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.
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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Oh my Buddha! I can’t believe “the General”, of American Idol fame, stole his “Pants on the Ground” song from some other old rappers. Well, now those old hip hoppers have posted their original song to YouTube (watch it below). We should have known. He sounded like he barely knew his own song, but I think people just chalked it up to alcohol. I know I did.
I think the original, “Back Pockets on the Floor”, is even funnier. It’s at least more complete…lyric wise. My favorite line from the song is, “Ain’t no way in the world/ that a man’s crotch/ could be that low!” Oh, I’m still cracking up right now as I’m typing this.
I’m still pondering over the comments of Bishop Carlton Pearson and Deepak Chopra on last week’s Nightline Face-off – Does Satan Exist? (see an interesting excerpt below). By the way, neither believe Satan exists… Bishop Pearson isn’t new to sharing controversial thoughts as a Christian minister and is joined in the spotlight by Minister Ann Holmes Redding (her story is below). Ms. Redding was recently removed from ministry or defrocked because she has also become a Muslim, though she feels there is no conflict. It makes me question whether religious thoughts are finally merging because people are becoming more enlightened. However, I’m sure some would say that both Pearson and Redding are just blinded. What do you think?
SEATTLE, Washington (CNN)— Ann Holmes Redding has what could be called a crisis of faiths.
For nearly 30 years, Redding has been an ordained minister in the Episcopal Church. Her priesthood ended Wednesday when she was defrocked.
The reason? For the past three years Redding has been both a practicing Christian and a Muslim.
“Had anyone told me in February 2006 that I would be a Muslim before April rolled around, I would have shaken my head in concern for the person’s mental health,” Redding recently told a crowd at a signing for a book she co-authored on religion.
Redding said her conversion to Islam was sparked by an interfaith gathering she attended three years ago. During the meeting, an imam demonstrated Muslim chants and meditation to the group. Redding said the beauty of the moment and the imam’s humbleness before God stuck with her.
“It was much more this overwhelming conviction that I needed to surrender to God and this was the form that my surrender needed to take,” she recalled. “It wasn’t just an episode but …. was a step that I wasn’t going to step back from.”
Ten days later Redding was saying the shahada — the Muslim declaration of belief in the oneness of God and acceptance of Mohammad as his prophet.
But Redding said she felt her new Muslim faith did not pose a contradiction to her staying a Christian and minister.
“Both religions say there’s only one God,” Redding said, “and that God is the same God. It’s very clear we are talking about the same God! So I haven’t shifted my allegiance.”
The imam at the Islamic Center in Seattle, Washington, where Redding prays said she brings the best of both traditions to her beliefs. Continue reading
Juan Williams’ recent comments on the O’Reilly Factor regarding Michelle Obama were quite disturbing. Among other things, he stated that Michelle is basically a liability to Barack, her instinct is to blame America and play the victim, and likened her to Stockley Carmichael in a dress. This morning in an interview on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Roland Martin and Cybil Wilkes tried, unsuccessfully, to get him to see the damage he’s doing by making such comments. I thought they were being too polite (though I can tell Cybil was ready to go there), but I understand… Wow, how much do you really hate yourself Juan??? This disturbs me so much as we’re just coming off a beautiful inauguration celebration and appreciation for the loving black families that don’t get this type of spotlight. I agree with the analysis provided by News Hounds, even about Bill O’Reilly’s blamelessness in the whole matter. Let me add that I am not a fan of Juan Williams and would be quite careful about paying attention to any of his criticism of women given his sexual harassment charges back in the day at The Washington Post. Yes, Michelle is strong but that it not synonymous with angry, militant, or a liability. In Michelle Obama I see a strong, loving, supportive woman that is appreciated by her strong, loving, supportive husband as his partner in life. Sounds like someone has mommy issues…
This just about made me cry. Enjoy and tell us what you think!
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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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