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(x-posted from U.S. of J.) Not to rag on Andrew Sullivan too much, but if I were looking for something that perfectly captures my problem with Sullivan’s policy analysis and his brand of conservatism, I would be hardpressed to finds something better than this: But Obama is right to ask back: so what do you propose? Read More

  When Winslow Robertson,  one of our regular and most thoughtful commenters, explained that his dislike of certain high-profile black intellectuals would require to much room to explain in comments, we offered him a chance to do so in a guest post.  I recently was offered a chance to elaborate on my loathing of “the Read More

I first saw Mute Math in concert at The Knitting Factory, not long after I moved to New York.  I was so excited, I think I might have completely lamed out and worn a band t-shirt. I knew there was a distinct possibility that I’d be the only Black person there and I didn’t care. My Read More

x-posted from False Hustle The tortured musical and fashion stylings of Detroit’s own, La’Domour: And if you happened to make it all the way through, I’m sorry. h/t Thembi.

blackink: In the lull between March Madness this weekend, try to fit in a viewing – or a re-viewing, if you will – of Spike Lee’s hoops-themed drama He Got Game. It would have been easy to write off the film, originally released in 1998, as a farfetched mishmash of traditional themes: a boy grasping for manhood in Read More

(x-posted from U.S. of J) Shelby Steele on the GOP’s problems with minorities*:  And here is conservatism’s great problem with minorities. In an era when even failed moral activism is redemptive — and thus a source of moral authority and power — conservatism stands flat-footed with only discipline to offer. It has only an invisible Read More

Tami wonders if Ebony and Jet, which are in dire financial straits, should be saved. The argument that they matter because of their historical import shouldn’t be too easily dismissed. But that feeling of familiarity and cultural obligation, of supporting these publications because they’re black publications has essentially been their business models for their entire Read More

(x-posted from False Hustle) Looking back on it all, it’s not much of a surprise that any school run by Donald Moten would descend into virtual chaos. In about five years under Moten, South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas faced allegations of grade changing, cheating on standardized tests and, most notably, pitting troubled students Read More