Rihanna Revolution: Black Nationalism and Resistance in American Oxygen

Probably the most interesting and provocative music video of the last decade has provoked perhaps predictable tepid moralizing from certain quarters. If you haven’t seen it, do. Interspersed with footage of Rihanna singing (and at times crawling on the ground with an inflated parachute providing resistance) is moving collage of some of the defining and […]

Freemasonry, Islam, and Radical Spirituality: A Review of The Crescent And The Compass

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[Note: The review below is about The Crescent and The Compass by Angel Millar, editor of, and a regular contributor to, People of Shambhala.] The Crescent and The Compass: Islam, Freemasonry, Esotericism, and Revolution in the Modern Age is a brief but engrossing history of the previously-unexplored relationship between Islam, often of a politically radical stripe after Western […]

Voodoo People: Sex, Power, African Faith And Fear in Popular Entertainment

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Colored by fascination, fetishism, and even a degree of fear, Hollywood’s portrayal of this enigmatic and little-understood folk faith of the African diaspora throws up cliches about the African seductress, South American culture, etc., and, perhaps unintentionally, highlights certain certain cultural traumas in European-descended society. Racial stereotyping and the issue of racism can float to […]

Soul outside: identity, the body, and advertising in the consumer age

“Japanese ad agency Absolute Territory PR has begun paying young women to wear advertising on their legs. The women must be at least 18-years-old, and they must be connected to at least 20 people on any social media site, since they are contractually required to post images of themselves, wearing their ad, online. Otherwise, the women […]