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Jena 6.. @ The BET Hip-Hop Awards!?

Published on 23 Oct 2007 at 3:10 pm. 19 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,mainstream culture,ridiculousness,television.

I know I’m late, the BET Hip-Hop Awards were over a week ago, but I was out of town and I just caught the re-broadcast this week. I was surprised to see two of the Jena 6 brothers (Bryant Purvis and Carwin Jones) decked out, on the red carpet like some overnight celebrities! Was anyone […]

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Read a MotherF@#&’n Book

Published on 5 Sep 2007 at 11:15 pm. 58 Comments.
Filed under black image,entertainment,ridiculousness,television.

I recently recorded an interview with Malcolm Jamal Warner, in which he was singing the praises of his new favorite Hip-Hop track, Read a Book by Bomani Armah. I had heard the song a few months ago and watched the video on Youtube, but I was not aware of the controversy that it caused until […]

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Black History, Education and Oprah

Published on 28 Feb 2007 at 6:55 pm. 8 Comments.
Filed under academia,collective action,history,television.

As we say farewell to another Black History Month I wanted to address some of the struggles I’ve been facing as an educator in the community. I help teach a class for children, ages 10-16 at the local library here in Syracuse (training future Blackademcis). In class we talk about racism, black history the struggles […]

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25 reasons being black ain’t easy

Published on 23 Feb 2007 at 1:43 am. 8 Comments.
Filed under black culture,television.

This Tuesday, BET aired a program called, “Top 25 Events that (Mis)Shaped Black America“. It was a nice blend of comedy and serious social commentary, hosted by one of our up-coming Blackademics interviewees Paul Mooney. An encore broadcast will air on BET this Friday, Feb. 23rd at 10pm. For those of you who have not […]

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2 Black Coaches in the Superbowl!!!

Published on 23 Jan 2007 at 1:49 am. 5 Comments.
Filed under positivity,sports,television.

Yesterday, two Black coaches made professional football history. Lovie Smith, of the Chicago Bears, led his team to a 39-14 point victory over the New Orleans Saints. Hours later, Tony Dungy led his Indianapolis Colts to the AFC title in a 38-34 victory over the New England Patriots. Finally, after 4 decades, one of the […]

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Afro Samurai—for all the anime heads out there

Published on 17 Jan 2007 at 12:01 am. 9 Comments.
Filed under black image,entertainment,television.

Fans of quality animated entertainment should definitely tune in to Spike TV on Thursday nights at 11p to catch Afro Samurai, which may be the first mainstream anime series to feature a black character in the lead role. It’s got some top-level talent behind it: the vocal cast includes Hollywood heavyweights Samuel L. Jackson, Kelly […]

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The Performance of Manhood Vol 2: Get Gangster

Published on 18 Dec 2006 at 12:33 pm. 10 Comments.
Filed under black image,men's issues,sports,television.

Two recent events epitomize the themes of a previous post entitled, The Performance of Manhood. In that post, I talked about a basketball game where I almost got in a fight with an opponent, whom I was dominating. After blocking his shot, he started pounding his chest, shouting profanity and proclaiming how easily he could […]

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Equal®?

Published on 3 Dec 2006 at 4:12 pm. 15 Comments.
Filed under commercialism,radical politics,television.

This post and the artwork that accompanies it come courtesy of Pierce and I’s sister, Maya, an MFA student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. Taking a break from my Civil Rights class taught by Professor Gerald Gill at Tufts University, I stepped into the graduate lounge and a […]

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Racially deconstructing Dragon Ball Z

Published on 20 Sep 2006 at 10:09 pm. 11 Comments.
Filed under mainstream culture,racism,television.

For those of you who don’t know, Dragon Ball Z is a long-running popular anime series, heralded by some as the “the greatest action cartoon ever made.” Written and drawn by Japanese manga artist, Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball Z became insanely popular in the United States during the late 90s, early 2000s. If you haven’t heard […]

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Say it Loud – I’m On “Survivor” and I’m Proud

Published on 23 Aug 2006 at 2:20 pm. 9 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,mainstream culture,television.

Here’s a story to go into the “Huh?” file. CBS announced this morning that its flagship reality show “Survivor,” will divide this season’s competitors (tribes) based on race. The four tribes will be comprised of Whites, African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Hispanic-Americans. What could possibly go right with this?

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