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I’ve been teaching a dream class at North Carolina Central University for the past two years called Hip Hop, Music and Politics (it was originally called, It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop: Music and Political Movements - I abbreviated the title this semester for simplicity’s sake). This class is the culmination of my interests as a […]
I’ve been gone for a minute, but with good reason. I finally finished my first book! Still planning the launch, but now that the hardest part is done, I can come back to the world.
For my first post back on Blackademics, I was going to write about Michael Crabtree, a recent NFL draft-pick who has […]
Happy New Year!
In the financial world, I don’t know anyone who was not eager to kiss 2008 goodbye. It was a tumultuous year, one frequented by reactive behavior. Reacting to failure a la Lehman Brothers…reacting to fraud as per Bernie Madoff…I could go on about the economic ills of the year all day long, […]
I’ve spent a lot of time watching the subprime meltdown unfold. The media-made moniker for the nation’s financial crisis is somewhat misleading, as it implies that subprime mortgages are entirely to blame for this mess. Earlier this month, Neil Cavuto (FOX News) alluded to it on the air, saying the government should have known that “loaning to minorities […]
The Cavalier Daily, an independent newspaper on the University of Virginia’s campus, has left many students of color in uproar. The newspaper’s resident cartoonist, Grant Woolard, has made a number of offensive cartoons around both race and religion during his tenure. However, it was his most recent cartoon “Ethiopian Food Fight” that has left the […]
Facebook: a social utility that connects you with the people around you. It’s like Myspace but with more privacy, versatility and style. If you were anywhere near a college/university campus as of 2004, you probably know all about it. Messages, profiles, networks, pokes and walls. This post addresses “the wall” - an application that […]
For newcomers to Blackademics.org, please don’t let the previous two post titles fool you. We do engage in meaningful, intellectual debate here. The ridiculousness has just been overwhelming in the past several days. Nigger Brown - no, it’s not the title of a new play from Tyler Perry. Nigger Brown is the color of Doris […]
Today marks the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade. This is a very important historical event, which is being commemorated all around the world. You may have noticed ceremonies going on in your community. There are bicentenary events going on from South Africa and New York to Bristol and India. Yesterday in […]
This Friday, two young Black men, Joshua and Justin Moulder, were sentenced for torturing and killing a small puppy in Georgia. The two boys, 17 and 19 years old, had a history of juvenile misconduct and pleaded guilty to charges of animal cruelty and burglary. Animal activists were furious with the “light” sentencing,
“ten years in […]
I had an interesting encounter the other evening, while recording in the studio with some white emcees. One of my old friends from high school is now a producer (named, J-La) and he wanted to introduce me to a few of the artists he was working with, who happened fans of Language Arts. I was […]