Monthly Archives: February 2011

Black History at the Oscars: The Halle Denzel Sidney Trifecta

I must admit, 2010 was a banner year for film.  I highlighted a few of the standouts in my 2011 Oscar Watch Series: Black Swan, The Kids Are All Right, 127 Hours.  And as predicted, all three went on to be nominated in multiple categories.  While millions of people are expected to tune in this Sunday to watch Hollywood’s most famous self-celebrating gabfest, a chorus of grumblings will continue to reverberate on the Internet about how there are no Black films or actors nominated for an Oscar this year.  In fact, this is the first time in over ten years that there isn’t one single Black Oscar nominee.  Sadly, this

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Music Review: Adele 21

Adele is all grown up. Already a hit in the UK, 21, the follow up to her successful critically acclaimed 2008 debut 19, is an open book full of brokenhearted memories and candid piano-driven ballads. 21 opens with two mid-tempo songs, the single “Rolling in the Deep” and the track “Rumour Has It,” which features a fiery Adele over a straight drum beat as she proclaims to a former lover that the new woman he’s chosen for himself is not a good fit. “She, she ain’t real/she ain’t gone be able to love you like I will/she is a stranger, you and

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Black History Month at a White University: Is There a Difference?

Less than a week into February, I stumbled upon a tweet from, Chris, one of my college friends on Twitter: “‘Now everybody wanna focus on Black History. Y’all are so ‘seasonal’ …. SMH” We discuss (and often complain) about the fact that we celebrate Black History during the shortest month of the year, but has anyone ever taken the time to find out why? Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the founder of Black History month and the second African-American to receive a degree from Harvard University, believed in preserving one’s heritage. He wanted it to be in February to honor the birth of

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