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9th Wonder & Mark Anthony Neal Shine

Published on 5 Mar 2012 at 12:56 pm. 1 Comment.
Filed under academia,black culture,Hip-Hip,history,music.

It’s a blessing when two of your heroes are also your colleagues. Check out this CBS piece on Grammy-winner 9th Wonder and Duke Professor Mark Anthony Neal. I’m so proud of what these two have accomplished. They are an inspiration for artists/academicians in general, and for Durhamites/North Carolinians in particular. Shine on, brothers.

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Beat Making Lab in UNC Music Department

Published on 9 Jan 2012 at 3:05 am. 2 Comments.
Filed under academia,education,music.

I’ve taught courses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2009, but until this semester all of my courses have been in the Department of African and African American Studies. This semester I have the privilege of developing a new class just a few buildings down from Battle Hall in the Music […]

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Code Switching & Identity Performance: the politics of talking black

Published on 27 Sep 2009 at 3:06 pm. 14 Comments.
Filed under academia,black culture,black image,mainstream culture,popular culture.

For the progeny of slaves, English has had the dubious utility of being a key granting access, or more often than not, it has been the rhetorical device making black folks the butt of cruel jokes augmenting bitter ridicule and scorn in the psyche of America’s popular culture. From the Constitution (which asserted that black […]

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Black Music Ambassador Falls Short on Hip-Hop

Published on 30 Mar 2009 at 11:59 pm. 8 Comments.
Filed under academia,black culture,music,popular culture.

Wynton Marsalis: 22nd Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy from Americans for the Arts on Vimeo. *UPDATE – see details at the end of the post* Greetings, Blackademics readers. My name is Eric Hirsh and I’m honored to be engaging in a discussion with you in this guest post. I am a […]

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John Hope Franklin, One of the Great Minds of the 20th and 21st Centuries, Dies At 94

Published on 25 Mar 2009 at 5:48 pm. 1 Comment.
Filed under academia,history.

John Hope Franklin was not just a historian. He was the historian. From his 3.5 million copy best-seller, From Slavery to Freedom to his autobiography Mirror to America, Franklin has given us unparalleled insight into the dynamics of the African American experience. John Hope Franklin was a trailblazer, icon, inspiration, mentor, father, professor and so […]

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The Little Professor & His Friends: Edu-tainment For All Ages

Published on 2 Jan 2009 at 4:32 pm. 2 Comments.
Filed under academia,art,positivity.

Greetings Blackademics and Happy New Year. One of my New Years Resolutions this year is to contribute more positive stories to the blogsphere. I feel like we become so overwhelmed by the negative issues that we face as a community, that we sometimes forget to stop and celebrate our brilliance. That being said, I’m going […]

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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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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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Ebony Skin, Ivory Tower: Teen Prodigy Makes Ivy League History

Published on 7 Sep 2007 at 2:14 am. 37 Comments.
Filed under academia,black image,education,positivity,women's issues/feminism.

Just a quick praise report, as my Grandmother calls them. A young sister by the name of Brittney Exline has recently become the youngest child ever to be accepted into an Ivy League school. Exline, a native of Colorado Springs will be majoring in Political Science and Chemical Engineering at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania […]

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Blackademics Annual Review

Published on 15 Aug 2007 at 12:50 am. 4 Comments.
Filed under academia,black culture,film,history,interviews,positivity,racial rhetoric,sexuality,technology,women's issues/feminism.

One year ago today, we published the first Blackademics Interview with John Hope Franklin. Since then, on the 15th of every month we’ve published interviews with some of the world’s most distinguised scholars, artists and activists. On our one year anniversary, I thought it would be nice put together a little tribute to celebrate one […]

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