Beyond Black & White » Politics http://www.beyondblackwhite.com Chronicles, Musings and Debates about Interracial & Intercultural Relationships Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:08:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 I’m So Glad Russell Brand Opened His Big, Fat, Mouth. Proof the Many Liberals Practice Soft Bigotry http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/im-glad-russell-brand-opened-big-fat-mouth-proof-many-liberals-practice-soft-bigotry/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/im-glad-russell-brand-opened-big-fat-mouth-proof-many-liberals-practice-soft-bigotry/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:44:51 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=32861 People like Russell Brand are the reason I stopped registering as a democrat. In a recent Fox News segment (yeah, yeah, I know Fox News is “blah blah blah” but they got this one right) the host highlights Russell Brand making fun of author of Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make it Harder for […]

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People like Russell Brand are the reason I stopped registering as a democrat. In a recent Fox News segment (yeah, yeah, I know Fox News is “blah blah blah” but they got this one right) the host highlights Russell Brand making fun of author of Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make it Harder for Blacks to Succeed. Jason Riley. Brand mocks this man for “talking white,” aka speaking proper English (which you’d think as a Brit Mr. Brand would appreciate, but hell, he talks like he was born in a East End whore house). He goes on to suggest that Riley is an Uncle Tom, I guess because he’s not depicting the “F!CK THE POO POO’S” posture he expects us negroes to fall into. I guess Riley just is just too “together” for him, and that probably makes him feel uncomfortable. In Russell Brand’s world, black people are to behave like dependent children. Jason Reily is in violation of not being a fit for his bigotry of low expectations of the ‘po black folk. Oh! Did I mention that this really un-funny comedian is offended that Riley doesn’t live in the hood like a good little negro? See and hear for yourself.

Listen, in politics, as with everything, there is a hard and soft, conservative and liberal, yin and yang. Both elements are essential. But when one group imposes a large amount of power–in the case of liberal democrats of blacks–then the “nurturing” element of liberalism becomes a suffocating chokehold. Like a mother who refuses to let her child grow up. Many liberals treat black folks like weak minded, mentally deficient riders of the short school bus, and too damn many of us let them. These are the same “well-meaning” folks who attacked No Wedding, No Womb, claiming I was “shaming” single mothers, even though the campaign wasn’t about single mothers, but at-risk teens and young adults who have yet to conceive. I have so much contempt for these kind of people it’s not even funny. These a-holes get uncomfortable when black people rise above the low bar they set. I’ll even go so far to say that bigoted liberals have contributed to the lack of marriageable black men and reduced the likelihood that an intact black family can produce enough “Jason Rileys” to affect any change.

Honestly, we don’t need liberals like Russell Brand on our side. Us “uppity negroes” don’t want what he’s selling. But! I will be buying Jason Riley’s book.

What say you?

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Open Thread: Share Your Favorite Robin Williams Moments http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/open-thread-share-favorite-robin-williams-moments/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/open-thread-share-favorite-robin-williams-moments/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 05:56:10 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=32428 It’s with a heavy heart I tell you Robin Williams, one of America’s favorite comedians has died at the age of 63. The irony of his death is not lost–he spent his life making us happy while he struggled with depression. My fondest memory of Williams is from childhood when he starred in the sitcom, […]

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It’s with a heavy heart I tell you Robin Williams, one of America’s favorite comedians has died at the age of 63. The irony of his death is not lost–he spent his life making us happy while he struggled with depression. My fondest memory of Williams is from childhood when he starred in the sitcom, Mork & Mindy.

I even had the “Mork” action figure.

#sad #RIPRobin

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TBT: KISS the Devil, Shame Your Parents http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/tbt-kiss-devil-shame-parents/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/tbt-kiss-devil-shame-parents/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:21:17 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=32139 I’m nearly still scared to admit how much the sheer sight of these men turned me on. I’d never seen anything like it, and haven’t yet seen similar since then. But I remember the day like it was yesterday. The news, the media, those respectable people that we all looked towards for guidance had been […]

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I’m nearly still scared to admit how much the sheer sight of these men turned me on. I’d never seen anything like it, and haven’t yet seen similar since then. But I remember the day like it was yesterday. The news, the media, those respectable people that we all looked towards for guidance had been reporting on a new rock band that was pushing the envelope of acceptability.

 

…the band was quickly gaining a reputation as a top-flight live act. Kiss concerts featured things such as Simmons spitting “blood” (primarily raw eggs and food coloring) or “breathing fire” (spitting flammable liquid at a torch); Frehley soloing as his guitar burst into flames (light and smoke bombs placed inside the guitar); Criss’s elevating drum riser that emitted sparks; Stanley’s Townshend-style guitar smashing; and pyrotechnics throughout the show.

KISS was a rock band formed during my birth month (Jan) in my place of birth (Queens, NY) in the year 1973 (my birth year) so you couldn’t tell me there wasn’t some implied connection between me and this flamboyant all male band. My mother feared for my soul, and promptly forbade me view or listen to any KISS music or else I was going straight to Hell (yet, again).

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The band’s name has repeatedly been the subject of many rumors pertaining to its alleged hidden meanings. Among these rumors are claims that the name is an acronym for “Knights In Satan’s Service”, “Kinder SS”, or “Kids In Satan’s Service”. These claims have been denied by Simmons himself.

THIS time, it was worse, as you can see, the official KISS logo contains SS’s shaped like lightning bolts that were intended to distract you from their similarity to the font used in Nazi propaganda. My mother picked up on the implications of the font, and of the flames and the backward letter’s only made her believe I was on a pathway to damnation, and this band would be playing when I got there.

I wasn’t sure what the fear was (since I was forbidden to rest my virgin eyes/ears upon them and my parents shared similar views to those parents among my private school peers making it nearly impossible to get familiar with the group elsewhere) but I did know that there was something inherently devilish about the one member’s long, pink, tongue.

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I caught the infamous Gene Simmons tongue flick one night when the news reported on some demonstration or public push back and the feeling it caused it me made me, too, fear for my soul from eternal damnation. My body got real hot, and I had the first (of what would be come a lifetime of) impure thought related to a flicking tongue.

Meanwhile, on the other site of my subconscious, I was currently developing an affection for men wearing spandex and outlandish clothing. The larger than life image that was often used for KISS did nothing more than create a kid who would grow into a woman 0f color that enjoys role play, Cos-play, mysticism, and anything involving extreme costumes. Awesome boots and unique footwear is still a very precious interest of mine. My shoe game is crazy, and yes, I was inspired by Jewish men from Queens, go figure.

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Flaming guitars are awesome. My Dad played base guitar but he played the blues and his instrument didn’t shoot out sparks from the arms but Ace Frehley’s did. This is about the point in time where I decided that I liked what fire looked like and began a short stint as a pyromaniac. You may think the recent Youtube videos of young people setting themselves on fire is a brand new thing but I’m here to tell you that it isn’t.

Alas, fire is exciting. Deal with it.

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Kiss concerts featured things such as Simmons spitting “blood” (primarily raw eggs and food coloring) or “breathing fire” (spitting flammable liquid at a torch); Frehley soloing as his guitar burst into flames (light and smoke bombs placed inside the guitar); Criss’s elevating drum riser that emitted sparks; Stanley’s Townshend-style guitar smashing; and pyrotechnics throughout the show.

Once my mother read about the band’s levitation trick during shows she feared for my well being so much so that she stopped even mentioning the group. I clearly recall one evening when the local new’s had reported something about the band’s show where they featured video of the infamous drum levitation.

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My eyes popped out of my head (magic is real…I KNEW IT) and my mother’s, though her reaction was followed by attempting to cut the television off so far that she accidentally knocked it backward and then forward onto the floor with the screen broke into a million pieces. Tiny streams of smoke emitted from the cracks in the piece of useless electronics, my Dad hurried into the kitchen and didn’t know what to make of the situation.

All my mother could do was look stunned since there was now no television to show him the fuck*ry that is known as KISS and now dare those white folks allow such evil on television was beyond her. Dad was more open minded and I’m not even sure if he knew what she was talking about and if he did, I’m positive he wouldn’t have cared much.

Try as she may, she wouldn’t be able to keep me away from KISS or the love that grew from my curiosity of them spurned on by my mother’s insistence that I know nothing about them. She may have broken one television but she couldn’t stop the KISS merchandise, cartoons, animated characters, and musical/artistic influence to pop culture left by this group. My apologies for not mentioning any of their music, but I wasn’t familiar with their actual albums.


Nope, KISS only exists in my mind as naughty thought fodder and my very first experience with being incited by the unknown. So what this band was made up of four white Jewish guys from Queens? Jewish boys from Queens have awesome crotch imprints, long tongues, and are brazen enough to wear makeup while channeling cats, demons, and foxes. If that’s not enough to leave a lasting memory on a girl, I don’t know what is.

KISS then without makeup, they weren’t too shabby either.

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And due to what I think was the public’s confusion and fear, the band just received an induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as of 2013, which is long over due. The band still makes appearances together and is schedule to go on tour during 2014 with the group Def Leopard. They just made the cover of Rolling Stones magazine for the first time in April 2014. I’m glad to see these artistic icons finally getting the recognition that is their due. I’ll always and forever be a fan of the boys from Queens who wear high heels, my favorite will always and forever be Gene Simmons though Paul Stanley, too, can get….never mind.

 

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Where Did 64,000 Black Women and Girls Go? http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/64000-black-women-girls-go/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/64000-black-women-girls-go/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:08:20 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=31770 A person doesn’t just disappear into thin air but you would think they do when you learn that 64,000 Black women and girls are currently missing in the United States. With nearly every cell phone having GPS, digital cameras and satellites everywhere, our digital footprint is being recorded as we speak and as we type […]

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A person doesn’t just disappear into thin air but you would think they do when you learn that 64,000 Black women and girls are currently missing in the United States. With nearly every cell phone having GPS, digital cameras and satellites everywhere, our digital footprint is being recorded as we speak and as we type yet whole entire human beings go missing each and everyday and unless that human is a white one, we’ll probably never hear a peep about it.

Despite representing 12.85 percent of the population, black Americans accounted for nearly 226,000 — or 34 percent — of all missing persons reported in 2012, said an article by Identities Mic, citing FBI figures.

According to the National Crime Information Center, more than 270,000 minorities have been reported missing since 2010, half of them African Americans. Black women and girls comprised more than 64,000 of the missing reports.

The Black and Missing Foundation has also documented the disappearances of these women. [Source]

Black women get less face time on mainstream media, which is nothing new, the limited available Black publications have been covering this trend for years if not decades. With the advent of technology and easy break through to publishing I can’t help but to wonder what kind of impact could be made if we began to use the tools that we have available to us to promote our own urgent causes.

“If you Google ‘Natalee Holloway,’ how many impressions would you get?” Black and Missing cofounder Natalie Wilson told ABC News last year. “If you Google ‘Unique Harris,’ who’s missing from D.C., the story is not the same.”

The reasons: Natalie and her sister Derrica Wilson started the Black and Missing Foundation in 2008 specifically to raise awareness and provide resources, advocacy and pressure around this issue. Derrica has a background in law enforcement. Among the reasons she cites for disproportionate black disappearance figures are poor training and dismissive attitudes.

“I spent six months at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy in Ashburn, Va., where we had only two hours of training on missing persons cases,” she told Essence. “In the field, I’ve seen a majority of black missing children classified as runaways, who don’t get Amber Alerts.”

Plus: “For black adults, police usually link their disappearances to criminal activity, so they aren’t valued as much. Training needs to be enhanced so police forces know how to handle these cases.”

Natalie told the Daily Mail that lack of newsroom diversity also skews the way black missing persons are covered by the media. And while the plight of missing black women has received more coverage of late (albeit notably through international cases, like the 276 Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April), it’s still not nearly at a conscionable level. [Source]

I’m a firm believer that we, Black women, and women in general will continue to receive poor social treatment as long as we sit on our gender and wait for others to do what we could do for ourselves. There is no shortage of Black women in technology, no shortage of young people with cell phones. There is no shortage of citizens minding each other’s business, so when are we going to decide to do something about the abuse we suffer?

That white knight hasn’t gotten here yet, and with brown female human bodies disappearing into thin air we have to ask ourselves, is waiting for the cavalry a smart move or should we do what we can to save each other before it’s too late?

Here are some interesting missing person projects I found around the web:

Help Me Home provides encoded GPS bracelets to be worn by children or adults who may be incapable of communicating in the event they are separated from friends and family. It is a satellite program in Oregon based on their current missing persons program, Project Lifesaver (for nursing home residents) though at $20 for each two year membership, it is cost efficient and easily implemented into current police protocol. The bracelet’s radio signal will emit over one mile.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is the clearinghouse that publishes Amber Alerts to local law enforcement and social media platforms. There is plenty of information available for your research and reading including articles about sex trafficking, family abductions and runaways.

Find Your Missing Child is a grassroots campaign began by one man who created a booklet to be followed by parents and law enforcement that helps teach them how to use social media to advocate on behalf of missing children.

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In November 2011, Tony Loftis‘s 13-year-old daughter ran away from their suburban hometown of Wayland, Mass. She was last seen boarding a Peter Pan bus to New York from downtown Boston, and Loftis assumed she’d headed to Brooklyn where his daughter had frequently visited family.

Not a stranger to social media, Loftis took it upon himself to spread word that he was looking for his daughter on email, FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

“We tweeted the heck out of it,” Loftis told Mashable.

After a few days, Loftis’ story was picked up by The Huffington Post, the New York Daily News, the Boston Herald and four TV stations. On day 12, following a live TV appearance, Loftis received word his daughter had been found living with a sexual predator in Jersey City.

“Once we found my daughter, got her situated and started her in the recovery process, we wanted to organize a way to help parents of missing children use social media,” Loftis said. “There certainly was a gap in missing persons organizations’ knowledge. They weren’t skilled in how to use social media, so we started writing the document.”

Loftis, with the help of others, completed a 24-page guide to using social media to find missing children in September 2012. Later, he launched the organization Find Your Missing Child, which he now works on full time. [Source]

We can all hope to never have to need this information but you can’t ever be certain. Keeping informed and vigilant about your loved ones is the first step in mitigating the damage in the event that you must look for a missing person.

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Why I Have Mixed Feelings About the Firing of the Co-Host of the “Opie & Anthony” Show http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/mixed-feelings-firing-co-host-opie-anthony-show/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/mixed-feelings-firing-co-host-opie-anthony-show/#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2014 18:19:16 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=31450 I remember when I was working as a lowly PR grunt representing a bagel company and trying to get a mention on the “Opie and Anthony” show when they were based in San Diego. I thought it was just a regional thing, but imagine my surprise that over time these shock jocks dominated the radio waves […]

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I remember when I was working as a lowly PR grunt representing a bagel company and trying to get a mention on the “Opie and Anthony” show when they were based in San Diego. I thought it was just a regional thing, but imagine my surprise that over time these shock jocks dominated the radio waves nationwide. Infamous for their raunchiness and disgusting stunts that they manipulate fans into doing, the twosome have been repeatedly fired from one station after another, only to pop up like ragweed at some other money-grubbing station hungry for ratings. That’s why I’m not holding my breath about the news that Anthony Cumina (aka the “Anthony” portion of the duo” has been fired from XM Radio for his racist rant toward a black woman in New York City who apparently got the best of him with her fists.

Cumina’s firing comes as a surprise to me, because from experience, XM has sort of an “anything goes” mentality. On the surface this might look like a win for black women. But upon a closer look, not exactly. Secondly, I wouldn’t start doing victory laps about this guy getting fired. History tells us that he’ll most likely pop up somewhere else. FoxNews is probably doing preliminary interviews and audience market testing.

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Was this a Win for Us??

Well yes; and no. Depends. Ask yourself, what benefit is it to black women to have the imagine as combative, neck- twirling tough chicks who can kick your ass or castrate you with our tongues?

Right or wrong, this entire incident and the black woman’s understandable anger fits nicely into the narrative that black women are unfeminine, ready-to-fight she-beasts unworthy of protection–at least not like other women are.  Black women are no longer human–we are “its.” It’s used to justify violence against black women because after all, we’re willing to scrap like men, so we should be ready to be beat down like men. All the You Tube fight videos of young black girls and women fighting like alley cats just reinforces the stereotype.  And can we just be honest? The appropriate response to a person taking pictures of you against your will is NOT to punch him ten times. The appropriate response to that kind of harassment is the contact the police and remove yourself from the scene. If you feel safe enough, take out YOUR camera and record HIM harassing you. Ladies, it is NOT okay to punch a man (black, white, red all over I care not) that pisses you off unless you’re ready to get a severe beating or get yourself killed. So many black women think they are supposed to fight like men, and the behavior is often positively reinforced within the community. But it’s my opinion that a woman should never fight unless it’s in defense of her life or her person–so yes; get some martial arts training. Just don’t use it to drop kick someone just because you don’t like the way he looks at you. Like it or not, this is a patriarchy. If you act manly, you will lose your feminine privilege, and no “knight in shining armor” will come riding in on his white horse to defend your honor. Get mad if you like, but I don’t make the rules.

EDITING TO ADD BECAUSE SOMEONE THINKS I’M VICTIM BLAMING: Let me be clear. I’m not blaming this woman. I’m using the reaction as a teachable moment. IF what Anthony said was true, and she punched him, then yes I think it was inappropriate. In turn, I also think it’s inappropriate AND dangerous for a woman to get in a man’s face and cuss him out. You have no idea what strangers are capable of. George Zimmerman comes to mind.

 

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Riddle Me This: What Other Award Shows Have Actual Shootings and People Killed ‘Black Excrement Television’ (BET) http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/riddle-award-shows-actual-shootings-people-killed-black-excrement-television-bet/ http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/riddle-award-shows-actual-shootings-people-killed-black-excrement-television-bet/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 02:56:22 +0000 http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/?p=31344 I’m convinced most of the wealthy black elite class in America could not give two negative phucks for ‘regular’ black people, and they’re willing to sell folks a bill of hoodwinked goods if it will turn 30-note of silver. News you’re about to hear now won’t likely be reported in the same way everywhere else […]

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I’m convinced most of the wealthy black elite class in America could not give two negative phucks for ‘regular’ black people, and they’re willing to sell folks a bill of hoodwinked goods if it will turn 30-note of silver. News you’re about to hear now won’t likely be reported in the same way everywhere else because most news outlets will be too afraid to say the obvious because black folks like to be ostriches. SOURCE

One person was killed and four others wounded in an early Sunday shooting at a pre-party in Los Angeles ahead of the Black Entertainment Television Awards show, police said.

The gunman fired several rounds at the gathering at a restaurant and banquet hall about 3 miles (5 km) west of downtown before fleeing, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

One of three people taken to local hospitals by ambulance died, police said. The other two people wounded were in stable condition after seeking their own medical care at area hospitals, police said.

It was unclear whether the shooting happened inside or outside the party venue and whether it was gang related, police said. The suspect has not been located, and the victims’ names have not been released.

The shooting came a day after violence at another pre-party for the BET Awards, due to take place Sunday evening in Los Angeles. On Saturday, a man was stabbed and wounded during a pre-show event at a nightclub in Hollywood, police said.

But the irony of the entire news report can be found in the last paragraph:

The BET Awards show is an annual event that honors African Americans and other minorities in music, film, television, sports and entertainment.

Think quickly. Can you recall any other award shows besides the ratchet hip hop ones where actual people are killed?! And yet folks want to fight tooth and nail to support the very groups that are obviously contributing to the distraction of the black collective. Hip hop is plagued with corrupt, violent felons who in turn, promote the lifestyle of corruption, violence and law-breaking. The positive voices have literally be choked out by worst and the ratchet. Yet, channels like BET along with record companies and the greedy consumers of this garbage keep up production that literally leads to people being KILLED.

Someone on my Facebook timeline said this, and it pretty much sums up how I feel:

Perhaps this gives some insight–Excuse the language . But it’s simply quoting the ignorance. This is what Dr. Boyce Watkins posted on his wall. ————– BET once gave a grand feature to to R. Kelly right after he was allegedly on video sleeping with an underage girl. They then gave a multitude of awards to Lil Wayne, even though he produces lyrics like the ones below. So, when someone gets shot at a BET Awards party, it reminds me of something my ex-girlfriend once said: “If you spend your time singing about roses, then eventually someone is going to bring you some flowers.” 

Read these Lil Wayne lyrics and please tell me how IN-THE-WORLD any black person in their right mind can think that this is not destructive to our children: 

Uh, fuck that nigga, ho ass nigga
Leave that nigga with a toe tag, nigga
Barrel so long you can pole dance, nigga
Run up in ya house, where the dope at, nigga?
Murder she wrote on a notepad, nigga
Light that nigga up, smoke that nigga
Stomp that nigga, roast that nigga
I’m walkin’ ’round with this shotgun and this bitch bigger than me nigga
Don’t open up yo fuckin’ mouth cause I’ll pull the trigger like teeth nigga
Shoot ‘em up, then leave, nigga
I smell summer’s eve, nigga
We shoot first, it’s better to give than receive, nigga

And you know who’s laughing at ya’ll BET supporter? The top execs at those places who set up their children with “perfect gentlemen.”

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Dudley Payne III and Paige Johnson (BET heiress) on their wedding day. (Matt Blum)

Think on that.

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