Monday, May 31, 2010
About.com: Race Relations
May 31, 2010
In 2007, Savannah State University made history when it hired Robby Wells--the school's first white football coach. But after leading the Savannah State Tigers for two years, Wells resigned early this year. He now says that the Georgia-based historically black college gave him the choice of resigning voluntarily or being fired. According to a federal lawsuit filed by the former coach, school officials not only took issue with his race but with the fact that he's engaged to a black woman.
Rozonda! The show is picked up for Season 2.
Has this been one of the most awkward finales ever? Why didn't the producers have the men stand in front of Rozonda butt naked, wearing bow ties holding flowers? Now that's a finale!
Two thumbs up for two white dudes making the cut. Two thumbs down (and a toe) for this weak azz finale.
That is all.
Mosey on over to VH1 to recap the whole season...
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Parks' first screenplay was for Spike Lees's 1996 film, Girl 6. She later worked in conjunction with Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions on screenplays for Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005) and the 2007 film, The Great Debaters. Parks' plays include Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, In The Blood and Fucking A.
Suzan is married to blues musician Paul Oscher
Check out the video at Nick Jr!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Instead of writing a double-spaced thesis on a 2 hour film, I've decided to make my 9th grade English teacher proud (shout out to me and Diana's Alma mater) by presenting you with the CliffsNotes version of the movie:
Tracy Chambers played by Diana Ross, dreams of leaving the slums of Chicago as a Fashion Designer. However her boyfriend, Brian Walker, played by Billy D Williams, dreams of making it big right there in the slums by running for Alderman. They quickly fall in love in spite of not sharing an onscreen love scene. Sounds beautiful right? Except that there are several underlying themes that would make Ms Perry throw a mean side-eye. For instance the scene where Tracy bails Brian out of jail by writing a bad check. True, she instigates the fight which landed him there, but why do we not see Brian actually working? We witness Tracy putting up with her racist boss at the high-end department store where she works. We even watch her struggling to spread her creative wings as she attends night school. The only thing we see Brian doing is waving a bullhorn and beaten up white construction workers.
Once Brian finds out just how passionate Tracy truly is, he quickly displays his insecurities. See Exhibit A. Clearly he thinks that Tracy is getting above her raisin' right at the 6:36 mark. Now-a-days, Brian's bitchazzness certainly qualifies him as a playa-hater (or hater for short). But since it's 1975 his 'tude places him in the running for the Jive Turkey category.
Amazingly enough, Tracy continues to pine over "Colt 45" which by now has turned quite sickening. The man belittles her career choices and continues to remind Tracy that she's nothing without him. Now keep in mind dude ain't held down a regla 9 to 5 since the opening credits. Furthermore he has failed to suggest forsaking his "profession" let alone moving to a better part of Chicago George & Weezy style. Well I guess I don't have to tell you how it all ends. Tracy gives up fame, fortune and a castle to live in squalor with a self-centered man with no job and a bad fro. Damn who's responsible for this crap?
Oh yeah now I remember...Berry Gordy. That splains it.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
May 27, 2010
Nearly one-third of marriages in the Islands are between interracial couples — by far the largest percentage in the country and four times the national average, according to a new analysis of the latest census figures. That Hawai'i tops the nation in its percentage of mixed-race marriages probably comes as no surprise to residents: Hawai'i — known for its diverse population and melting pot attitude — has held the spot for decades. Meanwhile, nationally, the growth of interracial couples is slowing among U.S.-born Hispanics and Asians.
After Hawai'i, Alaska has the highest percentage of mixed-race marriages — 19 percent. Oklahoma, New Mexico and Nevada round out the top five, while West Virginia is at the bottom of the list, with 2.9 percent. More after the jump...
Monday, May 24, 2010
Something tells me that if Serena was the one swinging her
Friday, May 21, 2010
I don’t have any proof of this, it’s just a feeling I get. It seems that we aren’t supposed to have the same options as our cousins did- Wise Diva
Folks we pretty much know how society usually reacts when it comes to black women dating out.
Selena-pedia, First Edition 2010, defines dating out as getting bizzy with the enemy, hooking up with massa, or worshipping tha white man. In layman's terms "dating-out" typically refers to the romantic relationship between said black woman and the whiskey-bravo (better known in the urban community as a white boy).
However the real question is, do you date the same way you handle your finances? In other words, are you the type of person that places all of his/her eggs in one basket-while hoping for a small profit? Or do you exercise ALL your dating options while undoubtedly receiving the highest rate of return all your time and hard research can buy?
To quote Access Atlanta's the Wise Diva,"Are you diversifying your dating options?"
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Aries Spears: Is he your date? So you went for the white boy huh?
Aries Spears: Damn, Usher f***** it up for everybody!
Aries Spears: If you think you walking out of here with the baddest b**** in here...
All jokes aside, what in the bah-jeezus hell happened to Aries? Damn, life been whooping his azz! Looking every bit like a raccoon on chemo. How dreadful.
Catch full episodes and web exclusives after the jump...
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Alas Nay-Nay eventually got the ax but kudos to her and Lou-weez for the courage to take it there.
Wait did Lou-weez tell Nay-Nay that she gotta help him fight his battle too? Naw Boo fall back. You got Elton, Rosie, Ellen (Janet Reno) and both the city of San Francisco and the ATL to help you. Ya'll doing just fine!
Side Note: Nay-Nay went a little hard on Pancake #45
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Sorry for the lack of blogging lately. We're a soccer family and currently we're in the middle of indoor soccer season.
Yesterday my daughter got roughed up a bit. One of the players on the opposing team gave her two high kicks to her thigh and calf area. The opposing player also pinched her on the right side of her stomach. The girl's father sat next to me and he continued to encourage his daughter to "get aggressive" with my daughter! My daughter returned the favor by pushing her down several times. My daughter was also tripped a few times throughout the game. At one point her shoe came off while passing the ball to one of her teammates. Mr Father-of-the-year yells out, "That'll slow her down." I guess it's the price you pay when you're a little faster and more agile than members of the opposing team.
People usually joke and say there's only one rule in indoor soccer and that there are no rules! Hell they don't even take score LOL.
Anwho, after indoor season, we go right into British Soccer Camp and after that it's outdoor soccer season, yeah baby!
Had we been outdoors, little "Becky" would've received a yellow card *smh*
We hear from three young British Asians who have all dated black. Layla is struggling to tell her parents about her black boyfriend. Rickesh has finished his relationship with a black girl because of the hostility he and his partner would face from his parents and community and Rajiv has gone against his parents wishes after falling for Francesca- Anita Rani
Here are a few comments from the interviewed subjects:
My parents couldn't understand why I would go out with someone black. As far as they are concerned, black people are the lowest of the low...
I wouldn't date a black girl again purely because of the hassle I know I will go through...
In the Asian community to some degree considers itself to be up higher up the ladder than the black community so when your child is dating someone black its consider a step down...
Wow but the world wants us to believe that racism only exists in good ole US of A.
You will need to download a free copy of Real Player to listen to documentary
Saturday, May 8, 2010
*cougar claws activate*
Alicia Keys shot the video for her new single “Unthinkable” a few weeks ago with actor Chad Michael Murray of One Tree Hill as the leading man.
Hmm, I wonder how realistic the love scenes (if any) with her leading man will be. I know the hate-meter is gonna hit the roof. More after the break...
DUH! It's about time these black celebrities start speaking up and out. Now if we could get Gerard Butler to stop playing with my emotions...
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I think I'm in love *sigh* lol
Monday, May 3, 2010
For society to become concerned with the plight of black women now that black women are succeeding on their own terms would be comical if it weren’t so sad.
Many of the black women succeeding today have toiled in obscurity for years at the bottom of the societal barrel, often in broken homes and with life circumstances that would melt most people. The fact that our society is saying black women need to find a good black man to settle down with is an insult.- Jeff Bolton
Earlier today while visiting my girl CW's site I came across an interesting article written by a gentleman by the name of Jeff Bolton. Honestly, I've never heard of him before today, but I'm glad she posted the article. Bacially Jeff is just as puzzled as most of us are as to why the media continues to grind out these "woe is me" stories about African-American women in dating and marriage.
One of my favorite quotes from Jeff:
There’s nothing wrong with them. They shouldn’t be forced into a box made by society’s expectations for them. Why is the sad, tired story of the failure of black men in society placed ahead of that of the success of black women in this pop culture reporting?
O_o *scratches head*
One commenter named Monie believes she knows the real reason for the relentless bashing against African-American women in the media:
Ever since Michelle has become the First Lady, there has been an onslaught of negative images and commentary. Michelle Obama is well-spoken, classy, fit, formally educated and happily married with children. It’s as if the media wants to quickly remind black women of who we “really are” and to not get lost in the “fantasy” that is Michelle’s life. So what do they do? Replace magazine cover images of the Gabby Unions with the Gabby Sidibes, promote televised discussions and books written by self-appointed black relationship gurus who are nothing more than womanizers themselves (Harvey and Harper) and fill the magazines and e-mags with articles on single black womanhood to plague us with self-doubt, loneliness and bitterness. It’s so pathetic; and I don’t hear this nonsense about black women in countries like the United Kingdom. They really need to leave us alone. More after the jump...
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Alaina: Have you, or have you ever considered dating a black woman?
“I have, but it’s something that’s unfortunately never happened for me, because every time I approach a black woman I sense a resistance of not wanting to be with someone white, unless he acts black. And I’m not trying to offend anyone with my ‘acts black’ statement. I’m just meaning, that black women only want to date white men who have a little more soul than I do and don’t listen to rock music.” – Paul G.
“I’ve dated African American women, Asian women, white women and whomever else. When you turn out the lights, they’re all just women. The only difference is, some like mayonnaise on everything, and the others like soy or hot sauce. A little joke for ya.” – Rory H.
Alaina: Do the negative stereotypes the media projects on the African American woman scare you away from dating that race? ( i.e. “the black woman’s attitude.”)
“No, I don’t buy into any theories that attitude is more common among black women, there’s plenty of women with attitude in every race. I’ve met some ‘white trash’ princesses in my day with attitude that is off the charts. Anyway, the media just promotes whatever seems to get them the highest ratings. Unfortunately nowadays, that involves showcasing vulgar, loudmouth, self-obsessed, drunken skanks. Shows like the “Jersey Shore,” “The Real World,” and any other reality show on VH1 or MTV are prime examples. If I took my cues from the media, I would be scared of dating all women.” – Jesse D.
“It’s not the media that scares me away from not wanting to date a black women, it’s black men that make me think differently. I say that to say this, and I’m only giving you my observation… I see a lot of black men running around with a white girl on their arm, which is fine, but when I’ve sat down with brothers and asked them why they don’t like dating black women, they always have something negative to say about you guys, whether it be your attitude, your jealousy, or the thought that you guys want to play the man of the house. I don’t need to watch to TV to see what I can see when I walk down the block. But I don’t have to buy into that either, which I don’t, but I am aware of what’s being said about yall by your own men. It’s a shame to see that.” – Paul G.
More after the jump...