Hulu’s New Comedy Woke Is Perfectly Absurd

Hulu’s New Comedy Woke Is Perfectly Absurd

Keef Knight, the protagonist of Hulu’s surreal new social justice comedy Woke, talks to his markers.Prior to the police brutality, Knight—played by Lamorne Morris, finally getting his own sitcom after many years of carrying New Girl on his back—was broke, complacent, and liked to “keep it light.” His roommates are a goofy, ultimately loveable but also unsettling send-up of San Francisco: Clovis (T.

Lovecraft Country Is a Necessary Reimagining of Genre Fiction

Lovecraft Country Is a Necessary Reimagining of Genre Fiction

First comes young Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) humping his way through a Korean War trench battle while planes roar overhead and dramatic music swells.

Across the Globe, Scientists Are Striking for Black Lives

Across the Globe, Scientists Are Striking for Black Lives

A Native Hawaiian, Kamai is one of the organizers of the June 10 “Shut Down STEM to Strike for Black Lives,” a call for researchers to stop their work and spend the day learning about how systemic racism functions in their fields and at their institutions, and then to draft plans for eradicating those inequalities.

Environmentalists Cannot Remain Silent on Racism

Environmentalists Cannot Remain Silent on Racism

As the organization strives to create a more inclusive culture, we are committed to ensuring that our voices are authentically elevated in the strategic discussions that will drive effective and sustainable change.”.

What Plant-Based Burgers Can Teach Us About Saving the Planet

What Plant-Based Burgers Can Teach Us About Saving the Planet

No wonder it's hell marketing big solutions for the climate crisis to us; many of us think DNA in food is cause for alarm.A seminal book from the heyday of anthropology touches explicitly on meat, flesh, and irrationality: The Raw and the Cooked (1964).

The New James Bond No Time to Die Trailer Is a Metaphor

The New James Bond No Time to Die Trailer Is a Metaphor

Speaking of Marvel, the studio released a new trailer for the forthcoming Black Widow standalone movie, which reunites Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) with her past.It also dropped a new trailer with teases for the forthcoming Disney+ shows The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and the aforementioned Loki.

Police Shootings May Be Causing Black Infants Long-Term Harm

Police Shootings May Be Causing Black Infants Long-Term Harm

He focused on two markers of infant health—gestational age and birth weight—and compared them with the data on police shootings in California over the same nine-year period.White and Hispanic infants didn’t seem to be affected, and police shootings of unarmed victims of other races didn’t produce a strong effect either.

Depth of Field: The Hollow Poetry of the Eric Garner Decision

Depth of Field: The Hollow Poetry of the Eric Garner Decision

That same day, in New York, the US Justice Department announced that it would not bring federal charges against NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in the 2014 death of Eric Garner.

James Watson and the Insidiousness of Scientific Racism

James Watson and the Insidiousness of Scientific Racism

The dilemma raises several questions: How does it feel to be a black scientist who owes much to James Watson in general, and in my case, is linked to his specific pedigree?

The Year the Alt-Right Went Underground

The Year the Alt-Right Went Underground

But in its place has come something shadowier and far older: an underground white supremacist movement operating on society’s fringes, and a culture that disavows the racists while quietly mainstreaming their ideas.

The Year of the Scammer: It’s Not Just Con Artists Anymore

The Year of the Scammer: It’s Not Just Con Artists Anymore

This year, looking at the work of creatives like Glover and Murphy, reading stories like Preston’s, I realized that sometimes a scam isn’t just the only option, but the best one.

YouTube Is a Metaphor for the Great American Dumpster Fire

YouTube Is a Metaphor for the Great American Dumpster Fire

Its problems reflect and contribute to our culture like a big, scandalous, Tide Pod-and-condom-slurping ouroboros.So it’s fitting that YouTube’s most persistent bugaboos this year have been America’s: out-of-control celebrities and our cultural addiction to them, racism and conspiracy theories, and policies that disproportionately impact vulnerable groups like the LGBTQ community.But as much as 2018 was a year beset by scandal and frenzied backpedaling, it was also a year in which YouTube started trying in earnest to reckon with its own problems.

The Case for Viral ‘Call-Out’ Culture

The Case for Viral ‘Call-Out’ Culture

We did everything.”The video showcases just the kind of furious entitlement and everyday racism progressives on the internet have been calling out all year: This student is just the college campus version of the people screaming at Spanish speakers in restaurants and grocery stores, or the many, many, many people who have called the police on black people doing things like mowing lawns, being in Starbucks, or doing community service.