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Distraction and Strategy Print E-mail
Black Business Advice
Written by Torin Ellis   
Tuesday, 25 September 2007
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Torin Ellis
English is changing to keep up.  Seriously.  Recently, the sixth edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary knocked the hyphens out of 16,000 words.  Words like Fig-leaf now read fig leaf, pot-belly is now pot belly, pigeon-hole ... you get the picture.  Over the last 30 years the hyphen has declined in usage and this shift is a reflection of the times and how we communicate.
 
Outraged Activists Revoke “Free Black Passes” for BET and the Minstrel Show Industry Print E-mail
Our Community
Written by Bruce Dixon, Black Agenda Report Managing Editor   
Sunday, 23 September 2007
BET Minstrel Montage Longstanding black discontent with the character and content of BET, MTV and much of commercial black radio is giving way to open protest. African American protesters are regularly showing up outside the homes of corporate execs, including the black ones who have made billions beaming degraded and degrading images of African into black homes and around the planet, demanding something better. Will they abandon the old C. Delores Tucker stance of blaming artists and consumers for an approach that questions corporate decision making power over the media universe? BAR talks to Rev. Delman Coates of the Enough is Enough Campaign.
 
Two Faced Nation Print E-mail
Political
Written by Darryl James   
Saturday, 22 September 2007

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Darryl James
There are two Americas. One America is the image that the nation presents of itself on the world stage, and one is what many of America's citizens witness up close and personal every day.



The first image--the shining pillar of democracy, boldly bringing freedom to the world--is the false image. The real image is the dirty world pirate, who deals in oil and money to support or denounce foreign nations, depending on what is at stake.

 
Two Fools: Ignore Them And Get On With The Struggle Print E-mail
Political
Written by Larry Pinkney   
Saturday, 22 September 2007

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Larry Pinknet, BC Columnist
There is an adage, which says, "When a person argues with a fool you see two fools."  In this context, both the Democratic and Republican parties have repeatedly and collectively demonstrated that neither of them deserve the political support of Black Americans and other people of color in this nation. 

 
Free The Jena Six: And A New Generation Of Activists Are Engaged In The Jim Crow Struggle Print E-mail
Our Community
Written by Dr. Anthony Asadullah Samad, PhD   
Thursday, 20 September 2007
Anthony Samad
Anthony Samad
This week, thousands of people will descend on the small Louisiana town of Jena to take a stand against Jim Crow justice. No small town has gotten as much attention for its racial politics since Forsythe County, Georgia in the late-1980s. That, of course, was an extension of Birmingham and Selma and other small towns that became the focal points of racial injustice after local issues became national protest movements. Being under a national microscope ain’t easy when justice is being twisted. And it’s obvious justice has been twisted. Even the state of Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeals is saying so.
 
Listening Should Never Be Casual Print E-mail
Black Business Advice
Written by Torin Ellis   
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
Monday Mover
... running, sweat dripping from the brow; lost in a densely textured space. Loud. Hoping for an artery of result. Seems as if expectations fade over time. Seams being pressured for hours - days - an entire life. Tired. Hear anything? Actually heard too much. Just another sound - one was not present. To win, we must drawdown our fears...
 
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