Category: Race

Psychology of rappers and wounded young, Black men

Your browser does not support JavaScript. This media can be viewed at <a href="http://www.podtech.net/home/4396/machine-guns-and-stupidity">http://www.podtech.net/home/4396/machine-guns-and-stupidity</a><br /><br /> Bravo for Jay Smooth and his compassionate and nuanced outlook. Jay's is useful food for thought into the minds of so many young men who drive the engine of American popular culture. Major hat...

/ October 18, 2007

Just so you know, this ain’t cool either. . .

Not to put too fine a point on it, but here's yet another example of the industry's need for greater diversity.  Shout-outs to the folks at AgencySpy and to my friends at Bluegum for bringing this to my attention.  To quote our "friends" at BET, "C'mon, y'all.  We got to...

/ August 20, 2007

Will the genius behind this campaign please stand up?

Okay, so is this a fatal mistake?  Not really. It’s just dumb. Oh, fuck it.  This calls for Angry Black Man mode. If you’re wondering how something like this happened, I’ll tell you.  Because those lily white, running-to-catch-the Hamptons-Jitney crowd at McCann don’t have one fucking clue about anyone who...

/ August 2, 2007

Rob talks marketing on NPR

Among other things. Yesterday, I participated in a new segment on NPR's "News and Notes with Farai Chideya," where she invited a few black bloggers to comment on hot topics in the news.  In addition to using the topic of BET's new show "Hot Ghetto Mess" to plug Black rock,...

/ July 12, 2007

The Arrogance of a Bottom Feeder

I’ll start out by immediately admitting that this is off topic.  But sometimes, when confronted with blindingly ignorant assertions, you have to respond.  Case in point is yesterday’s NY Times article on the state of Black theater, wherein we find the following bit of text that is attributed to David...

/ February 22, 2007

Can Black Rock Save Black Culture?

Vernon Reid, originally uploaded by fstop45. In order for the vast majority of black youth to envision better lives for themselves, we need to bring musicality back into their lives.  By this I mean, get them playing instruments.  Since we can’t count on the school system to get them excited...

/ October 5, 2006

Race, the Final Frontier

The third MarketingPopCulture.com podcast can be heard below.  In a nutshell: The NYC Human Rights Commission issued a report on the lack of diversity within the advertising industry in 1978.   Fast forward nearly 30 years, and we have another report and a threat of fines and public embarrassment but, again,...

/ September 20, 2006

Zinedine Zidane redux

Okay, so I have to modify my position on Zidane's behavior as noted in yesterday's post.  According to the New York Times, there are rumors that Materrazi invoked a racist slur against Zidane and his mother.  What this does is bring to the fore the fact that European soccer has...

/ July 12, 2006