1. August 2013
Iyanla Vanzant’s show on OWN, “Iyanla Fix My Life” has set the once popular and spiritual guide back on center stage and in the center of a new, possible, controversy.
Vanzant is now chastising black women for their nearly consensual role in their own exploitation. It’s probably a good guess that through her in-your-face counseling of the women of reality shows like Syleena Johnson and Evelyn Lozada, Iyanla and Oprah’s special on back-biting and/or gossiping women, and an episode of her show where she heals the relationship between black women that attempted to run a website together that she got fed up! (more…)
1. July 2013
There is obviously bigger fish to fry as legislators and Americans are giving less and less attention to the legalization of marijuana.
A lot of states have forged through the federal muck to allow their citizens the right to smoke marijuana freely without worry of arrest. Marijuana legalization is being thought of in the same vein as alcohol and cigarette use as lawmakers find themselves in a difficult quandary over the issue. Prohibition was worn down by the futile attempts of the government to make consumption illegal as the country continued to buy alcohol at a neighborhood “speakeasy” or “blind pig” and it appears that is what is happening now. (more…)
28. June 2013
Some of us have already been frustrated by the beginning of the George Zimmerman trial for his murder of Trayvon Martin. The unknown outcome has the nation on pins and needles seeking a victory for whoever they support in the case, but mainly for justice for Trayvon’s death.
Many of us have become perturbed with the star witness Rachel Jenteal. Some believe she is losing the case for the state because of her demeanor toward Zimmerman’s attorney, Don West. It is apparent that Jenteal is frustrated by West’s examination of her and West used the communication barrier between himself and Jenteal as one way of attacking her credibility and intelligence. At one point, he even said, “Can you understand English?” He then tried to add the caveat that he knows that she is of Haitian descent to clean up his jab. But she, in her full understanding of English replied: ”I don’t understand you, I do understand English.”
But the barrier between Jeantel and this white man first, attorney second, has led to a divisive exchange between the two that is reflective of our divided country. The lack of understanding between minorities, specifically blacks, and the white population have (more…)
26. June 2013
A lot of us are in complete shock at the wake of certain racist attitudes and behavior that has been unearthed since President Obama became president. But none are quite as shocking as government racists that don’t mind “coming out” so to speak.
It was a sad day in legislation on Tuesday, when the Supreme court decided to knock the wind out of the Voting Rights Act almost 50 years to the date after it was enacted by former President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965, by returning the governance of the voting process back to each state. The key provision that kept the checks and balances of fair play in tact when it came to the voting process and rights of minorities in this country were chopped off in one fell swoop with their vote.
There are no amount of soliloquy’s and/or eloquent speeches we can use here to describe the many lives that have been lost for naught in the decision that could cause this country to repeat a history so completely replete with hatred and dishonor to explain away the racist regard of John Roberts. But even more ironically, one of his colleagues, Clarence Thomas, which is believed to be an African American agrees with him. Roberts has expressed his disdain with the provision called option 5 and the Voting Rights Act for at least 30 years, but we can say, that’s understandable. But of course, Affirmative Action is unnecessary to Clarence Thomas as well. (more…)
20. June 2013
We all are guilty of coveting someone’s stuff. We want his car, her purse, her shoes, his job, on and on and on. But one of the most arguably highly coveted things is someone else’s hair.
Believe it or not! Both men and women, have issues with hair, especially African American women. So it’s really not surprising that women were after our favorite Girlfriend, Tracee Ellis Ross, for her luxurious big hair. The daughter of the Supreme Diana Ross, also has a white father, that gives her a fusion of tresses that she admits she once “hated.”
But, there are those that have put together a meme online celebrating her hair saying,”That moment you realize you don’t have Tracee Ellis Ross’s Hair!” accompanied by a photo of a little black girl crying in a doorway. She found it humorous, but she was also compelled to tell her hair story. (more…)
13. June 2013
At this point, we realize in today’s society that more people than ever before are more open about their sexuality. But society has never been comfortable (and probably never will be) about young people and sex, open or not. But to top it off with young people who are gay that choose to RAP ABOUT HAVING ORAL SEX! This is bound to cause trouble…and it has.
Since the NBA player Jason Collins came out as gay, others have found the courage to step forward and be themselves. But a group of young boys who taped themselves making a vulgar video about gay oral sex has hit the internet and the controversy is off and running. One guy who is a popular commentator on YouTube that goes by Tj Sotomayor even blamed their black mothers for their display. Really? The caption he placed under the video to start the discussion reads:
22. May 2013
College can be a life-changing experience for a young person, especially when they have a program that fits their passion.
Andre Young, also known as the hip-hop master producer Dr. Dre, has pledged $35 million of his own money in a $70 million collaboration with producer and co-founder of Interscope records Jimmy Iovine to begin a program in his and Jimmy Iovine’s name at the University of Southern California. The Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation will launch in the Fall of 2014 with 25 students, according to the Los Angeles Times. (more…)
16. May 2013
The Shaniqua’s, Shanene’s, LaQuan’s, Monifa’s, LaTiquia’s and others with flavorful, unique, undeniably African American names may be intensely reading this article to see the outcome of the question: “Can I change my ghetto name?”
A woman who begged the courageous question is named “Laquita” and The Root’s Jenee’ Desmond-Harris addressed it as a question of her African American culture. The question is definitely rhetorical because, of course, everyone knows they have the ability to legally change their name once they’re an adult. The real inquiry appears to be one of acceptance. It almost seems as though the woman is asking the black community for permission to change her name because she may feel she’s turning her back on her culture. (more…)