Saturday, August 14, 2010
Because I didn't do a link round up last week, this one is a bit long; however, I promise they all lead to really great posts. Please don't be shy about showing these bloggers some love and when you are done, don't forget to drop it like it's hot and leave your link behind in the comment section.
17-month Old Roy Jones brutally murdered for acting like a girl
Does Haiti Need a Real President, Or a Superstar?
Asians are not all rich
Women and bodily functions: scratching an “inappropriate” itch
Land and Fly Away
Out of the pot, into the fire: How Hierarchy defines our lives
the untold story of charlie chan
5 Ways Neighbourhoods Are Taking Control of Their Food Systems
What’s “Intention” Got To Do With It
No one is innocent
Who Will Notice?
Stick To Your Own Age
Sexing the breast
Dev Patel: I Just Get Offered “Goofy Indian Sidekick” Roles
Mormons: we’re must like you (except for how we hate The Gay)
Beauty Pageant Winner Losses Bodily Autonomy, Ditches Crown
A Trans Twist of Fate: My Therapist Tale
Roma Face Discrimination in Europe
On elder abuse II
What “So Ghetto” Really Means
Superwoman Sings the Blues
On Centering Caregivers in Disability Discourse
Summer of Body Image Problems
Friday, August 13, 2010
New Times: What does it mean to be too black for Hollywood?
Paul Mooney: That's so funny. What does it mean to be too black for Hollywood? It's self-explanatory. Hollywood has certain kinds of blacks that they like. You know better than I do. You watch TV. You know who your favorite is. I mean it's like there's a certain thing that works. And I don't fit that comfort zone. I'm too on the edge. I'm too arrogant. You know, I'm from the South ... Too uppity. You can just name the ones they're so into, from Tyler Perry to Tracy Morgan.
There are still plenty of movie people peddling black stereotypes. I guess Tyler Perry's probably the most massively successful. Have you even seen any of his movies?
Of course I've seen his movies. That Precious ... Him and Oprah both should be taken out and horsewhipped. I mean, what Christian would read that script and say, "I have to put this up on screen." That Precious was The Color Purple 2. I was offended by it. All black males are offended by it. Listen, if you have money and you have fame, but you don't have any confidence in your blackness, then it's all for nothing. You know, Hilary Clinton could say she was a woman and running for President. And Sarah Palin could say she was a woman and running for Vice-President. But Obama couldn't say, "I'm black and I'm running for President." It couldn't come out of his mouth. He couldn't say that because, if he did, he'd lose votes. Do you understand what I'm saying?
A young Black woman in an inter-racial relationship calls to find out what to do because her husband is ignoring the racist commentary that she is subjected to. Did she ever pick the wrong person to ask. Dr. Laura tells her that she is being to sensitive and has a chip on her shoulder. Complains that Blacks have not right to be upset about the word nigger because Black comedians on HBO use the word. Tells her she does not know why Blacks are so focused on race they did after all get a Black president after mindlessly voting for him. This was compounded by the fact that she has a Black friend and so she couldn't possibly be racist.
Eugenia de Altura is a female graduate student conducting research on issues of women and gender in the cities of La Paz and El Alto, Bolivia. Bolivia is the poorest country in Latin America with the exception of Haiti, and over 60% of the country’s population is of indigenous descent. Eugenia’s postings explore women’s rights, sexuality, and reproductive health in Bolivia and in Latin America as a whole.
This week, UK-based Independent Television News (ITN) reported on Bolivia’s first-ever hosting of the “Miss Transvestite South America” beauty contest. The contest included male-to-female trans contestants from Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, and other South American nations. Evidently, organizers had a difficult time raising the necessary funds for the event, which nearly prevented it from moving forward, but the contest was saved when the La Paz city government pitched in. This video—despite carelessly confusing the concepts “trans” and “gay”—shows colorful snippets of the contest, and in one scene, breathtaking views of La Paz, Bolivia.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Anyway, White people used this occasion to let their inner racist out. What they saw was a Big Black Sambo scaring poor little Missy Ann into silence. You cannot have an interaction between Black men and White women without some people absolutely losing their shit. Ironically, many people had not even heard of Swift until the Kanye open mouth and insert foot incident and this gave her career a huge lift. Kanye then dropped off the radar ( and certainly into obscurity for me because I never listen to his music). Unfortunately for the world, it seems that West has decided that his time in purgatory is done and besides, the man has a new cd to promote. Time to let the past be the past and prove to the world that the trifling drunk ass Kanye, who dared interrupt a White woman is gone forever.
Well it seems that in his sojourn in Japan and Italy, what he really learned is to minimize Black lives to make himself look like a victim. For those of you that are not aware who Emmett Till was - he was a young teenage boy who allegedly whistled at a White woman and was lynched and beaten to death for his trouble. Below you will find before and after pictures of Emmett. (note: image is below the fold because it is disturbing)
Itoro Udofia is an artist and writer living in Amherst, MA. Currently, she is attending graduate school to study social justice and . Her work focuses primarily on the African Diaspora, black womanhood, identity, solidarity, and love. She hopes to continue using art as a tool for social justice.
"I never asked Tolstoy to write for me, a little colored girl in Lorain, Ohio. I never asked [James] Joyce not to mention Catholicism or the world of Dublin. Never. And I don't know why I should be asked to explain your life to you. We have splendid writers to do that, but I am not one of them. It is that business of being universal, a word hopelessly stripped of meaning for me. Faulkner wrote what I suppose could be called regional literature and had it published all over the world. That's what I wish to do. If I tried to write a universal novel, it would be water. Behind this question is the suggestion that to write for black people is somehow to diminish the writing. From my perspective there are only black people. When I say 'people,' that's what I mean."
One day, myself and another fellow artist were having an in depth discussion about the nature of writing a “universal” piece of fiction. So naturally, we started referencing points in our lives when someone had asked for us to write a “universal” piece of fiction that anyone could identify with. Or better yet, a piece of a something that was truly, you know, human. As we compared and contrasted our experiences, I realized that there was always a particular scenario (and dare I say power dynamic) that played out with exactly who does the asking and who is usually expected to comply with writing something universal.
For example, I write a lot about being a Nigerian-American woman living in the United States of America. This lived experience of being a woman of color in the U.S. is not something I would categorize as the “quintessential universal experience.” A lot of my writing will probably let you know that yes, a woman of color is writing this and yes, there are particular things that I am calling out that may not exist as you would like to see it, but nonetheless, exist.
AThe GOP and the Tea Party has been using race to attempt to encourage white fear as they cultivate the White vote. Elon James White breaks it down and keeps it so real, I just had to share with you.
Hi my name is Elon James White and you are now watching this week in Blackness. (sign: step 1 make them feel like a Negro) What is going on folks? We back episodeA 7 season three of This Week in Blackness. And we have no alienated out sponsor yet so that's a win our corner you know what I mean. I can’t say about this week but let’s see what happens, mmm shall we? SO uh, I’ve been thinking cause last weeks episode you know was called “The Blackest Summer Ever” and I was wondering why are we so covered in race right now? Like why can’t we get out of this racial hole that the country seems to be in? Perhaps the country really is ready for that national conversation about race that we need so badly. (a big red x appears on the screen along with a loud buzzing sound) Umm maybe people are just tired of the mystery and they finally want to know why the caged bird sings. (Big x appears on the screen followed by a loud buzz) That doesn’t even make sense. Perhaps the reason that race is raining down upon us is because the right wing has realized that that’s the best way to scare White voters. (winner appear on the screen in green and is flashing with a ding ding sound) Blacks, I am not talking about all White voters. Okay there’s a lot of White voters out there that are supper liberal and they’ll march, and write letters and they’ll chain themselves to shit. I had to be sure to clarify this, otherwise there would be a bunch of white voters that would be really pissed at me and they would start marching, and writing letters and chaining themselves to shit.
The White voters I am talking about are the middle of the road White voters. The White voters who don’t necessarily dislike Negros but they probably don’t a lot of them you know. They’re probably not jumping up and down for the opportunity to go have lunch with them. Which really, you probably should – Black people brunch hard okay. Okay it is like not a game. Have you been to a Black brunch? There is like live music, there is a like a sick buffet there’s like church hats. It’s fucking awesome. So now the Republican news and media outlets are painting this crazy picture you know; Obama is racist, he is putting the rights of White working class citizens aside. Blacks people are getting preferential treatment. And if you say dumb shit enough, eventually people will start to believe it. Prime example, Sarah Palin’s entire career. I know, I know, I sound like some big liberal democrat and the fact is I don’t consider myself a liberal. I consider myself anti-evil but as of late it seems that that particular stance falls under the liberal banner – who knew? The GOP is playing the race card in hopes for a winning ticket in 2010 mid term election. You don’t believe me, look at what Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are trying to do. They’re try to paint president Obama as really really Black. Obama – really Black. Yeah, yeah Obama he’s super Black Blackity Blackity Black. He’s so Black he barely acknowledges his race at all. That’s how Black he is. That’s when you scary Black son. When you don’t ever mention it; that’s how you know you scary Black. When you try to govern from the middle, man that is some scary Black shit. They have him down. He’s about to fire Rahmn Emmanuel and hire Jay Z son – haha on to the next. But that’s the plan you know, to scar what voters. Tell ‘em that they’re not even going to be able to vote soon because there’s scary Black panthers that are going to stop them. Tell ‘em that healthcare reform is actually a secret pact, so that they can actually give Black people those reparations they’ve been wanting so bad. Tell them that affirmative action is just stealing jobs from good working class White people. It has nothing to do with the history of this country at all. Is Obama Kenyan for amnesia? Because when people say his name they all of a sudden forget like the past eight or four hundred years. It’s crazy how that works. In the end the Republican and Tea Party message is very simple and it boils down to this: Hey middle of the road White People. Do you want to be treated the way that we treated Black people before? No, then vote republican.
Did you read about Rush Limbaugh saying that a trip that Michelle Obama took to Spain, where she had like secret service detail and all that stuff, was like an example of reparations? Hey Rush, I just want to say one thing you: (singing) Go fuck yourself.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
MacFarlane recently gave an interview to Details magazine and in it he discussed the negative reaction of the GLBT community to his latest trans episode.
Details: You predicted that another episode—about a transgendered character—would make the LGBT community happy. It didn't.I get not being able to change your sexuality to agree with your political beliefs. I absolutely believe that trans men are men -- and yet I know within my heart, that I am in no way interested in having more than one vagina in my bed. I certainly would not feel the need to throw up or even be disgusted -- for me it would simply fall into the category of something that does not float my boat; however, there are plenty of women that would be completely into this, just as there are plenty of straight cis men that are very interested in sleeping with trans women. Have a conversation with trans women and you will see that there are some who will speak of being specifically pursued because they are trans.
Seth MacFarlane: That surprised me. I don't meet a lot of stupid homosexuals. They seem to be a pretty smart bunch. But it seemed that they were not picking up on the fact that it was a very sympathetic portrayal of a transsexual character.
Details: Maybe the fact that Brian barfs his guts out when he realizes he's had sex with a transsexual threw them off.
Seth MacFarlane: Hey, we're still Family Guy.We're not suddenly going to become 7th Heaven. Actually, I guess on 7th Heaven they would probably burn the transsexual at the stake. Let me think of another example. We're not Mr. Belvedere. Look, Brian happens to be a heterosexual character, as I am. If I found out that I had slept with a transsexual, I might throw up in the same way that a gay guy looks at a vagina and goes, "Oh, my God, that's disgusting." It's just the way we're biologically wired. They should give that another look.
"The other day I realized as long as I'm in this business, I'm going to be hungry," says Bauer, 36. "The camera really does add 10 pounds. I'm trying to stay under the weight I want to look like on TV. It's a good incentive to stay slim and is probably adding years to my life... I'm vegetarian, so I live on carbs, but it's always an effort. After any wardrobe fitting, I hit the gym three times more than the week before."
"All the women walk by craft services and keep going," she says. "I don't even know why we walk by, we're just torturing ourselves. Alex [Skarsgard] and Joe [Manganiello], they're trying to add size, but we're all working out like crazy and have diets. Skarsgard seems to be the only one that works out a lot and eats a lot and does fine."
Sacrifice is something that many Americans are becoming all too familiar with during this economic downturn. It was a key theme in President Obama's inaugural address to the nation, and he's referenced it numerous times when lecturing the country on how to get back on its feet.
But while most of the country is pinching pennies and downsizing summer sojourns - or forgoing them altogether - the Obamas don't seem to be heeding their own advice. While many of us are struggling, the First Lady is spending the next few days in a five-star hotel on the chic Costa del Sol in southern Spain with 40 of her "closest friends." According to CNN, the group is expected to occupy 60 to 70 rooms, more than a third of the lodgings at the 160-room resort. Not exactly what one would call cutting back in troubled times.
Instead, Michelle Obama seems more like a modern-day Marie Antoinette - the French queen who spent extravagantly on clothes and jewels without a thought for her subjects' plight - than an average mother of two. While she's spent her time in the White House telling parents they should relieve their chubby kids' dependency on sugar and stressing the importance of an organic veggie garden, hopping a jet to Europe to meet with Spanish royalty isn't the visual the White House probably wants to project. Perhaps they've forgotten the damning image of John Kerry, on the eve of the 2004 election, windsurfing off the coast of Nantucket?
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I am not quite myself yet, but Jesse would not want us to stop living and fall into a rut. He was a young man that very much enjoyed life. Tomorrow it will be back to business as usual at Womanist Musings. Please be patient with me while I bounce back.