Miley Cyrus' appropriation of black tropes is part of a larger tradition of young white female artists reaching for liberation by means of shock value. The most recent previous incarnation? Suggesting you're bisexual.
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PBS has an incredible slate of documentaries lined up this fall, from Keanu Reeves on film v. digital, to 'Brooklyn Castle,' the best documentary you'll see about an after-school program, to 'American Masters: Billie Jean King,' a fabulous and thoughtful visit with the feminist legend.
A new, and hugely frustrating Lady Gaga track has released in which she treats the burqa as a sexual accessory. But it's not entirely out of character for an artist whose political songs have often been marked by racial insensitivity and platitudes.
Even more than songs about the equality of their relationships, gay and lesbian couples deserve songs where the pronouns match and the relationships sound like theirs. This great Mary Lambert track is a perfect example.
During his concert in Limerick, Ireland last night, Bruce Springsteen dedicated "American Skin (41 Shots)," a song he debuted in 2000 about the February 4, 1999 shooting of Amadou Diallo by four plainclothes New York City police officers, as "a letter back home...for justice for Trayvon Martin."
At a concert in Quebec on Sunday, following the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, musician Stevie Wonder made a pledge to his audience: that he won't perform in states or countries that have Stand Your Ground laws or their equivalents on the books.