Monthly Archives: January 2008

Chris Rock’s 2008 Election Analysis

This is from a few months ago…still love it!!!! Hilarious!

(for some reason I can’t embed the video)

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Kwame Kilpatrick’s public apology

At the time, a lie seems like a good idea, especially if your ass is on the line. For good, professional liars, a lie is not complete unless it includes an expression of utter outrage or insult at what you’re being accused of (even though you know you did it). The problem, however, is when the truth comes out, you humiliate all those that believed (and loved) you and have ruined your own reputation, sometimes beyond repair. The biggest issue I have with Kwame Kilpatrick is what he said during his testimony last summer. As reported by USA Today, at one point Kilpatrick expressed anger about claims of an affair between him and Beatty.

“I think it was pretty demoralizing to her – you have to know her – but it’s demoralizing to me as well,” the mayor said. “My mother is a congresswoman. There have always been strong women around me. My aunt is a state legislator. I think it’s absurd to assert that every woman that works with a man is a whore. I think it’s disrespectful not just to Christine Beatty but to women who do a professional job that they do every single day. And it’s also disrespectful to their families as well.”

I hope his apology helps to mend and re-establish the respect of at least his family. Maybe Detroit will forgive him too. (He did record the apoloy at his church…)

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Help for African American Teens embracing 80s fashion

They will be ok, as long as they stay away from biking shorts. Lord please!

The post I did on black youth and 80s fashion has been very popular. The comments are interesting to say the least. Well, there is nothing like BAD RETRO. You know, when people think they are representing a period in history, but just look like a modern interpretation. If you are going to do 80s, you need to know 80s, youngin (DC slang…sorry). Inthe80s.com actually has a great database of clothing styles that could serve as a guide for all you wanna be preppies and jocks.

Here are some 80s fashion staples…

  • Wearing a sweater tied around your neck – ” Often worn over an Izod button down oxford, over an Izod polo shirt with the collar turned up”
  • Satin Jackets – Shiny jackets that buttoned down the front. Collar and wristbands always had two stripes
  • WigWams/Slouch Socks Baggy socks worn by females, worn layered in various colors
  • Adidas – White, always high-tops. Shell toed Adidas were popular with the hip hop community (See Run DMC)
  • Hair Bows – “A headband with a big bow on it worn to the side like Madonna in the Material Girl video. Girls usually made their hair big and frizzy to cover up the strap so that only the bow would stick out.”
  • Asymmetrical Haircuts – (See “Mushroom cut” and Salt n’ Peppa, Push it Era)
  • Name Earrings – Big earrings worn with your name or boyfriends name in them. (See Door Knockers)

What 80s fashions do you love???

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Black Cop Shot to Death by Other Officers in NYC

“They’ve done it again,” the Rev. Al Sharpton told The New York Daily News, drawing a parallel to the 2006 slaying of Sean Bell by four New York officers in Queens. Officer Christopher Ridley, 23, reportedly was shot to death after running into a government building and calling for backup after witnessing an assault outside a homeless shelter as he drove to White Plains, the Daily News reports.”He went in and asked for assistance,” said the Rev. Franklyn Richardson of Mount Vernon ‘s Grace Baptist Church , said Sunday. “The police who came ended up killing him.” Richardson said that Ridley, who was off duty at the time, was not given medical attention for up to 20 minutes after fellow officers pumped four to five in the back of his head, chest, hip and wrist, Richardson said. – BET.com

Is there no accountability when it comes to police officers shooting black people? Is there no rhyme or reason. I thought I’d had it all for the week when the sista and her infant were shot!!! I know this has happened before, a black cop shot by other cops. It’s not a new thing. All I ask is…Can someone please change the manual, the protocol??? Learn what Negroes are on your team (hand out photos)…create a hand sign or a signal or something. Don’t shoot babies. Only the Klan and Nazis shoot babies…

I mean…not only…but you get my drift.

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Edwards has left the building

After coming in 3rd 5 times in a row and his old running mate Kerry endorsing Obama (ouch), John Edwards is now out of the Presidential Race.  He told supporters in New Orleans that it was time for him to step aside so that “history can blaze its path.”  Hitting two birds with one stone with that comment, huh John.  History as in First Woman, or history as in First Black Male??

Here are a few more questions.  Will he have any part in that history?  Will he make another run as a running mate?  Who will he endorse?  I don’t know, but I’m sure that will be known soon as well.

Personally, If I was him I would return to life with my wife and enjoy the time we have together in light of her illness.  But that’s just me.

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The Debate over Afrocentric Schools in Canada

‘‘Black school is segregation. Martin Luther King and how many of our fathers fought to come together, so blacks and whites could be together. Sitting at the front of the bus together. This is 2008. Please. What we’re doing is segregating each other. – Loreen Small, Jordan Manners’ mother, to the Toronto District School Board on Tuesday night.

Living in America I can’t say I agree with that. I feel that Afrocentric, all black schools can help some students, especially those students who come from communities where they only encounter blacks and other minorities in 70% of their day to day life. For example, I’ve lived in communities on the east coast where I could go all day (especially on a weekend) and see less than 2 white people all day. Many children need are not socialized by the black community with regard to functioning in integrated environments. They need a strong sense of identity and to be taught there history, so that they won’t become victims of assimilation. Many times black children only identify with current black culture, because that’s all they are taught. If these children can learn of their whole selves, their whole history, they can then be socialized to deal with the greater, diverse culture. They will understand that they have a rich, important history. They will understand their unique and beautiful place in the world. From that perspective, many children will be able to better integrate when they move on from an Afrocentric school, in my opinion. However, having said this…I know that just because a student attends an Afrocentric school doesn’t mean they will gain the type of perspective I’m talking about. That really takes a holistic approach…family, community, schools, spiritual life, etc. I certainly would not assume that a “black only” school would be an “answer” for Black Canadian children, especially if the black community and experts are not in control of it’s creation. Continue reading

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Ohio Police Shoot Black Mother and Infant

Unbelievable!  *sigh*

From The New York Times –

“This thing just stinks to high heaven, and the police know it,” said Jason Upthegrove, president of the Lima chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. “We’re not asking for answers anymore. We’re demanding them.”

Some facts are known. A SWAT team arrived at Ms. Wilson’s rented house in the Southside neighborhood early in the evening of Jan. 4 to arrest her companion, Anthony Terry, on suspicion of drug dealing, said Greg Garlock, Lima’s police chief. Officers bashed in the front door and entered with guns drawn, said neighbors who saw the raid.

Moments later, the police opened fire, killing Ms. Wilson, 26, and wounding her 14-month-old son, Sincere, Chief Garlock said. One officer involved in the raid, Sgt. Joseph Chavalia, a 31-year veteran, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Beyond these scant certainties, there is mostly rumor and rage. The police refuse to give any account of the raid, pending an investigation by the Ohio attorney general.

Black people in Lima, from the poorest citizens to religious and business leaders, complain that rogue police officers regularly stop them without cause, point guns in their faces, curse them and physically abuse them. They say the shooting of Ms. Wilson is only the latest example of a long-running pattern of a few white police officers treating African-Americans as people to be feared.

“There is an evil in this town,” said C. M. Manley, 68, pastor of New Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church. “The police harass me. They harass my family. But they know that if something happens to me, people will burn down this town.”

Internal investigations have uncovered no evidence of police misconduct, Chief Garlock said. Still, local officials recognize that the perception of systemic racism has opened a wide chasm.

“The situation is very tense,” Mayor David J. Berger said. “Serious threats have been made. People are starting to carry weapons to protect themselves.”

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