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Yvette Carnell: Did Roland Martin Cross the Line on Twitter?

“If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!” tweeted CNN’s Roland Martin during the Superbowl.

Shit, meet fan, because next thing you know, GLAAD is tweeting back, ” @rolandsmartin Advocates of gay bashing have no place at @CNN #SuperBowl #LGBT”

It’s not that Martin’s comments were homophobic because, from where I stand, they were more boneheaded than anything. To say that the Superbowl is about football and not about seeing David Beckham in skin tight undies is a point that most impassioned football fans would make. For them, it’s all about the Bud Light and the end zone, and I’m fine with that.

Even though I know that the scourge of homophobia still runs thick in the African-American community, I really don’t get that from Martin’s comments. Problem is,  when a man tweets about how men shouldn’t be ogling over other men’s drawers during the Superbowl, he’s still tweeting about another man’s drawers during the Superbowl. And for a man who is a trusted CNN commentator, this sort of thing probably shouldn’t happen.

For the most part, I just feel that refraining from commenting on another man’s nakedness is probably a good idea. And I don’t feel, as do so many in the black community, that this is a nonissue, because professionalism is always at issue. It’s probably best for African-American men and women of stature to take the backyard barbecue one liners and yo’ mama jokes off Twitter.

Yvette Carnell is a former Capitol Hill and campaign staffer turned writer. She is currently an editor and contributor to Yourblackworld.

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Dr. Boyce: So, Eddie Long is a King Now…How Delightful

And they say that there’s no more authentic black leadership…..

Anyone who was in doubt about the quality of black leadership today need only see the crowning of Bishop Eddie Long as King.  In a ceremony fit for a pimp, Bishop Eddie Long was given a scroll, a WWE wrestling belt and a bunch of other artificial trinkets that led him to being crowned by some guy who obviously doesn’t care that this so-called “man of God” might be a child molester.

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National Honor Society Student Falsely Incarcerated, then Murdered in Cold Blood

 

by Dr. Boyce Watkins – Scholarship in Action

David Clarke was in prison for four years for a murder he did not commit.  Clarke spent years trying to plead for his innocence and no one was listening.  He was a National Honor Society student on his way to college, where he was a sure thing to receive a scholarship.

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Former FBI Director Calls for a Stay on the Execution of Troy Davis

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Why Would the Cavs Owner Call LeBron a Coward?

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

The world stopped spinning for just a few minutes last night, as it was announced that LeBron James will now become a member of the Miami Heat. The move didn’t surprise hardly anyone, but everyone seemed to keep hope that perhaps he might choose their city. I am sure James lost sleep over this move, as the humble athlete seems like the kind of guy who remains very loyal to his friends. The problem is that some seem to mistake his kindness for weakness.
In an open letter about the signing, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert calls LeBron James’ move "a shocking act of disloyalty." He even goes further to say that LeBron’s decision to move to Miami was "the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn."
Gilbert, give me a break. Are you a businessman who understands how this all works, or are you a whining three-year old who gets angry because he doesn’t get his own way? The truth is that LeBron had to make a business decision, and you are showing your own immaturity and lack of loyalty by bashing a guy who gave you seven years of his life. He should never have been in your city in the first place, since we all knew that LeBron’s talent has always been meant for a bigger stage. In fact, LeBron gave up at least $100 million dollars in endorsement deals by staying in the city of Cleveland.

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Michael Vick and the "Stop Snitching" Thing All Over Again

by Dr Boyce Watkins – AOL Black Voices

Police said that they do not plan to file charges "at this time" in the shooting that took place at a birthday party being held by NFL star, Michael Vick. What’s most interesting is that officers are saying that they know who the suspect is. They are not filing charges, primarily because the victim refuses to cooperate with police, and witnesses are also reluctant to come forward.
The decision not to press charges was made by the prosecutor’s office, and it could be reversed if the victim chooses to cooperate. The shooting took place around 2 a.m. on June 25, about a block away from Vick’s birthday party.
The victim, according to Vick’s attorney, was Quanis Phillips, a co-defendant in Michael Vick’s dog fighting trial. He was allegedly not invited to attend the party. Vick was not involved in the shooting, according to police.

 

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Teenage Boy Beaten by Police in Indianapolis

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Around the Web — Jay-Z in Rolling Stone, Drake Was Rihanna’s ‘Pawn’? + More

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Dr. Boyce Watkins: Talib Kweli Weighs in on Slim Thug’s Remarks about Black Women

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University

A note to Slim Thug: You probably just need to be quiet for a while. It’s not to say thatyour comments about black women were outside your rights to freedom of speech, but if you keep dissing the audience most likely to go out and buy your records, you are probably going to end up in the same poorhouse as MC Hammer. Don’t get me wrong, black men love your music (at least I do), but the bottom line is that brothers don’t buy albums, books, or anything else put up for sale. But when black women turn on you, it’s a wrap son. Settle down and go back to the studio; it’s good for your financial health.
I wrote yesterday about the comments made by Slim Thug regarding how he perceives white women to be a better dating choice than black women, as well asColumbia Professor Marc Lamont Hill’sresponse to Slim Thug’s words. It seems that the debate has taken a life of it’s own, now that rapper Talib Kweli has joined the conversation. In a recent essay he wrote for Vibe Magazine, Talib Kweli was ever the diplomatic artist, as he showed respect for Slim Thug, but also expressed his own concerns for his colleague’s remarks about black women:

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Nelson Mandela’s World Cup Appearance Historically Significant

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World Cup may be Mandela’s last great goal for South Africa

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OPINION – To say that this event has significance to Mandela would be a tremendous understatement…

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Black Professor Responds to Rapper’s Critique of Black Women

Marc Lamont Hill Responds to Slim Thug's Take on Black Women

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University

When I recently read the open letter to the rapper Slim Thug(pictured above), written by Columbia Professor Marc Lamont Hill (pictured below), I was concerned. I love "Slim Thugger" and his musical brilliance, but putting him in an intellectual toe-to-toe with one of the most brilliant young scholars in America is like puttingLennox Lewis in a boxing match with Beyonce. Marc is my boy, and incredibly sharp, and I would encourage him to pick on someone his own intellectual size. Simultaneously, I encourage Slim Thug to quietly walk away and shut up. He needs to stay in the booth and use his intellect for something other than ridiculous social commentary.
But Slim Thug asked for his public butt whooping, after engaging in one of the most feeble and misguided critiques of the African-American woman that I’ve heard in quite a while. Even for a rapper, he sounded as if he needed to be educated on what black women are all about. Here are Slim’s words, "straight out of the negro’s mouth":

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Miriam Harris: Elena Kagan’s Weak Cultural Competence

No one is more delighted than I am that esteemed presidential historian, Annette Gordon- Reed will join the faculty at Harvard Law School. Despite the fact that she was recruited by then Dean Elena Kagan, I respectfully disagree with Charles Ogletree that Elena Kagan is a good choice for the Supreme Court.

Ogletree argues that from 2003 until the end of Kagan’s deanship in 2009, the number of African American students matriculating rose to an all time high. I am sure this is accurate, but how relevant is it?

Do these numbers speak to the quality and caliber of student life? Are Harvard graduates fully engaged and can they provide an effective and vigorous understanding with matters pertaining to race? Or, are they merely defenders and justifiers of the status quo?

I suggest that Professor Ogletree look at the April 30, 2010 blog post written by Diane Lucas. Ms. Lucas was a guest blogger for FEMINISTE and authored a piece entitled, "The Racist Breeding Grounds of Harvard Law School". Lucas wrote this article to discuss the racist behavior of Stephanie Grace, a graduating student, and to discuss her own experience as a Black student at HLS. Lucas critiqued Kagan’s leadership before she knew that Kagan was the U.S. Supreme Court nominee.

 

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Dr. Boyce Video on AOL Black Voices – 4/28/10

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Dr. Boyce Video: Latino Studies Professor on What You Need to Know About Immigration

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Dr. Boyce Video — Michael Bivins of Bel Biv DeVoe & Alfred Edmond of Black Enterprise on African American Music & Business

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Dr. Boyce Video — Talking Black Finance With Expert Ryan Mack

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The Latest from Dr. Boyce on AOL Black Voices – 4/19/10

 

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Harvard’s Charles Ogletree Describes Sharpton’s Link to Obama

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The Black Agenda: Wealth-Building Must Top the List – Dr. Boyce Money

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Officer Charged With Beating a Motorist

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Financial Lovemaking: Tiger, Tiki and the High Cost of Cheating

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Jay-Z Sues Red Sox Slugger David Ortiz Over 40/40 Club Name

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Bill O’Reilly Gets Booed at Sharpton’s National Convention

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President Obama Spends $18 Billion on Jobless Benefits

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Police May Have Coerced Boys to Confess to Gang Rape of 7-Year-Old

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Former NAACP President Benjamin Hooks Dead at 85

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Man With HIV Knowingly Infected Women, Set to Be Released From Prison

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Kennedy Family Member Staying in Prison on Murder Conviction

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Mississippi Gov. Says Slavery Conversation is Not Important

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NBA Star Derrick Coleman is Now Broke: $87 Million Up in Smoke

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Michael Steele Tries to Explain Himself to Other Republicans

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Suspects Found in Slaying of Newlywed Couple

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Black Social Commentary at TheGrio – 4/10/10

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Dr. Boyce on MSNBC’s TheGrio – 4/1/10

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Dr. Boyce on AOL Black Voices – 3/23/10

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Tea Partiers Deny The Use of Racial Slurs

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Rush Limbaugh Back Pedals on Pledge to Leave the Country

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Michael Steele Looks Even Worse as a Black Man Defending Tea Partiers

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Police Officers Charged with Beating Celebrated with Free Beer

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Jesse Jackson Jr. Presides Over The Health Care Debate

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Young Mom’s Body Found in Bed Frame of a Hotel Room

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Dr. Boyce on AOL – 2/27/10

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Tea Party Leader Calls Obama a "Half White Racist"

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Rep. Charles Rangel of CBC to Be Admonished for Ethics Violations

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Biggie Smalls Estate Sued for Not Releasing Video Footage

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White Sorority Wins Step Competition, Then Told "Not Quite"

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Tiger Woods Speaks to the Press – Well, Sort of

by Dr. Boyce Watkins 

Today, Tiger Woods finally did what everyone expected him to do: He spoke out on his own behalf. The world waited for months to hear a peep from the man who has decided to do one of the greatest disappearing acts the sports world has ever seen. When there was no Tiger, there was no professional golf.

The press conference was starting on the wrong foot, as there was buzz of a boycott from golf writers, who felt that Tiger was not giving proper respect to media by refusing to allow them to ask questions. There was also the ire communicated from his fellow golfers, such as Ernie Els, who called Tiger "selfish" for giving his press conference on a Friday, during a tournament sponsored by Accenture.

What Ernie Els failed to remember is that Accenture is the company that dropped Tiger when he was being embarrassed by the media. There is no reason that Tiger should be the least bit hesitant about stealing the headlines away from their golf tournament. Perhaps had Accenture not decided to abandon Tiger, he might not have abandoned them.

His mother was there, the PGA Commissioner was there, and one of Tiger’s roommates from college was in attendance. What was missing from the press conference? Well, the press. I’m not sure if you can actually call this a press conference when you’ve chosen to exclude the media. The other glaring absence from the room was Tiger’s wife, Elin.

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Dr. Boyce on CNN to discuss Harry Reid

 

Click here to watch Dr. Watkins on CNN discussing the recent comments by Harry Reid about “negro dialect.”

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Dr. Boyce: NCAA is the Great Scam of the 21st Century

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Educational mission of NCAA is great scam of 21st century

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According to the ESPN Show "Outside the Lines," the Florida State Seminoles appear to be about everything except education.

In order to win games and make millions, football players are having their majors chosen for them, and many athletes are being conveniently misdiagnosed as learning disabled. One recent episode stated that one-half of all Florida State University football players and three-fourths of their African-American athletes are Social Science majors (indicative of major clustering). One of the academic counselors said that when she started her tenure, there were 15 football players tagged as learning disabled. That number has since spiked to 65.

When the allegations were released, Florida State University started backpedaling faster than an NFL defensive back. The NCAA has done its usual grandstanding, detaching itself from the Seminoles, as if this doesn’t also happen at nearly every other campus under its domain.

But the truth is that this behavior is not uncommon. If you think that Florida State University is the only NCAAschool to engage in such destructive and irresponsible behavior, then you need to be educated on how many campuses now do business. College athletes, many of them African-American, are brought to college as hired guns, under the guise of getting an education. The entire charade is sustained for the sake of helping the NCAAmaintain its multi-billion dollar professional sports league.

Yes, I said professional, not amateur. Any league that earns money on par with the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB is a professional sports league. NCAA coaches, commentators and administrators – mostly white – earn six and seven figure salaries while simultaneously robbing athletes of their educations, their futures, and the money that they and their families have earned. In order to avoid paying taxes on their revenue, the NCAA spends millions on marketing to convince us that their multi-million dollar corporate extravaganzas are polite little weekend activities that students barely remember to keep on their schedules. All the while, Tyrone Smith attends four years of college and doesn’t even learn how to read.

For the NCAA, the educational mission of their professional sports league is one of the great scams of the 20th and 21st centuries, no different from the Ponzi schemes of Bernie Madoff. It is a convenient illusion, like Tiger’s wife using the golf club to "save him from a car accident."

 

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