Slim Thug on Black Women in Relationships

I would like to know what alternate universe Slim Thug is currently smoking in where it’s okay for him to comment on the state of Black women. That’s all I want to know. This week, the rapper caused a firestorm with a blog that he posted on that basically says Black women should lower their standards and be “down for their man more”. This coming from a man who cheated on his Black woman, had a baby by another woman, causing the demise of their relationship. Maybe if she had been more down for him, they’d still be together…

Class and Privilege

I still struggle with the idea of privilege. I grew up in an area where the school system just recently got taken over by the federal government, there was a crackhouse right across the street from my home, and at least 8 boarded up house on my block. I would call these the manifestations of poverty, but now I don’t know what to call myself. After two years at an Ivy+ school I have not come to terms with the privilege that I am receiving at this school. The separation that I now must struggle with as my chances have now skyrocketed and I am almost assured to enter into the middle class life after I finish my education. But most of all, I struggle with the idea of where I will fall between the tensions of middle class and lower class life. How I will transition between what Professor William Julius Wilson calls the truly disadvantaged and life after I leave school.

White House Meeting on Black Men and HIV

White House Meeting on Black Men and HIV
Gregorio Millett, White House Office of National AIDS Policy, June 4, 2010

The toll of the HIV epidemic among Black men in the United States is staggering. CDC estimates that 1 in 16 Black men will become infected with HIV in their lifetime. An estimated two-thirds of people living with HIV/AIDS in the Black community are men, and Black men in some U.S. cities have HIV rates as high as heavily impacted countries in Africa. According to CDC, Black gay and bisexual men are the most heavily impacted population in the Black community. One study in five major U.S. cities found that as many as half of all Black gay men in these communities were living with HIV. Although not as heavily impacted, Black heterosexual men are also at high risk for HIV infection through heterosexual sex and injection drug use.

On June 2, 2010, The Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) convened a meeting at the White House on Black Men and HIV (watch here). The meeting included black men living with HIV, experts on HIV/AIDS, Federal, State, and local policymakers, community-based service providers, representatives from foundations, and leaders from across the black community’s civil rights and faith organizations. The purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness about the domestic HIV epidemic among Black men, discuss government and community responses to the epidemic, and promote a conversation among diverse elements of the Black community. The meeting is part of a series of discussions that have been hosted by ONAP over the past year. Past meetings have focused on HIV among women, youth, and other topics. (Read the full article)

Rebirth of Rap?

Skinny jeans, mohawks, nose rings, and bad attitudes. No, I’m not referring to grunge rock of the 1990’s. I’m actually talking about hip-hop in 2010. If you are still using terms like “gangsta rap”, it is time for you to go back into the time capsule with your jeri curl and platform shoes. Of course you still have a select few Southern rappers who remind you that they are skilled in the culinary arts with a speciality in cooking with baking soda. You even have a few rappers who talk so much about toting iron you would think they did bench presses all day. Nevertheless, I think the prominence of “gangsta rap” is long gone and has been replaced by Hipster/Rock Rap.  Hip-hop today has a greater global reach than ever before. Kids from Tokyo to L.A. know how to “crank that soulja boy” and I even bet there are some kids in Moscow who know how to do the “stanky leg”. Yes, hip-hop is  big and expanding. However, I believe that as hip-hop is expanding and evolving it is losing the core essence of what it is. Don’t get me wrong I have a very eclectic taste in music. At least my ears aren’t prejudice.


Emily Henochowicz: A Witness who became a Victim.

In last week’s post, I wrote about the Israeli raid on the Free Gaza flotilla fleet. I mentioned the many protests that took place here in the United States and all over the world. However, I did not mention the protests  inside Palestine. Demonstrations took place in the West bank, where the lawenforcement is the Israeli military and this is great to be able to point out the Israeli corruption and stick it in there faces, but on the other hand it also turned out to be very dangerous for the demonstrators. The same type of unnecessary violence and aggression that was displayed  by the Israeli military in the flotilla attacks, the type of unnecessary violence and aggression that people gathered in various places all around the world to object. This was exact what was projected forth onto the non-violent protesters. The Israeli Police has claimed that tear gas is kept to disperse crowds and only shot from distances and into the air.

Well, obviously this was not the case when art student from Cooper Union in Manhattan, NY, Emily Henochowicz, had one canister of tear gas land to her right, then one to her left and finally one that landed directly on her face.

May 31, 2010 – June 6, 2010

The Kansas City School District works to erase a tragic history
Rick Montgomery, The Kansas City Star, June 6, 2010

Teens face drought in summer jobs
Kathy McCabe, The Boston Globe, June 6, 2010

Outreach program spreads its wings
Monique Muise, The Gazette, June 5, 2010

Boys & Girls Club support literally opens new doors for youth
Opinion Page, The St. Augustine, June 5, 2010

Prisons and the Myth of Colorblindness
Tolu Olorunda, Counter Punch, June 4, 2010

Teens: No to soda but also to exercise
Cheryl Wetzstein, Washington Times, June 3, 2010

New Effort Under Way To Prevent Youth Violence
Staff Writer, WISN Milwaukee, June 3, 2010

Experts Explore Black-White Divide in Youth Employment
Joyce Jones, Diverse Education, June 2, 2010

Black Achievers receive more than $6,000 in scholarships
Staff Writer, Shelby Star, June 2, 2010

Al Sharpton urges black university students to set tangible goals
Deborah Gates, Delmarva Now, June 2, 2010

Unlikely path for south suburban charter school Uncharted waters for south suburban school
Patrick Ferrell, Chicago Tribune, June 2, 2010

Teenagers sought for youth strategy
Carly Udy, Bay of Plenty Times, June 2, 2010

Youth criminal justice bill gets rough ride in committee
Bryn Weese, Toronto Sun, June 1, 2010

Chicago’s Freedom School empowers youth to social activism
Gabrielle M. Blue, Medill Reports, June 1, 2010

Damn, Damn, Damn (LeBron) James

I’ve had my fill of LeBron James this season.  Seriously.  I’m not interested in being a witness to anything James-related until on or immediately after July 1.  I’m no longer watching interviews wherein James tells the viewing audience things we already know.  No more James free agency countdowns.  No more terrible renditions of “We Are the World.”  (Even if you were joking, Cleveland, “We Are Lebron” was just pathetic.)  No more billboards.  I care not about the rumor that it was James’ apparent discovery that his mother, Gloria, was having an affair with his Cavaliers teammate, Delonte West (allegedly) that altered the Cavs’ playoff fate.  This summer, I need James to do something constructive, like use his headband as some sort of tourniquet for the oil spill or something.