Don Lemon

Well, I’m sure folks have heard about Don Lemon’s comments and the subsequent backlash…Folks have clowned him well enough, so there’s not much left for me to say. As I wrote to Romany Malco (who made similar comments a couple of weeks ago), I reject that black folks are responsible for white racism. Black folks could speak the Queen’s English, wear suits and ties, have 100% wedding rates/in “wedlock” births and white racists would still complain. Why? Because that’s what racists do. You can never make those people happy.

The Rosewood Massacres are a good example of white racist hatred. By 1915, Rosewood was mostly an all black town. The community thrived and prospered. The residents did the “right things” they were told to do as American citizens. They started their own businesses, married/had families, didn’t sag, etc. They never asked for handouts  (as this tends to be white racist rhetoric). Yet, all it took was for a white woman to utter a few words, and the whole town was burned to the ground. Here was a community of black folks that minded their business, and was wiped out in a blink of an eye. It doesn’t matter to white racists if you have been a “good” black person all your life. White supremacy gives white folks the luxury to believe what they want about “colored” people. If they decide you are up to no good, they can/will destroy your community/hang you up from the nearest tree. Strange fruit, indeed.  There are numerous stories of black communities being harassed/burned out because some white racist just wasn’t happy. Hell, sometimes it makes them even angrier when black folks do better than them. So, all the black folks in America could do the “white right thing,” and white racists would still be miserable.  They would look for any opportunity  to bother, arrest, or shot us in the back as we walked from the store.  Because dot dot dot THAT’S WHAT THEY DO!

Don Lemon is a fool…

P.S. In 1997, John Singleton made a film about the tragedy of Rosewood. It was okay. I hope another director revisits this story. It’s an important part of American history, that should never be forgotten:

 

 

 

TLC Movie Trailer

Yeah, TLC couldn’t sing a lick. But who cares? They had great chemistry and made good pop tunes. Their music is the soundtrack to my high school years. I miss the early 90’s! I would encourage folks to watch the documentary, “The Last Days of Left Eye.” The ending is alarming, but the film shows the complexity and intelligence of Lisa “Left Eye”Lopes. RIP Left Eye….

“I don’t want your number (no)
I don’t want to give you mine and (no)
I don’t want to meet you nowhere (no)
I don’t want none of your time and (no).”

HALF OF A YELLOW SUN

I would strongly recommend folks read the book first. “Half of a Yellow Sun” was written by Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  I hope the new film does the book justice. It’s a complex tale of twin sisters, who choose very different paths, during the Nigerian-Biafran War.

The movie features Anika Noni Rose, who I have a girl crush on 🙂 She is such an underrated actress.  She also rarely gets props for being Disney’s first Black Princess:

I bet she will be amazing in this film:

Celebrities interesting commentaries on Trayon Martin

LUPE FIASCO:

Huh? What?!! I was shocked when I read Lupe Fiasco’s tweets about  the Zimmerman trial. I have never been a big fan of his, but I have always respected him as one of the rare “conscious” rappers in hip hop. I figured he would hit folks with some thoughtful commentary about the murder of Trayvon Martin. Eh…nope. I tweeted my displeasure with his comments. I was nervous, as it was the first time I tweeted a celebrity. I didn’t know how he would respond. But I all I got was –*crickets.*  I think he felt he said, all that needed to be said, about the incident. Personally, I thought his comment “the justice system relies on reasonable doubts, not our emotions,” odd.  Lupe has been  rightfully critical of the warmongering of President Obama. But now he just shrugs his shoulders, tells us to stop being emotional, and have faith in the system?  So, does that mean we should just have faith in the president? As I tweeted the rapper, “another one bites the dust.” Oh well, “Bitch Bad” wasn’t that great anyway…

ROMANY MALCO:

As he was called on another blog, this z list actor wrote a boring letter to “Trayvon’s Sympathizers.”   Basically,  Malco feels if black folks just cleaned up our act (stop being “ghetto”) white folks will feel compelled to no longer shot us in the back. I reject the notion that I have a responsibility to make white folks not be racist towards me.  While I do find some elements of rap/hip hop culture problematic, white folks should have common sense to know that black folks aren’t monolithic.  And so what they are some “thug” images of black men out there? It  doesn’t give someone the right to shot them, because of what they have seen on TV.  The show Criminal Minds depicts white men as rapists/kidnappers/serial killers/sexually deviant every week. Is it okay for me to shot the next white man I see, for fear he will do one or all of the above things to me? The amusing irony of Malco’s finger wagging, he has played stereotypical roles of black men:

Drug dealer in “WEEDS”

Also, acting like a “nigga” in The 40 Year Old Virgin.

Malco claims he will be more contentious of the roles he takes in the future. Let’s see how long that lasts, when white Hollywood dangles those checks in his face.

TIMBALAND:

After reading about Timbaland’s new apology song to Jay Z, looks like he doesn’t stand for anything. I am not an overly religious person, but I do like to think evil folks like Zimmerman get theirs, once they die. However, we can’t leave everything up to a God. Folks should take a stance against injustices, here on earth. Timbaland is trying to take the easy way out. Like Lupe, he  claims “we don’t know what really happened.” Uh, yeah we do. It was all recorded. Zimmerman didn’t stay in his car, as told.  His  insisted on following Trayvon because he was a young black man. This is the same guy who racially profiled a 7-year-old child.  You don’t know what happened? Yeah, okay. Don’t support Timbaland, he hasn’t had a hit since Aaliyah, anyway…

and last and very least

CHARLES BARKLEY:

I almost hate to write about Charles Barkley, as he tends to say foolish things all the time. Hard to take him seriously, really. But I found his recent comments, so insensitive to the Fulton/Martin family, I have to say something. Barkley stated, “Trayvon Martin, God rest his soul, he did flip the switch and start beating the hell out of Mr. Zimmerman.” Yeah, he did. Why? BECAUSE A GROWN AZZ MAN LATE AT NIGHT HAD BEEN STALKING/HARASSING HIM. I would’ve whooped Zimmerman’s ass too. I mean, don’t all parents tell their kids if a stranger attacks them to either RUN or FIGHT? Mine’s did. Maybe Charles Barkley tells his to hop in the car with ’em. What an idiot.

I learned long ago that many black celebrities will sell out at a drop of a dime.  I wouldn’t be surprised if these folks made these comments just to get attention. It also shows the staggering divide between poor/working/everyday black people and rich/black celebrities. Now that they have white folks cheesing in their face (because they have $$$), get treated half-way decently by said white folks (because they have $$$), and get to live in exclusive neighborhoods with these white folks (because they have  $$$), they act brand new.  It’s pathetic, really.

Nicki Minaj on Marie Clarie

Interestingly, it’s the first time a female rapper has been on the cover of the magazine. Great for her.  I’m sure it helps to have a non  threatening look/sound. Minaj has changed so much from a beautiful brown/underground lyricist, to a commercial looking pop star. Sigh. But I will give her credit, reading excerpts from the article and other interviews, Minaj is a smart woman. Hopefully, she can parlay  her success into something that allows her to represent her talents/womanhood on a deeper level.

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Beyoncé is featured on the Summer 2013 cover of FLAUNT

I am neither a stan/fan of BEYONCE. I have mixed feelings about some of the things she represents. However, she has some great photos in the current issue of Flaunt magazine.  I wish she would do more African (minus the blackface) inspired imagery. It works for her. It’s better than her current white washed look….

Winnie Mandela

I cringed when I heard Mary J Blige  was going to  play the brilliant Betty Shabazz in a lifetime film. I cringed when I saw pictures of Zoe Saldana in blackface for her portrayal of the high priestess of soulNina Simone. I cringed when I learned that Jennifer Hudson’s next role would be that of activist Winnie Mandela. It always seems to me that our black women icons aren’t taken seriously by Hollyweird. I can’t imagine someone like Britney Spears playing one of their beloved icons, like Janis Joplin. But I guess any old body can be ours.  I have nothing against the women I mentioned (well Zoe should know better), heck I’m a Mary J groupie!! But her as Betty Shabazz? Eh…

Winnie Mandela

The trailer for the upcoming “Winnie” film makes me less nervous, but praying the film truly represents the amazing Mandelas.

Ciara

I have never understood why Ciara has struggled so much in the music industry. Who knows what goes on behind closed doors, but what I do know, the black female soul singer has been pushed out (with a few exceptions, folks like Fantasia).  Ciara would seemingly fit in with today’s requirement of having video ready looks/body and barely there vocals. I mean RihannaAshanti, Keri Hilson, Cassie, etc.,  have all fared well. This is not a diss to these women, but rather an observation on how black women singers must sell looks/sex, rather than vocal ability. Thank goodness Aretha, Chaka, Whitney, and em came out back in the day.  We would probably never get to hear their soaring voices now.

While Ciara isn’t the best singer, she can tear up a dance floor. After Aaliyah’s death, it seemed Ciara would continue on her legacy, as the next r&b/dance/pop star.   I think every generation of black girls deserves to have their own Janet Jackson.  But as I noted, Ciara has struggled. She started off well with cuts like “Goodies” and “1,2 step” but seemed to lose her mojo. It was confusing, because Ciara’s natural dance abilities, should have put her on the map.  If I’m forced to know about Miley Cryus, I should see/hear Ciara!

I’m glad Ciara has rebounded with her new singles “Body Party” and “I’m Out.” While I find both videos problematic (just for a change, I would like to see a man strip tease/crawl for a woman and Nicki Minaj should’ve been more clever than using the n-word/b-word), it’s good to see Ciara back. There’s something womanish about Ciara this time around. And I mean that in a good way. She’s getting her grown woman on.  I ain’t mad at her. I hope she continues to evolve in her music/image.

BODY PARTY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9rSBcoX9ak

I’M OUT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-TTNdyIMAE

For my fellow old heads, you will probably recognize the sample used in “Body Party,” is from this old 90’s cut:

Exhale

I can’t believe just a few posts ago, I had renounced talk shows. It looks like I will have to eat my words. It’s all because I saw a clip of this upcoming show:

Wow, go head ladies! I am feeling this show more than The Real, the talk show that made me shrug my shoulders.  I feel there is more diversity of looks/backgrounds of black women on “Exhale.”  It’s also an opportunity to see black women celebrities that have been underrepresented in mainstream media (AJ Johnson and Malinda Williams).

I have to admit I am also biased towards the show, because Issa Rae will be one of the hosts. Issa Rae is the creator of the hit web series “Awkward Black Girl.” As a DIY (Do-it-Yourself) artist, I love that someone like Rae (who developed and wrote her own show), will be given more exposure. It’s an opportunity for other black women to see, (that one doesn’t have to be an established celebrity), to be successful.  Whether it’s creating a show or any other business interests, it is doable. There are so many resources out there and people who will support you. It’s why I heart DIY culture!

I’m crossing my fingers that this show lives up to its potential 😉

The show premieres June 27th on the Aspire Network.