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Notorious, or less than

By Laura Goode, Jan 27, 2009 10:16 AM

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Suppressing my inner cheapskate, I dropped $11 at the Metreon last night to go see Notorious, The Notorious B.I.G. biopic that just came out for no apparent reason.  I've been aware of the film for longer than most because part of it (a very short chase scene, as it turns out) was filmed on my old block in Brooklyn (check out the link for more than you ever wanted to know about the Franklin Ave. shuttle, a relic of an MTA gone by that makes a brief cameo), much to my delight and that of my Prospect Heights neighbors.  The imagery of Brooklyn, my lover from another lifetime, was unfortunately the best part of my Notorious experience.  The street footage of Bed-Stuy-do-or-die is authentic; I could pretty much smell the familiar KFC refuse and blunt smoke every time the camera landed on the intersection of Fulton and St. James.

Laura Goode

Ten(ish) Questions with the Ethnic Media: Matthew Little

By Laura Goode, Jan 15, 2009 2:49 PM

NAM Blogwire contributor Laura Goode met Matthew Little of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder at the 2008 Twin Cities Ethnic & Community Media Awards, co-hosted by NAM and the Twin Cities Daily Planet.  Little, an 87-year-old columnist for MSR, Minnesota's oldest African-American newspaper, is a  World War II veteran and passionate civil rights activist who, notably, led the Minnesota delegation to the historic 1963 March on Washington.  At the NAM awards, Little won first place for best Editorial or Commentary coverage for his MSR column "Little By Little".

Laura Goode

On Representation: What Color Are Words?

By Laura Goode, Jan 15, 2009 2:32 PM

Recently, during a conversation with two close coworkers, an Indian woman and a Kenyan man, I was embarrassed to catch myself using the word "segregate."  Let me clarify: I was using the term in the most banal possible context, in reference to visually distinguishing our website's news content from the blog content you're reading right now.  Nonetheless, in using it, and in realizing I was using it, I immediately became the worst kind of equivocating white apologist, the kind who didn't mean anything by it and who has lots of black friends.

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