Archives for September 2007
I just read a NY Times article about a new law being enforced, primarily in the south, to outlaw sagging pants. Sagging is a style adopted primarily by young Black men who identify with Hip-Hop culture. Apparently there is nothing more terrifying to policymakers than a young man with his drawers out.
An intensifying push by […]
Mychal Bell, a central figure in the saga that is the ‘Jena 6,’ posted a $45,000 bail today and has returned home to await trial in juvenile court on charges of assault in December.
His release comes after the widely-regarded protests that took place in the Louisiana town two weeks ago, calling for justice in a […]
The Haitian Revolution is one of the most significant events in world history that nobody ever talks about. When I took history in high school, and later in college, I did study the Revolutionary era where I learned about the American and French Revolutions, but never about Haiti. This silence transcended the classroom, as Haiti […]
We’ve already written extensively about the Jena 6. Long story short, six young black men in Jena, Louisiana are facing 20+ year prison sentences in a clear case of neo-Jim Crow “justice.” If you need a recap, look back at our posts, 20 Years for a School Yard Brawl? or Subtle racism versus ‘Ima lynch […]
Multi-platinum recording artist 50 Cent (G-Unit/Aftermath) threw down the gauntlet several months ago, challenging Kanye West (Good Music/Def Jam) to a battle in record sales, stating: “If Kanye West sells more records than 50 Cent on September 11, I’ll no longer write music. I’ll write music and work with my other artists, but I won’t […]
French President Sarkozy reminds us that “the African has not fully entered into history” and Mbeki writes him a congratulatory letter
I couldn’t make this stuff up if I wanted to. About a month ago, French President Sarkozy spoke at Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar where he asserted (among other equally myopic, ahistorical, neocolonial and racists arguments) that:
The problem of Africa, and allow a friend of Africa to say it, is to be found here. […]
This Month, we got Hip-Hop legend Rakim to talk about rap, spirituality and the contradictions of sponsoring Hennessey as a member of the Nation of Gods and Earths. Sound interesting? Check it out!
*Read transcript here.
The Cavalier Daily, an independent newspaper on the University of Virginia’s campus, has left many students of color in uproar. The newspaper’s resident cartoonist, Grant Woolard, has made a number of offensive cartoons around both race and religion during his tenure. However, it was his most recent cartoon “Ethiopian Food Fight” that has left the […]
I found out about the Jena Six last night– after a night of enjoying waffles and listening to live music at a chicken and waffles joint here at my school. After hearing a summation of several events that happened last year–
Wait - here’s a quick run down: in a town in Louisiana called Jena, there’s […]