Tag Archives: Issue 1-25-2013

Django Unchained: A Review

  Django Unchained directed by Quentin Tarantino (Weinstein Company, $29.99) I expected the epithet “nigger” to be overused in Django Unchained. It is a Quentin Tarantino film after all, and Tarantino is proficient in hyperbole. I was not prepared, however, for the countless eruptions of laughter following those scenes — and there were many — in which “nigger” was used

The Whimsical Soul of Gregory Porter

  With signature Kangol with ear flaps pulled over his head—looking more the vagabond than the genius—Gregory Porter would have cut a figure in any era; but it is his voice—as original as they come—that surely arrests everyone’s attention.  Gregory Porter is among a generation of Black male jazz singers, including Jose James and Dwight

Transit of Venus: A Review

  Transit of Venus by Three Days Grace (RCA, $11.88) The Canadian rock band, Three Days Grace, is back with another album! Transit of Venus was released October 2, 2012 with Adam Gontier’s brilliant vocals welcoming us to this beautiful sound. You may be more familiar with their songs “Never Too Late,” “I Hate Everything About

Local Bands Making Things Hot This Winter

  Ryan Lee Crosby by Ryan Lee Crosby Ryan Lee Crosby, former leader of Cancer to the Stars, once again reinvents himself musically with his newest release.  Recorded and mixed entirely analog, the album sounds like a lost psychedelic gem from the late 60s, with a deep sonic diversity that combines the guitar heroics of

Reflections From The Road

I cannot sleep tonight stars scream in my eyes the train horn tosses and turns in my bed invisible children stomachs as empty as their dreams whimpering in the rush of night homeless clutching cardboard resumes and coffee cups void of hope fragile voices asking my nightmares for change —Jake St. John

Life After Murder: A Review

  Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption by Nancy Mullane (PublicAffairs, $26.99) Will the stain of murder ever be removed from the soul of the perpetrator? There are many people in our society who are responsible for the death of another human being, and never face a judge or experience the confinement of a

Argo and the Roots of U.S.-Iran Tensions

  News in November 1979 that U.S. diplomats had been taken hostage in Tehran shocked the United States. Students stormed the U.S. embassy, blindfolding 52 Americans and threatening them at gunpoint. The hostages, held captive for 444 days, immediately became the nation’s top news story and dogged President Jimmy Carter’s unsuccessful re-election campaign. Argo traces the

Homelessness and Protest in Spain

   “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing, medical care and necessary social services,” states the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Its naivety might surprise us when we recognize that this 25th Article is infringed all around the

U.N. Fact-Finding Misson on Israeli Settlements

  Under international law, Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are illegal. What is perhaps less well known is the impact these settlements, and their 500 thousand residents, have on the local Palestinian communities, and in particular, on women and children. This issue was recently examined by two West Bank-based human rights

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