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Oprah’s $40,000,000 dilemma: America needs schools too..

Published on 9 Jan 2007 at 10:30 pm. 30 Comments.
Filed under academia,mainstream culture,news/politics,women's issues/feminism.

Over the past 5 years, Oprah has been building a 40 million dollar sanctuary in South Africa; a leadership academy for young underprivileged girls, fulfilling a promise she made to former president Nelson Mandela in 2001. And in traditional Oprah style she went all out, purchasing a 28 building campus with theatres, science labs, libraries […]

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O.W.A. (Objectivistz Wit Attitude)

Published on 23 Dec 2006 at 9:41 pm. 8 Comments.
Filed under black culture,entertainment,mainstream culture.

Now this types of shit, happens all the time You got to get yours but fool I gotta get mine. —Snoop Dogg, “Gin & Juice” While trying to relax on a transnational flight from the West to the East coast, the timeless strains of Jibbs’ “Chain Hang Low” on repeat between my ears, I reached […]

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What? it’s just Hip-Hop

Published on 11 Dec 2006 at 5:03 am. 5 Comments.
Filed under commercialism,entertainment,history,mainstream culture.

There’s alot of criticism of Hip-Hop out there: gratuitous violence, misogyny, the glorification of trapp’n hustling and drug dealing, the music videos, commercialism etc. In an article entitled How Hip-Hop Holds Blacks Back, John McWhorter states, “[Hip-Hop has] long hindered Blacks… by teaching young Blacks that a thuggish adversarial stance is the properly ‘authentic’ response […]

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“It’s time for ascended blacks to wish niggers good luck.”

Published on 6 Dec 2006 at 10:52 am. 24 Comments.
Filed under mainstream culture,racism,women's issues/feminism.

This is a quote from (and the general thesis of) an article entitled, The Manifesto of Ascendancy for the Modern American Nigger written by John Ridley for this month’s issue of Esquire Magazine. It’s a long article, intentionally provactive, and a little distasteful – but an important read for Blackademics, as it reflects many of […]

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And the Moral of the Story Is (not)

Published on 22 Nov 2006 at 2:31 pm. 5 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,mainstream culture,racism.

For someone who thinks this whole Kramer snafu isn’t worth discussing, I sure have a lot to say about it. But when I saw the following lede for Eugene Robinson’s latest WaPo column, I just had to rebut it. Robinson’s usually a pretty sharp dude, but this is just stupid (plus I totally called it […]

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“Kramer Hates Black People,” Next Seinfeld.

Published on 21 Nov 2006 at 11:03 am. 14 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,mainstream culture,racism.

Two days ago during a comedy performance at The Laugh Factory in Cali, former Seinfeld star, Michael “Kramer” Richards, let the controversial “N-Word” word fly from his mouth with reckless abandon, calling two black hecklers, “Niggers… cheap motherf*&%s.” He was even so kind as to remind us of a time, “50 years ago” when he’d […]

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Is Jesus Black?

Published on 29 Oct 2006 at 11:33 pm. 7 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,film,mainstream culture.

The first American film to portray Jesus as a black man opens this weekend in select theaters. Haitian-American filmmaker Jean Claude LaMarre writes, produces and stars in “Color of the Cross.” An article on continues: LaMarre said the film was intended as a step towards rehabilitating the portrayal of black characters in Hollywood films […]

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White Celebrities, Black Babies

Published on 24 Oct 2006 at 7:47 pm. 26 Comments.
Filed under mainstream culture,news/politics.

Former Pop superstar, Madonna is in the headlines again. She was in Malawi, campaigning on behalf of some 900,000 orphans there and decided to come home with a one-year old Malawian boy named David. Child’s rights advocates are outraged. With celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Meg Ryan and Mia Farrow scooping up children of color […]

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Does Diversity Do Damage?

Published on 11 Oct 2006 at 1:01 pm. 4 Comments.
Filed under academia,mainstream culture,racism.

A recently-released study by renowned Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam is causing somewhat of a stir on account of its suggestion that diversity may not be the unvarnished social blessing we sometimes make it out to be. Putnam looked specifically at ethnic diversity in a number of contexts and concluded that the more integrated the […]

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On Food and Liquor, and the New Civil Rights Movement

Published on 27 Sep 2006 at 11:57 am. 9 Comments.
Filed under black culture,entertainment,mainstream culture.

Please forgive the name of my post in light of all the recent discussion surrounding black health, but I felt it appropriate in relation to an aspect of cultural movement that has been largely underserved and underestimated by our community. If you are a fan of hip-hop you have probably heard about Atlantic Records recording […]

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