The Rise of Hate Groups in the Trump Era

Ed Diokno

A year ago, the headline of the report on hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center read “Hate Groups on the Rise.” This year’s report concludes that hate groups have risen for the second year in a row. The rise in the number of hate groups in the U.S. corresponds with the radical right getting emboldened by the candidacy of Donald Trump, according to the SPLC’s annual census of hate groups and other extremist organizations​.

Dear Oscars: Don’t Do to ‘Moonlight’ What You Did to These Black Films

Lawrence Ware

This is a historic year, but I’ve learned to temper my enthusiasm about black folks winning Academy Awards. While winning the coveted Oscar is often considered the high mark of one’s career, there are many examples of when the academy failed to recognize the best film made in a given year or even the best actor or actress nominated. I will never forgive the academy for failing to nominate Do the Right Thing for best picture. That year the Oscar went to Driving Miss Daisy.

London Kicks Off Its Fashion Week

Marie-Louise Gumuchian

Among the first to present his autumn/winter 2017 collection was designer Eudon Choi, who dressed models in chunky ribbed jumpers worn like shawls, wide-leg trousers and sports shoes. Taking inspiration from architect Adolf Loos, London-based Choi, who first trained as a designer for menswear in Seoul, presented a line of "utilitarian designs," adding metallic button-like fastenings on his tailored looks.

In ‘Voyager,’ Russell Banks Is Restless in Love and Travel

Lee Polevoi

He comes across as alternately guilt-ridden over his treatment of his wives and at times belligerent about demands made on him by women and friends. In recounting the rigors and delights of a magazine-commissioned travel piece (“Thirty islands in sixty days”), he sometimes skims over key details and offers up a glossy summary of his experiences. It seems the article he finally wrote helped to exorcize personal demons, as much as convey the overall experience to readers.

Remembering Music Legend Al Jarreau

Monée Fields-White

In the 1990s, Jarreau saw his record sales decline as the hip-hop and rap music scene, which appealed to a much younger crowd, gained momentum. But he continued to earn Grammys, including one in 1992 for Best R&B Vocal Performance for Heaven and Earth. He had a three-month stint on Broadway in 1996, playing the role of Teen Angel in the musical Grease. In 2001 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Echoes of Peru in Trump’s America

Andres Tapia

In Peru we met eleven of the fourteen conditions. In the United States today, the rhetoric, actions, and expressed intent of the current administration arguably meet all of them. I have lived this story before and the march towards extreme authoritarianism is one that inexorably follows its own logic to terrible conclusions. This means that now is the time to address the early symptoms.

The Art of the Personal Essay Is Still Alive and Well

Lee Polevoi

Is the personal essay “in eclipse” in today’s literary landscape? Jonathan Franzen, guest editor of The Best American Essays 2016, thinks so. As he notes in his introduction to the latest collection, most American publications have ceased publishing these “pure essays,” while smaller publications that still do so “have fewer readers than Adele has Twitter followers.” 

The Shift in New York City’s Cab Culture

Ely Baxter

This has upset the taxi and cab industry with the new types of car transportation affecting core operations within the city. Uber’s technology has given the company an advantage over yellow cabs, as e-hails allow drivers to waste less time finding passengers. Additionally, surge pricing lets fares soar over cabs’ metered rates. Operating for less than seven  years in New York, Uber has overtaken the yellow-cab industry in total cars on the streets. 

The Impressionists’ Take on Normandy’s Elusive, Illuminating Light

Barbara Noe Kennedy

What is it about northern France that makes it so striking? The ornate half-timbered villages, rolling pastures sprinkled with Normande cows, snow-white cliffs, and red-poppy-spangled fields for sure. But there’s also something about the light. A clarity that illumes the bright blue skies scuttled with fluffy white clouds, casting brooding shadows for an instant before brightening again. 

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