The problem as I see it is that there seems to be a certain alienation and hostility that black people show towards any sort of intellectual among their community. It seems that to be black and smart somehow signifies a sort of hatred by and for other blacks, as such smart blacks are thought of as white. In the black community I think there exists a subconscious association with white people and everything good, such as being smart or articulate, and thus any black person that shows any sort of potential beyond sports or entertainment is a target of condemnation. Part of the problem I think, is that many gifted black people care about what other black people think, and thereby stunt their own potential and development by identifying with the typical "hood" archetype that is commonly glamorized on television.
Being a young black intellectual in this day and age is not easy in the black community, as you realize that you must go outside of your community in order to simply be yourself.