What It Do: Slipping The Trap

Some fellows from Staten Island—that cultural transition zone where New York becomes New Jersey—once observed, “Cash Rules Everything Around Me.” The entertainment industry, along with the suburban demographic to which they market, interpreted the hook as yet another rap celebration of the material, and a hit was born; the same …

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What It Do: In Spades

What do you see in a game of spades?

Or to be more specific, in 15 of them. Or even more specific than that, in 15 games of spades played by President Obama during the Navy SEAL operation that took the life of Osama Bin Laden.

As soon as the …

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What It Do: Noise Filter

In photography and video production, noise can be added to an image to increase the graininess, usually in an attempt to give digital footage more depth and texture. When deployed subtly and skillfully, this technique can make a shot appear more “filmic” (as the film school kids say), but it …

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What It Do: The Art Of Disobedience

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead

Call it the summer of our discontent. From the Moral Monday protests in North Carolina to the huelga general enacted by fast food workers …

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What It Do: Crazytime In Carolina

Historically, North Carolina has been what the New York Times recently called “a beacon of farsightedness in the South.” From the original Woolworth’s sit-in, which many credit as a major factor in launching the civil rights movement of the mid-20th century, to the 2008 election, when the state turned blue …

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What It Do: It’s Not About Zimmerman

The criminal trial is over, but the court of public opinion is in full swing—at least until the next Kimye distraction—over George Zimmerman, and his actions that resulted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Certainly, we can all agree that he was overzealous, crossing into delusional, regarding his …

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What It Do: Eye Of The Beholder

“Did you see that gorilla testify at that Traybond (sic) Martin trial?” the beer delivery guy—a nondescript white dude with graying hair and a giant beer gut—asked the clerk.

The 20-something attendant smirked, his acne-scared face folding in on itself, and replied, “Someone probably told her that’s where …

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What It Do: The Lives We Touch

I’d be willing to bet you never heard of Ted Hyman. After all, he wasn’t anybody famous or powerful. Just a computer tinkerer down in Richmond, living with his family in a humble South Side cottage. But, in all my travels and adventures, I have never met a better human …

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What It Do: Who Told You It Was Over?

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

– William Faulkner

 

The Supreme Court isn’t being shy lately. After handing Californian—and by extension, national—gay marriage opponents a big slice of disappointment when they ruled against Proposition 8 in March, the justices followed up this month when they declared …

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What It Do: The Root Of All Evil

Former Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. is going to spend a lot of time in jail. Considering the nature of his conviction, this fact is a morsel of irony. Ciavarella was found guilty of racketeering for sending thousands of youths—some of whom did not even have legal representation—to for-profit prisons …

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