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I got to chat with one of my idols on CNN!!!
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 […]
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!
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]