Most of you have probably heard but J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias) has a new television series this fall called Undercovers.
I have mixed emotions about this. On one hand this is awesome. You've got an action-packed romantic comedy spy series (much in the spirit of say Hart to Hart, the Scarecrow & Mrs. King or Mr. & Mrs. Smith) that features two sexy, engaging and talented black leads. Note: two black leads in something other than a sitcom. Roles like this are usually reserved for white actors and the trailer looks promising imho. I personally plan on tuning in.
On the other hand, if the show fails, it won't be because the writing wasn't tight, or had a bad timeslot or the concept needed tweaking here and there or the networks didn't foster the series like they would if the series had an all-white cast. The (fallacious) argument is going to be that black actors can't be leads and it's bad for business and therefore we won't see a show like this again.
So what say you Black Intellects? Can shows like this prosper, even in the age of Obama?
Aside from tuning in to support the series, what else can we do to make it clear that we more of our stories showcased and celebrated?
Maybe I'm wrong for being totally amused but obviously some people are letting their worst fears get the best of them. In order for racism to be effective, there must be power... and with a black man in power - some of you are shitting yourselves a little early in the game. It's funny because just a few months ago it was "OH BUT HE IS HALF WHITEEEEEE..."
For those of you not aware of what's going on, television and radio host Glen Beck"kinda sorta" called the U.S. president a racist with a PROBLEM. Which he later retracted and then stood by again. This flip-flop of opinion is spurred by Obama's comments on the arrest of black Harvard professor Henry Gates, stating that the police acted "stupidly". And while I wish Obama would have chosen a less definitive approach in his answer - how is it racist? How does it at all prove that he "hates white culture", as Beck claims?
Unlike some people I refused to buy into the ideal: "Obama's president, racism's OVER!!!", as so many have after his election. I find that too many people think ignoring race is the best approach. And even before Obama's election to presidency I found that many people of color have tried to adopt this approach. The thought is especially popular among those who do not live and have never lived in the southern part of the United States. This is why I grinned a little when Sean Bell, a 23 year-old unarmed black male, was shot at 50 times and murdered in Queens, NY in 2006. Those officers were found innocent. I grinned again when tension in Jena, LA boiled over into a race war because black students couldn't sit under the school's "white tree". Racism is over... right...
This country has many decades to go through before black Americans can see a black Harvard scholar arrested for entering his own home and not see the race riots of 1968.
"Get over it"
Get over what exactly? While the argument is typically surrounding slavery, the history after the supposed abolishment of slavery is far more disgusting and damaging. And why should the "getting over" be one-sided? Black Americans are not Africans and are not going back to Africa! Get over it. Mexico's moved here. Get over it. Virginia, you lost the Civil War. Get over it. Your president is black... with a white mother... get over it.
The Myth of the Magical, All-Powerful White Man Or Debunking the Fallacy of White Supremacy
I’ve come to understand that there are certain Black people who believe that white men have super powers, supposedly genetically-inherited, superior intellectual mind-control techniques that they use to oppress people of color around the globe. If I understand their assertions correctly, they believe that white men are capable of controlling the minds of brown people universally and conversely no one is able to get into their minds, no one is able to control them because everyone else is under their spell, hypnotized by their . . . whiteness I guess. Their whiteness is theoretically impenetrable and renders mere people of color helpless to combat their evil machinations. It seems that this small faction of Black people believe that white men possess genetic predisposition to rule the world and, oddly enough and quite contradictorily, they believe that it is the secret mission of white men to become Black, or at least commandeer Blackness because they feel jealous of it. I’m led to believe that they accomplish their mission with their superior intellect, secret societies, and agendas passed down from white brethren to white brethren to intricately know the minds of Black folks and to beat us at our own game. I’m here to say that NOTHING could be further from the truth.
"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others". Surely Orwell did not have Nigeria in mind while writing this line, but who would have guessed that a critical description of extreme autocratic tendencies written on the backdrop of Stalin’s totalitarian Russia will perfectly describe the situation in a sub Saharan African country thousands of miles away. This proves that political corruption, power intoxication and abuse of government are universally of the same inclination and bear the same characteristics. Stalin, Kabila, Charles Taylor, Abacha, and all other soulless men of their kind all tell the same story in different settings. They come masquerading as liberators who will save the state from the clutches tyranny and political incompetence. They leave making their predecessors look like viable candidates to head the Vatican.
On the 1st of October 1960, Nigeria was granted almost full autonomy by the British Empire. Nigerians cheered and celebrated what they believed to be final liberation from the dominance of western powers. The nation was upbeat and the people were optimistic. They believed that our future and our destinies were finally in our own hands. The greater Nigerian populace honestly believed that we could rally around our leaders to collectively shape a positive future. Little did we know that the end of colonialism marked the beginning of the systematic enslavement of the greater Nigerian populace. A nefarious scheme orchestrated by some stateless thugs with no emotional connection to planet earth.
In the “power and prosperity”, Dr. Mancur Olson speaks about the “roving bandit” and the “stationary bandit”. The objective of the roving bandit is to steal, plunder and destroy. The roving bandit will move on to the next region when there is nothing left to plunder thus caring very little about what happened to the state that he\she left behind. The situation with the stationary bandit on the other hand is very different. The stationary bandit who comes in the form of a King, queen, president, prime minister, chancellor etc. still seeks to maximize profit in the interest of the state, but must keep in mind that that is the only source of future revenue. Therefore, while plundering and enriching the coffers of state, there is a grater incentive for the stationary bandit to reinvest in society in order to increase and sustain future profits. The tragedy of the Nigerian problem is that the “stationary bandits” has plundered the state as if they were “roving thieves” who will move on somewhere else when they are done. Nigeria, which is suppose to be run by a “stationary bandit” just like most other advanced countries, has been plagued and plundered by stateless “roving criminals” with little or no connection to the Nigerian state
How different is Shehu Musa Yaradua (Nigerian president) from the slaves traders who packed Africans on ships in sub human conditions to sell to plantation owners across the Atlantic? Well it has been widely said that the only thing worse than the SS officials during WW2 were the Jews that conspired with them to eliminate their own kind. Thus the only thing worse than the slave traders of the 18th century is an African who chooses to enslave his own people in this modern day and time. Before history judges these gang of roving tyrants, we the Nigerian people will definitely get our pound of flesh as I am sure in the ultimate triumph of good over evil.
The BlackMomsClub.com and BlackandMarriedWithKids.com proudly present our first Live Online Event … Creating Conversations
A 3 Day Web Conference for Black Parents to Discuss issues within the Black Family Join us from your computer, telephone, and right in your own home. This is a free, live, online telesummit and all are welcome to attend. June 12 - 14th 8pm est.
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If you would like to listen in and share your two cents, join us for this live online event as Black Parents discuss issues within the Black Family and the Black Community at large.
I think there's one thing that we can all agree on: we're human beings first and foremost. When issues like race, gender, sexuality, and religion are seen instead of the human being behind the skin, it's dehumanizing. If someone were to look at me and only see my brown skin without considering the human I am, then I am being dehumanized.
Are movements that force us to look at race, gender, sexuality, religion, etc. helpful? Of course, they're helpful in the way that they're protecting those being attacked by oppressive systems - but at the base of most movements is the basic want to be treated the same as others, to not be considered "the other." It's a catch 22: by wanting the same rights, we have to acknowledge our identities - thus making us "the other" AND dehumanizing ourselves.
It's just been a thought I've personally been struggling with. I want to be a human being first and foremost, but I also want people to be aware of my race, gender, sexuality, religion. Every time I speak about my race, I feel like I'm asking people to look at my brown skin first, rather than consider the person I am.
Black people today have such an apathy and complacent nature, we've become so accepting of degrading images of us, even DEFENDING and celebrating them, that it's impossible to start a revolution. Black people are too busy rationalizing their dysfunction to have a revolution. Revolution for what? No one wants anything to change! There's no doubt in my mind that we've de-evolved as a people since the days of the civil rights movement. There is no more thirst for knowledge; there is no commitment to integrity.
Goddamnit, I want to have sex! It’s Spring and I am in heat. It’s not even so much that I’m horny. To me, being horny is when you are distracted by the physical sensation of wanting to have sex. That’s not at all what I feel. I want to have sex with my entire mind, body, and soul. I want to experience intimacy. I want the release of an INTENSE orgasm and kissing and foreplay and all the stuff that goes along with sex that I’m sure I’ve forgotten all about. I want to experience some new and improved sex where I re-learn everything I’ve every been taught and move to a level transcendent love-making. I’m so desperate to be penetrated that I’ve lowered my standards and I’m willing to have sex with the next half way decent guy that wants me. All I’m looking for is a summer lover who can be monogamous, who is the tiniest bit introspective, and who is willing to take a chance on being with me. He can be the poster child for Heterosexual Digest, a delegate for the Republican National Committee, he can be a deacon in the church, and he can even . . . be white. You know what? I can’t even find a man who meets my lowered standards.
The Internet has dumbed people down. Society in general fosters emotionally immature behavior. Here is your opportunity to really think about your life, your loves, your passions and reflect on your feelings. The challenge is not to give the briefest answers, you don't even have to answer them all at one time, but look at this as an opportunity to really grow.
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1. What was the most damaging event in your life that gave you a negative self-image?
2. What patterns from your parents have shown up in your adult relationships?
3. What is one personality flaw you wish you could completely erase from your life?
The Museum of African American History is one of 25 historic sites in Greater Boston selected to compete for a grant. One million dollars is available for historic preservation and the site with the most votes is guaranteed to receive a grant.
When you vote for the Museum, you help to save a vital part of African American history: the Abiel Smith School. Vote to repair the leaks and foundation of the school, the first building in the nation built solely to house a black public school.
Not far from Harbor Yard in Bridgeport's South End stand two structures that appear derelict but are of historic importance. They are said to be the oldest homes in the state constructed by African-Americans. In fact, it was two sisters who built them, Eliza and Mary Freeman, all the way back in the 1840s. They're all that is left of a once vital seaside community known as Little Liberia.
For several years the Freeman Houses have been owned by a nonprofit called Action for Bridgeport Community Development (ABCD). Speaking for the group on News 12's Our Lives program, Maisa Tisdale said ABCD has researched and protected the buildings, but plans to renovate them have been stalled by an ongoing legal problem with the city over property taxes.
The city, which claims the right to tax nonprofits that own real estate but aren't using it, says ABCD owes $116,000. Because the agency has not paid, Bridgeport recently moved to take title of the properties and then foreclosed on them. A court ruling supported the city's action.
But fearing demolition, ABCD appealed that ruling and was granted 90 days--that's until November--to find a resolution. The good news is that the city, according to Mayor Finch, agrees that preservation of these homes should be a priority. But of course money as always is the problem.
We hope a settlement can be arrived at. This region--way beyond Bridgeport--is replete with preservation activists and fund-raisers who could step in and help here. And soon, we hope. According to the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, the structures are rapidly approaching the point of no return. Too much valuable history and heritage are at stake to neglect them any longer.
this is my first posting. hello! my name is sarah, and i'm half black half jewish. my mother is jewish.
A friend of mine recommended a book called 'Ace of Spades' by David Matthews (you can find it here: http://tr.im/iGsu), and I love it so much. I'm half way through it and I can't believe how great this book is. It's so funny and personable. There are moments where I have to put the book down and just burst out laughing. But wow, is it well written! David Matthews is poetic with his words. Truly astounding.
Here's a brief description from The New Yorker:
The son of a Zionist white mother and a Malcolm X-admiring black father, Matthews, in this memoir, is a boy without a race in a city, Baltimore, that requires him to choose one. The story of racial pinball is not entirely unfamiliar: the black kids reject him as too light-skinned, the whites as too broad-nosed. But Matthews displays improvisational verve—blacks are "burnished" and "browned butter," and whites are anything from "alabaster" to "a puffy marshmallow in Baltimore’s steaming cup of cocoa"—and narrates with the vigor of a movie script. Indeed, it is on television that, as a child, he finds the clarity he yearns for. "I was a living contradiction of elements that shouldn’t have been," he writes at one point, whereas on TV "everything was black, or white, and a lot like life."
Really, i can't recommend this book more! I love it! Have you read it?
FYI -- the deadline for the amazing fellowship I did last year has been EXTENDED to 2/14! I highly recommend that people check it out. It was an amazing, amazing experience. Please forward this out, too, to people who might be interested and eligible.
The FLEFF Fellowship program provides an opportunity for up to ten doctoral students from underrepresented groups who are interested in careers in higher education to attend the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF). Fellows will receive funding for travel, a festival pass, and room and board. The festival is held at Ithaca College and in downtown Ithaca, New York.
Hey, I really need you all to help me out by taking my online survey. It's for my psych 249 class, and I have to write a paper on this by 12/9. I'm so sorry for the short notice and for posting this on here, but I'm in need of participants....as many as I can get. It's only 8 questions. Thanks in advance!
Hello everyone, I'm writing a paper on the Buffalo Soldiers and came across this image. I know the woman has a name but I'm blanking on it...it's not Lady Justice or Liberty, but I think it's something along those lines. Does anybody know?
The Brooklyn Comedy Company is proud to present the 13th installment of the series "This Week in Blackness." After the historic election of President-Elect Barack Obama, it seems that some people don't like the idea of referring to him as BLACK. Comedian and host of TWiB, Elon James White, has something to say about that.