Random Midday Hotness: Harsh Justice.

It’s funny ‘cuz it’s true:

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Programming Notes.

We everywhere:

Monica appeared on Public Radio International’s “Here and Now” to talk about all those promised green jobs that just aren’t showing up. (This was the subject of her very good cover story for The American Prospect from last November.) Jamelle recently recorded a BloggingHeads with Peter Suderman of Reason magazine in which they [...]

Black Monsters/White Corpses: Kanye’s Racialized Gender Politics.

by Latoya Peterson, crossposted from Racialicious.

Ok first things first I’ll eat your brains/ Then I’mma start rocking gold teeth and fangs/ ‘Cause that’s what a muthafucking monster do

— Nicki Minaj, Monster

Article after article, tweet after tweet, I watched the conversation about Kanye and all the dead women in [...]

Random Midday Hotness: Ballad of the Black Gold.

Kweli‘s penchant for packing tons of syllables into a single bar used to get away from him, making him sound like he was about to lose his breath a lot of the time. He’s gotten away from that a lot, but when he does it here, it sounds more like urgency than verbosity. This [...]

The Halcyon Days of Jim Crow, Cont’d.

Daniel J. Flynn of the conservative magazine Human Events thinks that American racism could have been whittled away by the power of the free market.

Businessmen motivated by racial solidarity rather than profits won’t stay in business. Landlords limiting tenants by race, storekeepers limiting customers by race, foremen limiting workers by race [...]

When Afrocentric Art Goes Wrong.

As far as can be surmised, this is a Tyrese Gibson original.

From his Twitpic:

This came to me in a DREAM it’s MALCOLM-X Baptizing TUPAC and it’s called “WHAT IF” A lot of questions ran through my mind, What if they met? What if they had joined forces to empower black [...]

Your Tuesday Random-Ass Roundup: The Return of Baby Doc.

Haiti is struggling to rebuild after last year’s catastrophic earthquake and trying to resolve its national elections, but it was thrown another curveball late this weekend: the return of its corrupt and brutal former dictator, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier. No one seems to know why he’s back — he says he’s there [...]

Digging in the Crates: Remembering Martin Luther King.

In what’s become something of  a yearly tradition here at PB, we’re re-running this fantastic post by Friend of the Blog Ari Kelman, a history professor in California who blogs over at Edge of The American West. Kelman looks at the sterilization of King’s image, who was never the saintly, beloved man [...]