Archives for September 2007

Since When is Sag’n Pants a Crime?

Published on 28 Sep 2007 at 8:23 pm. 13 Comments.
Filed under black image,fashion,men's issues.

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 […]

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Mychal Bell Goes Home

Published on 28 Sep 2007 at 3:33 pm. 13 Comments.
Filed under black culture,black image,collective action,racism.

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.

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Hugo Chavez, Don Cheadle and the Hatian Revolution

Published on 25 Sep 2007 at 12:55 am. 13 Comments.
Filed under diaspora,entertainment,film,positivity,radical politics.

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 […]

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Jena 6 National Day of Action: Take Action, Wear Black!

Published on 20 Sep 2007 at 1:08 am. 33 Comments.
Filed under collective action,news/politics,racism.

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 […]

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G-Unit vs. Good Music. And the winner is…

Published on 19 Sep 2007 at 12:43 pm. 10 Comments.
Filed under black culture,mainstream culture,music,news/politics.

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 […]

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French President Sarkozy reminds us that “the African has not fully entered into history” and Mbeki writes him a congratulatory letter

Published on 16 Sep 2007 at 12:47 pm. 16 Comments.
Filed under Africa,diaspora,history,news/politics,racism.

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 […]

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September Interview: Rakim!!!

Published on 15 Sep 2007 at 5:55 pm. 1 Comment.
Filed under interviews.

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.

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South Africa shows US how to BEE

Published on 13 Sep 2007 at 12:36 am. 14 Comments.
Filed under affirmative action,Africa,blackonomics.

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UVA Newspaper Shows Cultural Insensitivity

Published on 10 Sep 2007 at 11:14 pm. 10 Comments.
Filed under Africa,ignorance,poverty,racism.

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 […]

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Subtle racism versus ‘Ima lynch you n*gga’ racism

Published on 10 Sep 2007 at 10:21 pm. 32 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,racism.

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, […]

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