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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Charge it to the Game: Plantation Culture and White Privilege Converge in the NBA to Thwart Black Self-Determination
Neo-plantation sensibilities grounded in the reactionary notions and functions of white supremacy have been on full display this past week in the NBA playoffs. Whether guised as an arrogant sports fan or a franchise team owner that will disparage a black mother, the pervasive agenda of white privilege packaged in the unassuming builds of white men has dwarfed the gigantic black bodies that they have bought and paid for. Respectively, both Kenyon Martin and Glen “Big Baby” Davis, proved their inability to assert their manhood when affronted by white machismo steeped in 5 centuries of imperialist terror perpetuated on the minds and bodies of black folk. While Martin and Davis are listed (translated: paid) as power forwards, their ineptitude at advancing an agency of self-determination proves them to be the tragic antithesis: weak and backwards. Unfortunately, this prescribed condition of dependence and cowardice for black men will persist as long as the sports-industrial complex is rooted in plantation and slave culture.
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NY Post Makes Half-Hearted Apology for Contraversial Cartoon, Takes Dig at Al Sharpton, John Legend Weighs In… phew
I was intrigued after watching President Obama’s first speech to the joint session of Congress, last night. Not only by the President’s optimistic tone and ambitious agenda, but also by the ridiculous celebrity that he commanded. For a full 30 minutes after the address, he was signing autographs for floor member’s programs like he was […]
The popular fashion magazine Vogue made history this month, placing an African American male on its cover for the first time of its illustrious 116 years of publication. The cover of Vogue’s annual “Shape” issue features basketball all-star, Lebron James alongside the beautiful Gisele Bündchen (see exhibit “A” in the upper left hand corner). At […]