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…)
2. May 2013
We were so glad to see Wilcox County High School in Cordele, Georgia, come to their senses and have an integrated prom last week. Even though it was organized by students that were fed up with the state of affairs, surely the triumph feels the same.
The Class of 1963, may have taken notes from the affair because now a few students have come together to put together the prom they never had. Earnestine Thomas will be joining in the 50 year celebration of the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama, May 17, by having a prom for her and others from several high schools. (more…)
1. May 2013
The commercials we see these days are racy and some are even being called racist. But, we are going to leave it up to you to pass judgement on one commercial that is walking a very fine line.
Are you familiar with Mountain Dew’s goat named Felicia? Well, we weren’t either! But she’s featured in the latest commercial the company is using to sell their sugary, caffeine charged soda. Felicia is standing between members of the all African American male group “Odd Future” or as this commercial suggests, the usual suspects, in a police line-up while they await their fate.
Felicia is a talking goat, by the way, who talks like a gang banger. The goat threatens the beat-up white woman while the white detective stands behind her trying to get her to pick any of them. Any one of them will do. (more…)
29. April 2013
There is good news this morning! The Wilcox County High School finally pulled off their first integrated prom and it appears that fun times were had by all.
The quartet of friends, two black, two white, Stephanie Sinnot, Quanesha Wallace, Keela Bloodworth, and Mareshia Rucker, we originally reported on April 5, pulled it off! The flyers they had torn off walls, the lack of support from the governor and parents, did not stop them and they partied TOGETHER at their prom, Saturday, April 27, 2013. (more…)
18. April 2013
On April 11, the EUR reported the MTV Movie Awards would be honoring Jamie Foxx with the MTV Generation Award for his much hailed work in the film industry. But, when he took the stage Sunday he wore a shirt that was not appreciated by the less enlightened, disgusting racists of America.
The Oscar-winning actor donned a black tee with Trayvon Martin’s face in the center of a collage of other faces of other victims and Know Justice above his photo and Know Peace below his face that seemed to enrage the nation’s lowest common denominator. Tweets flew all over Twitter after the show which included ridiculous remarks like “F**k that ni**er with the Trayvon Martin shirt on!” (more…)
18. April 2013
LL Cool J and country artist Brad Paisley have garnered their share of criticism after they dropped the single “Accidental Racist” to, as they say, get a conversation started on racism and/or the racial discord in America.
The EUR reported LL’s explanation about the single with Brad Paisley as just a sort of truce record that would spark a conversation between those good ol’ boys and do-rag wearin’, gold chain toting populace of black folks [that we should be clear that all of us do not wear]. He said he was not trying to get us to forget about slavery, but take the yolk off our necks, both black and red, that binds us all to the tragedy of slavery. (more…)
16. April 2013
Another police department in Florida is under fire for instances stemming from the Trayvon Martin tragedy, but they are not going down for one police officer’s ridiculous actions.
Police officer Sgt. Ron King was fired from the Port Canaveral, Florida, police department for providing targets that were made to resemble Trayvon Martin. Allegedy, the targets were being used at a police gun range, but King has refuted those allegations saying that he was in possession of the targets, but did not use them. He stated in his YouTube response to his termination that he purchased the targets for a “no shoot” exercise. (more…)
15. April 2013
Air travel is almost becoming more trouble than its worth. While you’re having all sorts of trouble packing your bag with the right wardrobe for your trip, you have to also make sure you’ve factored in all of the security requirements that qualifies your bags for travel. Now added to those problems, you have to figure out how to dress for the ride?
U.S. Airways has brought it to two passengers/brothers, McCraig and Miles Warren, attention that there is a dress code for First Class. Well, it seems that when they were boarding the plane to Denver in hoodies, jeans and baseball caps, it was only THEM that had to adhere to a dress code. They asked a Filipino man and a Caucasian man, who were dressed in hoodies and jeans, if they were asked to change and they both said no one had approached them. (more…)