R.I.P. Ultimate Warrior (Jim Hellwig)

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Jim Hellwig a.k.a. the Ultimate Warrior

From ABC News:

The Ultimate Warrior, one of professional wrestling’s biggest superstars, has died at 54, just days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, WWE officials confirmed in a statement.

“WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior,” a statement reads.

Warrior – who was born James Brian Hellwig – began his career in 1987. He defeated Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI to become WWE Champion.

The Hall of Fame induction marked his return to WWE after an 18-year absence. During his Hall of Fame speech, he announced that he signed a new multi-year deal with WWE, serving as an official ambassador.

The wrestler was known for his intricate face-paint, bulging muscles and frenzied speeches, sprinting to the ring and shaking the ropes before his matches.

During Monday’s episode of WWE Raw, he slipped on his mask, embracing his character a final time, his words full of heart and poignancy.

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Vern’s Venting: Satire, My Ass

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by Lavern Merriweather

Anybody who knows me knows that I have a hard time believing in white entertainers or performers who try to wrap their racism up in a pretty bow of satire. Many a white performer has tried, and often times failed, to disguise their hatred as either humor or artistic expression. That also goes for filmmakers and TV producers, particularly Marc Cherry of “Desperate Housewives”, the popular ABC dramedy that ran for 7 seasons on that network.

One storyline that especially got on my nerves revolved around noted character and actress Alfre Woodard and her two sons on the show. Not only was her plotline woefully out of place, but she was the ultimate mammy. It’s no coincidence that they picked a woman who was not as pretty, thin and youthful looking as her Botoxed-up counterparts. On top of that, they gave her a ‘troubled’ offspring that had to be kept chained in the basement like a wild beast.

Well, her crazy unbalanced son really loved ice cream so much so that he jeopardized his family’s secret and his own freedom to get some. He then goes and breaks into the house of Gabrielle and Carlos Solis. When Gabrielle catches him in her house, she’s naturally terrified and bolts out of the room to get away, where she then falls down the stairs, causing her to miscarry the baby she was pregnant with. Now, it’s bad enough that Marc Cherry, a gay man, sees nothing wrong with painting a young black male as the neighborhood predator. But to then turn around and have him tackled as he tries to flee by town hero Mike Delfino, where he is arrested as the whole group of cast regulars who are lily white, by the way, looks on while he rides away in a squad car is really pushing it.

There is only so much bullshit I will buy before I start calling people on it, and I wouldn’t buy that mess with a $6 bill. When Cherry was criticized, and rightfully so, he pulled out the old get-out-of-racism-free-card standard by calling it ‘satire’. What a crock of shit. That wasn’t satire, asshole. That was you letting your true colors about Negroes come to light.

Marc Cherry

Many white males in show business have long harbored racist feelings that they use their industry to slyly vent. And Cherry seems to be no exception. Remember, this is the same network that employed “NYPD Blue” producer David Milch who was revealed to have said that he thought black people were dogs, among other things. I will paraphrase long time TV judge Judith Sheindlin by saying, don’t pee in my glass and call it lemonade.

Some filmmakers such as Jim Jarmusch and Quentin Tarantino are extremely bold about their dislike of black folks. So, we should not be surprised by Cherry. He is just as much a part of that old boy Hollyweird mindset as anyone else, homosexual or not. Maybe, he’s even more so. White liberals in Hollywhite have a very long standing tradition of hiding behind their so-called liberal agenda, which judging from the look of things is the same one as the people they pretend to always disagree with. White gay folks are still white folks and still just as capable of letting their true colors show through clever writing while justifying their bigotry with a lame as hell routine response that has been used to death.

Not to be left out, unfunny putz and former Time contributor Joel Stein wrote a scathing piece, mainly about how he hated that his former New York co-op was being taken over by “rotten dotheads” [his words not mine]. Stein seems to especially hate the over spicy food and culture change that comes with people of Indian descent. When those same folks that he talked shit about weren’t too pleased with his sense of humor, Stein got defensive. He just couldn’t wrap his pseudo liberal little brain on how the people he so maliciously trashed would take it personally.

Yeah, who’d have thunk it Joel?! I can’t imagine why a group of people you said such nasty things about wouldn’t get your obvious joke. Maybe that’s because the same words and statements that you attempt to call satire/humor have been uttered before and in a less comical capacity you know by the same bigots that you adamantly say don’t reflect you.

Joel Stein

What I find hilarious is that you can say that with a straight face. Wrapping racism in a different package doesn’t change its meaning or yours. The minute you start spewing the very same hateful rhetoric as those who you claim to oppose, then what the hell makes you any less prejudice? It’s like that old saying if it swims, walks and quacks like a duck, well, you know the rest.

I wonder how funny Mr. Cherry would find it if I or any person of color stood on stage making disparaging comments about gay people. You think he would be as quick to defend my position where I to use it to mock white people like him. I’m not Jean Grey from the X-Men, but I have a sneaky suspicion that would never happen. Know why? Because like Stein, Jarmusch, Milch and Tarantino, Marc Cherry lives in a world of arrogance created by privilege, a world that is supposed to let him get away with showcasing black people in the most negative way possible while not having to apologize, particularly when you can find a patronizing excuse meant to condone your dick behavior.

Honestly if they are just trying to be funny, then why stoop to using trashy, low-class racist humor? That right there tells me this isn’t about jokes or satire. It’s about what type of people they really are, stupid pricks too full of it to come out and admit what they truly feel. Well guess what chuckles, that whole satire rhetoric isn’t fooling anyone anyway. You need to do a lot better than that to convince me.

Vern’s Venting: Escalating the Situation

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A frame from the infamous video of cops assaulting a van filled with a mom and her children.

by Lavern Merriweather

Several weeks ago on the ABC tabloid show “Inside Edition”, I was watching a story about a mom who was driving with her kids when she got pulled over for speeding. During the traffic stop, things got out of hand to the point where not only did she argue with the cops, but so did her teen son. Then she tried to flee the sheriffs not once or twice, but three times. The last time she put her car into gear and took off, one of the deputies opened fire on her minivan. Keep in mind this woman has 5 kids all of whom were with her that could have easily been either hit or killed by a flying bullet.

It came as no shock to me whatsoever that the woman involved was black while the arresting officers were white. That’s not to say that cops don’t do horrible shit to white people. Just recently in my hometown of Chicago, a cop got suspended, and a lady is now suing because he shoved her so hard into a metal bench that her face got busted up, with a really ugly picture to go along with her assault proving what a punkass that cop truly is. However, more times than not, in cases of police brutality on the message boards, there will be the requisite folks who claim that she brought this all on herself by trying to run and that she is just some pathetic hoodrat crackhead who put her own children in harm’s way.

To those people I say, wait just a minute! I can’t fully attack this woman’s actions, because I wasn’t there. However, I am aware that when cops are dealing with black folks, they have a tendency to react as if they just caught the world’s most notorious serial killer, which is ironic considering that most of them turn out to be white males who will never have to expect even half that kind of treatment.

We have seen this pattern play out before. So, let’s not be so quick to make this mom the bad guy in this scenario. Sure she bolted, but maybe that’s because she was worried about becoming another statistic, shot in the back Sopranos style, shot while holding nothing more than a harmless cell phone and shot while sleeping on grandma’s couch shot while walking her dog or shot while enjoying a family barbecue at her house. Those incidents, and more, have all befallen black people with little or absolutely NO jail time or reprimand for the cops responsible. Those assholes don’t even get so much as a damn fine for talking the life of an innocent black person. It has gotten to the point where if I see a news story about a cop’s life being taken I say, congrats to the shooter.

Sound harsh right? Well guess what, I don’t give a fuck. Cops see black life, as well as black skin, as the enemy. Therefore, if the enemy is looked at as expendable, then so be it, a mentality that is obviously shared with many white people in the greater public. Even a lowlife prick that is not a cop and has no authority whatsoever can take a young black life and get away with it while having many in the dominant society calling it self-defense.

Whenever I ask those people, how the hell is it self-defense when you start a conflict in the first place and use violent force, because you are getting your ass handed to you, they say nothing. That’s because it’s a bullshit point, and they know it. But because they still believe it is 1842 and that the darkies had better be kept in their place by any means necessary, they will justify it. So, who cares if some bleep-bleep takes several shots at a car full of minors right, right? He was the one in real danger.

They justify a thug with a badge harassing and attacking a then-9 year-old boy because he wasn’t wearing a helmet while riding his bike. Apparently to this asswipe, just asking the boy where his mom was and taking the matter up with her was way too taxing for this sonofabitch. So he, instead, chose to tangle with a child as if he weren’t expecting to control the entire altercation. And for those who try and defend that punk, I tell them it is a cop’s responsibility, not the civilian’s, to maintain a level head and keep control of things without letting it go that far. Still, try as I might, the cop crusaders will always find some bullshit excuse to rationalize or justify bad cop behavior that, if it were anyone else, would get them arrested and rightfully so.

By now, I’m sure that everyone has seen the video of the two cop scumbags putting handcuffs on a 5 year-old, supposedly because her teacher was frustrated with the way she kept acting out. Somebody seriously needs to remind Miss Thang that if handling people under the age of ten is too damn difficult for her, then she should look for employment elsewhere pronto. That also goes for the female cop who felt the incessant desire to body slam a 80 year-old woman into the pavement causing a head injury, because she was in a parking lot threatening store shoppers, completely oblivious to the fact that this woman had a cane and Alzheimer’s. Well, that shit don’t matter if she’s black then. She’s a criminal who needs a can of whoop ass opened on her.

There are even some black folks who will speak out for cops, like when a teen girl was getting arrested for of all things jaywalking. The girl’s cousin, who was there, also attempted to physically interfere with what the cop was doing. So, he punched her in the face. Now, I admit Negroes who don’t look where they are going and just walk out into the street devil may care irk the hell out of me. But to not only try and arrest somebody for something so petty, but allow the moment to get so ridiculously out of hand is nobody’s fault but the cop himself. Unfortunately, that’s the way it is with a lot of cops, including black cops, who actually believe that their blue covers their black.

Guess again, stupid ass. It won’t protect you anymore than it protects the rest of us, which is not at all. Cops don’t serve and protect black people; they protect the interest of many whites and many white politicians. The mantra is, “I don’t care how you do it but keep those Negroes firmly at the gate.” Same as the barbarians, because to them that’s all we are. It should stand to reason that if a child is treated like a criminal for nothing, then an adult will certainly get zero respect.

I can’t rightly speculate whether or not what this woman did was the right thing. I do feel, however, that what the cop did wasn’t the right thing at all. He did it solely because he understands that in a country where certain people have no value, he can fire on them at will and not face any consequences. That is why it saddens me so much that the people who reciprocate against the cops do.

The Satire Argument

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Satire, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary, is a way of using humor to show that someone or something is foolish, weak, bad, etc. It is humor that shows the weaknesses or bad qualities of a person, government, society, etc. Satire is usually used as motivations or plot devices for stories in literary and film media, mostly used to get a few laughs in and to make people think and talk at the same time.

When satire misses it mark in any narrative, intentional or purposeful, and becomes neither funny nor thought-provoking, it shows up as an insult that mostly only privileged people fun hilarious. The satire argument is when people defend such offensive jokes in the mainstream, claiming it be “just satire”.

The American mainstream media factory continuously manufactures and distributes entertainment in the name of satire. The only concern is that most of the factory workers, and their bosses, are straight white males from the left. As such, most mainstream comedies are modeled for their amusement. What we find out there when we go to the movies or turn on the TV are stories and sketches that are supposed to mock society’s isms and phobias. However, a good chuck of those turn being part of the “other” into a punchline that seems never get old.

Take Seth MacFarlane’s animation empire on Fox. He has made a fortune in producing three animated sitcoms: Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show. All three shows are among Fox’s most popular programs. And all three rely heavily on MacFarlane’s brand of dark, blue-collar humor of fart jokes. gruesome violence and cutaway gags.

However, most of MacFarlane’s projects never tire on using white liberal humor that makes fun of anyone that is not straight, white and male. While some may argue that the real target for ridicule is aimed at American society, especially how white people think and act, the laughs are mostly aimed towards those who fit outside that exclusive box for straight, white American males only. Beyond that are jokes about women, people of color, foreigners, non-Christians and gays o’plenty.

Recently on Twitter, we saw Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report tried to poke fun at the current controversy surrounding Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins and his creation a foundation for Native Americans while still maintaining the name for his football team. But Colbert’s attempt at satire took a wrong turn when he tweeted about creating a foundation for Asian Americans called the “Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” Activist Suey Park caught wind of this, and a firestorm was ignited by the hashtag #cancelcolbert.

Stephen Colbert and the tweet that started it all

The controversy surrounding Colbert, Park and skit and tweets inbetween has still being debated with people talking sides on who’s the most wrong. Some will say that all parties involved got it wrong. But this attempt of satire, no matter how screwed up it is, has definitely got people talking, especially with how to approach social issues with a sense of humor.

Satire is hard to achieve, and without a doubt, you have to be clever as hell to get people laughing and thinking at the same time. It can’t simply be dismissed as “just” satire. White liberals in mainstream circuits use racism as a punchline for their comedy routines. But can bringing laughter to society’s problems really spark any hope of change? Is it supposed to invoke change? On the contrary, it seems to help desensitize an already insensitive public. And that’s no laughing matter.

Notable Links: 4-4/14

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The Washington Post Wants Us To ‘Stop Talking About’ Black Teens Who Got Into Ivy League Colleges (Thanks Courtney H.)

While media outlets across the country lit up with news of the rare achievement by 17-year-olds Avery Coffey and Kwesi Enin, who were both accepted to multiple Ivy League universities, Strauss argued it’s time to move on already, because we don’t know if they applied to Stanford.

Her beef? Apparently, while Ivy League institutions are some of the most selective schools in the nation, they aren’t picky enough for Strauss, who believes that universities should stop talking up the bona fides of the students who are admitted, and instead share the qualifications of those they reject.

While Strauss encourages those who were rejected by Harvard, Yale, and the rest of the Ivy League intuitions to “take heart” (and insinuating that Coffey and Enin didn’t really deserve to be admitted), I’ll continue to bask in the excellence of the young men’s achievements.

Colbert Logic

While The Colbert Report may indeed be satire, that’s really neither a defense nor a source of clarity. The discussion and critical engagement with this particular sketch (and the decontextualized tweet) should not be a referendum on whether “it’s satire or not” whereupon checking the satire box leads one directly to Go, skipping “is it racial/racist” square. Instead, we must ask, was it good satire? This is not about intent, but rather about its effectiveness as satire?

According to Lisa Guerrero, satire is “a form of literature, performance, or visual art that ridicules human folly as a means of social criticism in an effort to foment change and/or to serve as an admonition.” In this context, we can see how the recent sketch fits: Colbert sought to highlight the injustice and acceptance of racism evidenced by the nation’s #1 sport – national pastime 2.0 – having a team within the nation’s capital named for a violent and white supremacist racial slur. To illustrate this “folly,” to ridicule the normalization of this slur, and to mock owner Dan Snyder’s creation of “Original Americans Foundation,” Colbert imagined the creation of another organization.

Despite its racist name, its inclusion of a disparaging slur, the absurdity and hypocrisy of starting an organization seeped in anti-Asian stereotypes, it too would “provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities.” By Dr. Guerrero’s definition, Colbert sought to highlight the injustices associated with Snyder and his franchise by creating a legible parallel. That is, by highlighting the absurdity and unacceptability of his imaginary organization, we would see all that is wrong with Snyder. Change…admonition . . .drop the mic.

Broadway Success of ‘Aladdin’ Underscores Need for Arab Actors

While the show boasts one of the most racially diverse casts in Broadway history, it’s unclear if any of those actors are actually of Middle Eastern descent. In an email to the Huffington Post, a Disney rep explained that the cast’s ethnic breakdown can neither be confirmed nor denied because of the company’s adherence to the policy known as “colorblind casting.” Like it or not, ethnicity is left out of the casting process.

“Legally, the company is not allowed to ask potential employees about their ethnic background at any point during the hiring process,” the representative wrote. “We encourage actors of all cultural backgrounds to audition for our shows and are fiercely proud of our talented and diverse cast.”

But the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s national president Samer Khalaf says that the organization has been getting complaints from actors who say that they’ve been frustrated with the process.

Greediest family on earth: Proof Koch brothers have just one political principle

I know this because in Koch Industries’ weird, official screed against Obamacare, issued on the day Healthcare.gov first launched, its human resources director Dale Gibbens boasted, “For years, Koch Industries has worked to provide reasonably priced health care benefits.”

This is not something the Koch brothers consider a threat to the Republic, apparently. Perhaps deep down, or in the abstract, they think the government should not be subsidizing this healthcare and are simply following the rules of the road as set by others. That was the line they took when explaining why they participated in a temporary Obamacare program for early retirees. “Once laws or programs are enacted we will not place ourselves or our employees at a disadvantage by turning our back on incentives offered to our competitors.”

Yet despite the fact that employer-sponsored health insurance resembles Obamacare in many ways, the Koch network is not actively trying to repeal ERISA — the law that regulates employer-sponsored health plans — or to repeal the tax expenditure that allows them to advantageously provide the benefits they claim they’re working so hard to maintain.

R.I.P. Frankie Knuckles

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Frankie Knuckles, the Godfather of House

from Davey D’s Hip-Hop Corner

I’m at a loss words as I’m just getting word that House Music pioneer Frankie Knuckles has passed away..Man this hurts my heart. Known as the Godfather of House, Knuckles who was originally from the Bronx, New York moved to Chicago in the late 70s (1977) and started deejaying at a club called the Warehouse.

It was here that Knuckles introduced a style of deejaying accompanied with emerging uptempo soulful disco. This is not to be confused with the John Travolta/Bee Gees sound popularized in the movie ‘Saturday Night Fever‘ that led to the infamous slogan ‘disco sucks‘ and ironically a disastrous Disco Demolition Night by a notorious rock jock Steve Dahl in Chicago at Comiskey Park. The outcome of that event led to record companies abandoning disco and dance oriented music. The music being pushed by Knuckles survived and prospered.

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Editorial: The Logical Conclusions of White Noah

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Russell Crowe as Noah

Mallory Ortberg wrote a satirical commentary on the inner-workings of Hollywood casting, and how whiteness is humorously interjected into the movie Noah.

This is half of the entire article. You can read the rest here. We begin with a young man pitching an idea to a bunch of Hollywood suits:

YOUNG MAN [Nervously]: So I know biblical epics with fantastical elements are back in a big way right now, and I was thinking of a Moses adaptation–

SUIT #1: Like the Ten Commandments. Love it. Young Heston. Bringing the rifles down from the mountain, yelling at the Statue of Liberty. “I am the Lord your God, you shall keep your hands off me, you damn dirty apes.” I can see it already.

YOUNG MAN: Where he’s a dark-skinned man with an African wife. Which is, um, actually true to the text–

SUIT #2: Can I just stop you and say that I love where you’re going with this, but I’m thinking more of a Chris Pine for this part?

SUIT #3: And what if Chris Pine can fly?

SUIT #2: EXACTLY. And everything he touches turns to gold.

SUIT #1: Can I just interrupt for a second? Is anyone doing Noah right now? What about the dark-skinned Moses movie, but it’s about Noah and we get a Russell Crowe type?

SUIT #3: Love it.

SUIT #2: Love it. And one of the kids from Harry Potter. And someone who looks like a young Christian Slater, but isn’t.

SUIT #1: “White Noah.” I love it. Let’s make it happen.

WHITE NOAH

EXT. DAY. The downpour is just beginning. WHITE NOAH stands in front of a BOAT (think Patek Phillipe ads) surrounded by his family.

NOAH’S WIFE [shouting to be heard over the deluge]: BUT WHITE NOAH
HOW ON EARTH ARE WE GOING TO SURVIVE THIS FLOOD

WHITE NOAH: IT’S GOING TO BE OKAY.
I TOOK SAILING LESSONS AT THE YACHT CLUB.

EXT. DAY. Shoot of THE ARK floating on top of a drowned world.

WHITE NOAH [O/S]: OH MY GOD!
WHERE ARE MY SPERRYS?

EXT. DAY. The FLOODWATERS have begun to recede, revealing a land absolutely littered with water-logged corpses. The only survivors in the entire world are WHITE NOAH, his wife, his three sons and their wives. The full realization of what has happened finally strikes WHITE NOAH.

WHITE NOAH: oh my god
who are we going to keep out of the Yacht Club now?

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Notable Links: 3-28/14

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‘Colbert Report’ tweet stirs up anger

On Wednesday’s Colbert Report, the satirist made fun of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s recently announced Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation. Snyder created the charity “to provide resources that offer genuine opportunities for Tribal communities,” according to a press release, but Colbert mocked it as an attempt at positive PR for the NFL team and its controversial name, which many consider to be racist.

Playing off of Wednesday’s segment, the verified Twitter account for The Colbert Show, which is often written in the persona of the blowhard TV-host character Colbert portrays, posted this tweet on Thursday to its 1 million followers:

I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.— The Colbert Report (@ColbertReport) March 27, 2014

“Ching-Chong Ding-Dong” is a reference to a satirical Asian caricature Colbert has assumed on the show in the past, including a January 2011 segment attacking Rush Limbaugh. It was also part of Wednesday’s segment about the Redskins.

After outrage erupted on the social network, the tweet was deleted, but not before the #CancelColbert hashtag started trending.

White Women in American Pop Culture

The Sandra Bullock vehicle Blind Side is another example of the white woman as a central, racialized figure in a movie. As you may recall, the movie is based on the true story of a white woman who adopts an African American boy who comes from a poor family. I wrote about this moviewhen it came out last year and noted that it’s a version of the “white savior film” that many sociologists have studied. The film was a huge hit at the box office (grossing approximately$255 million dollars) and earned Sandra Bullock an Academy Award for Best Actress. It also seems to have prompted something of a life-imitating-art moment for Bullock who, shortly after the film – and her marriage – ended, adopted an African American child.

The entire premise of the film Blind Side rests on the race and gender of the lead character; there’s no story here without the central fact that this is a white woman adopting a black child. Imagine a Tyler Perry production where Janet Jackson is the playing the lead and she takes in a poor, African American child. It might get produced (by Perry and maybe Oprah) but it’s not going to do $255 million at the box office and Ms. Jackson (lovely as she is) is not getting an Oscar nod. The whiteness of the lead female character is the sine qua non of the Blind Side.

How Did Victor White III Die in the Backseat of a Police Car?

The night Victor White Sr.’s son died in the backseat of a cop car in New Iberia, Louisiana, he called the local sheriff’s station to figure out where his boy was.

“I asked them if he’d been apprehended, and they told me no,” he said to me. It wasn’t until the following morning, March 3, that Victor Sr. found out his son, Victor White III, had been arrested and died while in police custody. But he didn’t receive the news from the New Iberia Sheriff’s Department—he got the call from his son Leonard, who also lives in New Iberia and had been questioned that morning by police in connection with the death of his brother.

Immediately, of course, Victor Sr. made the two-hour drive from his home in Alexandria down to New Iberia to find out what the hell was going on. But the cops refused to tell him anything about the circumstances surrounding his 22-year-old son’s death, citing an ongoing investigation by the state police. At that point, Victor Sr. had no idea his son’s death was caused by a gunshot to the back while he was still in handcuffs in the backseat of a patrol car. Every official he talked to was cagey.

In Film Series ‘Little Brother,’ Black Boys Open Up About Love

Is that why “Little Brother” only features boys in the 9 to 13 age range?

That’s part of it. Also, we don’t see them. In the media we see black teens but you gotta get there first, right? And I knew that around age 10, something was happening to black boys—and we weren’t seeing anything on it. It’s popular to hear that when young black boys enter the 4th grade that’s when “they” start planning how many prison beds to account for. I don’t know who said that but what I do know is that Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu has said that the 4th grade is when boys emotionally drop out of school. Also, as you’re approaching the teen years and puberty, it’s a very special time and I thought that it would be cool to learn about when boys learn about their emotional, nurturing sides. Our approach is very direct. We focus on their emotional side, love, their love lives and what they project them to be. They teach us a lot.

The interviews are refreshingly intimate. Tell me more about the questions you asked them and why.

I wanted to know, what they thought they’d grow up to be. Were they planning on getting married or starting a family? If they were or were not born into traditional nuclear families, what did they think their own family was supposed to look like?

And what did you find?

These young black boys still carry very idealistic beliefs. They’re going to be grown men with partners and they’re going to have children—many children! They’re going to have a good life, be financially stable, have a good job and be alive. They haven’t projected anything other than that—and they include God in that plan.

Quick Thoughts: Overwhelmed

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Have you ever been slammed with so much negativity at one period in time that it drives you into depression? I have, more times than I care to count. Although, my personal life is running smooth, negativity from outside creeps up to attack you. This form of negativity is something – I think – comes from being part of the ‘other’ in this nation. And the bad vibes coming in are due to the echo chamber of mainstream society.

As I’ve said before in one article, I am not the most cheerful blogger. So, I understand completely if you want to discontinue following me. That notice will always stand. As a side note, I hate using the word ‘following’. It makes me sound like a cult leader or something, but you know what I mean. Anyway, if you want to leave, it’s cool. But if you want to stay, please know that this won’t be the last time you see this wolf extraordinarily depressed.

I usually get into depression mode whenever so much bad press sweeps in. I shouldn’t feel this way, I know. I understand that it’s a trick to lure you into a false since of insecurity, not to mention that it internalizes society’s hatred of what you are. Yet, I still can’t prevent such a reaction to occur, nor can I figure out why I allow it to happen.

Those of you who follow me (Ugh!) on Twitter know some of my tweets have been, shall we say, dismal. Let’s just say that I do that to cope and vent my colossal frustrations. Also, if you choose not to follow me there as well, it’s still okay. But like here, if you want to continue, prepare yourself for some tweets that are melancholy, to say the least.

As always, I will be okay. This will pass, until something or several things happen. This wolf will carry on like he always do, even with a 2,000 ton load on his mind.

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