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Great Moments in Black History: #19

Steve Nash and A’mare Stoudemire do racial harmony

In honor of tonight’s dunk contest, I present the best example of what we can accomplish when the blacks and the whites work together. Much better than “Ebony and Ivory.”


Great Moments in Black History: #18

Marvin Gaye crushes it at the 1983 NBA All-Star game


Great Moments in Black History: #17

Jermaine and Fred “Boogaloo” Rogers get down

Yeah. This hip-hop thing might be around a while.


Great Moments in Black History: #16

Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura get it on.

On one hand, I celebrate the first ever interracial kiss in TV history.  On the other, Kirk macked on a green chick.  I guess in space, all bets are off.


Great Moments in Black History: #15

Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) goes 1 against 420.


Great Moments in Black History: #14

“I ain’t got no quarrel with the Vietcong. No Vietcong ever called me Nigger.”


Great Moments in Black History: #13

Crispus Attucks takes one for the team

You know. The team that wouldn’t even let him be on the team. Apparently, Crispy–you know that would be his nickname if he were alive today–was also half Wampanoag so this is a also a Great Moment in Native American History.


Great Moments in Black History: #12

Kobe Bryant scores 81 Points

You think he’s arrogant? Of course he is. He’s one of the best to ever lace ‘em up. He cheated on his wife? That’s got nothing to do with me…or you. You just don’t like him? Get over it. When our species has finally depleted this planet’s natural resources and fled to the live on Saturn, and our great-great-great-great-great-great grandchildren are all playing rollerball or sky-cricket, someone will ask about that game they used to play way back when called basketball. And someone else will pull out their iPhone 24G–because those fuckers will probably still be on the cutting edge–and say, “Watch this. This is basketball.”

This performance was so amazing that it has obscured his other accomplishments from that year like becoming only the third player since 1964 to score 45 points or more in four consecutive games, and managing to outscore the Dallas Mavericks by himself through 3 quarters, 62-61.


Great Moments in Black History: #11

Dock Ellis and the LSD No-No

During my senior year at Wake, I totally aced an American Rhetorical Movements exam while I was still drunk from the night before. I’m just saying.


Great Moments in Black History: #10

Can’t stop. I’m late for class.

Elizabeth Eckford ignoring the vitriol from Hazel Bryan on her way to integrating Little Rock Central High School.  Elizabeth’s calm demeanor, cool shades, and pursed lips are incredibly indicative of the brave people on the front lines for the battle for equality.


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