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Rise of the Urban Chameleon

Published on 22 Aug 2009 at 10:40 pm. 2 Comments.
Filed under black culture,popular culture,television.

What is an Urban Chameleon? Someone who, “might enjoy a two pump soy chai latte to digest the bangin’ curry goat with rice and peas they just ate,” according to the new blog Home of the Urban Chameleon. I personally prefer sweet tea with my curry goat. I wonder if that makes me a Southern […]

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Chris Rock Examines Black Women & White Standards of Beauty in “Good Hair”

Published on 3 Aug 2009 at 2:41 pm. 7 Comments.
Filed under black culture,black image,women's issues/feminism.

When Chris Rock’s daughter, Lola, came up to him crying and asked, ‘Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?’ the bewildered comic committed himself to search the ends of the earth and the depths of black culture to find out who had put that question into his little girl’s head! (excerpted from Sundance Film […]

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Boston Police Officer/National Guardsman Fired for Calling Gates, “banana-eating jungle monkey”: A Historical Perspective

Published on 31 Jul 2009 at 9:12 am. 8 Comments.
Filed under black culture,ridiculousness.

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 […]

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Coming of Age With Hip Hop (Part 4.2)

Published on 19 Jul 2009 at 2:08 pm. 21 Comments.
Filed under art,black culture,black image,entertainment,Hip-Hip,mainstream culture,music,popular culture.

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 […]

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Coming of Age With Hip Hop (part 4.1)

Published on 1 Jul 2009 at 8:05 am. 15 Comments.
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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. […]

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Rest in Peace, Michael Jackson

Published on 25 Jun 2009 at 7:47 pm. 7 Comments.
Filed under black culture,obituary,popular culture.

The King of Pop joined the ancestors today at age 50. One of the most groundbreaking artists to ever grace the stage, Michael Jackson was more than a musician he was a popular culture icon. I’m disgusted with the way the media has been denigrating his legacy by focusing their reports on his secluded and […]

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Coming of Age With Hip Hop (part 3)

Published on 20 Jun 2009 at 6:11 am. 21 Comments.
Filed under art,black culture,entertainment,Hip-Hip,music,popular culture,Uncategorized.

1995 Who remembers the rawness of 1995? This year was dedicated to the grime and dirt of the B side as rappers moved impervious to mainstream tastes. During this year, it was almost a guarantee that you wouldn’t hear “your shit” on the radio unless you were prepared to stay up all night on weekends […]

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Hip Hop: Black Political and Cultural Crossroads – Free & D. Noble on Urban Progressive Radio Tonight!

Published on 4 Jun 2009 at 10:25 am. No Comments.
Filed under black culture,Hip-Hip,history,popular culture.

Tonight – June 4th @ 9pm, Pierce Freelon and Olokun Shangol Olugbala aka. D. Noble will be guests on Urban Progressive Talk Radio’s broadcast of Our Common Ground with host Janice Graham. You can listen live at: www.ustalknetwork.com and call in: 954-530-2068. Our Common Ground is alternative, interactive, activist talk radio programming exploring global and […]

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Coming of Age with Hip Hop (Part 1)

Published on 1 Jun 2009 at 11:39 pm. 25 Comments.
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I am a Hip Hop lifer and have been subscribing to the cultural praxis of Hip Hop since the early days of my youth. I have witnessed the dynamic culture evolve, mature, stand still and contradict itself. Despite the various paradigm shifts within the culture and the myriad artistic aesthetics affected consequently, one thing that […]

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No Niggas Allowed in Next Day Mail.

Published on 11 May 2009 at 4:53 pm. 4 Comments.
Filed under black culture,entertainment,film.

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 […]

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