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How a Museum Reckons With Black Pain

  • The Smithsonian’s new memorial of African American history and culture is at once triumphant and crushing.
  • Related: Black Lives Don’t Matter to Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Vann R. Newkirk II, the Atlantic Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter. woman passes a display depicting the Mexico Olympic protest at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

Sep 23, 2016 | I should not be here.

By the cold universal logic of statistics, none of us should; each of the near-7-billion lives on Earth is a mathematical fluke. But as an American black person, albeit as a free person with a fairly full complement of civil rights, I’ve always been aware of the especially immense unlikelihood of my own existence. For four centuries, most people who look like me and the vast majority of the people who gave rise to my own flesh and blood have been killed, crushed, or disenfranchised under the torture rack of white supremacy and racial injustice. As police violence, voting rights, and Donald Trump’s promises of Big Racism dominate our political conversations, and as protests and riots roil the streets of my birthplace of Charlotte, I’m reminded that I may be thanking my lucky stars a bit too soon.

Vann R. Newkirk II is a staff writer at the Atlantic, where he covers politics and policy.

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Black Lives Don’t Matter to Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Bill Blum, Truthdig Black Lives Matter protest in New York City. (The All-Nite Images / CC BY-SA 2.0)

  • One thing the (Black Lives Matter) BLM analyses don’t do, however, is endorse a presidential candidate. And that’s for an eminently good reason: The candidates of both major parties, in their quests for power, have chosen to snub and malign the movement and the cause it represents.
  • Related: The Normalization of Evil in American Politics

Are We Living in T.S. Eliot’s ‘Waste Land’?

The poem presents a panoply of characters, all as vain as they are vacuous. Empty heads and empty hearts leading empty lives.

Joseph Pearce, Intellectual Takeout Journalism with real independence and integrity is a rare thing. All reader supported Evergreene Digest relies - exclusively!- on reader donations. Click on the donation button above to make a contribution and support our work. 2, 2016 | It’s almost a century since T. S. Eliot shocked the world with the avant garde innovation of “The Waste Land,” the fragmentary form of which reflected the fragmented brokenness of the modern world that it satirized. Like a modern-day inquisitor, Eliot questioned the value of modernity: “What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow out of this stony rubbish?” Nor was he afraid to answer his own question in scathingly blunt terms: “Son of man, you cannot say, or guess, for you know only a heap of broken images …”

The poem presents a panoply of characters, all as vain as they are vacuous, signifying the synonymous nature of vanity and vacuity. Empty heads and empty hearts leading empty lives. Unreal people in an unreal city. Virtual people in a virtual reality devoid of virtue.

Joseph Pearce: To feed minds, foster discussion, and inspire action based on the principles and virtues necessary for human flourishing.

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41 years on-air and SNL finally hired a Latina cast member. Yeah, that matters.


Melissa Villasenor

This is an important milestone because representation in media matters. It has an impact in the real world, beyond the screen.

Ally Hirschlag, Upworthy No movement at all at this point on donations. “Someone else,” is not the answer. We cannot serve a million readers a month with 30 a day donating. Not fair, not possible.

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In earnest,

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Sprockets. GIF from "Saturday Night Live."

September 13, 2016 | "Saturday Night Live" just hired its first-ever Latina cast member, so now's the time on Sprockets when we dance!

But seriously, folks, this is huge wonderful news that's been a LONG time coming. In its 41 years on air, SNL has only had two Latino cast members: Horatio Sanz and Fred Armisen.

The long-awaited addition of a Latina cast member shows the landscape of racial diversity on television is slowly but surely widening.

Ally Hirschlag: My desire to find and celebrate the many good things people are doing in this world led me to writing. If you're fighting for gender equality, to help our furry friends, and to save our planet, we should hang out. When I'm not writing, I'm usually making up silly voices or yelling at my TV.

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What the Ryan Lochte Fiasco Tells Us about the News Media and Selective Outrage

  • This whole fiasco seems like a classic case of the news media suddenly doing their job in a way that actually exposes how and why they so rarely do so when it really matters.
  • Related: Media Is Everywhere, But Real Journalism Is Dying,

John Ziegler, Mediaite August 21st, 2016 | Ryan Lochte is a dope and liar who, if the world was universally just, deserves every bit of criticism and of the consequences which are coming his way for the inaccurate story he told at the Olympics a week ago. However, in my view, there is also little doubt that, had the circumstances been only slightly different, the news media would have given him a pass, or maybe even made him into some sort of hero. The selective outrage over Lochte’s lies tells us a lot about how the news media works (or, often, doesn’t) in these situations and how they decide who gets destroyed and who does not.

To be very clear, what Lochte did warrants condemnation. What happened at that Rio gas station, as he has belatedly admitted, was started by him. His dramatic distortion of the story caused a lot of damage for which he is solely responsible. He put his teammates in a horrendous position not of their making and damaged the reputation of the city of Rio and this Olympic Games. As a price for all of this, he has been tortured in the news media and his swimming, media and endorsement career are all, very likely, effectively over.

John Ziegler is a nationally-syndicated radio talk show host and documentary filmmaker.

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  • Watch the movie Spotlight. That kind of journalism hasn’t disappeared entirely. But it’s more and more rare, and one day it very well might. And no one will be left to report that story.
  • Related: The Media Is Enabling Trump’s Divide-And-Conquer Strategy


Old music is outselling new music for the first time in history.

So much for the Adele effect. This past year, catalogue albums outsold the current ones by 4.3 million copies.

Adam Pugsley, Chart Attack If you like reading this article, consider joining the crew of all reader-supported Evergreene Digest by contributing the equivalent of a cafe latte a month--using the donation button in the above right-hand corner—so we can bring you more just like it. Jan 20, 2016 | Despite the massive success of Adele's album 25, which sold a whopping 7.4 million copies in only six weeks, 2015 marked the first time in U.S. history that new releases were outsold by catalogue albums. Seems like everyone's been feeling extra nostalgic lately.

The term "catalogue" refers to albums released more than 18 months ago. According to Nielsen's annual year end music report, catalogue albums outsold current releases by 4.3 million copies, something never before seen in the industry. Just 10 years ago, current music sales outpaced catalogue music by over 150 million albums. Keep in mind that these stats don't include album streams, but regardless, it's a significant turning point.

Adam Pugsley (is) an apiring Dj Host, who produces trance, dubstep and trance music. I have been hosting a personal radio show online through my website My alias Dj Pugz, is on soundcloud, mixcloud and iTunes too with monthly mixes of the latest in EDM music.

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Special Report | The 2016 Olympics: Government Dysfunction, Police Violence, Broken Promises

  • Brazil's Dance with the Devil: 2016 Rio Olympics Begin with Government Dysfunction & Police Violence
  • How a chance to remake the city for ordinary Brazilians ended up lining the pockets of the rich instead.
  • Part 1: Dave Zirin: Protests by Athletes and Displaced Rio Residents Accompany Opening of 2016 Olympic Games
  • Part 2: The Broken Promise of the Rio Olympics

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Part 1: Dave Zirin: Protests by Athletes and Displaced Rio Residents Accompany Opening of 2016 Olympic Games

Brazil's Dance with the Devil: 2016 Rio Olympics Begin with Government Dysfunction & Police Violence 05, 2016 | Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation magazine, says protests highlighting racial and economic injustice are expected from athletes attending the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, such as tennis champion Serena Williams and players from the NBA, WNBA and other countries. Polls show more than 60 percent of Brazilians think hosting the Games will hurt their country. He says that ahead of today’s opening ceremony, residents of heavily policed and displaced neighborhoods plan a major march to Rio’s "Olympic City."


Amy Goodman: I wanted to turn to the American tennis star Serena Williams, who just arrived in Rio and was asked about the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump.

Dave Zirin: sports editor for The Nation magazine and author of Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy. He is also the host of Edge of Sports.

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Part 2: The Broken Promise of the Rio Olympics

How a chance to remake the city for ordinary Brazilians ended up lining the pockets of the rich instead.

Alex Cuadros, the Atlantic A slum in Rio de Janeiro Sergio Moraes / Reuters

Aug 1, 2016 | The Rio de Janeiro you see advertised in videos promoting the Olympics is the iconic one everyone knows: Ipanema, Sugarloaf Mountain, the statue of Christ the Redeemer. But that’s just a tiny slice of this sprawling metropolis of 12 million people, most of whom live miles from the beach. You can see the other Rio, their Rio, as you drive into town from the international airport, past the walls enclosing the freeway: a sea of red cinderblock shacks stacked precariously atop one another, with narrow roads snaking in between. One in seven Rio residents make their home in so-called favelas like these.

When Brazil won the right to hold this year’s Summer Games back in 2009, it seemed ready to vault into the club of developed nations. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, then the country’s wildly popular president, pitched the Olympics as an opportunity to develop Rio’s infrastructure, and remake the city into a new world capital. But this was also a rare moment of Brazilian self-confidence—one ultimately undone by hubris.

Alex Cuadros is a writer based in New York. He is the author of Brazillionaires: Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country.

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Photographer Documents The Lesser-Known Victims Of Gun Violence — Those Who Survived

Kathy Shorr’s “Shot” chronicles the physical and emotional scars of gun violence across the United States.

Priscilla Frank, the Huffington Post Standing with a group of friends outside of her high school, Karina became the unintended victim of a drive-by shooting fueled by gang revenge. She was 16. (Aurora, Colorado, 2010) KATHY SHORR

08/03/2016 | Karina was standing with friends outside her Aurora, Colorado, high school when she was shot. The unintended victim of a drive-by shooting, Karina had to become a wheelchair user at 16 years old. 

Stories like Karina’s are as horrific as they are commonplace. Homes, schools, movie theaters, nightclubs, religious centers, small businesses and city streets — there are virtually no places on American soil safe from the possibility of gun violence

Priscilla Frank, Arts Writer, the Huffington Post

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