Alice Walker should be proud

I assume by now that everyone is familiar with Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert’s overwrought letter dissing LeBron James for leaving town to join the Miami Heat. Jesse Jackson accused Gilbert of having a ‘slave owner’s mentality,’ which I don’t think is accurate since his franchise paid LeBron $63million during his time in Cleveland.

Seeking to limit further self-inflicted damage to his image, Gilbert issued a statement declaring his unwillingness to discuss his attack on LeBron further. I think this is a mistake. After all, how could his letter have betrayed a slave owner’s mentality when it paraphrases Celie from the climatic scene in The Color Purple?

Consider that Gilbert claims that LeBron’s

heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called “curse” on Cleveland, Ohio.

The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.

Just watch.

Until you do right by me… Now where have I heard that before? [skip ahead to the six minute mark]

I was hoping to see Gilbert cite his appreciation for Walker’s novel as proof of his racial enlightenment, but I guess it’s not to be.


If its meaning doesn’t manifest, put it to rest…

After his putrid game last night, can we finally stop comparing Kobe to Michael Jordan? Please?

MJ’s son Marcus is not the most objective observer, but I think he put it best on twitter

NO ONE…And I mean NO ONE should EVER com par kobe Bryant to my dad an say that he is anywhere near close to my dad He’s jagging this game

Kobe is a great (albeit selfish) player, but he’s nowhere close to Michael.

Just sayin….

and we’re back!

Gonna give this blogging thing another go. I won’t make any promises, but I hope you’ll check in.

Black on an elevator…

This video cracks me up and makes me shake my head at the same time

and that’s one to grow on…

Sisters are doing it for themselves…

I am a comic scholar. I used to be a comic reader, but as a comic scholar I get paid to read comic books. It’s a nice gig, and I hope I keep it.

Over the weekend it was my privilege to participate in Understanding Superheroes at the University of Oregon. There will be much more in this about that terrific conference. But I wanted to share here a video that I learned about on my way to the west coast that celebrates Black superheroines.




So the usual suspects in the media are commenting about Chicago losing the opportunity to host the 2016 Olympic games to Rio. Despite what they say, this effort was neither arrogant nor a fool’s errand. If that was the case, the President of Brazil, Prime Minister of Japan and the King of Spain would have skyped in their statements of support for their own bids instead of flying to Copenhagen to deliver them personally. Of course, facts will not stop Obama’s critics.

What’s truly interesting is why Chicago lost out to Rio: affirmative action. No South American nation had ever hosted the Olympics, the USA has hosted more than any country except Greece. Brazil is an emerging economy, right on the heels of China and India. US economic shenanigans almost pulled the nation into a world-wide Depression. Brazil is a multi-racial nation and Rio a sprawling city with too many guns and too much crime. The US is a multi-racial nation and Chicago a sprawling city with too many guns and too much crime. So I guess that last point evens out.

See, if William Safire or Irving Kristol were still alive they might point out the delicious irony of the US’s first Black president making an appeal for the Olympics only to lose out to another country primarily for the sake of fairness and (geographic and economic) diversity. I guess it’s much more satisfying to crow about Obama failing, even if it isn’t true.

ah, ha ha ha ha ha ha

Yeah I’m an iPhone snob, but this is hilarious