On “Our World with Black Enterprise“, hosted by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, we discussed the current state of Hip-Hop and it’s future, with Hip-Hop artist Pharoahe Monch, Dr. Tricia Rose, chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University and myself. I still believe it’s the best of times and the worst of times in Hip-Hop.
Chicago has officially reached 500 homicides in 2012, after a fatal shooting on the city’s West Side yesterday.
The shooting happened just a few hours after the CPD announced the city was one murder away from reaching the horrific figure.
The last time Chicago logged 500 homicides was in 2008. Last year, the city had 435.
The Catholic Church lead by Pope Benedict XVI continues to spew out homophobic teachings as he (a man disconnected by at least 5 generations) called me “unnatural.” As the Pope ironically celebrated his pagan holiday by lighting a Christmas tree, he also used the stage as an opportunity to tell women what they could and couldn’t do with their bodies, and to tell the LGBTQ community what the boundaries of love are.
A new reality tv show will focus on the lives of Shawty Lo and his ten baby mommas; with whom he has eleven kids.
The show is supposed to detail the constant drama of ten women vying for the attention of Lo, who also has a girlfriend the same age as his oldest children.
Set to air on Oxygen next year, many are calling it a new low for reality tv.
Although Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, had an impressive $15 million draw at the Christmas box office, Spike Lee was not one of the moviegoers to purchase a ticket.
Lee refused to see it on the basis that it was “disrespectful.”
Lee gave Vibe and his Twitter followers his two cents on the film:
Students who attend certain high schools in Philadelphia will have easier access to condoms.
Condom dispensers have been placed in schools with high rates of sexually transmitted infections.
The dispensers are located in the nurse’s office, and the condoms are free.
Django is a film that’s been pivoted as an answer, when it raises more questions than anything. Should it be viewed within its historical significance, and the extent to which it can portray the horrors of slavery while reinvigorating a moment in history that many find irrelevant and antiquated? Or rather, should it be divorced from its political implications, and viewed primarily as a work of art that allows audiences to immerse themselves within its riveting sensory and cathartic pleasures? Moreover, how are we to reconcile another white director’s ahistorical foray into America’s traumatic racial histories? Regardless of the questions it poses, Django has been shockingly well regarded, and has not been given the rigorous critical attention that it merits. Undoubtedly, Django is a good film, but it is my intent here to unearth some of Django’s more problematic dimensions, and provide some much needed criticism to what is at least an interesting film.
Appearing on his Smiley & West show with Tavis Smiley, Dr. Cornell West pulled no punches while discussing the current national conversation surrounding gun control.
While he’s happy the discussion is happening at all, he laments the fact that it takes white people getting shot for the debate to be taken seriously.
This year McDonald’s will be open on Christmas day. “Starting with Thanksgiving, ensure your restaurants are open throughout the holidays,” reads the Nov. 8 memo from McDonald’s USA Chief Operating Officer Jim Johannesen. “Our largest holiday opportunity as a system is Christmas Day.”
But at least that means thousands of minimum wage employees will get overtime pay, right? Wrong! McDonald’s spokeswoman Heather Oldani said, “when our company-owned restaurants are open on the holidays, the staff voluntarily sign up to work. There is no regular overtime pay.” Apparently it’s not bad enough to pay your employees a wage so small they can’t afford Christmas, now they have to work on Christmas Day for that same low pay.
A new study put out by Hunter College’s Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training, introduces an idea that if men have large sexual organs, then they are less likely to wear condoms, and subsequently more likely to catch HIV/AIDS. In westernized and American pop-culture, there is music, movies, and radio references that allude to the idea that having a large “you-know-what” is somehow desired. To take this idea a step deeper, black men in America (whose bodies have been exoticized and objectified for centuries), have been the individuals stereotyped to have the largest sized “fill in what ever euphemism you prefer” out of any other race. If there is any legitimacy behind this study, then I believe it should be used as a launching point for awareness in black and brown communities.
In the wake of the horrific Sandy Hook shooting, President Obama has vowed to present Congress with policy proposals for reducing gun violence by January.
Calling last Friday’s shooting a wake-up call, the President has vowed the push wholeheartedly for impactful legislation to combat America’s incredibly high levels of gun violence.
A Utah sixth-grader was arrested after bringing a gun to school to protect himself in the event of a school shooting.
He brought a .22 caliber handgun to West Kearns Elementary School, hiding it in his backpack.
Witnesses say the boy either p0inted the gun at students on the playground, or threatened them with it verbally.
Regardless, school staff immediately sprung into action.
President Barack Obama is once again Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.
According to Time, Obama was chosen “”For finding and forging a new majority, for turning weakness into opportunity and for seeking, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union…”
Lately, I’ve been greatly concerned with the misconceptions and myths that continue to be perpetuated about youth in our society. For Black youth in particular, we are often subjected to ahistorical misconceptions that revolve around notions of youth apathy. We often get projected as rebellious ciphers that are for some reason less respectful, less conscious, less focused, and less empathetic than many of our elders were in those nebulous and perpetual “good ol’ days.” In order to fight those myths, it becomes necessary to spotlight significant moments where youth trumpet their resiliency and agency in an adultist culture that continually acts to render them voiceless.
The above video shows a young woman from a high school in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago expressing her dissatisfaction with her teacher’s alleged failure to provide her with an “education.” The visceral nature of the video itself makes it a hard pill to swallow for many who wish to simply dismiss the student’s rant as “disrespectful.” Instead of critically evaluating the student’s words, many would rather focus on the fact that traditional notions of adult-centered authority are being challenged. This is perhaps unnerving for a lot of people.