LA Times – In a letter addressed to parents and community members, a South Los Angeles elementary school principal apologized Thursday for “questionable decisions” about which prominent African Americans to highlight in a parade marking the culmination of Black History Month.
Lorraine Abner’s letter did not name the individuals. But her apology came after three teachers at Wadsworth Avenue Elementary School were suspended while the Los Angeles Unified School District investigates allegations that they had their first-, second- and fourth-grade students carry pictures of O.J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman and RuPaul at last Friday’s event.
“Unfortunately, questionable decisions were made in the selection of noteworthy African American role models,” the letter said. “As the principal, I offer my apology for these errors in judgment.”
I don’t know about you, but for me Black History is Black History. If we remove one part of it, we are not telling the whole story. It is the whole story that makes history. We as African-Americans have had to fight to have our history included. Now it would be a little hypocritical for us to start excluding people. To now start removing people or making apologies is unacceptable.
RuPaul represents a portion of our community. We can’t celebrate our LGBTQ brothers and sisters? There was a time in history before the trial and acquittal when O.J Simpson was a hero. You remember those commercials. Dennis Rodman was one hell of a basketball player. I think that Michael Jordan could give you a list of reasons why he should not be discarded.
I’d also like to note that the tale of O.J is not equal to the stories of Rodman and Rupaul. Come on, people. LA, I thought you guys were more progressive than this. Oh no, I forgot…Prop 8. Ok, but yall do like basketball so Rodman is ok, right. Oh no, Yall only like the Lakers! SMH
African American speedskater Shani Davis, Team USA, won his second gold medal last night in the 1,000-meter.
Shani became the first African American to win an individual Winter Games event four years ago.
Last to skate, the Chicago native had just the fifth fastest time with 400 meters remaining, 0.26 seconds behind the Korean. But he exploded on the final turn and, with the sold-out crowd at the Olympic Oval roaring, came home with the day’s best time.
This brother is making Black History! Congrats!
Hey, perhaps someone should foward this info to the NHL and let them know that recruiting more brothers for hockey teams might be a great idea.
Photo: CHRIS CARLSON / Associated Press
During this year’s winter Olympics, French ice skating duo Yannick Bonheur and Vanessa James will be the first Black duo to compete in the event.
From AFP – “It’s destiny and I’m very happy about it,” said 27-year-old Bonheur.
“There’s the grace and beauty of Vanessa and then my athleticism. And the fact that we’re both black brings a pleasing visual harmony.”
James previously competed internationally for Britain as a single’s skater. She was the 2006 British national champion and 2007 silver medallist.
The pair moved to Indianapolis in the United States in August 2009 to train with Russian coach Sergei Zaitsev.
And last December they booked their ticket to Vancouver by winning the French nationals, a victory which enabled James to receive French citizenship.
Bonheur said they were determined that their Olympic experience will lay the groundwork for future successes, after they finished seventh at Europeans.
“This is just the beginning. We want to make a name for ourselves so that they’ll remember us for next season,” he said.
Being tagged the first black pairs skaters is not a disadvantage, they insist.
“It’s often been remarked that we look different on the ice. So we want to highlight that,” said Bonheur.
I remember watching Surya Bonaly doing that one foot backflip. I don’t think she ever got a medal, and I also recall a great deal of controversy and jokes at her expense. That was the 90s. I’m not sure the sport has grown that much, however I’m encouraged by these talented athletes.
Perhaps more diversity in the ice skating world will prevent incidents like this.
Really? Brown body suits, faux body paint and eucalyptus leaves = Aboriginal. Sad. Racial and cultural insensitivity.
So, Mark McGwire admits that he took steroids, but says it was because of health reasons. It’s still cheating. He was evasive on the Hill and unapologetic about it in the interview with Bob Costas being shown today. I don’t buy it.
Barry Bonds didn’t get off easy and he shouldn’t either.
I don’t really follow sports, but this and Gilbert’s dumb move in the locker room make me think that our children have some very poor role models out there. No wonder they look up to Lil Wayne (on his way to jail, I hear).
Sad. Baseball, America’s pastime.
spike lee wearing obama dunk shirt
I love this shirt!!! (If you’re in Denver, you can get the shirt at THE 400) Obama for 2…no Obama for it all. He shoots he scores. In your FACE, McCAIN!!! Slam Dunk!! I’ts called the O-Face T-Shirt and I’m buying one online TODAY. Spike so looked like the black radical we love wearing that shirt. He said he bought the tee in Denver and had to walk 5 miles to get it once he saw it. Now that Spike Lee has worn this UNDRCRWN shirt it on national TV, it’s going to be sported all over (and most likely bootlegged and copied).
Here’s the video of Spike Lee on MSNBC
From hypebeast.com: “UNDRCRWN are the latest to pay homage as the basketball inspired label takes an unforgettable moment in basketball history and makes it distinctly Obama. Teaming up with Karmaloop and Denver retailer The 400, this t-shirt will be presented at this year’s Democratic National Convention in Denver. The inspiration if not immediately evident is based on Vince Carter’s spectacular Dunk over 7 foot something Frenchman Weiss back in 2000. The t-shirt’s sale will benefit local charities looking to improve inner city youth participation in sports.”
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I guess Anna Wintour found out there are other black men besides Andre Leon Talley. LOL! Ok, I thought it was just me until I checked a couple other blogs and did a Google search. Lot’s of folks agree that this month’s Vogue cover featuring Lebron James and Gisele Bundchen looks like an ode to King Kong. Annie Leibovitz shot the photo…she knows better.
Concrete Loop has posted the alternate cover that they didn’t go with. Radar Magazine says:
“While no one questions the historical importance of James’ cover appearance–he’s the first black man ever to be so featured–word in the black blogosphere is that the cover plays into the old stereotype of the black man as a savage in search of a prized white woman. Some have gone so far as to say it evokes the dreaded imagery of King Kong and question the choice of photo when a less highly-charged alternative was available.”
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Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, ESPN will air Black Magic, the first of a two-part, four-hour film that chronicles the African-American influence on the game. Or more precisely, according to the film’s director, Dan Klores, “tells the story of the injustice that defined the civil rights movement told through the lives of basketball players and coaches from historical black colleges and universities.”
Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film’s story lines revolve around some of the game’s biggest contributors – John McClendon, Clarence “Big House” Gaines, Cleo Hill, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, former Temple Coach John Chaney, Bob “Butterbean” Love and Earl Lloyd.
Visit NBA.com for more information.