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Jun
22

The 5 Dumbest Things to Happen This Week in History

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Human beings are dumb. They always have been and, I suspect, always will be. That means people have been committing acts of dumbassery for hundreds of thousands of years. So, […]

Jun
20

Red Summer: When White America Went to War With Black America

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World War I ended in 1919. The War to End All Wars did no such thing. The postwar era was defined by violence, upheaval, wealth inequality, economic collapse, and basically […]

Jun
19

An Incomplete Anti-Racist Reading List

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“In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist” – Angela Davis Juneteenth is now a federal holiday in celebration of the signing of […]

Jun
15

Old Saturns Are Rising In Value Faster Than Any Other Car Brand

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The global chip shortage has made getting new cars more difficult and, in turn, the used car market is shooting through the roof. While used cars getting more expensive makes […]

Jun
14

Ranked Choice Voting Was Supposed to Save Us

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In next week’s Mayoral primary, the voters of New York City will have a new process. They’ll be able to rank their top 5 candidates instead of choosing a single […]

Jun
10

Alexander the Great Dies on This Day in Ancient History, June 10, 323

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Alexander the Great of Macedon was arguably the greatest conqueror in history. By the 300s BC, the Greek city-states were beginning to wane in terms of military dominance. Rome was […]

Jun
07

The Short But Diverse Herstory of the AEW Women’s Championship

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As a professional wrestling promotion, All Elite Wrestling was founded only two short years ago in January of 2019. In that time, four different women have held their championship belt […]

Jun
06

Mare of Easttown Review & HBO’s Top 10 Sunday Night Mysteries

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Mare of Easttown aired its final episode in its limited run just over a week ago, but it comes from a long line of mystery miniseries in the Sunday night […]

Jun
01

An Incomplete History of Scotch Whisky, Bourbon Whiskey, and Tennessee Whiskey

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On This Day in History — June 1 — Whiskey, Whisky, and More Whiskey In most countries that import or export whiskey (or whisky), the drink is actually defined by […]

May
31

Top 5 Summer Camp Movies

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With Memorial Day here and COVID numbers subsiding, I have begun to reminisce about my days at Summer Camp. Summer Camp movies have some pretty well known tropes. The majority […]

May
29

The Best Batman, a Top 5 List

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Who Is the Best Batman? A Purely Subjective and Definitive List 5 — Adam West Adam West just barely makes the list of best Batmans (Batmen?) because he’s maybe the […]

May
25

The Constitutional Convention Saved a Flailing Young Country in 1787

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On This Day in American History — May 25, 1787 — The Constitutional Convention Begins In his Second Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln called it “a new birth of freedom.” Lyndon […]

May
24

The Four Greatest Birmingham Barons Based on Pop Culture Impact

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Minor league baseball is back and there can be only one king, the Birmingham Barons.

May
18

New Jack: Looking Back on the Life and Career of the Controversial Wrestler

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If you’ve never been a professional wrestling fan, you’ve likely never heard of “New Jack” Jerome Young. One of the most notorious names in the business, he’s been described by […]

May
18

When the Crusaders Lost Jerusalem

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Jerusalem has been a site of strife and struggle since Moses stood on the banks of the Jordan River and peered into the land “flowing with milk and honey.” Current […]

May
16

Leadership is Dead, Long Live the Memes

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You may not have noticed but our society is currently desperate for leadership. Demand has dwarfed the supply. The leadership market has been flooded with fakes, counterfeits, and phonies posing […]

May
11

4 Obvious Reasons We are in the Dumbest Timeline

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The concept of Parallel Universes, or alternate dimensions and realities, has seeped into popular culture over the past decades. They are colloquially referred to as “bizarro” universes, first referenced in […]

May
10

Capt. Robert Smalls, The first Black Man to Command a US Navy Ship

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This. week in history, on May 13, 1862, Captain Robert Smalls became the first black person to command a United States Navy ship.  Captain Smalls was born into slavery in […]

May
08

Bianca Belair Became Only the Sixth Black WWE Women’s Champion at Wrestlemania 37

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Bianca Belair recently became only the sixth black WWE Women’s Champion in history at Wrestlemania 37. The WWE Women’s Championship has a complicated history. It’s common to hear WWE state […]

May
03

I Come to Bury Palpatine, Not to Praise Him

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Why Palpatine Was The Greatest Sith of All Time Star Wars films and television have focused exclusively, and to their detriment, on the machinations of one Sheev Palpatine. Every live-action […]

May
01

Donald Trump Was Count Dooku. The GOP Searches for its Anakin

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Emperor Palpatine (AKA Darth Sidious) is a member of an order known as the Banite Sith. Those are Sith lords in the tradition of Darth Bane. An even longer time […]

Apr
27

The Galactic Empire Was Evil but Were The Imperials?

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Throughout the live-action and animated Star Wars properties, Palpatine’s Galactic Empire has been the spectre haunting the galaxy. In the prequel trilogy, Palpatine paved the way for the Empire. In […]

Apr
27

The 93rd Annual Academy Awards Tried to Predict The Future

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For the most part, I found this year’s Oscars to be a refreshing change up. Obviously they could not have done them in the same fashion as before, as that […]

Apr
26

Shakespeare Is Responsible For Abraham Lincoln’s Death

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First, let’s start with a series of dates.  March 15, 44 BC: A group of Roman senators stab Julius Caesar to death. One of the senators allegedly says sic semper […]

Apr
20

Everyone Hates the New Super League, Here’s Why

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On Sunday April 18th, 12 soccer clubs from England, Italy, and Spain announced the formation of a new “Super League.” In the 24 hours since the announcement, the entire Soccer […]

Apr
15

Has Anybody Seen My Old Friend Abraham?

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On This Day in American History — April 15, 1865 — Abraham Lincoln Dies “General” Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865. This is […]

Apr
13

Every 2021 Best Picture Nomination, Ranked

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About a year ago I was having a conversation with my friend Edgar on a podcast about what the 2021 awards season, especially big categories like best picture, would even […]

Apr
06

On This Day in Dixie History — April 6

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Huey P. Long, The Kingfish, served as governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932 and as a senator from Louisiana from 1932 until he was murdered. Huey P. Long was […]

Apr
04

Y’all Can Keep The Chick-fil-A

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Chick-fil-A is known mostly for two things: Good chicken sandwiches and fast service. I believe both of those points are severely overhyped. Although, I’ll give them a lot of credit […]

Apr
02

Review of Minari

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Minari is the rare combination of technically stunning filmmaking married with heartwarming and raw storytelling, which is all the more impressive in a bilingual film. As a sum unit, Minari […]

Mar
30

Every American Walks Ankle-Deep in Blood

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Every morning, I turn on the faucet to brush my teeth, and I am shocked the tap doesn’t run crimson with blood. I’m surprised every time rain begins to fall […]

Mar
28

Remote Work Changed Me

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The coronavirus pandemic has transformed office work to remote work. Dining tables are now work stations, living rooms transitioned to break rooms, and walking the dog is the new smoke […]

Mar
26

Rugby and Other Games Called Football

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Worldwide, rugby seasons are starting in March. So, at The Colloquial, we’re publishing everything we know about rugby (not much).  In the United States, “football” refers to American gridiron football. […]

Mar
23

Zack Snyder’s Justice League was Worth the Fuss

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Usually when a bunch of nerds, of which I am one, clamor for change to one of their beloved properties, it’s at best a net neutral. Given this, I was […]

Mar
16

Let’s Give the Snyder Cut Treatment to 3 More Things

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Last June, I first pondered things I wish got the Snyder Cut treatment when the initial plans to release a supersized justice league movie were unveiled. Now that we have […]

Mar
14

Biden Is A Progressive, Even If The Left Isn’t Happy

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I’ve come to eat crow. Joe Biden is a progressive. I didn’t think he would be when I voted against him in last year’s Democratic primary. Many on the Left […]

Mar
12

Teddy Roosevelt Nearly Killed American Rugby

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Around the world, rugby seasons are kicking off in March. So, each week in March, I’m writing about rugby — the hooligans’ game played by gentlemen (and women).  Previous articles […]

Mar
08

8 Black Female Artists You Should Listen To

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Music is a transformative medium transcending languages, cultures, and time. It’s a unique force in human life, stimulating people to dance, march to war, and face spiritual awakening. Music is […]

Mar
07

America Broke Up With Rugby. We Need That Old Thang Back

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According to legend, in 1823, a student named William Webb Ellis at a boarding school in Rugby, England, picked up a soccer ball and ran with it. Thus, he created […]

Mar
06

Shaq’s Electric Tag Match and Our AEW Revolution PPV Predictions

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The last two episodes of All Elite Wrestling’s (AEW) weekly tv show, “Dynamite” have been on fire in the lead up to this weekend’s “Revolution” PPV. This past Wednesday, we […]

Mar
01

Ted Cruz Is The Only Human Expelled From the Matrix and 101 Other True Facts

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Here is a collection of facts that pertain to Texas Senator Ted Cruz. The Colloquial Staff spent minutes researching these and believe them to be actual factuals. We offer these […]

Mar
01

Everything You Need to Know About Rugby

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Rugby seasons around the world are starting in March. Time to get educated on the world’s most popular tackle football game.  For probably all of time, school kids have played […]

Feb
26

Grifting the Right: How MAGA Mirrors the KKK

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The ability of Trump’s snake-oil coalition to take over the leadership of the Republican party is no surprise. Grifting and right wing politics go hand in hand. Glenn Beck, Dick […]

Feb
23

There’s Not Enough Black WWE Champions to Make a Best of List, So Here’s All 4 of Them

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Operating under different names throughout its dominance among North American wrestling promotions, the WWE has been around since 1953. In that time, can you guess how many Black WWE Champions […]

Feb
22

Judas and the Black Messiah Refreshed the Biopic

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Judas and the Black Messiah felt like cinema. Excluding a few gems that were always intended for the small screen, like Palm Springs, this past year of hybrid model movie […]

Feb
20

The Richest Man Who Ever Lived Is a Black Dude

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Who is the richest man who ever lived? Since the 1970s, the United States government has been looking the other way on trusts and monopolies. That has driven company sizes […]

Feb
18

The New and Somehow Familiar Resident Alien

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The SyFy network’s original material doesn’t even qualify as hit or miss. It’s almost always a miss. The new show Resident Alien is trying to break that mold. Like Battlestar […]

Feb
16

Happy Presidents Day 2021, Here’s More Presidential Stupidity: Vol. 2

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Yesterday was Presidents Day 2021, so naturally, it’s the perfect time for the next installment of our “The Dumbest Thing Every President Has Done” series. We have a new president […]

Feb
15

Roman History is Black History

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The Roman Republic fell apart in 44 BCE. The Roman Empire (the part that spoke Latin) fell apart in 476 CE. However, it lives on in the minds of nerds, […]

Feb
11

MAGA and Qanon are Performance Politics, not Populism

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Everything is political. Everything is performance. This has not always been as obvious as it stands with today’s GOP, which operates solely as a performative political body. There is no […]