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Melvin Van Peebles, RIP

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On September 22, 2021
Lost a real one today: Melvin Van Peebles, whose low-budget 1971 phenomenon, “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” — an X-rated film about a Black revolutionary’s survival on the run — proved a milestone of independent and African American cinema, died Sept. 21 at his home in Manhattan. He was 89. His family, the Criterion Collection and […]

Norm

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On September 14, 2021

Well, this sucks: Norm Macdonald, whose laconic delivery of sharp and incisive observations made him one of Saturday Night Live‘s most influential and beloved cast members, died today after a nine-y

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Patricia Maginnis, RIP

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On September 5, 2021
I often think about W.E.B. DuBois’ lifespan. Born in 1868, he grew up in the possibilities of Reconstruction and Black equality (even as a northerner, it’s not as if Black equality was achieved in the Massachusetts of his youth). That quickly turned sour. DuBois fought his whole life for Black equality during the worst post-Civil […]

Ed Asner

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On August 31, 2021

We lost Ed Asner a couple of days ago. John Nichols reminds us that not only was he an iconic actor, but also a great socialist with a huge heart. A self-proclaimed “old-time lefty,” he proudly em

James Loewen, RIP

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On August 20, 2021

James Loewen has died. No scholar has done more to challenge conventional narratives of history and open people’s eyes to alternative visions of the past outside of lauding the rich and white an

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Bowden

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On August 8, 2021
Bobby Bowden is dead. The winningest coach in elite college football history not to knowingly keep on his defensive coordinator after he discovered said coordinator was raping small boys in the locker room, at least Bowden made it to one last goal in his life. From last year: Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden […]

Carl Levin, RIP

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On July 30, 2021

One of the true liberal lions of the last 40 years has died. There were issues that Levin didn’t do the right thing on that got attention here. But for the most part, Levin was a real leader on

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Kathy Andrade, RIP

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On July 22, 2021
For a century, the American labor movement, taken as a whole, was anti-immigrant, based in part on racism and based in part on the fear of new workers undermining whatever they had won. From Sam Gompers to Cesar Chavez, sharp anti-immigrant rhetoric was the name of the game. This is one of the great shames […]

Burn in Hell

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On May 29, 2021

Hey, Foster Friess is dead. One of the biggest scumbags of recent decades, few did more to bring fascism to the United States than this billionaire wannabe cowboy from Wisconsin turned Wyoming Big Hat

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