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Monthly Archives: December 2009

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How to Survive Christmas (i.e.Family) by “NOT” Being Tiger Woods

Like most people who do not live in the same city with their biological family I look forward to the Christmas’ holiday with sheer delight and seethed dread. Yes, I use the five letter word dread because it seems as if all the unfinished family’s drama from the previous year is dysfunctionally packed away in […]

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The Lies That History Tells Part 4: Some Don’t Have Books To Lie

Lies changed my outlook on important figures in history and seemed to always paint America as the hero/peace maker, when many times the leaders of this country were the main perpetrators and oppressors. Some students in some neighborhoods don’t have history books to lie to them, or any books for that matter. I want to […]

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A “High-Tech Lynching” in 2009

In a 1991 Senate confirmation hearing  Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas said:  “This is not an opportunity to talk about difficult matters privately or in a closed environment. This is a circus. It’s a national disgrace. And from my standpoint, as a black American, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any […]

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Weekly News Roundup

December 7, 2009 – December 13, 2009

Parent of beaten Fenger student to speak at church The Associated Press State, December 13, 2009 Harry Potter and the Engaged Readers Lauren Edelson, The New York Times, December 13, 2009 City sets up meeting to mediate school ethnic tensions Joseph A. Slobodzian, The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 13, 2009 On race issues, Harry Reid wallows in the mud Ruben Navarrette […]

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Scribbled Paper: Notes on a Scandal

I had a bit of a family emergency last week that resulted in me spending several hours in New York Presbyterian Hospital instead of checking out that tree in Rockefeller Center, seeing Shrek before it leaves Broadway next month, and visiting my favorite sneaker boutiques.  (To the folks who commented on last week’s blog, my […]

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Tiger’s B-Game

“How my dick ta’te?” –Tiger Woods (GQ, 1997) There is an old Lil’ Rascals joke. Darla, Spanky, and Buckwheat are learning new words. The assignment asks them to use each word in a sentence. Darla and Spanky, two of the white characters get the words love and respect. Buckwheat, the sole black character gets the […]

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The Princess and the Frog, but what about the White Frog’s Hunters?

Today the Princess and the Frog opens across the nation. Of course, I’m going to go see the movie, however like most cynics I wrote a blog about the movie before it premiered approximately two months ago to  be exact. So, if my argument is proven wrong by actually seeing the film, I will write […]

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The Lies That History Tells Part 3: Rainbows and Gay People Don’t Exist?

Is a half-truth a whole lie? When looking back over my 6 years elementary school, 3 years of middle school, and 4 years of high school, I realized that not once did my classes teach me about any gay or lesbian figure in history. As a matter of a fact, if it is public education’s […]

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Politicians Say The Darndest Things

Politicians say the “darndest” things. No, seriously they do.  Last week it was White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs patronizing American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan by condescendingly comparing her tough interrogation to his son’s temper tantrums. Don’t believe me, ask Summer. Yesterday it was Harry Reid, tomorrow it will be someone else. Can I […]

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Weekly News Roundup

November 30, 2009 – December 6, 2009

HIV Increasing Among Michigan Teenagers Jerry Wolffe, Daily Tribune, December 6, 2009 Evidence-based and about common sense, too O. Ricardo Pimentel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin), December 6, 2009 Black Youths Miss Out on Good Jobs News Sara Murray, The Wall Street Journal, December 4, 2009 Florida’s Graduation Rate Highest Point Ever States News Service, December 4, 2009 Friday Dorsey High’s […]

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