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The Boondocks: Return of the KING

Published on 17 Jan 2011 at 2:28 pm. No Comments.
Filed under history,television.

Back during season 1 of the revolutionary anime The Boondocks, Aaron McGruder dropped Return of the King – a controversial interpretation of a 21st Century Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. See if you can catch the references to The Last Poets “Niggers Are Scared of Revolution” in King’s final speech, which drew the ire of […]

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Find the Beat: PBS promotes diversity with Esperanza Spalding

Published on 27 Nov 2010 at 12:27 pm. 9 Comments.
Filed under jazz,music,television.

Jazz aficionado Esperanza Spalding could be hosting a new progressive music show on PBS called Find The Beat. Find the Beat features Esperanza joining with a group, a band or solo musician to explore the roots of their music. Their journeys take them to see authentic performers, explore cultural connections and investigate musical history with […]

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Interview + Fried Chicken Flu

Published on 15 Aug 2010 at 3:32 am. No Comments.
Filed under interviews,television.

For this month’s interview we’re doing an expose on a new course that I’m teaching over at North Carolina Central University entitled: Hip-Hop and Political Movements. Today is the first day class, and I’ve been too busy running around campus to publish the video, so instead I’ve decided to post an episode of The Boondocks. […]

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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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Rise of the Urban Chameleon

Published on 22 Aug 2009 at 10:40 pm. 2 Comments.
Filed under black culture,popular culture,television.

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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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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Killing the Messenger: Chris Rock’s Political Content Silenced

Published on 3 Oct 2008 at 1:24 pm. 3 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,television.

On September 27th, Chris Rock’s new comedy special entitled Kill the Messenger aired exclusively on HBO. This was his 6th HBO special, but the first one where I’ve felt like the outspoken Rock was holding his tongue. I suppose I was misled by the interview he held with Larry King a few days prior to […]

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Minorities and risky folks caused the markets to fail?

Published on 1 Oct 2008 at 10:19 am. 10 Comments.
Filed under economy,ignorance,news/politics,television.

I’ve spent a lot of time watching the subprime meltdown unfold.  The media-made moniker for the nation’s financial crisis is somewhat misleading, as it implies that subprime mortgages are entirely to blame for this mess.  Earlier this month, Neil Cavuto (FOX News) alluded to it on the air, saying the government should have known that “loaning to minorities […]

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Is the Reverend Wright? or is the Reverend Wrong?

Published on 1 May 2008 at 2:28 am. 9 Comments.
Filed under news/politics,spirituality,television.

Reverend Jeremiah Wright addressed an enthusiastic group scholars, spiritual leaders, and press at the National Press Club this Monday. I watched the whole thing and found myself engaged by the charismatic delivery and penetrating content of his speech. My first thought was about how much this speech was going to clarify and reconcile some of […]

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Hundreds Protest BET and MTV

Published on 5 Nov 2007 at 7:00 pm. 3 Comments.
Filed under black image,collective action,television.

Pinch me! Is this a dream?! Wearing white T-shirts with red stop signs and chanting “BET does not reflect me, MTV does not reflect me,” protesters have been gathering every Saturday outside the homes of Viacom executives in Washington and New York City. The orderly, mostly black crowds are protesting music videos that they say […]

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