Thursday, December 16, 2010

Reversing Field: Examining Commercialization, Labor, Gender, and Race in 21st Century Sports Law

A new book has just been released called "Reversing Field: Examining Commercialization, Labor, Gender and Race in 21st Century Sports Law." Edited by andré douglas pond cummings and Anne Marie Lofaso, this book interrogates the "dark side" of sports, focusing on the commercialization of collegiate athletics and the exploitation of college athletes, as well as issues of racism, sexism and discrimination in professional and collegiate sports.

Per the frontmatter: "Reversing Field invites students, professionals, and enthusiasts of sport – whether law, management and marketing, or the game itself – to explore the legal issues and regulations surrounding collegiate and professional athletics in the United States. This theoretical and methodological interrogation of sports law openly addresses race, labor, gender, and the commercialization of sports, while offering solutions to the disruptions that threaten its very foundation during an era of increased media scrutiny and consumerism. In over thirty chapters, academics, practitioners, and critics vigorously confront and debate matters such as the Arms Race, gender bias, racism, the Rooney Rule, and steroid use, offering new thought and resolution to the vexing legal issues that confront sports in the 21st century."

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holiday Gifts for the Hip-Hop/Law Theorist in Your Life

I thought I'd make an attempt to suggest some awesome gift ideas for folks who regularly read this blog... These ideas promise to be vaguely humorous and only marginally "good" as far as gifts go... the list is not exclusive... in general, I'll take any gifts anyone is willing to send me...

In no particular order...

For the reader...
1) New Atlantis: Musicians Battle for the Survival of New Orleans by John Swenson.

This book isn't even out yet, but it looks promising. Swenson is a veteran of the music scene and the book is sure to deliver a riveting look at this tragedy-stricken city. Find it on Amazon here.

2) The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop by Dan Charnas.

A veteran hip-hop journalists tackles the big business of hip-hop. This book is comprehensive in its scope and offers insights into some of the biggest characters in hip-hop over the last 35 years. Find it on Amazon here.

3) Magic City: Trials of a Native Son by Trick Daddy.

I'm not sure Trick Daddy needed to write an autobiography. I'm also not sure how many people are listening to his music. But, if you're interested in Miami as a Mecca for hip-hop, then give this book a read. Find it on Amazon here.

For the student...
1) OGIO® - Hip Hop Messenger Bag

Everyone needs to carry their stuff around. A messenger bag is always a good option. I'm not sure what makes this "hip-hop." Depending on the standard for "hip-hop-ness," I have a nice coffee table that has been known to hold a hip-hop book, so perhaps I own a hip-hop coffee table. Get this bag at Amazon here.


I don't know how many people use mousepads anymore, but how could you possibly go wrong here? I mean... this mousepad says it all. And in your rag-tag residence, you'll need something to show guests. Find it on Amazon here.

3) The Bluebook, 19th Edition.

Love it or hate it, you need it. How are you going to produce that awesome law review article without it? There's nothing particularly hip-hop here, but it gets high marks for scholarly appeal. Get it on Amazon here.

For the family...
1)Boy's White Infant T-Shirt with Hip Hop (Bronx) Design

There's no better way to advertise the newest addition to your family than by advertising your love of hip-hop. Who doesn't like an old skool turntable? Find it on Amazon here.

2) Hip Hop Abs Package

It's time to get in shape... hip-hop style. Results not guaranteed. Find it on Amazon here.

3) Animated Tabletop Hip Hop Mummy Cat

I don't know what this is, why one would want it, or even if it is actually "hip-hop." But it's there in the title, so it must be. It's actually scary. Find it on Amazon here.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Bar Exam

Artist: Immortal Technique
Track: The Poverty of Philosophy
Album: Revolutionary, Vol. 1

Most of my Latino and Black people who are struggling to get food, clothes and shelter in the hood are so concerned with that, that philosophizing about freedom and socialist democracy is usually unfortunately beyond their rationale. They don't realize that America can't exist without separating them from their identity, because if we had some sense of who we really are, there's no way in hell we'd allow this country to push it's genocidal consensus on our homelands. This ignorance exists, but it can be destroyed.

Nigga talk about change and working within the system to achieve that. The problem with always being a conformist is that when you try to change the system from within, it's not you who changes the system; it's the system that will eventually change you. There is usually nothing wrong with compromise in a situation, but compromising yourself in a situation is another story completely, and I have seen this happen long enough in the few years that I've been alive to know that it's a serious problem. Latino America is a huge colony of countries whose presidents are cowards in the face of economic imperialism. You see, third world countries are rich places, abundant in resources, and many of these countries have the capacity to feed their starving people and the children we always see digging for food in trash on commercials. But plutocracies, in other words a government run by the rich such as this one and traditionally oppressive European states, force the third world into buying overpriced, unnecessary goods while exporting huge portions of their natural resources.

I'm quite sure that people will look upon my attitude and sentiments and look for hypocrisy and hatred in my words. My revolution is born out of love for my people, not hatred for others.

You see, most of Latinos are here because of the great inflation that was caused by American companies in Latin America. Aside from that, many are seeking a life away from the puppet democracies that were funded by the United States; places like El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, Columbia, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Republica Dominicana, and not just Spanish-speaking countries either, but Haiti and Jamaica as well.

As different as we have been taught to look at each other by colonial society, we are in the same struggle and until we realize that, we'll be fighting for scraps from the table of a system that has kept us subservient instead of being self-determined. And that's why we have no control over when the embargo will stop in Cuba, or when the bombs will stop dropping in Vieques.

But you see, here in America the attitude that is fed to us is that outside of America there live lesser people. "Fuck them, let them fend for themselves." No, Fuck you, they are you. No matter how much you want to dye your hair blonde and put fake eyes in, or follow an anorexic standard of beauty, or no matter how many diamonds you buy from people who exploit your own brutally to get them, no matter what kind of car you drive or what kind of fancy clothes you put on, you will never be them. They're always gonna look at you as nothing but a little monkey. I'd rather be proud of what I am, rather than desperately trying to be something I'm really not, just to fit in. And whether we want to accept it or not, that's what this culture or lack of culture is feeding us.

I want a better life for my family and for my children, but it doesn't have to be at the expense of millions of lives in my homeland. We're given the idea that if we didn't have these people to exploit then America wouldn't be rich enough to let us have these little petty material things in our lives and basic standards of living. No, that's wrong. It's the business giants and the government officials who make all the real money. We have whatever they kick down to us. My enemy is not the average white man, it's not the kid down the block or the kids I see on the street; my enemy is the White man I don't see: the people in the white house, the corporate monopoly owners, fake liberal politicians those are my enemies. The generals of the armies that are mostly conservatives those are the real motherfuckers that I need to bring it to, not the poor, broke country-ass soldier that's too stupid to know shit about the way things are set up.

In fact, I have more in common with most working and middle-class White people than I do with most rich Black and Latino people. As much as racism bleeds America, we need to understand that classism is the real issue. Many of us are in the same boat and it's sinking, while these bougie motherfuckers ride on a luxury liner, and as long as we keep fighting over kicking people out of the little boat we're all in, we're gonna miss an opportunity to gain a better standard of living as a whole.

In other words, I don't want to escape the plantation I want to come back, free all my people, hang the motherfucker that kept me there and burn the house to the god damn ground. I want to take over the encomienda and give it back to the people who work the land.

You cannot change the past but you can make the future, and anyone who tells you different is a fucking lethargic devil. I don't look at a few token Latinos and black people in the public eye as some type of achievement for my people as a whole. Most of those successful individuals are sell-outs and house Negros.

But, I don't consider brothers a sell-out if they move out of the ghetto. Poverty has nothing to do with our people. It's not in our culture to be poor. That's only been the last 500 years of our history; look at the last 2000 years of our existence and what we brought to the world in terms of science, mathematics, agriculture and forms of government. You know the idea of a confederation of provinces where one federal government controls the states? The Europeans who came to this country stole that idea from the Iroquois lead. The idea of impeaching a ruler comes from an Aztec tradition. That's why Montezuma was stoned to death by his own people 'cause he represented the agenda of white Spaniards once he was captured, not the Aztec people who would become Mexicans.

So in conclusion, I'm not gonna vote for anybody just 'cause they Black or Latino they have to truly represent the community and represent what's good for all of us proletariat.
Porque sino entonces te mando por el carajo cabron gusano hijo de puta, seramos libre pronto, viva la revolucion, VIVA LA REVOLUCION!