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Like a lot of people all over the world, I have long considered myself a stone Sean Connery fan.

I often recited the juiciest dialogue bits from his Oscar-winning turn as a beat cop-turned crusader in Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables (in addition to the speech everyone quotes, I loved how he told Eliot Ness he knew he was a treasury agent without seeing his badge because “who would claim to be that who was not?”) I watched the painfully clumsy 1986 B-movie Highlander mostly for his charming turn as Egyptian (!) immortal Juan Sánchez-Villalobos Ramírez.

And, of course his…


For this kid from Gary, Van Halen redefined hard rock at a time when it really needed reinventing

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For a newbie musician, the sound was mesmerizing.

Falling somewhere between the energy of a plane on takeoff and the noise of a steel girder ripped in half, but in a musical way, the playing of Eddie Van Halen on the hit single “And the Cradle Will Rock…” blew my young mind back in 1980.

To be sure, I was late to Van Halen’s game. …


A Tale of Two Videos: Why the Images of George Floyd Dying Broke the Nation

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Why is the footage of George Floyd dying beneath a policeman’s knee the video that finally broke the nation?

I actually think the story of our current public chaos stems from two videos, brought to the public at nearly the same time, that outline both ends of a system which elevates white, moneyed people at the expense of everyone else — especially those of us who are darker than blue.

In one, a white woman threatens a black man by telling him she will call…

Eric Deggans

NPR’s TV Critic; media analyst, MSNBC/NBC News; Duke University adjunct professor; author, Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation

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