People Really Need to Shut Up about R. Kelly

R. Kelly has everyone bugging. Or should I say, that Lifetime special about "Surviving R. Kelly" has everyone bugging. It’s pathetic, disgusting and miserably sad that it took a TV documentary to produce a decent amount of outrage for his actions. That creature’s crimes against women aren’t new. They’re literally decades old. One of those tongue …

Silence, Armchair Activism, and Award Shows: Why More Men Should Speak Out

There’s a certain amount of arrogance in choosing to remain silent. There's also resolve. You could throw in some privilege, a hint of the spoiled, disgruntled and the rock solid certainty that what has gone before absolutely does not definite what is or what will be. I’m talking about myself here. But I’m also talking …

There’s a Connection Between the National Enquirer and the 2016 Election

I was in the gym a few days ago when I saw it: National Enquirer publisher in league with Trump. Ordinarily I would’ve just rolled my eyes and refocused my attention elsewhere. First, it’s a Trump story. Second, it’s the National Enquirer. I’m no Woodward or Bernstein admittedly, but I still rate myself slightly higher …

Privilege Can Be Petty — and Dangerous

So, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta had his hard pass revoked this week after he challenged President Trump in a post-midterm election press conference. USA Today reported that “news organizations condemned the move, calling it a threat to freedom of the press. "Such interactions, however uncomfortable they may appear to be, help define the …

Megan Kelly Doesn’t Know Why Blackface Is Wrong on Halloween

So, NBC allegedly officially gave Megan Kelly the boot yesterday following comments she made on her morning show Tuesday, ostensibly wondering why blackface in Halloween costumes is racist. I literally hate the fact that I have to type my own name over and over - simple spelling not withstanding - as I unpack why she …

Censorship vs. Foreign Meddling: Who Should Win in the Battle for Social Media?

Ordinarily I disdain politics. Watching that pitiful reality show unfolding each day in the White House is like perpetual constipation, all useless poots and annoying belly pains. But what kind of journalist would I be if I ignored this week’s juicy happenings around Michael Cohen, long time Trump lawyer, who pled guilty to eight criminal …

Kevin Durant, Please Teach Us Your Social Media Truth

I’ve often thought the comments section of any editorial or social media post is an excellent mirror for the state of society as a whole. You have some good, some ugly, and some crazy. You see some reasoned arguments, some unreasonable ones, and some that scream here lies personal trauma; please medicate. But, that’s society. …

Bill Clinton: The President’s Apology Is Still Missing

I was at the Javits Center working with a client last week when I noticed we were sharing the convention hall with the BookExpo. There was a huge banner advertising Bill Clinton’s new book with James Patterson. I thought, ‘Huh. That’s an interesting pairing. Marketable and attention grabbing, for sure.’ I’m not sure I’ve ever …