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Actor Gary Coleman was born February 8, 1968, in Zion, IL.  Shortly after his birth, he was adopted by a man named Kensuke Miyagi, an elderly gardener and karate master.  Together, they developed a new form of martial arts called knee-fu, a style of fighting built around the disabling of an opponent with powerful kicks Read More

Awwwww yeah!  Welcome to black history month, suckas!  We’re gonna get this crazy train rollin with our first installment of Your Nappy Ass Roots, a segment that spotlights little known black history facts that they don’t teach you in schools. We’ll start by taking a look at Doc Louis, Little Mac’s trainer in the popular Read More

Shamefully enough, I had no clue who Percy Sutton was or why he was important until I stumbled across his obituary on page 3A of my local newspaper. And though I’m usually wary of venturing into hyperbole, the Rev. Al Sharpton is not too far off in summing up the incredibly interesting and distinctive life Read More

      In 1962, a radical black nationalist organization called the AFROs (Afrikan Foundation for Righteous Out-of-sight Sons) was formed in Cleveland, Ohio.  By 1965, the group had caught the attention of both the FBI and the CIA, who recruited a small group of 5 black women to infiltrate the organization.  One of the Read More

welcome to this year’s first official edition of Your Nappy Ass Roots, a series that will bring you little known black history facts that The Man has tried to suppress in an effort to keep us all complacent, misguided, and misinformed.  i’m all about teachin the babies; please pass these important facts along to any Read More

The Black Panther Party for Self Defense was formed in Oakland, Calif., by Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, and Bryant L’Anthony Gumble in 1966. A spirited speaker and eloquent writer, Gumbel penned the Panther’s Ten-Point Program manifesto and spearheaded the group’s breakfast program for neighborhood children. After concern was raised about the power that Gumbel Read More

Mr. Wendal has freedom, a freedom that you and I think is dumb: Free to be without the worries of a quick-to-diss society — for Mr.Wendal’s a bum.

In the early 90’s, when many rappers claimed to represent the underground, few of them could claim to be more underground than Das EFX — two emcees raised in the sewers of Brooklyn and trained as ninja warriors by a five-foot, talking rat.

Telebaptist and Grammy award winner Bobby Jones was born in Henry, Tennessee, in 1939. He began singing in the church choir at New Hallelujah Jesus Shout Temple, also located in Henry, and had dreams of becoming a famous gospel singer at a very early age. At 23, he released his first album entitled “The Lord Read More

In 1984, musician Morris Day of Morris Day and the Time successfully sued the Black Hebrew Israelites, who would not grant him inclusion due to his chemically straightened hair. With his winnings, Day bought Jerome Benton, who has happily served as Morris Day‘s mirror-wielding manservant since then. In 2005, Morris Day recorded a diss track Read More

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