Archives for May 2007

Black Americans Recruited by Al-Qaeda

Published on 29 May 2007 at 10:22 am. 14 Comments.
Filed under inter-minority relations,news/politics,radical politics.

First and foremost a disclaimer: this information did not come from a reputable source. The scare about Al-Qaeda recruiting African Americans as suicide bombers looks to me like a conservative attempt at further fracturing people of color, demonizing Blacks and Muslims, and instigating fear. However, that being said, I think it brings up some very […]

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Black Diamonds

Published on 24 May 2007 at 9:47 am. 28 Comments.
Filed under Africa,collective action,news/politics.

In Johannesburg, South Africa Black Diamonds are booming. “Black Diamonds” is the new term for South Africa’s growing Black middle class, whose numbers have jumped by about 600,000 in just 12 months. This upsurge has resulted in unprecedented spending power for the first generation of post-Apartheid Black South Africans, say Professors John Simpson and Neil […]

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Malcolm X at 82

Published on 19 May 2007 at 6:50 pm. 9 Comments.
Filed under history,positivity.

Today, Malcolm X would have been the 82 years old. Let us honor him by remembering his commitment to the Black community. I have attached a link to one of Malcolm’s speeches, from a website of his speeches and papers: What happened to the Malcolm X’s of the world? So many of our courageous […]

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Always With The Black Males…

Published on 18 May 2007 at 1:45 am. 10 Comments.
Filed under black culture,black image,men's issues.

The mainstream press has run so many news stories about the pathological sociology and psychology of African- American males recently that it’s about time to start talking about Failing Black Men Syndrome, analogous to the well-known Missing White Woman Syndrome. The latest entry spotlights a new report by the Task Force on the Education of […]

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Free Mumia!!! The Philly Appeal

Published on 17 May 2007 at 8:55 am. 3 Comments.
Filed under collective action,news/politics,radical politics.

Today, thousands are gathering in Philadelphia to support political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal on the day of his oral arguments, despite intimidation tactics including death threats from the Philadelphia Police Department and Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). On what could be the final legal appeal for Mumia, brothers and sisters from around the globe have […]

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Tommie Smith Interview

Published on 16 May 2007 at 8:03 am. No Comments.
Filed under interviews.

Greetings Blackademics. We’re having some trouble with WordPress, so we don’t have the podcast/MP3 of the interview up yet, but you can read the transcript HERE. The May interview is with Olympic gold medalist, Tommie Smith (the tall one). PEACE. edit: the mp3 is now available; apologies for the delay. ~df

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NBA: Fair or Foul?

Published on 9 May 2007 at 11:46 pm. 13 Comments.
Filed under racism,sports.

Two recent studies paint contrasting pictures of race relations in the National Basketball Association. Last week, the New York Times released data from a study conducted over the course of 13 NBA seasons, which found that white referees called more fouls against Black players than against white players (read article here). This study came out […]

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Obama, the Magic Negro, and Rush Limbaugh

Published on 7 May 2007 at 11:37 pm. 6 Comments.
Filed under film,news/politics,racism.

On March 19th, a black columnist for the L.A. Times argued that Barack Obama was the country’s newest “Magic Negro” — a term that I was first introduced to, honestly, in a Dave Chappelle skit. Little did I know, prior to watching this comedic skit, that this term existed before Dave Chappelle in academic books […]

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LAPD, Violence and Immigration

Published on 4 May 2007 at 11:54 am. 4 Comments.
Filed under collective action,inter-minority relations,news/politics.

The LAPD is being investigated for its excessive use of force at a peaceful Immigration rally this week. The rally was part of a international movement of marches and protests called May Day – a day dedicated to labor and immigration reform. And in classic LAPD fashion, officers were caught on tape; bombarding women, children […]

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