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Sighing Eternally in a Leonard Cohen Afterworld

By Allen Callaci What you are about to read started out as review of Leonard Cohen’s new album, You Want It Darker. The first lines of that review were to have gone roughly like this: On his latest release, You … ...
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I Didn’t Know Your Dad Was Luke Cage

By Trevor Jackson I woke up with butterflies. Thoughts of upcoming tests, the smell of loose-leaf paper, and #2 pencils made me uneasy. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee filled the house as my grandma paced back and for...
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The BK NATION Interview with Poet Clint Smith

By Risa Dixon Clint Smith is a refreshing young soul who wants to share his experiences growing up as a Black man in America, and educate others on the fact that being Black is multi-dimensional.  His writing has been pu...
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2016 With A Bullet

By Leslie Lyons My hero is and always will be Muhammad Ali. For all the obvious reasons, yes, but also because I am from Louisville, KY, and my father was a Golden Gloves champion at age 17, training with Joe …
In this April 9, 2008 file photo, actor Gene Wilder listens as he is introduced to receive the Governor's Awards for Excellence in Culture and Tourism at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn. Wilder, who starred in such film classics as "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and "Young Frankenstein" has died. He was 83. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Gene Wilder: More Than A Meme

By Olivia Jordan I’m ashamed to admit that even as a self-proclaimed comedy nerd, I didn’t know much about the legend Gene Wilder. Like many young people, I vaguely recognized him as the “other guy,” the actor who played...
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I Love You “Stranger Things”… Now Please Just Go

By Allen Callaci I fell harder for Stranger Things this year than any other TV show. How can one not? If my adolescent subconscious had been given the power to create a TV show back in 1983, Stranger Things would &hellip...
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Jerry Heller: The Unlikely Pioneer of Hip-Hop

By Daudi Abe When I learned that Jerry Heller, the former manager of NWA, passed away at the age of 75, I immediately thought of my brief time communicating with him. While conducting research in 2011 for my book 6 &hell...