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From the Huffington Post:
Thomas “Tommy” Ford, best known for his role as Tommy Strawn on the hit 90’s show “Martin, died on Wednesday at age 52 in Atlanta.
The actor had been recovering from knee replacement surgery and was admitted into an Atlanta hospital over the weekend, according to TMZ. Though the family’s spokeswoman Joy Pervis did not give the cause of his death, NBC reports that Ford suffered from a burst abdominal aneurysm and was placed on life support.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved son, father, brother, husband and friend Tommy Mykal Ford,” Pervis said in a family statement posted on social media. “On behalf of the family, we would like to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers.”
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The buzz about The Birth of a Nation, the movie about Nat Turner’s slave rebellion and actor Nate Parker’s project has been active for almost a year since news first broke out about it. People have anticipated a film about a revolt against slavery that was named after another much earlier film that depicted the rise of the Ku Klux Klan. The first movie was released in 1915 was popular among white movie goers showcasing racist stereotypes of African Americans. Despite that, it is still considered an important piece of film history to this day.
But just like the original film, it’s modern incarnation is not without controversy, especially surrounding the producer. Several weeks before its release, past sexual assault allegations have surfaced. Parker, along with his friend and co-author Jean McGianni Celestin while students at Penn State, went to trial for rape accusations, but was ultimately acquitted two years later. Sadly, in 2012 Parker’s accuser committed suicide. And despite news of her death reached Parker, he generally doesn’t seem fazed enough to apologize.
The resurfacing of Parker’s rape accusations has become a side-story whenever Birth of a Nation is discussed, usually praised. Movie fans and critics alike contend that it’s a must see film. For Black Americans, it’s a changing of the norm. There are no white saviors to step in and save black folks and even though it’s another film based on slavery, the slaves rise up against oppression. Why not see it?
Even though Parker’s moral character has come into questioning since news surfaced about his allegations from the past and his current reactions toward them, not all black people are on board with the movie hype. Some expressed anger towards his indifference and victimhood, disappointed that one of their brightest stars is sounding more and more like an unfeeling douche bag unwilling to do anything to tackle the issue responsibly.
But like anyone else, there are black people who blindly support such people, because their art and talents are more prominent than their misdeeds and crimes. Men like Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Mel Gibson, Robert Downy, Jr., Charlie Sheen, former-President Bill Clinton and Presidential-hopeful Donald Trump are still beloved, adored and praised among many people. Their great accomplishments have largely overshadowed their most heinous sins.
Black people are like anyone else. Some of us still show support for icons through thick and thin. We still love Bill Cosby, Mike Tyson, Afrikaa Bambataa, R. Kelly, Chris Brown and even O.J. Simpson. (Well, maybe not quite O.J. Simpson.) Part of that is due to the history, past and contemporary, of racial hoaxes which resulted in the lynching of scores of black men in the South. It’s made many of us suspicious of accusations of violence against black men, especially if the victim and accuser is white. Nate Parker’s victim was reportedly a white female. News about his rape accusation surfaced weeks before the release of the movie. So, many black folks theorize a racist conspiracy against a famous black man who produced an anti-slavery film to bring him down.
But there’s another depressing side to this. Nate Parker was a rising icon among the black community. We saw him an innovator or revolutionary of sorts. Black people see the successes and failures of individual black people as successes and failures of the entire race. When some of us hear of Parker’s rape accusation, we felt disappointed. And his attitude towards it when being interviewed is rubbing salt into the wound. Watching a famous black leader of any kind fall slowly but surely is upsetting and even embarrassing. We fought so hard to smash racial stereotypes about us only to have someone, a famous someone, become that stereotype. And we fear that that individual will make things hard for the rest of us.
Nate Parker is becoming the stereotype we want to erase. His accusation of raping a white woman is bad enough. His responses to it are even worse. Will it be enough to affect the film’s status as a powerhouse or his reputation as a budding producer? Probably. Nevertheless, the culture of toxic masculinity must be addressed. If not, men will continue to get away with murder – in some cases literally – and more women will suffer for the sake of male power.
From NBC News:
Bill Nunn, a veteran character actor whose credits ranged from the “Spider-Man” movie franchise to the Spike Lee films “Do the Right Thing” and “He Got Game,” has died.
His wife, Donna, said Nunn died Saturday at his home in Pittsburgh. He was 62 and had been battling cancer.
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A 43-year-old black man was fatally shot by police Tuesday afternoon at an apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina, sparking protests from members of the community.
The man has been identified by neighbors and family as Keith Lamont Scott. His family says he was disabled.
The officer who shot Scott was identified Tuesday night as Officer Brentley Vinson, WJZY-TV reports…
According to the Charlotte Observer, the shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Village at College Downs apartment complex on Old Concord Road just before 4 p.m.
Officers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant, but the man who was shot was not the person they were attempting to take into custody. Police told the newspaper Scott was armed and a gun was recovered at the scene by detectives.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said the officers felt their lives were endangered and at least one officer shot Scott, the Observer reports.
However, the family disputes the police’s claims. They said that Scott was unarmed and was reading a book while waiting for his son to be dropped off by the school bus. It was also noted that the victim’s brother said that the officer was in plainclothes and undercover.
Scott was taken to a local hospital, where he died, police said.
His family has disputed the police statements about the shooting, saying he was waiting for his son to come home from school when police arrived at the apartment complex and shot him.
Soon after the news was made public, protests began in Charlotte. News outlets are already reporting that violence has erupted and that about a dozen were injured.
At this moment, I know how the rest of the show will play out. And I know something like this will happen again somewhere with a different black victim and a different cop.
Lena Durham, best known as the creator, writer and star of the HBO series Girls and considered to be one of Hollywood’s biggest feminists, caused a media frenzy and internet firestorm for comments illustrating her internal conversation with herself pertaining to NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. during the MET gala in May. She seated next to him during the event. During a recent conversation with another Hollywood feminist Amy Schumer, she said the following:
I was sitting next to Odell Beckham Jr., and it was so amazing because it was like he looked at me and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards. He was like, ‘That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog.’ It wasn’t mean — he just seemed confused. The vibe was very much like, ‘Do I want to f— it? Is it wearing a … yep, it’s wearing a tuxedo. I’m going to go back to my cell phone.’ It was like we were forced to be together, and he literally was scrolling Instagram rather than have to look at a woman in a bow tie. I was like, ‘This should be called the Metropolitan Museum of Getting Rejected by Athletes.’
And it gets better, folks.
After her chat was broadcast all over the news, social media had to say something. Durham would apologize…Well, not really:
I owe Odell Beckham Jr an apology. Despite my moments of bravado, I struggle at industry events (and in life) with the sense that I don’t rep a certain standard of beauty and so when I show up to the Met Ball surrounded by models and swan-like actresses it’s hard not to feel like a sack of flaming garbage. This felt especially intense with a handsome athlete as my dinner companion and a bunch of women I was sure he’d rather be seated with. But I went ahead and projected these insecurities and made totally narcissistic assumptions about what he was thinking, then presented those assumptions as facts. I feel terrible about it. Because after listening to lots of valid criticism, I see how unfair it is to ascribe misogynistic thoughts to someone I don’t know AT ALL. Like, we have never met, I have no idea the kind of day he’s having or what his truth is. But most importantly, I would never intentionally contribute to a long and often violent history of the over-sexualization of black male bodies- as well as false accusations by white women towards black men. I’m so sorry, particularly to OBJ, who has every right to be on his cell phone. The fact is I don’t know about his state of mind (I don’t know a lot of things) and I shouldn’t have acted like I did. Much love and thanks, Lena.
Okay, let’s examine this train wreck piece by piece.
First, Durham opened with bashing her appearance. (She wore a tuxedo at the time.) Then, she projected that onto Beckham assuming that she didn’t look like the kind of woman he would want. Obviously, she had some kind of momentary attraction to Beckham which is harmless. But instead, she made it seem like it was all about him and what he thought about her.
Second, Durham made Beckham sound like a complete condescending idiot by – one again – making assumptions as to what he’s thinking about her after he supposedly took a brief glimpse at her, “That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog.’ It wasn’t mean — he just seemed confused.”. Of course, the possibility can’t be because Beckham simply wasn’t interested in her. He probably didn’t even know who she was. Maybe he was shy. Who knows what was going on in his mind? Apparently, she thinks she does.
Third, Durham painted Beckham as kind of a sexual deviant. “Do I want to f— it?” If you’re reminded of the black rapist stereotype and how it lead to hundreds of lynchings, you’re not alone. But most of what’s said so far appears to be projection. She may really want him more than he wants her. Again, there’s nothing wrong with that, but the context in which it was said reduced Beckham to a racist caricature.
Fourth, Durham’s portrayal of Beckham not wanting her has the earmarks of the constant push for make white women the standard for beauty. She wasn’t noticed by a black man. So, she got disappointed.
Fifth, Durham’s apology was anything but. She proceeds to blame Beckham for her thoughts while self-depreciating herself. “Despite my moments of bravado, I struggle at industry events (and in life) with the sense that I don’t rep a certain standard of beauty and so when I show up to the Met Ball surrounded by models and swan-like actresses it’s hard not to feel like a sack of flaming garbage. This felt especially intense with a handsome athlete as my dinner companion and a bunch of women I was sure he’d rather be seated with. But I went ahead and projected these insecurities and made totally narcissistic assumptions about what he was thinking, then presented those assumptions as facts.” In other words, she made herself the victim of a black man for her own thoughts, because he wasn’t into her.
Already, people have declared Durham’s latest volume of disturbance (She confessed to molesting her own sister when they were little.) as an example of white feminism. Hell, some claim she is white feminism. Some claim that the term itself is recent, but the racist campaign to uplift white women as the epitome of beauty, elegance and purity and protect them from the onslaught of black males who, according to the stereotype, hunger for white vaginae has existed for at least 100 years. Nothing’s new.
People are flawed. We’re not perfect. We weren’t meant to be. But some people can’t or won’t admit their mistakes. Some people of the more delusional variety don’t believe they have any inadequacies. And then we have the assholes who won’t acknowledge their faults or misdeeds but delight in explaining what other people’s are.
Enter Bill O’Reilly who has a long history of chastising the black community using racist stereotypes he cites as ‘truths’ is the target of a sexual harassment allegation by former Fox News anchor Andrea Tantaros. Remember, this came off the heels of numerous sexual assault allegations against their former boss and CEO Roger Ailes who was forced to resign.
You also have to think back to the time O’Reilly was accused of sexual harassment in 2004. Back then Andrea Mackris, a Fox producer, accused O’Reilly of making lewd and threatening comments during their conversations. So, this ain’t the first time the conservative commentator expressed his freakiness.
And yet, according to O’Reilly, Black Lives Matter is dangerous to Americans.
At this point, Fox News, the media arm for the Republican party and megaphone for conservative views is becoming more dangerous for women to work. You begin to wonder who’s next to be revealed as a sexual predator working in Rupert Murdock’s Right wing media empire.
In other sad-ass news about famous people’s fuckery, guess who’s in trouble for the millionth time? If you’ve guessed Chris Brown, you’re right. The troubled R & B singer got arrested for allegedly pulling a gun on a beauty pageant model (Baylee Curran) during one of his rage-fueled moments. As usual, Brown claims he’s the true victim. He took to Instagram to vent about being held up in his home while cursing the bejesus out of the police.
As you know, Chris Brown has had legal troubles ever since that infamous night in 2009. (You know what happened.) and most of those troubles stem from his violent temper. When you think about it, it’s not all that surprising given that he came from an abusive home Hurt people hurt people. He witnessed violence growing up and grew up becoming violent.
It’s gotten to where you start predicting Chris Brown’s downfall, something will happen that neither he nor his celebrity status can never recover from. But I honestly fear an event so severe that it will land him in the same sinking boat as O.J. Simpson.
That’s why Brown desperately needs help. He needs help in the worst way possible. The help he’s getting obviously hasn’t helped much, at least in the public’s eye. It’s time for a serious change. That is, if he wants it. And so far, it doesn’t look like he does.
And while we’re at it, The Blaze’s Tomi Lahren needs help as well. Or rather, she and the population of fools that erroneously interpret any stance, vocally or physically, against any form of racism against blacks as hatred against white people need serious help, especially in reading comprehension skills.
After 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick protested against the National Anthem, the blonde bubbleheaded Becky proceeded to accused him of (drumroll) blaming white people.
But did he? Not according to The Breakfast Club‘s host Charlamagne the God who stated that he heard and read Kaepernick’s entire interview and stressed that he never mentioned ‘white people’ once.
I haven’t heard nor watched the interview, but I’ve read articles with excerpts from the interview. And not one has mentioned nor implied that white people are to blame.
The transcript is located here, and as I’m reading it…nope, no white people blaming.
So, Ms. Lahren, YOU ARE A LIAR!
No, worse than that. You’re an Ann Coulter clone!
You don’t know anything about what’s going on in the world, and you apparently put forth zero effort in learning them. And yet, you speak with such passion and anger that you appear to believe that your views are objective. To put it simply, you’re an angry, thoughtless white woman, a perfect soldier for the male conservative order.
I know that the title of this article says that there’s more. But I’m honestly tapped out. Famous people and their fuckery can get on your nerves.
Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.
His nephew said in a statement, “We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.
He continued to enjoy art, music, and kissing with his leading lady of the last twenty-five years, Karen. He danced down a church aisle at a wedding as parent of the groom and ring bearer, held countless afternoon movie western marathons and delighted in the the company of beloved ones.”
He had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1989.
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First off, I want to say that this post is NOT about all white people. I repeat; this post is NOT in any way about all white people. This topic is about SOME white people.
Now, that I got that out of the way, to the white folks who felt emotionally threatened by the title of this article, are you okay? Are you no longer nervous or scared? Are you, at least, a little bit relieved that the quantitative word ‘some’ is used, in caps no less, and that you’ve gotten some confirmation that the post is not about you?
If so, guess what? This is post IS about you and all your white brethren who crumble when reality bites you in the ass. And your nervousness and instant compulsion to defend the white race which will likely include racist rhetoric only drives the point home.
I don’t have the patience to deal with your crying. And there were a lot of rivers flooded with white tears for the past few days.
America is still dealing with the fallout from the Olympic robbery scandal. (Well, actually, there was no robbery. But there was a scandal.) U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte lied about being held up at bun point and robbed. The nation pretty much felt humiliated, and it was weatherman Al Roker who voiced his and the nation’s anger on an episode of NBC’s Today.
But not everyone shared his fury. Even though what he said was true about Lochte lying to everyone, NBC’s staff, most likely white, felt embarrassed, not at the swimmer, but at Roker’s quick rant!
You’ve read that right. NBC’s less embarrassed that an athlete representing this country destroyed property and covered it up by lying about getting robbed but is miffed about someone telling the truth about it. “How dare that n*gger talk about that talented swimmer!? He made a gotdamn mistake! It’s no big deal! That n*gger humiliated our network! He should be punished!”
That’s how it’s probably played out in their heads.
In other news, San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the National Anthem before a recent contest against the Green Bay Packers. Yep, he took a stand on behalf of black people’s lives by remain seated:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game against Green Bay. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Admiral, right? Not to some (white) folks. To them, Kaepernick’s defiance infuriated them to KKK levels. He was no longer their idol or a respectful football star. The n-word started to appear all over Twitter by a mass of pissed off white people.
“How dare that n*gger not stand for the National Anthem! And his excuse why is bullshit! There’s no racism! Black people are their own damn problems! All lives matter! Stop blaming white people! I don’t like him anymore. Etc. Etc. Etc.” His former fans are probably saying something like that while burning his jersey.
Welp, here’s some more truths that will further crush their lily white worlds into dust. The National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner as it’s famously known, is really about celebrating slavery. If they were to do some research, and I know some of them refuse to because…thinking and feelings, they would know that the anthem is only one verse out of the entire song.
Here’s what’s known:
O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
’Tis the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
There it is in bold print.
So yeah, if you’re one of those fragile, sheltered whites, go ahead and lose your minds. Go ahead and continue to deny the realities all for the sake of not trying to feel or think. Your white tears are the enemies of moral reasoning. And those who know, which include awaken white folks who are also sick of your whiny bullshit, and aren’t afraid of dark truths could care less how hurt your precious morally bankrupt feelings are.
In the meantime, I have to deal with the sad fact that your tears are helping to drown black people.
I’m sickened at the levels people sink to tear someone to pieces for hate sake. But I’m not surprised as that’s how this country does certain people who’s only ‘sins’ were not being born with white skin, a dick or a preference for the opposite sex, among other things. And in the cyber age, the attacks can come from lowly punks hiding behind computers and smart devices which can lead to real world pain and misery.
The Ghostbusters actress was targeted and harassed viciously online on Twitter by racist, misogynist trolls led by the urgings of alt-right ‘journalist’ and self-proclaimed ‘professional troll’ Milo Yiannopoulos who, among others, seemingly hated the all-female remake the most, and centered most of the hate towards Jones out of all the actors and personnel of the film for one obvious reason. I’ll let you guess what that is.
They did everything within the power of the social media site to dehumanize her, even posting doctored tweets to try to ruin her image. Even though many people saw through that, the damage was done.
Jones left Twitter, but returned shortly after. And the site permanently banned Yiannopoulos. But the trolls apparently still wanted to bring down the actress to satisfy their evilness. (Yes, I call it evil.)
Jones’ website was hacked. Nude photos, personal info were exposured. It was severe enough to shut down the site altogether.
No one should have to deal with this. Leslie Jones doesn’t deserve this. She did nothing wrong. She did nothing wrong to anyone. She’s a talented, admired black actress who starred in a re-imagined version of a beloved movie. And that was the reason racist dickheads want to bury her online through the use of misogynoir, the type of hatred directed at black women.
I honestly don’t have the words necessary to convey my feelings or thoughts on this latest attack on a talented black actress. Sure, you can say that this is just the internet and not reality. But being attacked on the internet can do real world harm. This shows that, without a shadow of a doubt, that racism and sexism are still serious contemporary problems.
For those who argue about the freedom to say whatever they want, you can save your breath, because with freedoms comes responsibility. And if you abuse your freedoms by being a total prick, expect consequences to follow, one way or another. And in the end, you will only have yourself to blame.