Archives for August 2006

Up Close and Personal Tour… 18+??

Published on 31 Aug 2006 at 10:26 pm. 4 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,women's issues/feminism.

On Friday, I and another 21+ friend of mine excitedly went to see…yes I admit… Chris Brown and Ne-Yo in concert. Well, before either Chris Breezy or Ne-Yo made their way to the stage the crowd was entertained by Cherish (the “Do It To It” girls), Juelz Santana, Dem Franchise Boys, and Lil Wayne.

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Slackademics

Published on 31 Aug 2006 at 6:54 pm. 1 Comment.
Filed under fashion,mainstream culture.

Well, no one’s posted all week–I’m busy trying to prep for my upcoming move to Seattle, so I have an excuse. To follow up on Pierce’s post about the $15 kicks, here’s an NYT piece on the advent of “black style” in the high-fashion world and black designers’ place in its pecking order. Digressing a […]

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$15 for a pair of sneakers.. naw son.

Published on 28 Aug 2006 at 3:34 pm. 4 Comments.
Filed under black culture,blackonomics,fashion,sports.

So Stephon Marbury’s new sneakers, the “Starbury Ones” hit the streets two weeks ago and sales appear to be ridiculous. There are stories everywhere, New York to California, of people camping out to be first in line on opening day, folks wrapped around the block, Steve and Berry (the Starbury Ones’ exclusive distributors) are running […]

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Anachronistic Racism Comes In Twos

Published on 26 Aug 2006 at 11:58 am. 6 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,racism.

From CNN, two unsavory attempts to bring back “the good old days” when blacks knew their place. We turn first southward: COUSHATTA, Louisiana (AP) — A Louisiana school district suspended a white bus driver while it investigates complaints that she ordered nine black children to sit at the back of the bus. [. . .] […]

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Say it Loud – I’m On “Survivor” and I’m Proud

Published on 23 Aug 2006 at 2:20 pm. 9 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,mainstream culture,television.

Here’s a story to go into the “Huh?” file. CBS announced this morning that its flagship reality show “Survivor,” will divide this season’s competitors (tribes) based on race. The four tribes will be comprised of Whites, African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Hispanic-Americans. What could possibly go right with this?

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Hey, You’re Black; How Many Conspiracy Theories Do You Subscribe To?

Published on 21 Aug 2006 at 8:08 pm. 6 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,racism.

Chuck D used to say that hip-hop was black people’s CNN, and so it was that I first learned about the connection between the CIA and the inner-city crack epidemic from anchormen like stic.man, KRS-one, the Last Emperor, and Boots Riley. Since it’s pretty tough to properly substantiate accusations of government wrongdoing in rap lyrics, […]

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NFL Gets B+ On Black Coaches

Published on 20 Aug 2006 at 2:18 am. 1 Comment.
Filed under sports.

The NFL recently received a “B+” on minority hiring from an independent study conducted by the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Ethics and Diversity in Sport. According to the Associated Press’ story, America’s most popular sport has made significant strides in hiring minorities in head coaching and managerial positions over the last 16 years. […]

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He’s Aight But He’s Not Real: Keisha Cole and the Deconstruction of Hip Hop Authenticity

Published on 18 Aug 2006 at 11:18 am. 2 Comments.
Filed under black culture,entertainment.

Shot nine times. A record of served time. A couple of successful…or failed crack sales. Whatever the case, the more depressed the condition, or longer the incarceration, or illegal the act, the “realer” one is according to the norms and mores of hip hop culture. “Realness,” perhaps the ultimate currency needed to navigate the hip […]

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“I AM African” Campaign

Published on 18 Aug 2006 at 12:32 am. 5 Comments.
Filed under black culture,entertainment.

After stumbling upon an image of Gwyneth Paltrow with war paint on her face and the words “I am African” written beneath, further explanation was needed. Well its not just a sick joke, the image was a part of a greater campaign entitled “Keep A Child Alive“. The initiative is working to promote awareness about […]

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Do You LOVE them?

Published on 17 Aug 2006 at 11:38 pm. 3 Comments.
Filed under ridiculousness.

After reading Deen’s blog that brought up one of the stereotypes of Black people, I thought this would be a great time to discuss a website I came across the other day: Black People Love US. This website is hopefully a joke, but it is about two white people who are well-liked by Black people […]

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