The white dominant culture is more interested in critiquing the rap music rather than critiquing the conditions to which the music bears witness.
Television series, as of late, have taken risks, made leaps in creative writing, and even moved beyond cable TV.
But the critical mechanism of "exploitation" so central to a meaningful, class-based analysis is completely absent.
Searching for Sugar Man is an uplifting documentary film about the life of Detroit based Mexican American working-class singer Sixto Rodriguez.
This Labor Day workers will be marching and highlighting union and election struggles around the country. After the marches, it might be a good time to kick back and read a good book by a leader in those fights.
In September 2009, Van Jones stepped down as Special Advisor under a barrage of right-wing criticism of his youthful flirtation with leftist politics.
Cousins is a brilliant scholar with allegiance to working people, who are represented with respect throughout the entire series.
Students of art and anthropology, as well as Soviet history, would find this book to be a valuable addition to their personal library.
As long as the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land continues, there are films to bring us the truth. And they are getting better and growing in numbers.
Ultimately it's the people that make a city. There are still many good people in Detroit; many great activists and endless joys left in this embattled city.