Archives for February 2007
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 who […]
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.
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, […]
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 in […]