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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Some news from blogosphere and beyond from the last few days or so:

Where Obama’s Nomination Fits into the Larger Racial Context

As I’m sure all of you already know, last week Barack Obama officially secured the Democratic Party’s nomination to be the next President of the United States. As many commentators, journalists, and bloggers have been saying, his status as the first non-White Presidential nominee of a major political party is truly historic in many ways.

I would like to place his historic accomplishment in a sociological context and specifically, how it fits into the larger landscape of American race relations.
Shuffled! Michael Kang

Michael Kang is a Korean American filmmaker trying to get comfortable with the idea that he is based in Los Angeles. His feature film directorial debut “The Motel” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is currently on DVD through Palm Pictures. “The Motel” is the recipient of the Humanitas Prize as well as the top jury prizes from numerous festivals.
Summer Has Just Gotten Sweeter

And now, NBC is bringing the show back, but in an infinitely superior form: "Celebrity Family Feud". It starts July 1 and features four celebrity families duking it out per episode. Episode 1 features Margaret Cho and family v. Corbin Bernsen and family.
When to Confront a Stranger: A Question of Authority

The odd thing about the word “n***er” for me is that as much debate as I’ve heard about the term, my exposure to it in adulthood is fairly limited. I grew up in the Chicago area in a mostly African American family, but a few of my black relatives, all transplants from the South, insisted on complaining about “no-good n****rs” and such, despite the fact that I took issue with their use of the word
Only Time Will Tell

2008. Reality star Tila Tequila takes credit for the good news in California: "“It is because of me. I definitely think (my show) has helped the movement..."
happy (belated) birthday, jin

Rapper Jin recently celebrated his 26th birthday... and seven years in the music business. All growns up. The former RuffRyders recording artist and world reknown freestyle battle veteran has come a long way since those seven straight victories on BET's Freestyle Friday.