According to the New York Times, counties across the nation are attempting to intimidate and prevent black voters from participating in elections. In Sparta, Georgia, the local sheriff’s deputies questioned nearly 180 individuals and demanded they prove their residence and summonsed them to appear in court. If they could not appear, they would lose their voting rights.
A recent debate generated on Twitter has many Black women assessing the role of colorism in Black feminism, particularly regarding the “faces” of the movement. From Beyoncé to bell hooks and even young Amandla Stenberg, the gravitation towards lighter faces prompts concern over the exclusion of the nuanced experiences of darker-hued women. But as prevalent as color-struck praxis may be in our feminism, to what extent is it an issue in our political representation?
In the wake of Jesse Jackson Jr.’s legal woes, there will be a special election to fill his Congressional seat.
And with quite a few African American candidates vying for his spot, many are concerned the black vote will be split, and a white candidate will win the race.
The worries escalated this week after former Rep. Debbie Halvorson, a white Democrat and veteran of suburban Chicago politics, threw her hat into the ring.
Dr. Cornell West and Tavis Smiley recently sat down for an interview with Democracy Now.
And Dr. West pulled no punches.
Regarding President Obama, West asserted that he is anything but a progressive, instead calling him a “A Rockefeller Republican in Blackface.”
In the Senate’s history, there have only been six African American senators.
Currently, there’s a whopping ZERO. And according to the Huffington Post, that’s not likely to change any time soon.Experts point to a lack of infrastructure, fundraising troubles, and disinterest from the party establishment and voters and reasons for the disparity.
Diversity in general is a serious problem in the Senate, with only 17 female senators currently serving. And while no one seems to know what to do about it, every agrees that a more diverse Senate could bring significant change to the conversations and activities of the Senate.
New York State senator Eric Adams is making headlines by lobbying for a resolution that would ban sagging pants in New York City public schools.
According to Senator Adams, the controversial style of dress is not only offensive, but also indecent, abnormal and an impediment to success.
TheRoot.com took their cameras to DC’s McPherson Square and spoke with a few Occupiers of color, who eloquently spoke of sociopolitical, Occupy-related priorities that speak to an African American experience and perspective.
“Occupy DC Protests: Exclusive Video of Black Participants”
This Is Your BYP WakeUpCall
Check out this horrendous video of Herman Cain singing “Imagine There’s No Pizza” (a rewrite of Lennon’s “Imagine”) at some kind of Godfather’s Pizza event from (what looks to be) the mid-1980’s.
I was going to go to the trouble of researching the particulars surrounding this video, but what’s the point? It is the most surreal and hilarious thing you will see all day. It is absolutely insane.
Stop what you are doing, and watch this.
Our country is so weird, isn’t it?
The lyrics to this musical masterwork:
The NYPD is at it again.
Audio has surfaced of an NYPD officer bragging about falsely accusing a young, Black male of resisting arrest, and then adding for good measure:
“I fried another nigger.”
According to the Root, the officer stopped the young man as part of the department’s racist “stop and frisk” program. The man had done nothing wrong; when he protested the unnecessary stop and asked for the officer’s badge number, Officer Michael Deragjati promptly arrested him for “resisting arrest.”
The rest of this story is like the best episode of Punk’d I’ve never seen.
In an article released last week for Time Magazine, writer Touré asserts that it’s not OK for white people to use the word nigger (or its crazy cousin, nigga).
According to Touré, white people can say nigger if they are:
1. Reporting on, commenting on, or writing some kind of think piece involving the word nigger.
2. Using the word as part of a play, film, song, piece of visual art or stand-up comedy routine.
Is that alright with you?