A Call to Arms
African-American sports stars may net fame and cash, but how much power do they hold?
By Simon McCormack
William Rhoden's inflammatorily titled book 40 Million Dollar Slaves isn't as confrontational as its name. It's an exploration of sports history and an appeal to African-American unity more than an angry protest against exploitation. New York Times columnist Rhoden draws parallels between plantation slavery and the power structure in professional sports, where the athletes are disproportionately African-American and the owners are typically white men. Last week, Rhoden was the keynote speaker at UNM's Black Cultural Conference. Before hopping on a plane to the Duke City, he talked with the Alibi about how he got the idea for the book and what it will inspire in its readers.
Answer Me This
By Marisa Demarco
What caused the fire at the Golden West? How many Whole Foods does Burque have? Who gets Journal profits? What did jokers do to anger Albuquerque police?
By Simon McCormack
“Predator" Gets Caught
First steps into a new land
By Jim Scarantino
The dead zone out our back door is gone. It took five men, two jackhammers and a hydraulic breaker to remove tons of concrete patios, sidewalks and a swimming pool installed a generation ago. Our Northeast Heights house had been landscaped with concrete. All those hard, flat surfaces meant no trouble and no maintenance. It also meant no natural life outside our doors.
Ortiz y Pino
Nuclear Hair of the Dog
By Jerry Ortiz y Pino
New Mexico’s elected leaders have begun to sound ominously like the drunk asking for just a little “hair of the dog” to get him through the roughest hours of the day: those when the sun is shining.
Eric J. Garcia
Odds & Ends
By Devin D. O’Leary
Dateline: Romania--Cops have closed their investigation of a vandalism case that left local houses in ruins by concluding ghosts were to blame. Families living in the town of Lilieci reported broken windows, bicycles flying through the air, objects moving on tables and candles blown out when there was no wind. At first, police scoffed at a supernatural source for the damage, but a police spokesperson concluded, “There were bottles and things flying around. I did not know what to dodge first. We can find nothing to suggest it was anything other than what the people claim.” A priest has been called in to exorcise the homes in question.
[Re: News Feature, “Keeping the Faith—In Science,” Feb. 14-20] Both Simon McCormack and New Mexicans for Science and Reasoning’s evangelists seem to be somewhat confused about a lot of things. First, NMSR has not “infuriated” creationists--at least not the one writing this letter. With respect to their vapid attacks on Creation Science, I consider NMSR to be a bunch of censors. If the organization and its members were not so effective at playing the censor, NMSR would be a mere entertaining sideshow.
Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire
By Joshua Lee
A family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness and a celebration of the maker movement.
Mountainair Sunflower Festival
By Joshua Lee
Enjoy arts and crafts, a sunflower hat contest, food vendors, children's activities and juried art show. Live entertainment from Rye Creek, Erineo, The Roadrunners and Kubatana Marimba Southwest.
NM Black Expo 2
By Robin Babb
Discuss shared cultural experiences regarding health care advocacy, education advancement, policy advocacy, community development and celebrate Black culture.
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