Don’t Call it Magic: How Chelsea Ended Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona Dynasty

The Away Goals Rule

Was it Napoli? Yeah, it was probably the second leg against Napoli.

It certainly wasn’t West Brom. No, the match that brought a preemptive conclusion to Andre Villas-Boas’ infamous ‘project’ was definitely not the match where it was illuminated that Chelsea just might do something special in the 2011-2012 season.

That day, an 82nd minute Gareth McAuley strike at the Hawthorns gave the Baggies a 1-0 victory and consigned the abject Blues to their seventh league defeat of the season and the sharply-dressed AVB to days spent trolling ‘help wanted’ ads hoping to find an employer in search of a high defensive line and three-day stubble. To be blunt: on 3rd March, 2012, Chelsea did not seem capable of eliminating Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona – the team that many consider to be the greatest the sport has ever seen – from the Champions League.

On 14th March, 2012, the mood changed…

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“Limbo”: A New Jamaican Novel by Esther Figueroa

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Sitting here in limbo
Waiting for the tide to flow
Sitting here in limbo
Knowing that I have to go

One of Jimmy Cliff’s most wistful songs, this one written in 1971, came to mind as I was reading Esther Figueroa’s recently published novel – described as arguably Jamaica’s first “environmental novel.” 

Limbo is, of course, a state of not doing anything. You’re not heading in any direction. While Mr. Cliff sounded calm enough in his song, quietly contemplating his next move, the hero of Dr. Figueroa’s novel is far from satisfied with her situation – and that of Jamaica in general. Flora is a feisty Jamaican woman approaching middle age, who heads an environmental NGO. Her mood veers between nervous anxiety and restless frustration throughout much of the novel, and she curses regularly. She cannot sit quietly in limbo, at all. Waiting for something to happen does not suit…

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THE PORN STAR

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When it comes to Porn, there are many things you can say about it. Many things that I am sure you can find on the internet and research about for days and days. Women like Feminist will bash it, fathers of Porn stars will hate it, and the women who were once in Porn will criticize other females for doing the same thing they used to do. And so on, and so on. But in this instance, there is only one thing to say about Porn when it comes to to everyday male view, and that is: Its great. Plain and simple, from a gratification perspective for both men and women, its great. Very fucking great to be honest. There are many, many, MANY options when it comes to the adult entertainment. So many different fantasies you can see play out right in front of your eyes for a fair price, or, if we are being completely honest for free when…

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The B.L.A. ( Black Liberation Army ) 1970s to 1980s History

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After the social upheavals of the 1960s failed to trigger the vast systemic changes many protesters sought, the early 1970s saw a number of militant groups form secoret underground cells that pledged to use violence in an attempt to fight for civil rights, end the Vietnam War and, in the minds of the hard core, trigger a violent revolution in the streets of America.

While groups like the Weather Underground, the Black Liberation Army and the Symbionese Liberation Army were vehemently anti-war, their core motivation was rallying the black community toward open revolt. It was a time when police brutality was rampant—far worse than today, by most measures—and white police officers rarely were prosecuted when they killed black civilians. The underground groups of the ‘70s thus made police their first and most frequent targets. The Weather Underground did so with bombs, until one went off accidentally, killing three of its…

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Homophobia in Jamaica (Part 1)

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Media lies, batty man naah dead in Jamaica its just the cruel i wicked foreign media These are the types of ridiculous and callous banners broadcasted by ignorant people when gay and Jamaica are mentioned.

By now any and every resident of our beautiful mother Earth has heard of Jamaica and its issue with homosexuality. These issues are often present in the strong anti-homosexual themes in Dancehall(different genre from Reggae) lyrics. So one may ask where is the love? why are so many Jamaicans like that? how can the international community “help”? Homosexuality in Jamaica, the Caribbean and the world has always been put in this singular frame with little attention paid to how we got to this point.

Factors that have affected the Jamaican perception of homosexuality are Christianity, the Jamaican government, the British and colonialism.

Leviticus 20:13 “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be…

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The Lost Story of Islam in Jamaica

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Were our West African ancestors actually Muslim?

Dr. Sultana Afroz a Bangladeshi academic who has been living in Jamaica for 25 years says yes they were. Dr. Afroz has been apart of the University of the West Indies, Mona Department of History for a while now and before she leaves destined for her first home, she leaves Jamaica with the though provoking piece: Invisible yet invincible – the Islamic heritage of Maroon and enslaved Africans in Jamaica.

In the book Dr. Afroz posits several claims which deals astonishing blows to contemporary historical and cultural discourse in Jamaica. One of the most crucial of them is that several of Jamaica’s treasured leaders against the colonial tyranny  like Cudjoe, Nanny of the Maroons, Sam Sharp, Paul Bogle etc. were in fact Muslims and followers of the Islamic faith. This is oceans away from what I was taught in school.

African Muslim…

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#BlACKGAYSLAY: Dennis Carney ON THE FRONT LINE

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BlackGaySlay showcases, celebrates, and pays respect to Black Gay Men whose work elevates the LGBT community and Black Gay Men specifically.  For more than 30 years Dennis Carney has been on the physical and a metaphorical Front Line doing this work.

Born in Manchester in 1962, Dennis has been a Londoner since 1982 with most of those years spent in Brixton. As many BlackOut readers know, the ‘Front Line’ is the name given by the local community to Railton Road; the line behind which the community sought refuge against the racist ‘sus’ laws used by some cops to brutalise the neighbourhood in the 80s that erupted in the Brixton uprisings. Dennis, reflecting on the changes he’s seen in Brixton joked;

I’ve never seen so much blonde hair or pedigree dogs in all my days in Brixton; and on the Front Line! You know things have changed when drunk White women in…

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#42 – Racionais MC’s – Negro Drama (2002)

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from Nada como um dia após o outro dia (Cosa Nostra, 2002)

Original lyrics:

Negro drama
Entre o sucesso e a lama
Dinheiro, problemas
Inveja, luxo, fama

Negro drama
Cabelo crespo
E a pele escura
A ferida, a chaga
À procura da cura

Negro drama
Tenta ver
E não vê nada
A não ser uma estrela
Longe, meio ofuscada

Sente o drama
O preço, a cobrança
No amor, no ódio
A insana vingança

Negro drama
Eu sei quem trama
E quem tá comigo
O trauma que eu carrego
Pra não ser mais um preto fodido

O drama da cadeia e favela
Túmulo, sangue
Sirene, choros e vela

Passageiro do Brasil
São Paulo
Agonia que sobrevivem
Em meia às honras e covardias
Periferias, vielas e cortiços

Você deve tá pensando
O que você tem a ver com isso
Desde o início
Por ouro e prata

Olha quem morre
Então veja você…

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Irreconcilable Anti-Blackness and Police Violence w Dr. Frank Wilderson

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Dr. Frank Wilderson was back with The Killer Bs (Drs. Jared Ball, Todd Steven Burroughs and Hate) recently to discuss police violence within the context of anti-Blackness.  We discussed the on-going crisis of police brutality and particularly how that persistent violence explains a larger and permanent “social death” imposed on Black people in the U.S. and around the world.  Wilderson also made strong and challenging points about how this anti-Blackness disturbs attempts at solidarity with others most often associated with allied struggles for civil and human rights.

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