“Children are not puppies” A Huckabee’s Ignorance

They say this subject is getting old…

“Mike Huckabee compared homosexuality to necrophilia and his conservative mindset is what keeps our minds captured in cages scattered with landmines of inequality, And those mines blow up in the minds of children as they breed their judgmental thoughts while spreading them to their off-spring, your like a virus and it can’t be cured… cause they see minorities as incomplete…and incomplete people only deserve an incomplete number… so they stapled the number 6 on my forehead”

Once again, They say this subject is getting old…

And then people like Mike Huckabee gives me a reason to write a passionate blog in the name of my rights and the equal rights of the LGBT community. The above excerpt of my poem Equality 666 was written in my senior year of high school. Same situation, same individual being a bigot, same context, only this time he didn’t compare homosexuality to necrophilia, he instead, exchanged words, and compared the LGBT community to people who involve themselves in incest or polygamy.

Feeling Like A Black Republican

T. Pain aka “Teddy Pain”, aka “Nappy Boy”, aka “Teddy Pinned her ass down”, aka Tallahassee Hero” can now add another nickname to his litany of monikers- “Teddy Tool”. Although Mr. Autotune (another alias) has been able to trick millions of people into actually thinking he can sing, he was still duped by the sly fox, Sean Hannity. Hannity a well known conservative commentator on Fox News got “Teddy Tool” good. Maybe I’m jumping to conclusions. Who knows, he could be a staunch Republican who supports limited government and low taxes. Perhaps, he is one of those wealthy Americans that doesn’t want to pay more taxes for some poor person to get healthcare (not my actual view). Perhaps he supports Governor Bob McDonnell’s backing of Confederate History Month. Or maybe he believes the GOP needs a hip-hop makeover like Chairman Michael Steele. Whatever the case may be, “Teddy Tool” must be living the “good life” because he “got money” so he wants to “kiss kiss” up to Hannity and conservative America. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about political diversity within the Black community. However, it troubles me that Black folks are taken for granted by both major parties. Frankly, something about this plug seemed inauthentic.

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April 5, 2010 – April 11, 2010

Chicago students walk out to protest education cuts
Pepe Lozano, Axis Of Logic, April 10, 2010

Push to expand child tax credits aims at youth crime
Kimberly Dick, South Carolina Herald, April 8, 2010

Men of Distinction program aims to prevent youth from gang involvement
Romney Smith, Fox 31, April 8, 2010

Activists Rally for Fairness in School Discipline
Melissa Stiers, Georgia Public Broadcasting, April 7, 2010

Test scores show Wis achievement gap closing
Associated Press, Gazette Xtra, April 7, 2010

Teen parents & youth violence
Jade Connelly, Philadelphia Daily News, April 7, 2010

Lakewood students participate in gang prevention program
Zach Patberg, Asbury Park Press, April 7, 2010

Teen shot on way to school is partially paralyzed, relatives say
Serena Maria Daniels, Chicago Tribune, April 7, 2010

Dealing with student loans just got easier
Kaitlin Flanigan, Daily Emrald, April 6, 2010

Student loan reform has big Iowa implications
T.M. Lindsey, Iowa Independent, April 6, 2010

Jobless Numbers Show No Evidence of a Post-Racial America
Megan Carpentier, Washington Independent, April 6, 2010

Florida deserved Race to Top cash more than winners
Mike Thomas, Orlando Sentinel, April 5, 2010

Does race influence who gets suspended in Georgia schools?
Maureen Downey, Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 5, 2010

Youth violence, hateful speech expose dark side of social media
Seth Liss, Sun Sentinel, April 5, 2010

Mentoring Programs Aimed at Impressionable Youth
Bill Mitchel, CBS Channel News, April 5, 2010

Six Ways To Stop Inner-City Crime Waves This Summer
Casey Gane-McCalla, News One, April 5, 2010

A Time for Activism
Nicole Harris-Crest, The Baltimore Sun, April 5, 2010

Applications being accepted for Legislative youth council
Staff Reporter, Yakima Herald News, April 5, 2010

Community gives input on non-violence center
Olivia Neeley, North Carolina Star, April 5, 2010

CPS turns to community for it’s ‘calm’ program
Defender Staff Report, Chicago Defender, April 5, 2010

Eating iChips By the Waters of Babylon

The other night, some friends and I were hanging out in a hotel room listening to music.  At some point, the Eric Benet song “Ghetto Girl” featuring Meshell Ndegocello (dude, I know. I assure you that it was not my iPod. I’m not saying I don’t have the album, I’m just saying it ain’t on my iPod.), and for the life of me I couldn’t remember what album the song appeared on.  Neither could anyone else.  But we were all too lazy to grab one of our web-enabled phones to Wiki the query and scratch the curiosity itch.  I joked that these were the kinds of moments when some kind of transparent Google page needed to appear as if in midair so that one could type in the question without having to move from one’s very relaxed position.  Someone asked where something like that would generate; I shrugged and replied that maybe it would be like a kind of projection from our eye that just appeared in front of our face.  My friend, Imi said it would be called an iChip, and it would probably be inserted in your brain just behind your ear.

THOUGHTS: Dr. Dre's Ready To DETOX, M.I.A.'s Not Impressed With Gaga, and Rihanna's Hitting The Road

 

Earlier this week, legendary producer Dr. Dre officially announced his intentions to release his long-awaited 3rd and (allegedly) final album, the now-mythical Detox, in 2010. Of course, we’ve heard this shit before; every year since 2007 or so has been the year Detox would finally see a release, and each time it never materialized. Officially the Chinese Democracy of Hip Hop, the internet practically exploded when Dre and Interscope exec Jimmy Iovine announced the album’s first single: “Under Pressure,” featuring Jay-Z.

Excited yet?

The Old Black Woman says: “Do you got yo big girl’s drawls on? Can you stand a fight?”

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I really love this Huggies’ commercial because it shows a little girl professing she’s a big kid because she knows how to wear pull-ups which is the first step toward wearing big girl panties drawls. [Song in the tune of the Huggies’ commercial] So, she’s a big girl now.

At this very moment, I am in the process of learning all that I can about Michelle Rhee who is the chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools in Washington, D.C. For better or for worse, she is a woman who knows how to wear big girl panties drawls. Not only does she know how to wear them, but she seems to keep a variety of them—red, purple, cerulean, and verdant—nearby just in case she has to do a quick last minute improvisation in order to get school wide consensus for her performance based teacher pay policies.

The 2010 Kent Lecture and my Unhealthiness

On the eve of the 2010 Kent Lecture I must admit that I am a bit nervous about the lecture. To give a little background, the Kent Lecture is in honor of Dr. George E. Kent, the first tenured Black professor at University of Chicago. In past year’s Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, and Amiri Baraka were the lecturers. This event is being put together by the Organization of Black Students (OBS), in which I am the current publicity chair. This year OBS and the University of Chicago community are bringing Dr. Ian Smith to come speak at the Kent Lecture. I know, I know, when I first heard the name, I said to myself “who.” But Dr. Smith is actually a great honor to bring to campus. His resume speaks for itself.

Dr. Smith graduated from Harvard College with an AB and received a master’s in science education from Teachers College of Columbia University. He attended Dartmouth Medical School and completed the last two years of his medical education and graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He is currently the medical/diet expert on VH1’s highly-rated “Celebrity Fit Club,” the creator and founder of The 50 Million Pound Challenge and a medical contributor on the nationally syndicated television show “Rachael Ray.”

Africa with Bare Fists

Boxing as a sport is a combination of attack and defense techniques with the fists. With roots in Ancient Greece and Rome and more modern forms of the sport originating in England, boxing has been a very widespread phenomenon for a long time.  In the United States, the most skilled and best known boxing athletes are from Black and Latino communities.

I recently had the opportunity to visit a photo exhibition called “Africa with Bare Fists” contrasting the cultures around boxing in different parts of Africa at the European House of Photography in Paris. It was the photos that first caught my eye, but then the content drew me in.

I was struck by two very different boxing traditions from two regions of Africa. Photos from slums in Nairobi, Kenya, where boxing was most likely introduced by white missionaries, showed a school classroom converted into a boxing gym.  This contained, indoor boxing style resembles how the sport is played  in the United States and emphasizes a specific winner. It is also largely a spectator sport. The point of the converted school house we see through these images is to be an alternative to the crime that goes on outside in the slums these athletes all live in. The series on Kenya ends with photos of two Nairobi boxers who ended up competing in the Olympics, escaping from the slums, and moving to the U.S. For these boxers, those who eventually left the slums and for those who were only able to get away while inside the school house as well, their sport was an escape whether temporary or permanent.

The Wrong Direction Of The Right

As President Obama continues to calmly navigate through unchartered territories, I continue to be amazed. Although his campaign oozed with hope,
promise, and change, it was hard for me to envision an America that would embrace such a drastic overhaul of the status quo. In the depths of my soul I
hoped that Americans would coalesce around ideas of freedom, equality, and diplomacy. However, this nation’s troubled past forced my cynicism to outweigh my optimism. For every time I saw a glimmer of Gandhi, I saw Adolph Hitler lurking in the background trying to undermine any remnant of social equality.Every time I heard the eloquent words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I heard the echoes of Governor George Wallace’s 1963 Inaugural address.

March 29, 2010 – April 4, 2010

Project celebrates promise of black youth
Kimberly Melton, The Oregonian, April 4, 2010

Youth of the Year had to be man of the house
Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 4, 2010

Youth Super Day 2010
Jeff Barker, Northwest Florida Daily New, April 3, 2010

Black colleges stay relevant
Gregory Lewis, Sun Sentinel, April 3, 2010

Ways parents can protect their kids from joining gangs
Andrea Clurfeld, Ashbury Park Press, April 3, 2010

National radio personality encourages youth mentoring
Mason Snyder, South Carolina Now, April 3, 2010

SCLC backs private school vouchers
James Bush III, The Tampa Tribune, April 3, 2010

Minority high school youth nurture middle-schoolers in a Tigard-Tualatin mentor program
Melissa Navas, The Oregonian, April 2, 2010

Drifting Back Towards Segregated Schools
Marian Wright Edelman, Black Star News, April 2, 2010

Charter schools and segregation
John Powell and Erica Frankenberg, Free Press, April 2, 2010

Obama signs reconciliation bill with major student loan change
Christi Parsons and Janet Hook, LA Times, March 31, 2010

$8B to go towards youth unemployment
Defender Staff Report, Chicago Denfender, March 31, 2010

Students step to success
Cassi Toney, Oklahoma The Daily, March 29, 2010

Jobs bill could provide boost for youth employment
Vicki Needham, The Hill, March 29, 2010

Teens talk it out
Hilary Bentman, Philly Burbs, March 29, 2010

What Black Writers Should Be Taught in Schools?
Katherine Schulten, The New York Times, March 29, 2010