By Lavern Merriweather:
Popular singing stars Katy Perry and Taylor Swift have found themselves in some very hot water lately. Ms. Perry, in fact, seems to be racking up quite a number of offenses against people of color.
A few years back at the American Music Awards show, she – for some inexplicable reason – thought it would be cool to dress as a geisha. According to some Asian civil rights groups, it wasn’t. They didn’t appreciate Ms. Perry dancing around in traditional Japanese garb making a mockery of it.
She also didn’t make friends with the Muslim community after her video “Dark Horse”. In one scene of the video, a sacred talisman symbol of Allah was burned and destroyed as Katy sits there licking her lips and gyrating while dressed as – I’m guessing – Cleopatra. A number of Muslim groups took her to task about being so utterly disrespectful, as well they should have. Yet, Ms. Perry doesn’t seem to want to learn her lesson.
In her latest monstrosity called “This is How We Do”, Katy is wearing a cornrow hairstyle while spouting off nonsensical comments trying to sound more urban. I watched the whole video out of pure curiosity, because I happened to stumble on it while flipping channels. I would have been angrier if it wasn’t so pathetic.
I have to ask; why the hell is it that white performers think wearing a Negro hairdo and warbling supposed ethnic sayings makes them hip? Either that or she was deliberately trying to make herself look that stupid, because she thinks the people who normally talk that way or wear their hair that way are stupid, lest we forget how much shit black women get for our hair from the white elite. We get shit for damn near everything we do, but this is an especially sore spot. It really gets me how white folks think our mannerisms are so foolish. Yet, they always copy them.
I don’t know if Katy was genuinely expressing some inner black diva or not. All I know is that whatever she was trying to pull off, she failed miserably on all counts.
That brings me to America’s favorite sweetheart Taylor Swift. The media’s sickening refusal to let go of the VMA moment where she got rudely interrupted by Kayne aside; I actually like most of Taylor’s songs. At least Taylor, unlike some artists, writes and produces her own stuff. Still, that doesn’t get her completely off the hook with her video “Shake it Off”.
The video and song itself are very silly. However, the controversy comes when Taylor dons a backward cap while doing some goofy breakdance moves as a bunch of black hip-hop dancers straight out of an 80’s movie twirl and spin on their heads behind her. But that’s not the worst of it. She then decides to do some fake twerking. In what is probably the most she will ever spend around Negroes in her entire lifetime, Taylor – surrounded by a bunch of black females – starts imitating the newest dance sensation. Once she realizes she can’t quite get it right, our plucky heroine just shrugs, then gives up.
When a few critics took Ms. Swift to task, a number of white female bloggers came to her defense. One woman even pointed out that Taylor has several forms of dance in the video, and she can’t perform any of them as well as the back-up dancers. I’m not disagreeing, and I’m not here to criticize or question whether Taylor was making fun of black people or not. I don’t know what the hell her intentions were. Maybe it was all done in good harmless fun. However, it really isn’t up to white person to tell us how we should feel about their imagery of us, particularly when you take into account the long standing and negative history of black folks portrayals by white artists.
Much of it today is still seen as entertaining like the film “Birth of a Nation” which was a recruiting tool for the Klan masquerading as a movie. At least that’s the way I see it, especially since the original title for the film was “The Klansman”. So, if I come off as little less than trusting of your motives, then that is my right.
Another white pop icon and repeat offender Justin Timberlake is also feeling the heat for his use of the slang term ‘ninja’. I found out recently that the word ‘ninja’ is supposed to be a replacement for the word ‘nigga’, which was derived from the highly offensive n-word as – I suppose – a way to make the word less vile. Apparently, Justin doesn’t want to stop making bonehead decisions. Either that, or he must like the taste of foot, because he keeps putting his in his mouth. E channel correspondent Maria Menonous felt the need to protect Justin by telling us overly sensitive Negroes that we should just get over it. Since Maria thinks that Justin didn’t mean any harm by his thoughtless behavior, we whiny black folks should stop complaining about every little perceived insult. Well if some overpaid, privileged, arrogant white woman believes that, then we black folks better take heed.
Like I stated before, it is not – I repeat – NOT for a white person to tell black people what we should or shouldn’t take personal offense to. That also goes for any non-black person, especially when one of them has their very own ‘Negro moment’. We will be the first group that they bitch to, as opposed to the white people that actually said or did something obnoxious to begin with.
Another thing that gets on my very last nerve is talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and her wannabe “Soul Train” bullshit. Perhaps she actually is a fan of all that black folks dance music that she plays every show. Still, from where I sit, it looks utterly phony and contrived. If I got my own TV talk show and came out strutting my fancy moves to music by white artists, I doubt highly that I would be met with her same enthusiasm. Black folks get enough crap for daring to step outside the box by appreciating such acts as AC/DC or Nirvana. Yet, DeGeneres can play black folks tunes all she dang well pleases.
Funny how we are so beneath white people but they still manage to find our music or mannerisms appealing. The so called fist bump was originally named ‘knuckles’ and ‘daps’. However, the minute it caught on with white people ,they just had to change the name. It’s like the white male twin comedy duo Randy and Jason Sklaar once said “Black people create something. White people cultivate it. Then, white people ruin it”. That about sums it up as well as anybody could.
adversity, America, black, celebrity, crime, education, entertainment, hip-hop, history, internet, Latin, media, men, murder, music, news, Notable Links, police, privilege, racism, reality TV, relationships, sexism, sexual assault/rape, skin color, sports, stereotypes, television, white, women, youth
adversity, America, black, crime, education, entertainment, foreign, internet, intraracism, media, men, murder, music, news, Notable Links, privilege, racism, sexism, skin color, stereotypes, white, women, youth
I feel like there is a deep sickness within Hip-Hop culture that needs to be addressed and it is one of self-hatred. Have Black and Latino women and men become so ingrained into believing that we are not beautiful that we eagerly promote and consume anything that seems “different” “exotic?” Why is it then that in most rap songs the lyrics contains phrases like “long haired thick redbone” or “foreign” in reference to woman?
I know that Hip-Hop and rap in particular are not cure-alls to societal ills, but one has to step back and imagine the damage the artists are doing to the psyches of those who consume their music and literally buy into their images. If I were a young Black or Latino woman and all I heard growing up listening to and operating within Hip-Hop culture was that you had to be “foreign” or a “long haired thick redbone” and I didn’t fit the bill, I would carry around unnecessary emotional baggage because I’m participating in a culture that doesn’t value or place emphasis on my beauty.
On November 2, 2013, 19-year-old McBride stumbled onto Wafer’s porch in Dearborn Heights, Michigan at 2:30 a.m. after suffering a car accident a town or so away two hours earlier. It is not known where she went between crashing her car and arriving on Wafer’s doorstep. When McBride knocked on Wafer’s screen door, her family says she was looking for help and access to a phone. Wafer opened his front door and fatally shot her in the head through his screen door. He did not call 911 until after he’d fired, telling dispatchers, “I just shot somebody on my front porch with a shotgun, banging on my door.” His attorneys say he was fearful for his life.
After the incident, Wafer was not arrested. Instead he turned himself in nearly two weeks later on November 15, the day of his arraignment when he was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and possession of a felony firearm.
From her family’s perspective McBride’s murder was racially charged; a black women asked for assistance and was instead seen as a threat by a white man and killed. On the other hand, Wafer’s defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter highlighted that McBride’s blood alcohol level at the time of her death was twice the legal limit and she had marijuana in her system. Carpenter said that Wafer was afraid so he shot McBride in self defense.
David Van Valen has a life that is built for legend. The young scientist and his family set trends years ago when he was accepted to MIT at the age of 13. While other kids his age were mastering videogames and hip-hop lyrics, David was preparing to dominate the future, taking a whopping 25 college courses while he was in high school, which he started at the “wise old age” of 10.
Halfway through the sixth grade, the work was just too easy. So, David’s mother petitioned to have him sent directly to high school. When the school said no, she simply did what any good parent would do: Worked around the system. She and her husband had David and his brother Joseph homeschooled for two years, giving them a far better education than the one they would have received in any public (or even private) school system.
Cherisse Martin, mother of Rikki Cooper, said her daughter rang her in tears after a female staff member at Countdown Dinsdale, in Hamilton, used the store’s intercom system to track her movements.
Cooper went to the Countdown on Thursday for her weekly grocery shopping when over the speakers she and other shoppers could hear a female staff member describe her as a “Maori girl” who needed to be watched.
The incident has sparked outrage across New Zealand and a Facebook account has been set up to boycott the Countdown supermarket on Whatawhata Rd.
She has been one of the city’s few female firefighters for more than a decade and now she’s Miss March — the first woman featured in the FDNY Calendar of Heroes.
Danae Mines, an 11-year veteran, said she’s always wanted to be one of the 13 smoke-eaters featured in the yearly pictorial, but was told the honor was reserved for men only.
“I was told that it was all guys,” Mines, who is assigned to Engine Co. 60 in the South Bronx, told the Daily News.
“They said if I made it in the calendar, I would look like a pinup girl.”
adversity, America, black, celebrity, entertainment, fathers, guest post, Hispanic, history, Latin, media, men, music, Pierce Brosnon, privilege, racism, rants, relationships, Richard Williams, sports, Sports Illustrated, stereotypes, Steve Garvey, the Williams sisters, white, women, youth
By Lavern Merriweather
What do Stephen King, Demi Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Dolly Parton, Tom Cruise, Lara Flynn Boyle and the lead singer of Everclear all have in common? They were all raised without a father in their lives. There might even be more white celebrities on that list. Yet, as Brotha has stated on this blog and others elsewhere, white males in the media seem obsessed with the notion that single parent homes only exist in the black community. And I don’t mean he died from some unforeseen tragedy. I mean his sorry ass abandoned his kids by walking out the door and never looking back.
Matter of fact, when Mr. Brosnan, a.k.a. James Bond himself. mentioned his deadbeat father Tom, you could still see the hurt in his eyes. Believe it or not, white males can be cold hearted bastards too when it comes to not giving a shit about their offspring. Some probably can’t even wait to head out the back door when the true responsibility of being a parent finally hits them. That’s not an excuse, not hardly.
I think any man who walks out on his family is a pathetic little punk, black, white whatever. But whenever we start a national dialogue on losers who leave their families, the blame almost always falls on the usual suspects. And that is of course black men. There was even some asshole Hispanic comedian, whose name escapes me and probably isn’t all that funny, that made a snide joke about the 50 Cent hit song “Magic Stick”. Mr. self-righteous had the gall to say that the song is called that because every time he gets a girl pregnant he disappears. So what? Latino men stay and not stray when they make a baby with a girl out of wedlock? Right! We NEVER have a Latino man leave a girl with a bun in the oven high and dry. Your absolutely right, dude. Every single solitary Hispanic male that has gotten a girl pregnant has stayed with her from the moment of birth, right up until the time that Junior enters college in the fall. And if you believe that, one then you might as well put milk and cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve. He’s bound to be a little hungry with all that traveling around.
While I understand that there are plenty of black males masquerading as men and not fulfilling their obligations as fathers, the idea that black males are solely causing the problem is not only racist and offensive but pure bullshit. My father was a black man, and he was in my life for practically my whole life until he passed in 2005. So, when I hear some jackass, especially a fellow Negro, knock all black men for not doing what they are supposed as fathers, I want to knock their block off. I’m not even kidding on that one, because I take that mentality personally. My father stepped up to the plate, unlike some white males, and was there for me and my siblings. The next motherfucker who makes a malicious comment about black men not being good dads or dads period better not say it in front of me!
What gets me most is that even if you are there for your kids, you still have to take shit from white men in the media. Famed tennis star Andre Agassi has no relationship at all with his father. Tennis player Mary Pierce had to temporarily hire bodyguards to protect her from her father. Tennis champ Steffi Graf’s dad has been in and out of prison for tax evasion, racketeering and swindling folks out of their hard earned money. And former tennis phenom Jennifer Capriati is a one-woman crime spree.
Yet, it is invariably the father of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams, Richard Williams, who gets the most grief. The only reason for that, I figure, is the glaringly obvious one. His daughters are well spoken, have never broken the law and have excelled in their chosen sport far past many others in a field where they have held their heads very high, despite taking cheap shots from the media, public and other players, which I can only imagine is that typical reason I was referring to. They have had to face resentment for no other reason than they are young black women in a white dominated game whose father’s amazing and valuable influence is highly evident. Still, that ain’t enough for the white media elite.
They just have to find some excuse – any excuse – to hate a black male, including one who is being the complete opposite of what they say black men usually are, and that is available to raise the kids you created. So, you are pretty much damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
When Richard was standing up for Venus because a jealous white ‘bleep bleep’ named Irina Spirlea deliberately bumped into her, he was still chastised. To those pious white males that whined about his comments towards Spirlea, I say kiss his black ass! You are the same ones decrying black men not being there at every turn, yet criticize them when they are.
When a black father was shown on video threatening some of his daughter’s classmates who were bullying her because she is somewhat slow mentally, he was also berated. Okay, first off, those kids were bullying little punks who deserved whatever the hell they got. He didn’t lay a finger on any of them, and he was just telling them if they didn’t back off, he was going to make them back off, something that most parents would do when they discover that some snotnosed fools are harassing their kid. But a black man, regardless of how hard he is maintaining his status as a good father, will face verbal terrorism from white males. His words came out of frustration for how his baby girl was getting treated by those thugs. Any adult worth their salt that has kids would prefer to face whatever challenges or obstacles their child is facing to spare them.
And if it’s not complaining or making stupid hypocritical jokes, white people make it up as they go along. When the late and very great syndicated columnist Carl Rowan wrote that rich, white stars in Hollywood don’t face the same vilifying that poor single black moms do for having kids out of wedlock, some arrogant snot responded in a letter by trying to claim that it was a financial issue. So, somehow that made it okay. Well, if that’s the case, fool, then why do white males in the media yack about rich black male athletes that have multiple babies with multiple women? Not to mention completely forgetting the fact that it’s really none of their business to begin with and that many of the white male celebrities that they admire on stage and screen are guilty of the very same thing.
If we are going to start holding men responsible, then let’s hold them all responsible. But that’s the problem. We don’t hold all men accountable. White males believe they are exempt when the criticism starts flying, particularly for something as serious as not being there for your kid. White males can dish it out, but never have to be bothered with taking the heat themselves.
A while back, the world’s most racist publication Sports Illustrated did a cover story called “Where’s Daddy” that featured a small black child on the front. The article was meant to be a smear campaign that pointed out the supposed rampant hormones of many black male athletes making babies that they didn’t want afterward. Keep in mind, this is the same magazine that has shown white males such as Mark McGuire, Joe Montana and Curt Schilling with their children. But when it comes to black men, the only image we see is of selfishness as a young black boy looks forlorn into the camera as if he were pleading with his eyes for daddy to come home.
This is the worst type of racist propaganda. They might as well be the Nazis spreading lies that Jews eat babies. No, black males just leave them to fend for themselves apparently. How much cash money you want to bet that if it were an entertainment magazine instead, they would not put a picture of one of the many kids Mick Jagger has with different women on the cover. I’d bet 50 million dollars, because that’s how confident I am. I would be right.
Former baseball great Steve Garvey has so many children out of wedlock, he could make a Little League team with just his kids alone. However, because he was once the media’s golden boy with perfect hair and a charming smile, they just can’t bring themselves to hate on their favorite son. Black men, on the other hand, are fair game. In fact, they are the white male media’s best game. They just better not have too many kids with too many baby mommas in the stands, lest they raise the high and mighty media ire.
adversity, America, Asian, black, celebrity, crime, entertainment, foreign, Gary Glitter, guest post, history, Jeremy Meeks, Jimmy Page, Lynyrd Skynyrd, media, men, music, news, pedophilia, privilege, racism, rock and roll, sexual assault/rape, skin color, white, women
by Lavern Merriweather
Jeremy Meeks is a name that – by now – should probably be very well known to anyone reading this. He is the young, perfect jawed, bald, bi-racial felon with blue eyes that has many women swooning on the web after seeing his mugshot. Mr. Meeks’ popularity – such as it is – has taken off so much that a few modeling agencies have offered to sign him to a contract. However, it seems that some are not that impressed. In fact, they have eagerly voiced their disdain.
Two white female anchors for the Headline News (HLN) cable news network named Lynn Berry and Christi Paul felt the need to criticize the women falling head over heels for Mr. Meeks. They even had the utter nerve to whine about him being a ‘felon’ while they spent damn near the entire hour of the show talking about him. What should and could easily have been a five minute soundbite turned into almost the whole show of them complaining as they read some negative Facebook comments from viewers.
I mention this, because while I get that Mr. Meeks has broken the law, it’s still sad that this is what passes for news these days. We get a lot of typical self-righteous preaching from a group of people woefully ill-equipped to judge anybody.
Let’s cut the crap here. Mr. Meeks is getting attention and then vilification because he is a partly black male. As I have stated in previous posts, white people going out of their way to piss and moan at a person of color, especially a Negro, can’t come from anywhere but a place of race, particularly when there are some rather depraved and vile stories about a number of white male celebrities who are revered in this country. That shows what completely sick, sadistic, rotten little people they are that would make your hair stand on end and your skin crawl.
I just recently discovered that lead guitarist for the band Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, committed an act of despicable cruelty and perversion. Years ago, Page was at a club where he spotted a young female who was underaged.He instructed one of his roadies to approach the girl, who was only 14, and pass her along. Turns out he did more than that. He grabbed the girl and forced her to get into Page’s limo, where he threatened her if she tried to leave. He told her that if she “fucking moved”, he “would take her fucking head off”, a quote the accomplice of the degenerate pedophile made to keep this young girl from escaping.
Page then took the girl to his house and after spending several hours raping and forcing her to drink alcohol, he finds out that she is actually far too young to be a f**k buddy for his creepy grown ass. When this happens, instead of doing the right and humane thing of turning himself in to the cops, Page chooses to hold her hostage for the next three years at his home, in hopes of keeping his secret hidden.
Why this worthless sack of crap never saw a day in prison is beyond me. It can’t be because England has a different set of rules when it comes to the rape and kidnapping of minors than in most countries. I’m not fully aware of what the girl did legally afterwards. If anything, I do know that she wrote a book about her ordeal, even going so far as to defend her so-called ‘relationship’ with Page by calling it romantic while showing classic symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome, where a victim that has been held captive for a long period of time comes to not only sympathize with their kidnapper but protect them from criticism by justifying their immoral, horrific behavior. Maybe that is her way of dealing with such a brutal and wretched situation, but the rest of us don’t have to feel that way. Far as I am concerned, Page is forever tainted in my mind and his sinister actions can’t afford him any other label but a monster. And he’s just the tip of the iceberg.
A member of the legendary rock group Lynyrd Syknyrd is also a lowly little pervert menace to minors. A prominent member of the band raped a 15 year-old girl at the Ozark Mountain Festival in 1975 and has since swathed a path of pedophilia to where he has had to register as a sex offender for the past five years.
Former British rocker Gary Glitter who coined the phrase ‘glam rock’ and was noted for his wild stage persona and flamboyant costumes has been thrown out of Vietnam, Thailand and Taiwan because he keeps inviting 10 and 11 year old girls to his house. I’m pretty sure it ain’t to play Barbie dolls or have a slumber party.
It appears that the amount of sordid demented tales from the white male rock community of disgusting incidents involving little girls runs very long and very deep, among other shitty, illegal things that would land many of the rest of us in prison where we would belong.
For those of you who question what does all of that have to do with Jeremy Meeks, well I tell you. Granted, I understand clearly that Mr. Meeks is no Boy Scout. He is in jail, after all. But he is being given a second chance, and as far as I’m concerned, he deserves one. I saw most of the things that Mr. Meeks has been in trouble with. Yet, none of it even comes close to be as wicked and evil as some of the shit I spoke about with the rock stars.
So, I question why is it that they get to live as free men enjoying fabulous palatial homes, being showered with millions of dollars, being beloved and worshiped by adoring and, in some cases, unsuspecting fans, while somebody like Jeremy is made into a pariah by the very media that glorifies deplorable scumbags, all in the sake of loving whoever looks like you no matter how miserable a person they are.
And for those of you high minded Negroes who say what white people do has nothing to do with black folks, I say that’s a crock and a cop-out. ANY adult who violates the sexual innocence of a child IS my fucking business and it should be yours too, especially if as many black people seem to claim that they find that sort of act completely reprehensible, which it is. The time has long since passed where black folks can justify holding ourselves to a higher standard than that of white people, if we really truly mean what we say. Either we put every single last bad guy in front of the firing squad or we don’t put anybody there at all.
adversity, America, Anita Hill, Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, black, celebrity, Chris Brown, Clarence Thomas, class, crime, entertainment, feminism, foreign, guest post, Jay-Z, Joel McHale, media, men, Mike Tyson, Mitrice Richardson, music, Nigeria, Paula Jones, politics, privilege, racism, relationships, Rihanna, sexism, Solange, Stacey Dash, stereotypes, white, women
by Lavern Merriweather
Rarely do you have a white male host of some goofy cable show that pokes fun at celebrity gossip and stupid TV antics be the voice of reason. But stranger things have happened.
The other night on E channel’s “The Soup”, comedian Joel McHale who hosts the show mentioned Solange Knowles recent complete and utter moment of ratchetness. He contrasted the attention that story is getting with the amount of attention being paid to the 200 some kidnapped Nigerian girls being held hostage by a psychotic terrorist leader that has boasted on video how many times he and his men have been raping the girls and claiming that they will be forced into marriage. While I hope and pray that isn’t true and that this situation has a positive conclusion, I have to applaud Mr. McHale for his very astute observation.
It seems that the media focusing on the plight of black women in either this country or others depends solely on how moronically we are behaving. They appear to be salivating at the chance to finally find some excuse, no matter how petty, to attack the power couple that is Beyoncé and rapper Jay-Z, who – for the most part – have been a relatively controversy free duo, unlike some people in Hollywierd that seem to welcome happily any opportunity to showcase themselves at their highest level of stupidity.
Sure, the media has tried its damndest to find any reason, regardless of how ridiculous and pointless, to criticize the older Ms. Knowles. However, she wasn’t even involved in the altercation between her husband and his sister-in-law. To his credit, Jay-Z showed a tremendous amount of restraint when Beyoncé’s sister was taking swings at him, something I doubt a lot of grown men would have done, especially ones who are wealthy and being kicked, then spit on.
As for Solange, I have no clue what set her off exactly, but I do feel that her response was tacky and foolish. She was the ultimate in being a hoodrat. And I don’t say that, because I feel that she should care what white people have to say or think about this incident.
As Brotha and many a black folk in the blogworld have said previously, obnoxious acts of asinine behavior comes in all races. Plenty of times, we have seen white women on reality TV, and those who are celebrities, act like childish idiots. Yet, the spotlight almost always falls invariably on black women, particularly when the media can point fingers of disgust and say, “See we were right all along. They are just dumb angry bitches itching for a fight.” Don’t forget these are the same folks who, when given a chance to use black women to selectively demonize a black man, will jump right on it.
In 1991, when Clarence Thomas was about to be appointed to the Supreme Court by then President George H. Bush, some allegations came out that he sexually harassed a former employee named Anita Hill. The white female feminist brigade came out to so-called support Ms. Hill in full force, completely oblivious to the fact that they have spent many decades ignoring issues specific to black women. They rushed with the style of a jet pack strapped to their back to hoist Anita upon their shoulders as the poster woman of sexual harassment – I assume – in an effort to bring enlightenment and awareness to what women have to suffer daily in a hostile, sexually oppressive environment.
Flash forward some years later to when one time governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton was elected president. Mr. Clinton, or “Sweet Slick Willie” as I like to call him, was accused by a hotel employee named Paula Jones of sexual harassment. She claims that Clinton propositioned her by exposing himself and demanding sexual favors. As to be expected, white women’s attitude changed the minute the race did. They not only denounced Ms. Jones as a liar but said that it was just a sour grapes plot by the Republicans to get even for their treatment of Thomas. They never once caught on that their accusations, coupled with their denial, gave much needed fuel to the conservative media’s fire. A double standard was at play.
Around that same time, former boxing champ Mike Tyson better known as “Iron Mike” was embroiled in a rape scandal. A woman named Desiree Washington who was a contestant in a beauty pageant that Tyson attended says he raped her. Once again, the white feminist brigade was supposedly there to rally for her as they circled the wagons. Then, when a member of the Kennedy family named William Kennedy Smith was accused of rape as well, the feminist cries for justice yet again turned to mush. They couldn’t be bothered fighting for the rights of their own when there was a black man to selectively target.
I bring up those two instances to correlate how white people in this case, white women only give a shit when it suits their agenda. I don’t believe that they cared anymore about either Ms. Hill or Ms. Washington than they do about the trash thrown into the streets at New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. It was nothing more than an attempt to further stereotypes and prove their racist mindset valid.
When comedian and beloved TV star Bill Cosby’s son Ennis was brutally gunned down by a white male illegal immigrant from Russia, his own wife Camille blasted the media for disregarding their tragedy, pain and anguish to report on the more salacious tale that Mr. Cosby may have fathered a child out of wedlock with another woman. She even said that the Russian male was taught to hate black people by America. She must have been talking directly about the American media because they do a wonderful job of playing negative racist clichés against people.
“Clueless” star and recent political aficionado, the beautiful Stacey Dash, claimed that her ex-husband, who is white, was physically abusive during their marriage to the point where Ms. Dash had to get a restraining order after they divorced. Now, I have never had to file one, but I would guess that any woman who does, does it because she’s afraid of what her man is capable of. Typical that the same folks, including Negroes, who broke a neck running to protect Rhianna after she was assaulted by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown were nowhere to be found for Stacey.
Even queen mammy Oprah was silent, despite her supposed staunch desire to be a guardian for the beaten pop star. Funny, she doesn’t seem that willing to speak out for Ms. Dash or countless other black women who have been victims, even those at the hands of white males such as Mitrice Richardson who was a young black female that got arrested by some white cops for being belligerent in a restaurant . She was taken to a police station where she was later inexplicably dropped off in one of the city’s worst neighborhoods, an area that she didn’t even live at. Her body was found several weeks later bruised and battered. Although her mother stated that Ms. Richardson was bipolar as well as manic depressive, the cops were not reprimanded in any way. And her story was given the brush off by every major news outlet as well as many local ones. The outcry for Ms. Richardson and many other black females is virtually non-existent when they aren’t famous or when there isn’t a black man available to vilify.
Apparently, most people, some of whom are black, don’t give a rat’s ass. Which is why I am grateful that Mr. McHale so adroitly pointed out the lack of coverage for young black girls in need versus that of a young black woman making a damn fool of herself. Thank you so very much Joel.
by Lavern Merriweather
Global embarrassment and decades long punch line Vanilla Ice once had the absolute gall to say in an interview that he was ‘bored’ with hip-hop and rap now. Right, history’s most pathetic has-been whose had to cancel every concert for the past 18 years due to low ticket sales thinks that he has any business commenting on a music genre predominated by black males. Don’t you just love when white folks feel the need to tell us what to do?
And he’s not the only one. Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz also complained that rappers need to step up their game. To that, I say that if you don’t like what black folks are doing, then come up with your OWN shit and stop copying everything we do! Typical that the very same folks who believe that they are so superior to us are always ripping off what we do, as if they invented it themselves.
I was watching a show on VH1 called the “Tanning of America” about how hip-hop and black style in general has become a major influence on popular American culture. When the topic of successful rappers that have changed the game came up, white rapper Eminem was invariably mentioned. Of course, he was spoken of like he was the second coming holy grail of rap music. Apparently, whatever Negroes create cannot get a complete stamp of approval unless a white person comes along. From jazz, blues, gospel, disco and now rap, black people’s music talent isn’t be recognized or acknowledge, until white folks have a hero to shower all the accolades on, especially if they couldn’t stand what black people were doing before. It suddenly turns into something glorious when white people participate.
VH1, being the worst of the lot, is perpetuating that mentality. Those exact same people at that network who are supposedly so holier-than-thou and just hate any form of misogyny or prejudice saw no reason whatsoever to criticize their ultimate golden boy Eminem, despite the fact that he also sees nothing wrong with speaking his mind on his ex-wife or the gay population in the most negative way possible. Maybe they have a different take on respecting women, but I certainly don’t think that anybody who says he will bury his estranged wife’s body where she will never be found is some suave gentleman. Instead, he should be celebrated like he’s a paragon of class and sophistication.
VH1 also weren’t nearly as bent out of shape when Eminem threatened indie rocker Moby with bodily harm at a MTV video awards show as they were when black rapper Kanye interrupted country star Taylor Swift. Seems that being white means that you are automatically a shitload more talented than anybody else, especially Negroes, and that you can say or behave however the hell you want with no repercussions or consequences. Most of the white media elite obviously don’t think that Eminem even deserves any. Nor do they think that they should start their own form of entertainment because them being white alone makes it better by default.
Lest we forget, rock music was called devil’s music before Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and of course Elvis decided to join in. Also, Bo Derek’s braided hair-look for her signature role in the smash hit “10” was named after her by white folks in the celebrity media, even though black women have been wearing braids in our hair for the longest of times. Somehow when we do it, that isn’t significant enough. It has to be done by a white person before anyone should give a crap.
I remember one time when Prince was performing on an awards show and the announcer said he was doing his new hit “Little Red Corvette”, when in reality, that song was playing for 3 months on black music charts. The ‘fist bump’ move was called ‘daps’ before white people started calling it something else. This is how things usually work. Black people start it then white people end it.
And if it’s not mimicking us, then it’s outright acting as if we have made zero contributions to the society we live in. The street light, cotton gin, uses of plasma, among many other things, were all done by black men. Yet, their inventions or discoveries get ignored by most history books and media denizens who use any and all opportunities to gush about Thomas Edison or Benjamin Franklin. Edmund Perry would have been lost and probably died a horrible death were it not for his black male aide Matthew Henson, whom he often referred to as his ‘little colored boy’. Yeah, well that ‘colored boy’ just saved your sorry ass life, asshole. It wouldn’t surprise me that he was treated like pure crap but did his job anyway to the best of his abilities, like how most black people back in the day did. Do your best with a shuffle and smile, in spite of how you feel about your boss’s overwhelming racism.
Even if a black person is revered for their music efficiency, it’s only because their talent can’t be ignored or overshadowed by a white performer. Kanye’s talent can’t be denied. No matter how reluctantly the media has to agree, they still do it with the most grimaced of faces. It’s like yes, we will say it too but we would rather be fawning over another white person. You just happened to be the only one available.
That’s why when I follow a black singer, rapper or what have you, I pay no attention to the attention or lack thereof they get from the white media. I don’t need a group of people who revel in their own importance, pretending they like someone they ordinarily look their nose down on. My self-esteem does not rest on arrogant, overprivileged assholes to tell me who is or isn’t more valuable as an entertainer. Or as a human being either.
CORRECTION: KingoftheTeddyBears pointed out that it wasn’t Edmund Perry, it was Robert Edwin Peary, Edmund Perry was a 17 year old black teen from Harlem, NY who was brutally murdered by Lee Van Houten, a Caucasian plain-clothes officer in 1985 for allegedly attempting to rob him…
by Lavern Merriweather
I once read on another website the phrase that privilege hates to lose its place. And that is certainly true when it comes to black women who have any type of notoriety.
Recently, a member of the all-white, all female indie rock group Warpaint Theresa Wayman took pop queens Beyoncé and Rhianna to task. Ms. Wayman seems to think that those two ladies aren’t doing enough to live up to the standard of talent set by women in music before them. Apparently, she believes that since they don’t write their own songs or play instruments, they aren’t true musicians. Weird, considering that Ms. Knowles aka Beyoncé is credited with writing several of her own biggest hits. But that doesn’t make her a proper role model in some white folks eyes, because she emphasizes her sexuality more than her pipes.
Beyoncé also got criticized by some cowardice little snots on Twitter because of a photo showing her golfing with thighs far too slim for a Negress. America’s biggest hypocrite and dirty old pervert Bill O’ Reilly got into the fray by saying that she’s more about her bank account than empowering women. This prick thinks he is some authority on what’s best for women. Please, let’s ask his former producer Andrea Mackaris who sued his sorry sleazy ass for sexual harassment if he’s the proper spokesman for women’s rights. It’s highly doubtful that she would agree and say ‘yes’.
Rhianna is also getting bashed for constantly putting up pictures of herself on Instagram with her nipples practically showing. Keep in mind, most of the whiners are the same folks who had zero problem with the decades upon decades of white female sexuality being on display in this country. Many a beautiful white woman from Europe, as well, has found success in the North by doing nothing more than sticking out her chemically-enhanced pouty lips and batting her eyes seducing white male geek fans everywhere with a promise that they just might actually have a shot with her. Her breasts are always sticking out as part of the equation, while the sanctimonious critics of black women drool with untamed lust.
This is the classic M.O. of the arrogant, hopelessly egotistical and overprivileged. Our sexuality, no matter how disgusting and overly graphic, is acceptable, but you darkies are unattractive. And we refuse to see you as anything but spayed and neutered like our pets.
I wonder how the 20 women that have filed sexual harassment lawsuits against the white males of Fake Noise a.k.a. Fox News feel about being empowered working in that environment.
Back in the day, ‘empowerment’ was exactly the word they used for faded pop icon Madonna. It’s the word that they also use many times for current white female songstress such as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Somehow being overtly sexual and shaking your ass is seen as being strong when you are a white female on stage. But when you are black and female, it’s just another reason for the white male media to hate you and make disparaging comments about your looks.
Granted, both Beyoncé and Rhianna have chosen this career path and all the scrutiny and trappings that comes with it. Good, bad or indifferent. However, when there are those who blatantly change their tune because of race, it’s well past time to call bullshit. Unlike white females, women of color, especially black women, have to deal with sexiam and racism. Racism, of course, being the main proponent from the dominant society every time. It’s like they can just completely forgo or forget their very own words of praise when they heap on the criticism, usually over whatever petty nonsense they can come up with.
If it’s not her thighs being too small, then they are too big, as professed nightly by E! late night TV host Chelsea Handler, who seems to have a personal vendetta against Ms. Knowles as evidence by her endless array of snide comments. Theresa Wayman tried desperately to weasel her way out of her haughty and bigoted sermonizing by saying that she actually really loves Beyoncé and Rhianna and that she meant no harm. Then, she proceeded to throw the writer who interviewed her under the bus as if that lady has some Jedi mind control over Ms. Wayman’s mental state. In the comments section of the website, some tried to defend Ms. Wayman when others like myself called her on her racism and rightfully so. They seemed to believe that she was taking a stand against women in music, and in general, having to perform like strippers, that a lot of music involving women is been bombarded lately with racy images that overshadow talent. HORSESHIT!
If she was about protecting the integrity of music, then why didn’t she whine about the white women who parade around their bodies in an effort to get noticed? And if you think that most – if not all – white female singers, musicians, what have you don’t take full advantage of their God given lady parts in one way or another, then I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell. Lady Gaga is one of the biggest offenders this side of Miss W herself. Yet, she has never been held to the same standard of Beyoncé. Gaga, Perry, or any other white woman for that matter, would have to do something so completely outrageous in order for them to be condemned. Most of the times they are lauded instead for being flamboyant. For making us laugh or for behaving so silly, black women – on the other hand – aren’t ever given that kind of leeway. If you are a black female, all they need as an excuse to attack you is for them to catch you breathing.