Archives for July 2006

The Cos Flaps His Jaws, mk. Zillion

Published on 30 Jul 2006 at 11:10 pm. 6 Comments.
Filed under black culture,men's issues.

Shavar Jeffries over at Blackprof highlights a bit of foolishness courtesy of Bill Cosby, who recently opined that the Washington Post’s feature series “Being a Black Man” is—get this—too positive. Apparently the unrelenting stream of dark-tinted crime reports combined with the recent spate of soul-crushing “plight of the young black male” news stories (sporting headlines […]

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Black students.. get on this ASAP

Published on 29 Jul 2006 at 3:21 pm. No Comments.
Filed under academia,positivity.

I just stumbled across a gem. The following companies/institutions are looking for black grad and undergrad students for internships: Adobe, US India Political Action Committee, Womens Sports Foundation, ABC News Broadcast Journalism, Amazon.com Software Development Engineer, Foundation for Contemporary Art Event Organizer in Ghana… and that’s only the TIP of the iceberg! Click here for […]

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NY Times slams Museum of African Diaspora

Published on 27 Jul 2006 at 7:13 pm. 10 Comments.
Filed under black culture,mainstream culture,racism.

Last Thursday’s New York Times featured an article critiquing the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. The article, entitled Anecdotal Evidence Of Homesick Mankind(written by Edward Rothstein), pretty much blasts the museum and its innovative exhibits, disregarding the gougeous architecture and downplaying the museum’s most provocative display -an enormous mural of an African Child, constructed of thousands of smaller pictures- descrbing it […]

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Nursery Racism?

Published on 25 Jul 2006 at 12:28 am. 6 Comments.
Filed under mainstream culture,racism.

How long does it take for the unsavory origins lurking under many of our most well-known cultural artifacts to dissipate? Do they ever? Until today I remained blissfully unaware of the backstory behind “Eenie Meanie Minie Moe,” that seemingly-random-but-actually-predetermined nugget of doggerel many of us used on the school playground to choose between two equally […]

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An Unlikely Advocate for the Underground

Published on 19 Jul 2006 at 10:56 pm. 4 Comments.
Filed under black culture,mainstream culture.

Today’s edition of Marketplace (on NPR) profiled Wendy Day, the unlikely founder of the hip-hop advocacy organization Rap Coalition. She works to educate young MCs and producers about the often insidious rules that govern the hip-hop business, shops promising young talent to major labels, makes sure they get fair deals if and when they get […]

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tunes . . .

Published on 19 Jul 2006 at 12:05 am. 3 Comments.
Filed under black culture.

What ever happened to being happy about being young gifted & black? Or saying it loud “I’m black and I’m proud” or telling people “don’t push me … cause I’m close to the edge” What happened to black music? I’m not talking about music that was/is created by black people or for black people. I’m […]

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Apparently the N-Word Is Family-Friendly . . . Who Knew?

Published on 16 Jul 2006 at 6:22 pm. 2 Comments.
Filed under mainstream culture,racism,ridiculousness.

Caught a disturbing tidbit this afternoon in a report from NPR’s weekly media-criticism program On the Media about Cleanflicks, a Utah company that until July 6th trafficked in sanitized versions of wide-release Hollywood films. (Listen to the entire piece here.) A little background: Cleanflicks had been re-editing such violent and profanity-laced fare as Training Day, […]

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BET on Sunday.. Not so bad

Published on 9 Jul 2006 at 1:21 pm. 2 Comments.
Filed under black culture,mainstream culture,news/politics,television.

I’m not a huge BET fan. Between the Sub-par programming on shows like College Hill and 106 and park, a lazy/played out rotation of the same videos, and BET UnCut, (the 2am strip-club video marathon, of which Aaron McGruder makes a satire in his show, The Boondocks, with the music video “Booty Butt-Cheeks”) BET just […]

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Deen’s @#$%-Up Billboard of the Day

Published on 6 Jul 2006 at 5:47 pm. 3 Comments.
Filed under mainstream culture,racism.

Dutch billboard advertising the new PSP, which will soon be sold in a white finish for the first time. I’m guessing the Netherlands don’t have a large black population, but I’m hoping the few that do live there are taking the opportunity to inform their fellow citizens of just how insidious racism can be when […]

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Pause.

Published on 6 Jul 2006 at 2:45 am. 4 Comments.
Filed under black culture,ridiculousness,sexuality.

The word pause has many meanings. You could pause your dvd player, or your Xbox 360, pause your television (if you have TiVo), your iPod or any number of technological devices. But I’ve noticed recently, that “pause” has additional meaning among my boys. Let me provide a context. Yo, I’ve been working on this website […]

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