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Monday, June 18 2012

The Mammy Image: What’s Christie Love Got to Do With It?

Depictions of black women in popular culture have long surpassed the 'mammy' archetype. Let's talk about Teresa Graves in Get Christie Love (1974), for starters.


Tuesday, January 31 2012

A Tale of How Great Journalism Became Revisionist History: Grambling State U Football

For all of the good will and good information generated by focusing on Grambling, there is still a deeper story to be told about the other great black college football programs and coaches.


Wednesday, November 30 2011

Herman Cain and the Myth of Acceptable Black Behavior

Called a 'Stepin Fetchit', an 'Uncle Ruckus' and worse by black pundits, I have to wonder... Has Herman Cain found a way to talk about racism in America without actually saying that word?


Tuesday, September 27 2011

Class Conflict: Hollywood’s View of the Black College Student

These eight films portray a variety of storylines, but the “black college student” movie has not come close to fulfilling its potential.


Tuesday, May 17 2011

Jalen Rose and Bernard Hopkins: The Miseducation of the Black Athlete

Bernard Hopkins, Jalen Rose and any other athlete that is confused about black male identity, might want to spend a few hours at their local public library and read up on Muhammad Ali and Duane Thomas.


Sunday, March 27 2011

Television’s Evolution of the Major Black Antagonist

When TV historians talk about the black image in the 21st century, they’ll note that 2011 was the year that network TV consistently portrayed black people as major antagonists in search of the same brass rings that their white counterparts sought for nearly 60 years.


Wednesday, January 19 2011

White Up the Middle: How Pro Football Changed the American Racial Psyche

Baseball and Jackie Robinson are rightly credited for beginning a major sea change in American race relations during the mid-20th century, but for a look at current relations between white and black Americans it is football, not baseball, that provides the most instructive glance.


Monday, November 1 2010

Searching for the Prophetic in Hip-Hop

While conscious hip-hop takes on a propagandized approach and Christian hip-hop is concerned first and foremost with Christ, prophetic hip-hop bears witness to the human condition in graphic, uncompromising terms.


Monday, August 23 2010

‘The Boondocks’: Carrying On the Tradition of Subversive Black Comedy

Some may be offended by the self-loathing ruminations of The Boondocks’ “Uncle Ruckus” or the Chappelle's Show,’s “blind black Klansman”, but those comedic depicitions have deep roots in America's long tradition of black humor.


Wednesday, March 10 2010

Percy Sutton: A Peoples’ Aspirations Personified

Sutton's life as a soldier, lawyer, politician and businessman left a vast legacy not only to Harlem, but to all of America.


Monday, January 25 2010

Allen Iverson 101

Unlike athletes like Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson never 'used' the media to project an image of himself as a flawless human being.


Thursday, October 29 2009

Can Tyler Perry’s ‘For Colored Girls’ Resurrect BAM?

Film adaptations from black masterpieces -- and the Chitlin Circuit -- are rejuvenating America's Black Arts Movement.


Monday, September 28 2009

Jay-Z: The Journey of an Icon

We can debate this greatest rapper business from now until the end of time. Let's just say Jay-Z is the greatest hip-hop icon ever, and call it a day.


Monday, August 24 2009

Maxwell and the Soul of Neo Soul

If Dr. Martin Luther King composed songs they may very well sound like Maxwell at his best.


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