Lauryn Hill, will you do me a favor?

Dear Lauryn Hill,

I was listening to It’s the Mystery of Iniquity from your MTV Unplugged album on my way to work and I hopped out of my car ready to get it done.  I felt like there was a little more order to things where before there had been none.  I had it on repeat and all the way to work I was amenning your words like an overzealous church mother.  I was inspired to write this open letter Lauryn Noelle Hill because we need a true prophet right now.  We need a voice to uplift and admonish us.  We need a voice to inspire and exhort us.  We need a voice unafraid and crystal clear.  Yours is a voice which can not be spared.
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Toucan Sam and Tribe New Black

Just sayin

What’s up with the new trend among some of the younger Black entertainers treating racism like the embarrassing uncle we shouldn’t discuss?  Pharrell even spoke of himself as being the New Black.  Which he described among other things as “not apologizing for who you are”, “not blaming other races for our issues”, and what not.  That sounds like something I could get with, unless someone is to blame and an apology is required, like say, talking foolishness like Pharrell during his interview with Oprah .  The latest to share these New Black declarations and expressions was Raven-Symone, in an effort to be, I don’t know, thoughtful? tolerant? unflappable? different? clueless! that’s it!  I knew I would come to the thing.  Anyway, her perspective on a Univision television host describing Michelle Obama as looking like a Planet of the Apes cast member, was real brand new old.  Raven says lots of people look like animals.  For instance she feels she looks like Toucan Sam.
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I Am Proactive

I’m currently living in an apartment building across the street from a woman’s health clinic which also performs abortions.  At odd times during the month, protesters stand in front of the clinic along side huge, gruesome photos.  Usually I drive by without looking at the photos because I know the pictures are not going to be beautiful still shots of puppies playing with babies.  You could say it was intuition and the fact that I could see large amounts of red in my peripheral vision.  At any rate, I avoided looking directly at the signs.

But two weeks ago I drove past the protesters for the umpteenth time and, for some reason, I decided to look at the signs to see what was depicted. I was horrified and shocked. I was so shaken by what I saw that when I parked my car, gathered my things and began to get out, I couldn’t. I began to tremble and cry and when I was able, I made my way to my apartment still weeping. I sat in the chair in my apartment trembling, rocking and crying.
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Let’s Talk About Slut Shaming

On a recent episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA) Cynthia took issue with Phaedra calling Kenya a whore when, according to her money hemorrhage husband Peter, by way of Phaedra’s husband the liar Apollo, Phaedra was having an affair. Well Cynthia saw an opportunity for a storyline that didn’t include Nene drama, Peter’s failed businesses or the need for viewers to slam a can of Red Bull to remain awake during any of her scenes.  So she began her crusade against slut shaming in earnest. Her first act as the caped crusader of slut shaming was to inform Kenya of Phaedra’s alleged affair.

So naturally, all of the women, including the ones who despise one another gathered at a Brazilian barbeque restaurant to start some shit bond.  No sooner than the ladies had chosen their meats, Cynthia began hemmin, hawin, “I guessin” and laboring to perform the big reveal that Phaedra (by this time it had become fact for the purposes of enhancing the bullshit and drama) had been having an affair. Continue reading →

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A Fire in Ferguson

Two police officers were shot in Ferguson, MO.  The Department of Justice recently released a report which highlights the rampant abuse of power by police and city officials in Ferguson, MO.  The report exposes the city’s biased policing policies which target Black citizens.  The city has been essentially using fines levied against targeted members of the population to increase revenue.  In other words Ferguson has a real live Black tax.  Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson tendered his resignation in the wake of the report.

While the DOJ’s decision not to file charges against Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Mike Brown, was disheartening to many, the thorough and damning nature of the Department’s report after an extensive investigation seemed to indicate that true change and improvement were imminent.  However, many are viewing the shooting of two police officers by someone police department officials presumed to be a protester, as a setback.  I have a problem with that.  Since the killing of Mike Brown several unarmed Black men have been shot and killed by officials sworn to serve and protect.  Why are these killings not viewed as setbacks?

The shooting of the Ferguson police officers was a cowardly act by some ignorant individual who was, apparently a very poor marksmen, as both policemen were treated and released.  I’m happy that things weren’t worse.  But these shootings have nothing to do with what needs fixing in Ferguson and police departments all around the country.

This should not distract from the need for police officers to be policed, especially in the area of race relations.  The high number of Black men arrested, convicted, killed and imprisoned compared to the rest of the population indicates a troubling and destructive bias against Black people.  I won’t go into statistics because, frankly, anyone who doesn’t accept this bias as fact at this point is just being willfully ignorant.

Americans view the Middle East as an area of perpetual conflict.  A region most unlike our own.  Black families don’t have the same perspective.  It’s starting to feel as though we are under constant siege.  We fear for our children’s safety on every hand.  Things must change.  It can not continue as is. While the most effective approaches to gaining civil rights in the 60’s were peaceful protests and passive resistance, it’s foolish to expect human beings to act as perpetual saints and willing martyrs. If action is not taken to correct the glaring injustices against Black Americans committed by the systems which govern this country, then I’m afraid it won’t be water but fire this time.

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Dr. Phil or the Nick Gordon show?

I watched Nick Gordon’s interview with Dr. Phil today.  All. kinds. of. creepy.  At no time was Nick ever in danger of shedding one tear but he gave it the old college try.  What he did produce was copious amounts of whining and bat shit craziness.  It was like watching a 2 year old hopped up on sugar for the entirety of the interview.  Gordon’s bad acting went well passed cringeworthy into the television watcher asking, “Am I having a stroke?”  It was like watching a hilariously bad soap opera.

But it’s not a soap opera and it’s not the Nick Gordon show.  It’s real life, Bobbi Kristina is still in a medically induced coma and we still don’t have details on how she ended up almost drowning in a bathtub.  Gordon is still not cooperating with police but he’s on twitter and television trying to convince everyone how much he loves “Krissi.”  That ain’t funny.  The only interview I want to hear from him is the one including full details on what happened to Kristina. Continue reading →

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The wicked have excellent healthcare

While I was ranting on face book about the infamous Tom Cotton letter, something occurred to me. These politicians live very long, healthy and productive lives.  Most of their produce is bullshit and misery but still. I mean Dick Cheney is on his what, fifth heart right now?

I have some questions and concerns. Who did he get the heart from? Why is a man his age with his health history being approved for a heart transplant?  I’m quite certain there are young people with their whole lives ahead of them who were a match for the heart that was given to the Grinch that stole democracy. That heart probably shrunk five sizes no sooner than it touched Cheney’s wretched person. I mean, why? Whyyyyy?! Continue reading →

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Bibi got Backed?

I really need any free time I have to work on new projects that pay, but I just couldn’t let this go by without saying something.  How many levels of wrong is this?  The prime minister of a country we give millions if not billions of dollars each year accepted an invitation extended to him by the Republican speaker of the house John Boehner.  This is some high level foolery right here.   That’s what this is.

But guess what, all but 50 members of congress were front and center to receive their marching orders from the leader of another country and gave him standing ovations on several of his talking points.  Democrats were in full effect. Continue reading →

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OUT OF OFFICE

I am currently juggling quite a few lucrative projects this week.  So there will probably be no posts until next week.  Get money!

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Beyonce is Not Mr. Burns’ Cup O Tea

The Bey Hive has been working like James Brown on behalf of their Queen the last few days.  The Hive is notorious for doling out swift and severe punishment to anyone who would dare to oppose the Queen Bey.  Twitter gets real busy the minute some commoner tries it, and it seems to me that there are quite a few these days who are trying it. The country crock, pip-pop, rock-hip artist known as Kid Rock is the latest of these mere mortals questioning the legitimacy of the throne.
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