Monday, December 21, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Market will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 21 to January 3.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Bsi 2,080.28 -1.5 -.07%

The Index mourns the untimely passing of Chris Henry.


WINNERS

DeSean Jackson (DJAX) 1.81 1.81 NA

This kid has got something.



LOSERS

Tiger Woods (TWDS) 29.81 -4.11 -12.12%

Not trying to kick a man while he's down, but now we're hearing that his marriage is beyond saving. Ouch. When's the Masters again?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bsi 2,081.78 +19.23 +.92%

Hey, remember how black people are so against gay marriage? Guess no one told Chocolate City.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bsi 2,062.55 -6.98 -.34%

Looking for a "passport to the black experience?" Know who has it? American f'ing Airlines. Yup. Or at least that's what their website BlackAtlas claims. What's next.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bsi 2,069.53 -3.73 -.19%

We've been outspoken on black-Jewish cooperation. Of course, in light of what Joe Lieberman is doing to Obama and the Democrats health care plan, perhaps there should be limits.


BUY

Turner Gill

All we can say is it's about time.


SELL

Jersey Shore

Could you imagine this show if it involved negroes? The shit would hit the fan -- let me tell you that. Of course, if the show continues its upward trend it could just happen.


Thank God they're not black, eh?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Bsi 2,073.26 +12.5 +.6%

Disney's first black princess gets off to a fast start behind strong critical reception.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Bsi 2,060.76 -8.27 -.4%

Not only does swine flu affect blacks more than whites, the CDC says it kills more of us than other racial groups, too. Ugh.

What'd we ever do to you?

WINNERS

Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) 19.59 +2.55 +13.02%

It's been a tough year for the increasingly marginalized and unnecessary interest group. Still chalk one up in their column as the caucus used a walkout and threat of not supporting new regulations on banks to get money from the financial rescue fund earmarked for African-American communities.


LOSERS

Black Political Clout (BPC) 11.4 -3.31 -22.5%

If the election in Atlanta shows us anything it's that, at least for African-Americans, there's not much of a future in politics based on racial identity only -- this despite the CBC's success.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Bsi 2,069.03 +6.68 +.32%

Remember all the political hay the right was trying to make out of the President's winning the Nobel Peace Prize? One can only hope that it taught him the lesson that they're going to hate him no matter what he does, so he might as well do it the way he wants to. One can only hope.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Bsi 2,062.35 +11 +.53%

With Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong gets the job at Louisville that brings the number of Division I black head coaches to 11 (of 120). We'll give them credit for progress. Slow, but progress.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Bsi 2,051.35 -3.51 -.17%

Why any black commentator would bother to spin the the Tiger Woods incident into another story about black men and white women is beyond us.


BUY

Mark Ingram

The Alabama sophomore could be on his way to the Heisman.



SELL

Little Richard's Return

The 77-year-old musician is just getting over hip surgery but still plans on making a return to the stage. Don't count on it.


Monday, December 7, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

Bsi 2,054.86 -7.11 -.34%

Lately the Internet has been thinking Lil Wayne is dead about as much as it does that Tupac is alive.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

Bsi 2,061.97 +3.79 +.18%

Small market gains as the first week of December comes to an end.

WINNERS

Black Princesses (BLKPR) 4.22 +.89 +21.09%

Sometimes you when when someone else loses. That's the case for Disney and the fortunes of their upcoming Black Princess after the recent controversy over Mattel's African-American dolls.

Those dolls got the good hair.

LOSERS

Tiger Woods (TWDS) 37.38 -9.71 -20.62%

Gee, I wonder why...


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Bsi 2,058.18 -12.79 -.62%

Good news for black men on the hunt for a job -- according to the New York Times, your college degree doesn't matter.

College-educated black men, especially, have struggled relative to their white counterparts in this downturn, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate for black male college graduates 25 and older in 2009 has been nearly twice that of white male college graduates — 8.4 percent compared with 4.4 percent.

Great. So now Kanye looks like he was right about something.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Bsi 2,070.97 -11.67 -.56%

Racist political cartoons are old hat, so we appreciate the new twist the Cleveland Call & Post brings to the table by being a black-owned paper responsible for the bullshit this time around.


WTF?!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Bsi 2,082.64 +7.6 +.36%

Allen Iverson back to the 76ers? Just the idea of it sounds too storybook to be real.


BUY

Andre Braugher

Sure, you don't meet a lot of black 40-something men named Owen, but if there's an actor who can pull it off, it's Braugher, who we look forward to seeing in the new TNT drama "Men of a Certain Age".



SELL

Tiger Woods

Hmmm. Between knee surgery and the latest domestic incident Woods breaking Jack Nicklaus' record doesn't seem as inevitable.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Bsi 2,075.04 -14.59 -.7%

Well, looks like the Atlanta mayoral run-off is no longer about politics or ideas, but race.

"What it comes down to is if she gets more black votes than he gets white votes," said political strategist Tom Houck. "When people say race doesn't matter, obviously it does. There is no dominant issue that distinguishes these two other than she's a white woman and he's a black guy."


Yeah, this'll end well.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bsi 2,089.63 +3.49 +.17%

The Floyd Mayweather Jr./Manny Pacquiao negotiations have begun. For the HBO 24/7 alone this fight has to happen.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bsi 2,086.14 +1.93 +.09%
President Obama putting off his major speech on Afghanistan until next week contributes to a typically slow Thanksgiving week.

BUY

Dave Chappelle

Even repurposed his stuff still kills.








SELL

Chris Brown

Everytime Rihanna shows up somewhere Brown's name inevitablly comes up. Celebrities, if you learned anything from this and the the R. Kelly/Kobe Bryant situation in Colorado its that you can do what you want to most people whenever, but don't dare mess with a famous person. There is no coming back from that.

Not so cute anymore, huh America?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Bsi 2,084.21 -4.11 -.2%

DMX continues his downward trend as now he's getting sued for pulling out of a Mixed Martial Arts bout. Dumbass.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Bsi 2,088.32 -4.61 -.22%

Let's see, a Columbia University architecture professor, following an argument about white privilege, decided to test the limits of said concept by punching a white female student. Dumbass.


WINNERS

Wendy Williams (WWIL) 13.98 +2.16 +15.45%

Oprah takes a knee and Williams gets a new contract. Not a bad week for someone whose show no one watches.

LOSERS

The Blind Side (OHER) -- -- NA

While I think we can all be moved by the true story presented in the new Sandra Bullock movie -- I have to believe we've seen this movie before.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bsi 2,092.93 +7.43 +.36%

Tristan Wilds dating Rihanna? Little Michael done grown up. I guess this is what happens when you move from B-more to Beverly Hills.


Yes, this is all just an excuse to post this.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bsi 2,085.5 -3.46 -.17%

Look, NAACP, we know you want to be heard. But we've got a president who reads the newspapers and knows about the jobs issue, it doesn't help to pile on now.


Damn, NAACP -- he's on it. Give the brother a chance.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bsi 2,088.96 -30 -1.42%

Let's get all the bad news out of the way this week, eh?  Unemployment rate for young African-Americans: 30 percent.

BUY

Adiam Dymott



SELL

Couples Retreat International Poster



One of these things is not like the other.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Bsi 2,118.96 -8.49 -.4%

This, from the New York Times:
An African-American in New Orleans has a shorter life expectancy than the average person in Vietnam or Honduras.
Say what?! No wonder Lil' Wayne's so busy. Damn.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

Bsi 2,127.45 -3.3 -.15%

Despite the beating he takes in Bill Simmons' book, we've always been fans of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and wish him the best in his battle against leukemia.



WINNERS

Darius Rucker (HOOTE) 8.61 +6.47 +312.2%

Look who was the first African-American to win a CMA. Charly Pride must be rolling over in his gra-- wait, he's still alive?!



LOSERS

John Allen Muhammad (DCSNPR) 0.0 0.0 NA

Obviously.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bsi 2,130.75 -9.66 -.45%

The LA Times has a story citing how fewer than half of Americans polled believe that the election of President Barack Obama has improved race relations over the past year.
You don't say.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bsi 2,140.41 -5.7 -.27%

With Larry Johnson getting cut and Allen Iverson's skipping town in Memphis, it's not a great day for once dominant athletes.

BUY

BLK JKS



SELL

Sittin on the Toilet


Monday, November 9, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

Bsi 2,146.11 +1.8 +.08%

Maybe Mo'Nique, Lee, and Oprah and Tyler will win an Oscar -- who can say.  What's for certain is that they're off to a good commercial start, as Precious, the most talked about black film in quite some time, pulled in $1.8 million while playing on just eighteen screens.

But not me baby, I'm too  precious.  Fuck off!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

Bsi 2,144.31 +7.67 +.36%

Rihanna's interview with Diane Sawyer seems to be a good first step helping shine a light on domestic abuse the the stigmas attached to it.

“No kid goes around and lets people know their parents fight. Teenage girls can’t tell their parents that their boyfriend beat them up. You don’t dare let your neighbor know that you fight. It’s one of the things we [women] will hide, because it’s embarrassing. My story was broadcast all over the world for people to see, and they have followed every step of my recovery. The positive thing that has come out of my situation is that people can learn from that.”


WINNERS

Oprah Winfrey (HARPO)  182.92 +15.39 +8.41%

The Queen of Daytime takes her biggest risk yet by leaving the confines of her syndicated network gig and taking her show to her own cable network.  And I wouldn't bet against her.*

LOSERS

Essence (ESMG) 2.69 -1.37 -33.74%

The magazine recently laid off the majority of its online staff in yet another example of the shrinking of black media during this recession.


*We'd put up a picture, but c'mon, we all know what Oprah looks like.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bsi 2,136.64 +1 +.05%

Despite what you may be hearing in the media about it being a referendum on the state of Obama's presidency, the only national implication to come from Tuesday's election results is that the Democrats picked up a seat in the House. That is all.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Bsi 2,135.64 +21.93 +1.03%

On this day, one year ago, history.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Bsi 2,113.71 +3.0 +.14%

We cannot recommend the ESPN series 30 For 30 enough.  Tonight, the single greatest reason why we've yet to try cocaine -- Len Bias.



BUY

Amy LaCour


L.A. singer-songwriter.

SELL

Bill Thompson

Let's just say we don't have a good feeling about this one.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

Bsi 2,110.71 +6.43 +.3%

Meb Keflezighi brought the New York City Marathon title back home.

Sure, he was born in the east African marathoning hot-bed of Eritrea, but he's been a US citizen since '98 and we're gonna claim underachieving Freddy Adu you better believe we're gonna give Keflezighi his props.


Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Bsi 2,104.28 -8.9 -.42%

The Index mourns the passing of photographer Roy DeCarava.


WINNERS

Black Princesses (BLKPR) 2.19 +1.36 +62.1%

Whether or not the movie is any good it can't be a bad thing to have some color join the Disney princess pantheon.


LOSERS

The Jacksons (JACK5) 11.29 -3.25 -22.35%

With This Is It reported to be performing up to 40% below expectations and a dreadful looking reality show on the way, perhaps we're learning that the public isn't quite as comfortable with cashing in on a tragedy as the family hoped.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bsi 2,113.18 -8 -.38%

With the NBA season tipping off now comes word that the Antoine Walker has sadly gone from rags to riches story to cautionary tale.

Save that money kids.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bsi 2,121.18 +4.63 +.22%

We love Bill Cosby and clearly he's deserving of winning the Mark Twain award for humor.  But the fun and funny guy from records and The Cosby Show has been replaced by some old dude who can ruin any moment with quotes like this:

 In an earlier interview with The A.P., Mr. Cosby said he had previously refused the award because he was disappointed with the profanities used in a 1998 ceremony honoring Richard Pryor.



Ah... that's what I'm talkin' 'bout.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bsi 2,116.55 +3.71 +.18%

A little something for all the black kids who listened to grunge back in the '90s -- Seattle rock mainstay Alice in Chains has a new black lead singer.


BUY

30 for 30

The thus-far excellent ESPN 30 for 30 series delves into the world of late-career Muhammad Ali.



SELL

60 Minutes

To say that "60 Minutes" is a little late to the Tyler Perry party would be a bit of an understatement.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Bsi 2,122.84 -10.43 -.49%

Newsweek asks the question why the media covers murder the way it does.  With out of touch news networks like Fox News and the home of Black in America, CNN -- there's little surprise here.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Bsi 2,133.27 +11.36 +.53%

Tracy Morgan on NPR.  Let me say it again.  Tracy Morgan on NPR.


WINNERS

No Mas (NOMAS) .83 +.83 NA

First there's their new blog The Rumble and now word that none other than The Greatest has commissioned three animated videos to commemorate the Rumble in the Jungle.


LOSERS

Isiah Thomas (IT11)  5.48 -2.19 -28.55%

It's been a tumultuous post-basketball career for the former Pistons star gets more controversial as Magic Johnson's new autobiography paints Thomas in a less than flattering light.