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Jeremy Helligar
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Why I'm not quite rejoicing over the "diversity" of this year's Oscar nominees
I know I should be applauding. After 2016's shameful Oscars blackout and the subsequent #OscarsSoWhite boycott over the lack of black nominees, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has done a complete 180 this year by embracing color in an unprec...

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A Spotify Playlist: David Bowie, A 70th Birthday Mix
I ended 2016 listening to George Michael non-stop, and now I've begun 2017 binge-listening to David Bowie. Exactly one year ago today, I got off a flight from Bangkok to learn that he had passed away at age 69 from liver cancer. (In Australian time, it was ...

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A Spotify Playlist: Boy Bands
A few things that ran through my mind while I was compiling my latest Spotify playlist: 1. "Hangin' Tough" by New Kids on the Block sounds a lot better now than it did in 1988, when, if my memory serves me correctly, I kind of hated it. How did that happen?...

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The other side of sexual racism: gay white men, the N word and the slaveowner mentality
This has happened to me before. A non-black man approaches me. I turn him down. He turns on me. It happened to me twice in my book Is It True What They Say About Black Men?: Tales of Love, Lust and Language Barriers on the Other Side of the World . I wonder...

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A Spotify Playlist: George Michael, 1983 to 2004
Several years ago when George Michael nearly succumbed to pneumonia, I so thoroughly prepared myself for his passing that I'm handling 2016's latest death of an icon with a lot more composure than I might have otherwise.  That said, it's hard not to lose it...

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A Spotify playlist: New wave 1985-1990


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A Spotify playlist: New wave 1979-1984


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Losing a friend: Judging the way I live my life pretty much guarantees you won't be a part of it
This week I had to let a friendship go. The falling out took me by surprise because it had absolutely nothing to do with Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump, which seems to be the cause of most of the social contention in my life these days. The friendship is ...

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This is what happened when I clapped at Cher's Donald Trump takedown
I've never been much of a clapper. I have very vivid memories of Sunday morning song services at church when, try as I  might, I could never quite get the rhythm of the Holy Spirit. Occasionally, I've clapped along at concerts (more-than-once again, general...
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