WWE Reinstates Hulk Hogan in HOF, Declares His Racism Rehabbed

[Updated] On Sunday before the WWE’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view, the company announced that it had lifted the three-year ban of Hulk Hogan from the WWE Hall of Fame. He had been removed because of racist comments made about his daughter Brooke’s boyfriend at the time. “This second chance follows Hogan’s numerous public apologies and volunteering to work with young people, where he is helping them learn from his mistake,” WWE said in a statement.

Did Jinder Mahal, WWE Go "Too Far"?

The WWE’s efforts to build Jinder Mahal look remarkably like flying a plane into the side of a mountain. I keep waiting for the company to treat its champion like a champion, but the top story on Smackdown Live is Kevin Owens versus Shane McMahon, where no titles are on the line. Mahal currently holds the most prestigious belt on the show, but he remains mired in angles that are unconvincing if not demeaning. Tuesday, he cut a promo on Shinsuke Nakamura that was too complicated as well as racially problematic.

James Baldwin Returns from the Grave to Confront White Supremacy Again

[Updated] Everybody who has written about how I Am Not Your Negro is powerful is right. The film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary presents the late James Baldwin speaking on writing on race, African-American history and American history, and his eloquence and incisiveness come with clear, dramatic weight.

Trump Inspires Ansari, Chappelle and Cenac to Break Down White Supremacy

Vanity Fair wrote of Aziz Ansari’s opening monologue on last weekend’s Saturday Night Live, “what could have been an easy, low-hanging-fruit hit job was instead a thoughtful (yet still hilarious) rumination on the rising trend of racism in the U.S., as well as Donald Trump’s responsibility, as president, to heal a fractured nation.” The New York Times implicitly

Lloyd Price Tells the Story of "Sumdumhonky"

In the year of #blacklivesmatter, Lloyd Price’s new book Sumdumhonky is a useful addition the body of black thought. Price, the singer who had hits with “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” “Personality” and “Stagger Lee,” is short on insights of his own, but he documents a way of thinking that started when he was a kid growing up in Kenner.

Kendrick Lamar Will Be Alright at Essence

Sunday night, Kendrick Lamar will close the Essence Music Festival in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It’s a time slot that has been punishing in recent years as such party-friendly hitmakers as Earth, Wind & Fire and Lionel Ritchie struggled to hold audiences that had seen the artists they came for—often Charlie Wilson or Mary J. Blige—and had to go to work in the morning.

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