Archives for July 2007

Macy’s Guide to “Becoming White”

Published on 25 Jul 2007 at 6:06 am. 24 Comments.
Filed under fashion,inter-minority relations,racism.

This week, one of the world’s biggest and most exclusive mega-fashion department stores, Macy’s, was forced to recall a line of offensive T-shirts. The contraversial (brown) shirts had the phrase, “BROWN IS THE NEW WHITE” printed across the chest in all (white) capitals. Macy’s, Macy’s, Macy’s what were you thinking? I have no earthly idea […]

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Will $100 Laptop Close the Digital Divide?

Published on 23 Jul 2007 at 5:28 pm. 5 Comments.
Filed under education,news/politics,technology.

Finally, 5 years after the idea was proposed, the “$100 Laptop” (also called the XO Laptop) is in its final stages. Manufacturers are on the verge of plunging into mass production for at least 3 million Cheaptops, which ex-secretary general of the UN Kofi Annan believes “will open up new fronts” for children’s education in […]

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Black Privlidge

Published on 17 Jul 2007 at 6:01 am. 19 Comments.
Filed under Africa,racial rhetoric.

We always talk about white privilege, but what about Black privilege? I don’t experience it often, but I sure did this evening-about 15 minutes ago. It’s a special kind of Black privilege: airport privilege. I’m currently sitting at the airport in Accra, waiting to head out to London before returning to Babylon. The security here […]

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Firoze Manji Interview Now Available

Published on 16 Jul 2007 at 2:51 am. 1 Comment.
Filed under interviews.

This month we got an interview with Kenyan author, journalist, and activist Firoze Manji for y’all. He runs the African equivalent of Blackademics and has a lot to say about genocide, the digital divide in Africa, and African continental unity. Also, this month marks our first full year of great Blackademics interviews! If you’re new […]

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WW2’s Buffalo Soldiers, a Spike Lee joint

Published on 8 Jul 2007 at 11:20 am. 20 Comments.
Filed under film,history,positivity.

Director Spike Lee is working on a new film that will reveal an untold story of Black leadership and valour during World War 2. The film is about the U.S. Army’s all-black 92nd “Buffalo Soldier” Division, which defended Italy from Nazi occupation in the 1940s. Based on the novel, Miracle at St. Anna by James […]

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United States of Africa? The Jury is Still Out.

Published on 4 Jul 2007 at 11:45 am. 53 Comments.
Filed under Africa,collective action,history,news/politics,positivity.

Freelon here, reporting live from Accra, Ghana on the final day of the 2007 African Union Summit! We started the week very excited about the proceedings taking place here. The city is tight with security, all the politicians have been making their rounds, giving town hall lectures and making appearances. But at the conclusion of […]

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20 Years for a School Yard Brawl?

Published on 3 Jul 2007 at 7:44 am. 24 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,racism.

Tension is high in Jena, Louisiana, where six Black high school students are looking at upwards of twenty years in prison for beating up a white student who taunted the boys by hanging nooses from a tree. Here’s how the beef started. The tree, located on the campus of Jena high school, was a popular […]

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