Archives for May 2009
Also posted at WireTap and KameelahWrites Summary: Instead of magic role models we need long-term education investment. While browsing Ta-Nehisi Coates’s blog at The Atlantic Magazine, I stumbled onto his satirical link “Researchers Shocked That Obama’s Mere Presence Doesn’t Make Negroes Smarter.” After assuming I would be led to an Onion article, I arrived at […]
A riveting review by guest Blackademics guest contributor Alexis Pauline Gumbs In the beginning there was the word. And before that there was the darkness. Gospel, Samiya Bashir’s new collection of poems, published by independent black gay and lesbian publisher Redbone Press, is an extended meditation on the relationship between that darkness and the word. […]
Charge it to the Game: Plantation Culture and White Privilege Converge in the NBA to Thwart Black Self-Determination
Neo-plantation sensibilities grounded in the reactionary notions and functions of white supremacy have been on full display this past week in the NBA playoffs. Whether guised as an arrogant sports fan or a franchise team owner that will disparage a black mother, the pervasive agenda of white privilege packaged in the unassuming builds of white men has dwarfed the gigantic black bodies that they have bought and paid for. Respectively, both Kenyon Martin and Glen “Big Baby” Davis, proved their inability to assert their manhood when affronted by white machismo steeped in 5 centuries of imperialist terror perpetuated on the minds and bodies of black folk. While Martin and Davis are listed (translated: paid) as power forwards, their ineptitude at advancing an agency of self-determination proves them to be the tragic antithesis: weak and backwards. Unfortunately, this prescribed condition of dependence and cowardice for black men will persist as long as the sports-industrial complex is rooted in plantation and slave culture.
This May, the one and only Chuck Stone is in the building! We talk about the power of media, with one of the most influential journalists of all time. You don’t want to miss this interview. Listen to an Mp3 of the interview the interview here. Read the transcript here.
These days Hollywood Black comedies fall into two categories with very few exceptions. The first, I like to call the Soul Plane category – which is basically a 21st Century minstrel show laden with the tragic identities, exaggerated personalities and stereotypes. In these films one can expect to see plenty of weed-smoking, booty smacking, gratuitous […]