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Kendrick Lamar's 'Alright' Is Our Song of the Summer

A bright spot on an otherwise bleak album, Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” instantly feels necessary. Besides being the most celebratory jam on To Pimp a Butterfly, it’s a modern-day liberation anthem. It’s that first salvational gasp after nearly drowning. Yet, for such a happy song, “Alright” is innately sad. By design,… » 8/13/15 11:28am 8/13/15 11:28am

Man Remains in Critical Condition After Being Shot by Ferguson Police 

An 18-year-old man, tentatively identified as Tyrone Harris Jr., remains in “critical, unstable” condition after being shot by police during a demonstration in Ferguson, Missouri last night. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Harris wasn’t a demonstrator but a “criminal” who fired on officers first. Harris… » 8/10/15 9:25am 8/10/15 9:25am

Bigots Are Already So Mad About Dan Savage's Mild-Looking Sitcom

The exceptionally handwringy Media Research Center—a conservative organization devoted to being professionally shocked, just shocked—is already exceptionally upset about The Real O’Neals, a forthcoming ABC show loosely based on sex columnist Dan Savage’s childhood. I’m sorry: sex columnist and “pro-gay bully Dan… » 5/14/15 5:10pm 5/14/15 5:10pm

Valdosta State Cancels Classes Due to U.S. Flag Protest

In light of the recent tension escalating over a scheduled American flag protest, Valdosta State University has cancelled all classes and business operations for Friday, April 24. The “Flags Over VSU” rally was organized as a response to last week’s incident when Michelle Manhart disrupted a group of black VSU… » 4/23/15 9:00pm 4/23/15 9:00pm

Playboy Model Detained for Snatching Flag From Black Students' Protest

Michelle Manhart, a former staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force who left the military after posing in uniform for Playboy, was detained by university police at Valdosta State University in Georgia after snatching away an American flag from a group of black students. The students were standing on the flag as a… » 4/20/15 10:50am 4/20/15 10:50am

Columbia Anti-Rape Protesters Threatened with Disciplinary Action 

The anti-rape activists who crashed an admissions session at Columbia University say the school is threatening them with unspecified disciplinary action. Members of No Red Tape say several of their members were sent letters from the school's Office of Judicial Affairs and Community Standards, warning them that their… » 2/23/15 10:50am 2/23/15 10:50am

Boston Officials Ask Die-In Protesters to Stop Traumatizing Kids, Plz

Boston public safety officials are concerned that protesters intending to stage a die-in at the city's First Night event on New Year's Eve will scare children with their antics and are asking the protesters to please chill out for one night and just let the kids have their fun, OK? Is that so much to ask? » 12/30/14 6:40pm 12/30/14 6:40pm

Mall of America Protest Organizers Will Face Criminal Charges 

On Saturday, protesters gathered inside the Mall of America to draw attention to police violence, just like many groups of people have, in many different cities, to increasingly alarming levels of backlash and resistance. The Mall of America is a public space big enough to hold Yankee Stadium seven times over, but it… » 12/23/14 1:45pm 12/23/14 1:45pm

NYC's Millions March Totally Annoyed These SantaCon Attendees

Since the Ferguson and Eric Garner grand jury decisions, New Yorkers have been staging protests across the city. Over the weekend, thousands took over the streets as part of the Millions March, which happened to coincide with the annual drunkfest that is SantaCon. Gothamist captured video of SantaCon participants who… » 12/16/14 2:00pm 12/16/14 2:00pm