“Ugly Betty” is not about being unattractive, or at least not simply about being unattractive. It’s about class. And ethnicity. Its smart take on cultural and economic differences, enmeshed as it is in a fresh, funny package, makes it positively subversiv
Fifteen years ago today, Magic Johnson made an announcement that would forever change his life and the lives of people all over the world. On November 7, 1991, Magic announced his retirement from the NBA because he was HIV positive.
Few American writers have mapped the human heart with more care than Joyce Carol Oates. Oates’ new book, Black Girl White Girl, explores the tenuous relationship between black and white roommates at a prestigious liberal arts college in the 1970s.
“Thus, the Herculean effort required to call me “Asian American” rather than “chink” is seen as a concession to “the PC police”, an unsettling infringement on the free-wheeling conversation of, I suppose, “non-chinks”…”
“Once a black moves up the social ladder, he has the option to marry someone that is not black and give his/her children or grandchildren – depending on their appearance – the increasing chance to â€˜opt outâ€™ of being blackâ€¦”
“The Papdits are a fictional Indian family…interacting with local yokels who are unaware that this is a “reality/scripted hybrid” played by actors who want to make them look ridiculous…a TV pilot being shown online at Innertube, CBS’s broadband outlet