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Tea and history: new oral history of black gay men in the South

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October 24, 2008

In African-American communities in the South, "tea" can be a code word for "gay." It's also a slang term for gossip; "pouring tea" or "spilling tea," can mean telling tales or dishing up the dirt. With a title playing on those meanings, Sweet Tea, E. Patrick Johnson's oral history of African-American gay men in the […]

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James Baldwin and Barack Obama

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October 14, 2008

The New York Review of BooksBy Colm Toibin …Just as Obama, in his increasing urge to inspire, a necessary aspect of his calling perhaps, often seeks a rhetoric free of bitterness and high on healing, Baldwin, in his urge to speak difficult truths, to tell white people what they least wished to hear, sometimes moved […]

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Why no talk of “welfare kings”?

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September 27, 2008

Darren Hutchinson (AU) has just published a zinger on blackprof.com,  on "Bringing back welfare as we knew it."  And I would nominate his earlier column, excerpted below, for a prescience award: blackprof.com March 17th, 2008 by Darren Hutchinson Conservatives and liberals alike have maligned governmental subsidies to poor people. One of the most pejorative terms […]

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Shifting demographics of abortion and the political fall-out

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September 24, 2008

An important new report from the Alan Guttmacher Institute analyzes trends in abortions from 1974 to 2004, a time frame that dramatically highlights generational shifts among American women. The key findings: * The overall rate of abortions is at its lowest level today since 1974. It peaked in 1980, and the rate today has dropped […]

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NYT analyzes the angles for ballot initiatives

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August 11, 2008

[See my earlier posts here and here for more about substance]  Social Initiatives on State Ballots Could Draw Attention to Presidential Race – NYTimes.com By IAN URBINA Divisive social issues will be on the ballot in several states in November, including constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage in Arizona, California and Florida, and limitations on abortion […]

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AIDS = African-American health crisis

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August 1, 2008

U.S. Blacks, if a Nation, Would Rank High on AIDS – NYTimes.com By LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN If black America were a country, it would rank 16th in the world in the number of people living with the AIDS virus, [according to the Black AIDS Institute]. The report, financed in part by the Ford Foundation and […]

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