Jack Hamilton
Jack Hamilton Jack Hamilton

Jack Hamilton is Slate’s pop critic and assistant professor of American studies and media studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination.

Pop, Race, and the ’60s
Nov. 17 2016 4:50 PM“Family Affair” and “Brown Sugar”The ’60s end, and things get complicated.
Sports Nut
Nov. 7 2016 1:54 PMThe Brangelina of the NBAParsing the divorce of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.
Pop, Race, and the ’60s
Oct. 20 2016 2:05 PM“Money (That’s What I Want)” and “We Can Work It Out”Are we living in the Beatles’ world, or Motown’s?
Pop, Race, and the ’60s
Oct. 6 2016 8:00 AM“Son of a Preacher Man” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water”What does it mean to say a record—or a singer—has “soul”?
Television
Oct. 3 2016 2:26 PMWhat Luke Cage Takes From BlaxploitationAnd how this genre explains both the strengths and the flaws of the Netflix series.
Pop, Race, and the ’60s
Sept. 22 2016 12:24 PMIntroducing “Pop, Race, and the ’60s”A new Slate Academy asks how, across a decade of integration, rock music became “white.”
Five-ring Circus
Aug. 19 2016 10:35 AMA Basketball Coalition of the WillingThe 2016 U.S. Olympic team isn’t dreamy, and it has nothing to redeem. It’s still incredibly fun to watch, and worth rooting for.
Culturebox
July 20 2016 5:30 AMWhen I First Heard Stakes Is HighHow De La Soul’s underappreciated album honored rap history without falling victim to gauzy nostalgia.
Sports Nut
June 17 2016 3:16 PMLeBron James Is Even Better Than We Thought He WasWe knew he was one of the greatest of all time. His amazing 2016 finals prove we’re still figuring out what he’s capable of on the court.
Brow Beat
June 6 2016 11:10 AMThis Week’s Worst Person in Westeros: The High Sparrow
Music
May 16 2016 2:50 PMChance the Rapper’s Coloring Book Is the First True Gospel-Rap MasterpieceOn his newest testament, the multitalented Chicago emcee sings praises to God—and to Yeezus. 
Brow Beat
April 21 2016 4:37 PMPrince Was Our Bard of One-Night Stands, and “Little Red Corvette” Was His Masterpiece  
Books
April 5 2016 7:30 AMWorkers of the Hardwood, Unite!The labor revolution that upended the balance of power in basketball and brought Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James to the NBA.
Culturebox
Feb. 25 2016 12:21 PMThe Revenant Is TerribleAlmost as terrible as the fact it’s going to win Best Picture!
Culturebox
Feb. 19 2016 5:47 PMThe Life of Pablo Is an Attack on the Very Idea of the AlbumHas Kanye West turned against his once-favorite art form?
Music
Nov. 14 2016 2:26 PMThe Return of the Love MovementOn A Tribe Called Quest’s first album in 18 years, its music is, amazingly, as timely as ever.
Pop, Race, and the ’60s
Nov. 4 2016 7:00 AM“Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” and “Ball and Chain”Why Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin don’t fit into the standard narrative of the ’60s.
Music
Oct. 7 2016 12:07 PMDanny Brown’s Dance Hall of MirrorsOn his captivating new album Atrocity Exhibition, the Detroit rapper makes his mind into a fun house.
Music
Oct. 6 2016 5:54 AMHow Rock and Roll Became WhiteAnd how the Rolling Stones, a band in love with black music, helped lead the way to rock’s segregated future.
Pop, Race, and the ’60s
Sept. 22 2016 12:24 PM“Blowin’ in the Wind” and “A Change Is Gonna Come”Two iconic protest anthems reveal the deeply interconnected—and interracial—roots of ’60s folk, soul, and rock ’n’ roll.
Culturebox
Aug. 30 2016 12:31 PMDe La Soul Is AliveThe legendary trio returns with their first album in over a decade, and it’s excellent.
Television
Aug. 17 2016 5:15 AMHow The Get Down Botches Hip-Hop HistoryFrom Grandmaster Flash’s turntable technique to Nas’ flow.
Brow Beat
June 23 2016 10:59 AMThe Premiere of Bill Simmons’ HBO Show Any Given Wednesday Was a Real Dog’s Breakfast
Television
June 8 2016 8:30 AMO.J.: Made in AmericaForget your O.J. Simpson fatigue—ESPN’s 7½-hour documentary is a revelation.
Sports Nut
May 24 2016 12:10 PMThe Most Volatile Great Player in NBA HistoryRussell Westbrook can embarrass a whole team with his explosive play. Sometimes that team is his own.
Brow Beat
April 28 2016 8:02 AMPrince May Have Been the Greatest Guitarist Since Hendrix, and That Shouldn’t Seem Like a Surprise
Sports Nut
April 14 2016 6:00 AMThe Golden State Warriors Are the Greatest NBA Team EverAnd they’re the most likable.
Brow Beat
March 23 2016 3:13 PMWhy It Hurts So Much to Lose Phife Dawg, the Irascible, Hilarious Soul of A Tribe Called Quest
Culturebox
Feb. 22 2016 5:46 AMThe Big Short Is Adam McKay’s Second-Best FilmHis greatest achievement remains Step Brothers.
Sports Nut
Feb. 4 2016 6:06 PMI Hate Peyton ManningWhy doesn’t everybody else?

READ MORE STORIES