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‘Boondocks’ Creator: Obama Not Really Black
“The Boondocks,” comic strip and animated series creator Aaron McGruder entertained, intrigued and outraged his audience at Earlham College on Monday night. McGruder launched the comic strip, “The Boondocks,” in 1999 and it is now an animated series on the Cartoon Network. Appearing at the college for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, McGruder answered questions posed by the audience and by associate professor James Logan. Mixing political opinion and satire is hard to do in comics and cartoons, he said. “It’s not having a statement, it’s entertaining people so they listen.” On the eve of President Barack Obama’s inauguration, McGruder is “cautiously pessimistic” about the presidency. “I don’t think you’re going to see any dramatic change from Barack Obama,” said McGruder, who wore a “Boondocks” T-shirt over a black long-sleeve shirt and jeans. “I’m hoping he proves me completely wrong.” McGruder bases his opinions of the U.S. presidency on the 2000 election and how nothing has been done since then to change the election system. “It was a sham then … It’s got to still be a sham,” McGruder said. “I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but it’s what I tend to do.” On the topic of race and ethnicity, McGruder said that to him, Obama is not black because he is not a descendant of a slave. “The person who is one of us in the White House is Michelle Obama and her momma,” McGruder said.(Continue Reading…)

Jay-Z Explains ‘History,’ New Song Performed at Inaugural Ball
A lot of rappers penned songs honoring President Barack Obama in the weeks leading up to Election Day. There was Will.I.Am’s “Yes, We Can” tribute, Nas’ “Black President” and Kidz in the Hall’s “Work to Do.” Jay-Z took a different route, headlining rallies to encourage voter registration, speaking out against George W. Bush during his Heart of the City Tour, and writing an open letter in support of Obama. But on election night, Hov joined the fray with his own Obama track, “History.” The song was rumored to be a number from his upcoming The Blueprint 3. (Continue Reading…)

Black Britons hope Obama will open doors for them
Black Britons voiced hope Tuesday that Barack Obama becoming US president would help blaze a trail for black politicians in Britain. Politicians and community leaders gathered in the heart of London’s black community to watch Obama’s inauguration ceremony on a giant TV screen and launch an initiative to encourage more black lawmakers in parliament. “We need more black and Asian MPs,” said Dawn Butler, one of just 15 black and Asian lawmakers in the 646-seat House of Commons. “Obama has shown that black people are rising in every field and every organisation. It is not a case of giving them a step up, it is about having their competence recognised.” (Continue Reading…)

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  • MotherCrone

    One important thing to remember is that McGruder is someone who deals in satire and he makes his money by pushing buttons, getting us to think and re-think our points of view . I for one got exactly what I expected from the evening he made me rethink some of my assumptions… he did what he is best at.

  • ceecee

    -smh- at McGruder recycling controversial issues to ‘push buttons’ is that the best he could come up with? I expected that he’d be more original if he’s trying to stir up controversy.

  • t

    McGruder is sad.

  • Lish

    McGruder lost pts!

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