Archives for August 2006

Yes, we can so swim!

Published on 17 Aug 2006 at 6:05 pm. 11 Comments.
Filed under ridiculousness,sports.

A friend of mine drew my attention to this tidbit in our local paper . . . Former N.C. State swimmer Cullen Jones signed a seven-year endorsement deal with Nike worth potentially more than $2 million, which would make him the highest-paid sprint freestyler in the world. In your face, widespread but specious stereotype! EDIT: […]

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Spike Lee and the Blackristocracy

Published on 16 Aug 2006 at 9:15 am. 7 Comments.
Filed under black culture,entertainment,film.

An article published yesterday in New York Magazine offers insight to Spike Lee’s lifestyle and his place in the Blackristocracy (or black upper-class). Apparently, Spike Lee’s success as a filmmaker did not guarantee his place in the black upper-class, in fact, Spike would have to marry into this elite circle. Spike Lee’s wife, Tonya Lewis […]

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John Hope Franklin Interview Now Available

Published on 15 Aug 2006 at 8:14 pm. No Comments.
Filed under interviews.

It’s the 15th of the month, the day this month’s interview goes live—so we hope you enjoy this conversation with noted historian John Hope Franklin. Feel free to leave comments on the transcript page if you like. Thanks!

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HBCUs Recruiting More Latinos

Published on 14 Aug 2006 at 3:46 pm. 8 Comments.
Filed under academia,inter-minority relations.

The headline summarizes the phenomenon fairly well—many traditional bastions of higher education for blacks, including Howard and Morehouse, are reaching out to Latinos in part to keep from shrinking involuntarily. Right now, Hispanic* representation at those particular two schools stand at 1% and 0.5% respectively, so we’re not exactly talking about a takeover here, but […]

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I Don’t like them A-Rabs

Published on 12 Aug 2006 at 10:31 pm. 7 Comments.
Filed under black culture,news/politics,racism.

We’ve all seen the headlines in the wake of this recent terrorist scare, I first heard the news the other day. I was working on music in Southern Pines, North Carolina with one of my boys- a producer. He brought up the attempted terrorist attack because he had to board a plane to Miami the […]

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How far behind is Europe?

Published on 9 Aug 2006 at 9:45 pm. 6 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,racism.

Finally, after six years, The family of Damilola Taylor, a 10 year old Nigerian boy killed when walking home from a library in London, obtains justice. The Preddie brothers who were 12 and 13 when they committed this crime were convicted of manslaughter today. Damilola was skipping home from a library when the Preddie brothers […]

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Jackin’ For (Rock) Beats

Published on 8 Aug 2006 at 8:49 pm. 2 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,music.

Damn, sometimes I feel like I’m the only Blackademic with a keyboard up in this piece . . . Anyway, I want to let all the rock ‘n roll fans out there know about a lil’ musical nugget I’ve been enjoying over the past several days—a track called “Jackin’ (It Got Ugly)” by up-and-coming Chicago […]

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Black Lobbyists in Short Supply

Published on 7 Aug 2006 at 8:14 pm. 6 Comments.
Filed under news/politics.

Jeffrey Birnbaum takes aim at the dearth of black lobbyists on the Hill in his latest WaPo column, picking the brains of several luminaries of that nigh-negligible clique but stopping short of fully explaining the phenomenon. The situation is similar to what you’re likely to find in many high-powered professions: while women and other minorities […]

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Closer to Greenlight?

Published on 5 Aug 2006 at 2:21 pm. 5 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,mainstream culture.

One of the common complaints among African-American filmmakers in Hollywood seems to be that there is not a black Hollywood executive with the ability to greenlight a project. Spike Lee was quoted in Complex magazine as saying: You go to any studio, the (only) black guy you are going to see is the guy at […]

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Katrina: The Documentary

Published on 3 Aug 2006 at 9:41 pm. 12 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,racism,television.

And at the helm is none other than Spike Lee, who was already riding high this year with Inside Man (which was pretty cool for those of you who haven’t seen it. And for those who have, was I the only one who was appalled by the footage of 50 Cent’s Bulletproof video game featured […]

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