Archives for January 2007

Because a Stadium for the 2010 World Cup is clearly more Important than Hospitals in South Africa

Published on 29 Jan 2007 at 7:27 am. 3 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,news/politics,poverty,sports.

I am nearing my 5 month mark in Johannesburg, South Africa and am never surprised to learn about the destructive activities President Thabo Mbeki sanctions. First, it was his on-going refusal to recognize the relationship between HIV+AIDs (heightened by 2003 public declaration that he doesn’t know anyone who has died of AIDS), the reluctance to […]

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Klansman indicted 43 years after slayings

Published on 26 Jan 2007 at 12:08 pm. 6 Comments.
Filed under history,racism.

Transcripts were recently released from a press conference from the Department of Justice discussing the indictment of James F. Seale. Seale is being held for the 1964 kidnapping and murder of Charles Moore and Henry Dee. Both were 19 years old at the time. The following excerpt from the Associated Press recounts the grim events […]

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Obama, the Islamic Fundamentalist

Published on 25 Jan 2007 at 2:40 am. 26 Comments.
Filed under news/politics.

Let the mud-slinging begin. It wouldn’t be campaign season if there weren’t some dirt out there being smeared all over the names of some of the new presidential candidates. Just yesterday, CNN refuted a report that Senator Barak Obama was educated in a radical Muslim fundamentalist school known as a “madrassa.” This is a clear […]

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2 Black Coaches in the Superbowl!!!

Published on 23 Jan 2007 at 1:49 am. 5 Comments.
Filed under positivity,sports,television.

Yesterday, two Black coaches made professional football history. Lovie Smith, of the Chicago Bears, led his team to a 39-14 point victory over the New Orleans Saints. Hours later, Tony Dungy led his Indianapolis Colts to the AFC title in a 38-34 victory over the New England Patriots. Finally, after 4 decades, one of the […]

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Were the levees detonated?

Published on 20 Jan 2007 at 2:58 pm. 10 Comments.
Filed under history,news/politics,radical politics.

Watching the mainstream media coverage of Hurricane Katrina over the past year, I had developed a pretty solid understanding what happened to the levees. Just look at Wikipedia – clearly it was a flaw in design and a lack of maintenance, which led to the broken levees and the subsequent flooding of the 9th ward. […]

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Are you ready for a Black President?

Published on 18 Jan 2007 at 12:28 am. 29 Comments.
Filed under news/politics.

Is the United States ready for a Black president? It’s a simple question – a question I’m sure we will revisit in some shape or form again and again here on Blackademics between now and November of 2008. We really may never have an opportunity to find out, Obama first has to win the primaries […]

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Afro Samurai—for all the anime heads out there

Published on 17 Jan 2007 at 12:01 am. 9 Comments.
Filed under black image,entertainment,television.

Fans of quality animated entertainment should definitely tune in to Spike TV on Thursday nights at 11p to catch Afro Samurai, which may be the first mainstream anime series to feature a black character in the lead role. It’s got some top-level talent behind it: the vocal cast includes Hollywood heavyweights Samuel L. Jackson, Kelly […]

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the rape and torture of zimbabwean women…that’s zim’s problem says south africa

Published on 16 Jan 2007 at 5:41 am. 14 Comments.
Filed under women's issues/feminism.

IRIN News (of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) published a story discussing how the South African government is being condemned because of its ‘complete silence’ concerning the high rates of rape reported by Zimbabwean women at the hands of Zimbabwean security forces who are applying for asylum in South Africa. In […]

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Ama Ata Aidoo Interview Now Available

Published on 15 Jan 2007 at 3:06 pm. No Comments.
Filed under interviews.

Happy MLK Day everyone! We have an interview with Ghanian author, poet, playwright, and professor Ama Ata Aidoo up for your edification. Check it out!

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Stomped Out

Published on 13 Jan 2007 at 11:05 pm. 16 Comments.
Filed under black image,film,racism.

This week in Barak Obama’s home territory of Illinois, the owner of a mid-west theatre chain, Kerasotes Theatres, took measures to ban a controversial new film on Black culture, for fears that it might ignite gang violence. I’m sure you’re all wondering which outrageous Black film merits such extreme action, perhaps a new Spike Lee […]

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