Well it looks like our time in the spotlight has come to an end. Yeah, right. As Tom Joyner always likes to point out (and even McDonalds too, even though they don't back it up as much), Black History lasts 365 days a year. For argument's sake, we'll just look back at the month that is nationally recognized as Black History Month.
I have to say it was an overall pretty good month. The best Black History Month ever? I don't know about that but only because I don't have a barometer to compare it to. It's not like I measure each February to the previous one to see how they stack up. However, look at what this February produced...
1. The Soul Bowl
That's what many people had rightly dubbed this year's Super Bowl. It wasn't good enough that we have the first Black head coach ever in the game...we had BOTH coaches being the first Black head coach ever. One way or another history was going to be made with the championship and Tony Dungy was awarded the distinction of being the first Black head coach to win a Super Bowl championship
2. Barack Obama
Of course it's not the first time that we've had a Black candidate for the presidency. Dare I say that it is the first time that we've had one this qualified though? Sources as credible as CNN are already trying their best to belittle his campaign by saying Black voters are lukewarm on Obama. Some even say he should just settle for being a VP candidate for now to get more experience and then go for the gold later. They must not have heard that you can't keep a good brotha down so in the words of the immortal Ludacris..."MOVE! GET OUT THE WAY!"
3. The Oscars
Did you know that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences includes only 110 African Americans out of its 5,830 members? Yet in spite of that, this year's ceremony featured five of us as nominees in the acting categories. Forest Whitaker becomes only the second brotha to win Best Actor and Jennifer Hudson walked away with Best Supporting Actress as a rookie. And to think that Eddie was probably just one "Norbit" away from giving us three winners that night.
4. Black Ice
I never thought ESPN of all things would be the one medium that would hip me to something I should have already known. In their book "Black Ice" George and Darril Fosty (kinda ironic that he's just an "r" away from being "Frosty) found proof that brothas in the late 19th century had formulated the Colored Hockey League that existed from 1895 to just past World War I. This would have been nearly a decade before the birth of the National Hockey Association which would later evolve into the NHL. Naturally, there's no mention of this league in the NHL Hall of Fame. Nevertheless, it's funny that even the one sport we don't dominate owes much to our contributions.
A pretty good February indeed.