Category Archives: Perspective

Photographer Documents Beautiful Diversity of Redheads of African Descent


*When I was a kid, hanging out in metro Detroit with my maternal grandmother was always a hoot. Her very arrival at our house always caused a stir — mainly because of her chalky skin and Lucille Ball-red hair. I was born red-headed, and always loved the story of my dad, upon seeing me in the hospital nursery, asking my mother who she’d been sleeping with. I grew up hearing “Who’s the white lady with your mom?” at every school function that “Ma” attended. I later learned that all of my grandmother’s sisters married white men and “passed” for white, living their entire lives just minutes from where I grew up.

It took a few years for me to realize that red hair and freckles weren’t a part of the norm for most black folks, and that there was a perception that they were traits held only by the whitest of the white. Under normal conditions, when activated by a particular hormone, the recessive MC1R gene generates the production of black or brown pigment in hair. In cases when both parents are carriers of the MC1R and the gene is mutated or antagonized, it fails to turn the hair darker and instead leaves a typically gorgeous buildup of red pigment.

According to the BBC News, less than two percent of the world’s population are redheads. In Ireland and Scotland, the redhead count is around 10 percent. As such, the word “ginger” typically connotes visions of people with Celtic-Germanic physical features — i.e. milky white skin. However, white folks aren’t the only redheads in the world, and according to the Huffington Post, French-born, London-based photographer Michelle Marshall’s new project is documenting the many manifestations of the MC1R gene, particularly in people of African descent. Continue reading

TNT Quickbits: Ever Seen a Dog Chillin’ in a Hot Tub? (Watch This!)

Dog Chillin in hot tub

*I’m so jealous. I thought the delightful look on the face of my beautiful Pit-Rhodesian Ridge-back while I give her a massage was the cutest thing ever. But now I see Cuzzie the dog, who we first met in 2013 as he enjoyed time chillin’ in a hot tub; but is now enjoying new life thanks to the never-ending cycle of social media.

“Cuzzie loves the jet in the hot tub against his back,” wrote YouTuber Danny Sam in a caption accompanying this cute clip. “He doesn’t mind the hot water and will press against it and croon his pleasure. This time he was at it for five minutes.” Continue reading

Racist Flyer of Klansman Pointing Gun at Black Kid Hopes to Get ‘Us’ Really Riled Up

klansman point gun at black boy

*This picture has been around for a good minute, but that’s no reason to dismiss it. After all, some hateful lack of real manhood went through an awful lot of trouble to create it; so my guess is he/they would like a response. Of course they would prefer to get a rise out of black folk. They want to get our blood boiling.

You see, this carefully orchestrated work was done by someone with not a damn thing else to do. Someone with a pitiful, hateful, white-trash kind of ignorance who wants black folk to feel the same self-depreciation that he does. So, in this painting of a cop (somehow the word police officer just sounds too good) seen hiding behind a Klansman’s hood, pointing his gun at a black child who is wearing a hoodie. The child is holding out a bag of skittles, as if offering it to the cop. In the background is a Confederate flag.

OK “artist,” now tell us something we don’t know. You have a disdain for black people. Yeah, we get it.

But here’s the thing: at the end of the day. You are no more of a man. In other words, people are still going to see you as a punk-ass b*tch.

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Is ‘Oath Keepers’ Placing Black Lives at Risk to Make a Point About ‘Open Carry’? (Video)

Sam Andrews, Oath Keepers
Oath Keepers member with a Ferguson protestor

*Oath Keepers plans to arm 50 Black people with AR-15 rifles while they march through Ferguson, Mo. in an experimental plan to test the state’s “Open Carry” law, according to Red Dirt Report.

I smell a rat.

Sam Andrews heads the Oath Keepers group in St. Louis County, Mo. He confirmed that the March will occur within the next “couple of weeks” and they plan to demonstrate to local enforcement officials the meaning and intent of Missouri’s open carry law.

Using Back people carrying AR-15 rifles.

Andrews is calling it an “iconic event,” and goes so far as to compare it to the Martin Luther King, Jr.-led March on Washington, D.C.

He also plans to cushion the targets…er, Black rifle-carrying folk, by surrounding them with Oath Keepers members. Continue reading

Gravestones: Look at These ‘Creepy’ But Creative ‘Forever Homes’ (Pictures)

Inscription: "Dogs are man's best friend"

“Dogs are man’s best friend”

*Well chances are it’s not a topic families sit around talking about: What ours or a family members’ gravestone will look like. At least not African American families. And if we absolutely must speak on it, its usually while sitting in the office of the funeral home, and describing the granite gravestone as something rather simple; you know, with a message stating “Gone but not forgotten” or something lovingly eloquent.

But honey chile, some people obviously get real creative when it comes to the creation of their loved ones forever home. I mean, have you ever seen a gravestone built like a cellphone?  How about one shaped like a sports car? Certainly you’ve seen one with the man sucking the rhino’s…well.

Like I said, creepy but creative.

Check ’em out. Worst case scenario, you get a few ideas.

OMG! Look at The Latest ‘It Can Wait’ Anti Text While Driving Campaign By AT&T

AT&T campaign

*This is definitely not for the weak. But then again, they may want to watch because it could possibly save their lives.

AT&T is going all out in this campaign that advocates why you should not even attempt to text or look at your device while you are at the wheel.

The video gets you all wrapped up in the families going about their daily business. A little boy is riding his bike and in a carefree manner, admiring what is around him in the neighborhood. A little girl playing in her room asks her mother if her little doll “Elizabeth” can come along with them in the car. And a husband who decided to leave work early is en route to his son’s game while on the phone discussing dinner plans with his wife.

There is so much going on, you soon forget its a commercial, and then BAM! Continue reading

Watch: Brilliant CNN Video Shows Elementary Aged Kids Talking ‘Race’ and ‘Justice System’ (Powerful!)

kids discuss race in America with CNN host

*One of the greatest truths adults should address today may be the fact that they underestimate children. If we just take the time to sit and speak to them, not in childlike gibberish or using a disrespectful tone — but in a way that makes them feel that we “really want to know your thoughts on this” that would go such a long way. But it wouldn’t stop there. We would have to truly listen, because believe it or not, kids know when they are being bulls**ted. So you’d have to let them know that you heard them in your followup. Reiterate some of their points in a way that reaffirms you understand where they are coming from.

Such underrated dialogue could hold some valuable insights to many of the issues that seem to have now become so overwhelmingly complex in America.

Where is all of this coming from?

A CNN video done about a year ago (scroll down), around the time of Eric Garner‘s death, shows a reporter sitting down with a young group of school children to discuss issues in the news at the time: Grand jury’s, the police and unarmed Black men. Continue reading

Video of Man Trying to Drown Pit Bull Puppy Goes Viral (Watch)

You will need to scroll down and watch the video explain what this picture shows.
You will need to scroll down and watch the video explain what this picture shows.

*When a Palm Beach Gardens nurse saw a man attempting to drown a pit bull puppy, claiming he was “training” the dog, she contacted the police and then started recording the incident.

Mayda Tress was at Florida’s Critter Beach with her family on Friday when the incident occurred.

She posted the video on Facebook and it has since gone viral.

The nurse says she saw a man with a pit bull pup tied to mangroves in deep water and there was a weight attached to the dog.

“It was very disturbing and the puppy was suffering,” Mayda Tress said.

Apparently, it was when a crowd started to gather and make it known to the man that they did not approve, he told them he was “training” the dog.

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