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Negotiating With Cash: From Crabtree To Credit Cards

Published on 7 Aug 2009 at 6:56 pm. 1 Comment.
Filed under economy,ignorance,sports,Uncategorized.

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 […]

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Charge it to the Game: Plantation Culture and White Privilege Converge in the NBA to Thwart Black Self-Determination

Published on 15 May 2009 at 9:52 am. 14 Comments.
Filed under black image,entertainment,men's issues,sports.

Neo-plantation sensibilities grounded in the reactionary notions and functions of white supremacy have been on full display this past week in the NBA playoffs. Whether guised as an arrogant sports fan or a franchise team owner that will disparage a black mother, the pervasive agenda of white privilege packaged in the unassuming builds of white men has dwarfed the gigantic black bodies that they have bought and paid for. Respectively, both Kenyon Martin and Glen “Big Baby” Davis, proved their inability to assert their manhood when affronted by white machismo steeped in 5 centuries of imperialist terror perpetuated on the minds and bodies of black folk. While Martin and Davis are listed (translated: paid) as power forwards, their ineptitude at advancing an agency of self-determination proves them to be the tragic antithesis: weak and backwards. Unfortunately, this prescribed condition of dependence and cowardice for black men will persist as long as the sports-industrial complex is rooted in plantation and slave culture.

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The Dynamics of Black Masculinity During Pick-up Basketball Games

Published on 21 Dec 2008 at 9:56 pm. 3 Comments.
Filed under men's issues,sports.

Today, I was playing basketball at Lyon Park Community Center here in Durham, NC. It’s a weekly Sunday run from about 1pm-4pm. Moderately competitive. We usually get about 15-20 young basketball players, many of whom live in the community surrounding the center. I’d say the median age is about 20 years old – half high […]

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9-year Old Pitcher Banned From League Beacuse “He’s Too Good”

Published on 29 Aug 2008 at 4:42 pm. 4 Comments.
Filed under sports.

9-year old Jericho Scott throws a 40 mph right-handed fastball. In most cases, this would make him an attractive recruit for any little league baseball team. In New Haven, it made him a liability. He throws so hard for a boy his age, when Jericho took the mound last week, the opposing team forfeited the […]

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Greg Oden Endorses Barack Obama

Published on 28 Feb 2008 at 4:10 pm. 4 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,sports.

*It’s been a while, but that’s what marriage, work and graduate school will do to a brother. You may think it’s insignificant that Mr. Greg “Still Think A Big Man Can’t Sell?” Oden recently endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president, but it’s always a big deal when young people become active in the political process. […]

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Michael Vick: Does the Punishment Fit the Crime?

Published on 28 Aug 2007 at 11:02 pm. 22 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,ridiculousness,sports.

At the risk of beating a dead horse (no pun intended), I have decided to address Michael Vick and his dog fight with the federal government (after weeks of requests via email/text/facebook etc). However, we are going to engage this controversy in a different manner from the mainstream media. I don’t want to start a […]

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NBA: Fair or Foul?

Published on 9 May 2007 at 11:46 pm. 13 Comments.
Filed under racism,sports.

Two recent studies paint contrasting pictures of race relations in the National Basketball Association. Last week, the New York Times released data from a study conducted over the course of 13 NBA seasons, which found that white referees called more fouls against Black players than against white players (read article here). This study came out […]

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Coach Eddie Robinson (1919-2007)

Published on 5 Apr 2007 at 11:24 am. 3 Comments.
Filed under sports.

Whether you are the most die-hard of college sports fans, a historian of civil rights, or a pushover for heartwarming stories of character and commitment, the life of Eddie Robinson is a story for you. He is was a simple man who has weaved an intricate influence through American and African-American history. He died yesterday. […]

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Love and Basketball: Homophobia in Sports

Published on 18 Feb 2007 at 11:08 pm. 74 Comments.
Filed under men's issues,sexuality,sports.

On the night of the NBA all-star game, I though it would be a good time to address Tim Hardaway’s (a 5-time All-Star) controversial comments made during an interview on 790 the Ticket radio show earlier this week. Host Dan Le Batard was discussing John Amaechi, a retired NBA center who recently became the first […]

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Because a Stadium for the 2010 World Cup is clearly more Important than Hospitals in South Africa

Published on 29 Jan 2007 at 7:27 am. 3 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,news/politics,poverty,sports.

I am nearing my 5 month mark in Johannesburg, South Africa and am never surprised to learn about the destructive activities President Thabo Mbeki sanctions. First, it was his on-going refusal to recognize the relationship between HIV+AIDs (heightened by 2003 public declaration that he doesn’t know anyone who has died of AIDS), the reluctance to […]

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