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Adele and Eminem: Singing the Same Digital Song?

Testing out ideas for my new book on Eminem here and in Devils blog. Let me know what you think?

...full text also available at Huffington Post

July 2011 has been a meteoric month for Adele (21) and Eminem (Recovery). Their digital album sales, exceeding 1.017 million and 1.005 million respectively, have made music history. The artists seem to be a pair of space bound rocket ships aiming for the moon. But soaring success in cyberspace is not all they share. A closer look reveals they might be singing different versions of the same song.

Quoted in The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.

...full transcript available at Jewish Journal
...original article by Dr. Dawkins at TransMissions

According to Marcia Alesan Dawkins, visiting scholar in Ethnic Studies from Brown University and columnist for the Huffington Post,... "[Gwyneth] Paltrow may be making a statement that’s more about spiritual and cultural uplift and less about religious commitment or intensity.”

Devils, Doppelgangers and Darkness from Eminem

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On a clear night in June I watched a man kill himself. He said he was going to do it. I don't know why. And I'm not the only one.

Taking "Bad Teacher" to School

...full text also available at Truthdig and Cultural Weekly


Let’s be honest. Teachers don’t get into the profession for the money. Nowadays they don’t get into the profession for respect either. So why do they do it? Or, as it was put to Elizabeth Halsey (Cameron Diaz) in “Bad Teacher”: “What has to go so horribly wrong in life that you end up educating middle school children?”

Featured on ABC 5 Boston's "CityLine": Interracial Relationships, Loving Day and Passing

...TV interview also available at WCVB Boston

Dr. Dawkins discusses the ongoing impact of interracial romantic relationships, multiracial identities and passing in the United States with Loving Day founder Ken Tanabe and CityLine host Karen Holmes Ward.

Giving Loving Day It's Due

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If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably been invited to commemorate or at least think about Loving Day this year. And with good reason. In 1958, newlyweds Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving were indicted on charges of violating Virginia’s ban on interracial marriages and were banished from their home state. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the law in 1967.

Interviewed by Mixed Roots Blog: "Where Are They Now?"

...full transcript available at Mixed Roots Blog

Dr. Dawkins shares her experiences as a volunteer at the 2010 Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival in Los Angeles, CA and reveals what she's up to now.

What Scattered Ashes Leave Behind: Expressions of Nuyorican Identity in Miguel Piñero’s A Lower East Side Poem

This essay takes Miguel Piñero’s A Lower East Side Poem as a rhetorical starting point for understanding Nuyorican identity. Close textual analysis reveals that the poem functions personally (as Piñero’s last will and testament) and politically (as a description of how the urban landscape of The Lower East side shaped Nuyorican identity).

Power-Mad Men Have Their Moment

...full text also available at Truthdig


Here we go again. From popular culture to global politics to religion, the rise of mad masculinity is reaching new heights. A few months back we were entertained by Charlie Sheen’s and Chris Brown’s bad behavior. Now, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Catholic Church and Libyan troops are under fire for misogyny and/or sexual abuse. Recent events have led Time Magazine and others to ask an important, if ineloquent, question: Why are some men such pigs?

Featured on "Is That Your Child?" Radio: Racial Passing and More

...full audio available at ITYC Podcast

Dr. Dawkins kicks ideas around with Michelle McCrary, host of Blog Talk Radio's "Is That Your Child?," about representations of mixed people in the media, society's thoughts on moms of color, and about her overall research regarding race, rhetoric and identity.