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Does a Black Man Getting Corporate Money Mean that Racism is Dead?

Does a Black Man Getting Corporate Money Mean that Racism is Dead?

Last week, a controversy exploded over a new Mountain Dew ad created and directed by the rapper Tyler the Creator, one of the most visible figures in the hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, which Syracuse University professor Boyce Watkins—who is himself black—suggested was one of the most racist bits ad spots […]

Kirsten West-Savali: Tyler the Creator, You’re More than a “Young Nigga”

Kirsten West-Savali:  Tyler the Creator, You’re More than a “Young Nigga”

By: Kirsten West Savali, Your Black World When Tyler the Creator, 20, stepped onto MTV’s VMA stage to accept his Moonman for Best New Artist in August, he delivered an acceptance speech reflective of both his questionable intellect and contagious effervescence: “Yo, I’m excited as f— right now, yo,” he said. “I wanted this sh– since I was […]

Russell Simmons to Bill O’Reilly: “You Wanna Pick on Somebody, Pick on Me”

Russell Simmons to Bill O’Reilly:  “You Wanna Pick on Somebody, Pick on Me”

Russell Simmons and Dr Boyce Watkins recently co-authored an open letter against mass incarceration and the War on Drugs.  The letter went to the Obama Administration and has helped to raise awareness about the devastating impact that the drug war has had on families, especially African Americans.  Russell Simmons, writing for GlobalGrind.com, recently wrote an […]

Tyler, the Creator Talks Mountain Dew Controversy with Billboard, Takes Issue with Dr. Boyce Watkins

Tyler, the Creator Talks Mountain Dew Controversy with Billboard, Takes Issue with Dr. Boyce Watkins

On Wednesday, PepsiCo removed an online ad for Mountain Dew developed by Odd Future rapper Tyler, the Creator after accusations surfaced that it portrayed racial stereotypes and made light of violence toward women. In the 60-second spot, a battered white woman on crutches is urged by an officer to identify a suspect out of a lineup of […]

MTV Asks: Was that Mountain Dew Ad Really Racist?

MTV Asks:  Was that Mountain Dew Ad Really Racist?

By Maurice Bobb Rap ads are in danger. After Dr. Boyce Watkins wrote a scathing post, “Mountain Dew Releases Arguably the Most Racist Commercial in History,” which appeared onYourBlackWorld Wednesday (May 1), alleging that a new commercial featuring Felicia the Goat, directed by Tyler, the Creator under his Wolf Haley alias, is rife with racist images and […]

Russell Simmons and Scores of Celebs Say: “It’s Time to End the War on Drugs”

Russell Simmons and Scores of Celebs Say:  “It’s Time to End the War on Drugs”

By Russell Simmons For 42 years, we have waged war against our own people that we have disguised as the “War on Drugs.” Forty-two years of failure that has cost the American taxpayers $1 trillion dollars, resulted in 45 million drug arrests, and overfilled America’s prisons while failing to reduce the availability, sale, or use […]

El Espada: In Django Unchained, the Damsel in Distress is Finally a Black Woman

El Espada:  In Django Unchained, the Damsel in Distress is Finally a Black Woman

By El Espada Quentin Trantino’s new movie Django Unchained is akin to Barrack Obama’s election to the White House the first time.  The film broke through the ceiling of Hollywood’s limits that the hero, black or white, always had to go through hell, damnation, and even death to “save the white woman, (SSW) or girl.” […]

Dr. Wilmer Leon: From Paul Robeson to Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter

Dr. Wilmer Leon:  From Paul Robeson to Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Carter

By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III The one word to describe Paul Robeson is “giant”.  He was born April 9, 1898 and died January 23, 1976.  He was a person of extraordinary power, significance, and importance; a man of enormous strength and stature.  Paul Robeson was an artist of the highest order; a singer, actor, […]

Kirsten West-Savali: Django Criticism by Lee, Smiley and Others is Uninformed

Kirsten West-Savali:  Django Criticism by Lee, Smiley and Others is Uninformed

Are Spike Lee, Tavis Smiley and others speaking of things they don’t understand when they criticize the film, “Django Unchained?”  True or not, both men have gained reputations as being jealous egomaniacs who seek to monopolize dialogue about the black experience.  Others say that they are righteous pundits who speak truth to power.  In the […]

Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx Don’t See Eye-to-Eye on Sandy Hook

Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx Don’t See Eye-to-Eye on Sandy Hook

Some are openly speculating as to whether or not there will be a backlash to the release of the new film, “Django Unchained” as a result of the recent killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  One reason that some think there could be a negative public reaction is because one of the […]