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  • “Why does remix culture, a recent and largely synthetic idea, get more coverage, attention, and defense than the enduring and organic mixtape culture? Remix culture as epitomized by its DJ poster-boy serves as a whitewashed screen for a mixtape culture whose obscenity, violence, and blackness some academics and activists could not defend without blushing.
    The obvious answer is race. Mash-up DJs tend to be whiter than mixtape rappers, and it could be that the poster boy for a para-academic intellectual property movement has to be, in the minds of those in charge, a certain color.
  • “So what makes New York a more complementary fit for her than her hometown? Maybe that has something to do with the creative economy, a concept much discussed by ‘urban expert’ Richard Florida in his book ‘Who’s Your City: How the Creative Economy is Making the Place Where You Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life,’ which explored an interesting pattern of how one’s city environment influences productivity and creativity.

    “When applied to the Black experience, will analyzing the creative economies explain why cities like Brooklyn or Philadelphia produce so many musical artists or why Atlanta has such a high percentage of Black entrepreneurs? According to the social theory, location is critical whether you know it or not. It’s not only about infrastructure and city government but also about the atmosphere created by people themselves. For many Blacks, just having a presence within a city is a major element.”

  • “Latinos represent more than 30 percent of Arizona’s population and bring more than $31 billion to the state’s economy, according to a recent study by Arizona’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, reports Maritza Lizeth Félix for Prensa Hispana. The report, ‘Datos: Focus on Arizona’s Hispanic Market 2010,’ finds that Latina women have become an economic engine in the state. The study does not include the economic impact of undocumented immigrants.”
  • “Bay Area local Martinez started to hone her craft at age 2. This classically trained vocalist is known for her funky, feel-good vibe. To date, Martinez has 50,000 subscribers and 2.3 million total views on YouTube.

    “On how YouTube has impacted her career, this singer and songwriter said, ‘Before YouTube, I was just a girl who sang anywhere I could. But now, the world is my stage.’”

  • “But this validation of physical beauty seems to be the culmination of that account, rather than a beginning to riveting dialogues between herself and this restaurant owner perhaps over two, three, or even ten more rounds of hummus and tabouleh. At one level, it may allow others to see how women in hijab struggle against the standard of beauty, which is an important note to make, but on another level, this story is no different from other portrayals (both positive and negative) that focus on the external representation of Muslims.

    “Going ‘under cover’ as a Muslim to get to know Muslims implies that we are a closed, isolated group of individuals whose experiences cannot be known and understood unless an outsider comes in to examine us, like an American safari team traveling to Africa to study the behaviors exhibited by the Chacma Baboon.”

  • “And yes, Johnny Depp will be playing Tonto. For what it’s worth, Johnny Depp does have is 1/4 Native American, with a Cherokee maternal grandmother and a partial-Cherokee father. As to who will be playing the actual Lone Ranger, that is still up in the air…”
  • “[P]rofessional connections have always meant a lot for people seeking managerial/white-collar jobs. However, Black people usually aren’t born with those professional connections. Histories of inequality among racial groups mean that some group’s are far more likely to have members with college educated grandparents and parents in upper-management than others. It’s not nepotism when your mother’s sorority sister passes your resume onto the hiring manager and gets you an informational interview at her company.

    “Another thing is that everyone is kicking up their networking. People who are in selection and hiring positions have a large pool of networkers to choose from and are passing Blacks over for jobseekers from other racial groups. Most corporations have managed to mask the overt racism where applicants get to the interview and are turned down. But Black jobseekers are less likely to get the opportunity to interview.”

  • More socio-biology used as a “reason” for racism. ::eyeroll:: –AP

    “What do these results mean? The authors are careful on this point. The idea that racism is built into our DNA is both unsavory and disappointing. Also, the sample is small: just 24 people. But the results suggest that we are programmed to see members of other races as, literally, different beings. The “‘all-look-alike’ perceptual experience,” as the authors call it, is real.

    “These impulses are almost certainly evolutionary: we react against a member of another tribe that may be trying to annihilate us. One silver lining: understanding these impulses may help us to overcome them.

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