Monday, November 30th, 2009

The Retreat Into Whiteness


Here’s a preview of a new piece I pulled together for ColorLines that reviews Rich Benjamin’s flawed but important book Searching For Whitopia.

It also engages Hua Hsu’s already classic piece, “The End of White America?”, which will likely prove to be one of the most influential pieces of writing by the end of the coming decade. All of this stuff is ground that I’m trying to cover in Who We Be.

Anyway, here’s a big old dose of the article:

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Andrea Lewis, 1957-2009

Is it me or are we really taking it this year in the Bay?

I’m saddened to learn of Andrea Lewis’s sudden passing.

I’d known Andrea through community organizing and progressive media circles for a long time. For many years, she was the voice of morning radio here on KPFA. She brought humaneness and humor to every topic she touched.

Andrea was like a warm cup of tea, easing you into the day while getting your brain working and heart beating. She represented exactly what the best of this community is about.

We miss you, Andrea. You, Gina, Ron, and everyone up there—your laughter lingers. Our love always.

There will be services next Tuesday, November 24 at 6:00pm at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland.

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Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Who We Be :: A Preview In The Believer!


Apologies for not being as up as I should be. Lots to write about in the coming days–including 2009’s landmark year for graffiti books and the new movement around cultural policy taking shape. But here’s what I’ve been up to lately…

I’ve been hard at work on the new book, Who We Be: The Colorization of America, and am proud to announce that the new issue of this month’s The Believer features a preview of what’s coming in the book. It’s a piece I’ve done about the great cartoonist Morrie Turner, whose 45 years of work are on exhibition through November 19 at the SF Public Library. Check that show out, and go find the mag.

In the meantime, BIG shouts to Ed Park, Andrew Leland and the amazing Ms. Gabrielle Zucker. Here’s a taster:

The night of Barack Obama’s victory, eighty-six-year-old cartoonist Bil Keane called his old friend Morrie Turner, himself a sprightly eighty-four. Turner was working on his strip Wee Pals in the office of his tiny bungalow in South Berkeley, leaning over his drafting desk, its surface worn to the curve of the wood grain, tracing and embellishing the pencil outlines in India ink on Bristol board. A Law & Order rerun played in the background. Inking a strip to the natter of a TV program: for Turner, these were familiar rhythms, warm comfort for forty-three years. At that moment, the last thing he wanted to hear was the news….

More bites here!

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