Conversations #AboutRace at the Brooklyn Historical Society

Forgive me for not posting this sooner—so, in the future, if I don’t post for a while, check out my social media feeds, links on the right hand side under FOLLOW RAQUEL, for wassup with me—but I’m playing catch-up because I’ve been caught up in a mostly awesome whirlwind these past couple of weeks. Below is an event authors Baratunde …

The MotherF*ckin’ Christopher Columbus Syndrome

The other day, I was watching researcher Zaheer Ali‘s lecture on Livestream, cleverly dubbed X(CLUDED)—you can see it here—about how and why Malcolm X was disinvited to give a lecture at The New School in 1964, intended to “broaden understanding of the struggle for racial equality” during the Civil Rights Movement. The talk was arresting, spot on, and applicable to polarizing figures …

The Week in Review

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel—it started at 8:00AM!—hosted by the ACLU and Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) at the gorgeous Newseum in D.C. The panel, filmed by C-SPAN (it’s not embeddable) was a continuation of the discussion of CJR’s March/April issue package on media coverage of race, class, and social mobility. The coverstory and …

Inwood at the dawn of the 1970s

A friend recently turned me on to Goodbye to Glocamorra, a short documentary film about my neighborhood in the 1970s, or more specifically, the lamenting of the arrival of “negroes” and “Puerto Ricans” into this once Irish and Irish-American enclave. It’s surreal to see Broadway back then, a few years before my parents moved into the area. My favorite part …

It’s a Man Eat Dog World

I just came across this CNN report about a man who killed his family pet, a dog, with the intention of eating him. Embedded video from <a href=”http://www.cnn.com/video” mce_href=”http://www.cnn.com/video”>CNN Video</a> Generally considered a social taboo, eating “man’s best friend” is quite normal in other parts of the world. Muslims and Jews are forbidden to eat dog meat. Many people here …

Subway Art @ Revolution Books

As expected, the Subway Art 25th Anniversary edition book signing was a huge success for my friend Henry Chalfant, his co-author Martha Cooper, and, perhaps most importantly, Revolution Books. They are in trouble, and may have to shut their irreverent doors if we don’t  support them. While it’s true that we’re all trying to stay afloat in these challenging economic …