I think Viacom not only believes we’re stupid, they believe we’re stuck on stupid. They pipe in garbage, and we lap it up. They insult us and our children, especially our young women, and we insult ourselves by participating in our own exploitation,. And the monotonous beat goes on and on like the drumbeat of a new Bataan Death March. I don’t know about you, Black folks, but I am hurt and saddened by what I see in our youth, much of which emanates from media like BET. I know our young people are into a lot of other negative behaviors; I know they are running rampant in the streets and hurting one another. But I also know that, wherever and whenever I can, I must use whatever resources I have to try to save just one at a time. In order to do that, I cannot be afraid, neither can I be tepid in my response to folks who strive to mislead and exploit our youth.

There is nothing fascinating about a name that encourages others to prejudge you or attempt to define you without ever having met you. It’s not fair, but research also shows that not only do people assume that T’Niqua and DeVonte’ are Black, they assume that they come from low-income and poorly educated backgrounds. There’s nothing wrong with wanting a name that sounds good, but names should also have meaning. Just about any book on names will tell you that names have impact on character, destiny, success and failure in one’s life. So it’s not an astonishing revelation when studies show that names like Amber and Joshua are granted job interviews, while names with odd spellings and pronunciations often get rejection letters or no response at all.

In order for one to understand America today, one must address slavery. Also known as the peculiar institution, slavery benefited the economies of the first world because it stole and traded African people, whose labor the plantation owners, governments and corporations exploited for their own objectives. This piece takes a closer look at Willie Lych, a white plantation owner, and one of the major players in the institution. "The document called the Willie Lynch Doctrine was distributed to all the other plantation owners and Politicians across United States instructing them on how to transform a man into a slave. This doctrine served as the basis for the current self-destructive life lived by many young men today, where you cause your own demise and train your children to do the same. This never ending cycle produces a false reality that you grab hold to and base your whole life from for example, you must be either be a "Thug" "Gangsta" "Drug Dealer" and nothing else!"

A Chinese artist, Lei Yixin, who is not aware of Martin Luther King Jr., and his legacy, was selected by the King Memorial Foundation in Washington DC, to sculpt the late civil rights leader. Meanwhile, Roma Group headed by Boris Dramov, is the chosen architect firm for the project. In attempting to emphasize some idea of hope for the future, the firm failed by portraying King, the man, as someone who needs to overcome, and situating him in a vast mountain of despair, that will be the King Memorial. The problem is neither Yixin nor Roma, but much of the issues raised in the article have to do with the King Memorial Foundation itself, and the ways in which they have chosen to remember and preserve Martin Luther King's legacy. The issue of representation is not a small one, but one have to keep in mind that there are ‘power players and financial backers’ including the foundation’s leadership that are calling these shots. The stone of hope, which can be viewed from Roma’s and King's foundation website, does paint a very conflicting picture. On one hand, there are two shifting ideas going on: the mountain of despair, which seems like a guiding theme of the proposed King Memorial, and the wall of hope, which is actually a large stone inside the mountain of despair, with 3D like image of King superimposed on it. In some aspects, this image represents the perpetual struggles and inequalities Black people still face in present day America, and despite the fact that it is 2007, it seems like not much has changed, as the Klu Klux Klan have traded their traditional bedsheet attire for business suits. As King eloquently reminds us in a speech to an enthused audience, “I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight, that we as a people will get to the promise land.”

During the ongoing controversy at Binghamton University, the director of the university art museum, Dr. Lynn Gamwell, defended her position of bringing the exhibition, "Engaging The Camera: African Women, Portraits and the Photographs of Hector Acebes" to the university. The following are commentaries from faculty and students on the Hector Acebes exhibition.

The art exhibition "Engaging the Camera: African Women, Portraits and the Photographs of Hector Acebes" has ignited much debate at Binghamton University. At the center of this controversy is the censorship of a graduate student. The student created a digital exhibition “Engaging the Camera: Portraits of White Women -- Acebes Other Show” to address the racist representations dominant in the Acebes exhibition. To read more about this growing controversy, view the exhibition.

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