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Remembering Tyrik

'My grief is circular, never-ending, omnipresent. I feel like I'd been grieving before you passed.'

My little brother was murdered on his birthday last year. Now I mourn the way violence and trauma disrupted our childhood.

Media for good trouble.
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Southern politics

The Dropout dramatizes Elizabeth Holmes' fraudulent rise. Endless military funding is also a scam.

A Black woman in tech reflects on the rise of Elizabeth Holmes, arguing that the Theranos founder got as far as she did because of her commitment to advancing the military and prison industrial complex under the guise of "technology for social good."

"The Dropout portrays, with acute awareness of this reality, the priorities and allegiances of our political leaders. Theranos raised $945 million from high-profile investors and public figures."

Arts & Soul

Bookmobiles to the rescue

In the state with the most book bans, Texas mobile librarians and booksellers are bridging the access gap.

In 26 states, students' access to books in school is under attack. Texas leads the nation with 16 districts enacting 713 individual bans.

Race & Place

Only Murders in the Building exemplifies the lies in 'true' crime

From true-crime encouraging neighbors to police each other to the liberal lie that Black cops mean progress, two critics reflect on the Hulu series' portrayal of true-crime obsessions.

"The most insidious message of the show is masked behind the comedic brilliance of the performances by Gomez, Martin, and Short—an obsession with true crime makes us, citizens, arm-chair cops eager to figure out who-dun-it, violating boundaries and ethical lines, endangering ourselves and others, and confirming biases."

Yellowjackets shows a world without police as disorderly. Abolitionists aren't buying it.

Instead of depicting and sensationalizing a post-disaster world home to teenage girls turned cannibals, an abolitionist from the U.K. asks fellow organizers about the promise of building a new society.

"Not all copaganda is legible as such—shows like Yellowjackets and so many other films, stories, and sci-fi in this genre play a critical role in the process of convincing us that a world…

Abbott Elementary and the promise of schools without cops

Without cops or school resource officers roaming the hallway, Abbott Elementary invites us into a world that's possibility-laden, imaginative, and abolitionist.

"Quinta Brunson asks us both: What does it actually feel like to be a Black student? And: What should it feel like?"

RuPaul's Drag Race visibilizes queerness—and the police state

We need to talk about the police officers RuPaul keeps inviting into a world where they don't belong—especially as real-life cops continue to endanger queer Black lives in particular.

"Intersectional queer solidarity of drag queen sisterhoods, shantay you stay. Copaganda and promotion of the police state, sashay away."

The White Lotus is supposed to be satire. Hawaiians deserve the last laugh.

Even if The White Lotus tries to be an indictment of white privilege and settler colonialism, its use of policing and stereotypes make a mockery of existing systemic harm.

"While The White Lotus does, cursorily, outline colonial and systemic problems, it provides no escape from them. It replicates, and in this way perpetuates, tired and problematic tropes."

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