Rising as street corner crooners to internationally famous Motown super groups, the Supremes and the Temptations respectively claimed the 1960s spotlight as all-black vocal groups with unprecedented “crossover” appeal. Through their “universally” infectious sounds, stage spectacles, and subtle sexuality, both white and black audiences enjoyed and consumed their music. Motown mastermind Berry Gordy coordinated each ...

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February 25, 2017

Looking for Sugar Hill

A burly man opens the door and greets Annie with a cheerful “11162.” While this guy had his number memorized, I had spent over twenty-five minutes flipping back and forth through the archives in pursuit of the number that I too would tell Annie. In the collection, out-of-print classics shelve beside digital editions, #11142 Four Seasons  - “Working My Way Back to You Babe” in the company of  #11142 Rihanna - ...

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February 25, 2017

Internet Censorship in China

With its porous borders and amorphous population, cyberspace has an ideological geography, depicting the world with information and ideas rather than the international boundaries that may physically separate them. The Internet serves simultaneously as the intellectual global trading post and international ideological battleground. Nations’ conflicting backgrounds and interests are in constant confrontation on the World Wide ...

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