New Documentary: Dear Daddy

A recently released documentary takes a close look at the impact of fatherlessness on Black young women.

The film is called Dear Daddy; check out the trailer below.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQTLbSOMpYI

Directed by Janks Morton, Dear Daddy follows 8 young women struggling to find their way in life without the guidance of their fathers.

According to Clutch Magazine:

U.S. Census: ATLANTA Has Widest Income Gap in the Country

According to the U.S. Census, Atlanta has the widest income gap between rich and poor in the entire country.

Which certainly explains a lot.

As you may already know, Atlanta has seen some of the most intense #Occupy protests in the entire country. Mayor Kasim Reed initially expressed support for the protests, but seemingly changed his mind last week, arresting 53 demonstrators in one night.

Obviously, economic hardship and suffering isn’t unique to Atlanta. The Census reports that things are truly horrible all over this great nation.

From the Grio:

No, the Government Does Not Want Your Guns

Remember when last month NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre talked about the,”massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment in our country”? Yeah, I’m thinking he was a little off. Sadly, paranoid gun talk and fear is how the NRA recruits new members, but his whole the “government wants our guns” myth is being shattered by the real non violent movement that started with Occupy Wall Street.

Hey, remember when the Tea Party folks were excising their “right to bear arms” by showing up where the President was speaking strapped and even went as far as marching on Washington with their guns? And remember when the secret service and police tear gassed, harassed, beat and arrested those Tea Party protestors? You don’t? That’s because it never happened. If the government was really about taking away guns they had a perfect opportunity to crack down on a group of obviously delusional individuals, packing heavy artillery, and showing up in areas of high security. If President Obama wanted to hatch some “conspiracy” he had a perfect opportunity at that time.

On How Beyonce Parties

Happy Halloween.

Although it was my initial instinct to write a nice little note to white college students about prudence in choosing Halloween costumes, since most of the parties happened last weekend, it seemed like an irrelevant post. Instead, I will wait for a photo gallery on the HuffPo and pretend to be appalled. So this morning, I’ll briefly consider another kind of racial performance. That’s right, Beyonce in whiteface–sorta.

In case you missed it, Ms. Knowles-Carter released her third video in as many weeks last week. This time, it was the visual for the jam, “Party.” The original, featuring Kanye West and 3-stacks, is so dope, mostly for phrases like “You got the swag sauce, you drippin’ swagu,” and “Black like havin’ yo’ cousin back.” Gems of genius, really. This video version denies us the pleasure of seeing Ye and Dre kick with Bey and replaces them with that dude, J. Cole, who apparently forgot to read the “Don’t ever try to fill in Dre’s footsteps–ever,” memo. But that’s not why I’m writing. Here’s the clip:

VIDEO: Geto Boys' "Mind Playin' Tricks On Me"

THIS IS YOUR BYP WAKE-UP CALL

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Check out the Geto Boy’s undeniably classic and spooky “Mind Playin’ Tricks On Me.” As pointed out by one of our readers, “Mind Playin Tricks On Me” was somehow left off of our list of the “6(66) Creepiest Rap Songs EVER!”

Unacceptable. My apologies.

Enjoy this great song, and have a safe and happy Halloween!

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KutXyPEEbQs

 

 

The Minstrel Case Studies

I’m disturbed by the way case studies, especially those facilitated by the University of Pennsylvania, approach Black men. They screened me last week for an investigation into how Black men make good decisions. Their questions violated my dignity: asking first if I was sexually active (what they determined as the essence of a relationship) and then followed up with a curiosity about “chicks on the side” I may have. For representatives of an Ivy League school to speak to me in a such a manner revealed the set-up. Race theorist always talk about the symbolic creation of “niggers” through knowledge, and indeed this study was the concrete conspiracy.

Weekly News Round-Up Oct 24-30

A Global  Youth Rebellion
Staff Writer, Workers World News, 10/23/11

 

NAACP speaker: We must address achievement gap
Kevin Barlow, Pantagraph News, 10/24/11

 

Inner city youth leader to speak
Mark Guydish, The Times Leader, 10/24/11

 

Obama courts young voters
Nia-Malika Henderson, Washington Post, 10/26/11

 

Coalition of African American Leaders Takes Aim at Tobacco Industry
Olu Alemoru, Los Angeles Wave, 10/23/11

 

City Council passes new youth curfew law
Troy Graham, The Inquirer, 10/27/11

 

Black community leaders get their due
Mary Mitchell, Chicago Sun Times, 10/27/11

 

NAACP Banquet Clebrates Youth
Staff Writer, Naples News, 10/23/11

 

Youth group raises awareness about homelessness
Staff Writer, Rapid City Journal, 10/29/11

The 6(66) CREEPIEST Rap Songs EVER!

With Halloween just around the corner, I feel it’s my duty to freak everyone out with my blog this week.

So for your listening and viewing (dis)pleasure, I present to you the 6(66) Creepiest Rap Songs Ever.

Heavy Metal usually gets all the credit for producing music that keeps sane people up at night. But don’t get it twisted; Hip Hop has cursed us with some of the sickest and most sadistic sounds ever committed to tape.

Don’t believe me? Keep reading, if you dare …

 

The 6(66) Creepiest Rap Songs Ever!