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Safe terms, Euphemisms, Distracting Discursive Projects: “White Privilege,” What’s in a Name?

Published on 4 Aug 2007 at 11:54 pm. 10 Comments.
Filed under academia,collective action,racial rhetoric,racism,radical politics.

also check me at kameelahwrites. —— Racialicious pointed me toward an awesome blog called the North Star which is “an online forum of discussion and debate maintained by black activist and justice-minded students at Yale University. By creating an easily-accessible online library of social and political commentaries, we strive to foster a community voice that […]

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“I Can,” Engage the Community

Published on 29 Mar 2007 at 10:43 am. 4 Comments.
Filed under academia,collective action,positivity.

One of the main goals of is to use the internet as a resource to educate people and engage young brothers and sisters in discussion. However, the Black freedom struggle cannot be waged entirely online. The internet lacks a certain intimacy that Black people need to cultivate critical thinkers, activists, intellectuals and a real […]

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Black History, Education and Oprah

Published on 28 Feb 2007 at 6:55 pm. 8 Comments.
Filed under academia,collective action,history,television.

As we say farewell to another Black History Month I wanted to address some of the struggles I’ve been facing as an educator in the community. I help teach a class for children, ages 10-16 at the local library here in Syracuse (training future Blackademcis). In class we talk about racism, black history the struggles […]

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Problem, Meet Solution

Published on 20 Feb 2007 at 3:56 pm. 9 Comments.
Filed under academia,collective action,men's issues,positivity.

Here at Blackademics, we have a tendency to dwell on the problems that afflict the black community, but we rarely talk about any of the strategies that people are using to counteract them. It is my distinct pleasure to do so now: today’s Washington Post features an article about an informal group of black families […]

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Starving for Tenure

Published on 6 Feb 2007 at 1:17 am. 7 Comments.
Filed under academia,racism.

This week, a qualified Black professor at MIT was denied tenure. This is not an irregular occurrence. In the United States, African American professors – senior Blackademics – fight an up hill battle in academe, which has a long history of racism and patriarchy. It is not unfathomable that James Sherley, a biological engineer in […]

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Oprah’s $40,000,000 dilemma: America needs schools too..

Published on 9 Jan 2007 at 10:30 pm. 30 Comments.
Filed under academia,mainstream culture,news/politics,women's issues/feminism.

Over the past 5 years, Oprah has been building a 40 million dollar sanctuary in South Africa; a leadership academy for young underprivileged girls, fulfilling a promise she made to former president Nelson Mandela in 2001. And in traditional Oprah style she went all out, purchasing a 28 building campus with theatres, science labs, libraries […]

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What’s Our Biggest Problem?

Published on 7 Dec 2006 at 6:54 am. 7 Comments.
Filed under academia,black culture,news/politics.

The big brains over at Blackprof have been kicking around a question that’s been nagging at me for the past several weeks: what is/are the most significant problem/s facing African-Americans today? Shavar Jeffries astutely observes that affirmative action as currently implemented at the occupational and higher-ed levels simply isn’t that relevant for most blacks anymore, […]

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The New Majority/Get it Together, or Go Back to Africa

Published on 19 Nov 2006 at 12:54 am. 12 Comments.
Filed under academia,affirmative action,inter-minority relations,ridiculousness.

My original post was simply called, “The New Majority,” but after last night’s Roundtable, I felt the need to add some insights from the group discussion, so I combined the original post, with another post I was writing called “Get it Together, or go Back to Africa.” Sorry for the long title.

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Being a Black Man: David Driskell

Published on 18 Nov 2006 at 2:43 pm. 2 Comments.
Filed under academia,art.

The Washington Post continues its year-long “Being a Black Man” series with a video feature on celebrated black artist and scholar David C. Driskell, who is considered “one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of African American Art.” Any art lovers in the audience (or anyone looking for a little black inspiration, really) […]

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(hand raised) “yes, Pierce?” Pierce: yea, Please stop saying Nigger

Published on 7 Nov 2006 at 10:22 pm. 20 Comments.
Filed under academia,ignorance.

Location: Pan-African Literatures, a graduate seminar class here at Syracuse University. This week’s book: Nobel Prize Laureate Toni Morrison’s story of passion, identity, conflict and love, Tar Baby, presented by *white colleague who shall remain nameless-we’ll give him/her the nice androgynous name, “Jesse”. In Jesse’s presentation of the book, Tar Baby (s)he let the word, […]

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