Documentary: The Loving Story

There are an increasing number of interracial marriages (h/t Ronald Jackson). Until fairly recently (the late 1960s in many states), such relationships were illegal. And, indeed, the fear of interracial marriage among white animated much of the passion around the anti-civil rights movement in the U.S. A new documentary offers terrific insight into the history of the fight surrounding interracial marriage.

The Loving Story, a documentary film, tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in Virginia in the 1950s, and their landmark Supreme Court Case, Loving v. Virginia, that changed history. This short clip (under 1 minute) tells a bit more:

The film is currently available on HBO on Demand. If you’d like to read more about interracial relationships in popular culture, I suggest two books by (my CUNY colleague) Erica Chito Childs Navigating Interracial Borders: Black-White Couples and Their Social Worlds and Fade to Black and White: Interracial Images in Popular Culture.

Lewis Black on Whitney Houston’s Death

It’ll be awhile before I can listen to a Whitney Houston song without choking up a little. When she died recently, I followed most of the news of her death on Twitter and avoided the mainstream press because I just knew it was going to be ugly. Sure, enough, it was worse than I’d even suspected. Here’s Lewis Black’s (from The Daily Show) – a short clip (4:45) after a short advert, and contains some mild profanity:

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