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Separate, friendless, and clueless

Lately, there seem to be a lot of white Americans pleading for people of color, especially black people, to please stop talking about racial issues.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  August 30, 2013

Red Alert! Code Webster!

Dear Agents of the Central Agency of Blackness — Maine Division ...
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  December 07, 2012
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Memphis tears down the house at PPAC

There are worse concerns in America's history of racial inequities than a white DJ getting eyerolls for playing black music. Nonetheless, the musical Memphis will tick you off about the foolishness anyway.
The soul of a city
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 07, 2012
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A racial duet at Dramatic Rep

Their father meant nothing particularly serious when he named his sons, African-American like himself, Lincoln and Booth — in fact, Booth tells his little brother, the names were kind of a joke.
Brothers in arms
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 02, 2012
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Jazz isn't dead

Regarding your report on the end of jazz programming at WGBH ("Gone, gone, gone," Arts and Entertainment, July 13), jazz isn't dead.
Letters to the Boston editors, August 10, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 10, 2012
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Talking 'shit'

In your July 6 issue, the Boston Phoenix made a front-page attack ("Shit Boston Cops Say") against my union's newspaper, Pax Centurion.
Letters to the Boston Phoenix editors, July 27, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 27, 2012


Encounter with a racist

I've never really liked racists. Today, I see a little value in them after all.
Human Relations
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 29, 2012

Let them talk

I have often joked as a Black woman that I kind of like white racists.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  June 22, 2012

A browner shade of pale

Here in the least racially diverse US state, there isn't much danger of whites becoming a minority anytime soon, given that 94.3 percent of the population is non-Hispanic white.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  May 25, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: Transcripts from Clarence Spivey's trial

Spivey’s account of how the police arrested him was at odds with the official version; the pants he was wearing figured prominently in the trial.
‘The truth has to come out’
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 11, 2012
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Was Clarence Spivey wrongfully convicted of rape 40 years ago?

The young woman, just 18 years old, was standing at the driver's side door of her blue Volkswagen in the parking lot of St. Joseph's Hospital in Providence on a clear and wintry Saturday evening when a young black man approached from behind and put a kni
‘The truth has to come out’
By JAMES ROBINSON  |  May 11, 2012


On racelifting

Of all the groups of people from among the wide array of demographics to choose from, I never expected the world of nerd-dom to generate my eleventh-hour inspiration for a column topic, much less one about ingrained racism in society.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 27, 2012

Russian protesters can use your help

Back on February 21, Pussy Riot, a group of Russian artist-activists, staged a "punk prayer" to the Virgin Mary, dancing, singing, and chanting at the altar of Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, in an effort to promote human rights in Russia, which
Eastern movement
By CHRIS STIEGLER  |  April 27, 2012

Racism flourishes in darkness

There is a reason that evil is associated with darkness. It's not that the night is inherently bad; in fact, it can be beautiful and wondrous things can take place in it.
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By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  March 30, 2012

Back to the old days

I love the show Mad Men . Love the attention to period details. Love the acting. Love the characters. Love the fashions the women rocked.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  March 02, 2012

End Black History Month

It's that time again! Let's roll out the black history materials and talk about African-Americans as if most people really care about them, during the shortest month of the year.
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By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  February 03, 2012


Stupid is equal-opportunity

To me, 2011 offered a buffet of publicly expressed stupidity, perpetuated by a broad swatch of races, genders, and ideological factions. Here are a few gems.
Diverse City
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  January 06, 2012

I’ll miss you, Herman — sorta

The news just a few days ago that Herman Cain was dropping out of the race to become the Republican nominee for the 2012 presidential race kind of made me sad.
Diverse-city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  December 09, 2011
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Bad news, Corrections

As a senior citizen, a long-time reader of the Boston Phoenix , and an African-American, I found the title of your September 16 Back Talk, " Hood Dreams ," to be inappropriate, in bad taste, and misleading.
Letters to the Boston Phoenix editor, October 7, 2011
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 07, 2011
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Review: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

In the era when the Black Panther Party was its most powerful and off-the-pig-threatening and separatist, there was little interest in even conversing with whitey, unless whitey was from somewhere other than the ultra-racist USA.
A collage of privileged documentary moments
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 30, 2011
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A decade of awful air travel

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of overzealous TSA frisking.
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  September 16, 2011


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I loves you, Porgy

So shoot me, Porgy purists. To my mind, the retooling of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess for American Repertory Theater is compelling enough to push past quibbles.
The A.R.T. streamlines a classic
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 02, 2011
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Do the fight thing

Union flags were flown, loud music roared, and fleets of motorcycles rumbled, as several thousand people marched for civil rights and human dignity, and, in at least one case, to scold moguls for banking gross salaries at the expense of workers.
Bostonians rising in anger -- and action -- against ableism, racism, Verizon, and Fox News
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 12, 2011
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Review: The Help

As it turns out, according to Tate Taylor's adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestseller, the Jim Crow era was not due to centuries of institutionalized racism, but to Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her hang-up about "colored" servants going to
Steel Magnolias  version of the civil rights movement
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 12, 2011
Boston Convention Center - Urban League

With the Urban League conference coming next week, Boston's movers and shakers are scrambling to project a progressive racial image

After years of trying to convince groups with large minority membership that the Hub is now a welcoming, friendly destination for African-Americans, this is the first big organization to test the theory.
Showtime for New Boston
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 22, 2011

Funny you should say that

I'm pretty confident in saying that humor is probably one of the key things that separates us humans from the rest of the animal kingdom.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  June 18, 2011


The kids are all right

First the good news: in 2008, when I first wrote about the last two high schools in Maine still using the racist mascot name "Redskins," Wiscasset and Sanford, I predicted that Sanford, my hometown, would be the last holdout.
Balls, pucks and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  June 17, 2011
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NAACP, others bristle after GOP Senator censors anti-private-prison testimony

What is it with some Republicans and racial issues, anyway?
Words ‘slavery,’ ‘racism’ banned
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  April 30, 2011

Class (warfare) is in session

In case you haven't heard yet, the US Census Bureau just announced its findings from the 2010 Census, and even a small state like ours saw a noticeable darkening of the population.
Diverse-city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 01, 2011
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Burzum | Fallen

Illegible as they are ubiquitous (anywhere a patch meets denim or a bored headbanger's head meets a study-hall desk), metal logos are the ultimate example of form over function.
Byelobog Productions (2011)
By JANSSEN MCCORMICK  |  March 11, 2011