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3 Reasons This Black Man Loved Django Unchained

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 02.26.2013 | Entertainment
Dr. Boyce Watkins

No matter how we feel about Django Unchained, we should be sure to remember that the best way to have our stories told is to tell them ourselves.  

Perhaps Trayvon's Mother Should Stop Talking

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 06.16.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

I haven't spoken with Al Sharpton in a few months. But if we were still speaking and he were to ask me what to do with the mother of Trayvon Martin, my answer would be very simple: Get her off the stage right now.

Are Black Men Afraid of Successful Women?

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 05.27.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

For the busy and successful women who are reading this, I will try to save your valuable time and cut to the chase. Your success may be standing in the way of you finding a meaningful relationship, but not for the reasons you might think.

What Black People Learned From Soul Train and Don Cornelius

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 04.02.2012 | Entertainment
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Like the rest of America, I was distraught over the death of the great Don Cornelius, creator of the legendary show, Soul Train. There will never be another one like him, for he truly changed the black entertainment landscape for all eternity.

Should Black Americans Expect More From Obama Than Any Other President?

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 03.25.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Supporting a black president is very important. But the same courage that it takes for us to get out and vote for the president must be returned with courageous policy that reflects the interests of those who support him.

How Black America Grew as a Result of the Obama Presidency

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 01.12.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Millions of black folks were watching the throne when Obama was sworn in and gladly putting his picture right next to Martin Luther King and Jesus. But the Obama presidency has served as a marvelous and intriguing political education for the African American community.

Why All Poor Black Kids Are Obviously Stupid

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 02.18.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

I was born to a 17-year old single mother in a housing project in Louisville, Ky. I struggled through elementary, middle and high school. I was, in the words of Forbes Magazine columnist Gene Marks, a "poor black kid."

Herman Cain, Eddie Long and Powerful Black Men in the Pulpit

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 02.04.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Both Herman Cain and Eddie Long are birds of a feather. Their narcissistic disregard for the pain they've caused so many others should perhaps force us to ask ourselves why we gave these men so much power.

Sorry Chris Rock, but President Obama is Nobody's "Gangsta"

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 01.18.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Comedian Chris Rock made some interesting comments this week about President Barack Obama. Rock, who is a strong supporter of the president, felt comp...

Reality TV's Role in the Creation of Young Female Bullies

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 01.11.2012 | Entertainment
Dr. Boyce Watkins

The women on many reality shows actually scare me. They seem determined to remain consistently angry at someone about something. There is almost nothing that would make me proud to have them as daughters, sisters or mothers in my own family.

Ann Coulter's Blacks are Better Than Your Blacks

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 01.07.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Ann Coulter, the woman who makes her money with silly soundbites, decided to offend half the world by stating that "our blacks are better than their b...

Hip Hop Artists Must Start Giving Back to the Black Community

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 12.10.2011 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Uncle Luke's remarks are a relevant wake up call to the sleeping giants within hip hop. Artists should be called to action to help deal with the problems that affect all of Black America, not just Miami.

Teacher Calling Black Students "Future Convicts" Reminds Us of Whats Wrong with Education

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 10.31.2011 | Education
Dr. Boyce Watkins

The American school system is probably one of the worst places in the world for black kids to be educated. There is no such thing as a six-year-old convict. We must find a way to give that child a chance.

Al Sharpton on MSNBC Presents Both Risk and Opportunities for Black America

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 10.24.2011 | Media
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Al Sharpton's presence on MSNBC will hopefully open the door for black journalists to find access to the platforms that continue to evade them.

Harvey's "Uncle Tom" Remark to Cornel and Tavis Disrespects the Nation's Poor

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 10.11.2011 | Black Voices
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Steve Harvey has decided to throw himself into the ring as a critic of the Poverty Tour of Tavis Smiley and Cornel West. This week on his syndicated radio show, Harvey went in on West and Smiley in ways that turned heads.

Black Unemployment Improves, Black Wealth Remains Destroyed

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business
Dr. Boyce Watkins

To date, black wealth has been decimated by the recession (dropping from 1/10th to 1/50th that of whites over the last three years) and there are no signs that it's going to improve anytime soon.

African Americans Need a Better Reason to Suppport President Obama

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
Dr. Boyce Watkins

While one can quite readily argue that the Republican Party has not yet provided a viable alternative to President Obama for the African American community, it's hard to argue that they would be much worse.

Would a Black Casey Anthony Have Been Exonerated? Most Blacks Don't Think So

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Results of Your Black World survey indicate quite clearly that African American respondents do not believe that the verdict would have been the same if Casey had been black.

Why Hip-Hop and the Obama Administration May Not Always Mix

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Dr. Boyce Watkins

I am not terribly impressed with the administration's decision to invite Common to perform. I'd rather see President Obama speak up on the issues that Common raps about in his songs.

Why This Black Scholar Feels Sorry for Donald Trump

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 07.01.2011 | Politics
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Whatever the reason for Donald Trump's most recent behavior, the price is going to be steep. His status as a cultural icon, political leader and corporate captain are all in jeopardy and probably won't ever recover again.

Harvard Admits Record Number of Black Students: But What About the Faculty?

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 06.13.2011 | College
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Admitting students of color neither requires significant courage nor shows any real sign of meaningful progress when it comes to truly shaping the direction of a university.