Archives for February 2007

Black History, Education and Oprah

Published on 28 Feb 2007 at 6:55 pm. 8 Comments.
Filed under academia,collective action,history,television.

As we say farewell to another Black History Month I wanted to address some of the struggles I’ve been facing as an educator in the community. I help teach a class for children, ages 10-16 at the local library here in Syracuse (training future Blackademcis). In class we talk about racism, black history the struggles […]

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New Site Speech Policy

Published on 26 Feb 2007 at 1:18 am. 12 Comments.
Filed under racism,sexuality,site policy.

At Blackademics, our principal goal is to encourage a wide range of intellectually stimulating dialogue, and for the most part, that is what you, the Blackademics community, have been producing. However, a few recent comments have fallen a bit short of the minimum standards of discourse which we are prepared to tolerate. These comments have […]

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Virginia apologizes 4 Slavery

Published on 25 Feb 2007 at 11:13 pm. 7 Comments.
Filed under history,news/politics.

Yesterday, Virginia’s general assembly voted unanimously to pass a resolution apologizing for enslavement. As the former capital of the Confederacy, it’s fitting that Virginia became the first state to take such action. They also expressed remorse for their exploitation of Native Amercian people. “For there to be true reconciliation over slavery, there has to be […]

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25 reasons being black ain’t easy

Published on 23 Feb 2007 at 1:43 am. 8 Comments.
Filed under black culture,television.

This Tuesday, BET aired a program called, “Top 25 Events that (Mis)Shaped Black America“. It was a nice blend of comedy and serious social commentary, hosted by one of our up-coming Blackademics interviewees Paul Mooney. An encore broadcast will air on BET this Friday, Feb. 23rd at 10pm. For those of you who have not […]

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Problem, Meet Solution

Published on 20 Feb 2007 at 3:56 pm. 9 Comments.
Filed under academia,collective action,men's issues,positivity.

Here at Blackademics, we have a tendency to dwell on the problems that afflict the black community, but we rarely talk about any of the strategies that people are using to counteract them. It is my distinct pleasure to do so now: today’s Washington Post features an article about an informal group of black families […]

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Love and Basketball: Homophobia in Sports

Published on 18 Feb 2007 at 11:08 pm. 74 Comments.
Filed under men's issues,sexuality,sports.

On the night of the NBA all-star game, I though it would be a good time to address Tim Hardaway’s (a 5-time All-Star) controversial comments made during an interview on 790 the Ticket radio show earlier this week. Host Dan Le Batard was discussing John Amaechi, a retired NBA center who recently became the first […]

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Artrell Dickerson, a victim of police brutality

Published on 15 Feb 2007 at 3:46 pm. 43 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,racism.

A young man named Artrell Dickerson was killed by a Detroit police officer this Monday while he was attending a friends funeral. The Dickerson family released a statement describing the incident, “Monday afternoon a crowd of people were gathered outside of Cantrell’s funeral home after the emotional and somewhat disruptive funeral of a young man […]

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Jesse Jackson Interview Now Available

Published on 15 Feb 2007 at 2:19 pm. No Comments.
Filed under interviews.

For Black History Month we have a very special interview exclusive for y’all: arguably the most famous living civil rights advocate in the nation, Jesse Jackson. He’s got some insightful things to say about US electoral politics, so check it out.

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To Stand Up or to Sell Out? Black Lawmakers Support Clinton Over Obama

Published on 13 Feb 2007 at 8:02 pm. 21 Comments.
Filed under black culture,news/politics.

News out of South Carolina of state Senators Robert Ford and Darrell Jackson supporting presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton over Barack Obama. Sen. Ford even went so far as to suggest that Obama leading the Democratic ticket would “drag down the rest of the party,” by influencing the white majority of voters to change leadership in the House, […]

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Killing people for puppies

Published on 13 Feb 2007 at 1:30 am. 28 Comments.
Filed under ignorance,ridiculousness.

This Friday, two young Black men, Joshua and Justin Moulder, were sentenced for torturing and killing a small puppy in Georgia. The two boys, 17 and 19 years old, had a history of juvenile misconduct and pleaded guilty to charges of animal cruelty and burglary. Animal activists were furious with the “light” sentencing, “ten years […]

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