Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary. Just give it up already, will you? Mary J. Blige talked to Hot 97’s Angie Martinez about her poorly thought out Burger King commercial. And she’s still crying foul:
A friend of mine, of both Black and White heritage, brought the above video to my attention. The video features rapper A$AP Rocky and artist Lana Del Rey portraying president JFK and Jackie-O respectively, while also playing a bit on Marilyn Monroe’s famous singing of Happy Birthday to JFK. The song’s superficial lyrics seem minimally tangential to the more controversial plot of the video “Tell me I’m your national anthem / Red, white, blue’s in the skies / Summer’s in the air / and heaven’s in your eyes,” but nonetheless the video is interesting commentary not only on an America with a Black president, but an America that’s becoming browner, and unavoidably will have more interracial relationships.
My friend was annoyed (I think), because the video panders to the fetishizing of the “black thug” stereotype, while also being another catalyst for whites to celebrate a “color-blind” America, which doesn’t exist. I agree wholeheartedly, however I depart from my friend in that I feel that the video has enough satirical depth to be given at least some attention.
As the political spheres argue the residual effects of the healthcare bill being upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday, I think one of the worse things one can do is make “health” a red and blue political issue. Health: the general ability to have the soundness of a physical body and mental mind. I think we should be happy that the healthcare bill was upheld, however, if we allow the discourse to linger around the ideas capital, and not the issue of health in disadvantaged communities, then I believe we have done injustice to those communities and the entire healthcare discourse. Thus, I believe it to be important to rejoice in the Supreme Court decision, but also to spend some time discussing disparities in health[care] and how we will spark urban health initiatives across the country.
I lost a really good friend recently. The last time I saw him was six months ago. He was starting a new job and in really high spirits but something was different. He wasn’t his normal, cheerful self. There was a calculated manner in which he answered my probing questions. He made it clear that he didn’t want to lie to me but he wasn’t ready to let me in on what was bothering him. His girlfriend felt the same energy from him. At first, she felt attracted to his mysteriousness. But as they continued their relationship it started to concern her. He was aloof. He had no answers for all of his late nights and disappearing acts. A thousand things ran through her mind. He’s cheating on me, was her conclusion. And he was.
In a 43-3 vote today, the Chicago City Council has approved a new policy regarding marijuana.
Police have the choice of issuing a ticket instead of arresting those found to be in possession of 15 or fewer grams of the drug.
Kenyan model Ajuma Nasenyana has spoken out against the practice of skin lightening and the damaging effects of a European standard of beauty.
The outspoken young women is even planning to release a line of beauty products specifically for black women.
“‘It seems that the world is conspiring in preaching that there is something wrong with Kenyan ladies’ kinky hair and dark skin,’ Kenyan model Ajuma Nasenyana told the Daily Nation.
Today is National HIV Testing Day, and the CDC is encouraging those between the ages of 13 – 64 to get tested. In fact, some Walgreens in Washington, D.C. is offering free tests.
African Americans are the demographic most affected by HIV.
By now you’ve probably seen (and hated) Basketball Wives and Love and Hip Hop, but are you ready for “Real Mistresses of Atlanta?”
A trailer for the sure-to-be controversial new reality series has hit the net.
It features quick introductions of some of the cast members, which include inspiring rappers, strippers, gold diggers, and a racist white woman.
There’s only a black love because relationships with black people make us talk about our problems. Since I’m a black man I tell my girlfriend what frustrates me about the way I’m (un)treated. When my “other” friends always ask about what it’s like to be “black”, I tell her. No matter what she gets me to think about living black. Among other things, we both constantly spread the truth of our day-to-day. We figure out that “black love” always has the power to free us from the problems that other black folks have.
Mollie Judith Olgin, age 19, and Mary Christine Chapa, age 18, were both shot in the head last weekend.
They were found in a public park in Portland, Texas, on Saturday morning.
Olgin had died before her body was discovered, while Chapa is in stable condition.
Emmanuel Ohuabunwa not only graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in neuroscience, but he did so with a 3.98 GPA.
That’s an academic record!
According to a new report, Black Youth engage in participatory politics online at rates equal to or slightly higher than white, Latino, and Asian-American Youth.
The MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP), under the direction of co-principal investigators Cathy J. Cohen of the University of Chicago and Joseph Kahne of Mills College, today unveiled the findings of the largest nationally representative study to date of new media and politics among young people.
The national survey questioned 3,000 young people, ages 15-25 on how they use the Internet, social media and engage in politics.
June 23 marked the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the federal law that prevents discrimination against women in any education program that receives federal funding.
Although we commonly associate Title IX with women and sports, the law covers a range of issues, including equal pay for women in the academy and gender-based quotas.
Although the impact of Title IX is clear, black women and girls have not benefited in the ways that white women have.
Today a historic Supreme Court ruling banned mandatory life sentences for children convicted of homicide.
The ruling strikes down statutes in 29 States that allow for juveniles to receive life sentences without the possibility of parole. The ruling makes it clear that young offenders should be given “a meaningful opportunity to show they have rehabilitated themselves and are appropriate candidates for release.”
In response to repressive anti-Immigration legislation SB1070 (Which the Supreme Court just ruled on, upholding the “papers please” provision) and HB56, Jasiri X, Rhymefest, and Paradise Gray traveled to Arizona and Alabama courtesy of the Sound Strike to see first hand how these unjust laws break up families, fracture communities and destroy lives.
“Who’s Illegal?” asks the question, can a nation on stolen land, built by stolen people define another group of human beings as illegal? “Who’s Illegal?” was produced by GM3 and directed by Paradise Gray.
“Who’s Illegal” is available for Free Download http://jasirix.bandcamp.com/track/whos-illegal-ft-rhymefest