Raillan Brooks

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  • 2 months ago | Film and TV

    At one point in the feature-length pilot episode of The Get Down, Baz Luhrmann's epic tone poem about the creation myths of hip-hop and the black and Latino teenagers who forged the style in the fires of a burning Bronx, all paths converge at a di...

  • 3 months ago | Interviews

    His majesty, Bob The Drag Queen, has requested an audience at the 110th Street Chipotle, and nowhere else will do. The people who represent Bob had explained to me that Bob wanted to meet "somewhere near Bob" — a riddle, surely, as at any given mo...

  • 4 months ago | LGBT

    After coming out three times, you'd think it would get easier. The first time was in 2002, deep in the U.S.'s post–9-11 miasma. My brown skin worked as camouflage; on my mother's advice I'd allowed people to assume I was from some more palatable l...

  • 5 months ago | Politics

    Roughly two-thirds of the way through last week's Democratic debate in Brooklyn, things got interesting. The night to that point had been a rehash of every other debate, with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton hollering from their respective rampa...

  • 2 years ago

    Jeff Koons is one of contemporary art’s nastier polymaths: What other artist has made such ranging use of his own penis? Active since the ’80s, Koons has always split the art crowd down the middle, a squabble over whether a commerciall...

  • 2 years ago

    The sarau is an event, a barely contained circle inside which musicians, artists, and writers display their creative talents. It would be easy to say that it is the Portuguese or Brazilian answer to the French salon, but in truth it is much wilder...


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