The Halcyon Days of Jim Crow, Ctd.

Students at the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School (now Tennessee State University) in 1909.

In a post about some dope-looking charts made by W.E.B. Dubois for the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris on the state of black life in America at the time, Adam offers up this aside:

But you can get [...]

Random Throwups.

Agurr?!!!! One of my faves.

‘Thurgood’ on HBO.

Reminder: For history nuts, bio buffs and ery’one else , “Thurgood”, Laurence Fishburne‘s one-man show about the civil rights activist and Supreme Court Justice premieres tonight on HBO tonight at 9PM. (There’s an encore presentation on February 27th in case you miss it.)

I remember vaguely reading Marshall’s autobiography in junior high, but on [...]

Requiem for a Superhero.

When I was a young comic reader, the only Black comic books characters I could remember were an African princess, an African king and a jive-talkin’ ex-con*. At the time, I didn’t think this was a problem. I’m glad that people like Dwayne McDuffie did. [...]

Know Your History: The Forgotten Tonsorial Legacy of Henry ‘Box’ Brown.

As part of their commemoration of Black History Month, JJP spotlighted Henry “Box” Brown, a black slave who got his nickname after he literally mailed himself to freedom in 1849.  But Brown’s cunning would be celebrated and commemorated by black Americans in a way most academics have been slow to recognize.

As his crate [...]

Your Tuesday Random-Ass Roundup: No, You Can’t Touch This.

Sure. Justin Bieber may have down some of his mentor’s dance moves. He has a nice crossover dribble (ask Common about it). And he apparently makes a home in Atlanta.

But his temporary hood pass might have already gotten revoked:

Via AJ’s Headspace.

Bad move, Biebs.

Now for something even more random – a [...]

Lupe Fiasco’s “All Black Everything.”

Got to love this song. Well no, you don’t GOT to…but at least appreciate what Lupe is trying to do in a genre where conscious rap–while it surely isn’t dead its constant balancing act between sellability and socio-political responsibility often make it a  less-than-profitable venture record labels usually shy away from.

Lupe evidently aware [...]

Planned Parenthood.

What’s been so frustrating to me about the House’s move to defund Planned Parenthood yesterday (never fear: the bill will likely die in the Senate) is that House Republicans, especially the bill’s sponsor, Mike Pence, are counting on most Americans not knowing anything about the nonprofit.

The vast majority of its services are for [...]