Archives for July 2009
Boston Police Officer/National Guardsman Fired for Calling Gates, “banana-eating jungle monkey”: A Historical Perspective
Justin Barrett, a Boston police overseer and solider in the National Guard, recently sent a mass e-mail to his colleagues referring to Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. as a “banana-eating jungle monkey”. Not that we needed any confirmation that the enforcers of the state’s repressive agenda were inherently racist (Gates’ arrest in an of […]
Social critic and comedian Dave Chapelle hilariously described the tense relationship between Black men and police in his landmark stand-up performance, Killing ‘em Softly.
I’m not saying I don’t like police. I’m not saying that. I’m saying, I’m just scared of them. Nothing wrong with that. Sometimes, we want to call them too. Somebody broke into […]
Welcome back for the second segment of 1996 as we focus on two titans, Jay-Z and Nas, and their landmark albums, Reasonable Doubt and It Was Written. These two classics were released within one week of each other, instantly causing the summer of 1996 to become “history in the making.” In an era where most […]
It is my distinct pleasure to announce this month’s Blackadeimcs interviewee, Professor Sam Anderson - the author of The Black Holocaust for Beginners. I met Mr. Anderson while I was at Syracuse, when he came to deliver a riveting lecture on Black self-determination. This interview captures some of our conversation, following the lecture. We chop […]
Welcome back for the fourth installment of Coming of Age with Hip Hop. This week, I have the pleasure of tackling one of the biggest years in Hip Hop: 1996. Due to the six heavyweight releases that I have selected as the premier albums of 1996, I will break this installment up into three segments. […]