Who’s Your Mammy?

“The Help” didn’t get quite as much love as expected at this year’s Academy Awards, but it was one of the more popularly beloved, acclaimed and successful Hollywood films of 2011 (as adapted from the best-selling Kathryn Stockett novel of the same name). One noteworthy dissenting voice has been from Melissa Harris-Perry, the acclaimed in […]

Twain and the “N-Word”

This week has been full of buzz about the impending publication of a new edition of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – one in which the the word “nigger” is to be purged and replaced with other, presumably less offensive terminology, such as “slave.” This has raised a considerable hue and cry while […]