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
I’m so surprised that I really, really love Fonzworth Bentley’s Fireside Chat. This brother has “some sense” as my grandma would say. He is underestimated. He is also signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music. His debut album, Cool Outrageous Lovers of Uniquely Raw Style or C.O.L.O.U.R.S. was slated to drop in 2008, but was delayed. Wonder why they are sleeping on this Morehouse alum.
Oh the apologies that he gave out need to be given out so so so so bad. I know all those artists were like, “Yes! Finally!”. Come on hip hop A&R people. Yall got to stop giving deals to people who sound like they read and spell on a 3rd grade level.
I read the Washington Post Express a lot in the mornings. It’s got just the right mix of pithy entertainment and actual journalism. Well, today I was in for a real Post-Racial treat.
I don’t know who you are, Roxana Hadadi, but I’ve got to tell you that I think your article to day on Mike Epps was terrible and had some serious problems. Here’s what I didn’t like:
- You mention a story where 2 movie reviewers at a screening for “Resident Evil: Extinction” think that Omar Epps is the movie instead of Mike. That played into the “All black people look alike” myth. You note that they are cousins. That’s no excuse. They look Nothing alike. Nothing. Omar doesn’t even do comedy.You even say, “…Epps is inevitably the guy you immediately laugh at– even though you may first mistake him for his more dramatic relative”. Huh? I’m sorry, no one is mixing those two brothers up.
- The title of this article “Familiar Stranger” made me think of “stranger danger”. So is this black man scary, like a stranger?
- You say that he takes stereotypes about the “funny brother” and “drop-kicks them back in your face, making them absurdly believable wile also hysterically humorous”. Basically your saying that he does the stereotype so well that it’s hysterical. How can you flip something but then end up being the embodiment of it?
- You move on to Epps’s role in “The Hangover”: “Oh, and those comments on roofies — “Just the other day, me and my boy was wondering why they even call them roofies. … Why not floories, right? Cuz when you take them, you’re more likely to end up on the floor than the roof” – may be horribly inappropriate, but they’re also guiltily funny. They’re not as divisive or controversial as the kind of stuff fellow comedians-turned-actors Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle have said, but in a way, Epps — who performs Saturday at DAR Constitution Hall — has a goofy, universal appeal that rivals Rock’s and Chappelle’s natural charisma.”
First of all, are you saying that it’s not controversial to make fun of roofies? It’s the damn date rape drug! Then you call two very intellectual Black comedians “divisive”. I really, really would love to hear your explanation for the use of that word. What do you find divisive about Rock and Chappelle. Perhaps their jokes about race and race relations? Divisive is a whole lot of things in this “Post-Racial” world, huh? Question: Would you call Richard Pryor divisive as well? You say Epps has a universal appeal, but I think Rock and Chappelle are even more universal in their appeal. Of course all of this is just my opinion. Roxanna, you are entitled to yours as well, I just think you’re off.Also you mention Epps’s joke about getting money from white friends and never having to pay it back. Isn’t that a divisive joke?
I dont’ understand where you were going with this article, Roxana. It seems a bit, well…divisive.
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Cracked Magazine put together a list of Disney’s 9 most racist characters.
- Boy Thursday (1948)
- Uncle Remus in “Song of the South” (1946)
- The Indians in “Peter Pan” (1953)
- Sunflower the Centaur in “Fantasia” (1940)
- The Siamese Twin Gang in “Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers” (1989)
- King Louie in “Jungle Books” (1967)
- The crows in “Dumbo” (1941)
- Sebastian in “Little Mermaid” (1989)
- The Merchant in “Aladdin” (1991)
Oh Lordy, I remember dem Crows. Who doesn’t remember those doggone crows. Sigh. However the standout for me is the little known Sunflower the Centaur. Many are not aware of this character who was banned (removed) from the 1960 re-release of the film.
Cracked tried to link to the video below showing a clip from Fantasia. It’s sense been removed. You know Disney isn’t having that. Never fear, I found a clip on YouTube that includes Sunflower (about 1 min in). It’s crazy to see all these lovely white centaurs and all of a sudden…Bam… a shoe shining “jigga boo” black centaur. SMH It’s even sadder to me when the male centaurs come on the scene and all the white female centaurs are having their heads adorned for their dates, around 2:17 you see Sunflower again, with a sunflower in her hair, putting flowers all over someone else’s tail. The portrayals of black beauty that our foremothers had to deal with…shame. View it now before they take this one down, too.
I love what Cracked had to say about this character:
Even in Fantasia‘s beautiful, magical landscape, African centaurs are hoof-polishing handmaidens for prettier, Aryan centaurs. Also, 1940 was a great year to be a centaur fetishist and/or Don Imus.
Best (Worst?) Moment:
It was insulting enough for Disney to include the smiling servant stereotype to begin with, but, to make matters worse, they started categorically denying Sunflower’s existence with the Fantasia re-release in 1960. How does that possibly make things better? “No, you misunderstand. In our perfect, Fantasia world, Africans aren’t servants. They don’t fucking exist.”
Ouch. I’m sure a black person wrote that last line. 🙂 I actually wish more films were released on DVD with their racist content as a special feature. When this stuff is removed the public doesn’t have a chance to witness the kind of blatant racism that was so common in the media 60 plus years ago.
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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.
Christmas is a little less merrier this year with the loss of Eartha Kitt, diva and legend. She was the ultimate Catwoman. I loved her in Boomerang playing Lady Eloise. “Marcussss, Darlingggg!” Too Funny. Rest in Peace
Yahoo – Dec 25, 2008 – A family friend says Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died. She was 81.
Andrew Freedman says Kitt died Thursday of colon cancer and was recently treated at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York.
Kitt, a self-proclaimed “sex kitten” famous for her catlike purr, was one of America’s most versatile performers, winning two Emmys and getting a third nomination. She also was nominated for two Tony Awards and a Grammy.
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Clark Gable almost stalked off the set of “Gone With the Wind” when he discovered studio bathrooms were designated “White” and “Colored.”
In an excerpt published by the New York Post of “Victor Fleming,” a biography about the film’s director, writer Michael Sragow says Gable “got on the phone to Fleming, who called the prop master and told him, ‘If you don’t get those signs down, you won’t get your Rhett Butler.’ ”
The signs were taken down immediately.
“Victor Fleming” hits shelves in December.