Depending on where you get your news, tomorrow's march protesting the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo will either be a tame, "self-policed" demonstration with an "understated" NYPD presence or it will be an anarchic event,with some 350 "riot cops ready" and armed wit ... More >>
Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul spoke at historically black Howard University last week, and it was a major event. No, he didn't seem to win any black votes for the GOP -- even his fans admit as much. But white people of the rightblogger variety were all over it, and that's what counts. Some ... More >>
Over the weekend, Mayor Bloomberg quite generously donated $350 million to Johns Hopkins University, bringing his total contributions to his alma mater to a whopping $1.1 billion. The Times has the exclusive story of Bloomberg's philanthropic track record, including fun mayoral trivia (he's 70! he c ... More >>
Before meeting the director of The Skinny for lunch recently, I had seen Patrik-Ian Polk refer to himself on his Twitter profile as "The gay Tyler Perry. Shut up." But I'd also heard of him referred to as the gay Spike Lee. So which is it, I inquired when we met, especially since many people consi ... More >>
In the battle over gay rights, dissent during wartime isn't always tolerated
SPANISH HARLEM -- It was the sound of the birds that was most startling. As thousands of protestors marched, in silence, down Fifth Avenue yesterday, it was a strange thing indeed to hear so many New Yorkers not speaking, yelling or blaring music, but to just simply hear birds chirping on a beautif ... More >>
The black/gay "Kumbaya" moment continues. First we had President Barack Obama support same-sex marriage, followed by the NAACP and a bevy of black leaders getting on the gay rights bandwagon. Then we had Gay Inc support the end of racial profiling. And now we have gay icon Betty White meeting wi ... More >>
Maybe they should have called Barack Obama the homosexual "Black Abe Lincoln." Buried in the polls showing that Obama's same-sex marriage support has had no effect on his own re-election prospects (debunking the myth that his gay support would hurt him) and that it seems to have moved "strong supp ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. April 22, 1971, Vol. XVI, No. 16 Scenes By Howard Smith AT ONE POINT while I was talking to the Chairman of the American Virgin Liberation Front, I asked her, "Are you a virgin?" Wendy Robin answered, "Would you ask a member of the NAA ... More >>
You may have noticed the controversy over last week's Voice cover story, "White America Has Lost Its Mind" by Steven Thrasher. The story has drawn at this writing more than a thousand comments, many of them devoted to proving Thrasher's proposition by example. Among the more choice reader contribu ... More >>
Earlier today, right around the time that the City Council was holding a hearing on the NYPD's controversial stop and frisk practices, cops slapped a Brooklyn man with a trespassing charge for standing under an awning to get out of the rain. Vincent Mouzon, a 55-year-old telephone pollster w ... More >>
Democratic Senator Robert Byrd passed away last week at age 92. Among the items in his lengthy CV was a year-long membership in the Ku Klux Klan. He also had some kind words for that organization and its principles thereafter. Eventually Byrd denounced his Klan involvement as "my biggest mistake.. ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives August 19, 1965, Vol. X, No. 44 Some Things Unite Them, Some Things Divide Them By Jack Newfield WASHINGTON D.C. On Sunday, August 8, in front of the White House, a young man, wearing a "Support the National Liberation Front" button, ... More >>
thinkprogress.orgMark Hemingway at NRO posts a reader's jaundiced take on US journalismMark, believe me, I hope the Daily Mail is right. But crowd estimates aside, I'm almost incredulous at that Daily Mail report. It's a fairly straight report, and it's fair! What American media outlet would prin ... More >>
The Grand Council of Guardians, 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Alliance, and the Corona branch of the NAACP will hold a press conference today at which they will discuss controversial remarks made by Eduardo Giraldo, a candidate for the 21st district city council seat in Queens. The remarks in q ... More >>
Gay Socialites is twittering Governor Paterson's introduction of his gay marriage bill at his Manhattan office. The Times has Paterson's comparison of the gay marriage movement to prior civil rights battles ("We have all known the wrath of discrimination, we have all felt the pain and insult of hat ... More >>
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