Dr. Lisa Tomlinson
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Dr. Lisa Tomlinson is a cultural Critic. She is currently a professor in humanities and community research.

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Literature Has Long Been Radicalized By Music

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2016 | 12:24 PM

Bob Dylan's recent win of the Nobel Prize in Literature has raised eyebrows and has come with mixed feelings within the literati community. There are persons who see the academy's decision to award Dylan this coveted prize as "misguided and questioned whether songwriting, however brilliant," deserves...

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Ellen And Her Defenders Should Learn The Context Of Racism

(63) Comments | Posted August 22, 2016 | 1:46 PM

Popular White American talk show host Ellen DeGeneres' recent meme depicting herself piggyback riding on the back of African Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt provoked a big controversy on social media.

Given the record speed of the world's fastest man, and the historic stamp Bolt has made in...

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Chinese Detergent Isn't Funny -- It's Racist

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 3:36 PM

Until we perceive our world through a complex lens or gain insight from the historical context of how White supremacy and patriarchy have successfully (mis)represented Black men and women in mainstream media, we will never fully understand the anger and frustration that many feel when confronted with images like the...

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The Ongoing Economic Exploitation of Black Music

(104) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 9:32 AM

More than a week ago, Joss Stone was awarded the Reggae Billboard Artiste of the Year. Certainly, eyebrows were raised about the legitimacy of Stone's status as a reggae artiste. Dancehall DJ Bounty Killer took to social media to critique this development, and he directed most...

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Why We Need the Black Experience Project

(8) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 6:29 PM

The Black Experience Project (BEP) is a unique endeavor currently being carried out by community researchers emerging from various professional fields. While there have been studies in the past, (namely the Stephen Lewis report) that has aimed to document the social and political experiences of the...

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Caribana Has Been Stripped of Cultural Meaning

(30) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 7:13 PM

"To assemble hundreds of thousands of Caribbeanites and give them nothing more than the bacchanalian side of the culture -- in a festival that brings in SO much money, very little of which accrues to blacks and West Indians -- indicates a truncated vision and skewed sense of cultural politics."...

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Why We Should Care About Dominican Expulsion of Haitians

(28) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 6:31 PM

The immediate response to the unjust treatment of Haitian-Dominicans by the government of the Dominican Republic should be a collective one. The opposition to the slated deportation or expulsion of over 200,000 Haitian-Dominicans is a cause that needs to be taken up not only by Caribbean leaders, but...

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Black Artists Should Create Dangerously

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 7:04 PM

"Revolutionary art is art which inspires the people to fight against all forms of injustice, which is the only true purpose of revolutionary art. Reformist art teaches the people to accept injustice in essence, while fighting against its form. I think the artists must use the form of their art...

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Mainstream Music Isn't Political Like it Used to Be

(15) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 12:42 PM

It should not come as a big surprise that the recent massacre of Nigerians in the town of Baga and surrounding communities has received very little media coverage from the international press or reaction from world leaders. It was not until two weeks after over 200 young girls...

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Don't Forget Police Violence Happens Outside of America Too

(3) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 5:22 PM

Police violence against black people should not be treated as an isolated incident that happens only in the United States of America. We need to begin to equally recognize and take an active approach against police brutality meted out to black working class men and women globally.

Indeed, police violence...

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Canada Lost its Innocence Long Ago and Tried to Cover it Up

(20) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 1:22 PM

After the shooting incident on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on October 22, many Canadians across the county wasted no time in expressing their "shock" and bewilderment at the alleged terrorist attack against Canada. Many around the world were also taken aback by this sudden assault...

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An International Cry For Help Will Lead to the Exploitation of More Africans

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 9:55 AM

The "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign has become another one of our latest social media fad. Two weeks after the abduction of close to 300 Nigerian school girls, international media and various western governments shamefully decided to raise their eyebrows to the brutal attack on these teenagers. Signs...

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Please Stop Fetishizing Lupita Nyong'o

(4) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 6:41 PM

It is understandable why black mothers often times seek out or enthusiastically welcome role models in the likeness of themselves for their young daughters. In a society that has held blackness as non-conventional, morally depraved and hideous and white skin, blond hair, and blue eyes as the standard of female...

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Black History Month is Not a Feel-Good Mass Therapy Session

(6) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 1:27 PM

I am fully aware of the significance of Black History Month (BHM) and why in 1926 Carter G Woodson was compelled to initially promote a week in February that would memorialize the achievements of Black people. In a society that envisioned and continues to imagine Africans as culturally...

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Don't Call Racist Art "Provocative"

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 12:33 PM

"The responsibility of an artist representing an oppressed people is to make revolution irresistible." - Toni Cade Bambara

Here we go again was my initial reaction to the recent image circulating on social media of a Russian socialite and Garage editor-in-chief Dasha Zhukova sitting on a bondage chair...

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I'm Jamaican, But It's Not Ford's Patois That Offended Me

(32) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 5:28 PM

The current video travelling across mass and social media outlets with Toronto mayor Rob Ford speaking Jamaican might serve to enhance his image as a down-to-earth guy, in spite of the chief magistrate being a member of a multi-millionaire political family. Life in a consumerist society is increasingly...

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