White Producers Threw W. Kamau Bell to the KKK on Day 1, so He Got Rid of Them

W. Kamau Bell’s United Shades of America became infamous for its first episode, “The New KKK,” in 2016. In the series opener, Bell attends a cross-burning ceremony and interviews hooded Klansmen. At the end of the cross burning, Bell poignantly states, “I actually feel lucky. Unlike most of the black people in this…

There’s a Time and Place for Professional Pseudonyms, and It’s When I’m Securing the Bag

My name is not Panama Jackson. I mean, it’s my name, but it’s not my name, ya know. It’s a pseudonym—a nickname created through some happenstance while I was trying to write and stay gainfully employed. Because of what I do for a living, Panama Jackson has significantly overtaken my real name in terms of personal…

Racist, Corrupt, Senate-Running Convict Joe Arpaio Still Holding On to Birther Claim

The man whose policies resulted in constitutional violations, discrimination and even death sidestepped these charges on national TV by doubling down on the Barack Obama Birther conspiracy, claiming that he has “evidence.” Despite the fact that—given ample opportunity to show his supposed proof—he never does, the…