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Freaknik the Musical: May Have Set Blacks Back a Step or Two

I can sum it up in 2 words: Neo-Coonery Foolishness.

I want the 30 min or so that I watched “Freaknik the Musical” back.  I think my credit score is actually lower this morning because I watched that mess.  That was one of the most ignorant, trifling, things I’ve ever seen.  There was no redeeming value.  Period.

  • A fat guy jumped into a sea of jiggling asses
  • Lil Wayne voiced a drug dealing king pin/Jesus Christ character
  • The Boule’s Oprah-looking charater
  • The robot that looked like Al Sharpton, voiced by Charlie Murphy

Now, I don’t know why I would have expected any less from T-Pain.  But you know what, he’s just a pawn.  I’m sure he was not the head person in charge.  I don’t know how a group of people…likely blacks and whites…got together and decided to spend money to produce this craziness.  I have to shout out “Come’on Son!!” to Cartoon Network on this one.

Now, let me just say to the haters…I know the Boondocks is on the same channel and last night a number of people noted on Twitter (hashtag: #freaknik) that they felt it was hypocritical that people love that show but hated this coon fest.  The difference: Boondocks episodes has a point.  There is an insight or awareness that is weaved through those episodes that is mixed in with various levels of craziness.   At the end of “Freaknik the Musical” what was the point?  Somebody please tell me!  Um…”Trap Jesus” aka Lil Wayne was in jail and “Ghost of Freaknik Past” aka T-Pain ran away from a woman who had just told him that she needed support for his baby.  WTF?

I will say that it had some potential.  They tried to comment on the struggle between old guard, black bourgeois and leadership vs.  the youth of the hip hop generation.  Also, some needed attention was given to illiteracy.  One of the main character’s catchphase was “It’s in a Book”.   That charater’s name was…”Light Skin”.

Wow.  Skin color divisions, rampant images of over sexualized women, violence, drug use, drug sales, etc… and that’s just the cartoon version.  No wonder Freaknik is no more.

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O.J. Simpson, Rodman, RuPaul: Black History Role Models?

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

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Happy “I’ze Married Now!” Day to All My Black DC Gays and Lesbians

I’m straight, but i’m no hater.  I want to give a congratulations shout out to all of the gay and lesbian folks in Washington, DC who can now get married.  The Washington Post reports that couples lined up beginning at 6 a.m. at the D.C. district courthouse, vying to be among the first same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses.  Good for them. Whether it’s mixed race couples, couples from different sides of the tracks, or people who get married and everyone knows they shouldn’t…we all deserve to choose who we walk down the isle with.

When we start picking and chosing who gets what rights and who deserves what freedoms, we get onto a slippery slope.  There was a time when African Americans were not free to live where they wanted to live, marry who they loved, or just go have a burger at the local diner just because of the social norms and stereotypes that helped shape American law.  Discrimination was  the law.  Treating one group as lesser than another was the law.  I’m so glad to say that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation when it comes to marriage is no longer the law here in the District.

PS: You better make sure that marriage comes with same-sex divorce too.  I’m just saying.  LOL

Photo: Michael K. Cole & Jamil Smith Cole. The two jumped over the broom Atlanta Georgia in 2009.

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Bad Salt and The Chicago “Hawk” might be in DC looking for Obamas

Good Lord, it’s cold outside today.  I think Chicago’s famous “Hawk” has come to DC because it missed the Obamas.  If you have infants or small children, you might want to stay inside.  It is “killing people” cold today!!

Oh, and while I’m talking about weather, will somebody please get Fenty to change DC government’s cheap ways and buy some chemical salt to treat the streets with before the next round of snow (and ice)?!?!?  This cheap, “fresh from the shores of Myrtle Beach”-looking salt messes up paint jobs and causes rust.  Is it salt or sand???  I don’t know.  What I do know is that it does more to wear away the black top on the streets than it does to melt away snow.  I hit a pot hole yesterday that was so big you would have thought a backhoe dug it out.

Let’s get some better salt?  Gentrification and taxes from the condo boom have brought in enough money by now to make such a reasonable change possible.

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Oscar Grant is the third man murdered by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) police in the past 17 years.

ColorofChange.org sent out this very informative information on the Murder of Oscar Grant that we thought was important to share.

On New Year’s Eve, Oscar Grant was shot execution-style by a transit police officer in Oakland, California. He was shot in the back while face-down on a subway platform, unarmed and posing no threat.

Twelve days later–despite several videos showing what happened–the officer who killed Grant hasn’t been arrested, charged, or even questioned. He quit the force and has refused to speak. The District Attorney has done nothing.

It’s time to demand that California Attorney General Jerry Brown take over the case and arrest Grant’s killer, and to ask that the US Department of Justice launch an independent investigation into the conduct of the local authorities. Please join us and ask your friends and family to do the same: http://www.colorofchange.org/oscar/?id=2347-520201

Oscar Grant is the third man murdered by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) police in the past 17 years. All three victims were Black and none posed a serious threat. In each case, BART and county authorities have failed to hold the officers accountable.3

In the previous cases, BART’s internal investigations concluded that the officers felt threatened by the victims and were justified in pulling the trigger. It’s unbelievable given the circumstances of the killings:

  • In 1992, 19-year-old Jerrold Hall was shot in the back by a BART officer as he tried to leave the parking lot of a station. The officer was responding to reports of an armed robbery and said he suspected that Hall and a friend were involved. The officer tried to detain the two, Hall ran and then the officer shot him in the back and killed him. Hall was unarmed, but the officer said he thought Hall was on his way to get a gun and return for a showdown.4
  • In 2001, a mentally ill man named Bruce Seward was the next victim of the rogue force. Seward, 42, was naked and had been sleeping on a bench outside the BART station when an officer approached him. Seward did grab the officer’s nightstick at one point, but there were several options for subduing him. Instead, the officer shot and killed him.5

In addition to BART’s internal investigation, Alameda County’s District Attorney is also investigating Oscar Grant’s murder–but the office’s record on investigating police killings is horrible too. In both cases just described, the District Attorney bought BART’s argument that the officers felt threatened. As a result, the cops were cleared of any wrongdoing. Continue reading

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Gentrification in DC: Can a sista find a decent beauty supply store?

I spent at least an hour yesterday trying to find a decent, open beauty supply store catering to African American women and their hair care needs in NW Washington DC. Couldn’t be found, People!!

Now I know you’re saying, “Sista, why are you blaming gentrification??”. Well, simply put…the clientele has changed thus the products and services available (and the times when they are available too) has changed. That’s what happens with gentrification. Hell, that’s what happens with change. Things change, this is life.

There is a great beauty supply on Georgia Ave near Howard University (was closed) and another across from the Giant on P St NW (closed). Where did I start my search? Columbia Heights (at the Target. They didn’t have what I was looking for and a “black” beauty suppy would.). No beauty supply stores in columbia heights?? Oh, I wonder why. Sisters, let me know if you have any suggestions.

Do I really have to go to PG county to get what I need, really? Where is a Sally’s when you need one. Dag.

Next thing you know i won’t be able to find any Chinese Food (which is good cause I don’t need to eat that), no Soul Food resturants, and no Nail Salons with bright neon colored polish that will do a french tip on your big toe (I think that’s so ghetto…I’m sorry…I really do).  LOL!  I can’t find a beauty supply, but I’ve seen at least 3-5 new wine stores (wine stores…not liquor stores…there is a difference) in the same area of NW I’m talking about here.

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DC Celebrates the Obama Victory

So far, this is the only clip I’ve found about the party in DC last night/this morning. The clip doesn’t really do justice to what happened out there. Yes, we were there early this morning like we didn’t have to go to work, but we HAD to be there. Obama’s win was way too big to go to bed and just be satisfied with reading about it the next day. There were fireworks, people in the streets, people beating on drums, lots of dancing with random strangers, and okay, I did a cartwheel in the middle of the street… Even the bus drivers were honking a funky beat as they drove down the streets. U Street in DC was like a parade. All I can say is that the Inauguration parties will be CRAZY…think mardi gras.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2008/11/05/VI2008110500782.html?
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