Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Dr. Boyce Watkins On NaS Protest Of FOX News

Dr. Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University, joins forces with NaS and Color Of Change in protesting the serial-racist network of FOX News. As noted last week, Hip-Hop Emcee, NaS, alongside Color Of Change and Moveon.org, sent a direct message to FOX News, with the presentation of 600,000 box-full of petitions -- signed by disgruntled viewers and concerned citizens. To Watkins, this is just another symbolic step in the ultimate struggle against all forms of degradation, humiliation and devaluation of Black People. Dr. Watkins urges readers and viewers to harness the potency of this moment, and add unto the fight against Rupert Murdoch and his White House-controlled minions:

Friday, July 25, 2008

Dr Boyce vs. NCAA in LA Times: Paying College Athletes

Dr Boyce Watkins, a Syracuse University Professor and critic of the NCAA, is set to appear opposite NCAA President Myles Brand on the issue of compensating college athletes. The article is set to appear in the LA Times, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and other syndicated Tribune papers this Sunday.

Dr. Watkins has appeared on CNN, ESPN, CBS Sports and thousands of other media outlets arguing that college athletes should be paid. He is a faculty affiliate with the College Sports Research Institute at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Mumia Abu Jamal Seeks Another Trial - should he get one?

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - Black Panther-turned human rights campaigner Mumia Abu-Jamal has requested a retrial on his conviction of murdering a police officer, after his death sentence was overturned in March, his lawyer said Sunday.

A three-member Philadelphia appeals court on March 27 voted two-to-one to overturn the former radio journalist’s death sentence, while upholding his conviction for the 1981 murder of Daniel Faulkner.

The court said Abu-Jamal, 54, should face a new sentencing hearing or have his sentence commuted to life in jail.

Abu-Jamal, 54, has always claimed his innocence while on death row for 25 years. While in jail, he became a leading campaigner against the death penalty.

In his request for a retrial, Abu-Jamal’s lawyer Robert Bryan asked for a decision by a full panel of 12 judges, not a three-member court like Philadelphia’s…

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Black Scholars, Black Ballers, Black Men: Dr Boyce Watkins on Brandon Jennings, NCAA Hypocrisy

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a Finance Professor at Syracuse University and a faculty affiliate at the College Sports Research Institute at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He does regular commentary in national media, including CNN, ESPN, BET, and CBS Sports. For more information, please visit www.BoyceWatkins.net.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Black Scholar News: Fox News Doctors Photos of Guests

Fox News has doctored photos of many of its guests, attempting to make the images look distorted and facial features out of sync. One of the victims of Fox News' actions is Dr. Boyce Watkins. He, along with some reporters from The New York Times, found that in some cases, the shapes of the foreheads were changed, the teeth were yellowed, or ears were widened. Also, in the top photo, the eyes were darkened.

Changing the image of a guest in this way can have a strong subconscious and conscious effect on the viewer, who might be inclined to attribute any negative rumor or ideal to the individual in the picture. It is also a powerful violation of journalistic integrity.