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,… »
On Saturday, Bernie Sanders was scheduled to speak to a crowd of thousands of supporters in a Seattle park. He never did; the event was shut down after a handful of protesters disrupted it in the name of “Black Lives Matter.” This was remarkably dumb. »
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… »
As feminist student activists fight to expand their circle of vulnerability in collegiate life, Title IX has gone from a law designed to protect college students from sexual misconduct and discrimination to a means by which professors are put on trial for their tweets. »
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… »
Killer Mike is directing some very necessary criticism at Geraldo Rivera and Wolf Blitzer regarding their reportage of the Baltimore protests.
Criminal charges will be filed against the six officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore state attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced this afternoon.
A group of protesters in New York successfully reclaimed a Forever 21 storefront and used it to promote the Black Lives Matter movement. »
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… »
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… »
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… »
Remember those employees who posted a giant protest sign in the window of a Wet Seal in Seattle? They've been fired. So much for activism. »
A group of 75 protestors occupied the St. Louis Police police department headquarters earlier this evening. The protesters marched through the city and then congregated in front of the headquarters where they demanded that all those "occupying the department" be removed. »
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? »
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… »
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… »