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“Pym”: Negroes on ice – Fiction – Salon.com

A “blackademic” obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe mounts an expedition to Antarctica in this hilarious satire Pym,” by Mat Johnson is a blisteringly funny satire of contemporary American racial attitudes — which is quite an accomplishment when you consider that most of the novel is set in the wilds of …

Is Oprah’s Network Too White? – Newsweek

Farah J. Griffin’s 82-year-old mother, Wilhelmenia, hasn’t missed an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show since it debuted nearly 20 years ago. So when Winfrey’s 24-hour Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) debuted on Jan. 1, Griffin upgraded her mother’s cable package so she could watch from her Philadelphia home. Only now, Griffin …