Are You a UBM?

Greetings folks! As everyone knows, Father’s Day is right around the corner. So of  course that means that it’s time to throw shade  at all Black men. The public excoriation of brothers has become somewhat of a national pastime, with numerous participants getting their kicks in different formats. Even our commander in chief saw fit to participate in the bash-fest. If he can get in on the action, why can’t I? And that brings us to the title of this post. We are all familiar with the notion of the Ideal Black Man (IBM) This image permeates our collective consciousness,...

Polite On Society Nominated for Black Press All Star Award

Greetings everyone! I just wanted to take the time to share some great news with my readers. This past Thursday, this blog was nominated for Best Black Blog of 2011 by The Historical Black Press Foundation  Based in Washington DC, HBPF is an organization that focuses on Black media, print and online. With media diversity being one of their core concerns, their coverage ranges from political figures to sports and entertainment as well. They publish Black Press Magazine, a major source of online coverage of the latest happenings in Black America. I am truly honored to be recognized by this...

Herman Cain and Black Nativism

One of the most interesting candidates for President from the GOP side is Herman Cain. Mr. Cain is a proponent of the Tea Party, and embraces the ideology of conservatism. This site recognizes that Mr. Cain does speak to a constituency, and does not assume that Black American politics are monolithic. As other commentators  have noted, there is a variety in Black politics that is often overlooked. However, in this case, there are some things that need to be observed about the Cain campaign as it stands. What the Tea Party represents in 2011 is essentially xenophobia and white rage....

The Undergods Album: A Review

Canibus and Keith Murray have re-invaded the rap scene. After dropping an EP back in 2009, the underground duo known as “The Undergods” finally bring us a full-length album. The two 90’s era emcees bring us some of that traditional sound, replete with the kind of spitting that fans of both expect. On this project, they have a Redman/MethodMan type of chemistry, Murray bringing the off-kilt humor to counterbalance ‘Bis science-fiction/conspiracy laced lines.  On the song, “Undergods Roll” Keith jokes about taking an axe to his lyrical opponents while Bis warns foes to “keep their proximity or get knocked into...