LA Times – In a letter addressed to parents and community members, a South Los Angeles elementary school principal apologized Thursday for “questionable decisions” about which prominent African Americans to highlight in a parade marking the culmination of Black History Month.
Lorraine Abner’s letter did not name the individuals. But her apology came after three teachers at Wadsworth Avenue Elementary School were suspended while the Los Angeles Unified School District investigates allegations that they had their first-, second- and fourth-grade students carry pictures of O.J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman and RuPaul at last Friday’s event.
“Unfortunately, questionable decisions were made in the selection of noteworthy African American role models,” the letter said. “As the principal, I offer my apology for these errors in judgment.”
I don’t know about you, but for me Black History is Black History. If we remove one part of it, we are not telling the whole story. It is the whole story that makes history. We as African-Americans have had to fight to have our history included. Now it would be a little hypocritical for us to start excluding people. To now start removing people or making apologies is unacceptable.
RuPaul represents a portion of our community. We can’t celebrate our LGBTQ brothers and sisters? There was a time in history before the trial and acquittal when O.J Simpson was a hero. You remember those commercials. Dennis Rodman was one hell of a basketball player. I think that Michael Jordan could give you a list of reasons why he should not be discarded.
I’d also like to note that the tale of O.J is not equal to the stories of Rodman and Rupaul. Come on, people. LA, I thought you guys were more progressive than this. Oh no, I forgot…Prop 8. Ok, but yall do like basketball so Rodman is ok, right. Oh no, Yall only like the Lakers! SMH
So, Mark McGwire admits that he took steroids, but says it was because of health reasons. It’s still cheating. He was evasive on the Hill and unapologetic about it in the interview with Bob Costas being shown today. I don’t buy it.
Barry Bonds didn’t get off easy and he shouldn’t either.
I don’t really follow sports, but this and Gilbert’s dumb move in the locker room make me think that our children have some very poor role models out there. No wonder they look up to Lil Wayne (on his way to jail, I hear).
Sad. Baseball, America’s pastime.
Someone googled “is oprah winfrey medium complexioned” six times and some how ended up on this blog. Um…I don’t get it. Somebody fill me in, is there some kind of controversy over Oprah’s skin color that I haven’t heard about? Did she describe herself as medium complexed? God forbid she say that she’s dark skinned, huh? SMH, skin color is still a very polarizing concept…well, maybe it’s better said that it’s a polarizing reality in the Black community (Indian community, Latino community, West Indian community, etc).
I’m sure this is just a random occurance, but as an African American woman, I would not be surprised about a color controversy. Look at the Sammy Sosa situation. Clearly the man has used some sort of skin lightening treatment. When you look at an older picture of his previously chocolate brown skin…why would you even have to wonder? I believe the claim that Sosa’s lightened skin in this photo is the result of a skin rejuvenation process and the bright TV lights at the awards show he was attending with his wife.
According to Sosa, who addressed the skin controversy with ESPNDeportes.com’s Enrique Rojas, he is using a cream that “whitens” his skin. Mostly, Sosa said, it’s a skin softener.
Sosa is from the Dominican Republic. I’ve seen it noted several times that many Dominican women (and many people around the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and yes, here in the US) Dominican women straighten their hair, which some experts say is a direct result of a historical learned rejection of all things black. This rejection, seen in many diasporan cultures, has also manifested in the use of skin lightening creams.
Fair-Skin Fashion Boosts Sales of Whitening Creams in India
Sosa is symptomatic of global self-hatred
Indian men hope skin cream will change their status, fortune
Skin-lightening creams face FDA ban: Dermatologists defend treatment…
Cream labelled ‘racism in a bottle’
The Skin Bleaching Phenomenon – Commentary
This is not an isolated incident of self hate. Sosa is just dark skinned person dealing with issues of self hate that are rooted in the concept that the closer your skin tone is to white, the more beautiful/handsome you are. He’s just assimilating to the value system he’s been taught to respect. That racist system of thought devalues dark skin, period. It is not celebrated. It is not desirable. Therefore, I say the correct response is education and understanding, not ridicule.
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I was so proud to strut out of the theatre rocking my long, natural locs after seeing Chris Rock’s “Good Hair”. No perm over here, homey!
I’ve seen some reviews from sistas on blogs and all over the net… all largely positive. I was enlightened by the information on how the chemicals in relaxer really work (that chicken example cured me from ever wanting the “creamy crack on my head AGAIN!!!) and the info on where weave really comes from. It made me wonder if some of the women I know (who are very picky and won’t even eat the potato salad at a picnic if they don’t know who made it) will be weary of wearing hair that might have had “bugs” in it.
Things I loved about it:
- Derek J – A tiny man in tall heels
- The scene where the white guy gets botox. Hilarious!
- The reactions to Chris selling black hair – I wonder if someone is going to have some angry customers at their weave shop after that??
- The fact that they didn’t show the hair being washed and chemical treated in India – Um…did they wash and treat it? I mean he showed Dudley Product’s whole set up…just wondering.
- Black men talking about how they can’t touch their woman’s hair.
- Exposing how bad relaxer really is for the skin and hair.
- Raven Simone – That is a REAL chick, right there! Someone who you could just hang out with. I love her!
- Nia Long needs her own TV show. She is so funny and real. Loved her comments.
- It’s a shame how early some little girls are taught that their hair is “bad”.
- Where are women getting thousands of dollars to spend on weave?!?! I never knew it cost so much for good quality “fake” natural hair.
Like many of the reviewers who’ve commented on the movie, I thought there was a lot of information missing regarding the source of self hatred when it comes to beauty in the black community and assimilation to euro standards (Sharpton did break it down, though. Nicely!). However, the movie is a winner without that information. Rock is a commedian, not an activist. I loved the movie and encourage others to see it.
Did you see the movie? What are your thoughts on “Good Hair”?
Update: One of my black young female co-workers and a white older female co-worker were talking about the movie a few mins ago. The younger one said “My boyfriend told me yesterday, “You’re wearing those people’s oppression on your head!”, referring to her weave. Toooo Funny! Although, he does kinda have a point.
I love it when stuff like this happens and is covered by mainstream media channels. I saw this story on CNN a few mins ago. Harry Connick, Jr…I’m going to have to throw you some dollars on iTunes real soon. Your stock has gone up son.
Newsweek: Asked to appear on the Australian variety hour Hey Hey It’s Saturday as a guest judge, Harry Connick Jr. sputters in disbelief when a Jackson 5 impersonation group entirely in blackface appears onstage. He first gives the group a 0 scorecard for the performance while the audience boos; later, at about 4:40 into the clip, Connick launches into an impassioned race-relations lecture explaining why blackface is a bad thing. “If I knew that was going to be a part of the show, I definitely wouldn’t have done it,” Connick declares on live TV. The host appears genuinely surprised.
Jackson Jive, huh? Who says “jive” anymore? I don’t know any black people who use that term anymore. It’s amazing that some white people (most of them writers in Hollywood, it seems) still think we use that slang. OH, and…um…how about you use BROWN face paint instead of JET BLACK!!!! I mean…if you used actual flesh tones you might have gotten a pass. Just saying.
I’m in shock. Really. Michael Jackson has died today, so suddenly. It’s a shame.
I was on the Metro (Red Line…I’m never scared) around 5:45 and I heard someone say “Michael Jackson died”. Well that just sounded like craziness. There was a quick rebuttal from another random passenger saying, “NO, he just went into cardiac arrest.” While losing all function of your heart is no simple matter and from what I hear 90% of the time leads to coma or death…The thought that came to my mind was “OH, that’s all. Mike will be alright”. I went on to the gym and was greeted by CNN’s coverage. At the time, they hadn’t confirmed Jackson’s death and were quoting the LA Times and AP Wire. In an interview on CNN, Brian Osman (Jackson Family spokesperson) basically compared Jackson’s situation to Anna Nicole in terms of drug abuse. Heavy allegations. That’s serious. Shortly after that, the LA coroner’s office confirmed Michael Jackson died today at the age of 50.
Somebody tell me this is just a publicity stunt. Somebody roll the secret footage.
Damn. The King is dead. No comeback album. No colabo with Prince, or Beyonce, or the Jonas Brothers. Damn. This is worse than Luther. If Stevie Wonder goes anytime soon, I’m not going to make it.
Rest in Peace, Michael. I never will say goodbye. “Though I try and try to hide my feelings, they always seem to show…don’t wanna let you go…”
Sidenote: [Updated: In the last 24 hours over 70,000] people have come to this site today and viewed the post on Michael Jackson’s children (one of our most popular posts). Why? I have no clue. Keywords make the world go round I guess.
No he’s not wearing a dress. Yes, Tyler Perry is in the new Star Trek movie. I won’t spoil it for you by giving you the details of his cameo. I know that some black folks who would have just waited on the bootleg may be motivated to see what is supposed to be a really good movie because their favorite cross dressing actor is in it. I say “cross dressing” with all the love I can muster. 🙂 Come on, you know you love Madea.
On his blog Perry advises: “Don’t blink because you’ll miss me. Seriously, if you have to go to the bathroom forget about it. You’ll really miss me. So hold it … LOL.”
Star Trek always had a diverse cast so I was expecting all kinds of lil cameos and what not. Real cute…good job.
I would love to see Madea in a Star Trek parody movie. Tyler and Seth McFarlane should get together with the Wayans brothers and do one. That would be one heck of a script. That’s for sure. Let Madea be the queen of the Klingons. lol