Category Archives: Popular Culture

My latest interviews: Stacy Mattingly, Mitchell L. H. Douglas, and Ricky Ray

Recently I joined the masthead of American Microreviews and Interviews, overseeing its interviews. So much gratitude, so much respect for my predecessor, Melissa Studdard, who entrusted me with the job as she took on more responsibilities with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Color of Christ

Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey’s The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America (UNC Press, 2012) offers an essential and extraordinary history of the American racial imagination. It focuses on the explosion, and … Continue reading

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2013: A Blog’s Life

This New Year’s Day, gratitude for all of you who followed Wayne Street Soul in 2013. Thank you so much! Here are some highlights from the past year: “Viva Bosnia” — on the stirrings of hope in a shattered land … Continue reading

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Are Moral Courage and Clarity Going “Incognito”? Bullying, Hazing, and Abuse in American Sports

This week, increasingly graphic and sickening reports of alleged abuse by Miami Dolphins’ lineman Richie Incognito against his teammate Jonathan Martin have emerged. I haven’t been able to get this report from espn.com, which I first saw yesterday, out of … Continue reading

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You’re Killing Me, Jabari

BYU basketball fans got their hearts ripped out yesterday when Chicago high-school phenom — and devout Latter-day Saint — Jabari Parker announced that he will be going to Duke next year.   I’m not a Mormon or a big BYU basketball fan, … Continue reading

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Hip-Hop: Past, Present, and Future

This week I had the great pleasure and honor of sitting on a panel at Phillips Exeter about the past, present, and future of Hip-Hop. Erik Wade moderated the discussion; we were joined by Stephany Rose and John Daves. Beautiful … Continue reading

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Fall Classic

Images from a spectacular fall weekend in New Hampshire, as I sit down to watch my beloved San Francisco Giants take on the St. Louis Cardinals. Game 7, winner goes to the World Series. This one goes out to my … Continue reading

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