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Jabari Asim: ‘Fry That Chicken’

Asim examines a hot internet video for the potency of its racist content, and wonders why a black entertainer would make a music video that is more racist than “Birth of a Nation.”

Posted on Oct 8, 2006 READ MORE

Jabari Asim: Black American Males, or Short-Timers

What does it say about our culture that African-American men living in the nation’s inner cities have a life expectancy roughly equal to that of people of similar age living in West Africa?

Posted on Sep 17, 2006 READ MORE

Jabari Asim: Lil’ Kim’s Coming-Out Party

Upon her return from jail on a perjury conviction, the rapper Lil’ Kim almost made us believe that imprisonment had afforded her time to reflect upon the demeaning portrayal of women in the rap genre. Almost.

Posted on Sep 5, 2006 READ MORE

Jabari Asim: After the Storm

New Orleans’ sudden death was equivalent to the slow deaths of cities like Philadelphia, Newark and Oakland.  So many of the same conditions exist; only the weather is different.

Posted on Aug 27, 2006 READ MORE

Jabari Asim: Jim Crow Poll Tax 2.0

GOP’ers say it’s just a coincidence that Democratic voters are the ones most likely to be disenfranchised by new photo ID requirements at the voting booths. Yeah, and I’ve got some fertile Missouri mules to sell you.

Posted on Aug 13, 2006 READ MORE

Jabari Asim: Closing the Racial Gap in Medical Treatment

Why do African Americans still lag behind even recent African immigrants when it comes to beating heart disease and cancer?

Posted on Jul 29, 2006 READ MORE

Jabari Asim: Who’s Showing Black Youth the Path to Responsibility?

Even as the notion of responsibility becomes less and less relevant among black American youths, people like Bill Cosby and the actor who plays Gordon on “Sesame Street” are asking the tough questions necessary for any reversal of the trend.

Posted on Jul 24, 2006 READ MORE

Jabari Asim: A Troubled Picture for Black Male Students

The gender gap among African-American college students is growing at a dangerous rate. And it’s no wonder: The roots of the problem were obvious at my daughter’s school, where many boys by age 10 had been socialized to be tough, regarding education with contempt and suspicion.

Posted on Jul 14, 2006 READ MORE

Jay-Z boycotts Cristal

Jabari Asim: In the Jay-Z/Cristal Flap, a Ray of Hope?

With the superstar rapper (above) boycotting the vaunted champagne company for publicly insulting him, might this be an opportunity to encourage the hip-hop and liquor industries to stop pushing alcohol on kids? 

Posted on Jul 7, 2006 READ MORE

Jabari Asim: America’s Blacks Are a Giving People

African-Americans give away a greater percentage of their money to charitable causes than whites.

Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE

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