Andre Banks

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Race and Gender Rebuttal

by Andre Banks on January 18 2008, 2:51PM

For anyone outraged by Clinton supporter Gloria Steinem’s opinion piece in the NYTimes last week arguing that Hilary, as a woman, had a harder road to the White House than Barack, simply a Black man, really must check out the…

Topics: Politics

Obama Misses Opportunity to Unite

by Andre Banks on November 2 2007, 8:47AM

Andre Banks recently weighed it on the recent barrage of news surrounding Barack Obama’s decision to have ‘ex-gay’ minister and gospel artist, Donnie McClurkin perform on a gospel tour through South Carolina. His attempts to reach out to Black…


We Wear Black for ‘Jena Six’, Justice

by Andre Banks on September 20 2007, 11:30AM

Andre Banks, like many bloggers and those who are in Jena, LA for the rally today, sees today as the impetus for a change in the way we seek justice everywhere. Get your out your best black jeans and…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Finally, some Justice in Jena

by Andre Banks on September 17 2007, 10:02AM

Ahead of demonstrations expected to draw tens of thousands to the tiny town of Jena, LA, Mychal Bell of the now famed Jena 6 has had his conviction vacated and may go free as early as this evening. News…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Oprah and Obama Combine Superpowers

by Andre Banks on September 6 2007, 12:39PM

This nice lady is Oprah.  She is a billionairess.  The ladies love her, and when she tells them what to purchase, they don’t think, they just buy.  But the question of the day is, will they buy a Barack,…


Charges Reduced in ‘Jena 6’ Case, But Will Justice Be Served?

by Andre Banks on September 5 2007, 2:36PM

Today a judge in Jena, LA threw out a conspiracy conviction against Mychal Bell, one of the Jena 6. The district attorney also reduced the charges for two of the other accused students from attempted murder to aggravated battery. Bell’s…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Kenneth Foster Will Live

by Andre Banks on August 30 2007, 1:44PM

Word just came down that Governor Rick Perry has commuted Kenneth Foster’s death sentence: “After carefully considering the facts of this case, along with the recommendations from the Board of Pardons and Paroles, I believe the right and just decision…


Kenneth Foster Update: Immediate Action Needed

by Andre Banks on August 30 2007, 10:33AM

UPDATE: For only the third time in history, the Texas Pardons and Paroles Board has voted (6-1) to commute Kenneth Foster’s death sentence. But that means we have only 24 hours to pressure the Governor to sign the order and…


BET’s Hot Ghetto Mess

by Andre Banks on August 15 2007, 7:56AM

We were talking about this show, now renamed “We Got to Do Better,” around the office yesterday. I thought I might offer some commentary, but then I found that Carmen had posted this at Racialicious. I’ll let Jay Smooth over…

Topics: Media

Cornel West New Hip Hop Album

by Andre Banks on August 15 2007, 7:10AM

Adam Howard over at AlterNet’s PEEK published this piece about Dr. West’s sophomore venture into hip hop. Check it out: * * * * * High-Minded Hip-Hop Any Progressive Can Enjoy When it comes to hip-hop I often feel…


“Asian Supremacist” Kenneth Eng Forced to Seek “Mental Help”

by Andre Banks on August 13 2007, 1:30PM

RaceWire has been covering this Kenneth Eng business from the initial “Why I Hate Blacks” article to the maniacal writer’s eventual arrest, so I thought I’d provide this little snippet from the New York Press (thx to Kenyon for the…


Defining Katrina “Flood” with Billions at Stake

by Andre Banks on August 13 2007, 11:44AM

I’ve recently become a near religious devotee of News & Notes, the NPR show hosted by Farai Chideya. The coverage is excellent, topical and interesting; it’s one of the few radio shows that consistently goes in depth on the stories…

Topics: Katrina

Karl Rove Resigns… In the Name of Racial Justice?

by Andre Banks on August 13 2007, 8:27AM

If you haven’t heard, Karl Rove, whom the NY Times had the courage to describe as President Bush’s “strategist” (rather than his “chief thug” or “head goon”) resigned today. While bounding through the InterWeb following the story this morning, I…

Topics: Politics, Video & Multimedia

Fire! New Drama Series Kicks Off in NYC

by Andre Banks on August 2 2007, 1:57PM

Playwright Nick Mwaluko It is nearly impossible to merge great art and smart politics. Too often, even the most noble attempts end up wonk-HEAVY and art-LITE: “Let’s make a rap about water privatization!!” And when the art + politics…


Take America Forward: Black is the New Green

by Andre Banks on June 20 2007, 9:10AM

Van Jones of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights just gave a really amazing and inspiring speech at Take Back America about the potential power of a progressive coalition coming together to build a green economy that protects the…


Take Back America? Hillary Blames Iraqis for Our Occupation

by Andre Banks on June 20 2007, 5:53AM

Hillary Clinton at Take Back America last week Well, after her speech this morning, one thing is clear: Hillary Clinton is trying to win this election. Even if she rides to the White House on the white horse of…


Take Back America? Obama Speaks

by Andre Banks on June 19 2007, 9:41AM

(Obama at Take Back American 2007) So, while finishing up my last post, I watched the live simulcast of Obama from the “blogger boulevard” here at Take Back America. And like the rest of the blogosphere, I didn’t laugh,…


Take Back America? (Race) Poverty and Policy

by Andre Banks on June 19 2007, 8:03AM

Rinku Sen, the publisher of ColorLines, is on this plenary “Poverty and Politics: Katrina’s Clarion Call”. In the planning stage, this session was called “Race, Poverty and Policy” which was abandoned for the coded “Katrina”. “Progressives”, can we not even…

Topics: Katrina, Politics

Take Back America? Debt for Diplomas

by Andre Banks on June 19 2007, 7:09AM

So I’m at this Take Back America conference and decided to blog a few of the sessions. I’m checking out Making College Affordable right now and later I’ll follow ColorLines publisher Rinku Sen in her plenary Poverty and Politics, Katrina’s…

Topics: Schools & Youth

Gonzales Protects Religious Right, Not Racial Justice

by Andre Banks on June 14 2007, 8:12AM

As if Alberto Gonzales hasn’t done enough to discredit the Justice Department and reveal the disgraceful, neo-con driven decline of the Constitution….The NYTimes reported today on the stark changes in the civil rights division at the Dept. of Justice during…

Topics: Politics

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