The new Pokémon Snap game on Nintendo Switch hits stores on April 30.

The remake of the beloved Nintendo 64 game is getting released at an opportune time too. As it would happen in the U.S., Snap is set to be released just a couple weeks after President Biden’s target date for all adults to be vaccine-eligible. Though we aren’t out of the woods yet, the new Snap could be the perfect “post-pandemic” game. I surmise that it will provide folks with escape during our rough times, similar to the way Animal Crossing did at the onset of the pandemic.

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Getting a foot in the door of journalism has been a grind for me.

Since a young age, I knew that there was no version of my grownup life that didn’t involve writing. Whether I was an author, a firefighter, a college professor, or sold hot dogs at baseball games, writing was simply part of me.

I didn’t know I wanted to be a journalist until I got out of college. I had a music blog where I’d post new songs and writer articles about a range of topics (most of which were ironically not about music). I started writing…


The mass shooter in Atlanta embodied the flawed logic that racial stereotypes reflect fact-based truths

Activists outside Gold Spa following Tuesday night’s shooting, where three women were gunned down, on March 18, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images

Racism introduces absurdism into the human condition. Not only does racism express the absurdity of the racists, it generates absurdity in the victims.

— Chester Himes

Our nation is mourning the recent attacks on the Asian American community. On Tuesday, a man murdered eight people at three Atlanta-area massage parlors. This comes amidst the global pandemic where anti-Asian hate speech and violence are on the rise.

As we watch the coverage of this tragedy, many of us are privy to the absurdity of racism in America. This absurdity was even articulated by the man who carried out the killings. The…


This picture is a crude photoshop to provide visual analog but is in no way created by or associated with Elon Musk, “Starbase,” Tesla, etc.

A couple weeks ago, I saw in the news that Elon Musk said he wanted to create a city called “Starbase” in Texas. It was reported that SpaceX has approached Boca Chica county officials with the idea of incorporating the city.

Starbase does sound kinda cool and its certainly doable for someone with as much money and influence as Musk has. Although, he is a polarizing figure — a lightning rod of veneration and criticism. His companies have made contributions to our society but have also been found to violate labor laws. …


An anti-Semitic slur used during a Twitch livestream embodies the casual toxicity found in gaming culture

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My very first experience using live voice chat while gaming was at a friend’s house playing Halo. At the time, it felt novel to talk with strangers while playing a simulated war game online. I had a mix of apprehension and curiosity. And though I enjoyed Halo a lot, I wasn’t the best at shooting games. But I gave it a shot anyway.

I put on my friend’s headset, expecting some form of trash talk. I doubt more than a couple of minutes had passed before the person on the other end asked, “Are you Black? …


There’s a type of stolid veil you’re suppose to put up as a man. Society often treats men and boys as if confidence and aggression are the only legitimate emotions they can display. Other emotions that are softer in denotation become “soft” in connotation. The downside is there is a level of suppression tied to masculinity, coupled with impulse of identity self-defense.

Sometimes I think of the way we have constructed masculinity like a sandcastle—the larger and more ornate it looks, the more it guises its fragility and the more we feel like we need to defend it.

In my…


Author Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, PhD, argues that it’s time to decolonize science

Photo courtesy of Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, PhD

We often see science as the pinnacle of objectivity — a disinterested, mechanical practice built on empirical observation and above more subjective ways of understanding our world and what lies beyond it.

Too often, we forget the social and cultural questions embedded in the history of science: Who gets to define science? What social issues get consumed by or pushed out the realm of science? How has science been used in ways that were both helpful and harmful? How has science intersected with issues of race, gender, class, and colonialism?

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, PhD, tackles these questions in The Disordered Cosmos…


The AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic had some advice for NBA superstar LeBron James.

(LeBron) is phenomenal at what he’s doing, but I don’t like when people have some kind of status, they go and do politics at the same time,” Ibrahimovic told UEFA for Discovery+ in Sweden. “Do what you’re good at. Do the category you do. I play football because I’m the best at playing football. I don’t do politics. If I would be a political politician, I would do politics. (Source)

James responded saying that “There’s no way I will ever just stick to sports because I…


Rush Limbaugh, a legend in conservative talk radio, passed away yesterday after a battle with lung cancer.

After news of his passing, I saw many different “He was such a talented storyteller” commemorations. Conservatives lauded how captivating he was to his audiences and even folks with opposing politics noted how talented he was. As I read the tweets about him, that recurring compliment felt indicative of something important. Commending Limbaugh’s storytelling abilities struck me as good metaphor about conservatism as a whole.

So much of conservatism is storytelling.

Though the word has it’s fair share of both positive and negative…


Their ‘thuggish ruggish’ doo-wop and rapid raps spoke to the turbulence of inner cities during the ’90s

Rappers Bizzy Bone, Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone and Wish Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony perform at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois in April 1995. Photo: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Recalling and recording the internal machinations you had when you were younger can make for beautiful essays. But other than a few key details, I don’t remember much about the first time I witnessed a drive-by.

I couldn’t have been more than three or four years old. My father walked my older brother and I from his car to my Grandma Idelle’s house, just a couple of homes away from the corner. She lived in the Ashburn-Gresham neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago.

As we walked along the one-way street, an old-looking car came driving in the opposite direction…

Joshua Adams

Joshua Adams is a writer and journalist from Chicago. UVA & USC. Taught media and communication at DePaul & Salem State. Twitter: @journojoshua

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