Casting Colorism, Controversial Only When Light Plays Dark?

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So… remember all Black Hell that broke loose over a “lightskinned” Afro-Latina actress, Zoe Saldana, being tapped to play the legendary Nina Simone? The crux of the ‘blacklash’ was “she looks nothing like Nina!”

Translation: Zoe’s “lightskin and ‘good’ hair” were a deal-breaker for Black folks, and ‘we’ were not having it. (Leaked production pics of Zoe in what was decried as ‘blackface’ makeup to look like Nina… didn’t help her case.)

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The controversy was so swift and visceral, Zoe Saldana was compelled to defend not only her choice to accept the role of Nina Simone, but also to defend her ethnic ‘authenticity’ as a Black-Latina woman. Which I found sad and unfortunate the attacks got so personal that a Black actress was pressured to prove she’s aesthetically and genetically “Black enough.”

Now… fast-forward past many other controversial castings that caused cries of colorism when a ‘lightskinned’ actor played…

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Pimps and Hoes: Pastors in the Black Community

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What are your thoughts? 

Stats Donald re-tweeted that were false. 

http://sincereignorance.com/2015/12/02/donald-trump-on-black-crime/

TYT Commentators: Women in the Military

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Leadership Roles in the Black Community

Strong Leaders

Marriage Equality

There isn’t much to say. Everyone’s been talking about it all day. However, I feel no commentary on the subject would be an insult to our brand. Gay Marriage, or Marriage Equality has been supported by the Supreme Court, with 5 of the 9 Justices realizing that what goes on in someone’s personal life is their business. Congrats for common sense prevailing today.

Which reminds me, we need have a talk about the Supreme Court. Expect an Extra Ignorance or video on that topic.

Gay and straight Americans alike unified and fought. And they won. You have a goal, change the way the culture thinks, push for changes in law, and you get success. Despite all the hate, ignorance, and pushback, gay people let their grievances be known and ended it. Though, I think Macklemore single-handily turned the tide for gay marriage (sarcasm, people).

I do have one issue. Gay community, I love you to death, but stop comparing the struggle of the LGBT to that of African-Americans. It’s your own unique experience and comparisons to racism are completely unneeded and unfair. Until you can point out a Transatlantic slave trade consisting of gay people, I’d rather leave those comparisons out. There are indeed some parallels, but when you get pictures like this:

I mean, c’mon. Besides, as straight black guy, I wouldn’t dare compare me being black to the nonsense LGBT people have to deal with on a constant basis. And I can never understand what it means to be LGBT. Though I can support and sympathize. Glad all those donations to LGBT organizations, talking to friends struggling with their sexual orientation and gender identity, and arguing with friends about homosexuality eventually paid off.

Other than that–love each other, get married. and get ready to contemplate divorce in a couple of years like the rest of us.

Now if we can only get the White House to speak so openly about race relations…

Confederate Flag Controversy

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A History of Violence Against Black Churches

I question the logic and sanity of anyone who assumes today’s world is undoubtedly worse off , when it comes to the dark side of human nature. The mass shooting at a historically Black church in Charleston South Carolina, showcases the new degradation of our society; how far we have declined as a society. To those people I say, expand your knowledge of American and World history. Have we forgotten the four little girls murdered in the early 60’s or how White church goers in the early 1800’s brought guns to their sermons in fear of a revolt from the enslaved and free Black communities. As a country, let us not insult each other’s intelligence any further.

We are either going to face the race problem we have in the U.S, or become buried underneath it. It doesn’t matter that the majority of White society isn’t racist, because many of our government institutions are. Many laws and polices or sub-conscious thoughts are a direct cause of the mass shooting in  SC, the death of Walter Scott, the self-hate some African Americans/Black Americans have, the bad relationship between Black citizens and the police department; the history of lies society globally has made themselves believed and the rabbit hole gets deeper and deeper. Unless you are committed to digging yourself and others out of that hole, you really do not care about the race issues or disease our country suffers.

You can make the American dream a reality or you can continue to believe that we don’t live in two Americas.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/17/us-dominican-immigration-idUSKBN0OX23220150617

Statism and The 5 Steps to Tyranny

Statism: The Most Dangerous Religion (feat. Larken Rose)

Shout-out to my associate Tinka for sharing this to me, and this is one of the steps to Tyranny.

5 Steps To Tyranny; How Ordinary People Can Behave In Inhuman Ways?


Step 1: “Us” and “Them “Create a distinction

between the good decent people who are our the basis for our good

lives, and the vial pests who threaten our way of lives. We want them
gone.

Step 2: Obey Orders
Create a society where authority is obeyed.
This obeying of authority for the majority of the people is second
nature. This has been done in many societies since childhood.

Step 3: Do harm to “Them”
Have people do harm to this other group
even when against it may be against their better judgement using a
combination of Step 1 and Step 2 to create a situation where this
begins. This has been proven possible to happen by an experiment of
Stanley Milgram’s when he got volunteers to believe they were
electrocuting someone else. No electrocution happened and was simulated
but was to see if the volunteer would do it. And 2/3 of 900 American
volunteers (who knew nothing of the nature of the experiment) went up to
450 volts which was the maximum.

Step 4: “Stand up” or “Stand by”
This is the most crucial part,
and… can be summed up by the words with the words “All that is
necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” – Edmund
Burke & Leo Tolstoy
This is often pointed towards the rise of
Hitler and only if people were to stand up in numbers, it wouldn’t have
happened. Though seemingly small, it is the most important part.

Step 5: Exterminate
With the combination of the previous 4 steps a
tyrannical regime has been created and all that is needed is to aim it
and hope for the “benefits” to be reaped.

Oligarchy and Crony Capitalism

Crony Capitalism: 
Is a term describing an economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials. It may be exhibited by favoritism in the distribution of legal permits, government grants, special tax breaks, or other forms of state interventionism.
Oligarchy: 
a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution.
  1. “the ruling oligarchy of military men around the president”

Hip Hop Is Dead


 

 

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