In 2008, The Advocate published "Is Gay the New Black?," an article comparing the gay rights struggle to the civil rights movement. The story unleashed a fury of critique: How could people compare the fight for gay marriage to the abolition of Jim Crow and segregation? But as a string of marriage-eq ... More >>
It's February 8, 1937. An African American Pullman porter is checking the ticket of a white passenger, who's eating oysters and sipping champagne. The porter then steps into the adjacent car and checks the tickets of the African-American passengers who are eating bread and cheese. The Chicago-bound ... More >>
With Halloween on the horizon, the time was right to touch base with Miguel De La Torre, author of The Quest for Historical Satan, to find out just how scared we should be this season. De La Torre is an ordained Southern Baptist preacher as well as a social ethics professor at the Iliff School of T ... More >>
Jeff Campbell's one-man show, Who Killed Jigaboo Jones?, premieres tonight at work | space. Our Show & Tell blog spoke with Campbell about the show, and that piece focuses primarily on the production. We also caught up with Campbell, who's been a stalwart of the Colorado hip-hop scene for the better ... More >>
Pop culture incrementally improved the chances that books would outlive CDs when news spread that Lil Wayne had inked a deal to write a memoir about the eight months he spent locked up on gun charges. Titled Gone 'Til November, the book is scheduled to be released in May. While the hip-hop blogosphe ... More >>
Earlier this week, Alex Landau, who was brutally beaten by police in 2009, expressed frustration about the reinstatement of an officer previously fired in a separate incident involving Michael DeHerrera, and also complained about Manager of Safety Alex Martinez's decision not to meet with him about ... More >>
Earlier this month, the Justice Department decided not to charge the officers who beat Alex Landau to a pulp with federal civil rights violations. This conclusion frustrated Landau, but he figured that at least he'd find out the results of a local investigation put on hold due to the feds' actions. ... More >>
At 10:30 a.m. today, the NAACP's Colorado/Montana/Wyoming conference will formally endorse Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. Rosemary Harris Lytle, communications director for the local branch, who's among the speakers at the event, taking place in Denver's Five Points neighborh ... More >>
New laws in dozens of states could take out Barack Obama this fall.
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Editor's Note: The following is a guest-post by Chuck Strouse, editor-in-chief of Westword's sister paper, the Miami New Times. It's video side-bar to Strouse's piece that ran in Westword this week, "Welcome back, Jim Crow: A tradition of keeping African-Americans voters from the polls."As I show in ... More >>
Is that baby black?As evidenced by the hideously protracted custody battles that seemingly arise every time two celebrities break off their romantic engagement in favor of stroking their turgid, throbbing sense of their own importance, large egos and small children do not mix well. Well, at l ... More >>
Photo by John JohnstonIs impeachment a black-and-white issue?The idea that a White House job offer to Pennsylvania's Joe Sestak -- one allegedly designed to convince him not to challenge Senator Arlen Specter -- might be an impeachable defense has been popular in Republican circles of late. ... More >>
Photo by John JohnstonTom Tancredo has a new and unexpected ally.On Monday in this space, ex-Congressman and former presidential candidate Tom Tancredo called for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border following the murder of ranch ... More >>
This isn't how Tom Tancredo will appear at Tea Party events.Yesterday, ex-Congressman and former presidential candidate Tom Tancredo decried the murder of Arizona rancher Rob Krentz and called for troops to be placed on the U.S.-Mexico border -- a wish the Obama administration is extraordinar ... More >>
Awele Makeba tells it like it was
Crossroads Theater resurrects the Rossonian.
Local pundits are a-twitter over the arcane mechanics of the country's Electoral College as the Colorado legislature considers revising how the state awards its nine electoral votes in a presidential election. Some say the current proposal, which would award the state's votes to whoever gets the mos ... More >>
In the rush to ban sex offenders, cities and counties may inadvertently be creating more of them down the line.