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Django Unchained is a heroic love story

12/24/12 12:11PM

Django Unchained is a film about love. Three kinds of love, really. There's the romantic love that pulls together two of the main characters: Jamie Foxx's Django who is willing to travel through hell and risk his life to save his wife, Kerry Washington's Broomhilda. As he travels toward her, Hildi appears in his daydreams looking luminous and gorgeous. We rarely see Black love portrayed in a Hollywood film in this way -- a Black knight in shining armor battling dragons to rescue his radiant queen. read more

Traci Oshiro. 2012.

LOOK: Behind the scenes at The Cycle

12/22/12 10:03AM

On the heels of Thursday's segment featuring Toure's interview with acclaimed photographer Howard Schatz, is a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the filming process with Toure and producer Nick Tuths (@nick_noheart). Rarely do we get to highlight the process behind our show. Our hosts, true professionals,  make it look much easier than it really is. As we come to a close on 2012,  I am proud to say that it has been an amazing start to The Cycle and I cannot wait to see what 2013 brings. Thank you for your comments, tweets, follows and posts--keep them coming!  read more

Killed by Guns

My reaction to the NRA's shameful press conference

12/21/12 04:33PM

A week after the massacre that broke America's heart we're uncertain if meaningful change will occur. The NRA's shameful press conference was actually the rollout of a new product: a gun in every school! The answer to every problem is always buy more guns. This is unacceptable. The status quo is unacceptable. We owe it to those 20 children in Newtown to not let their deaths be in vain. To tell me there's just no path to a less dangerous future is unconscionable. One-hundred-thousand Americans are shot or killed with a gun each year. read more

House Speaker Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to the media about the fiscal cliff at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Today on The Cycle: fiscal fiasco

12/21/12 11:29AM

Last night, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) failed to get enough of his own party to vote for his “Plan B” fiscal cliff package. After “Plan B” was pulled from the House floor the House officially delaying all legislative business until after the Christmas holiday. Now, we are left with only six days after Christmas for Speaker Boehner to work out a compromise with a President Obama and avoid the fiscal cliff. read more

Hillary Clinton

Benghazi: Was it Hillary's fault? And could it hurt her in 2016?

12/20/12 06:37PM

Four State Department officials are resigning following the release of a critical report detailing how the State Department made key mistakes that led to the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Tuesday evening an independent Accountability Review Board released an unclassified version of its report on the September 11 Benghazi attacks which killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. read more

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'At the Fights' puts you inside the world of boxing

12/20/12 05:59PM

As soon as you hit the stairwell you can smell it. The air in Gleason's boxing gym isn't so much pungent, as it is heavy. Heavy with sweat, heavy with breath, and heavy with years of people beating the crap out of each other. I'm sorry, that was less poetic than I'd hoped it would be. read more

Traci Oshiro

Apocalypse arias

12/20/12 04:50PM

Can it be? Will this be it for The Cycle's website? Be still my heart, say it will not be so! Ok, just to clarify, with all the talk of the world ending tonight, even though we don't buy into any predictions from the Mayan calendar. But, just in case we are proven wrong, we thought it best to arm you with some solid tunes to add onto the numerous other Doomsday playlists that are in current circulation. Blast away into the night and see you in the morning! 1. DANCE Till The World Ends- Britney Spears 2. End of Time- Beyonce 3. Eternalists- Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek read more

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Fiscal cliff trumps GOP's Plan B

12/20/12 04:04PM

Does Nov. 6 feel like a lifetime ago to you? Or is it just me? You remember Nov. 6. That was the day that President Obama won 332 electoral votes, besting Mitt Romney in every swing state except North Carolina on a message of raising taxes on people making more than $250,000 per year and protecting Social Security and Medicare from the Republican ax. It wasn’t a particularly grand agenda but there was something satisfying about how imminently achievable and measurable it was and lord was it better than what the other people were offering. read more