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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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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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Dr. Boyce: Rappers Pretending to be Dope Dealers

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

I never bought into the hype that Rick Ross was a fraud. Everyone seemed to feel that because he was found to have been a corrections officer in a previous life, that he somehow violated the oath which says that rappers have to be criminals in order to sell records. I don’t know how true or false the rumors happen to be, but the fact is that I never cared.

However, when I found out that there is reason to believe that the rapper Rick Ross took his name from the notorious drug dealer "Freeway" Ricky Ross, I thought to myself, "This is just stupid. Why can’t the brother just be himself?"

 

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The Latest from Dr. Boyce on AOL – 6/21/10

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Son of Dallas Police Chief Suspected in Killing a Cop

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Is Obama’s Mortgage Modification Program Failing?

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Michael Jackson’s Estate Earned $783 Million Since His Death

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Will Tiger Woods’ Video Game Sell Like it Did in the Past?

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Hallmark Greeting Card Gets Accused of Corporate Racism

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How to Save Your Money: 5 Steps to Getting it Right

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Financial Lovemaking: AOL BV Poll Results on Black Women, Dating

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Black Businesswoman Danielle Douglas and Dr. Boyce Talk Business

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Tiger Woods Sex Scandals Cost Him $25 Million in Endorsements

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Black Scholar: Black Athletes Exploited Physically, Intellectually by NCAA

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Dr. Boyce and Lady Drama Discuss Wendy Williams, Hip-Hop and More

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Foreclosure Epidemic Hits Minority Communities Hardest

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Black Republican: King’s Statement About Obama Favoring Blacks Was Right

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The Black Church Keeps Black Women Single and Lonely?

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Parliament-Funkadelic Guitarist Garry Shider Dies

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The NCAA is In Need of Serious Reform

Dr. Boyce Watkins – The Institute of Black Public Policy

I wrote about a new book regarding the NCAA’s alleged exploitation of black athletes, written by University of Georgia Professor Billy Hawkins. In his recently-released book, “The New Plantation,” Hawkins goes out of his way to help us understand that the method by which the NCAA does business is not much different from the mindset of plantation owners of the old south.

The analogies used by Professor Hawkins are thought-provoking and appear to be alarmist at first glance. After all, citizens are commonly comparing nearly every modern-day injustice to slavery in order to make a dramatic point. But in this case, the analogies are appropriate, in large part because slavery is not a dichotomy. Instead, it is actually a continuum, with complete freedom on one end and total servitude on the other. One could even argue that slaves themselves were not completely devoid of freedom, since they could have always chosen to run away, buy their freedom, maim themselves or even commit suicide as a way to escape their condition. The point of this very grim example is not to say that slavery was not entirely horrific; rather, it is to say that something does not have to be entirely horrific to be compared to slavery.

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Brian McKnight and Child Support: What Can We All Learn?

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

It appears that the singer Brian McKnight is now a not-so-proud father. Well, the child isn’t exactly a baby either. According to TMZ, the child is a 14-year old that Brian hasn’t exactly claimed to be his own. Well, whether McKnight chooses to address the child as his own or not, a Florida judge has ruled that Brian must now take financial responsibility for the child. The amount owed? $341,640, which comes out to just over $2,000 per month for every month since the child was born.

The mother of the child, Miriam Lee, took Brian McKnight to court to establish paternity last year. Why she waited so long to do so is not clear. From this point on, the singer is responsible for making child support payments in the amount of $11,388 per month. The ruling was a default judgment, since McKnight was not in court and didn’t respond to the woman’s claim of paternity.

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The Latest from Dr Boyce Watkins on AOL – 6/12/10

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NBA Gets High Marks for Diversity in Annual Report Card

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Obama’s "Angry Black Man" Criticism: Isn’t He Also Half White?

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CNN Asks Why Black Men Are Not Graduating From College

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Dwyane Wade Given Temporary Custody of His Sons

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Could LeBron James’ Mother Rumors Push Him Out of Cleveland?

 

Slim Thug and his comments about black women continue to get the artist into trouble.  Is he going to lose big money because of this?

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NBA Gets a Good Diversity Report Card

 

To view the entire report card for the NBA on race and gender, Please click here

 

Highlights from the Report (released by the press representative for the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport):

 

· In the NBA, 82 percent of the players were people of color, remaining constant from last year’s totals. This ties the highest percentage of players of color since the 1994-95 season. The percentage of African-American players also remained constant from last year’s report at 77 percent. The percentage of Latinos and Asians remained constant, at three and one percent respectively. The percentage of international players stayed steady as well at 18 percent.

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THE INSTITUTE OF THE BLACK WORLD PRESENTS THE FIRST MEETING OF THE SHIRLEY CHISHOLM PRESIDENTIAL ACCOUNTABILITY COMMISSION

                                                                                                FRIDAY JUNE 18, 2010

Black America: The Economic State of Emergency

Rayburn House Office Building ROOM 2237

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Opening Ceremony

Welcome-Rick Adams* , Chair of the IBW Board of Directors and Convener for the Commission
Overview and Introduction of the Shirley Chisholm Presidential Accountability Commission Members Dr. Ron Daniels*, President of IBW
Opening remarks-Dr. Elsie Scott* President Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

                               Greetings- Hon. John Conyers*, Member of Congress

                               Greetings-Hon Barbara Lee*, Member of Congress
                               Citation in Memory of Shirley Chisholm-

1- 2:30 PM Public Panel One: The Human Face of the Economic Crisis

Moderator- Attorney Nkechi Taifa*-Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society Foundation, Washington, DC

                                    Mr. Walter Fields* -Executive Editor, North Star News, Newark, New Jersey

Dedrick Muhammad*- Senior Organizer and Research Associate for the Program on Inequality and the Common Good, Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, DC

Ms. Faye Moore*- President, Social Services Employees Union Local 371, New York, New York


2:30- 4 PM Public Panel Two: Legislative and Policy Solutions to the Economic Crisis

Moderator- Dr. Duchess Harris*- Associate Professor, American Studies, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
Dr Ron Walters*- Pre-eminent political scientist, author, distinguished leadership scholar, College Park, MD
Dr. Julianne Malveaux*- President, Bennett College for Women, economist, author, commentator, Founder & Thought Leader of Last Word Productions, Inc, Bennett College, Greensboro, NC
Erica L. Williams*- Deputy Director for Progress 2050, Center for American Progress, Washington DC

4 PM Closing Remarks

(The people with a (*) by their name are confirmed.)

Rick Adams, Chair Institute of the Black World (IBW)

                                  Convener, Chisholm Presidential Commission  Contact: 412-580-8084

Dr. Ron Daniels, Founder, Institute of the Black World (IBW)

President of IBW., Contact 718-533-1624

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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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News: Oscar Grant Trial Has No African American Jurors

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

On New Year’s day of 2009, Oscar Grant was shot in Oakland, California. The shooter was a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) officer by the name of Johannes Mehserle. Grant was 22-years old at the time of his death, and the shooting was captured by cell phone cameras and disseminated throughout the Internet. Adding insult to injury, the Grant family just found that there will be no African American jurors in the trial of grant’s shooter.

Jack Bryson, whose sons were with Grant the night he was killed, was angry about the jury selection.

"This is like a slap in the face," Bryson told The Associated Press. "This case came all the way to Los Angeles after the judge in Alameda County said they couldn’t get a fair and impartial jury there.
"This is the best you can do, and you did this in two days. We could’ve stayed back in Oakland for this."

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UNC Scholar Outraged Over Exclusion of Black Professors

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University

Dr. M. Cookie Newsom

is the Director for Diversity Education and Assessment at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a trouble maker and an angry black woman, which is likely going to cause her serious problems with her colleagues (we talked yesterday about how being angry can get a black person into serious trouble). Dr. Newsom, however, has good reason to be angry. In a recent interview with Diverse issues in Higher Education, Dr. Newsom stated in plain language that most major universities are not serious about diversifying their faculty and that this hurts all students, especially students of color.
"The dismal truth is academe doesn’t really want a racially-diverse faculty," Newsom said during a faculty diversity presentation at the American Association of University Professors’ (AAUP) annual national conference in Washington, D.C. "It’s totally a myth."

Dr. Newson based her conclusions on statistics and data she collected which shows that most major universities are good at documenting plans to increase faculty diversity, but most of it’s nothing but lip service.

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Is Barack Obama at Risk of Being Labeled an "Angry Black Man?"

 

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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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Black Social Commentary from TheGrio – 6/7/10


  • Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Author and Finance Professor at Syracuse University

    Rand Paul puts foot in mouth again with MLK comparison

    2:56 PM on 06/07/2010

    OPINION – I am not sure why Rand Paul keeps working to convince black people that he loves us…

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  • Earl Ofari Hutchinson

    Earl Ofari Hutchinson

    Journalist, author and broadcaster.

    Why BP keeps stonewalling Obama

    12:32 PM on 06/07/2010

    OPINION – BP’s corporate arrogance is made out of cash. It can and has bought its way out of trouble repeatedly and when need be even bought governments…

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    Dr. Boyce Watkins

    Author and Finance Professor at Syracuse University

    Arizona isn’t the only state with a racist agenda

    9:18 AM on 06/07/2010

    OPINION – The collective outrage expressed over the civil liberties issues in the Arizona immigration law has been hardly present during other more serious racial atrocities…

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  • Monique W. Morris

    Monique W. Morris

    Author and VP for Economic Programs, NAACP

    Blacks blocked from serving on Southern juries, study says

    9:13 AM on 06/07/2010

    OPINION – Knowing that this type of discrimination continues is the first step toward holding district attorney’s offices accountable for fair treatment…

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  • Marcus Vanderberg

    Marcus Vanderberg

    Sports and social commentator

    Record-breaking Ray Allen saves NBA Finals

    8:38 AM on 06/07/2010

    OPINION – If Allen thinks of more things to do to be better, it could spell the end for the Los Angeles Lakers…

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    Clutch Magazine

    Weekly magazine for young contemporary women of color

    What ladies can learn about men from the NBA playoffs

    10:05 AM on 06/05/2010

    OPINION – But besides the raw comedy, the league is also a great source of education for any woman who has wondered why guys act the way they do…

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  • Monique Harden

    Monique Harden

    Co-director of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights

    Can the Gulf Coast still be saved?

    1:08 PM on 06/04/2010

    OPINION – President Obama should respond to the oil gushing from the depths of the Gulf of Mexico as he would to a foreign invading army…

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    Ronda Racha Penrice

    Author of African American History For Dummies

    Is ‘blackface’ always beyond the pale?

    12:05 PM on 06/04/2010

    OPINION – Blackface is not going anywhere anytime soon…

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    Earl Ofari Hutchinson

    Journalist, author and broadcaster.

    Why Democrats are the greatest danger to Obama’s agenda

    11:44 AM on 06/04/2010

    OPINION – President Obama’s deadliest enemy is not Sarah Palin, GOP congressional obstructionists, the Republican National Committee or even Fox News…

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    The Latest from Dr. Boyce on NewsOne.com

    DR. BOYCE: Detroit Mayor Missing After 7-Year Old’s Death

    By Dr. Boyce Watkins May 19, 2010 9:51 am

    DR. BOYCE: Detroit Mayor Missing After 7-Year Old’s Death

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    DR. BOYCE: Harvard/Yale Domination of Supreme Court Is Not Good

    By Dr. Boyce Watkins May 17, 2010 1:20 pm

    DR. BOYCE: Harvard/Yale Domination of Supreme Court Is Not Good

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    TAGS: Elena Kagan, Harvard, NAACP, National Action Network, Supreme Court

    DR. BOYCE: Obama Got It Wrong With Supreme Court Nominee

    By Dr. Boyce Watkins May 13, 2010 2:34 pm

    DR. BOYCE: Obama Got It Wrong With Supreme Court Nominee

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    TAGS: Barack Obama, Elena Kagan, Supreme Court

    DR. BOYCE: Don’t Judge Lawrence Taylor Until We Are Sure

    By Dr. Boyce Watkins May 11, 2010 4:41 pm

    DR. BOYCE: Don’t Judge Lawrence Taylor Until We Are Sure

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    TAGS: Lawrence Taylor, NFL misfits, rape

    DR. BOYCE: Prison Rape Is Not Funny, So Let’s Stop Joking About It

    By Dr. Boyce Watkins May 10, 2010 11:09 am

    DR. BOYCE: Prison Rape Is Not Funny, So Let’s Stop Joking About It

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    Julianne Malveaux Questions the Kagan Nomination

    I was among the many who were disappointed that President Barack Obama did not nominate an African American woman to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. After all, there are six white men, two women, one Latina and one white, and a nominal African American man on the Court.  Why not an African American woman?
    The Black Women’s Roundtable, led by Melanie Campbell, was so disappointed that they shared their concerns with the President in a letter that spoke both to the contributions African American women have made and the qualifications of a few good women that President Obama should have considered before nominating Ms. Kagan to the nation’s highest court.

    I won’t even speak on what I perceive as some of the shortcomings of the Kagan nomination.  The Solicitor General has earned the support of some colleagues that I fully respect, such as Harvard Professor Charles Ogletree.  At the same time, we have to pause at the fact that her definition of diversity is ideological diversity, not racial and ethnic diversity, and that she seemed to make Harvard a more welcome place for conservatives, if not for African American faculty.

     

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    Dr. Boyce on AOL Black Voices – 5/16/10

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    Aiyana Jones: 7-Year Old Shot and Killed in Detroit Police Raid

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    Don King Wins Court Order to Stop an MMA Fight

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    Lakers Being Pushed for Economic Boycott Arizona in Phoenix Series

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    Should Black Women Be Offended by Kagan’s Nomination?

    by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University

    To the disappointment of the Black Women’s Roundtable, Elena Kagan was the latest white American to leapfrog in front of black women for a chance to serve on the Supreme Court. The second-class citizenship of African American women has been consistently enforced by our nation, going back 221 years to the date that the Supreme Court was founded. This nomination was especially disheartening for those who felt that the year of Dorothy Height’s death would be the perfect time for the nation’s first black President to do what should have been done long ago and nominate a black woman for the highest court in the land.

    "Needless to say, we are disconcerted by the perceived lack of real consideration of any of the extremely qualified African American women as potential nominees," reads the statement released by the Black Women’s Roundtable.
    After this is over, President Barack Obama will have serious trouble re-inspiring the millions of African American women who left the Hillary Clinton camp to back his "Hope and change" campaign. There was no logical reason for him to pass over a black woman for consideration for this post, only political reasons. Kagan was the nominee that could shore up the white female vote for mid-term elections and help the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party stop the bleeding set to occur in November. Roland Martin does a wonderful job of breaking down the losses within the black female demographic that are set to occur as a result of the Kagan snub on the Supreme Court.

     

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