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  • Steven Ivory: O.J. Simpson, 20 Years Later

    Jun 17, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *White people were mad as hell. I’ve never seen or felt anger around Los Angeles like I did on October 3, 1995. It was unfiltered, devoid of any of the time-honored White Guilt that  blacks in America have long manipulated and relied upon. That day, after the verdict was read, sitting at traffic lights, I’d […]

  • Steven Ivory: Why We Text and Drive

    Jun 10, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *While sitting at the light on a backed-up Los Angeles freeway exit ramp one morning, I noticed that one out of every three drivers getting onto the freeway on the other side of the divider—both private vehicles and professional cars and trucks with company names and logos on them–had their heads tilted into their laps, […]

  • Steven Ivory: Donald Sterling, the Gift that Keeps on Giving

    May 15, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *I love me some Donald Sterling. There is nothing more emboldened than a racist  white man old enough to remember when black people were slaves and rich enough to not give a damn what anyone thinks about what he says. With Sterling, you get to hear firsthand  and largely  unfiltered what many white people truly […]

  • Steven Ivory: Remember the Record Store?

    Apr 15, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *The first record I ever bought was the 1967 45-inch single, “The Rain, The Park and Other Things” (often referred to as “The Flower Girl Song”),  by the family group, the Cowsills.  I was 12. I loved harmony groups—I have the Beatles to thank for that—and the Cowsills,  inspiration for the fictional TV pop group […]

  • Steven Ivory: I Got a New Phone

    Apr 8, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *There’s a reason Russia is behaving like the Death Row Records of countries lately.  That same reason explains the recent spate of global earthquakes and why there might very well have been a cold front blowing through hell. I got a new cell phone. Yes.  I finally took my cellular carrier’s  bait and inched further […]

  • Steven Ivory: Daniel is Done

    Apr 1, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *“My d*ck is going out on an extensive farewell tour.  After that,  we’re  calling it quits.” Daniel followed what  he said over chicken quesadillas one Saturday evening at El Cholo with a hardy laugh, perhaps to  dilute its boorishness.  He wasn’t  really serious about a season of male whoring.  Well, maybe a little. He seemed […]