Funmilola Fagbamila

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Funmilola Fagbamila is an amazing woman. She can do it all. Funmilola Fagbamila is a Nigerian American scholar, activist, playwright and artist. While her artistry is multifaceted, including spoken word and hip hop, her current project, entitled The Intersection, is a stage play on the complexities of black identity and what she has coined the “black liberation ego”.
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Having recently completed her graduate program at UCLA in Black Studies, Funmilola now serves as a professor of Pan African Studies at Cal State Los Angeles. As an original member of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement she has been organizing with BLM since its inception in 2013.
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In 2015, Funmilola was honored by the United States Congress and the Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance for her commendable activist scholarship, service and struggle. She frequently sits on community panels regarding police brutality, criminal justice and overall wellness in black communities; most recently presenting at a conference held by the UCLA School of Law. Her resume is pretty impressive.

Graduate Research Assistant Bunche Center, UCLA
Oct 2014 – Sept 2016
•    Assisted with quantitative and qualitative analysis of 2013-2014 Hollywood Diversity Report by Darnell Hunt, PhD and Ana Christina Ramon, PhD
•    Research examined relationship between racial and gender diversity and the bottom line in Hollywood entertainment industry •    Conducted literature reviews
•    Collected and analyzed data
•    Prepared material for submission to grant agencies
•    Summarized project results

Graduate Research Assistant                                                        Fall 2015 African American Studies Department, UCLA
•    Assisted with quantitative and qualitative analysis of research project on policing and federal prison systems by Bryonn Bain, PhD
•    Searched online for compelling images and articles related to topic •    Composed presentations on subject matter and overall project
•    Collected and analyzed data
•    Summarized project results

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Sociology Department, CSULA                                                      Spring 2012
•    Worked with a faculty member to create a study on contemporary public higher education in the United States and the emerging student and faculty movements seeking educational justice and transformation •    Created models for intervening in educational inequalities by building community awareness, organizing discussion forums, and initiating actions

Undergraduate Research Assistant                                             Fall 2011 Pan African Studies Department, CSULA
•    Worked with a faculty member on a grant aimed at obtaining funds for a study abroad program for CSULA Pan African Studies students
•    Conducted research on the effects of West African revolutionary hip hop on community consciousness
•    Grant was successfully funded and implemented in Fall 2012

Barack & Biracial Men- Black Genetics(Part 3 of 4)

Barack Obama...

I remember when I saw this cover(above) of Ebony magazine back in 2008.  It was when Barack Obama was running for President.  I remember hearing people say Obama looked so cool in his sunglasses. And I noticed that over the past eight years that there were more biracial men in the media.  There has always  been biracial men in the spotlight. But there seems to be more right now. I have also seen many more biracial women in the media over the last few years.  I will cover biracial women in part three. That is a an even bigger issue in my opinion.  But I did want to cover some of the biracial men that seemed to be getting a lot more press in recent years.  And what does it mean for black men?  Are they the new and improved black men? Or do they represent a “new white man’? I think Obama helped to bring interracial unions and biracial people more acceptance in American culture.  And worldwide for that matter.  I have seen more biracial men in sports,television and films.

Lenny Kravitz....

Back in the early 90’s Lenny Kravitz was one of the biggest rock stars.  His mother is black,father is Jewish.

Vin Diesel....

Actor Vin Diesel is biracial as well. Although he mostly plays racially ambiguous roles. He never really plays a “black” man though.

Shemar Moore....

Actor Shemar Moore has become a sex symbol among many black women. The picture(above) is of him and his white mother. He first gained fame on the soap opera The Young and The Restless. I remember ten years ago he was seen at a gay beach in Hawaii.  I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about his sexuality.

Boris Kodjoe...

This is biracial actor Boris Kodjoe.  His mother is a German white woman. I know many black women who have told me is their ideal man.  Although this is not a good picture. It leaves him looking very “suspect”.

The Rock....

Actor Dwayne Johnson has become a huge star over the last eight years.  He first became famous as a WWE wrestler known as The Rock.  And has become a sex symbol in his transition from wrestler to actor.  Although he is not a mulatto since he has a black father and Samoan mother. Much like actor Vin Diesel he plays racially ambiguous roles.  And is rarely paired with black women in films. But he still remains popular among many black women.

Jesse Willaims.....

Biracial actor Jesse Williams caused quite a stir last year at the BET Awards. The Grey’s Anatomy star gave a passionate speech about police brutality last year.  And many black people quickly gave the mixed race man his “black card”.

Trevor Noah....

The picture(above) is of Trevor Noah.  The comedian/actor is the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central.  he is pictured with his girlfriend,model Jordyn Taylor.  She is racially mixed  so I guess the paring his fitting.  Noah is a media darling because of his left-leaning liberal views. Although I don’t find him that funny.

Jussie Smollett...

This is actor Jussie Smollett. Most people know him from the hit drama Empire.   He plays a homosexual on the show.  Which is fitting since he’s a homosexual in real life as well. He’s pictured her with his sister actress Jurnee.  They have a black mother and white father.  This picture is quite interesting.  What’s with the “black power” fist? What message are they sending?  Is that you can be conscious,biracial,pro-black and gay all at the same time?  Good lord….what world am I living in?  God help us.

Drake....

Of course we can’t discuss biracial people without mentioning Canadian rapper Drake.  Drake has become one of rap music’s biggest stars in the last eight years or so. He started as a child actor and late did underground mixtapes as a rapper. His mother(pictured above) is Jewish and his father is black.  I can’t help but to think that having those Jewish connections helped him in the industry. Also according to Halakha(Jewish law) a Jew must be born to a Jewish mother. Accepting the principles and practices of  Judaism doesn’t make a person a Jew. So even with a black father technically…. Drake is a Jew.

J Cole....

Rapper J. Cole(with mother) has seen his popularity rise in recent years.  He has gotten praise from many rap fans because of his socially conscious lyrics.

Miguel...

The picture(above) is of r&b/pop singer Miguel and his Mexican father. Miguel became popular when his debut cd came out in 2010.  His music style is a mix of funk,r&b and elements of rock. Many music critics have compared him to the late pop icon Prince.

Derek Jeter.....

Retired baseball player Derek Jeter was one of the most well know athletes while playing for the New York Yankees.  Here is Jeter pictured with his parents and sister Sharlee.

TONY PARKER OF THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS

NBA veteran Tony Parker has played for the San Antonio Spurs for over fifteen years.  And he has won four NBA championships. He has a black father and white mother. He has been one of the most well known biracial athletes over the last ten years.

San Francisco 49ers 2011 Headshots

Of course what list would be complete with biracial NFL star Colin Kaepernick.  I recently heard that he will now stand for the pledge of allegiance. Why the change of heart? I guess all the hype is over now.  It helped to cause some more racial tension and get people talking.  But I guess that time has passed…so it’s back to football! That is if any team picks him up.

Lewis Hamilton...

This is racecar driver Lewis Hamilton pictured with his white mother.  He was born and raised in the United Kingdom.  His first racecar win was the Canadian Grand prix in 2007.  His popularity has really grown over the last ten years.

 

Joakim Noah.....

Chicago Bulls basketball player Joakim Noah has a white mother and black father.  He’s very popular with the Chicago fans.  This pic(above) he is with his mother and sister Yelena.

Aaron Gordon...Zach Lavine...

This picture(above) is of NBA players Aaron Gordon and Zach Lavine. Gordon plays for the Orlando Magic and Lavine plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves.  Last year during the 2016 NBA All Star weekend these two were the finalists in the Slam Dunk contest.  It was close but Lavine ending up winning the contest.  I just thought it was interesting that the last two finalists were both biracial men.  I thought it was odd. Are they going to be the face of the NBA?  Much like Drake is the face of rap music?  Or how Obama was the face of the nation.  Hmmmm…something to think about.

Matt Barnes...

NBA star Matt Barnes(with mother) has always been a headache for the NBA. He has a really bad temper and needs to seek anger management. He has played for the LA Clippers,New York Knicks,Orlando Magic,LA Lakers and Golden State Warriors. He gets moved around a lot because of his temper tantrums and bad attitude.

Lavar Ball...

The black man in the pic(above) is Lavar Ball.  Ball is a retired football player. He was a practice squad member for the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers. He and his white wife Tina have three sons,Lonzo,LiAngelo and LaMelo.  They have become a huge media sensation in the basketball world. They have all appeared on ESPN.  They all played for Chino Hills high school.  The oldest son Lonzo played one year at UCLA.  He is already said he is entering the NBA draft. He has groomed his mulatto sons from birth to be basketball players.

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NFL rookie Dak Prescott(with mother) has made quite an impression lately.  The Dallas Cowboys quarterback seems to be fitting in well as the new face of the team. I know there are a lot racist rednecks in Dallas.  I know because I’ve been to Texas before. But I’m sure they’ll accept him with open arms.  Just as long as their biracial quarterback is winning games for them.

Blake Griffin...

NBA star Blake Griffin(with father and mother) has been a big asset for the Los Angeles Clippers. He has been playing with the Clippers since 2009.  His skills have improved over the last few years. I remember when he was in the Slam Dunk contest back in 2011. I saw some video of the dunk contest on YouTube.  There were some white guys making comments on the video.  Some were saying that Griffin should be considered a white man.  I guess they wanted to see a non-black person win so bad they were willing to accept a biracial man as white.  But this got me thinking.  Do they want biracial men to be the “new blacks”?  Do they want to replace African men with biracial men? Is it easier for whites to accept those that have a white parent? After all,biracials are in closer proximity to whiteness than someone with two black parents.  I personally believe this is psychological warfare. And many of us don’t understand this tactic very much.  There are many ways to attack a person.  It doesn’t always have to be physical.   Attacking a persons  mind can be just as effective. Psychological warfare is a form of propaganda or a threat.  It’s a psychological technique to mislead,demoralize,intimidate or influence the thinking or the behavior of an enemy.  This is what is being done to black people. This is all being done on purpose.  The white/jewish controlled media is purposely putting more biracial men to the forefront.   They are doing this to confuse the minds of black people. This all goes against the collective best interest of black people.  It also promotes the idea that interracial sex is a good thing.  They are giving us the false belief that being half-black is better than having two black parents.  This is just another way to promote black inferiority and degrade black genetics.  This all helps to reinforce the idea that being dark skinned and having African features is ugly and unwanted.

Shaun King....

We better have a clear definition on who is black and who is NOT.  Otherwise we’ll keep getting melanin recessive imposters like Shaun King(pic above).  This white activist is going around telling people he’s a black man when he has already been exposed as a white man by his white mother and father. This is insulting to all black people.  But this is what happens when you let everyone claim blackness.  We got to put an end to this.  This has really gotten out of hand. So what do you think?  Am I on to something?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

NCAA March Madness: Exploiting Black Athletes?

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Every March, people in The US create brackets, place bets on winning teams, picking teams, and winning money while watching March Madness.

But The NCAA on the other hand is making millions and billions from ad revenue for a 30 second ads and in fact, they extract over a billion dollars each year from the black community that is going in the bank accounts of mostly white coaches, commentators, athletic directors, and other high ranking white officials.

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The athletes that play in March Madness every year are the biggest losers in the tournament because the big universities they play for like Kentucky or North Carolina systemically keep them distracted by showing them with the fans, girls, draconian practice schedules, etc while they are behind the scenes counting the money they make off the exploitation of unpaid athletic labor.

These universities also systemically keep black athletes away from black students so that the black students wouldn’t fill their heads with “radical” ideas, especially during March Madness.

One example of this was a March 1997 black student protest at The University Of Kentucky that took place after a black woman named Tanya Clay was attacked by white male students telling her “If you don’t like your life here, we’ll end it for you” after she spoke about the racial issues that were happening on campus.

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The Kentucky Basketball Team was heading to The Final Four that year and the black students had asked the athletes to speak out about the issue and the athletes had zero interest in doing anything on behalf of their community and one of the basketball players had pulled a black male writer to the side and told him, “The coaches didn’t want them reading his articles because he was explaining why college athletes should be getting paid and the coaches didn’t even want them to know about that“.

One of the most eggregious forms of the exploitation of black college athletes by The NCAA happened a few years ago when Kevin Ware, a former Louisville Cardinals basketball player who won a national title with them had broke his leg in a nationally televised March Madness game against The Duke Blue Devils and there was an outpouring of support from NBA players, commentators, and fans.

But The NCAA decided to despicably exploit his injury by selling a shirt for $25 that had quickly sold out. While The NCAA, Louisville, and Adidas got their fair share from the shirt sales, Kevin Ware and his family didn’t even get a fraction of the money from the shirt sales because The NCAA doesn’t allow these athletes to profit off their own autograph, image, labor, and likeness.

The athletes are brainwashed by these big universities to believe that they are playing in March Madness to win and winning a national championship, but they are the biggest losers in March Madness and the universities only use these athletes up for a few years and dump them right back in the hood with a mediocre education. And like the rapper E-40 said many years ago, “They’ll find a new guy next year” and the title of the song he said that true statement in is called “To Whom It May Concern” and you can check it out on YouTube.

The Conclusion – Many former athletes that had the experience of playing in March Madness and The Final Four that got dumped back in the hood with a mediocre education need to speak up against this sick exploitation of our athletes, so the current athletes can also take a stand against the injustices of The NCAA.

Article written by Joe Davis

 

Brenda Sykes(Old School Edition)

Brenda Sykes

Brenda Sykes was born on June 25,1948 in Shreveport, Louisiana. The daughter of a postal worker, Brenda Sykes seemed bound for an academic career when, at 19, she was made a Teaching Assistant in Black History in the UCLA High Potential Program. One year later, Brenda showed up as a contestant on TV’s The Dating Game. Her appearance not only won her an all-expenses-paid trip to New Zealand, but also caught the eyes of several Hollywood talent agents. In 1970, Sykes was personally selected by prestigious film director William Wyler to play a good featured role in The Liberation of L.B. Jones. After an excellent start, she was consigned to the standardized roles usually played by African American ingenues in the 1970s, showing up in such exploitational fare as The Drum and Cleopatra Jones. Brenda Sykes’ series-TV work has included Ozzie’s Girls (1973) and Executive Suite (1976).