Archives for March 2007

“I Can,” Engage the Community

Published on 29 Mar 2007 at 10:43 am. 4 Comments.
Filed under academia,collective action,positivity.

One of the main goals of is to use the internet as a resource to educate people and engage young brothers and sisters in discussion. However, the Black freedom struggle cannot be waged entirely online. The internet lacks a certain intimacy that Black people need to cultivate critical thinkers, activists, intellectuals and a real […]

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Bicentennial of the Abolition of (English) Slave Trade

Published on 26 Mar 2007 at 1:52 pm. 13 Comments.
Filed under history,ignorance,news/politics.

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade. This is a very important historical event, which is being commemorated all around the world. You may have noticed ceremonies going on in your community. There are bicentenary events going on from South Africa and New York to Bristol and India. Yesterday in […]

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Superheroes: Urban Style

Published on 23 Mar 2007 at 9:18 am. 8 Comments.
Filed under art,black culture,black image,entertainment,positivity.

Okay, here’s my chance to speak on something I’m really passionate about: comic books. Yall can call me a lame if you want to but comic books have always appealed to me as a Black man. In the Marvel universe for example, mutants (X-Men) had to deal with racial discrimination, forced segregation, hatred and lynch […]

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USAfrican Command: The Breakdown

Published on 20 Mar 2007 at 11:07 pm. 19 Comments.
Filed under collective action,news/politics.

Two perspectives on Africom (United States Africa Command): Perspective 1: The US Africa Command (or Africom) is a military strategy devised by the Pentagon, which places military bases and outposts on African soil. President Bush believes that Africom will “strengthen our (American) security co-operation with Africa,” by providing military training designed to support local governments, […]

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UPDATE: Cops Indicted for NY Shooting

Published on 18 Mar 2007 at 8:51 am. 6 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,racism.

The tragic occurrence was brought to the Blackademics Forum in late Nov. (please see The Destruction of the Black Family….By the NYPD ) Last week, news broke that the three of the five police officers involved in shooting the unarmed 23 year old Sean Bell the day of his wedding, would be indicted on Monday […]

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Paul Mooney Interview Now Available

Published on 16 Mar 2007 at 1:56 am. No Comments.
Filed under interviews.

Hey all: we got an interview with politically-charged funnyman Paul Mooney ready to go for March. Even if you don’t know the name, you’ve almost certainly laughed at a few of his lines from SNL, In Living Color, and/or the Chappelle Show. He’s got a lot to say about race and the N-word, so check […]

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The First Black Princess

Published on 11 Mar 2007 at 2:58 pm. 11 Comments.
Filed under black image,entertainment,film,mainstream culture.

15 years ago the Disney classic Aladdin made history by introducing the world to princess Jasmine, the first leading lady of color in a Disney film. Jasmine joined the ranks of Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and the fish-lady Ariel as the heroines of the Disney princess dynasty. Since 1992, Pocahontas and Mulan have joined […]

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Madea: Coonery or Black Theatre?

Published on 6 Mar 2007 at 12:02 pm. 15 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,mainstream culture,theatre.

In the 21st century, Tyler Perry has dominated the Black Theatre scene. His popular, “Urban Theatre” melodramas have been a huge success over the past several years grossing close to $100 million in ticket and DVD sales. Several of his plays feature the recurring character “Madea,” an outspoken grandmomma played by Perry himself. Many of […]

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Cherokees Vote Slave Descendants Out of Nation

Published on 4 Mar 2007 at 4:11 pm. 12 Comments.
Filed under black culture,diaspora,racism.

A Saturday vote by the members of the Cherokee Nation has resulted in the revocation of tribal membership from more than 2,800 descendants of slaves once owned by tribe members. 76 percent of the membership voted to limit tribal classification to individuals of “by blood” descendants. Qualifications for membership were determined by a congressional commission […]

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Church vs. Women & Sexuality

Published on 4 Mar 2007 at 12:50 pm. 22 Comments.
Filed under sexuality,spirituality,women's issues/feminism.

I wanted to address an intriguing quetsion from Friday’s Roundtable. For those of you who don’t know, The Roundtable is a monthly gathering of graduate and undergraduate students from upstate New York (mostly from Syracuse University) who meet on the first Friday of each month at a multi-cultural pot-luck dinner/group discussion. It’s much like an […]

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