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Open Thread: What was your favorite (or most memorable) African American Moment of 2008?

We saw one of the greatest African American moments in African American history on Nov 4th when Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of these United States.  Hello, Negro wants to know about the other moments that you feel are significant in 2008.  Maybe is was a terrible moment, a sad moment, a wonderful moment, or a personal moment.

What spoke to you in 2008?
What made you mad in 2008?
What made you say “That negro is crazy!” in 2008?
What moved your black, beautiful soul in 2008?
🙂

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RIP Eartha Kitt: One of the most sultry women who ever lived

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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Yes WE Did: Barack Obama wins the Presidency of the United States of America

I’m going to write something deep and heartfelt later today when I really have a chance to let Barack Obama’s win sink in. I’m going to get all profound (hopefully) and really do this historic event in America’s history justice. But right now…right now I’m just going to go on straight emotion and the since of pride I feel as an African American. I think this photo says it for me.
Obama Pictures and McCain Pictures

The First Black President of the United States…and he is really a force for Unity. Oh you should have seen the streets of NW DC and the crowds at the White House last night. So diverse…old, young, black, white, asian, hispanic…everyone was out and happy about Barack’s win. There was a new energy that has nothing to do with politics. It was about possiblities and a belief that “We the People” still exists. We can still be heard as one voice and affect change, real change.

“I am the hope and the dream of the slave”. Yes I am. Yes We Can. Yes WE Did. Congratulations America. The world applauds us.

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Do Not Wear Obama Shirts to the Polls: It’s not personal, it’s just the law

Wouldn’t you just know it…another way to hinder people from voting…tisk tisk.

Mr. T in DC gave the heads up to Washington DC folk on his blog about this (below). It’s basically like walking into your polling place with a big campaign sign. This isn’t a concert 🙂 it’s a democratic process, so I’m sure we can all put a jacket over our shirts till we get back into the car, turn it inside out…or something. LOL

I’m sure may be the case in other cities…states Virginia Board Adopts Ban on Campaign Clothing . We dont’ want anyone to told to go back home and change shirts before they can vote on election day. PASS THIS INFO ON!!!! Find out what the LAW is regarding polling places and Campaign Clothing in your state.

One of my (many) worries about the upcoming election is that Democratic voters will be turned away in large numbers because they’re wearing Obama tee shirts. The issue hasn’t really come up before, because typically you don’t get a ton of people wearing tee shirt supporting presidential candidates, but this election is different. With Obama being the first African-American candidate running for president, the black community is enthusiastic about him to the point where a cottage industry has arisen in Obama tee shirts and other paraphernalia. Anecdotally, I see more people walking around in Obama-attire than in all previous elections combined. Obama tee shirts are all over DC.

The catch is that wearing such tee shirts is not allowed in the polling places, as it is considered the same as waving around a campaign sign. That seems fair, but the federal and local governments should make sure they get the word out about the rule, so that thousands of African-American voters aren’t turned away, disappointed, on election day. It would be horrible if the election turns on a strictly enforced interpretation of this rule. I hope that others will help spread the word: it may seem a good idea, but do not wear your Obama tee shirt on election day.

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Nominate Hello Negro

Once again it’s on! The 2008 Black Weblog Awards is back for a fourth year, celebrating the best and brightest in the Black blogosphere.

Nominate Hello Negro for Blog to Watch!!!

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“Black” is in fashion at Vogue in July

Black is really “the new BLACK”…but we already knew that. I guess Vogue magazine knows too.

Allegations of racism and discrimination in the fickle fashion world have surfaced after Franca Sozzani, editor of the global style bible Vogue Italia, confirmed rumours that July’s issue would be back-to-back black.

Using only black models, next month’s issue will run articles tailored for black women interested in the arts and entertainment.

American Vogue is following a similar path, using its July issue to ask why it is that there is a dearth of black models on catwalks and in magazines.

It’s nothing new. Like the fashion styles spruiked in magazines and on catwalks, the race debate is cyclical.

The first time a black model sashayed down the catwalk was in 1964, put there by designer Paco Rabanne. It was scandalous. Rabanne reported afterwards that American fashion journalists went backstage and almost spat in his face. “They said haute couture is reserved for white women and not those girls over there,” he said.

More than four decades later, the flamboyant designer Vivienne Westwood cried whitewash after a magazine editor refused to use a black model on the cover because “sales would halve”. Westwood, fuming, demanded a quota system to force magazines to feature more black and Asian models. If America can consider a black president, could the fashion world be about to finally get black beauty? Unlikely, according to The New York Times’ Cathy Horyn, who argues racism in fashion exists because tokenism persists.

The famed Los Angeles-based photographer Steven Meisel, who shot the images for Vogue Italia’s 170-page July issue, agrees black models are conspicuous by their presence. Best known as the man behind the camera for Madonna’s 1992 book, Sex, Meisel is a long-time critic of the fashion industry’s narrow view of the world, going as far as to label it discriminatory. [full article – theage.com]

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R Kelly got off: Don’t act like you’re surprised!

Aaron McGruder had it right all along (see video). And who’s surprised…no body! I mean it took more than half a decade to get him in court. One of the craziest things about the end of this ordeal is that a lot of people I’ve talked to are both happy and not so happy at the same time. They like R. Kelly, so they are glad he got off…but…they feel he was probably guilty, which could put a question mark in the mind regarding other people who’ve allegedly done similar crimes getting off too. Well, let me comfort you on the second point if you are similarly conflicted. OJ got off…that hasn’t made the courts soft on murder or getting someone to kill your spouse. The R Kelly trial is not a benchmark moment in legal history. Trust me.

Any hoooo, an interesting new legal term came out of the trial…

“I’m pretty sure there’s not one person on the face of the earth who honestly believes that some shadowy miscreants digitally altered the famous Kelly sex-tape, putting his face on some random dude’s body the way special-effects people put Shawn Wayans’s head on a baby in Little Man. It’s basically impossible, considering the costs and logistics and the general pointlessness of such an enterprise. And yet that’s what Kelly’s lawyers claim might’ve happened. The press even called it the Little Man defense. Reading the daily trial reports, I was totally dumbfounded that Kelly’s assuredly very expensive legal team couldn’t have come up with anything better than that.” – Village Voice

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