Category Archives: Politics

Found (One 120 Chrome) and Hopefully Lost (the Man in the Photo): Archaeology in the Flat Files*

I photographed a much younger, pre-Factor Bill O’Reilly, on the set of Inside Edition, publicity images for the then-new show. He was more cooperative, had budgeted more time, than his co-hosts (a typically perky blonde woman and a handsome African American man). He … Continue reading

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Working to Bend the Arc*

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 49 years ago today in Memphis, where he’d gone to support the striking sanitation workers. Today on the damp steps of City Hall, at the 11th Annual NYC Equal Pay Day rally, all of … Continue reading

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Paris Is Still Burning

Glorious artistic expression (21st Century voguing) and grassroots activism, are the joined forces driving New York’s contemporary LGBTQ black and Latino underground House/Ballroom scene.  Twenty-seven years after Jennie Livingston‘s seminal documentary “Paris Is Burning,” Swedish, NYC-based visual artist and documentary filmmaker Sara Jordenö’s exuberant and … Continue reading

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Where’s Faso? Or, What if They Held a Town Hall and the Congressman Didn’t Show Up?

I vote in New York City, in the 10th Congressional district (“the fighting 10th,” as Colbert would have said in his Report days), which is represented by the brilliant, progressive Democrat Jerry Nadler, who recently introduced a Resolution of Inquiry, potentially a first … Continue reading

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If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be 780 Third Avenue

As Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee were boycotting scheduled votes, stalling the confirmation of two #SwampCabinet aspirants, Steven Mnuchin for Treasury, and Tom Price for Health and Human Services, a crowd of a few hundred demonstrators gathered in falling snow on … Continue reading

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Women’s March on NYC: I Had All My Sisters With Me

Brothers too (the march, like NOW,  for women/women’s rights, but not exclusively of women), and wonderfully, lots of nieces and nephews. Spitting distance from Trump Tower, the march ended, everyone routed east or west on 55th Street. A young guy (who had been inventing chants, … Continue reading

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Wayne Barrett 1945-2017

Wayne Barrett, a vitally important New York investigative journalist, who, for nearly four decades at the Village Voice, tenaciously uncovered the truth about politicians and business leaders, died yesterday in Manhattan. He was 71. Barrett covered five mayors, from Abe Beame to Michael … Continue reading

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