Within 45 minutes on Tuesday, April 20, Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd, and 700 miles away, a police officer killed a 15 year old named Ma’Khia Bryant.

Just a few weeks ago we celebrated the holiday of Passover, which tells the story of the ancient…


Kehlani’s coming out is a little bit of magic for this Friday of the pandemic. A Friday of losses. A Friday of many Fridays in a year of nameless days. At 25, the artist, activist and mom has also let us know that she’s a lesbian.

In their coming out…


Ever so slowly, the people in my life are getting vaccinated. The state of California has set a reopening date of June 15, after which we’ll be able to eat indoors, frolic, and do all of the other things we’ve missed while inside.

Of what I’ve missed from my pre-pandemic…


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A jumble of similar sounding words with facsimilic tones. Their last days are today, April 7. With their leavings are the dissolution of what they built. How fitting that on the near-anniversary of the pandemic’s beginning in the U.S., after which newsrooms did what they do in times of economic…


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Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil appeared on YouTube approximately 30 months after its motivating subject matter overdosed on what was likely fentanyl. The documentary traces what really happened the weeks leading up to July 23, 2018, and what the public didn’t know about 25-year-old Demi Lovato’s subsequent hospitalization. Lovato’s…


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From The New York Times after the murder of eight people in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Whatever the motivation here,” [Biden] said, “I know Asian-Americans are very concerned. Because as you know I have been speaking about the brutality against Asian-Americans for the last couple months, and I think it’s very, very…


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After breakups, normal people hand their phones over to their friends. Unfollow on social media. Ignore former lovers at parties. In Bachelorland, the ex’s are pushed through a spin cycle of intimate public testimony, the two performing a posthumous investigation of their love. In prior seasons, this contrivance of truncated…


A well-intentioned social media uproar after Sarah Everard’s murder shows the impossibility of mitigating misogyny

Side view of a young man and woman crossing the street at night.
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“I live less than five minutes from where Sarah Everard went missing. Everyone is on high alert,” an apparently feminist man named Stuart Edwards tweeted on March 9. It had been six days since a London Metropolitan Police officer kidnapped 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everard while she was walking home…


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Ms. June Jordan begins by throwing her hands up: I didn’t know and nobody told me and what / could I do or say, anyway? And she ends with the title of her poem, ‘Apologies to All the People in Lebanon’: I’m sorry. / I really am sorry. In between…


American writer Fran Lebowitz, image by Christopher Macsurak

Pretend It’s a City consists of roughly four different settings: Fran Lebowitz walking through Manhattan, Fran Lebowitz talking to Martin Scorsese in the dimly lit Player’s Club, Fran Lebowitz scuttling around Robert Moses’s miniature model of New York City, and Fran Lebowitz pontificating to audiences of New Yorkers. Between these…

Ray Levy Uyeda

Bay Area based writer and poet. Retweets: @raylevyuyeda

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