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Venus, Serena and Tiger Don’t Have Successors: What’s Going On with Black Athletes?

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University 

Most of us can appreciate, on one level or another, the tremendous achievements of Tiger Woods, Venus Williams and her little sister, Serena. They have all been, in one way or another, a tremendous source of pride for the African American community. Much of the reason we are so proud of them is because they’ve dominated like no other in sports that are not typically played by "us." I am personally more impressed with the Williams sisters than with Tiger, in large part because they’ve made it into a family affair, and seem to more directly embrace the idea of making their success into a "black thing." Tiger, on the other hand, seems to want to make his success into a "Caublinasian thing." I admittedly can’t get with that.

 

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African American Athletes and All Their Children

August 30, 2010 Leave a comment

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

I recently read a very interesting story about how so many black athletes are being hammered by the financial devastation of child support.  Their paychecks are getting zapped to nothing, only to buy Coach purses and hair weaves for the women who’ve had their children.  Perhaps the sex was good enough to justify the misery, but I’ve never had sex that good.

New York Jets running back Antonio Cromartie is one famous case of “I’m Bound to be Broke-itis.”  Cromartie, who is 26-years old, has eight children with six women in five different states.  In fact, the Jets had to front Cromartie $500,000 to settle his paternity situation before he even started playing for the team.  There are quite a few other cases worth mentioning, but I won’t waste time laying out the issues.

What I will lay out is an added perspective that might help brothers realize  the utter stupidity of putting themselves in situations that will keep their pockets empty, kill their ability to support a family down the road and possibly lead to incarceration.  Getting caught under the neck of the merciless child support system is an absolutely horrible feeling.  Children are a beautiful gift from God, and we can all appreciate a pretty woman, but if you let this stuff get the best of you, you’re begging for a life of misery.

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Cleveland Fans Behaving Like Disgruntled and Insecure Ex-Husbands

July 30, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World 

There has been considerable speculation regarding whether or not the Cleveland Cavaliers should retire the jersey of LeBron James. After James’ disappointing decision to leave Cleveland to start a new life in a larger, more vibrant city with better weather, some Cleveland fans are behaving like disgruntled ex-husbands, angry that things didn’t work out.

My question in response to those who wonder whether the Cavs should retire LeBron’s jersey is this: “Why wouldn’t you?”

 

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Why Would an NFL Player Choose to Also Deal Drugs?

July 16, 2010 Leave a comment

by Dr. Boyce Watkins 

A very popular rap song with the chorus "Sippin on some sizzurp" was written by the group, Three Six Mafia. I never liked the song, and I never liked the trend. The trend involves something in the south called "Drank," that involves a mix of codeine with 7up or pieces of Jolly Rancher candy. Well, speaking of Jolly, The Green Bay suspended Defensive End Johnny Jolly for the entire 2010 season for getting caught with codeine cough syrup outside a nightclub in Houston. In fact, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Jolly may have been more than a recreational user. The paper alleges that Jolly may have in fact, "bought, sold, funded, transported and aided in the buying, selling, funding and transportation of illegal narcotics including cocaine and marijuana."

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The Latest from AOL – 6/21/10

June 22, 2010 Leave a comment

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Son of Dallas Police Chief Suspected in Killing a Cop

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Is Obama’s Mortgage Modification Program Failing?

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Michael Jackson’s Estate Earned $783 Million Since His Death

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Will Tiger Woods’ Video Game Sell Like it Did in the Past?

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Hallmark Greeting Card Gets Accused of Corporate Racism

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How to Save Your Money: 5 Steps to Getting it Right

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Financial Lovemaking: AOL BV Poll Results on Black Women, Dating

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Black Businesswoman Danielle Douglas and Dr. Boyce Talk Business

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Tiger Woods Sex Scandals Cost Him $25 Million in Endorsements

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Black Scholar: Black Athletes Exploited Physically, Intellectually by NCAA

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Dr. Boyce and Lady Drama Discuss Wendy Williams, Hip-Hop and More

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Foreclosure Epidemic Hits Minority Communities Hardest

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Black Republican: King’s Statement About Obama Favoring Blacks Was Right

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The Black Church Keeps Black Women Single and Lonely?

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Parliament-Funkadelic Guitarist Garry Shider Dies

More Black News – 6/12/10

June 12, 2010 Leave a comment

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NBA Gets High Marks for Diversity in Annual Report Card

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Obama’s "Angry Black Man" Criticism: Isn’t He Also Half White?

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CNN Asks Why Black Men Are Not Graduating From College

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Dwyane Wade Given Temporary Custody of His Sons

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Could LeBron James’ Mother Rumors Push Him Out of Cleveland?

 

Slim Thug and his comments about black women continue to get the artist into trouble.  Is he going to lose big money because of this?

Black News – 4/30/10

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Black News from TheGrio – 4/29/10

April 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Black Social Commentary from TheGrio – 3/4/10

March 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Black News – 2/27/10

February 27, 2010 Leave a comment

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Noose hung at UC San Diego Fuels More Post ‘Compton Cookout’ Protests

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Around the Web: D-Nice & Malinda Williams, Nick Cannon, Whitney Houston, Robert Pattinson

  • ALREADY DONE Another black celebrity couple bites the dust. ‘Soul Food’ actress Malinda Williams … Read More
  • By Bridget Bland on Feb 27th 2010 5:55AM | Comments (3)

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Full List of the 41st NAACP Image Award Winners

  • ‘Precious: Based on ‘Push’ a novel by Sapphire’ was the big winner at the 41st NAACP Images. Held … Read More
  • By Wilson Morales on Feb 27th 2010 2:17AM | Comments (1)

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Red Carpet Rundown: The 41st NAACP Image Awards

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Live Blogging: 2010 NAACP Image Awards

  • Every year, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, the National Association for … Read More
  • By Bridget Bland on Feb 26th 2010 8:14PM | Comments (5)

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Preview Pics: ‘Night Catches Us’ With Kerry Washington, Anthony Mackie

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Creative, Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Money: Part I

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Iman The Icon Up Close and Personal

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A Noose, A ‘Jiggaboo’ and the Now Infamous ‘Compton Cookout’

  • We’re beginning to think that Jim Crow might be an undergrad at the University of California-San … Read More
  • By Alvin Blanco on Feb 26th 2010 4:58PM | Comments (2)

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80-Year-Old Woman Sentenced to Prison for Burglary…Again

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KiD CuDi’s Back to Blogging

  • With scores of followers being duped by pseudo-solo-dolos, Kid Cudi gave up Twitter and promised … Read More
  • By Journey Ade on Feb 26th 2010 3:30PM | Comments (2)

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Desiree Rogers Leaving White House

  • She came to the White House as a FOO (Friend of Obama) of the highest rank, with a fine New Orleans … Read More
  • By Paul Shepard on Feb 26th 2010 3:04PM | Comments (10)

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Regina King: Excited And Frustrated About Return of ‘The Boondocks’

  • While promoting her upcoming comedy ‘Our Family Wedding,’ actress Regina King couldn’t contain her … Read More
  • By Bridget Bland on Feb 26th 2010 3:03PM | Comments (4)

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‘Cop Out’ Film Review

  • The Bruce Willis-Tracy Morgan film ‘Cop Out’ has gotten a lot of hype, but there comes a time when … Read More
  • By Wilson Morales on Feb 26th 2010 2:15PM | Comments (1)

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Should Politicians Send Their Kids to Public Schools?

Black News on AOL – 2/25/10

February 26, 2010 Leave a comment

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SplitScreen – Tracy Morgan’s ‘IMPREGN8ED’ feat. Jimmy Kimmel

  • "30 Rock" and "Cop Out" star Tracy Morgan has turned his "somebody gon’ pregnant" catchphrase … Read More
  • By BVX Staff on Feb 25th 2010 5:07PM | Comments (0)

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Does She Talk Too Much?

  • My wife talks too much. She goes non-stop. I don’t even know what she’s saying half the time … Read More
  • By Mason Jamal on Feb 25th 2010 5:02PM | Comments (1)

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Maxine Waters’ Concern for Homeowners is Not Dumb

  • Okay, Rep Maxine Waters made an error. She mistook the fed’s discount rate– the rate at which the … Read More
  • By Jeff Mays on Feb 25th 2010 4:32PM | Comments (0)

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Boston Celtic Marquis Daniels Wastes Money on Diamond Head?

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EA Sports Stands By Tiger, Gillette Unsure About Future

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PETA Uses Tiger’s Sex Scandal for Promotion

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Obama Health Care Summit Will Yield Little

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Secretary Arne Duncan Talks HBCU Funding, Early Childhood Ed and Loan Repayment Programs

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Melanie Fiona’s ‘It Kills Me’: The Desperate, Pathetic Woman’s Anthem

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Vogue Italia launches Black and Plus-Size Sites

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Board Members With Display Name Issues

  • Have you visited the new message boards but experienced issues with your display name upon log in? … Read More
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Guilty Plea in Katrina Police Shootings

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Al Sharpton Versus Tavis Smiley on Black Agenda

  • Kevin Eason is a freelance editorial cartoonist and Illustrator from New Jersey. His brand of … Read More
  • By Kevin Eason on Feb 25th 2010 10:30AM | Comments (1)

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Man Who Allegedly Threw Baby From Bridge Charged With Murder

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News Blast: Health Care Summit to Take Place Today, Alleged War Crimes Leader Facing Deportation

Dr. Boyce Watkins on Tiger’s Press Conference

February 19, 2010 2 comments

by Dr. Boyce Watkins 

Today, Tiger Woods finally did what everyone expected him to do: He spoke out on his own behalf. The world waited for months to hear a peep from the man who has decided to do one of the greatest disappearing acts the sports world has ever seen. When there was no Tiger, there was no professional golf.

The press conference was starting on the wrong foot, as there was buzz of a boycott from golf writers, who felt that Tiger was not giving proper respect to media by refusing to allow them to ask questions. There was also the ire communicated from his fellow golfers, such as Ernie Els, who called Tiger "selfish" for giving his press conference on a Friday, during a tournament sponsored by Accenture.

What Ernie Els failed to remember is that Accenture is the company that dropped Tiger when he was being embarrassed by the media. There is no reason that Tiger should be the least bit hesitant about stealing the headlines away from their golf tournament. Perhaps had Accenture not decided to abandon Tiger, he might not have abandoned them.

His mother was there, the PGA Commissioner was there, and one of Tiger’s roommates from college was in attendance. What was missing from the press conference? Well, the press. I’m not sure if you can actually call this a press conference when you’ve chosen to exclude the media. The other glaring absence from the room was Tiger’s wife, Elin.

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Black News: Tiger Woods Ads Disappear from TV

December 9, 2009 1 comment

Tiger Woods: Keep it simple

Tiger Woods is all over the TV, but his ads haven’t been.

According to media tracker Nielsen, the last time a commercial featuring Tiger Woods appeared on television was Nov. 29. The 30-second Gillette ad aired during NBC’s "Football Night in America," the pre-game show that broadcast prior to the Sunday night football game between the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots.

The ad featured Woods, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, Spanish basketball phenom Ricky Rubio and an announcer who says, "Here’s to confidence," and aired eight times during November, according to Aaron Lewis, a spokesman for Nielsen.

 

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McNair Had Another Lover

October 20, 2009 1 comment

Steve McNair pictured. Sahel Kazemi has been idenitfied as his killer and Leah Ignagni pictures have been released.

Update: Exclusive pictures of both Leah Ignagni and Sahel Kazemi have been released.

This week, Nashville, Tenn., police released an updated case summary on the murder-suicide of former NFL quarterback Steve McNair and his mistress, Sahel Kazemi. Police identified Leah Ignagni as McNair’s possible second girlfriend. Ignagni told police that she believed Kazemi had been following her in the weeks before McNair’s death. According to Kazemi’s roommate, Emily Andrews, Kazemi knew about Ignagni.
According to the report:
Andrews said that Kazemi told her that [Kazemi] found a tampon in the bathroom wastebasket in the Lea Avenue condo, and on another occasion, saw a female leaving the condo.

Police are not saying that the relationship played a role in the incident.

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Tiger Woods Becomes first Billion Dollar Athlete

October 2, 2009 1 comment

Tiger Woods has become the first sportsman to break through the billion-dollar earnings barrier, Forbes magazine reported on Thursday.

The 33-year-old American, who has won 14 majors, reached the latest landmark of his career when he won a 10-million-dollar bonus for his FedEx Cup victory last weekend.

According to the magazine’s calculations, Woods went into the 2009 season on 895 million dollars which included prize money, endorsements, appearance fees as well as money earned through his golf course design business.

Even before picking up his end of season bonus, Woods had earned 10.5 million dollars on the USPGA Tour this year, winning six titles.

 

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Black News: Why Michael Vick Has Been Good for Animal Rights

September 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Maybe it was one of the times John Goodwin found a more receptive audience while lobbying politicians for stricter sentencing against dogfighting.

Maybe it was one of the times a law enforcement training session was packed with police.

Maybe it was while he was riding along on what is an increasing number of raids on dogfighting operations.

Whenever it was, there was a moment over the past two years that Goodwin, the anti-dog fighting expert at the Humane Society of the United States, realized that of all the unexpected things, a silver lining had formed in the ugly clouds of the Michael Vick(notes) scandal.

“People campaigned against dogfighting ever since the first dogfight ever happened,” Goodwin said. “But never had there been a spotlight put on this issue like when Michael Vick was involved in it.

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Your Black World

Caster Semenya’s Story Gets More Interesting

September 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya‘s gender fiasco manages to get worse. E-mail correspondence found by the South African newspaper Mail & Guardian shows that her team doctor Harold Adams and athletics boss Leonard Chuene did indeed know that Semenya was tested in South Africa before the World Championships in Berlin but kept Semenya in the race even after they found out that her test results were "not good."
Semenya crossed the 800-meter finish line a full minute before her competitors. Her time, coupled with her supposed virile looks, prompted championship officials to order a gender test.

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Dr Boyce Watkins: Gender Testing Not Always About Race

September 11, 2009 2 comments

By Dr. Boyce Watkins

MSNBC’s TheGrio.com

6:20 PM on 09/10/2009

Race was never a factor in track star's gender query

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University 

The world is now talking about Caster Semenya, the South African athlete who has been subjected to gender testing after dominating the field in the 800-meter run at the 2009 World Championships. Recent reports by the Daily Mail of London and the Sydney Morning Herald of Australia state that the test has revealed that Semenya "is a hermaphrodite with no womb or ovaries." Some have argued that Semenya was the target of the investigation because she is black, but I am not sure if I am on board with that presumption.

If the reports are true, I am not surprised. Race issues to the side, I too found myself wondering if I was seeing things, as I watched Semenya thump her chest in victory and speak with a voice that could bring Barry White back from the grave. I was disturbed, but open-minded, for I considered Semenya’s case to be an opportunity to explore cultural variations in gender perception.
Another use of the word "race" applies when analyzing Semenya’s time in her race of choice, the 800-meter run. Not only did this 18-year old come out of nowhere to run a time which instantly dominates the world’s most highly trained 800 meter runners (1:55.45), but her time was nowhere near the world record (1:53.28), set by Jarmila Kratochvilova of Czechoslovakia in 1983. Like Semenya, Kratochvilova could easily be mistaken for a man.

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What’s Wrong with the American Relay Teams?

August 23, 2009 1 comment

Try as they might, the Americans just can’t seem to get that baton around the track in the 400-meter relay without some sort of misadventure.

First the men were disqualified at the world championships for making an exchange outside the allowable zone. Then the women didn’t finish after Muna Lee pulled up with a hamstring injury.

It was shades of Beijing all over again, when the two relay teams dropped the stick at the Olympics.

"We’re not panicking," said Doug Logan, the CEO of USA Track and Field. "To lose on something technical rather than on a speed basis is disappointing. We’re going back to the drawing board and teach the rules of the relays better and practice better."

That’s been attempted before.

In the aftermath of Beijing, Logan and his staff did a comprehensive study looking into what went wrong with the 400 relay teams after the baton clanged to the track not once, but twice. They established new rules and protocols.

Then this happened.

 

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Black Sports: Officials Debate Whether This is a Man or Woman

August 22, 2009 Leave a comment

World Athletics: Caster Semenya 800m gold medal overshadowed by gender controversy

No 1: Caster Semenya celebrates as she wins gold in Berlin Photo: AP

Semenya crowned a spectacular season by triumphing in 1min 55.45sec while Britain’s Jenny Meadows produced a lifetime best of 1min 57.93sec to take the bronze – Britain’s third medal of the championship. Fellow Briton Marilyn Okoro was eighth.

But instead of being able to celebrate her victory, Semenya found herself facing uncomfortable questions about whether she should really have been lining up in today’s first-round heats of the men’s 800m.

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Vernon Forrest had Intuition about His Death

July 27, 2009 1 comment

Former Boxing Champ Vernon Forrest who was killed Saturday in Atlanta when he was robbed at gun point Tweeted a week before his death about a dream he had that was similar to the way he was killed.

Man I had a nightmare last nite I dreamt I come home and found 4 guys were breaking into my house. I pull my heater and it was empty they chased me and was about to shoot me then I woke up. The first thing I did was get my heater and made sure it was loaded. That dream will not come true.

Man that’s is some scary ISH.  I think I will start taking my dreams a little more serious.

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