Posted on Aug 13, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Why Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman Is A Modern Masterpiece

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Note: This review contains spoilers. When Spike Lee released Do the Right Thing nearly 30 years ago, he shook the white critical world to its core with his unsparing portrait of racism in a Brooklyn neighborhood. Before then, films about racial issues usually had a message of brotherhood attached to them. Lee pulled no such punches, refusing to indulge the lie of a “post-racial America.” He applied bold techniques to...

Posted on Aug 10, 2018

Ben Shapiro May Be Many Things, But He Is No Cat Caller

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the new darling of the Bernie Sanders left, won some points today on Twitter by shutting down conservative personality Ben Shapiro after he offered her $10,000 to debate him. Here’s what happened: Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions. And also like catcalling, for some reason they feel entitled to one. pic.twitter.com/rsD17Oq9qe — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) August 10,...

Posted on Jul 31, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Embracing The Shadow

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Filling the conscious mind with ideal conceptions is a characteristic of Western theosophy, but not the confrontation with the shadow and the world of darkness. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. – Carl Jung According to Jungian philosophy, there is a collective unconscious that all humans can tap in to. It is innate, gifted to us at birth, and...

Posted on Jul 26, 2018

The Kennedy Center’s Decision to Honor Hamilton Is a Rebuke of Donald Trump

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Last year, I wrote about the Kennedy Center’s decision to honor artists like Gloria Estefan and LL Cool J in its annual ceremony as embracing a big tent mentality towards the arts, rather than spurning classical forms like opera and ballet in a ploy for ratings, since many of the artists honored at the first ceremony in 1978 did not necessarily represent “fine arts” either. Three of them – dancers...

Posted on Jul 23, 2018

How Mike Cernovich Got James Gunn Fired from Guardians of the Galaxy 3

Posted in Culture, Media, Politics

In the months following Harvey Weinstein’s downfall, many prominent men in the entertainment industry have lost their jobs for their sexual misconduct, but whatever you may say about Kevin Spacey, Jeffrey Tambor, and Chris Hardwick, all were fired due for what they did. This weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was fired by Disney not because of any violations he committed, but for tweeting inappropriate jokes about LGBTQs, pedophilia,...