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Draped in head-to-toe Lakers gold, Beyoncé opened the memorial for Kobe and Gianna Bryant at the Staples Center with a heart-wrenching rendition of “XO.” In the packed, 20,000-person stadium known as the house that Kobe built, Beyoncé was backed by a choir and musicians clad in all white. “I’m here because I love Kobe

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The “I have black friends” defense has long been a method of excusing racism, but the phrase also serves a second purpose: it’s a convenient self-absolution for white people who genuinely want to believe that centuries of systemic oppression and racism have left them singularly untouched and without a racist bone in

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When I was in the ninth grade, two television shows debuted that would go on to define a significant portion of my teenaged experience. One, The O.C., achieved some kind of widespread cultural status and also ruined high school for me by making me think it would be fun. The other, One Tree Hill, had both Chad Michael

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