Apparently Wale’s conditioning has been conditioned. I haven’t seen his newest video but it caused a bit of a ruckus on Twitter last night, for its apparent lack of color. The song, “Pretty Girls” pays homage to the feminine form, like every other song on the radio. The issue is that Wale’s pretty girls were all light skinned.
Jimmy Santiago Baca, a leading contemporary Latino poet writing in the United States, reminds us that “Poetry’s mission is to subvert, to question, to challenge, provoke, to flail one’s vulnerability and voice into the marvelous whirlwind of poetry’s awe, flagging at the horns of the raging beast that is societies gluttonous comfort…affirm poetry at any cost”
I am going to began yet another series. (for anyone who keeps up with my blogs, I’m sure you know by now I prefer to go in depth about one subject that I am passionate about). So far my series have been A Gay Man’s Struggle, The Ballroom Scene, and The Lies History Tells. This week I am beginning my series on The Ramifications of Slam Poetry. Over the course of the next month I want to explore and share the lasting impact that this art has placed onto my life, the simple skills it has taught me, the influence it continues to make in the media, and pop culture amongst youth of all races in the United States today. The titles of my next five blogs will be, The History, Brave New Voices, A Commercialized Art, Skills Learned, and A Growing Art Form.
Its always amazing to me when there are worlds people don’t know about—especially when I discover a new one, realize how great it is and think more people should know about it. Slam Poetry is one of these worlds. There are so many different aspects to this art form and to this world that it is really a shame that many people have never gotten a chance to experience it. So I will start by giving a brief history lesson, and then explain how powerful this art can be.
Associated Press | February 10, 2010
It is the dead of winter in Chicago and my thoughts are drifting back to summer and the month I spent in Costa Rica. My sunny daydreams, however, have been interrupted by some no-so-sunny memories of my trip…
Having just arrived and begun working on a school building project in a tiny village in Costa Rica this past summer, I encountered a group of boys, who must’ve been only 9 or 10. They talked to my friends and I, interested in who the Americans were. After a few minutes, they all stopped talking and began throwing ROCKS, not just sand or pebbles, but ROCKS at another boy riding his bike past them. They called out names that none of us gringos were savvy enough to understand, but its safe to assume this was not friendly teasing.
Below is a short story inspired by a conversation I had with my father
He stood at the platform ready to deliver his address. Weeks of intense rehearsal had prepared him for this very moment. As he stood attentively in his grey seersucker suit with his crisp white shirt, and wing tip shoes, he looked like a man destined for success. Although he wasn’t too keen on going to the nail parlor, his advisors insisted that he get a manicure. Their motto was and still is “appearance is perception, and perception is reality.” Although he didn’t necessarily agree with this statement, subconsciously he knew there was remnant of truth to it. His résumé suggested that he had been destined to perform on this grand stage. Although he knew his pedigree was extraordinary, most of the time he felt limited by it. Was it people’s expectations or he himself that put him there?
TODAY’S CHILD ; Jamian, 11, loves music and the arts
Renee Zalesky, California Chronicle, February 8, 2010
How 9th-Grade Gridlock Keeps Boys Out of College
Richard Whitmire, The New York Times, February 7, 2010
Black dolls connect kids, history
Katy Jordan, The Boston Herald, February 7, 2010
Anti-Abortion Billboards On Race Split Atlanta
Shaila Dewan, New York Times, February 6, 2010
At Top City Schools, Lack of Diversity Persists
Jennifer Medina, New York Times, February 5, 2010
Black history lesson: family, church
Meredith Heagney, The Columbus Dispatch, February 5, 2010
Lowcountry students’ scores mirror past patterns
Diane Knich, The Post and Courier, February 5, 2010
Judge hears of old buildings, gifted NLR classes
Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, February 5, 2010
Study: Charter school growth accompanied by racial imbalance
Washington Post, February 4, 2010
Youth Sports Ethics Will Be Topic of Forums
Maureen Nolan, The Post Standard, February 2, 2010
An act of defiance that changed history
Donald W. Patterson, News & Record, February 1, 2010
100 Black Men of America Create Partnership for Stroke Education Campaign
WI Staff Writer, Washington Informer, February 1, 2010
Girl’s Odyssey Shows Challenge Of Fighting Obesity
Lindsey Tanner, The Associated Press, February 1, 2010
Dang. So I had this long post-Super Bowl entry ready about sports and how I don’t enjoy trophy presentations after the game and the plantation model in professional sports and everything, but I just can’t post something like that right now. Not this morning. Not when there are people still partying in the French Quarter.
CBS News | February 8, 2010
Congrats to the New Orleans Saints for winning the 44th Super Bowl!
AOL.com (via BlackVoices.com)
25 Years after the debut of her first album, Sade’s long-awaited sixth album, Soldier of Love was released today. We are celebrating the return from her 10-year hiatus with this video. Enjoy!
“Mirror . . . mirror on the wall who the fairest of them all?” In most fairytales, the mirror would reply, “Snow white is the fairest of them all.” However, in the case of Vanity Fair’s March cover, the names are Abbie Cornish, Kristen Stewart, Carey Mulligan, Amanda Seyfried, Rebecca Hall, Mia Wasikowska, Emma Stone, Evan Rachel Wood, and Anna Kendrick . . . all up incoming young white Hollywood actresses. According to Shine’s writer, Joanna Douglass,
Vanity Fair writer Evgenia Peretz calls out the young cover stars by their best attributes: “downy-soft cheeks,” “button nose,” “patrician looks and celebrated pedigree,” “dewy, wide-eyed loveliness,” “Ivory-soap-girl features.”
Clearly, Evgenia Peretz has over-dosed on the proverbial white supremacist poisoned apple. I know what you’re thinking. Do such apples exist? Yes, they do just ask Pat Robertson what he thinks about Haiti or ask the producer and director of Couples Retreat about taking the black comedian, Faizon Love, off the European posters.
University of Alberta | February 5, 2010
Earlier this month, the University of Alberta successfully set the Guinness World Record for the biggest dodgeball game ever played. Bring back memories of gym class?
I am a gay person who isn’t that invested in securing a lot of rights it seems most other gay folk want. I don’t really believe in marriage and outside a couple of school fights growing up (not related to my sexuality) I’m not a fan of war, so access to the armed forces isn’t in my top five. Quite often when I see gays marching for equality around marriage, I want to remind them of the old saying–“equal does not mean the same.” Perhaps domestic partnership is as far as this one will go. Or maybe all is not lost.
As for marriage and military, plenty of dollars are lost due to discrimination. Soon enough America will learn, the claim to Christianity is costly. With the economy struggling the way it is, it would behoove everyone to put the equality rhetoric in the backseat and focus on something a bit more universally sought–the mighty dollar. Gay marriage would save struggling states from financial ruin. Ask Massachusetts, they’ve seen over $110 million dollars in spending on gay marriage since the ban was lifted. Estimates for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell are much higher, with the government spending an additional $363 million to recruit and train new soldiers after gay ones were dismissed. A figure believed to be much higher once one takes into account the intellectual capital lost.
NBA All Star Weekend | 2008
So, the plan was to post a highlight from this year’s All Star Weekend, but unfortunately, it turned out to be uneventful. So here’s video of what we believe to be one of the best dunk contests in years. Enjoy!
During my first year of college I was pulled over by the University of Chicago police. What did I do you ask? I walked down the street at night. They told me they needed to see my I.D. because there was a robbery in the area. The three white people across the street speaking in a foreign language were not bothered at all, but the black man, the one who doesn’t look like he belongs on this campus, (me) was the one the was stopped on this particular night. When I showed them my college I.D. they looked shocked and said they didn’t think I was a student. For those who know me, when things like this happen in my life, I try to use it as an opportunity to express myself through poetry, so here is my poem:
Are you afraid of the dark…
it happened, to me
they told me that kinda stuff only happens
to those block dudes running the street, but, it
happen to me…
they said “excuse me sir can I see your ID”
can you see my ID???
I was walking down the street that I live on,
in the new college campus that I reside on.
12 years of public education that I stood on,
accepted into a private university,
and I just got racially spit on?
This hilarious video, which accuses HP of manufacturing a racist webcam, created a lot of buzz on the internet. Though it was later proven that sufficient lighting-and not light skin- is needed to engage the face-tracking feature, this video still has us laughing!