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    Jay-Z is 1%, Not HipHop

     

    by Damon Sajnani

    Jay-Z has earned mountains of money from HipHop, but “his politics are diametrically opposed to the interest of Black liberation at home and abroad.” The music mogul identifies with an oligarchy whose interests are antithetical to Black liberation. “If the balance of one’s material promotes the interest of the oppressor, that rapper is not HipHop.

    Does TV Help Make Americans Passive and Accepting of Authority?

    By Bruce E. Levine

    What if what your teachers and parents told you all those years ago was really true after all.... that the television was a one-eyed monster dedicated to making you stupid? Would that surprise you? No? Then why is the number of hours we watch it each week rising, not falling, and what does this bode for our future?

    Does TV Help Make Americans Passive and Accepting of Authority?

    The Real “Obama Effect” – Not the Movie

     

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    African Americans have lost, by some measures, two generations of gains since the onset of the “Silent Depression” in the early 2000s. So profound is the decline, “nothing but the most wrenching and thorough social transformation – something like a revolution – offers any hope of eventual economic parity with whites.” But the “Obama Effect” convinces many Blacks that, despite the evidence, the African American condition has actually improved under Obama.” It is a fatal delusion.

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    What Do Hollywood Executives Call Beyonce, Denzel Washington and Halle Berry? Nigger.

     

    by Cynthia McKinney

    Hollywood is usually described as a politically liberal place, but legal actions by two Blacks in the entertainment industry claim that vocabularies in Tinsel Town are routinely laced with words like “nigger,” "spade," "colored," "monkey," "nigga," "uncle tom," "spook," and "coon." What’s more, they’ve got the documents to prove it.

    An Open Letter to President Obama: “What About We People Who Are Darker Than Blue?”

     

    by Norman (Otis) Richmond

    In 2009 President Obama altered a 30-year presidential tradition, changing the name of Black Music Month to African American Appreciation Month. That was not the kind of change Black music lovers were hoping for. “In one fell swoop,” the First Black U.S. President, “took an international music and nationalized it.” This is “a step backward,” and needs to be reversed.

    The “Be the Help” Campaign and Black Disappearance among the Multiracial Left

     

    by Tamara K. Nopper

    An alliance of convenience was struck between the makers of The Help, the film about African American domestic workers in the civil rights era, and the National Domestic Workers Alliance, comprised mainly of immigrants. What has “disappeared” is the Black American critique of the film, and the “unexplained absence or departure of Black people from various spaces, be it cities, jobs, and progressive politics.” The African American story seems to be useful for everyone but African Americans, who grow harder to find every day.

    The 2012 Grammy Awards, Corporate Greed and Cultural Genocide

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

    At the same time that the Grammy Awards honored Etta James and Whitney Houston, it did away with most of their award categories, 31 in all. Most of the stricken awards were for Latin jazz and other Latin music, four R&B categories, zydeco, Hawaiian and Native American music. A large group of artists protested outside the award ceremony last weekend, and pledge to continue fighting for the restoration of recognition to to their music, to our music. When we surrender this power to greedy corporations, we are complicit in cultural genocide.

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    Corporate Hip Hop, White Supremacy and Capitalism

    hiphopby Solomon Comissiong
    Huge media corporations literally bought up Hip Hop in the early to mid-1990s, imposing “cookie cutter themes of senseless violence, excessive materialism, and misogyny.” Progressive voices in rap were silenced. The clear message was, “the minute you dare try to step outside of the 'box' and attack their power structure, you will be omitted.”

    The Unbearable Whiteness of Viewing Tween-Teen Film

    by Sikivu HutchinsonUnbearableWhiteness

    Black females, young and older, are socially stigmatized by fictitious narratives that depict them as lascivious sex-pots. In the toy, movie and video game industry, this oppression is amplified, creating the same conditions that 1954 social researchers convinced the U.S. Supreme Court were inherently stigmatizing. In today's media and marketing world, white girls can explore other cultures, while retaining their innate "privilege." Black girls and young women have no such option, since they are the background of the white girls' adventures. The damage sets in very early, but lasts a lifetime.

     

     

     

    African Women, White Men, Sex and Don Imus

    FancherLilKimby Mark P. Fancher

    The notion that Don Imus was somehow inspired by African American culture to casually refer to Black female athletes as "nappy-headed hoes" amounts to an inversion of history. White racism and male chauvinism shaped the image of Black females - and males. For centuries, this culture countenanced mass rape of Black women and emasculation of Black men. Unfortunately, this culture has also influenced the thinking and behavior of some segments of Black America - an internalization of self-hatred. But make no mistake about the root cause of the pathology: a horrific history of dehumanization of African Americans of both sexes.

     

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