Brian Josephs

Stuff

Mapping the Lost Nightclubs of New York City

Nightlife haunts close for all kinds of reasons, but it's usually because they're awful.
Brian Josephs
4.29.16
Stuff

Black Atheists Explain What It's Like to Be a 'Double Minority'

We talked to five black atheists about what it's like to be black in America and reject the the idea of a higher power.
Brian Josephs
4.22.16
Music

Rappers Talk About Their Struggles with Depression

We spoke to a few hip-hop artists to get their perspectives on depression, suicide, and the music they've dedicated their lives to.
Brian Josephs
4.12.16
Stuff

Furries Love 'Zootopia'

<i>Zootopia</i> has been a hit with furries, but the community's love affair with Disney goes much deeper than that.
Brian Josephs
3.17.16
Stuff

Can 'Underground' Break Free of the Slave Narrative's Traditional Tropes?

'Underground' is a well-worn addition to the suddenly crowded genre of slave narrative.
Brian Josephs
3.8.16
Stuff

This Comedian Is Fighting Terminal Cancer to Make His First Stand-Up Special

How do you prepare for a comedy special knowing it might be your last?
Brian Josephs
3.1.16
Film

The All Def Movie Awards Is Russell Simmons's Answer to the Oscars

We spoke to the hip-hop mogul about the new All Def Movie Awards, which will honor Will Smith and Norman Lear, and feature categories such as "best helpful white person."
Brian Josephs
2.23.16
Music

Three People Gathered in the Rain to Protest Beyoncé

Anti-Beyoncé protesters were severely outnumbered by anti-anti-Beyoncé protesters, cops, and reporters.
Brian Josephs
2.17.16
Music

Kendrick Lamar's Grammy Wins Are a Win for the Academy, Too

The academy's recognition of Lamar was both a departure from its historically vanilla taste and yet another affirmation of it.
Brian Josephs
2.16.16
Music

Is Afropunk Fest No Longer Punk?

For the first time, Afropunk is charging admission. Does its continued expansion compromise its identity?
Brian Josephs
8.17.15