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Race Matters

Black Nerds: The Culture May Be Lily-White, But So Is Golf–And Tiger Still Reigns

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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Music Santogold

The Converse Connection: Pharrell, Santogold and Julian Casablancas

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Converse recruited N.E.R.D.’s Pharrell Williams, The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas and Santogold. The trendsetting artists are helping the century-old sneaker brand remind youngsters of their pop culture relevance by collaborating on the song, “My Drive Thru.”

The distinctively different vocal styles of the three singers coupled with a video featuring stop-motion cut-outs and dynamic camera tricks help to redeem an otherwise monotonous song of looping guitar riffs.

As for Converse celebrating 100 years: It’s hard to imagine turn-of-the-century Americans wearing Chucks, but the brand began as a rubber shoe factory making weather proof footwear. Converse introduced their first athletic line for tennis in 1915, followed by their famous basketball line in 1921.

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