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LeVar Burton on Black science fiction

Published on 11 Sep 2012 at 2:39 am. 2 Comments.
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I got to chat with one of my idols on CNN!!!

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When Anti-Homophobic Rhetoric Turns Reactionary:Another Look at The Boondocks & Tyler Perry

Published on 4 Jul 2010 at 3:05 pm. 8 Comments.
Filed under art,black culture,black image,entertainment,LGBT,mainstream culture,men's issues,popular culture,sexuality,television.

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 […]

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June 2010 Interview: Mark Anthony Neal

Published on 15 Jun 2010 at 11:59 pm. Comments Off on June 2010 Interview: Mark Anthony Neal.
Filed under black culture,Hip-Hip,history,music,popular culture.

This Black Music Month our interview is with professor and public intellectual Dr. Mark Anthony Neal. We discuss the role of the public intellectual, Aaron McGruder’s The Boondocks and Dr. Neal’s contribution to Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas’s Illmatic. Enjoy!

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Pandora’s Box Office: Race And Revolution In The Biggest Movie Of All Time.

Published on 27 Jan 2010 at 6:48 pm. 6 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,film,popular culture,war.

It wasn’t until several weeks after Avatar’s release that my wife and I managed to squeeze into Raleigh’s iMax theater (mid-afternoon in the middle of the business week and it was packed) to experience the phenomenon. To keep it one hunit… despite some slight reservations I thought it was awesome! It was astounding to watch, […]

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Code Switching & Identity Performance: the politics of talking black

Published on 27 Sep 2009 at 3:06 pm. 14 Comments.
Filed under academia,black culture,black image,mainstream culture,popular culture.

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 […]

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Forever Gone: A review of Blueprint 3

Published on 8 Sep 2009 at 9:57 am. 22 Comments.
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Thank God for bootlegs! During a recession when every penny counts, no one wants to waste money. So I was happy when I got my hands on an early copy of Jay-Z’s highly-anticipated, eleventh studio release, Blueprint 3. After I listened to it, I instantly knew where fifteen of my dollars wouldn’t be going this […]

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Rise of the Urban Chameleon

Published on 22 Aug 2009 at 10:40 pm. 2 Comments.
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What is an Urban Chameleon? Someone who, “might enjoy a two pump soy chai latte to digest the bangin’ curry goat with rice and peas they just ate,” according to the new blog Home of the Urban Chameleon. I personally prefer sweet tea with my curry goat. I wonder if that makes me a Southern […]

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Coming of Age With Hip Hop (Part 4.2)

Published on 19 Jul 2009 at 2:08 pm. 21 Comments.
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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 […]

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Coming of Age With Hip Hop (part 4.1)

Published on 1 Jul 2009 at 8:05 am. 15 Comments.
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Welcome back for the fourth installment of Coming of Age with Hip Hop. This week, I have the pleasure of tackling one of the biggest years in Hip Hop: 1996. Due to the six heavyweight releases that I have selected as the premier albums of 1996, I will break this installment up into three segments. […]

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Rest in Peace, Michael Jackson

Published on 25 Jun 2009 at 7:47 pm. 7 Comments.
Filed under black culture,obituary,popular culture.

The King of Pop joined the ancestors today at age 50. One of the most groundbreaking artists to ever grace the stage, Michael Jackson was more than a musician he was a popular culture icon. I’m disgusted with the way the media has been denigrating his legacy by focusing their reports on his secluded and […]

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