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Monthly Archives: November 2009

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Captain Save-a-Negro: A Primer

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I swear I saw commercials for the movie The Blind Side more times than I caught the ads of those cats singing the free credit report jingle.  (F-R-E-E that spells free/credit report dot com, baby…) Environmentalists could learn a lot from Hollywood; that place recycles scenarios more often than a tree […]

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Facts and Fictions

Like Che printed t-shirts and Darfur doo-rags, tragedy has become fashionable. It isn’t rare that I find someone trading stories (with great excitement) about a friend of a friend who was in Indonesia during the tsunami, or meet an artist eager to proclaim that he lost everything in New Orleans. Surely, a life of meaning […]

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Mykwain Gainey’s Loo$e Change

On occasion, I like most people dream of meeting famous black people you know the Halle Berry(s) and Denzel Washington(s) of the world.  However, the likelihood of Oprah knocking on my door screaming at the top of her Ms. Sophia’s lungs, “You are one of my favorite things and I want you to meet my […]

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The Silent Depression:Young, Black and Jobless

  On November 24, 2009 in an article form the Washington Post, it has been reported that joblessness for 16 – to – 24 year old black men has reached proportions similar to the Great Depression; i.e., 34.5 percent of black men between the ages of 16 – to – 24 are jobless, which is […]

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The Lies History Tells Part 1: Happy Thanksgiving?

I am starting a three-week series based on the lies that I was told in grade school. It recently occurred to me that a lot of the history that I was taught was not only wrong, but the truth was skewed for very specific purposes. I can remember learning about the Black Panthers in elementary […]

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Weekly News Roundup

November 16, 2009 – November 22, 2009

Decade after Decatur, Racial Discipline Gap Widens John O’Connor, Associated Press, November 22, 2009 Lawmakers from Minority Districts Appointing Few to Service Academies Brian Witte, Associated Press, November 22, 2009 School Board Member: Race a Legitimate Issue in Curriculum Battle Marc Freeman, Sun Sentinel, November 21, 2009 FBI reopens 1962 slaying of Macon black youth […]

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Upgrade U: What We Can Learn From Beyonce

Beyonce’s  Thanksgiving special airs this week, and I know there are plenty of folks hating.  Had I not seen the light, I would’ve been one of them.  A few weeks ago, I was checking my Facebook account, and a friend’s status message read that she intended to write a negative (feminist) critique of Beyonce.  Of […]

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Chris Brown and Rihanna: A Woman’s Worth

This situation is tragic. There is no other way to describe it. It is tragic. As with other tragedies, there are lessons to be learned. And no, i am not of the mind that it is somehow more tragic because it happened to Chris Brown and Rihanna. Whenever i hear or read that “if it […]

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