D.C. Theatre: How Politicians Steal The Show

Sometimes I feel like life is one big reality show. I can’t say that I’m an avid follower of “For the Love of Ray J”, “The Bad Girls Club, or “The Real World”. However, I do know that drama and ratings are positively correlated. Many of the stars on the reality shows go on to have lucrative careers in entertainment, not necessarily for their acting or musical prowess, but because of their star power. These days, people are just famous for being famous. I’m afraid that this attitude has spilled over into the realm of politics. We all know how dramatic politicians can be. In fact, I think Hillary Clinton deserves an Oscar for her star-studded performance in New Hampshire in 2008 for “the cry heard around the world”. Who can forget former Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich. It seems like criminal allegations have made him more famous than he was before. You get accused of trying to sell a Senate seat and before you know it every reality show producer wants you as a cast member.

Can You Hear Me Now?

John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.”  Yeah.  I suck.  But it’s not my fault–this time.  I just spent more than 2 hours at a Verizon Wireless store because my Nokia Twist broke (in half).  Ok, so maybe I broke it on New Year’s Eve.  Anyway, the point is, I spent way more time than I’d planned with an incredibly nice and chipper customer service rep at the Logan Square VZW, which means I’m just now sitting down at the computer, which means my blog is hella late, which means I’m not doing well in keeping resolution number 5

December 28, 2009 – January 3, 2010

The science of science education
Irving R. Epstein, LA Times, January 3, 2010

Chace Baptista: A young voice heard
Linda Borg, Providence Daily-Bulletin, January 3, 2010

Texas schools see more minority, poor kids
Gary Scharrer and Ericka Mellon, Express News, January 2, 2010

Heroin scourge has moved from black to white areas
Keith Herbert, Newsday, January 2, 2010

Texas schools see more low-income students
Associated Press, January 2, 2010

‘Bama history changed on handshake, and trip to LA
Eddie, Pells, Associated Press, January 1, 2010

Our Legacy: In 2010, consider giving the gift of mentoring
Janice Hayes-Williams, The Capital, December 31, 2009

The Washington region’s schools are many-splendored things
Jay Matthews, Washington Post, December 31, 2009

Colorado’s first all-girls public school coming to Denver
Jeremy P. Meyer, Denver Post, December 31, 2009

Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s legacy as Chicago schools chief questioned
Nick Anderson, Washington Post, December 29, 2009

Williamsburg County schools settle with students over same-race discrimination
Fred Horlbeck, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly, December 28, 2009

Improving Minority Education
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Washington Times, December 28, 2009

Avatar Wasn't So Bad…

I was going to write about New Year’s resolutions but let’s be honest half of you have already fallen off the wagon anyway so there’s no use in wasting time and space here.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am critical of racial representation in popular media. I raise a lot of dust anytime I think people of color are represented in negative light. But apparently I failed as a Black person because I actually liked Avatar and had very few negative things to say about the film.

Sue me.

At least it wasnt the native princess trying to assimilate this time, right??

At least it wasn't the native princess trying to assimilate this time, right??

At this point, I have no expectations for Hollywood. It’s almost impossible to be let down when you don’t expect too much.

This post will contain spoilers. You’ve been warned.

December 21, 2009 – December 27, 2009

Daley 2009 — flubs and fiascoes; Privatizing parking meters, failing to win Olympic bid leave the mayor reeling
Fran Spielman, Chicago Sun-Times, December 27, 2009

Teens find a place they can call their own
Kristin Davis, The Virginian-Pilot, December 26, 2009

A Random Shooting Disrupts a Life, but Good May Follow
Don Terry, The New York Times, December 25, 2009

Beyond the Spin: The high cost of inequality; Want to save trillions? Deal with the huge health disparities among the races.
George Curry, Philadelphia Inquirer, December 25, 2009

Achievement gap still hard to close
Virginia Pilot, December 24, 2009

Frustrated black youths take to the Internet
Amanda Paulson, Christian Science Monitor, December 23, 2009
(Article also appears on ABC News.com)

Temple University Raises its Standards
Susan Snyder, Philadelphia Inquirer, December 23, 2009

Film premiere special for daughter, friends
Associated Press, December 21, 2009

It's 2010, Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year! Wow, can you believe its 2010? Another decade ending which for me is a little exciting and a little worrisome because its means I am getting older and more cynical. I realize that I cannot go to a movie like Avatar and not see how the white’s imagination pictures itself as both conqueror and savior. And of course for the multinational corporation in the movie Avatar conquering was an act of saving the “blue monkeys, (i.e. the indigenous people in Avatar) from their non-technological inferior people of color ways. To put it simply, I hated the movie. It ain’t original just watch any movie by Mel Gibson or Tom Cruise.

Once again, perhaps, this is a sign of me getting older and more cynical. And as the decades roll by 2020, 2030, 2040, 2050, 2060, and 2070 I will become increasingly like the Biblical prophet Jeremiah who proclaimed destruction upon the heads of the children of Israel for disobeying God. Hey, I can see myself waving my cane warning of impending destruction because of capitalistic desires. Well, let me not be a cynic today on the first day of 2010. I hope everyone New Year is blessed with family and friends.

Poetry In Motion…Two Decades Of My LIfe

pop culture

I am a 90’s baby….

the epitome of infancy growing up in the 90’s.

Im talking about when we did the bounce and not the beyonce

Im talking back when we thought the letters TLC

were close together in the alphabet

chasing waterfalls in our LA Gears and Jellies

kicking back in our Nautica and Fubu Jumpers

jumping over toad-stools with mario-brotherspop1

On our Nintendo 64!!!

Make 2010 A Post "Post-Race" Year

“Brooklyn we did it”. Christopher Wallace aka Biggie Smalls, the larger than life hip-hop icon, carried a lot of weight, most of the load he carried was from his corpulent frame, but another portion was from carrying the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant on his back. As Brooklyn’s unofficial ambassador in the mid-nineties he gave a lot young people hope. Through Biggie, many aspiring rappers, and those who never dreamt of aspiring at all, saw that it was possible to become successful without having to use illicit activities as a means to garner that success. When Biggie said “Brooklyn we did it”, he implied that his accomplishments were the shared and collective achievements of everyone in his borough. While his borough jingoism on it’s face sounded good, in actuality Biggie’s accomplishments could not be attributed to all of the roughly 2.5 million residents of Brooklyn.

Fast forward to November 4, 2008. If Biggie was still here he would say “America we did it”.

New Year, New Resolutions (Not to Keep)


Dear Common, Did you seriously say, “I’m a man”?  With a straight face?

Generally, I resolve not to make New Year’s resolutions.  That way, I’ve already broken my resolution by day one, and don’t have to spend 364 days talking about how I failed yet again.  Since I’d rather watch football than go see racist-ass Avatar, I’m low on blog ideas.  I know you don’t want to hear me rant about the Colts’ stupidstupidstupid “rest the starters” approach to the end of the season, and how they’re totally going to get their butts kicked by the Chargers if they don’t get their act together.  So, I’ve compiled a list of things I resolve to do in the new year.  No, finish my dissertation is not one of the things I plan to do.  If anything, I am a sensible human being.

The Abortion Healthcare Christmas Edition: Everybody Ain’t the Virgin Mary

For many Christians around the world, the Christmas season signals a time to remember the Immaculate Conception of Mary of Nazareth and the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a time to remember when hope in the form of a baby boy came into the world. You see, when I was a little Pentecostal black girl attending Bethany Baptist Church on Homestead Road, I dreamed of being Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. I dreamed of being chosen by God above all other women to birth his son. For some of you reading this blog, I know this childhood dream of mine seems a little ridiculous if not fundamentalist, but it made sense. You see Mary of Nazareth was special. She was unique. She was not like Jezebel the Harlot or Eve the Disobedient who in Pastor Montgomery’s opinion was the primary reason we have sin in the world and why women should sit quietly in the church.

Oh no, Mary was S-P-E-C-I-A-L—special. And for a little black girl who grew up seeing women in her family beaten by men for their transgressions of simply being a woman (i.e. daughter, mother, and wife)—I wanted to be Mary, God’s chosen and “privileged” vessel. Furthermore, the idea of being able to have a baby without having to have sex with a man was quite appealing to me as well. As a child I thought how amazing it would be to accomplish the ultimate role of a woman which is birthing a baby and still remain pure in the eyes of God, a virgin.

But, of course, I was a deeply wounded girl child who thought these thoughts as a way to survive being a little black girl in my family. I now know as a recovering wounded girl child that conceiving and having a baby as a single black working class woman is not a divine “you are highly favored among all other women” experience. If anything it is the opposite of divine. It is deeply marginalizing. And in society’s eyes it’s downright evil. The worse sin you could ever commit in a white supremacist patriarchal capitalistic society as a black girl or as a black woman is to make hardworking tax payers fund your fatherless child who will probably end up in jail further burdening the good hardworking tax payers. So, I realize that some women by virtue of their class, sexuality, and race could never embody the divinity albeit the “privileges” of Mary of Nazareth. Everybody ain’t the Virgin Mary. Everybody cannot immaculately conceive and then give birth and have their son become the Messiah because some women and their children are not valuable. Some women are figuratively without the divine favor that Mary had making their ability to conceive or not to conceive a political game where current senators and house members can decide to throw them literally under the bus in order to pass a lack luster healthcare bill denying federal funds for abortions. Once again, everybody ain’t the Virgin Mary. As a caveat, I do know the story of Mary and how King Harold (i.e. the State) was hoping to kill her baby (i.e. the Messiah), however, Mary still had God’s divine favor (i.e. white privilege and class privilege) working on her behalf.