I, Too, Am Harvard (Michigan)

Via my Facebook feed, I came across an article in the Boston Globe featuring a project titled I, Too, Am Harvard that highlights the frustrations of black students at Harvard. And having watched the video below that introduces the project, it brought back memories of my days at the University of Michigan. The immense burden to prove (mostly to other students), that I had the academic chops to be there; as well as the pressures to speak for all black people when matters of race or slavery came up. It was frustrating but I endured mainly by studying my ass […]

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Oscar 2014 Highlights

I didn’t actually watch all of the Academy Awards as it started at 1:30am London time and well after about an hour, I was bored and really tired of all the commercials. So off to bed I went as I knew that all the good bits would be recapped ad nauseum the next day; one of them being John Travolta butchering one of the nominees name. How he got Adele Dazeem from Idina Menzel is beyond me. That all being said, Slate has come up with a way for us to get in on the fun and get our name […]

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12 Years A Slave

12 Years a Slave won three Oscars last night including Best Picture and for this I’m really pleased for producer/director Steve McQueen, Lupita Nyong’o (winner Best Supporting Actress), Chiwetel Ejiofor (nominee Best Actor) and everyone else involved in the production. It’s quite a visual film and have to say that when I saw it early January, I was so enraged by the brutally and inhumane treatement of black people, that for the first time ever I felt deep hatred in my heart for anyone involved or who has directly benefited from slavery. Now this wasn’t my first slave film. Starting […]

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Crisis in Ukraine

What a difference a week makes. Last week Vladimir Putin and the rest of Russia were on a national high having successfully concluded the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Now they are on the brink of war having mobilized troops in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula apparently to protect their interest in the region. Whatever the case, I really wish that politicians would learn from the past respecting national borders and not be so eager to use military force. No doubt, from time to time, some military action is necessary. However, due to the destructive nature, it should only be undertaken after all […]

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Brian Williams and Rapper’s Delight

One of the best things I’ve seen on YouTube in a long long while is video of Brian Williams doing Rapper’s Delight for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Oh, I don’t think he actually rapped and it’s really just clever editing, but it’s just brilliant nonetheless. Also love the appearance by Lester Holt who I remember fondly from his days as a local CBS anchor on WBBM-TV Chicago. Related posts: Robbie Williams: Angels

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