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Farai Chideya is a multi-media journalist and the host of Its Your Call
Will the Hip Hop Generation Go Green?
Posted on: Sep 8, 2004, Source: AlterNet
Will voters of color ever take to any of the smaller political parties out there? Farai Chideya explores this in her new book, "Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters."
Kerry, Call Russell
Posted on: Jul 19, 2004, Source: The American Prospect
"To my knowledge, and correct me if I'm wrong, no one from your campaign or the Democratic Party has made a serious connection to the hip-hop political movement."
Personal Voices: The End of an Era
Posted on: May 6, 2004, Source: AlterNet
On 'Friends,' hot tubs, and other random thoughts on a cultural moment that passed me by.
Posted on: Jan 5, 2004, Source: AlterNet
From fingerprinting foreign visitors to grounding international flights, our nation is closing its doors in the name of security -- at what price?
Leave No Flygirl Behind
Posted on: Dec 8, 2003, Source: AlterNet
Democrats have to reclaim the language of opportunity to appeal to the acquisitive hip-hop generation, who want immediate rewards for the fruits of their labor.
An Open Letter to Michael Jackson
Posted on: Nov 25, 2003, Source: AlterNet
As a child, I dreamed of the boy with the afro who sang and spun on his heels like a miniature James Brown. I wish that boy had become a man.
A Double Standard for Heroes?
Posted on: Nov 13, 2003, Source: AlterNet
Jessica Lynch and Shoshanna Johnson underwent nearly identical ordeals in Iraq. But only the white soldier's story made the cover of Time magazine.
The Age of Uncertainty
Posted on: Nov 5, 2003, Source: AlterNet
Progressives/left/liberals/you-name-it must move beyond the politics of opposition, where what's bad for America is good for the President's foes.
Posted on: Oct 20, 2003, Source: AlterNet
The most troubling aspect of the Boykin incident is not the general's religious warmongering, but the Bush administration's reaction to his comments.
Avoiding the Rush to Gloat
Posted on: Oct 4, 2003, Source: AlterNet
Before we get too comfortable bashing Limbaugh, we should question the negativity in our own lives.
Community and Adversity
Posted on: Sep 28, 2003, Source: AlterNet
Let's make every day an emotional state of emergency.
Poor, Rich Africa
Posted on: Sep 7, 2003, Source: AlterNet
Africans are often cast as poor imbeciles in need of Western assistance. All that Africa needs to help itself is access to its own wealth.
Posted on: Sep 1, 2003, Source: AlterNet
I'd like to propose a name for the next massive raid: Operation FUBAR. This is a military acronym for F*ed Up Beyond All Recognition, a phrase which certainly seems to fit our failed empire building exercise in the desert.
Virus Problems on the 'Net Are SoBig
Posted on: Aug 27, 2003, Source: AlterNet
Viruses and worms are turning the Web into the equivalent of a booby-trapped jungle. Enter at your own risk.
Top Ten Things to Do in a Blackout
Posted on: Aug 14, 2003, Source: AlterNet
We'd all love to think that energy is unlimited; the East Coast outage tells us otherwise. Still, we might as well make the best of it ...
Secrets and Cries
Posted on: Aug 5, 2003, Source: AlterNet
Taking a page from Studs Turkel's oral history playbook, author Tricia Rose lets women speak for themselves in 'Longing to Tell.'
Do Segregationists Have a Heaven?
Posted on: Jun 30, 2003, Source: AlterNet
The passing of America's longest-serving senator raises a whole heavenly host of questions.
Integrity Breeds Dissent
Posted on: Jun 23, 2003, Source: AlterNet
The first in a series on American values and principles explores examples past and present of the difficulty and rewards of being true.
The NYT's Much Ado About the Wrong Thing
Posted on: Jun 4, 2003, Source: AlterNet
Today's resignations at the Times do nothing to answer the real question facing journalism: is it is still relevant to the lives of Americans?
Dude, Where's My Tax Cut?
Posted on: May 28, 2003, Source: AlterNet
I was doin' my end-zone dance cause I figured I'm a millionaire now, when my roommate came home and harshed my high. He was, like, you're not gettin' any of this money, dude.
When Is a Good Liar Better than a Good Reporter?
Posted on: May 11, 2003, Source: AlterNet
The issue behind plagiarizing reporter Jayson Blair is as much about corporate culture as it is about race in America.
Posted on: Apr 29, 2003, Source: AlterNet
Preemptive finger-printings, public video surveillance -- it's all part of the pattern of giving up rights for no reason at all.
More Like 'The Matrix' Every Day
Posted on: Apr 23, 2003, Source: AlterNet
For people living in a war zone like New York City, the ultra-hip movie and its two forthcoming sequels can give answers and hope.
The Revolution Must Be Monetized
Posted on: Apr 16, 2003, Source: AlterNet
Too many progressives look at money as inherently tainted. Yet learning how to manage money -- and sharing that information with others -- is transformative.
Internet Kills the Television Blahs
Posted on: Apr 13, 2003, Source: AlterNet
While a study shows watching TV makes us feel powerless, "intelligent agents" surfing the web are gaining real clout serving as de facto news editors for their friends and colleagues
Working Class Women as War Heroes
Posted on: Apr 3, 2003, Source: AlterNet
Both our new female war heroes come from hometowns fighting their own economic battles, where joining the military is both a first choice and a last resort.
Fighting Our Fathers' Wars
Posted on: Mar 26, 2003, Source: AlterNet
Countries are our parents, telling us who we are and what we can do. If we love our families, yet we question what America has become, where do we go?
Dreaming a New America: Peaceful Regime Change in 2004
Posted on: Mar 19, 2003, Source: AlterNet
Instead of feeling comforted by America's military posturing, many of us feel neither safe nor free. It's time to retake, and remake, American democracy.
Pipe Dreams and Promises
Posted on: Mar 9, 2003, Source: Pop and Politics
Most folks I know who experiment with illicit drugs are no more screwed up than average. It’s easy to call addicts weak and lazy. It’s harder to look at the role drugs play in all our lives.
The Politics of Depression
Posted on: Mar 5, 2003, Source: Pop and Politics
Depression is the most common reaction among smart people to bad times. But, now it's time to wake up.
Cowboys, Caution and Courage
Posted on: Feb 15, 2003, Source: Pop and Politics
Sen. Byrd questions why the Senate has been "ominously silent" about debating a war that could change America's moral standing in the world.
George W. Bush, One-Term President
Posted on: Jan 28, 2003, Source: Pop and Politics
Despite a couple of compassionate conservatisms, the State of the Union speech won't save Bush II from going down.
A Silver Lining to a Whole Lott of Nonsense
Posted on: Dec 18, 2002, Source: Pop and Politics
Providing a positive reminder of how people of color helped build this nation is a fitting silver lining to this ugly incident.
Raising the Question of Disarmament, Again
Posted on: Dec 16, 2002, Source: Pop and Politics
Hiroshima's peace museum is a reminder of what the endgame of war might mean.
Revolutionary Soul Singer
Posted on: Nov 7, 2002, Source: Pop and Politics
Meshell Ndegeocello directs some of the country's most talented musicians in mixing music with message to fight AIDS.
Can a Video Country Grasp Real Violence?
Posted on: Nov 3, 2002, Source: Pacific News Service
This whole country seems to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown, tracking terror-sprees on television and watching friends and family lose jobs.
Follow the Money and the Documents
Posted on: Oct 2, 2002, Source: Pop and Politics
The White House tells us to ignore the country's economic crisis in the name of patriotism. At the same time, it refuses to admit its own complicity in the decline of our economy.
The Issue That Matters
Posted on: Sep 17, 2002, Source: Pop and Politics
While we're more than happy to talk about welfare queens and poverty pimps, we don't seem to hear the vast sucking sound of white-collar criminals hoovering out our economy.
The Rap on Censorship
Posted on: Jul 30, 2001, Source: Pop and Politics
Censorship creates strange bedfellows. I've been hating on Eminem for a long time, but when his enemy is the FCC, I have to support him.
A Selective War on Drugs
Posted on: Apr 30, 2001, Source: Pop and Politics
Throughout this decades-long drug war, Americans have been willing to accept massive collateral damage in poor, black and urban communities. Now, other Americans are feeling pressure as well.
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