Ta-Nehisi Coates of TheAtlantic.com dedicates his latest post on “Nerd Culture and Black People–Not an Oxymoron,” where he briefly rants on the racial prejudice of saying everything from gaming to Dungeons & Dragons is exclusively white.

Noting the amount of black skaters on the scene, Coates writes, “It’s true that gaming culture is predominantly white. But so is golf. And so is tennis. And so are most debate teams. And so is Harvard…The close-mindedness, the ignorance and prejudices of the privileged are always overlooked; meanwhile, such qualities among the poor are always moral failings.”

What Blindie found interesting is what commenter John Henry wrote: “The fact is there are plenty of black nerds. Many of them are either in the closet, Muslim, or in the church. Their intelligence is masked by their assimilation into an ultra-macho culture. Or its channeled into an alternatively socially acceptable,strong, pro-black ideology. Or, its spent studying the Bible.”

Recently there seems to be an outing of nerd culture, and no other group is heading this movement further than the Black Nerds Network, which proclaims, “Spread the word, you beautiful nerd!”

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Actor and comedian Bernie Mac died Saturday from complications of pneumonia in his native Chicago. He was 50.

Mac, who was hospitalized last week, recently made headlines for making off-color and misogynistic remarks at a $2,300-a-head fundraiser for Barack Obama.

Born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough in Chicago, Mac made his TV debut on BET’s Comic View and HBO’s Def Comedy Jam in 1992 with a crude, southern-style comedy routine that has been described by the New York Times as “part of an ancient, vaudevillian craft.” Others have simply dubbed his style coonery.

Mac found stardom as one of the comics in the 2000 Spike Lee-directed film The Original Kings of Comedy and segued from low-budget black films (Booty Call and How To Be a Player) to A-list fare (the Ocean’s Eleven franchise and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle).

His award-winning Fox sitcom The Bernie Mac Show was based on some of his earlier comedy routines (remember milk and cookies) and was applauded for Mac’s use of stand-up, in which he talks directly to the audience, as a device that broke the traditional “fourth wall” of sitcoms.

In a 2001 review of the show, Variety said, “The dial is littered with doofus dads and the women who adore them, but Mac reinvents the wheel here, using his warped sense of humor, buggy eyes and massive frame to intimidate and discipline some very bratty young’uns.”

While it may be surprising that a crude comedian, who jokingly lauded himself as a pimp, can rise to mainstream status as a TV family dad, no one was more confounded than Mac himself: ”Seven years ago, I was raunchy, I was blue. Now I’m the perfect father. Figure that out.”

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We’re sure James Franco and Seth Rogen will end Batman’s reign at the box office this weekend with Pineapple Express. But when Blindie watched the stoner flick, it was Rosie Perez’s role that caught us by surprise.

The Latina actress, who is best known for her roles in Do The Right Thing and White Men Can’t Jump, played against type in the comedy blockbuster as a crooked cop. Perez particularly shined in the final scenes, which found her in a fist fight with the yummy James Franco.

In other Rosie news: She’s heading to the small screen on NBC’s surprisingly well-written girlfriend drama, Lipstick Jungle, alongside Brooke Shields, Lindsay Price and Kim Raver.

“I play a publicist, a mean bitchy publicist,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “Everyone seems to be picking me to play mean people right now. What the hell? I am a really nice person in my everyday life I swear.”

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