2013 has been a big year for Water Cooler Convos. We won a Black Weblog Award and we’ve covered a wide range of stories. From the entertaining to the zany to the contentious to the heartbreaking, here is 2013 through the lens of WCC.
#1 Post of the Year
On-Campus Racism: SJSU Students Arrested for Torturing Black Roommate.
This post received over 30,000 hits in one day, and to date, it has received over 100,000 views. And for good reason. It’s got to be one of the most outrageous stories of the year, and it also epitomizes the racial issues that persist in America.
‘Affluenza’: A New Frontier in White Privilege
Cheerios Commercial Philosophers, Have Several Seats
Bump the Princess, In My Dreams, I’m the Prince like Phil Robertson
N-Bombing Paula Deen Gets The Boot
Big Brother 15: A Microcosm in a Society of Silent Bigotry
Social Activism Tastes Better When the Waiter is White
SNL Takes Us BLACK to the Future
Living … While Black
There is a Little Zimmerman in All of Us…
Young Girl Who Performed at Inauguration Shot and Killed in Chicago, Kiese Laymon’s Narrative Again?
Renisha McBride,19, Murdered For Needing Help While Black
When is Murder Okay? Rapper Kenny ‘Clutch’ Cherry Murdered in Las Vegas
Ever Been Arrested for Standing While Black? These Boys Have…
Black While Mothering
The Music You Should Be Listening To
The Music You Should Be Listening To: Dawn Richard
The Music You Should Be Listening To: Luke James
The Music You Should Be Listening To: Jhené Aiko
The Music You Should Be Listening To: Travis Garland
The Music You Should Be Listening To: Jarell Perry
Fantasia – “Side Effects of You” Album Review
Kelly Rowland Finds Her Lane On “Talk A Good Game” (FINALLY!)
India Arie’s SongVersation Proves Authenticity Always Wins
TGT “3 Kings” Album Review
John Legend, ‘Love In The Future’: Album Review
Album Review: Justin Timberlake – The Complete 20/20 Experience
Tamar Braxton, Love And War: Album Review
Timberlake and Thicke: The New Face of R&B and Soul?
Vanilla Ice 2.0: Robin Thicke Sues Marvin Gaye’s Family
The Travesty of Miley Cyrus’ ‘Black’: The Homegirls, Strippers, and ‘Gettin’ Turnt Up?’
On Miley Cyrus and Other Coonery
#SHEDIDTHAT Tamar Braxton Delivers a Baby Boy
Kimye Delivers Baby Girl
Kanye Confirms He Is Crazy to New York Times
Kanye West’s ‘Bound 2′ vs. Seth Rogen’s ‘Bound 3′
2013 MTV VMAs: Mediocrity Meets Appropriation
2013 BET Awards Recap
The Boss Moments and Epic Failures of the 2013 GRAMMYS
What You (Didn’t) Miss from the 2013 Oscars
The Non-Drama of Meagan Good’s “Revealing” Dress
On Our Blerd Behavior
Geek or Nerd or Glerd: Do You Know the Difference?
‘Race Themed’ Movies and the State of Black Cinema
The Perks of Being a Nerd (and an Extrovert)
‘Trophy Scarves’: Who is Nate Hill Really Indicting?
Five Boston Marathon Bombing Conspiracy Theories Debunked
Throwing my 2 cents into the “Childfree” fray
Open Letter to Bullets
But, there can’t be a better way to end the year and jump into 2014 other than a Pep Talk from Kid President.
Thanks for a great year, Water Cooler Community. Here’s to more snarkiness, blerdiness, and laughter in 2014.
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Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.