Donald Sterling and How to Properly Market Bigotry

By Lee Williams (@Lee_Wms)

The scandal featuring Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling has it all–racial controversy, gold diggers, illegal wiretapping, a scorned wife, and hundreds of millions of dollars on the line. This story features classic American themes of greed, lust, and racism, which are all the major ingredients of a media explosion.  Read More

Weekly Short: Beyonce’s Misguided Feminism

By Lee Williams, Communications Activist 

Ever since I have written about America’s Pursuit of Unattainable Beauty, I have been keenly alert to issues within current feminism. On a fundamental level, feminism is supposed to be about women’s equality. As simple as that definition is, its also effortless to see what feminism is not. And what Beyonce did during her “Drunk in Love” Grammy performance was assuredly anti-feminist. Though die-hard Beyonce fans may storm my page and skewer me like the Spartans of 300, I find her portrayal of “feminism” to be insulting to the common sense of women.  Read More

America’s Pursuit of Unattainable Beauty

By Lee Williams (@Lee_Wms)

This week, 45-year-old actress Renee Zellweger revealed her natural, make-up free face at Elle’s Women in Hollywood awards on Monday night. Renee, known for her youthful face and cheeky demeanor, has become the topic of discussion in pop culture, where she has been criticized heavily for, well…looking like a 45-year-old without makeup. With rumors of plastic surgery abound, reactions to Renee’s appearance says more about us than it does about her.

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Black Friday: The Hunger Games of American Society

By Lee Williams, Communication Activist

Imagine this: An economically disturbed country participates in a yearly event, uniting all in a flurry of materialism, permissive violence, and buying therapy, temporarily appeasing them as they spend hard earned wages on (what they believe) to be great prospects, as the elites laugh and twirl their handlebar mustaches at the control they have over the masses.

Though this may sound like the plot summary of the next Hunger Games: Catching Fire film, opening this month, it is indeed the Great American holiday that is Black Friday.

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The Demonic Magnetism of Sexy Halloween Costumes

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By Lee Williams, Communication Activist 

It’s no secret that adults love Halloween just as much as kids do. Some may rationalize that costume parties, carving pumpkins, and an excuse to drink copious amounts of alcohol is the perfect way to celebrate fall. But before you party and puke yourself silly in your Incredible Hulk costume, or take the walk of shame back home in your Miley Cyrus VMA outfit, complete with foam finger, did you know that your Halloween successes, celebrations, and regrets were, in a way, a link to pagan devil worship?

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America’s Unhealthy Obsession with Ratchet Culture

By Lee Williams, Communication Activist

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What comes to your mind when you hear the word “ratchet”? Knock-off purses from the corner store, a “hot mess” in a public place, or, as society has conditioned us to describe, someone or something that can be relayed as “ghetto”? The word ratchet is loosely used in slang and internet lingo, but it’s usage is spread over a wide canvas of meanings.

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