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Saturday, September 23, 2017

IF THE BLACK HAT FITS, WEAR IT: OLIVIA POPE, BLACK WOMEN, AND BLACK MEN IN TELEVISION


In case you've been living in an isolated mountain cabin for the last few months, let me be the one to tell you that season 7 will be SCANDAL'S last season.
     
     From The Hollywood Reporter
"I had conversions with Shonda Rhimes where she has had for a while a sense of how she wanted the story to end," Dungey told reporters Tuesday ahead of ABC's upfront presentation to ad buyers. "She said, 'Look, I really feel like season seven is where I want to wrap up this story, because I always prefer to end a show where you're feeling on top as opposed to letting things fizzle out.'"
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/why-scandal-is-ending-season-7-1004113 



IN THE SEASON FINALE OF SEASON 6, OLIVIA POPE BECAME THE HEAD OF B6-13.

IN SEASON 7, OLIVIA POPE WILL BE THE MOST POWERFUL PERSON IN THE WORLD.  


I don't think I've ever seen a black woman this powerful on television before. The only thing that comes close is HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. And Shondaland is responsible for that show too.

To be honest, I don't think I ever appreciated how little black male directors were doing for black women, especially dark skinned black women, until Shonda Rhimes put Viola Davis on our television screens weekly in her other show HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER.

I really didn't.

Lashana Lynch's STILL STAR-CROSSED didn't work out. But ABC didn't exactly put their best foot forward for that show. They put it on after a show I'd never watch --The Bachelorette-- EVEN IF the head of the pick-me-s IS black. And they had the show begin in the middle of summer.

No wonder Shonda is taking Shondaland to Netflix with B.S. like that going on. (More on this later)

Shonda's probably put 3x as many black women behind the camera too. Even Ava DuVernay directed an episode of Scandal before becoming the show runner for show she produced with Oprah, QUEEN SUGAR. And a lot black women are directing that series as well.

I can't wait to see what Olivia Pope's swan song is. The end of Season 6 has set it up so that Season 7 could truly be great. The Olivia Pope character will already to be written down in television history as it is.


Regardless of how little black men have done for black women in television and movies -- dark-skinned black women in particular-- I really would have liked to see a strong black man in Scandal. I'd have loved to see a black love story at some point.

But when Columbus Short was on SCANDAL his character sucked all the light out of the room. 


I'm not saying Short's acting was bad or that his character was bad.  He did a good job and I liked his character. Furthermore, I did NOT like the way his character was given the boot on the show at all -- though I had no use for the actor either based on his real life stuff. But the people watching his character made his presence the source of tension and that was before he started having legal troubles off screen. 
I actually read one black male comment on social media that said, "She's treating him like a subordinate!" And Short's charter freaking was a flippin subordinate.
Much like Black Lives Matter, when a black man is present, the black women fade are supposed to fade into the background.
(On a side note: I will never forget how Rekia Boyd's death was practically ignored despite her death coming so close to Trayvon Martin's.)

Likewise, when a black man is heroic in a series?  Most of the black male audience and half of the black female audience is wondering why the black male character isn't at the center of the action. 

Until HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER came to be, I thought the only way for a black female character to be THE central character was for black male characters to be absent or have two lines every other episode..

In HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER is the show where Shonda was able to keep two black male characters (for a while) at the center of the show and make it work. Yet, SCANDAL has the bigger following because it has more white people at the center of the action. 


That's why I'm holding my breathe for HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER at the end of every season. And the way ABC treated STAR-CROSSED (bad or not) I'm glad she's going to NETFLIX.

It's got to be a tricky balance to keep your ratings high on a major network when you want black lead actors. You've got to suck in a white audience to keep your show on the air. Shonda did it though, and kept black women central to most of her stories, THE CATCH (now cancelled) being the major exception.

Shonda's got nuclear-level black girl magic. And since I think Olivia Pope is going down in television history, I hope Shonda can give the Olivia Pope character the close out she deserves at the end of Season 7.


* * * * *

From 13 FACTS ABOUT SCANDAL
GABRIELLE UNION AND TARAJI P. HENSON BOTH AUDITIONED TO PLAY OLIVIA.
Gabrielle Union (BEING MARY JANE) auditioned for the part, then later said she was glad Kerry Washington and Scandal had found so much success, because it led to more work for black female actresses [and black female directors.]
When asked about her audition for the role of Olivia... Taraji P. Henson (EMPIRE) recalled: "When I went in to read for Shonda Rhimes, in my mind I was like, 'This is Kerry Washington. Why am I even in here?' It was hers. It was her job, and she's great in it."
Read More
http://mentalfloss.com/article/79841/13-facts-about-scandal


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Friday, September 22, 2017

Stores Can't Keep Fenty Beauty's Deep Foundation Shades in Stock

Things that do NOT 

make you go... 

Hmmm?


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Less than a week after launching, Rihanna's Fenty Beauty is flying off shelves.
While most of Rihanna's mega-successful makeup line has managed to stay in stock, there's one product in particular that is selling out at lightning speed, according to social media, and that's Rihanna's deep [read: dark skinned] foundation shades.

At the time of writing this, six out of the available 10 deep shades are already sold out on sephora.com, though it looks like restocks are happening pretty regularly. Normally, fans react with disappointment, frustration, or even anger when they can't get their hands on a highly anticipated beauty launch. But with Fenty Beauty, the response to the limited availability of deep [read: dark-skinned] foundation has been markedly different, for a damn good reason."

Prior to RiRi, most black women have been neglected at the make-up counter
 Exhibit A: FENTY BEAUTY

~Glamour.com
Read More
https://www.glamour.com/story/fenty-beauty-deep-foundation


Pssst!

Black women have been neglected at the movies too
EXHIBIT A: "Hidden Figures" Ticket Sales
EXHIBIT B: "Girls Trip" Ticket Sales


Thursday, September 21, 2017

She Let Go

by Rev Safire Rose 

Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of the fear.  
She let go of the judgments.  

She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.  She let go of the committee of indecision within her.  She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go  She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go.  
She let go of all of the memories that held her back.  She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.  She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.
She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call the prayer line. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.
No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.


SEAN SPICER: ONE ACTORS THOUGHTS ON THE POISONOUS PURVEYOR OF LIES

JASON ISAACS 
as LUCIOUS MALFOY 
in 
HARRY POTTER MOVIE SERIES

words only from his instagram


By the way, LL not-COOL J, who keeps refuting the idea he's a republican, supposedly posed for a selfie with Spicer on Emmy night.

read more: https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/09/sean-spicer-emmys-jason-isaacs-instagram


Hollywood will probably keep casting him in movies and in television shows, wondering why their diverse cast isn't attracting a diverse audience -- as usual

I used to have such a crush on LL Cool J when I was a kid. I even tried to defend him when he tried to start a style trend with that one pant leg rolled up thing (Yeah. I knew he was a nitwit even then. But he was cute!!!) 

Now? He's a republican (or repugnitcan adjacent) I feel so used, so dirty every time I see him.

And now he's posed with Spicer too? I'm gagging over here. Hell, did he go to Trump's inauguration and swear Trump's crowd was bigger than Obama's crowd too?


(Shivering with disgust)


Never forget that HOLLYWOOD SO WHITE made Spicer at the Emmys possible.
https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/09/emmys-try-their-best-to-normalize-sean-spicer.html



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

BLACKS ARE MORE THAN 3 TIMES AS LIKELY TO BE GUNNED DOWN BY POLICE WHILE UNARMED

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Eighteen academic studies, legal rulings, and media investigations shed light on the issue roiling America.



As the nation reels from a series of high-profile fatal shootings of black men by police officers, many have decried the lack of readily available data on how racial bias factors into American policing. But while it’s true that there is no adequate federal database of fatal police shootings (F.B.I. director James Comey has described the lack of data as “embarrassing and ridiculous”), there exists a wealth of academic research, official and media investigations, and court rulings on the topic of race and law enforcement.
The Hive has collected 18 such findings below. This list is not exhaustive, and does not purport to comment on the work of all police officers. It is, rather, merely a digest of the information available at present. Sometimes, studies and investigations reveal evidence of intentional bias; other studies point to broader societal and institutional factors...
“...evidence of a significant bias in the killing of unarmed black Americans relative to unarmed white Americans, in that the probability of being black, unarmed, and shot by police is about 3.49 times the probability of being white, unarmed, and shot by police on average.”
~VanityFair.com
Read More:
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/07/data-police-racial-bias 

Top Photo Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2016/07/a-single-photo-that-captures-race-and-policing-in-america/490664/ 

Bottom Photo Source/ Pinterest: Liquid Poetry

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

IS THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION HEADED FOR AN INDICTMENT?



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A pair of new reports on the Russia investigation published Monday night suggest that Donald Trump’s former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, is in very serious legal trouble indeed. 
First, CNN’s Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz, and Pamela Brown report that federal investigators got secret court orders to wiretap Manafort — at first before the 2016 campaign because of an inquiry into his work in Ukraine, and later as part of the investigation into Trump associates’ ties to Russia. 
Second, the New York Times’s Sharon LaFraniere, Matt Apuzzo, and Adam Goldman report that this summer, special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors “told Mr. Manafort they planned to indict him.” They also add the detail that when federal agents searched Manafort’s home in July at the behest of Mueller’s team, they picked the lock rather than announcing their presence in advance. 
Together, the reports of wiretaps and the threat of indictment make Manafort’s legal woes — which already looked troubling — appear even more serious. 
Manafort is under investigative scrutiny both for matters that preceded his involvement in Trump’s campaign — specifically, whether he appropriately disclosed his foreign work and whether he was involved in illegal money laundering or other financial crimes — and for the central question of potential collusion with Russia during the campaign itself.

~VOX.COM 

IS EMBRACING THE IDEA THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS EVIL CRITICAL TO MOVING FORWARD?

I've been thinking of Trump as the racist version of a "sociopath" for decades now, long before he ran for president. And he's stupid too. To me this article says tons more about white America than it does about Trump himself. 

But, you be the judge.

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An except from an interview with Philosopher Susan Neiman 
by Chauncy DeVega at Salon

Why do you think there has been such reluctance among most American journalists and pundits to explore the question of Trump and evil?
"Evil" is one of the most powerful words in the English language and should be used sparingly, since it’s easy to abuse. For example, George W. Bush certainly did a lot of damage with it, along with his use of the term "moral clarity" to describe actions that were neither moral nor clear. Unfortunately, because it can be so easily abused, many progressives tend to avoid the concept altogether. This is a terrible mistake, because it leaves the most powerful concepts we have in the hands of those who are least equipped to use them thoughtfully. Instead of avoiding strong moral language, it’s imperative to use it reflectively and well.
I don’t think definitions of evil are of much use, but I think it is possible to do careful analyses of people’s words and actions to decide when words like "evil" are appropriate. That’s a general answer to why people are reluctant to use it. It’s also possible that there’s an element of fear at the moment; it really is hard, and frightening, to face the fact that the president of our country is evil, so perhaps pundits, even good ones, are reluctant to acknowledge how awful the state of affairs really is.


How do questions of evil intersect with American exceptionalism? [ This is mostly a white tribe concept. Descendants of enslaved and genocide-ed don't go for this too much]
The main problem with American exceptionalism, I think, is that we confuse the idea of America with the realization of it. America was founded on exceptional ideals; most other countries developed because some collection of tribes found themselves in one place and worked out some political structures for better and worse. It was exceptional to found a country on a set of ideals, and people all over the world saw hope in that uniqueness. Now, I trust most people are aware, in the meantime, that the genocide of Native Americans -- which, by the way, was a conscious model for Nazi policy in Eastern Europe -- and the centrality of slavery to the American economy both provided a terrible contradiction to those ideals from the time the nation was founded.
Ultimately, most Americans are woefully ignorant about fascism; they know very little about how it began and developed. Those who said “It can’t happen here” rely on a cartoon version of fascism in which "Nazi" means little more than "bogeyman" or "monster."

Since Trump's election, I have been thinking a great deal about the banality of evil and Primo Levi's observations about the utter normality of the death camp guards and how they were not "monsters" per se but rather examples of how evil is done by "normal people." I have suggested in my essays and other work that Trump's voters wanted to hurt those Americans they see as the Other. Consequently, they are complicit with his deeds and the harm he is causing to people. Am I being unfair?
Levi, Arendt and others were absolutely right. It is fair to say that some of the architects of fascism had straightforwardly evil intentions. But they would never have been able to realize them without millions of ordinary people, many of whom were quite decent in other ways, who went along for one reason or another and thus enabled fascism to take hold. At this historical moment it is crucial to remember that Hitler was democratically elected and then went on to destroy German democratic institutions. It was banal. I do not think your historical allusion is the least bit unfair. We are in dire straits, and those who do not realize it are indeed complicit.


If we agree that Trump is evil, then what are the obligations of citizens in this moment, specifically, and civil society more generally?
First and most importantly, to keep insisting that Trump's behavior in the White House is not normal. America is in a state of emergency. Resistance is crucial. The good news is that citizens’ resistance stopped the Muslim ban and the repeal of Obamacare. We need to remember that the opposition has, so far, prevented Donald Trump from doing as much damage as he wants, and we need to intensify it.
Nonviolent resistance to fascism could even have worked in Germany if more people had dared it earlier -- there was some -- and it is certainly needed in America now....


READ MORE:
http://www.salon.com/2017/09/19/philosopher-susan-neiman-the-president-of-our-country-is-evil/




Monday, September 18, 2017

Lena Waithe Becomes the First Black Woman to Win for Comedy Writing

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Lena Waithe just made Emmy Awards history by becoming the first Black woman to win for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for Master of None. (She was also the first Black woman ever nominated in this category.) This was a monumental moment in television history, and it wasn't lost on the celebrities in the audience: Nearly everyone stood up and clapped for Waithe as she walked up to accept her prize.

Waithe's acceptance speech was emotional; she took time to thank the slew of people in front of and behind the camera on Master of None. However, Waithe really won over the crowd toward the end of her speech when she gave an impassioned message to the LGBTQIA+ community.
"I see each and every one of you," she said. "The things that make us different: those are our superpowers. Everyday when you walked out the door, put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world—because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren't in it."
~Glamour Magazine

Read More:

https://www.glamour.com/story/lena-waithe-first-black-woman-to-win-for-comedy-writing-2017-emmy-awards 

Here's a link to the Emmy Speech:



Here's her describing what it was like to write the "coming out" scene based on her real life experience



AT THE EMMYS: ULTIMATELY ALL WE GOT IS US

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ULTIMATELY ALL WE GOT IS US...
Which is why Issa Rae’s comment about rooting for everybody black was so beautiful.
As was Lena Waithe’s speech on the superpowers of the LGBTQIA community.
And Donald Glover’s shot at the white progressives in the room where he “joked” that Trump’s election and the subsequent white guilt are the only reason his work on Atlanta was recognized by them. 


And Sterling K. Brown not allowing the timer music to end his speech, especially not when Nicole Kidman was allowed to read the entire first chapter of Gone Girl just moments earlier.

And Riz Ahmed articulating the ambivalence of winning an Emmy while playing a marginalized character.

And no moment better exemplified the beauty of that edict than when Anika Noni Rose and Cicely Tyson presented the Award for Outstanding Limited Series. Overcome with nerves, the 92-year-old Tyson—one of the few people who can legitimately be considered a living legend—struggled when reading her speech. But the sublime Rose put her arm around Tyson, bent down to her ear and encouraged her with graciousness, patience and love.
~VERYSMARTBROTHAS

I'll let you read about white folks at Emmys normalizing Trump's #1 lying son-of-a-b**** Sean Spicer (until traitorous Trump gave him the boot) for yourself:
https://verysmartbrothas.theroot.com/anika-noni-roses-patience-with-cicely-tyson-is-the-blac-1818508696?utm_medium=sharefromsite

MORE ON HOW UGLY IT WAS TO TRY TO NORMALIZE SPICER (AND THE WHITE SUPREMACIST PRESIDENT HE REPRESENTED WITH HIS WHOLE HEART)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

JUMPING THE BROOM AS AN AFRICAN TRADITION THAT SURVIVED SLAVERY

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"Jumping The Broom" is an African American phrase and custom for marriage.

The significance of the broom to African-Americans heritage and history originates in the West African country of Ghana. During the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, most of Ghana in the 18th century was ruled by the Asante of Ashanti Confederacy...
 Brooms were waved over the heads of marrying couples to ward off spirits. The couple would often but not always jump over the broom at the end of the ceremony. Jumping over the broom symbolized the wife's commitment or willingness to clean the courtyard of the new home she had joined. Furthermore, it expressed her overall commitment to the house. It also represented the determination of who ran the household. Whoever jumped highest over the broom was the decision maker of the household (usually the man).
The jumping of the broom does not add up to taking a "leap of faith."


...The irony is that practice of jumping the broom was largely discarded after Emancipation in America which was consistent with the eventual fall of the Ashanti Confederacy in Ghana in 1897 and the coming of British customs. Jumping the Broom did survive in the Americas, especially in the United States, among slaves brought from the Asante area. This particular Akan practice of jumping the broom was picked up by other African ethnic groups in the Americas and used to strengthen marriages during slavery among their communities.
Jumping the broom was not a custom of slavery, but is a part of African culture that survived American slavery...
~AARegistry.org


Read More: 

http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/jumping-broom-short-history

BROWN-SKINNED HONORARY WHITE FOLK BITTEN IN THE NECK BY THE PRESIDENT THEY SUPPORTED

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FROM SLATE
Estimated at 121,000-strong, Michigan’s Chaldean community is the largest in the world outside of Iraq, from where these Aramaic-speaking Mesopotamians claim their ancient roots. It’s a result of multiple waves of immigration, mostly starting in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when many came to the United States as refugees fleeing anti-Assyrian killings and the chaos of the Iran–Iraq War. Since the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, sectarian violence, civil war, and the rise of ISIS have killed or displaced more than two-thirds of Iraq’s Christians.
The Chaldeans of Michigan have a conservative history, consistently supporting the Republican Party with votes and donations, and they voted heavily for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, helping him win Michigan by fewer than 11,000 votes. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence inspired many Chaldeans to show up at voting booths with unprecedented enthusiasm by promising to protect persecuted Christians in the Middle East. A Chaldean priest publicly blessed Trump while he was on the campaign trail, and conservative Christians praised Trump’s commitment to Christian minorities on Facebook. Few in the community expected that Trump’s immigration crackdown—touted in part as a means to protect the country from radical Islamists—would come to target them.
But while at the gas station, Naoum received a call from a friend, a prominent Detroit-area attorney. ICE had detained some of his Chaldean clients.
By the time Naoum got to his sister’s house and spent some time with her kids, he was getting messages from family and friends reporting dozens of detainments. At one point, he got a call from a friend from college: “They got my brother,” the friend said. So Naoum locked himself in his brother-in-law’s home office and started making calls.
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/09/michigan_s_iraqi_chaldean_community_is_fighting_to_protect_dozens_of_people.html?

Let me say this again:

Trump is about as Christian as your neighbor's cat. Even religion hating atheists have figured this out by now.

When Trump or a Trump supporter indicates they despise Muslims, what they really mean is they despise anybody who is Middle Eastern

FOR👏  
NOT 👏  
BEING 👏  
WHITE👏  

And being white is a social construct which involves a heck of a lot more than skin color.



 
Dear Immigrants, 
If you're not descended from Europeans (western), you're on the outs with the republicans.


I write the truth, correct?  This sect of Iraqi Christians must-a thought they were white, right? 

If Iraqi Christians have been arriving here since 1970s and they didn't figure out the republicans were a danger to them, they must-a thought they were honorary white people. 

Is there another explanation for this behavior?

And, I don't care how much they disapprove of gay marriage, transgender bathrooms etc. They voted for an obvious ethnoracist when they are obviously not-white. They voted and blessed somebody who was probably wrinkling his nose while he smiled in their face.

They voted for someone who was destined to backhand them across the face and he like...announced his white racism daily. 

And they are not white.

If Iraqi Christians had been paying attention to anything but themselves they'd have figured republican ethnoracism toward black and brown beginning in the 1970s when they first started arriving here.


I do understand that a lot of non-white ethnic groups believe America is living up to ideals when they first arrive here. Why wouldn't they. U.S. sells itself well through television and movies. But after you get here, the truth should become clear. And the next generation usually knows better. 
Some can watch the news, have empathy for others, and don't wait for the next generation to see how uneven the playing field is.  

Still other immigrants come here and think ethnoracism is simply normal --which it is, all over the world. 
Maybe they go to sleep thinking, don't hate the player hate the game. Maybe they think they'll just play the white supremacy game to win without whining. 
 Welp, maybe now's the time they realize they've played and lost.
I hope nobody dies. I pray nobody dies. Beyond that I can't make myself care too much. These losers live near a very black Detroit, and can't be but so far from Flint and it's very black water crisis. Yet they can't see ethnoracism as real and of primary importance.

Maybe its just that ethnoracism is a lesser sin to them than the other things they consider sins: like  gay marriage, sex change operations, and women's rights.

So maybe the 81% of white Christians that voted for Trump will save them...temporarily. And that assistance will be temporary because white Christians put whiteness ahead of being Christian at least 81% of the time.
And they ain't white.
I truly do hope they will not be hurt or killed. But I absolutely can and do hope they are deported. I hope they can be safe SOMEWHERE ELSE because they are the last thing this country needs. 

They are the last thing this country needs because we absolutely do not need anymore white supremacists* or white supremacist enablers in this country. Sooo


...because we have to put America first.

Hell, if I could figure out how to deport the alt-Right jackasses that were born here, I'd do it in a heartbeat.