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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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Remembering Malcolm X

Published on 21 Feb 2012 at 3:14 am. 1 Comment.
Filed under black culture,education,history.

Forty Seven years ago today, Malcolm X was assassinated. Activist, Journalist and Durham resident Lamont Lilly reflects on Malcolm’s enduring legacy in this piece, entitled: We are Malcolm X – This in Remembrance. “It is incorrect to classify the revolt of the Negro as simply a racial conflict of black against white, or as a […]

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The Black Candle Soundtrack

Published on 26 Dec 2011 at 11:54 pm. No Comments.
Filed under art,black culture,music.

I wrote the title track to MK Asante Jr’s award-winning documentary narrated by Maya Angelou, The Black Candle. Produced by Derrick Hodge with Robert Glasper on piano and Chris Dave on drums. HAPPY KWANZAA YALL!

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Chicken, Waffles & Durham’s Renaissance

Published on 11 Apr 2011 at 1:10 pm. 1 Comment.
Filed under black culture,positivity.

Close your eyes and imagine you are sitting inside a small family-owned diner in Harlem. It’s almost 5 o’clock in the morning. The year is 1929. A young man with a flour-dusted apron places a warm, sweet potato waffle and three seasoned fried chicken wings in front of you. It smells delicious. He leaves, then […]

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When Anti-Homophobic Rhetoric Turns Reactionary:Another Look at The Boondocks & Tyler Perry

Published on 4 Jul 2010 at 3:05 pm. 8 Comments.
Filed under art,black culture,black image,entertainment,LGBT,mainstream culture,men's issues,popular culture,sexuality,television.

Aaron McGruder’s notorious animated series, “The Boondocks”, has been engaged in radical critiques of black culture, black political formations and black identity politics since its 1996 inception in The Diamondback, the student newspaper at the University of Maryland. “The Boondocks” has grown from a student newspaper comic strip to a nationally syndicated television series that […]

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June 2010 Interview: Mark Anthony Neal

Published on 15 Jun 2010 at 11:59 pm. Comments Off on June 2010 Interview: Mark Anthony Neal.
Filed under black culture,Hip-Hip,history,music,popular culture.

This Black Music Month our interview is with professor and public intellectual Dr. Mark Anthony Neal. We discuss the role of the public intellectual, Aaron McGruder’s The Boondocks and Dr. Neal’s contribution to Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas’s Illmatic. Enjoy!

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial

Published on 19 Apr 2010 at 3:14 pm. 2 Comments.
Filed under black culture,education,history.

This April marks the 42nd anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the good folks at Build the Dream (dot org) are working on building a National Memorial in his name. They have raised over $100 million dollars and are only about $14 million away from their goal. The memorial will […]

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via NYT: Black Women, Abortion, Accusations of Eugenics

Published on 28 Feb 2010 at 2:27 pm. 1 Comment.
Filed under black culture,black image,family,healing,health,history,men's issues,sexuality,technology,Uncategorized,women's issues/feminism.

I apologize for my absence in what seems like almost a year. Teaching high school english and history, freelance photography, and getting a non-profit up and running is 90-100 hour a week commitment . I am much better with saying “no” and have carved out more time for writing. I’ve had a lot of discussions […]

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Old Ideologies Die Hard: The Persistence of “The Talented Tenth”

Published on 15 Nov 2009 at 4:27 pm. 12 Comments.
Filed under black culture,black image,entertainment,history,news/politics,poverty,President Obama,racial rhetoric,radical politics.

Historicizing “heroes” has proven to be a tricky business for black folk in America, that is, when we choose to undertake the endeavor at all. Oftentimes, our proclivity to re-imagine our icons is nothing more than a static idolatry that fails to account for the full complexity of the individuals we claim to acknowledge. We […]

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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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