Archives for December 2006

What’s Our Biggest Problem?

Published on 7 Dec 2006 at 6:54 am. 7 Comments.
Filed under academia,black culture,news/politics.

The big brains over at Blackprof have been kicking around a question that’s been nagging at me for the past several weeks: what is/are the most significant problem/s facing African-Americans today? Shavar Jeffries astutely observes that affirmative action as currently implemented at the occupational and higher-ed levels simply isn’t that relevant for most blacks anymore, […]

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“It’s time for ascended blacks to wish niggers good luck.”

Published on 6 Dec 2006 at 10:52 am. 24 Comments.
Filed under mainstream culture,racism,women's issues/feminism.

This is a quote from (and the general thesis of) an article entitled, The Manifesto of Ascendancy for the Modern American Nigger written by John Ridley for this month’s issue of Esquire Magazine. It’s a long article, intentionally provactive, and a little distasteful – but an important read for Blackademics, as it reflects many of […]

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Your black card has been revoked!

Published on 4 Dec 2006 at 4:47 am. 10 Comments.
Filed under black culture,diaspora,history.

Since I made that first trek across town to a white private high school, my mother and I have had this inside joke about moments of having your black card revoked. On Saturday night my black card was revoked. It was an ambush of sorts. I can usually see it coming. I was having such […]

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Equal®?

Published on 3 Dec 2006 at 4:12 pm. 15 Comments.
Filed under commercialism,radical politics,television.

This post and the artwork that accompanies it come courtesy of Pierce and I’s sister, Maya, an MFA student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. Taking a break from my Civil Rights class taught by Professor Gerald Gill at Tufts University, I stepped into the graduate lounge and a […]

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Patriarchy and Poverty: a Deadly Combination for African Women

Published on 1 Dec 2006 at 12:17 pm. 1 Comment.
Filed under news/politics,poverty,women's issues/feminism.

Madagascar. Three years ago, a young woman named Kenia was sexually assaulted by her uncle, Justin Betombo. A report was filed, medical records secured and a confession signed by Betombo, but all of those files submitted to the prosecutor are now missing. The prosecutor in charge says that she has no record or memory of […]

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