Jack Hamilton
Jack Hamilton Jack Hamilton

Jack Hamilton is Slate’s pop critic. He is assistant professor of American studies and media studies at the University of Virginia. Follow him on Twitter.

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?
Brow Beat
Jan. 11 2016 3:40 PM“Under Pressure” Is a Reminder That David Bowie Could Also Be Wonderfully, Powerfully Human
The Music Club
Dec. 23 2015 9:30 AMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 13: Why Future’s DS2 might be the album of the year, whether or not you like Future the person.
TV Club Podcast
Nov. 20 2015 4:59 PMThe Empire Podcast, Episode 8Slate’s TV Club hosts discuss the good parts of this week’s refreshing episode of Empire.
Brow Beat
Nov. 10 2015 3:27 PMRemembering Allen Toussaint With the One Song That Says It All
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?
Sports Nut
Jan. 26 2016 5:45 PMThe San Antonio Spurs Are Not the Greatest Team EverI am very, deeply sorry I ever doubted you, Warriors.
Movies
Dec. 23 2015 1:59 PMHands to the FaceThe woeful Concussion fails to hold the NFL—or anyone—accountable for the CTE crisis.
Sports Nut
Nov. 30 2015 1:14 PMWarrior KingsGolden State is currently playing better than any basketball team in history. You might want to watch them.
Television
Nov. 18 2015 2:40 PMJessica Jones Is Our First Real Super-AntiheroAnd Netflix’s new series about her is excellent.
Sports Nut
Nov. 3 2015 6:14 PMThe Timberwolves Are So Much Fun That You Should Pay to Watch ThemMinnesota is the most exciting bad team in the NBA.

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