In response to revived, high-profile skepticism about his U.S. citizenship, President Obama released his long-form birth certificate Wednesday — again showing he was born in Hawaii — and said he didn’t have time for “silliness.” Jim Lehrer and The Washington Post’s Dan Balz discuss whether the “birther” issue is now settled. Continue reading
As hip-hop has evolved into an established international culture and multi-billion-dollar industry far removed from its underground urban origins, some artists are bringing the genre back to its conscientious and groundbreaking roots. The Blue Scholars, a Seattle-based, Hawaiian-influenced duo, is the harbinger of a new tropical hip-hop interpretation.
Essayist Richard Rodriguez reflects on how Americans view multiracial and multicultural identities in the wake of Barack Obama’s election to the presidency. Continue reading