Archives for October 2007

Come on People: On the Path From Victims to Victors

Published on 30 Oct 2007 at 3:22 pm. 14 Comments.
Filed under black culture,black image,racial rhetoric,ridiculousness.

In May of 2004 after receiving an award during a celebration commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board, Bill Cosby made several controversial remarks criticizing Black youth. During his (in)famous “Poundcake” speech, Cosby called out African Americans who put higher priorities on sports, fashion, and “acting hard” than on education, self-respect, and self-improvement. Let […]

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Jena 6.. @ The BET Hip-Hop Awards!?

Published on 23 Oct 2007 at 3:10 pm. 19 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,mainstream culture,ridiculousness,television.

I know I’m late, the BET Hip-Hop Awards were over a week ago, but I was out of town and I just caught the re-broadcast this week. I was surprised to see two of the Jena 6 brothers (Bryant Purvis and Carwin Jones) decked out, on the red carpet like some overnight celebrities! Was anyone […]

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Africans are “less intelligent,” says Nobel Prize laureate

Published on 20 Oct 2007 at 11:39 pm. 19 Comments.
Filed under academia,Africa,racism.

Molecular biologist Dr. James Watson shared the 1962 Nobel prize for medicine with Francis Crick and Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins for their description of the double helix structure of DNA. Is it possible that Watson’s findings also concluded that the genetic structure of Europeans is fundamentally different than that of people of African descent? A […]

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Gun Toting: From T.I. to your Highschool English Teacher

Published on 18 Oct 2007 at 3:39 pm. 13 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,ridiculousness.

Grammy Award winning rapper T.I. was arrested last week on federal gun charges. According to news reports, T.I. (whose government name is Clifford Harris), got caught in a sting operation hosted by agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (Boom Boom Boom, open the door: ATF!) With help from his bodygaurd-turned […]

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Malcolm Jamal Warner Interview!

Published on 15 Oct 2007 at 5:37 pm. No Comments.
Filed under interviews.

The October Blackademics Interview is with actor, director and musician Malcolm Jamal Warner. Known best for playing the role of Theo Huxtable on the Cosby show, Warner is now the leader of the jazz/funk band, Miles Long, and the writer/director of his one-man show, Love and Other Social Issues. Check out Malcolm’s opinions on Bomani […]

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Tonight, on the 10 o’clock Noose

Published on 12 Oct 2007 at 2:59 pm. 5 Comments.
Filed under collective action,racism.

The heightened racial tension spurned by the controversial Jena 6 trial has had many impacts on both White communities and communities of color. On one hand, it has raised the level of consciousness among the youth. You see evidence of this in the students who wear black in solidarity to take a stance against injustice, […]

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Virtual Panhandling for Reparations

Published on 9 Oct 2007 at 3:19 pm. 1 Comment.
Filed under art,collective action,history,radical politics.

I Am Virtually Panhandling for Reparations! (Please REPOST) National Day of Panhandling for Reparations is a national street performance on October 10, 2007, led by conceptual artist damali ayo. I am participating in this performance because I believe that a conversation about reparations has been pushed aside for way too long. This country has paid […]

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U.S. Judicial System: Falling Through the Crack

Published on 6 Oct 2007 at 10:42 am. 4 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,Prison Industrial Complex,racism.

This week the Supreme Court addressed a case, which brought the issue of the disparity in sentencing between powder cocaine and crack cocaine into the forefront of national politics. For those of you who aren’t aware of the imbalance, it goes a little something like this: federal law enforces a 100-to-1 disparity between crack and […]

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National Day of Panhandling for Reparations: Exclusive Interview with Damali Ayo

Published on 3 Oct 2007 at 12:05 am. 15 Comments.
Filed under collective action,interviews,radical politics.

Several months ago, Kameelah posted on the controversial topic of the National Day of Pan-Handling for Reparations. Well, the date is upon us. One week from today, on October 10th, people across the country will be hitting the streets to beg for reparations. This is all part of political artivist Damali Ayo’s “Now Art” initiative, […]

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Beyond Jena: The (Re)Birth of a Movement

Published on 1 Oct 2007 at 12:41 pm. 23 Comments.
Filed under collective action,education.

“No justice, no peace!” a sparkling crowd of hundreds chanted in front of Morgan State University’s Soper Library last Thursday to rally support for the Jena Six. With students clad in varying temperatures of black, the scene at Morgan mirrored scores of similar events across the country including in Jena, Louisiana, where tens of thousands […]

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