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Old Ideologies Die Hard: The Persistence of “The Talented Tenth”

Published on 15 Nov 2009 at 4:27 pm. 12 Comments.
Filed under black culture,black image,entertainment,history,news/politics,poverty,President Obama,racial rhetoric,radical politics.

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 […]

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Obama Seeks New Era Between the United States and the Muslim World? You Be The Judge.

Published on 8 Jun 2009 at 12:58 am. 1 Comment.
Filed under Africa,news/politics,President Obama.

While I was waiting to be interviewed on sister Janice Graham’s program, Our Common Ground this past Thursday, I became aware of an important speech that was being delivered half-way around the world. On June 4th, 2009 President Obama addressed Cairo University, in a self-proclaimed attempt to: Seek a new beginning between the United States […]

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100 Days in Review: Struggle’s Retrospective

Published on 26 Apr 2009 at 1:16 pm. 9 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,President Obama.

As the first 100 days of the Obama presidency draws nigh upon its superficial close, I am proactively processing the (in)significance of this arbitrary time marker for myself before the empire’s pundits attempt to convince me that the red punch is kool-aid. Undoubtedly, a Black (i.e. invested in the liberation and holistic being of black people) perspective will remain conspicuously absent while CNN continues to disseminate drivel as serious journalism. Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Soledad O’Brien (and other microphoned jesters masquerading as the informed) will conjecture ad nauseam about the implications of President Obama’s first 100 days in office. However, for the descendants of slaves, 100 days is a grossly inadequate window of time to hold President Obama accountable to. The gravity of 400 years of horrific suffering and systemically engineered genocide is a more fitting timeline to situate President Obama in. This is the timeline that black folk must consider if we desire to critically and accurately assess the meanings and merits of President Obama.

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Obama & Chavez: The Dap Felt ‘Round The World

Published on 19 Apr 2009 at 11:12 pm. 4 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,President Obama.

Here’s an image I would not have expected to see this time last year – Hugo Chavez dapping up the President of the United States. You can see very clearly that this is not a hand shake. President Obama’s palm connects with Chavez’ at a 45 degree angle with their fingers damn near wrapped around […]

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Americans Scared To Talk Race, Says U.S. Attorney General

Published on 8 Mar 2009 at 1:33 am. 2 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,racial rhetoric.

The United States’ first Black Attorney General, Eric Holder is being criticized for a statement he made during a Black History month event at the Department of Justice this Wednesday: “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial, we have always been and we — I believe […]

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NY Post Makes Half-Hearted Apology for Contraversial Cartoon, Takes Dig at Al Sharpton, John Legend Weighs In… phew

Published on 25 Feb 2009 at 11:19 am. 3 Comments.
Filed under black image,news/politics,President Obama.

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 […]

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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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January 2009 Interview and Transcript w/ Dr. Clarence Lusane

Published on 15 Jan 2009 at 12:41 am. Comments Off on January 2009 Interview and Transcript w/ Dr. Clarence Lusane.
Filed under interviews,news/politics.

This month we’ve got an awesome interview with political guru Dr. Clarence Lusane. While the world awaits President-elect Barack Obama’s historic inauguration in five days, Dr. Lusane and I discuss two other African American political powerhouses: Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell. Lusane is the author of Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice: Foreign Policy, Race and […]

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whopper virgins & the fast food nation: colonialism, marketing, food, sex, and hunger politics.

Published on 23 Dec 2008 at 2:31 pm. 3 Comments.
Filed under health,news/politics,poverty,racism,television.

it has been a long time, but i am back ____ Cross posted from kameelahwrites. *** i am sure everyone has seen the whopper virgins commercials with the ‘natives’/’whopper virgins’ in traditional garb tasting burger king whoppers after they have been rescued from their tribal settings to consume fatty American food in a more ‘modern’ […]

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Fear of a Black President

Published on 11 Nov 2008 at 2:27 pm. 11 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,racial rhetoric,racism.

Hard as it may be to believe, not everyone is completely overjoyed at America’s recent choice of president. In fact, some folks seem downright shook, so to speak. Check out some of the recent headlines and quotes from the lunatic fringe: Georgia congressman warns of Obama dictatorship “I think there are going to be outbreaks […]

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