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The activist Professor Cornel West has goals and agendas that are, at best, only partially apparent to the rest of us despite his academic prominence and countless interviews; it’s reasonable to assume that his priorities and tactics fluctuate dynamically.   Editor, journalist, entrepreneur, political consultant, photographer, and former Congressional Campaign Manager, Thomas Hayes I’ve been a little startled by the recent tactical “turn” and troubled, frankly, by certain of the holier-than-thou reactions....

Following wildly enthusiastic reviews for the World Premiere at the Full Frame Film Fest last weekend, “The Loving Story” has made the Daily Beast’s list of Hottest Films of Tribeca 2011 in New York City this week… check out their entire list! Tribeca features awards for independent films in six (6) categories: World Narrative World Documentary Emerging Narrative Emerging Documentary Narrative Short Film Documentary Student Short Film Tribecca features some of the best independent films. Past winners include Stolen...

April 15th marks the world premiere of a moving documentary of the famous case of Mildred and Richard Loving a landmark civil rights struggle resolved in 1967 by the United States Supreme Court declaring Virginia’s anti-miscegenation statute – which had been used to arrest the Lovings – unconstitutional. The Elisabeth Haviland James/Nancy Buirski film premieres today at the annual Full Frame Film Festival and will air again four times next week as part of the Tribecca Film Festival in New York. By including photos by...

What’s interesting about the Internet are the different audiences and their responses and characteristics, especially on the issue of race and racism, a problem that is on the constant collective mind of the African American community and people of color in general because historically we’ve been the most negatively impacted by it. I don’t claim to be the spokesperson for the Black community and such a designation would be the stuff of comedy. But what does vex me and really egg me on to continue to raise the issue...

More at Racialious: “Most Black women who I am close with approve of, and even cheer on, a Black female/White male interracial relationship. But one that’s the other way around evokes a feeling far less warm and fuzzy. For example, if Obama had been married to a White woman… eek. I’m sure we wouldn’t have been as quick to embrace him (and actually, I’ve talked with men and women of every color about this hypothetical situation, all of whom expressed a similar “cringe” – perhaps a topic for a different post).” –...

More at SFGate: “(12-21) 17:43 PST — Los Angeles can continue to seek racial balance in assigning tens of thousands of students to specialized magnet schools despite California’s voter-approved ban on race preferences in government programs, a state appeals court has ruled. Friday’s decision by the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles preserves the long-standing desegregation program in the state’s largest school district in the face of a challenge by backers of Proposition 209, the 1996 ballot measure....

I just read TonyaTko’s blog where she’s sad about the state of race. I think what she’s talking about is racial self-hatred, and I do agree that it does seem to be alive and well. But I’m hopeful in that it’s not as widespread in my experience and I feel that digital media can play a role in repairing the problem. Share this:StumbleUponLinkedInRedditTumblrPocketTwitterFacebookGooglePinterestEmailPrint...

Sometimes there are people who are so busy looking for smoking guns they see ghosts. Taylor Marsh is one of those people. Taylor Marsh is so upset that Hillary Clinton will lose to Barack Obama that she stoops to misquoting Senator Obama. Barack appeared on a popular radio show called “Angelo Cataldi” If you see the show’s website , it glowingly praises Senator Obama, writing: Philadelphia’s Angelo Cataldi interviewed Barack Obama this morning on Philadelphia’s Sports Radio, WIP-AM 610. Cataldi, a wildly...

Jennifer Donahue, who’s a political pundit and Senior Advisor for Political Affairs at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, gets my award for a major act of courage. Thursday night, on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Jennifer Donahue blasted the Hillary Clinton campaign for using the race card against Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential Race. She was on the show with Cooper, Clinton Advisor and Political Consultant David Gergen, and CNN contributor Jeffrey Toobin. Whereas Toobin and Gergen were circumspect in their...

This is a terrible revelation, but logical considering the nature of prejudice. May 2, 2007Study of N.B.A. Sees Racial Bias in Calling Fouls By ALAN SCHWARZAn academic study of the National Basketball Association, whose playoffs continue tonight, suggests that a racial bias found in other parts of American society has existed on the basketball court as well. A coming paper by a University of Pennsylvania professor and a Cornell University graduate student says that, during the 13 seasons from 1991 through 2004, white referees called...

This is far better than what the Oakland Raiders have done in hiring Lane Kiffin. Search shows Steelers know what they’re doing By Michael SmithESPN.comArchive In the immortal words of Rakim, this is how it should be done. The diligence with which Steelers’ ownership approached their nearly two-week search for Bill Cowher’s replacement serves as a textbook example of what the NFL had in mind when it established the Rooney Rule (named after Pittsburgh owner Dan Rooney, it requires teams to interview at least one minority...

I hope this happens, as it would pave the way for major changes in society and for the better. Kids need to see this. They need to know they have a chance. Other kids, not Black, need to see that Blacks can lead on a national stage. Dungy, Smith have chance to be first black coaches in Super BowlDAVE GOLDBERGAssociated Press INDIANAPOLIS – Two weeks ago, Lovie Smith made the three-hour trip from Chicago to watch Tony Dungy’s Colts take on Herman Edwards’ Chiefs in a first-round NFL playoff game. The night before,...

This proves the amazing value of YouTube and other video distribution systems. We now have history right at our fingertips. What’s presented to you above is the video of what some call the greatest speech ever given in history, Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream Speech”. Below, the text of the speech. I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow...

Giants tap Jerry Reese as general manager NFL.com wire reports EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Jan. 15, 2007) — The New York Giants hired Jerry Reese as their general manager, making him only the third black GM in NFL history. Reese, who served as the team’s director of player personnel the past four years, was considered the favorite among the Giants’ in-house candidates to replace Ernie Accorsi, who held the post for nine seasons before retiring. The 43-year-old Reese will formally be introduced as general manager and senior...

Last Monday, January 8th, San Francisco-based KNBR’s Rob Brooks (pictured) said, in response to a take that one college team should hire a black coach, “Notre Dame tried one of those and look what happened to them.” “One of those,” sounds like a disease the way Brooks put it. That comment led me to write this email to members of the California sports media community — an email list that includes Tony Bruno and Rod Brooks. It’s not just an email denouncing what Brooks said, but how KNBR conducts...