Archives for December 2006

The Lure of Street Life, Revealed

Published on 31 Dec 2006 at 2:47 pm. 7 Comments.
Filed under black culture,poverty.

The Washington Post updated its fascinating Being a Black Man series today with a profile of notorious D.C. hustler Anthony Marcellus James (aka A.J.) that delves into the complex, contradictory world of street life. This piece is my favorite of the series so far—it manages to make the motivations of drug pushers, users, and killers […]

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Umoja: Black CommUNITY

Published on 26 Dec 2006 at 11:15 pm. 9 Comments.
Filed under black culture,positivity,spirituality.

Greetings Blackademics! Today is the first day of Kwanzaa. For those of you who don’t know, Kwanzaa is not some imitation Christmas or Hanukkah, it is unique annual festival/celebration for people of African descent, observed from December 26th through January 1st. Founded by Maulana Ron Karenga (who we will interview here on Blackademics in 2007) […]

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O.W.A. (Objectivistz Wit Attitude)

Published on 23 Dec 2006 at 9:41 pm. 8 Comments.
Filed under black culture,entertainment,mainstream culture.

Now this types of shit, happens all the time You got to get yours but fool I gotta get mine. —Snoop Dogg, “Gin & Juice” While trying to relax on a transnational flight from the West to the East coast, the timeless strains of Jibbs’ “Chain Hang Low” on repeat between my ears, I reached […]

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Russell Simmons a PR Puppet for the Diamond Industry? Simmons=Diamond Industry’s New Best Friend?

Published on 23 Dec 2006 at 5:25 am. 4 Comments.
Filed under commercialism,entertainment,news/politics,poverty,racism.

Apparently, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is the diamond industry’s new best friend. Simmons just returned from a nine-day fact-finding mission to South Africa and Botswana after an invitation from the industry’s Diamond Information Center. The Diamond Information Center handles public relations in the United States for the Diamond Trading Company, the marketing division of De […]

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South Africans of Chinese Descent Fight to be Treated as Coloured, if they Can’t Get that, they will Settle for Black

Published on 23 Dec 2006 at 3:35 am. 3 Comments.
Filed under affirmative action,inter-minority relations.

The U.S. is not the only country with its host of affirmative action struggles as this article explains. Back in 2000, in Brazil, when the state of Rio de Janiero implemented racial quotas for Black University students and others ‘of African Descent,’ many White students claimed African heritage to improve their chances for admission. Now […]

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The Performance of Manhood Vol 2: Get Gangster

Published on 18 Dec 2006 at 12:33 pm. 10 Comments.
Filed under black image,men's issues,sports,television.

Two recent events epitomize the themes of a previous post entitled, The Performance of Manhood. In that post, I talked about a basketball game where I almost got in a fight with an opponent, whom I was dominating. After blocking his shot, he started pounding his chest, shouting profanity and proclaiming how easily he could […]

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Phil & Nnenna Freelon Interview Now Available

Published on 15 Dec 2006 at 9:16 pm. No Comments.
Filed under interviews.

This month’s interview features two very successful individuals whom I have known and loved my entire life: my parents, Phil and Nnenna Freelon. See what a couple seasoned Blackademics have to say about family, marriage, and negotiating the two alongside distinguished careers in architecture and music, respectively.

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Food for the Beast

Published on 14 Dec 2006 at 5:32 pm. 10 Comments.
Filed under black culture,news/politics.

Just finished finals, I’m back home in North Carolina from Syracuse. I should be happy, right? Well, everything was all good until I opened up Durham’s local paper, the News and Observer (nothing like the local news can bring a brother down) and on the front page I see two of my boys: Kenny Cross […]

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Revisiting the Tuskegee Airmen

Published on 13 Dec 2006 at 12:57 pm. 18 Comments.
Filed under black culture,history.

A recent story on MSNBC gives detailed information that contradicts the legend of the Tuskegee Airmen, and the group’s distinction of never losing a fighter to enemy fire. William F. Holton, a historian for Tuskegee Airmen Inc., has found documented evidence that the famed collection of the nation’s first African-American fighter pilots indeed lost several […]

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What? it’s just Hip-Hop

Published on 11 Dec 2006 at 5:03 am. 5 Comments.
Filed under commercialism,entertainment,history,mainstream culture.

There’s alot of criticism of Hip-Hop out there: gratuitous violence, misogyny, the glorification of trapp’n hustling and drug dealing, the music videos, commercialism etc. In an article entitled How Hip-Hop Holds Blacks Back, John McWhorter states, “[Hip-Hop has] long hindered Blacks… by teaching young Blacks that a thuggish adversarial stance is the properly ‘authentic’ response […]

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