Archives for October 2006

Affirmative Action Under Attack mk. bazillion

Published on 31 Oct 2006 at 1:41 pm. 6 Comments.
Filed under academia,affirmative action.

A Michigan ballot initiative on the block next week will, if passed, eliminate the consideration of race and sex in state institutions’ hiring and admissions processes. As many of you will recall, Michigan is one of the most consequential fronts in the AA debate; two landmark Supreme Court decisions in 2003 established new national rules […]

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Halloween In the Hood?

Published on 30 Oct 2006 at 9:08 pm. 9 Comments.
Filed under black image,ignorance,racism.

Here is a story from my neck of the woods… A Greek organization at Johns Hopkins University has been suspended for throwing a party that with racially insensitive connotations. The Sigma Chi “Halloween in the Hood” Party was closed down early Sunday morning, and followed with protests from the JHU Black Student Union. Invitations on […]

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Is Jesus Black?

Published on 29 Oct 2006 at 11:33 pm. 7 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,film,mainstream culture.

The first American film to portray Jesus as a black man opens this weekend in select theaters. Haitian-American filmmaker Jean Claude LaMarre writes, produces and stars in “Color of the Cross.” An article on CNN.com continues: LaMarre said the film was intended as a step towards rehabilitating the portrayal of black characters in Hollywood films […]

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Is Black masculinity getting in the way of healthy relationships?

Published on 27 Oct 2006 at 1:40 am. 14 Comments.
Filed under men's issues,women's issues/feminism.

The Black graduate student association here at Syracuse got into a riveting debate about relationships between Black professionals today. Among other things, we discussed how Black men can be threatened by Black women who hold more power (economic, political, etc) than they do. The general argument was: one of the many “roles” of a Black […]

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Racist or not? The RNC’s anti- Harold Ford Jr. Ad

Published on 25 Oct 2006 at 3:55 pm. 8 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,racism.

I’m sure some of you have heard about this, but for those that haven’t, check out the following political ad, paid for by the Republican National Committee: The NAACP is calling the RNC out for playing to negative stereotypes of blacks in the ad, and I agree with their general assessment. Looks like the Southern […]

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White Celebrities, Black Babies

Published on 24 Oct 2006 at 7:47 pm. 26 Comments.
Filed under mainstream culture,news/politics.

Former Pop superstar, Madonna is in the headlines again. She was in Malawi, campaigning on behalf of some 900,000 orphans there and decided to come home with a one-year old Malawian boy named David. Child’s rights advocates are outraged. With celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Meg Ryan and Mia Farrow scooping up children of color […]

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If you had the chance, what would you ask..

Published on 21 Oct 2006 at 11:18 am. 5 Comments.
Filed under interviews.

We have some exciting new interviews coming up on Blackademcis in the next several months. I wanted to reach out to our community and see if yall had any questions for some of our distinguished interview-ee’s. Please post your questions here in the comment section. So, if you had the chance what would you ask.. […]

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Black Panthers at 40

Published on 18 Oct 2006 at 1:29 pm. 6 Comments.
Filed under black culture,radical politics.

The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was founded 40 years ago in Oakland, Ca. by activists Bobby Seale and Huey Newton. Their radical message of freedom and equality ran popular with many young black Americans during the height of the civil rights movement, but also led to its ultimate downturn as clashes with local and […]

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Why don’t black people talk about sexuality?

Published on 18 Oct 2006 at 3:15 am. 8 Comments.
Filed under black culture,sexuality.

I just got back from the Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference in Philly. It was dope! We heard from some of the leading scholars in Black Studies, (including three future Blackademics interview-ees, Dr. Molefi Asante, Dr. Na’im Akbar and Ron Karenga!). But one issue that was not addressed at the conference – actually an issue […]

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bell hooks interview now available

Published on 16 Oct 2006 at 2:04 am. No Comments.
Filed under interviews.

Another Blackademics exclusive, hot off the presses just for y’all. There’s no audio as yet but we’re working on it; I’ll update this post when that’s ready to go. UPDATE: sorry for the technical difficulties. bell hooks’ interview as officially arrived!

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