, talking to the crowd before tonight’s taping.

T-Paining Too Much: The Meme-ification of Charles Ramsey

So many big questions to ask about Cleveland, so much to grapple with. So much that is unthinkable but needs so direly to be thought about. I feel like it’ll be a while before I can say anything intelligent about it. But in the meantime here are some thoughts about the side questions around the Charles Ramsey phenomenon.

Love watching these young finalists from the August Wilson Monologue Competition. These kids are going in.

I want this LL back.

One American critic was so angry she chased me to the exit to inform me, ‘This film is a call to racial violence!’ I thought not. I thought it was a call to empathy, which of all human qualities is the one this past century seemed most to need. Roger Ebert on Do The Right Thing.
"I don’t think that the answer to all our problems is gonna be one book. But I do think the answers to all our problems are gonna be found in the creative.
Because the creative…when we create, we’re basically sending a little map, and sending it forward into the future. 95% of the maps disappear, vanish, get destroyed. But some of them are gonna make it through. Some of them are gonna make it through. And it’s remarkable what they might do.It’s remarkable who they might affect, who they might help.
I mean look, we’re humans, man. We’ve got a long history of screwing everything up, and of victimizing each other. But we also have a long history of continuity, of resistance, and of creative survival. And that’s always been helped tremendously by our art, by our songs, by the cultural stuff that we pass on from the past into the future. 
And that’s not a bad thing to be a part of. In a world of many vocations, this seems like…not a bad one.”
-Junot Diaz

"I don’t think that the answer to all our problems is gonna be one book. But I do think the answers to all our problems are gonna be found in the creative.

Because the creative…when we create, we’re basically sending a little map, and sending it forward into the future. 95% of the maps disappear, vanish, get destroyed. But some of them are gonna make it through. Some of them are gonna make it through. And it’s remarkable what they might do.It’s remarkable who they might affect, who they might help.

I mean look, we’re humans, man. We’ve got a long history of screwing everything up, and of victimizing each other. But we also have a long history of continuity, of resistance, and of creative survival. And that’s always been helped tremendously by our art, by our songs, by the cultural stuff that we pass on from the past into the future. 

And that’s not a bad thing to be a part of. In a world of many vocations, this seems like…not a bad one.”

-Junot Diaz