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Ooh Kill ‘Em!: Black Male Mentoring and Fictive Kinship


I love the South.  I love country folks.  I love country Black folks from the South.  I have two of them for parents.  And if you have them southern roots (pronounced “ruhtz”) like I do, you probably have more “play cousins” than you can count.

“Play cousins?”

For those of you without it, I’ll give you some cultural capital in context.  Stick with me, because I’m about to engage in come circuitous storytelling:

I’ve been outside the country for the latter part of the last few months, so I missed a rack of happenings in American popular culture.  Amongst the movies, new songs, and references I noticed when I got back was this “Ooh kill em”, often used in hashtags.  A quick internet search had me landing on this gem:

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A Hip Hop Perspective on Critical Race Theory and Breitbart’s Obama “Controversy”

President Obama, Derrick Bell, and Critical Race Theory

Mo the Educator’s take on the alleged controversy, stirred posthumously by Andrew Breitbart, about President Obama’s relationship with Harvard Law professor and  critical race theory founder Derrick Bell.  This video also appears on

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Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label

Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label

This article appears in the Spring 2012 online newsletter for the John Perkins Center at Seattle Pacific University 

Russell Simmons, Lyor Cohen, and Kevin Liles 
New York : Publishers Group UK (2011), 311 pages

by Maurice E Dolberry

Bearing the subtitle The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label, the Rizzoli published coffee-table damager Def Jam Recordings is a hefty tribute – literally and figuratively – to hip-hop’s flagship business endeavor.

Equal parts historical timeline, picture vault, and cultural archive, this enormous 311-page purple book (what other color could it have been!?) chronicles the rise and rise of Russell, Rick, Lyor, and Kevin’s vision for hip-hop. The story in Def Jam Recordings is told primarily through pictures, essays by Bill Adler and Dan Charnas, and interviews from various other sources. It serves as an eclectic chronology of events, beginning with stories from Def Jam’s inception in 1985, and concluding with praises of its status as an industry stalwart in 2010.

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