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Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009
Because of the strong connections between Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and the job market, unions have always exerted a powerful influence on how the premier job training institution in the state is run. Every one of those unions strongly represented on MATC’s board has a clause in its contract to prevent...
01.09.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Though at heart he's just a harmless rapping frat boy, G. Love touches on nasty racial stereotypes with disconcerting obliviousness, singing exaggerated send-ups of black music with a mush-mouthed drawl. I kind of hate the guy, but I'll resist making the obvious "damn, so close" joke as I post this snippet from a press release about how he almost lost his voice: After a long, hard tour in J...
06.23.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Joe Uchill
Pretend for a moment that you don't remember Don Imus calling the Rutgers women's basketball team a bunch of "nappy headed hoes." Pretend he didn't tell 60 Minutes that he hired a producer to make "nigger jokes." Pretend you don't know who he is. Listen to this. Judge for yourself what un-Imus means to say. You catch that? Here's a transcript: Warner Wolf: Defensive back Adam 'Pacman' Jon...
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
If millions of people are truly outraged over sexism in politics following the defeat of Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, it’s obvious what the next target should be: the brazen denigration of another accomplished woman in public life—Michelle Obama.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Book Preview

Those of you who were courageous enough to attend the Locust Street Festival on a stormy June 8 had your hardiness rewarded with a performance by The Trusty Knife, a local band whose eclectic sound betrays a clear affinity for ’70s-inspired rock ’n’ roll with a somewhat glammy edge. When he’s not strumming . . .
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Milwaukee’s Black Holocaust Museum

James Cameron was not as acclaimed as he would soon become and his America’s Black Holocaust Museum was mostly a rumor when a pair of white faces peered through the window at the museum’s original inner-city location. It was 1988 and whispers of something called a Black Holocaust Museum had trickled into Milwaukee. Truth be told: The two white faces were puzzled by the term “Black Holocaust,” but the kindly man who stepped up to the door and admitted them was eager to show that the word “Holocaust” was not hyperbole when applied to the black experience. Cameron experienced the catastrophe of American racism firsthand . . .
Wednesday, May 7, 2008

It’s more courageous to rise above division

As the Rev. Jeremiah Wright gleefully tours the airwaves, inflicting severe political damage with almost every utterance, he is proving that racism isn’t the only obstacle to a black president. The historic prize is almost within the grasp of one of the most talented politicians America has ever seen, yet...
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The hottest shoot-’em-up filmed in Milwaukee isn’t the upcoming Dillinger movie starring Johnny Depp. It’s a video posted on the popular Web site YouTube by the Milwaukee Police Department. Police claim they posted the Milwaukee shootout filmed by a surveillance camera at Villard Food & Liquor on the...
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Racial casting in the movies

In the bad old days, black people in America were forced to endure demeaning minstrel shows and watch sheepishly as singing star Al Jolson performed in blackface. He wasn’t the only one. Other big-name white stars working in burnt cork included Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Ava Gardner, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. In more recent years, even the likes of Gene Wilder, Billy Crystal and Robert Downey Jr. have corked-up to the consternation of millions of black folks who love movies. And some readers may recall Burt Reynolds playing an Indian in TV’s “Gunsmoke” in the 1960s. Hard to believe? Maybe not.