By the Numbers: What does it mean to be black in RI?
To be black is to live in a state of math. It is a life of ratios, fractions and decimals. Blackness in RI is a story of numbers, a story of equations without equals. Dry tedious and ruthless numbers define blackness. I have a history with these numbers. I mean every Black person has a […]
It’s Only a Game: Sports dominate the news while the government circles the drain
Stoopid Bowl Through her wonderful generosity, our lovely and talented editor, Emily Olson, allowed P&J to get as close to Super Bowl coverage as possible. This was achieved by the gentle touch of two Glocks to our foreheads, which from suspense novels, crime movies and TV, Phillipe and Jorge find quite persuasive. So forgive any […]
Cupid’s Arrow: Left and right should join forces in disruption
As we enter the so-called season of love, politics in Rhode Island are producing a love story between unlikely partners, and they may not even realize that Cupid’s arrow hath struck Smith Hill. I have occasionally floated the notion that Rhode Island may be better off by, in a broad sense, temporarily abandoning the conventional […]
Privilege: Examining white people’s role in promoting social justice
It is hard to look at my country and hear people in my community claim that racism does not exist. We all see the same videos, hear the same victims. We see the same irrefutable evidence of systemic racism, and some are still choosing white blindness over empathy. We recently enjoyed a day of relaxation […]
Coronavirus Spread: Is this a disease of our own making?
The first case was reported back in December, in Hubei province. Since then, the Coronavirus has done a bit of traveling. Not only has it spread to nearly every administrative region in China – as of Jan. 23, Coronavirus cases were confirmed in China, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam — two cases […]
Tune Your Televisions To: Your superior correspondents announce a new broadcast extravaganza
Required Viewing Phillipe and Jorge are extremely excited about the offer by as yet-to-be-revealed local TV station to host a mid-morning talk and variety show, “The Cool, Cool World.” This high-end production has already been tabbed “the most exciting viewing in Rhode Island” by one of Little Rhody’s leading magazines (Motif) who hope truth in […]
State of the State: How will RI reach Raimondo’s renewable energy goal?
In last week’s State of the State address, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced a goal to power the entire state with renewable energy by 2030. Having spent much of her political career balancing the influence and systemic role of “traditional energy providers” with frequent calls for urgent action on climate change and other environmental […]
A Brief (Or Lengthy?) History of Phillipe and Jorge: Your superior correspondents celebrate 40 years in print
It seems amazing, especially to your superior correspondents, that the Cool, Cool World entered its 41st consecutive year of publication with the advent of 2020. This is a record for a journalistic column in The Biggest Little, of which we are both proud and astounded. If there is a key to Phillipe and Jorge’s success, we […]
The Left Versus the Left: Progressive media is filling the void
It is commonly understood that there is a bias in the television news media with Fox News on the right and MSNBC and their ilk on the left, but the real conflict is between the corporate left broadcast media and the independent progressive left media — a conversation many might not be aware is happening. […]
New Year, New PVD!: New spots, new bans, but we still don’t know where we are
Predictions for Rhody’s New Year Newport will announce that it’s opening a Newport Wankers’ Club. Job Lot will change its slogan to “It Fell Off a Truck, but I Still Want It!” West Warwick and Warwick are going to kiss, make-up … and then invade Cranston. A country music bar and indoor […]