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Black Women, Mass Incarceration and the Market for Finding a Husband

Dr. Boyce on NPR: What Obama Needs to do For Black People

Dr. Boyce on NPR: What Obama Needs to do For Black People

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Dr. Boyce Watkins Spotlight: Rev. Jesse Jackson Talks Money, Prisons, Black Issues

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Obama Speech Tucson: Memorial Hits a Homerun in a Polarized Nation

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Tavis Smiley: The Good, the Bad and the Interesting of Smiley’s Coming Forum on Obama, Politics

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Writer Who Asked If the Church Keeps Black Women Single Has Some Answers: Dr. Boyce Spotlight

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Crosshairs: Company Attacks Palin, Says Obama Should Not Speak to O’Reilly During the Super Bowl

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F. Lee Bailey Says He Believes O.J. Murder Was a Drug Hit

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Dr. Boyce Watkins Spotlight: News Anchor Cheryl Wills Teaches Empowerment Through Book, ‘Die Free: A Heroic Family Tale’

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3 Things Obama Must Address for Black People

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Dr. Boyce Watkins Spotlight: Keri Hilson on Money Management & Social Media Brand Building

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On Founder’s Day, Delta Sigma Theta Is Sitting on Millions of Dollars

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Dr. Boyce on Black Planet – 12/28/09

OPINION: Black Males Plagued by Wrongful Convictions

By Dr. Boyce Watkins December 29, 2009 10:30 am

OPINION: Black Males Plagued by Wrongful Convictions

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TAGS: black men, Eric Holder, justice system, Prison

OPINION: Police Who Shot Unarmed Man Must Be Held Accountable

By Dr. Boyce Watkins December 28, 2009 2:15 pm

OPINION: Police Who Shot Unarmed Man Must Be Held Accountable

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TAGS: Police brutality

OPINION: Tiger’s Wife Wants Half? That Would Be Insane

By Dr. Boyce Watkins December 22, 2009 11:30 am

OPINION: Tiger’s Wife Wants Half?  That Would Be Insane

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TAGS: sex scandals, Tiger Woods

OPINION: Florida State, NCAA Steal Education from Black Athletes

By Dr. Boyce Watkins December 21, 2009 10:32 am

OPINION: Florida State, NCAA Steal Education from Black Athletes

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TAGS: black athletes, education, NCAA

OPINION: Man Exonerated after 35-Years Should Be Given Recourse

By Dr. Boyce Watkins December 18, 2009 10:45 am

OPINION: Man Exonerated after 35-Years Should Be Given Recourse

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TAGS: Eric Holder, justice system, Prison

OPINION: Tavis Smiley Should Not Be Working With R. Kelly

By Dr. Boyce Watkins December 16, 2009 5:18 pm

OPINION: Tavis Smiley Should Not Be Working With R. Kelly

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Dr Boyce Speaks on Serena Williams

Stop hating on black female athletes

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University

MSNBC’s TheGrio.com 

Black women are too aggressive. They are vicious, nasty, neck-swinging, over-sexed, amazons who utilize every available opportunity to tell off anyone in their path. They hate black men and they even manage to find creative ways to hate one another. We’ve now come up with a one-dimensional way of describing an incredibly diverse group around the world. That is what the world does to black women, and it is the same thing they do with black men. Personally, I’m getting sick of it.

In our natural aversion to such blatantly biased characterizations like the one presented in the first paragraph, we then go to the other extreme: Black women are all perfect, beautiful, loving, enlightened creatures who can do no wrong. All the problems of the black family belong solely to those "trifling brothers who just can’t get it together," and even when black women appear to be wrong, it’s just because the rest of us "are too weak to handle strong and intelligent sistuhs." Sorry my friends, stereotyping is wrong, even when it works in your favor.

Serena Williams’ tirade during the US Open on Saturday was offensive and sad to watch. She embarrassed herself and her family by threatening to "shove the ball down the f***ing throat" of a line judge during an internationally televised event. At the same time, Serena was in an extremely tense situation, the judge made a horrible call, and this was one of the biggest matches of her career. The judge had no business making that kind of call at that time, especially one that was ultimately incorrect. Serena simply said exactly what I certainly would have been thinking myself.

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Finally, the NCAA Has Been Sued

By Dr. Boyce Watkins

8:50 AM on 08/11/2009

NCAA treating black athletes like second-class citizens

  • In this April 3, 1995 photo, UCLA’s Ed O’Bannon celebrates after his team won the NCAA championship game against Arkansas in Seattle. O’Bannon is suing the NCAA over its use of former student athletes’ images in DVDs, video games, photographs, apparel and other material. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)

The revolution has been televised.

I always knew it would be, since African American athletes have always been center stage in the NCAA’s multi-billion dollar money machine. Millions of Americans go mad during the month of March to see “Tyrone G. Anyhood”, the latest corporate product being lined up on the Great American assembly line of mass exploitation and academic fraud.

The NCAA has profited handsomely from the black community’s commitment to producing and delivering hoop dreams that put young black men on the court during the hours they should be spending in a book. We perform death-defying athletic circus acts for the amusement of America, while universities profit under the guise of providing education. The NCAA’s professional sports league has created hundreds of multimillionaires and has facilitated the purchase of summer homes, yachts and private planes for many of the fat old men who refuse to even hire African American coaches.

Some of the players have finally said, “enough.”

Ed O’Bannon, a former star for the UCLA Bruins, has put his name at the top of an historic class-action lawsuit being filed against the NCAA for the illegal use of player images in videogames. This lawsuit is significant and opens a Pandora’s Box of disturbing issues, like a maid charged with cleaning out a house with dead bodies and asbestos. To make things simple, here are just a few reasons the suit may actually end up having massive implications for the African American community:

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Dr Boyce on AOL – 8/11/09

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Love Gone Bad: Scorned Women Krazy Glue Man’s Genitals

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Black Professors, Black Scholars and Intellectual Suicide

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Dr. Boyce Money: Soulja Boy’s Bad Financial Advice

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Dr Boyce: Why Everyone Should Go to College

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Financial Lovemaking: Tiny, Toya, Weezy and TIP

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Dr. Boyce: ‘Jungle Monkey’ Cop Sues City of Boston?

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Dr. Boyce: Jasmine Sanders Makes it Big in NYC Radio

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Dr Boyce Money: Is the NCAA Racist or Just Getting Rich?

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Financial Lovemaking: Should You Marry a Professional Athlete?

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The Intellectual Suicide of the Black American Scholar

If you’ve ever tried to go to college, you’ve interacted with a professor at some point in your life. If you were lucky, you might have run into a black professor. Chances are, you probably never had a black professor in college. Personally, I’d never taken a class from a black professor until I actually became one, since many universities don’t hire black scholars very much. When universities hire black scholars, they enjoy getting rid of them after concluding that they are not as qualified as the white people on the faculty. Like my respected colleague Dr. Cornel West, I’ve had battles on this issue with my own school, Syracuse University, which has a horrible history when it comes to hiring black people who don’t dribble a basketball. Even Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) have this problem. Have you ever counted how many black professors there are in the sciences and business schools of HBCUs? The numbers might surprise you – your kids are not being taught by black professors as much as they might lead you to believe.

What is saddest, however, is not the racism of academia. Even more shocking is the manner by which many intellectuals (black and non-black) are “dumbed down” by the way scholars and professors are trained to think. Rather than exploring the world and engaging in high action scholarship, we are trained like monkeys to sit inside our man-made bubbles within the ivory tower, focusing on miniscule, insignificant problems. Once these problems are solved, we are told to publish the work in academic journals that are read by a very small number of people in our tiny little niche. We become like some Baptist ministers who are so caught up with the collection plate that they no longer care about God – professors are here to share knowledge, and we’ve lost the desire to educate anyone other than ourselves.

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Soulja Boy Tellem: Never Take Financial Advice from a Rapper

by Dr Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University

In his video called “Rich N*gga Sh*t” (I can’t even write the title, since I don’t want to pollute the eyes of my readers. Maybe you can fill in the missing letters, like in the TV gameshow “Wheel of Fortune.”), the rapper Soulja Boy has worked overtime to set an all-time record for massive hip hop buffoonery. But he’s only 19-years old, so I am going to give him a pass in hopes that he will choose to wise up at some point.

Showing off his new diamond chain that doubles as a remote control toy Lamborghini, the young brother proceeds to wow his audience by pushing the limits of financial extravagance. I’ve seen rappers with chains shaped like the state of New York or jewels that have their names on them, but I have never seen a chain that doubles as a remote control car. When I saw his latest “achievement,” I truly felt that he’d lost it. I am not here to say that Soulja Boy has not planned for his financial security, I really hope he has. At the same time, I’ve seen a ton of rappers get wads of dough, only to find themselves broke and spending their lives in the studio trying to create their next breakout hit. Let’s be real: the industry is not here to empower the rappers – it is here to enslave them. Soulja Boy’s comments about giving “big ups” to slave masters (for bringing black people to America) should have been saved for the slave masters in the recording industry who control his destiny right now.

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Dr Boyce Hosts the Jim Reith Show – Listen!

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Click here to listen to Dr Boyce host the Jim Reith Show.  It’s explosive!

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Dr Boyce Watkins: Going to College Should Not Be an “If”

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University

The following is an exerpt from the book, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about College.”

Before I tell you all the great things about college, and all the things that are going to happen before, during and after, we should start with a very basic question: why do you want to go to college anyway? I mean, you could be doing a lot of things: playing in the NBA, bustin rhymes with your boys on stage, acting in Hollywood, or just plain old “kickin it”. More realistically, you could also just jump right out and get a job after high school. There was a time when that wasn’t such a bad thing. My grandmother always tells me stories about the days when a high school diploma went a long way, when a house cost 8 cents, when dogs didn’t bite and you could leave your front door open at night. But a lot of things have definitely changed since then, and a person must adjust to the times.

If you want to increase your chances to getting a good job one day, then getting a solid education under your belt is a great place to start. Once, I asked a friend if she was going to college. I think that she was the kind of person that wanted to make the quick money, rather than spend 4 years investing in her education. In her mind, it was all about making money right away, and college would be a waste of 4 years for her. When I asked her if she was going to go to college, she said “I like money too much to go to college”. I said to her “I like money too much not to go to college!” So the fact is this: you need degrees to get to the cheese! To lay it down in concrete terms, a census bureau survey showed that college graduates earn nearly one million dollars more during their lifetime than people with high school diplomas. What would you do with your extra million?

Sure there are exceptions. I went to college with guys who never graduated and left early for the NBA to make more money than most of us will ever make. However, this is clearly the exception. For every Kobe Bryant or Allen Iverson, there are literally millions of other students who are not quite good enough to make the big money. For every Vivica Fox or Jenifer Aniston, there are a lot of women out there in Hollywood with roaches crawling across the bathroom floor. I am not saying this to stamp out the dreams you may have, it’s a reminder that you should pursue higher education no matter what you decide you want to do. This guarantees that you will have something to fall back on in case your plans don’t turn out quite the way you thought they would.

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Black Love: What Tiny and Toya Teach the Rest of America

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University

OK, was I confused when I found out that Tiny and Toya (TI’s “baby mama” and Lil Wayne’s ex-wife, respectively) were being given a reality show on BET? Yeah, I was a little surprised. If only I could find a way to become a high profile baby mama — that seems to be the way to go. With my being a man, I guess that might be difficult to accomplish. All jokes aside, I watched this show with tremendous curiosity, as I think we can all learn from observing the thought patterns of those who live behind the scenes of our favorite celebs. Part of me feels sorry for both of these women, who seem to be desperately fighting their way out of the massive shadows being cast by the powerful men in their lives. Even the daughters of TI and Lil Weezy are trying to get their own reality show. Maybe they too are feeling the weight of their daddies’ collective fame. Why don’t we just give a reality show to the family dog? Now that would be hot!

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The Latest: Dr Boyce Watkins and Roland Martin Go at it Again on CNN Headline News

Click here to watch Dr Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University debate Roland Martin on CNN.

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Open Letter from Dr Boyce Watkins

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Written by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University

Hello to my friends,

I’ll be guest hosting the Jim Reith Radio Show on 570 WSYR radio today from 3 – 7 pm EST.  The show is actually a conservative one that comes on between Hannity and Limbaugh, so the audience is “challenging.”  But as you know, I believe strongly in the idea of communication, listening and trying to understand other viewpoints.  This is part of my personal growth process, as I am far more of a student than I am a professor.  If you want to listen online, you can also go to www.570wsyr.com.

Also, as some of you know, this is going to be a trying year in my relationship with Syracuse University, where some of my colleagues are not comfortable with my presence.  I personally feel that I’ve done all that is necessary to earn tenure here (when my tenure case is compared with those who’ve already received tenure).  This is particularly true as it relates to our chancellor’s consistent and overwhelming call for publicly engaged scholarship (I think I’ve done that pretty well).  I’ve also got some solid scholars around the nation who’ve shown support for my work, which I sincerely appreciate.  But while there are challenges of overcoming what I perceive to be structural racism in academia (which is well-documented in the literature), I think that great hurdles also present great opportunities.  With the help of my mentors, I’ve decided that rather than worrying about my own tenure case (which is still under appeal – Bill O’Reilly’s pressure might have caused some people to become weak in the knees about my case), I’ve decided to encourage all fair-minded Americans to do the following on their individual campuses or with their alma maters:

1) Think about the academic department in which you’ve studied or taught

2) Count the number of African American tenured professors in that department.

3) Try to find out how many have been tenured in the last 100 years

4) Try to determine why the numbers are what they are.

5) Hold the university accountable and ask them to explain the racial disparity.

One of the problems with our great nation is that the disease of racism has its greatest impact on those who’ve been cured.  My own campus, Syracuse University, has many departments that have never granted tenure to a single person of color in over 80 – 100 years of operating history.  I must honestly assess why we are very good at finding black basketball players, but turn away many qualified black faculty members and students.  Additionally, we must realize that the first conditioned response of any systemically racist institution is going to be one that explains away the racism (i.e.  “We want to hire black people, but the ones we find are just not good enough” – This assessment does not consider who gets to decide what it means to be “good.”)  Anyone honest about academia knows that this place is about as arbitrary, biased and laced with cronyism as any place on earth.  Diverse ideas are not usually accepted and academic freedom doesn’t really exist for African American scholars who actually try to use it.

Again, this is not about my own tenure case, I am going to be just fine.  This is about all of “blackademia” and the fact that it is time for us to stand up against the persecution of African American scholars and students who are being told that they are not good enough or don’t belong simply because they choose to embrace ideas that differ from the White American norm.  Forgive me for being blunt, but I must make this clear statement: WHITE PEOPLE DO NOT OWN ACADEMIA, and African Americans are not simply invited guests of the White American power structure.  We are just as American, just as intellectual, just as determined, just as hard working, just as committed, just as dignified and just as justified in pursuing the same rights of intellectual discovery and community upliftment as the rest of America.  I cannot, will not and refuse to allow myself or people like me to be relegated to second class citizenship.

In other words, it’s time for a REVOLUTION in the way our children are educated and in the way the teachers are chosen to educate them.  I am willing to do whatever is in my power to make a difference before my time on this earth is through.  We know the difference between right and wrong, and I pray that we allow our hearts to guide us toward the truth.  When we see that truth, I also pray that we do not run away from it.

Take care and God bless,

Dr. Boyce Watkins

www.BoyceWatkins.com

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Dr Boyce on AOL – 8/4/09

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Dr Boyce: Jasmine Sanders Makes it Big in NYC Radio

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Dr Boyce Money: Is the NCAA Racist or Just Getting Rich?

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Financial Lovemaking: Should You Marry a Professional Athlete?

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Dr Boyce Money: What Do Black Female Entrepreneurs Go Through?

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Shanelle Walker: One of the Dopest Young Poets in America

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Big Ben vs. Kobe? Does Race Matter in Rape Allegations?

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Dr Boyce, Roland Martin Debate Race on Anderson Cooper 360

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Dr Boyce Money: Why Consumer Confidence Actually Matters

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Terrie Williams on “Black Pain” and Depression

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Dr Boyce: How Companies Make Money off Prisoners

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Dr Boyce: 911 Call on Henry Louis Gates Released – Obama’s Having Beer

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Dr. Boyce Money: NCAA Finally Gets Sued

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Dr Boyce Watkins and Anderson Cooper Talk Obama – 8/1/09

Dr Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University and Anderson Cooper talk about the Obama Administration.

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News: Rick Sanchez Clashes with Dr Boyce Watkins on CNN – 8/1/09

Click here to watch Dr Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University speak with Rick Sanchez of CNN.

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News: Rev. Eugene Rivers and Dr. Boyce Watkins on MSNBC

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Click here to watch Dr Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University with Pastor Eugene Rivers on MSNBC.

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Dr Boyce, Jesse Jackson Talk Sunday Morning

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Dr Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University will be on Keep Hope Alive with Jesse Jackson Sunday morning at 8:30 am.  For a list of affiliates, please visit www.keephopealiveradio.com.

He will also be on Kiss FM in New York City at 10 am on Sunday.  For more information, please visit www.BoyceWatkins.com.

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Roland and Boyce Fight it out again on CNN

Dr Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University speaks with Roland Martin and Rick Sanchez of CNN.  The conversation gets quite heated.  Click here to watch the video!

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Dr Boyce and Michael Fauntroy on CNN American Morning – 7/29/09

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Click here to watch Dr Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University on CNN American Morning with Dr. Michael Fauntroy

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Dr Boyce to appear with Montel Williams Thursday – 7/30/09

Dr Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University will appear on the Montel Williams Show on Air America radio Thursday, July 30, 2009.  For more information, please visit www.BoyceWatkins.com.

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