14 Year-old Left Blind in One Eye After Homphobic Attack from Bullies

14 year-old Kardin Ulysse is now blind in one eye after a brutal, homophobic assault by bullies in the cafeteria of Roy H. Mann Junior High School in Brooklyn.

The bullies shouted anti-gay epithets as they pinned Kardin to the ground and punched him repeatedly on the head and neck. According to the Ulysse family, Kardin had been hounded by bullies for months, but school officials failed to effectively intervene.

The Other Power for People-Of-Color

Every morning I feel like I’m arming myself; iPod, tablet, iPhone are the necessary resources for the day-to-day. All day long, the individual in traffic moves around the city with other people in motion. While things continue in the cycle we are constantly checking ourselves into large databases; including Facebook, Gmail, even twitter (especially when it comes to geo-tag). After little time passes, our servers request that we “log on.” Our log of personal information must be updated in order to enter that additional network next to “real life.”

REPORT: More African American Parents Turning to Homeschooling

According to The National Home Education Research Institute, more African American parents are choosing to homeschool their children:

Nationwide, home-schooling grew from 1.7 percent of the school-age population in 1999 to 2.9 percent in 2007, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The total number of kids being home-schooled has more than doubled since 1999 to more than two million, according to estimates. Some 220,000 of those students are African-American, according to The National Home Education Research Institute.

Adidas Defends Shackle Shoe Design

It doesn’t appear that Adidas will be overtaking Nike as the chosen shoe of hoopers any time soon.

Last week, Adidas announced that its JS Roundhouse Mid would be available as part of their Fall/Winter collection.

The problem? The shoe features shackles, which have caused many to suggest that it is a not-so-subtle reference to slavery.

Silence is Golden: NYC’s Historic March to End Stop and Frisk

Ramarley Graham’s Father, Franclot Graham greets Hip-Hop Artist Jasiri X (Photo by Paradise Gray)

Dick Gregory Speaks on Why He Marched to End Stop and Frisk 

I woke up at 5:00am Sunday morning in Chicago to get to the airport for my early morning flight to New York City, cause there was no was I was missing the Silent March to End Stop and Frisk. As a Black man who was recently pulled over driving through NYC last week, and given my first breathalyzer, I felt I had a responsibility to join the 300 other organization who signed on to endorse this historic event.

On the Death of Rodney King

The most sobering moment in Paul Beatty’s satirical novel, The White Boy Shuffle (1996) occurs just before the L.A. Riots are about to begin. The book’s protagonist, Gunnar Kaufman and his best friend Nicholas Scoby are on their way home from a strangely long basketball practice. During their walk, Gunnar immediately senses something different happening in his Los Angeles neighborhood. His neighbors are behaving oddly ,and he has no idea why. Then, the two young men walk into a neighbor’s home and learn the news: the four police officers charged with beating Rodney King have just been found innocent, despite video evidence of his beating. Gunnar sums up his–and probably others’–feelings succinctly, “I never felt so worthless in my life.”

In the most symbolic. gesture. ever., the young men begin their participation in the L.A. Riots by pulling a truck driver from his vehicle and pummeling him with the loaves of Wonderbread he had been transporting. Of course, this scene is a nod to the Reginald Denny beating, but also gestures to the powerlessness of Gunnar, Scoby, and the other rioters. Despite Gunnar and Scoby’s violent movements, the loaves can generate no wounds. Furthermore, the Wonderbread works as a kind of racialized tool: the men are using a symbol, an instrument of whiteness (see: the criminal justice system) to combat/respond to racism. A pointless effort indeed.