Annie Lennox Whitewashes Explanation of "Strange Fruit"

Annie Lennox, who recently boiled down what Beyoncé does to "twerking" to dismiss Bey's feminism, was less specific though still not quite...right when when Tavis Smiley asked her about covering "Strange Fruit" on her new album Nostalgia. Popularized by Billie Holiday in 1939, "Strange Fruit" is a song about racism… » 10/24/14 12:32pm Today 12:32pm

You Can Smoke Pot in NYC as Long as You Live in a White Neighborhood

This week, the Drug Policy Alliance published a report on the demographics and geography of pot possession arrests in de Blasio's New York, of which BuzzFeed has a detailed analysis. The results: Smoking weed is pretty much OK if you live in Bensonhurst, but not if you live in Bed Stuy. » 10/23/14 8:43pm Yesterday 8:43pm

Why White Bitches Are the Most Basic of All (and Erin Gloria Ryan Can…

This morning over at Jezebel, Kara Brown (She Who Stays Woke, Our Lady of Killing It. Teller of Truths and Dispeller of Lies. Ruth Shader Ginsburg, Presider of Shade Court, Shunner of All That Is Basic) made a terribly accurate and insightful proclamation about the current mainstream trending of the AAVE term "basic": » 10/22/14 5:05pm Wednesday 5:05pm

Overanalyzing 'Basic' Is the Most Basic Move of All

Let us begin, as we so often do, by acknowledging that the term "basic bitch" has been expertly Columbused by white people. In 1984, the R&B group Klymaxx had a hit Billboard single with "Meeting In The Ladies Room," where one of the ladies sings about a basic woman who is trying to get up on her man. But rapper… » 10/22/14 12:40pm Wednesday 12:40pm