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    Way down in the hole.

      My interview with Tray Chaney who played Poot on “The Wire” was so much fun, I wanted to keep it going. See, I’ve caught some flack from a couple friends over…

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    On Robin Williams and depression.

    Like millions, I was shocked on Monday when I heard the news that beloved comic actor Robin Williams had taken his life. I wound up in tears over my iPad, my nephew…

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    Convert, pay or die.

    Iraqi Christian women at church in June. (Source)     Over the last few days, things have grown dire for Christians in Mosul, a city in northern Iraq. From a July 18th…

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    Is rap poetry?

    Jay Z: a 21st century poet?   John McWhorter, writing at The Daily Beast, answers with a definitive yes:     To utterly naïve anthropologists sent to document the ways of Americans…

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    Hehehe.

        Although I have four cousins who are part German, I’m backing Pope Francis, uh er, Argentina.

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    The Simpsons foretold it.

    Well, not really.   The “it” is Brazil losing to Germany in the World Cup, which happened on Tuesday. Boy did it ever happen. Losing is one thing, but seven to one!?…

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    Fifty years on…

    (Wikipedia)   Yesterday marked the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act into law, and this post is going to be chock full of information and links. First up, this…

  • What have camera phones wrought?

        Lately, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend from friends on social media sites-they have begun covertly snapping photos and making videos of strangers. They then upload them to Facebook, Youtube, Instagram,…

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    Kid Cudi: Hip Hop is “holding us back as a culture”.

      Wow! Check out Kid Cudi on Arsenio, saying it’s time the whole “Money, cash, hoes” mantra dies.       Kudos to Cudi. He isn’t the first rapper to talk about…

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    Slinging so much Spacey.

      K binged watched “House of Cards” this weekend, polishing off the first season and getting into the second. (His response to the shocking twist in the first episode? “About damn time”.)…