Archives for April 2007

Driving While Black: Still Rolling On

Published on 29 Apr 2007 at 11:39 pm. 9 Comments.
Filed under racism.

Here’s one for us to file under the “I’m Not Surprised” file, a recent study released by the Bureau of Justice on Sunday revealed the African-Americans and Latinos are still more likely than whites to be searched and/or arrested during routine traffic stops. While data showed that all racial groups were all equally likely to […]

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Hip-hop’s favorite expletives

Published on 28 Apr 2007 at 1:29 am. 8 Comments.
Filed under black culture,entertainment,music,women's issues/feminism.

I see that Paul Butler over at Blackprof has gotten a decent amount of mileage out of his recent post on Russell Simmons’ call for the entertainment industry to voluntarily ban the n-word, “bitch,” and “ho” from their media products. Butler roundly rejects the idea, taking the standard “if you don’t like it, don’t buy […]

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“Genocide” in Darfur

Published on 25 Apr 2007 at 11:44 am. 3 Comments.
Filed under Africa,news/politics.

You see it everywhere: programs, commercials, fliers, events, fundraisers, post cards, Ads in the New York Times, all centered around the slogan, “Save Darfur”. But who knows what’s really going on in Darfur? Who or what are we saving Darfur from? If you google, “Save Darfur,” you’ll get several links to pages which describe what’s […]

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Interracial Marriages Skyrocket

Published on 21 Apr 2007 at 12:34 am. 11 Comments.
Filed under inter-minority relations,mainstream culture.

The United States Census Bureau reports that interracial marriages have reached an all time high. In the 21st century it may be hard for some people to believe that, in some states, such unions were illegal only 40 years ago. South Carolina’s Bob Jones University only dropped its ban on interracial dating in 2000. Since […]

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The Right to Be Wrong

Published on 18 Apr 2007 at 10:21 am. 16 Comments.
Filed under black culture,black image,collective action,entertainment.

Between Don Imus and Duke Lacrosse, the nation at large has once again taken up the issue of the Crisis of Black America. Much discussion has been made regarding the plight of African-Americans, and what (or who) is responsible for it. The most recent target? Hip-hop. Many prominent and influential African-Americans are leading the charge […]

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Virginia Tech Shooting, 33 Dead

Published on 16 Apr 2007 at 1:28 pm. 6 Comments.
Filed under news/politics.

Today a gunman opened fire in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech. The gunman was killed, but not before killing 31 people and injuring at least 19 others. This tragedy is the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history (read article, here). This month’s interview-ee, Nikki Giovanni is an English professor at Virginia Tech University. […]

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Nikki Giovanni Interview Now Available

Published on 16 Apr 2007 at 12:47 am. No Comments.
Filed under interviews.

Okay, the interview of the month is now ready for primetime. For April we got renowned poet, author, and professor Nikki Giovanni discussing the pivotal role of women in history, Aaron McGruder, and how Frederick Douglass convinced Abraham Lincoln to grow a beard. No, I’m not kidding—you gotta check this one out.

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Support Brown Babies

Published on 13 Apr 2007 at 12:47 am. 4 Comments.
Filed under collective action,inter-minority relations,positivity.

A friend of mine has started a non-profit organization called, Brown Babies. This is a fledgling North Carolina-based organization that is dedicated to uplifting children of color (hence the name). Here is a quote from their “theory of unity,” Brown Babies seeks to advocate for EVERY child of color and believes that by working TOGETHER, […]

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Nigger Brown

Published on 10 Apr 2007 at 1:15 pm. 14 Comments.
Filed under ignorance,racism,ridiculousness.

For newcomers to Blackademics.org, please don’t let the previous two post titles fool you. We do engage in meaningful, intellectual debate here. The ridiculousness has just been overwhelming in the past several days. Nigger Brown – no, it’s not the title of a new play from Tyler Perry. Nigger Brown is the color of Doris […]

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Nappy Headed Hoes

Published on 9 Apr 2007 at 1:44 am. 186 Comments.
Filed under racism,sexuality,women's issues/feminism.

Nappy Headed Hoes. This is the latest slur being used in the popular media to describe women of color. For those of you who aren’t up on the controversial remarks made by nationally syndicated radio host, Don Imus the following clip will bring you up to speed: (or read an article, here.) The National Association […]

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