Archives for December 2008

The Black Candle – A Revolutionary Documentary on Kwanzaa by MK Asante, Jr.

Published on 26 Dec 2008 at 12:12 pm. 3 Comments.
Filed under Africa,diaspora,history,positivity.

HAPPY KWANZAA, Blackademics! To celebrate this holiday season, I highly recommend that everyone take a look at the new documentary from MK Asante, Jr. entitled, The Black Candle. It’s the first feature film on Kwanzaa. The Black Candle is vibrant exploration, celebration and history of the African American experience. Narrated by Maya Angelou, the film […]

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whopper virgins & the fast food nation: colonialism, marketing, food, sex, and hunger politics.

Published on 23 Dec 2008 at 2:31 pm. 3 Comments.
Filed under health,news/politics,poverty,racism,television.

it has been a long time, but i am back ____ Cross posted from kameelahwrites. *** i am sure everyone has seen the whopper virgins commercials with the ‘natives’/’whopper virgins’ in traditional garb tasting burger king whoppers after they have been rescued from their tribal settings to consume fatty American food in a more ‘modern’ […]

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The Dynamics of Black Masculinity During Pick-up Basketball Games

Published on 21 Dec 2008 at 9:56 pm. 3 Comments.
Filed under men's issues,sports.

Today, I was playing basketball at Lyon Park Community Center here in Durham, NC. It’s a weekly Sunday run from about 1pm-4pm. Moderately competitive. We usually get about 15-20 young basketball players, many of whom live in the community surrounding the center. I’d say the median age is about 20 years old – half high […]

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December Interview w/ The Legendary Raphael Saadiq

Published on 15 Dec 2008 at 2:49 am. Comments Off on December Interview w/ The Legendary Raphael Saadiq.
Filed under interviews,music.

This month’s interview is with artistic genius Raphael Saadiq, who was in Durham performing alongside John Legend this week. I joined him after the show for a night of drinks, club hopping and salsa dancing in the Bull City. This interview takes place at about 2:30 am in my car, so please excuse the poor […]

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Lil Wayne Leads All Artists of Any Category in Grammy Nominations

Published on 8 Dec 2008 at 4:48 pm. 7 Comments.
Filed under black culture,entertainment,music.

“Welcome back Hip-Hop, I saved your life,” Wayne triumphantly announced at the end of his song “Dr. Carter” from his multi-platinum album Tha Carter III. The self-proclaimed “best rapper alive” garnered 8 Grammy nominations this year, including Best Rap Song for “Lollipop,” Best Rap Solo Performance for “A Milli,” Best Rap Performance by Duo for […]

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The Other First “Black” President

Published on 1 Dec 2008 at 10:04 pm. 3 Comments.
Filed under academia,history.

Blackademicians, I’d like to apologize for the lack of posts recently. My wife and I just had a baby boy, so I gave myself a little hiatus from the blogsphere. I returned to find an interesting article forwarded to me from fellow contributor, Weusi Baraka. The article, entitled “Barack Obama is not the First Black […]

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