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Monthly Archives: July 2010

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How To Understand “Acting White”

How To Understand “Acting White” Richard Thompson Ford, Slate, July 5, 2o1o Some black students in the 1990s had a derisive name for their peers who spent a lot of time studying in the library: incog-negro. The larger phenomenon is all too well-known. Many blacks—especially black young men—have come to the ruinous conclusion that academic […]

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Weekly News Roundup

June 28, 2010 – July 4, 2010

Black gay pride festival held on South Side Daarel Burnette II, Chicago Tribune, July 4, 2010 “Mentoring the 100 Way” Training and Fundraiser Vivian L. Sharp , CityNews Ohio, July 4, 2010 100 Black Men of North Metro golf event benefits youth and community initiatives Shelia M. Poole, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 2, 2010 Black-youth […]

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Race & Music: What does it all mean?

Instead of celebrating Independence Day weekend with American flags and the type of unconditional patriotism that I never really understood, I’m going take an opportunity to reflect on our country’s relationship with music and its cultural and racial geneology. Sunday afternoon I found myself at yet a second free concert at the Taste of Chicago: […]

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Live Fast And Die Young? C’mon Hip-Hop!

“Die young, but fuck it we flew first class”- Rick Ross. Nihilism in hip-hop is about as old as hip-hop itself . For years rappers have boasted about their carefree attitudes towards everything from sex, to drugs, to money. Although the glorification of these things did not start with hip-hop, they sure were accentuated by […]

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On Chris Brown–or Something

It’s a federal holiday.  Which probably means most of you have not just settled into your cubicle to read my Monday morning message.  Not that anyone would actually be reading this if they were at work this morning, but at least I have a legitimate reason–and a federally recognized one–to be ignored.  Initially, I had […]

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Violence Is Not Justice! Oscar Grant Killing | Johannes Mehserle Trial | PSA by Youth UpRising

Youth UpRising | July 2, 2010 In anticipation of the jury’s verdict in the Oscar Grant murder trial, Youth UpRising, a youth empowerment group in Oakland, California released this PSA protesting police brutality and other forms of violence.  If the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) cop on trial for Oscar Grant’s murder is acquitted, some […]

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Grants to Gang Prevention Programs Announced

Grants to Gang Prevention Programs Announced Ariel Edwards Levy, South Los Angeles Report, July 1, 2o1o $7.5 million for 16 new grants to steer at-risk youth away from gangs has been awarded in California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Wednesday at a press conference at Los Angeles Harbor College. In L.A. County, hundreds of thousands of […]

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A Misguided Attempt to Empower: Deborrah Cooper’s Lonely Black Church Woman Blames Black Women for their Singleness

I am single black church woman. I go to church on Sunday morning because I need to hear a word from God. I need to know that there is hope in the world. I need to know that when “my body is ailing” as the old folks say and my childhood traumas—daddy beating momma—keep me […]

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The Recession’s Long-Term Impact on Black Kids

The Recession’s Long-Term Impact on Black Kids Sheree Crute, The Root, June 30, 2010 As adults wrestle with rising foreclosure rates and disappearing jobs, child-development experts are reporting that children may end up shouldering some of the most severe, long-lasting consequences of the recession of 2008, according to the Foundation for Child Development (FCD). Working […]

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Race for Rent

_ Back in the day, Paul Mooney had a skit called “1-800-Blame a Nigger.” It was an emergency phone service that rented out black people to take the blame for white crimes. The idea being that white people blamed so much shit on black folks, someone should create a service to make it easier to […]

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