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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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Scottish Claim They Created Rap Music

Published on 29 Jan 2009 at 11:59 pm. 11 Comments.
Filed under history,music.

The other day one of my former college roommates sent me a link to an interesting article entitled: Rap Music Originated in Medieval Scottish Pubs, Claims American Professor. At first glance I thought that my old friend, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, was playing some sort of nationalistic prank on me. However, after further investigation, […]

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The Democratic’s Party

Published on 20 Jan 2009 at 2:38 am. 2 Comments.
Filed under history,news/politics.

Today is a day for the history books. At 12:00pm Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be in DC right now, but the mood in North Carolina is absolutely electric. My band, The Beast just played a sold […]

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The Black Candle – A Revolutionary Documentary on Kwanzaa by MK Asante, Jr.

Published on 26 Dec 2008 at 12:12 pm. 3 Comments.
Filed under Africa,diaspora,history,positivity.

HAPPY KWANZAA, Blackademics! To celebrate this holiday season, I highly recommend that everyone take a look at the new documentary from MK Asante, Jr. entitled, The Black Candle. It’s the first feature film on Kwanzaa. The Black Candle is vibrant exploration, celebration and history of the African American experience. Narrated by Maya Angelou, the film […]

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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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Is Hip Hop Mentally Challenged Music?

Published on 19 Sep 2008 at 12:18 am. 3 Comments.
Filed under education,entertainment,history,music,racism.

The Reign of Retarded Rap by Min. Paul Scott Over the last two years, Black America has been discussed by the mainstream media perhaps more times than in recent history. Between Don Imus, the Jena 6 and the presidential election, for a moment, it began to seem that black folks were, at least, beginning to […]

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History Made: Michelle Obama

Published on 26 Aug 2008 at 10:00 am. 3 Comments.
Filed under history,news/politics.

Politics aside. Watching Michelle Obama headline the opening night of the Democratic National Convention was more than a political moment (watch here part 1 and part 2). It was historical one. Throughout her speech, I saw progress that so many of the past leaders of our community hoped for in their time but pushed for […]

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US House of Representatives Formally Apologizes for Slavery

Published on 11 Aug 2008 at 1:18 pm. 2 Comments.
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Last month the United States Congress issued an unprecedented apology to black Americans for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws. This came after resolutions were passed in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Alabama and New Jersey formally apologizing for the state’s roles in enslaving people […]

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Isaac Hayes, Rest in Peace

Published on 10 Aug 2008 at 11:19 pm. 2 Comments.
Filed under black culture,entertainment,history,music.

Isaac Hayes was a groundbreaking soul musician who exploded onto the charts 1971, when his original theme from the popular film Shaft topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks and won an Academy Award for best original theme song. The song and the movie score also won Grammy awards for best original score and […]

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Barack Obama Seals the Deal.. but Who’s Gonna Ride Shotgun?

Published on 3 Jun 2008 at 9:45 pm. 10 Comments.
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Senator Barack Obama has secured enough delegates to clinch the Democratic party nomination today. His campaign was energized by a rush of superdelegate endorsements which, in conjunction with delegates won in South Dakota and Montana, will push him past the 2,118 threshold. Former President Jimmy Carter and Rep. James Clyburn, the No. 3 Democrat in […]

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