Critic’s Notebook: The Rise of the Internet Fan Bully

A member of the group Fifth Harmony was cyberbullied into silence, showing how celebrity fandom can quickly curdle into hate.

A member of the group Fifth Harmony was cyberbullied into silence, showing how celebrity fandom can quickly curdle into hate.

Rihanna Defended Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Claimed to Be Black

For some fans the musician crossed a line. But she also said what many academics already had.

For some fans the musician crossed a line. But she also said what many academics already had.


Rihanna Defended Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Claimed to Be Black

For some fans the musician crossed a line. But she also said what many academics already had.

For some fans the musician crossed a line. But she also said what many academics already had.


An ‘Otello’ Without Blackface Highlights an Enduring Tradition in Opera

That leading opera houses have continued to use blackface into the 21st century may be more surprising to many people than the news that the Met is ending it.

That leading opera houses have continued to use blackface into the 21st century may be more surprising to many people than the news that the Met is ending it.


Nicki Minaj: Black Women ‘Rarely Rewarded’ for Pop Culture Contributions

The singer set off a debate when she reacted to a snub from the MTV Video Music Awards by pointing to racism in the music industry.

The singer set off a debate when she reacted to a snub from the MTV Video Music Awards by pointing to racism in the music industry.


Son of Mezz Mezzrow Finds His Father’s Legacy Lives in a Jazz Club in the Village

Milton Mesirow, the son of the legendary jazz clarinetist, said he was “honored” to find the club Mezzrow in Greenwich Village named for his father.


Milton Mesirow, the son of the legendary jazz clarinetist, said he was “honored” to find the club Mezzrow in Greenwich Village named for his father.


Franklin James Fisher on Protests, the South and an Algiers Album

An impeccably timed debut album combines the ambient doom of the days after the financial crisis and the recent unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore with a critique of the systems responsible.

An impeccably timed debut album combines the ambient doom of the days after the financial crisis and the recent unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore with a critique of the systems responsible.




Afropunk Festival Hosts 60 Acts Over Two Days in Brooklyn

The Afropunk Festival in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, continues its resurgence from its cancellation because of Hurricane Irene in 2011.

The Afropunk Festival in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, continues its resurgence from its cancellation because of Hurricane Irene in 2011.