Friday, October 16, 2009

Oh dear, Africans have started spoofing African Americans, this can't be good.

MTV cribs, African style.

Nigerian version of Single ladies.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Now here is a Black Man talking sense. There is hope....

LZ Granderson says the black community should focus on its problems rather than the beliefs of Rush Limbaugh.

CNN) -- Things ain't what they used to be.

That sentiment harkens back to a simpler day in which innocence was not met with sarcasm, a man's word was his bond and yadda yadda yadda. What a bunch of crap.

I would like to know which time period in this country's history that phrase is referring to -- during the witch hunts? Trail of Tears? Television's "Happy Days" would lead you to believe life in the '50s and '60s was all about high school dances and hot fudge sundaes, but many of us know that was hardly the case.

No, if we take an honest look at this country's 233 years, what we will find are moments of brilliance and triumphs, moral bankruptcy and hypocrisy and a great deal of denial and revision by everyone. It is because of our tendency to rewrite unpleasant aspects of our history that we struggle to make the kind of significant social progress we need to truly realize the American Dream.

In other words, ignoring the ugly of the past can stifle the beauty of today.

Typically when blacks talk of the past and about how "things ain't what they used to be," it often is a reference to the civil rights movement and the time in which my community rallied together for a common cause -- equality. We saw remnants of that synergy this week as Al Sharpton, the NAACP and several black NFLers openly opposed Rush Limbaugh's inclusion on a team trying to purchase the St. Louis Rams.

And it is true, we were more willing to be our brother's keepers 40 years ago. But if we're being honest, not all of our brothers and sisters were worth trying to keep back then.

Not every black person was willing to sacrifice self-interest for the better of the whole. Quite a few of us sold out and were more than willing to be puppets or manipulate racial tension to keep crumbs of power or money.

We still had black-on-black crime, gambling, theft, prostitution, murder.

We still had some version of Kwame Kilpatrick to contend with and it's important that we talk about that. It's important that we understand that even during the more triumphant times in our history, there were still plenty of blacks who were agitators profiting from the status quo and that the community had to overcome their self-destructive behavior in addition to systematic racism and violence.

I know, I know, we don't like airing our dirty laundry. But by not talking about the uncomfortable parts of the civil rights movement, we have forgotten that the self-inflicted wounds we face today are nothing new and can be overcome.

We were not a nobler people during the civil rights movement. We just had more vocal citizens willing to make sacrifices. But we seem to have romanticized the civil rights movement so much that we have convinced ourselves we were a perfect people then.

We keep following voices that remind us of that era because we have convinced ourselves we still need a black leader to follow. We keep talking about how "things ain't what they used to be" and we haven't taken a close enough look at our history to understand things ain't never been that way.

For example, we chastise today's black athletes for not being Muhammad Ali or Jim Brown, as if every athlete of color from the 1950s and '60s was on the social justice front line, which we know is not true. Still, that doesn't stop us from romanticizing, and those blinders are one of the main reasons why today we do disempowering things like respond to violence in our community based on the race of the perpetrator, not the crime itself.

Limbaugh tried to become a minority owner of a professional football team and some of us behaved as if he was one of the young men caught on video beating Derrion Albert to death in the streets of Chicago.

I'm not a Limbaugh fan but I'm not upset over him being involved in purchasing a team either. I would simply give his squad the same amount of support I give his other projects -- none. There are just more pressing things to focus on.

If the NAACP or NFLPA speaks with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on societal or image matters, I would rather they talk about new ways to improve the public education system in cities where NFL teams are located than give an opinion on who buys a team.

Limbaugh may be a racist, but he is not the reason there are more black men in prison than in college. We are.

Our issues did not germinate in a vacuum, but I believe the best way to get out of our socioeconomical malaise is to spend less time looking at what white people like Limbaugh are supposedly doing to us and more time looking at what we're definitely doing to ourselves. More time charting a new course based on personal responsibility, not victimhood and the retelling of stories, because let me tell you, some of those stories have been touched up so many times it's hard to know what's true anyway.

After all, somewhere along the path someone deleted the significant role gay people played in organizing the famed Montgomery bus boycott in 1955 and the 1963 march on Washington.

Somewhere along the path someone Photoshopped out all of the adultery committed by some of the movement's religious leaders.

Somewhere someone shredded the mug shots of those who were arrested for real crimes, not protests.

Making those, and other uncomfortable topics, talking points in the overall discussion does not negate the good that was done. But it does remind us that life isn't black and white.

It reminds us that sometimes you have to peel back a few layers to fully understand what you're looking at.

It reminds us that to err is human, and not wanting to deal with err... well that may be the most common human trait of all.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

British pop, always the best.

A brief look at British pop videos does show truly how differently the Black Woman is treated over there. And this was in the 90s BTW. I doubt things have changed much.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Is this the beginning of the backclash against Asians?

Anne Le, murdered at work place

New Haven Police say we may never know the motive for the murder of Anne Le the Yale graduate student by her Co-worker. Really? If you know anything about race relations in America, this is an easy one. In this news story(Yale Murder) anonymous workmates of the Late Anne Le paint a picture of her being too controlling. The alleged Murderer was a Lab Technician that used to clean the cages of her rats and she was very picky about how he did it. He had relatives doing the same thing on campus and she was a graduate student meaning she was of a higher standing.

Let us not forget that the Lab tech is White and she is Asian. I know we are not supposed to speculate but hey this is a blog and we do pretty much that all the time for the fun of it.

My first instinct about this case before I learnt of her controlling ways was that the victim may have made the technician to feel inferior and this had built resentment towards her which ended tragically. I have heard of someone who strangled a coworker that used the N word on him and another Black worker that punched a customer who said the same thing.

The alleged killer in this case doesn't seem like a highly skilled murderer given the way he just dumped the body in the building and continued to hang around. Something must have clearly driven him insane.

Why is this racial? I work with majority Asians and most of my class mates are Asians. So I have some real experiences with them.

See, whites can sing praises of Asians as the Model Minority blah blah blah. But whites are never going to accept them as Superior to them anytime soon. Asians need to get this. Japanese Americans seem to understand this very well. They know they are one crazy leader away from an intermittent camp. You will often find Japanese Americans keeping an extremely low profile.
Like I said I work with mostly Asians and I have 2 special talents God gave me. One is to bring the worst out of people, and the other is getting people to open up. I interract with all people at work and hear things from all sides. One consistent pattern I have noticed is the resentment of Asians. They have been stereotyped as sneaky, scheming and controlling. I happen to know many who are not and my boss is a good one, atleast to me.

Humanity's history shows that if one particular ethnicity thrives predominantly then hatred for them builds and many times to tragic heights. I happen to live in an Asian part of Town too and its thriving but you can hear the resentment towards them. Alot of the time its unsolicited.

As for my class mates I could easily form a stereotype about Asian women but I know better. Almost every semester I meet one with a condescending attitude. Their attitude seems to be "we asians are ordained to study the sciences, what are you doing here". I have put many in their place not only verbally but by my grades. The latter is usually very shocking to them and they instantly start respecting me for that atleast.

Why is the Yale case possibly a racial issue? Well if Anne Le is like any of the Asian women I have encountered in my classes and the work place, it is highly likely that her attitude got her killed by one guy who had no control over his anger or who was subconsciously racist and felt dehumanized by an Asian. It is racist because if Anne had been a White woman and showed the guy the same or worse attitude, he would have possibly quit or slashed her tyres, he wouldn't have felt so dehumanized as he felt by an Asian woman.

An alternative scenario to what happened is that Anne Le may have had the split personality I have observed in some Asian women.
I had this Coworker who acted Angelic with men around and was a total bitch too me to the point of saying racially insensitive things. If Anne Le had two personalities, its likely that she took the submissive one home and let the rest hang out at the work place. And that is clearly not fair to those on the recieving end. Such a person looks down right evil and if they meet a mentally unstable person they can be easily harmed. If this is the case, her pending marriage to a White male may have given her false confidence to think that she had arrived and could treat any other white male any how she felt like.

Asians gaining power or anyone else for that matter, need to learn from the mistakes of whites. Very few people are going to allow you to dehumanize them easily.

Let us not forget that Asians have their low glass ceiling in the corporate world. So you are only meant to go so far. Don't get too carried away and think you can treat anyone the way the powers that be are known to treat people. And even they know better.

Asians are on the path to world dominance and no one can stop them. So I expect many such stories to happen. In my conversations with them its a strong source of pride, how they manage their pride and new power is key to how the rest of society especially in America responds to them. Another strong source of pride for them is the rate of white men marrying their women, I have had many an Asian man brag about it, I know, strange but it makes sense since the offspring often look Asian anyway.

So if we can adequately capture Anne Le's personality and relationships at work, the mystery of why she was killed will be solved.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Russia's "Barack Obama"

Mr Crima wants to leave melons behind in favour of politics

You have to admire this guy's guts. In Russia over 50% of Africans have expereienced a racist physiccal attack yet he, A water melon seller (of all things) is running for political office!

Story by Amanda Walker, Russia correspondent

An African-born watermelon seller is aiming to become the first black man to hold public office in Russia, despite the country's deep-seated racism.

Predictably, Joaquim Crima is being dubbed the Russian Barack Obama. He has also adopted a Russian first name and patronymic, Vassily Ivanovich.

I arrived at his stall and he insisted on going home to change into his suit before we hit the local election campaign trail.

He emerged from the makeshift-looking home he shares with his Armenian wife looking immaculate. Briefcase in hand, he's ready for action.

"The destiny of this region concerns me deeply. Our life here is miserable. And my dream is to change it," he said.

Selling watermelons isn't what Mr Crima believes is his true calling. This aspiring politician has got his sights set far higher.

Reaction on the campaign trail has been widely positive but he still plays it safe by being constantly flanked by his burly minder.

He is greeted with a smile from behind each door he knocks on.

Even when we've finished filming each encounter he stays behind to continue and conclude the conversation.

It is clear he has made an impact here and is well liked and respected.

Most people in the southern Russian district of Srednyaya Akhtuba lack running water, heating and basic sanitation.

The destiny of this region concerns me deeply. Our life here is miserable. And my dream is to change it.

Mr Crima says he can tackle that - if people let go of prejudice.

Despite growing local support it seems the authorities are less than keen on his campaign.

"Some men came to me and offered me money if I get out of the race," he said.

"They said I had no chance in this election. But I told them - why are you offering me money if you are so sure I will lose? I want the people to decide."

In a community where life is hard he said he had been inspired by Mr Obama's message of change.

To those who call him naïve, he has a simple and familiar message.

"Yes we can!" he said with a wry smile that suggested he isn't going to give up anytime soon.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

This White Washing needs to STOP!

When you think we are over the lightening of Beyonce in those L'oreal ads and all other forms of White washing, you get a major publisher give us a new one.
This poor Australian Author writes a book about a New York Black girl and what does the publisher do with the cover, they put a white girl. Can't we even pretend abit anymore?

Controversial cover

New Concession.

Here is the story.

A New Look for ‘Liar’
By Karen Springen -- Publishers Weekly,

Proof of the power of the web: Bloomsbury Children’s Books has told Publishers Weekly exclusively that it will change the controversial cover of Justine Larbalestier’s Liar, which is coming out this October. Bloggers, commentors and the author herself had criticized the publisher’s choice of a white girl with long, straight tresses for a novel about an African-American girl with “nappy” hair.

Typical pre-switch comments: “I think many publishers still live in the last century.” “Clearly Bloomsbury’s staff is in need of an intensive course on diversity.” “Buy the book, [and] return the cover to the publisher requesting a ‘corrected’ version.” Phew.

This week Bloomsbury officials have switched course. “We regret that our original creative direction for Liar—which was intended to symbolically reflect the narrator’s complex psychological makeup—has been interpreted by some as a calculated decision to mask the character’s ethnicity,” Bloomsbury officials said in a statement to PW. “In response to this concern, and in support of the author’s vision for the novel, Bloomsbury has decided to re-jacket the hardcover edition with a new look in time for its publication in October. It is our hope that the important discussions about race and its representation in teen literature continue. As the publisher of Liar, we also hope that nothing further distracts from the quality of the author’s nuanced and accomplished story, and that a new cover will allow this novel’s many advocates to celebrate its U.S. publication without reservation.”

Larbalestier praised the company’s decision. “I thought the best I could hope for was a new paperback cover for Liar. That it is being re-jacketed for the hardcover is the best news I’ve had in ages,” she told PW via email. “Bloomsbury is keeping me closely involved in the process of creating the new cover. While nothing is final yet—there’s been a photo shoot and comps and they’re looking at the Australian jacket as well—I’m confident what we wind up with will accurately reflect what the book is about.”

The author noted that the problem is longstanding and “industry-wide.” “Whitewashing of covers, ghettoizing of books by people of color, and low expectations (reflected in the lack of marketing push behind the majority of those books) are not new things,” she said.

But the extensive discussion of it is. “I'm seeing signs that publishers are talking about these issues, and I’m more hopeful for change than I have been in a long time,” said Larbalestier. “However, we consumers have to play our part too. If you’ve never bought a book with someone who isn’t white on the cover go do so now. Start buying and reading books by people of color.” A few of her recommendations: Coe Booth’s Kendra and M. Sindy Felin’s Touching Snow.

Bloomsbury publishing director Melanie Cecka, who edited Liar, made the decision with the full support of the company, said Deb Shapiro, Bloomsbury’s publicity director. “As a group, we stepped back from reading all the comments in the blogosphere and said, ‘What is in the best interest of this book?’ We’re very proud to be publishing this book.” Cecka declined to comment about the decision and process until the cover is finalized.

Bloomsbury is not the first publisher to change a jacket because of public pressure. In 1980, 17 years after he first published his Best Word Book Ever, Richard Scarry re-drew the cover to respond to claims of sexism. “He became a target for social critics who were aware that children are influenced by the images they see,” said children’s book historian and critic Leonard S. Marcus, author of Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children’s Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became an American Icon Along the Way. As a result, Scarry put a male bunny in the kitchen with the female bunny. “It didn’t change just for stylistic reasons,” Marcus said.

Publishers have changed interior art, too, to silence critics. In the 1960s, Whitney Young, president of the National Urban League, singled out Golden Books for leaving black children out of illustrations for A Day at the Zoo, said Marcus. Golden Books added African-American kids to the drawings.

Cover art is “a marketing decision,” Marcus stated. “It’s a selling tool.” With it, publishers try to appeal to the largest number of prospective readers. Paul O. Zelinsky, illustrator of the 1984 Newbery winner Dear Mr. Henshaw, told Marcus that someone from the marketing department had told him to move the pencil the boy holds from his left to his right hand, in the thinking that most readers are righties. (Zelinsky switched the pencil position.)

While Cecka and her team have not yet chosen the new jacket for Liar, possibilities include using text only (like the Australian version of the book) or a photo of an African-American girl. Bloomsbury officials declined to give a dollar amount for the cost to re-jacket the books in the 100,000-copy announced first printing. At the time of the decision, all the jackets had been printed, but the books had not been wrapped. Costs for covers vary widely, and are dependent upon many factors, but a publisher printing 25,000 jackets might expect to pay close to $7,000 without design or illustrator costs.

Prominent bloggers supported Larbalestier’s criticism of the original jacket. In a post on the Web site Boing Boing called “Race and book covers: why is there a white girl on the cover of this book about a black girl?” co-editor Cory Doctorow wrote, “Justine’s right about this one.”

In the end, her publisher agreed.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Congratulations to Roslyn

Congratulations to Roselyn Holcomb upon the completion of her latest Romance Novel.

I will admit that I last read romance novels in my early teens and had never figured out why I went off them so fast. I just realized why. I could never identify with the female characters in those novels. And now I am just discoverng this genre where the central female character is a Black woman and I am over the moon and to top it off, its wrtten by one of our own Black female Co-Warriors Roslyn Holcomb.
Roslyn something about this story says Hollywood. However a word of caution, if it ever comes to that please fight for the female lead to remain Black.
I have never waited so anxiously for a book to arrive from Amazon.
Here is the official website Pussycat Death Squad

To all you stupid racist haters, take a break on this one. Come back later, your company is quite entertaining.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Is this the new Farrakhan?

I am not to familiar with the doctrine of the Nation of Islam. I have often bought into the extremist image potrayed by the media. But like all things one has to aquire some deconstructive abilities to figure out the Media's messages.
This particular interview of Farrakhan shows a more sensible person than is often shown. Has he always been this way or like Malcom X has he had a fundamental change in his thinking?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The book every Black Woman should read.

Why Black men love White Women

This book should be required reading for every Black Woman. Without a doubt the Black Woman in America is endangered. We can debate this fact till the cows come home but it does not change the reality that Black Womanhood in America is under attack from each and every direction. So is Black manhood, I will not deny that. The big difference is, society as it is is more sensitive to the injustice directed at the Black male. It will make News Headlines and people will go out march and riot in defense of the Black Man's humanity. Compare that to the response any Black woman in a precarious situation gets and it is obvious that the scale is not balanced. By listening to the Black voices out there, the BM has it the worst and BW are not very supportive. This is one of the many excuses given by many Black men who choose to date and marry non Black women.

I always wondered at the phenomenon of BM wanting anything but BW. Where I am from, no one else will do other than a native. So it was kind of a cultural shock to find men that go out of their way to disparage their own women. This is not to say that African men don't marry White Women. They do albeit in small numbers. But what they don't do is to go out their way and abuse the womanhood of their own women.

African men (where I am from) tend to quickly see their mothers and daughters in most women, even in their daily language they refer to women in the maternal sense. Unlike here they don't use the term 'sister'. They will use mama or auntie especially if the woman is older than them even by afew years. A woman with authority will be addressed as the boss she is and they will quickly and easily accept her authority.

My own dad, who was quite a big man in his day, refers to me as his sister and mother. Which is quite strange given that I am his daughter. His peers always tease him about being pushed around by the women (his daughters) in his life yet they take the same pushing around from theirs. Its known locally that if you want to get to a man bring his daughter into the picture. Its all over for him

Most men see their female peers as siblings and will treat them accordingly. Of course they have male chauvinism like any other men but what I see in Black America is very abnormal and destructive.
We still have a system of Patriarchy and women still fight for more rights. But, its a fair fight. They are not fighting against dehumanization by their own like Black American women have to. African women do not have their men ganging up with the White Supremest system to further dehumanize them. At least not for now.

This type of abuse is strictly an American Black Male's thing. And in this book I think we get an understanding of why that is the case. But should history and oppression be an excuse to further oppress or let your women be abused while you pursue that which you have been deceived into believing is better ?

And many Black men will say that men who do this are the minority. But Most black men do pursue the lighter is better ideal. So if Black men are practising colorism, where does that leave the Black Woman of a less favored hue? Alot has been said about it more eloquently than I can. Most of it is covered in this book. If you are a BW. Please please read it, ignore the Cheesy title.

Friday, June 5, 2009

This story is too common among Africans.

What goes through the head of a woman who in a desperate need to please her husband, steals another woman's baby and fakes it as her own? Luckily this baby got back with his parents, some never do and they never know.

Atek and her baby Oloya at their home at Kanyagoga in Gulu

By Frederick Womakuyu
and Chris Ocowun

BABY Daniel Oloya has been re-united with his parents, Lily Atek and her husband John Otim, nearly a year after being stolen from their home in Kanyogoga parish, Gulu municipality.

The baby’s return follows an order by the Gulu magistrate court on May 13, that the child be returned after DNA tests established that Atek and Otim were the parents.

The court also issued an arrest warrant for Jane Abur, a teacher who was found with the child, whom he claimed was hers.

The baby was snatched from the house where the mother had left him to sleep in August 2008, at the age of three months.

Four months later, a whistle blower disclosed that in another part of Gulu town, a woman, who had not given birth, had a baby who was kept indoors most of the time.

While the Police investigated the matter, the baby was kept at St. Jude orphanage. Atek was able to identify her baby by birth marks on the breast and buttocks. She, however, had to wait for months for the Police investigations, which included a delayed DNA test.

Saturday Vision reported on April 25 that she had been kept waiting because Uganda had run out of DNA testing reagents.

After being returned to his mother, the baby refused to suckle because it had got used to cow milk.

Northern Uganda Regional Police Commander (RPC), PK Arinaitwe, said they had confirmed that Abur did not give birth. “We are charging her with child stealing. She was arrested and released on Police bond. However, she has since gone into hiding,” the office said.

Recently, James Toolit, the husband to Abur, made a statement to the Police disowning the baby. He accused his wife of faking a pregnancy and pretending to have delivered while he was in prison.

He became suspicious on his return from prison when he saw Abur not breastfeeding the baby she claimed to have delivered.

“The first question I asked my wife was where the delivery took place. She said she gave birth from Lacor Hospital. I asked her mother if she attended to her during delivery, but she denied. Abur again told my sister she delivered from Gulu Maternity Home and later that she delivered on her way to Gulu Independent Hospital. Too many contradictions,” Toolit said.