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Monday, January 1 2007

The 2006 Barbershop Notebook Awards

Lest those who have affected the black community in interesting, complex, and largely problematic ways in 2006 go unrecognized . . .


Thursday, August 31 2006

Why Hip-Hop Sucks, Part 3

There's good hip-hop and there's mediocre hip-hop. The latter is outnumbering the former.


Sunday, April 23 2006

Why We Shouldn’t Bury Bonds

Like American society itself, baseball is governed by a win-at-all costs mentality that doesn't discourage cheating -- only getting caught.


Thursday, December 22 2005

Thoughts on the NBA Dress Code

The new NBA dress code, which requires players to dress in 'business casual attire', is clearly and unapologetically directed toward suppressing hip-hop culture.


Sunday, September 25 2005

Why Hip-Hop Sucks Part 2: Naming Names

It may be getting louder, but it ain't getting any better...


Sunday, August 28 2005

Too Rich to Be Hurting?

Football elite Terrell 'T.O.' Owens may be clearing the path for a proletariat uprising.


Thursday, August 4 2005

I Bling Because I’m Happy

There's a disconnect between the New Black Church and the hip-hop generation. Money, however, is the language preached from both sides.


Wednesday, June 22 2005

Breaking the Rules: Subverting Traditional Masculinity on the Court and Beyond

Society's pressures complicate black male friendships. The basketball court is one place where black men can just be friends.


Friday, May 27 2005

Why Hip-Hop Sucks, Part 1

Hill's cut-up/trim-down, pedagogical debut on African American culture, or: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly In Need of a Shaving.


Sunday, January 1 1995

Damned If You Do.  Damned If You Don’t.

Snitching cuts three ways: it protects the community; it harms the community, and; it slices through the legal system to one's benefit/another's detriment.


Damned If You Do.  Damned If You Don’t.

Snitching cuts three ways: it protects the community; it harms the community, and; it slices through the legal system to one's benefit/another's detriment.


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