The Barbershop Notebooks
The 2006 Barbershop Notebook Awards

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

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31 Aug 2006 // 10:00 PM

Why Hip-Hop Sucks, Part 3

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

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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.

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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.

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Why Hip-Hop Sucks Part 2: Naming Names

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

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28 Aug 2005 // 10:00 PM

Too Rich to Be Hurting?

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

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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.

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

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27 May 2005 // 1:00 AM

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.

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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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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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//Mixed media
//Blogs

Country Fried Rock: Drivin' N' Cryin' to Be Inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

// Sound Affects

""If Drivin' N' Cryin' sounded as good in the '80s as we do now, we could have been as big as Cinderella." -- Kevn Kinney

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