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.
The LA Times is reporting that UC San Diego administration and local civil rights activists have condemned a student party themed “Compton Cookout” in honor of Black History Month.
Campus administrators said Wednesday that they were investigating whether the off-campus party, held Monday, and its Facebook invitation violated the university’s code of conduct and whether its sponsors should be disciplined. Members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity were identified as among the organizers, but the fraternity president has criticized the event and said his club did not sponsor it.
Promising a taste of “life in the ghetto,” the Facebook invitation contained many racist stereotypes. For example, it urged women to dress as “ghetto chicks” who “usually have gold teeth, start fights and drama, and wear cheap clothes.” It said the menu would include chicken and watermelon.
History professor Danny Widener, who directs the university’s African American studies program, said he was outraged but not surprised by the party. He said African American students comprise less than 2% of undergraduates at UC San Diego, which he described as inhospitable to them. “The campus climate is one in which you are constantly regarded as a statistical anomaly at best,” he said. [Source: LA Times | Full Article]
My Opinion: If we in the Black Community continue to allow so-called “ghetto fabulous” culture to be the predominant export from our urban sector, we will continue to see incidents like this. When one travels around the globe, you see people of all races and creeds mimicking urban culture, especially hip hop culture. If we don’t want to see young, white college students mocking this same culture, we have to be aware and accountable. If we don’t want to see black culture boiled down to clothing, bling and speech patterns, we have to stop promoting images, music, etc. that are not affirming. If “ghetto” is not balanced by a more complete pictures of African-Americans, what do we really expect to happen. There is work to do, and with a void of leadership and strong national movements, each individual has to do their part. Consider whether the movies, television show, and music you consume contribute to a positive world view of the Black community.
Officials at a California high school say they are trying to find out why students were allowed to have false names for black students put in the yearbook.
Clint Harwick, superintendent of Charter Oak High School in Covina, Calif., said it was a “regrettable mistake” that names including “Tay Tay Shaniqua,” “Crisphy Nanos” and “Laquan White” were printed in the yearbook for members of the Black Student Union.
LA Times has video – The embed wouldn’t work…CLICK HERE for the video.
Can you imagine…you’re child being noted as “the janitor” in his high school yearbook?? Sad. AND…how ironic is it that the newscaster got the name wrong of the African American young lady in the story. Extra sad. Evonne rhymes with Yvonne…right?
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Nas is readying his latest LP and the legendary emcee is also being his regular outspoken self. Recently, he spoke out on racism and how it affects him and how it may affect Democratic nominee Barack Obama.
“I get reminders,” Nas recently said in an interview with MTV. “I see a lot of people get reminders all the time. But the president of the United States? I don’t know. He can expect that everything that can happen, will happen. But he’s a lot more powerful than Nasir Jones in a lot of ways. I think he’ll be all right. People like me, we’re gonna deal with [racism]. There’s a lot of ignorance in the world. Look at the human family. We’ve been able to design iPods and so-called go the Moon. Yet, we can’t get over racial difference and colors of skin. That’s gotta go.”
“If Barack becomes the president, it doesn’t matter who looks at him as a n—er at that point…Everybody gotta go through scrutiny, criticism by crazy people. They will criticize your child. They talked about the Clintons‘ daughter, and they talked about this one and that one. You gotta be able to take the high road on everybody. I think Obama is perfect for taking the high road. He’s prepared. He’s a black man. Him taking the high road is him taking the country on a high road. I think it’s gonna benefit everybody in America with that guy in office. Let’s hope it happens. Let’s hope it’s no funny business with that guy in office. Let’s hope for the best,” Nas continued.
For years, he was not interested in the political game but now Nas is giving Obama credit for bringing that interest back.
“It got me interested…I think in about 10 more years from today, you’re gonna have more politicians who grew up listening to Illmatic that are … MCs! That are rappers. You’re gonna start seeing more rappers evolve into politicians. If we have a change this year and it’s a positive thing, we trusting the system now. We believe in it more. We see something positive coming out of it that makes us want to get involved more. Five or 10 years from now, you might see somebody like me trust it more. Who knows? I won’t say for sure.”
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Just in case you are one of the Negroes forwarding this email around…it’s a HOAX. Sounded really, really possible to me too. LOL The story first appeared on a blog entitled “The Peoples News” with this disclaimer: “This article is satire, brought to you by the creative minds at The Peoples News. It’s not real, but we hope it made you think.”
After Judge Cabrera’s historic ruling, little Clitoria Jackson will likely undergo a name change.
(DETROIT) In a decision that’s expected to send shockwaves through the African-American community—and yet, give much relief to teachers everywhere—a federal judge ruled today that black women no longer have independent naming rights for their children. Too many black children—and many adults—bear names that border on not even being words, he said.
“I am simply tired of these ridiculous names black women are giving their children,” said U.S. Federal Judge Ryan Cabrera before rendering his decision. “Someone had to put a stop to it.”
The rule applies to all black women, but Cabrera singled out impoverished mothers.
“They are the worst perpetrators,” he said. “They put in apostrophes where none are needed. They think a ‘Q’ is a must. There was a time when Shaniqua and Tawanda were names you dreaded. Now, if you’re a black girl, you hope you get a name as sensible as one of those.”
Few stepped forward to defend black women—and black women themselves seemed relieved.
“It’s so hard to keep coming up with something unique,” said Uneeqqi Jenkins, 22, an African-American mother of seven who survives on public assistance. Her children are named Daryl, Q’Antity, Uhlleejsha, Cray-Ig, Fellisittee, Tay’Sh’awn and Day’Shawndra. Continue reading
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Good looking out to Illseed for posting this sad photo. This is a mess. R Kelly, please my negro, get a clue…and some professional help. Professional hairstyling and a therapist. He looks like an old Solid Gold dancer with those Pocahontas braids. All he needs is an 80s retro gold sparkle headband.