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  • Wandering Eye: Omar and the ACLU, WaPo on Yahoo, Russ Smith on Charles Street, and more

    Wandering Eye: Omar and the ACLU, WaPo on Yahoo, Russ Smith on Charles Street, and more
    Back in 2005, when HBO was considering canceling "The Wire" after season three, City Paper published a “top 10” piece listing reasons not to do so. No. 3 was Michael K. Williams’ character, Omar, with the list deeming him “arguably the show’s single greatest achievement." And back when then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama was running for president in 2008, he called Omar his favorite character on his favorite show. Given the show's focus on criminal-justice themes, it seems appropriate that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has made Williams the group’s “celebrity ambassador for ending mass incarceration,” and Williams tweeted yesterday that he’s “proud” while posting his “Ambassador” card on Instagram. He joins a host of other ACLU ambassadors, including Harry Belafonte, Melissa Etheridge, and Cindi Lauper, who advocate for reform by using social media, appearing at news conferences, and talking to lawmakers. (Van Smith)
  • The Socially Awkward Network

    The Socially Awkward Network
    I have 522 friends on Facebook, 172 followers on Twitter, 272 followers on Tumblr, and 140 followers on Instagram. But the number of these people I communicate with in a real-life, face-to-face, not-through-a-computer-screen-or-smartphone-like-device is...

    A$AP ANT INFILTRATES HARLEM

    A$AP ANT INFILTRATES HARLEM
    Dallas is a long way from West Baltimore, but that’s where we found Adam Kirkman, 20, known to the hip-hop world as A$AP Ant, on a July night. “I’m performing on tour with Rocky right now,” says Kirkman, referring to A$AP Rocky,...

    The Road is Littered with Corpses and Bad Haircuts

    Titus Andronicus has been in the music press a lot in the last few years. Critics and fans hail the band's albums, on which they play sweaty-basement-show ranters with as much confidence as emotionally revealing, Springsteen-tinged indie rock. It's a...

    Hopes and Dreams

      I am currently a senior in high school, but come Saturday, I will be a high-school grad! (Fuck yeah!) The only thing I'm worried about besides my hopes and dreams, and making it in the real world? My sex life. I'm a virgin. When I go online, I see...