The controversial producer and rapper has a cult of personality so strong that nothing he does — even trivializing slavery — can damage him

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Two years ago, Kanye West was asked if he feared of losing his audience in light of recent controversy surrounding comments made about race and politics.

“I’m only … afraid of my daddy, God,” West told L.A. radio host Big Boy. “I done been 15 years. I’m telling you that God is showing you that you can have your own thoughts, bro. I been canceled before there was cancel culture.”

I don’t think God has anything to do with it, but West never really had anything to worry about. As much as people like to complain about cancel culture, West…


If the White House wants to continue the nation’s pandemic recovery efforts, it has to fight the news channel that has prioritized profits over people’s lives

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For better or worse, Twitter is a useful way to clue some of us into the mindsets of those in government and media who help shape our news coverage. For this reason, it was frustrating to see anyone — much less people who ought to know better — champion Fox News host Sean Hannity for instructing his viewers to recognize their own mortality more than a year into a plague that has already taken the lives of more than 600,000 Americans.

“Please take Covid seriously,” Fox News’s Sean Hannity said on Monday night. “I can’t say it enough. Enough people…


It’s hard to champion Jeff Bezos’ and Richard Branson’s cosmic voyages when so many people are suffering

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Optics aside, I can see some value in a billionaire riding into space on what looked like a blue dick.

On Tuesday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos successfully completed his foray into space after launching from a remote area of West Texas on his Blue Origin rocket along with three crewmates. “Best day ever!” Bezos said when the capsule touched down after the flight. The sub-orbital flight lasted 11 minutes and made Bezos the second billionaire to leave the Earth this month.

The first billionaire was Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, who took to space aboard Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity. Another…


The vice president is not above criticism, but after just a few months on the job, media narratives feel especially spiteful

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Although Kamala Harris becoming America’s first female vice president is an historical feat worthy of continued celebration, that has not made the position itself any less of a pain to hold.

Former Vice President John Adams once said of the vice presidency: “My country has in its wisdom contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.”

Another former vice president, John Nance Garner, was less interested in prose when conveying his resentment for the job. “The vice presidency is not worth a bucket of warm piss,” Garner once declared; he…


Forget bipartisan politics, it’s time for Biden to get real about preventing the return of Jim Crow

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When a political party has made a coup d’état its sole policy objective, the opposing party should respond in kind. This concept has seemingly been a notion difficult for Democrats, known on a national level, to retain. Thankfully, there are the braver, bolder, more creative local state officials in places like Texas providing a blueprint on how to not merely pontificate about the importance of democracy on cable television, but actually fight in support of it.

On Monday, Democratic lawmakers in the Texas legislature left the state in what is undoubtedly their final attempt to prevent Republicans from passing new…


And the overturning of his sexual assault conviction doesn’t make him any less of a monster

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The only thing worse than a rapist is a sanctimonious one that doesn’t know when to shut the fuck up and rot in silence. No reasonable person should’ve ever expected Bill Cosby to be quiet though.

Based on the Twitter profile maintained while he was incarcerated, the comedian and accused tormentor of allegedly 60 women fancied himself as some sort of political prisoner. This nigga ain’t Nelson Mandela, but sadly the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has provided this monster more material to play the martyr. …


I don’t want to disrespect my elders, but ‘Do you want to die in your seat?’ is a valid question

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Earlier this month, James Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives presently serving as the majority whip, responded to a question about keeping his job the way you would expect many active 80-year-old Black men to.

“Not just yes,” he told the Post and Courier as to whether he’ll be seeking reelection. “But hell yes.”

The author of books such as Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black — also known for playing a very active role in the civil rights movement — knows how to make his position clear.

Considering Clyburn’s role in helping to salvage Joe Biden’s…


The Roman Catholic Bishops of the United States need to decide if they want to be for Jesus or GOP talking points

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Considering all of the available targets out there, it’s mind-boggling to watch U.S. Catholic bishops pick a fight with Joe Biden, one of the most Catholic people ever.

Ignoring a warning from the Vatican, the Roman Catholic bishops of the United States recently overwhelmingly voted to draft guidance on the sacrament of the Eucharist in an effort to advance a push by conservative bishops to deny President Biden communion due to his support of abortion rights. Being denied communion is one of the worst things that could happen to a practicing Catholic. …


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis appears to be a GOP favorite to attempt to continue the former president’s brand of tyranny in 2024

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We might not have to wait for a few federal indictments for the political dethronement of Donald Trump.

In a new straw poll conducted last weekend, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis bested ​former President Donald Trump as conservatives’ choice for president in 2024. The poll, conducted at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, resulted in DeSantis pulling a 74% approval rate compared to Trump’s 71%. As for the other wannabe GOP presidential nominees, the rest of the top five included Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who came in third with 43%, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with 39%, and Sen…


The celebrity California gubernatorial candidate uses her privilege for self-gain rather than boosting the LGBTQ community

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During a segment on his ABC late-night talk show last Thursday, Jimmy Kimmel mocked the politics of former Olympian turned reality star turned California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner by way of a quip that appeared to both offend its target and prompt cries of hypocrisy.

“Are we sure that isn’t Donald Trump in a Caitlyn Jenner wig?” Kimmel said, while juxtaposing photos of former president Donald Trump and Jenner on the screen. Kimmel also branded the political hopeful “Caitlyn Jenner Car-Crashian” — a reference to a fatal 2015 collision that Jenner was involved in.

In response, Jenner took to Twitter

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