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Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough is not a punk. He’s a man of integrity and one who is willing to engage the world. He spoke last year in public when hip-hop star Dr. Dre made a massive donation of $70 million dollars to USC. The gift is a nice one and would go toward sustaining […]
by Brandon Simmons Former boxing champion, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter has passed away at the age of 76 from complications of prostate cancer. Carter was a famous boxer in the 70’s but is more known for being wrongfully convicted of murder. The conviction occurred at the tail end of his career in 1966 but eventually the […]
This is an excerpt of the popular lecture series, “The 8 Principles of Black Male Empowerment,” by Dr Boyce Watkins. Dr Watkins is a leading advocate for African Americans and speaks truth with the kind of raw form that is rare among public scholars today. Though he struggled in high school, Dr. Watkins was […]
This video with Denzel Washington reminds you of how some things can change in an instant. If you make the wrong decisions early in your career, they can haunt you forever. This video knocked our socks off when we saw it, and it’s great to see Denzel be so candid about racism. It’s amazing.
Al Sharpton has been under a tremendous amount of pressure this week after it was revealed that he worked with the FBI after being caught in the middle of a drug deal in the 1980s. Sharpton is saying that the mafia associates that he sent to prison were not his friends, but others are saying […]
People have warned Lupita Nyong’o to avoid Tyler Perry films for being “degrading.” But do you really believe that white Hollywood is going to be more respectful to her image than Tyler Perry films? Dr Boyce Watkins discusses the matter with Nomalanga Mhlauli-Moses. Check it out.
By Liku Zelleke “The Amazing Spider-man 2” is about to get a soundtrack that promises to be out of this world. Director Marc Webb and the famed composer Hans Zimmer have brought together a group like never before. In it is “Happy” singer Pharrell Williams who has, with that single song, managed to rock the […]
By Liku Zelleke They are perceived by many to be America’s answer to royalty. They certainly have the media’s attention, they probably earn more than some of the world’s monarchs, and they have managed to lead a warm family lifestyle – a big deal when considering the pressures of their intensely busy work schedules. They […]
By Andrew Scot Bolsinger Singer Nick Canon ran his mouth about his s*x life and now it is open season. The husband of pop star Mariah Carey said his wife was not too pleased about his public comments, even though she is not jealous. “She (Mariah) said to me, ‘Oh yeah, by the way, could […]
We know that Dr. Umar Johnson just doesn’t play. He doesn’t care about what you think is politically correct. He isn’t trying to cater to the liberals who expect black people to just go along with the program. Dr. Johnson has his own beliefs and his own way of caring about black people, whether you […]
by Dr. Kimberly Brown Recently, Nas and Michael E. Dyson discussed hip hop. They sat in a Georgetown lecture hall. The moderator is a professor there. Dyson teaches there. Nas referenced going to “Harvard and meeting Skip Gates” as measures of “progress.” None of the panelists represented a Black institution (record label, school or otherwise). […]
“Hoodwinked” is a film that should be a must-see for every person of color in America. The film asks questions about long-held beliefs about black male graduation and incarceration rates and shows you why everything you’ve been led to believe is wrong. Filmmaker Janks Morton brings together the top black male scholars in the country […]
We know that black people are great, but how great are we choosing to be? The panelists for New Paradigm New York explain that our greatness goes as far as we choose to take it. Wealth, Education, Family and Community: A New Paradigm for Black America, is an initiative created by Syracuse University professor Dr. […]
This is an interview that took place a few years ago, but it’s interesting. Check it out.
Maybe this was a foreshadow. The great Jim Brown calls out Kobe Bryant for being selfishly disconnected from his community. Not long after that, Kobe says that he doesn’t care much about the Trayvon Martin case and doesn’t feel the need to support him just because he’s black. Check it out.