Saturday, November 12, 2016

WE GON BE ALRIGHT BUT TIGHTEN UP YOUR WALLET


The presidential election is over and half the country is extremely distraught about  the outcome. That is normal because their are distinctly several Americas. We are the United States of America in theory only. Election 2016 is now history and we have no choice but to move on.  The Democrats fucked up.  They did not listen to all the voices in their party. I am a native New Yorker that has witnessed Trump's arrogance and total disregard for others, most of my life. I know what we are getting. He will pretend to be presidential and thoughtful over the next few months but true character always shines through.  As for Hillary she thought that Democratic nomination was her birthright. I remember the Clintons wanting President Obama to step aside and wait his turn.  I ain't forgot. Hopefully this is the final chapter in politics for that couple.  There is no denying I am disappointed by the election's outcome because just the sight of Rudy Giuliani makes me want to regurgitate; but I have to remember, "this too shall pass."

You may feel helpless or fearful about what will happen next.  Fear is a good thing but don't be helpless; you can flex your power.  There is a way. Do not spend your money frivolously over the next few months or years. I don't  plan on spending one penny during the Thanksgiving weekend on unnecessary items, unless it is with a Black-owned small business. Tighten up your wallet.  You will send a stronger message than those protesters that have taken to the streets after the election of Mr. Trump. Invest in yourself, your future and that of your family. Educate, save, and exhale. Me, I plan on traveling internationally over the next 4 years that will give me the education about the world I can't acquire confined within America's boundaries.  

Obama's historic presidency lulled some of us into a sense of security about the future. Trump the reality star and his cronies will bring us completely back to reality. It is going to get down right ugly. Black people are strong and resilient. They can throw whatever come what may at us and we will rise. We will get through the next 4 years. As Kendrick Lamar so fittingly pronounced "We Gon Be Alright". That doesn't mean we should take our foot off the pedal.  Stay Woke!

The greatest mistake of the movement has been trying to organize a sleeping people around specific goals. You have to wake the people up first, then you'll get action.” -- Malcolm X


Sunday, October 9, 2016

THE POWER OF THE "P"

Trump Pence Flyer
First I will start off by saying the Republican party ain't shit and NBC is pathetic.  I received this flyer from the New York Republican State Committee yesterday in my mail as NBC's infamous Access Hollywood tape is being played over and over again on the news. The salacious 2005 recording has garnered nonstop exposure as everyone listens in on Trump's secret "locker room banter" at the age of 59 or 60 with the annoying wannabe-pimp, Billy Bush. The Republicans are outraged that The Donald would talk about women in such a vulgar manner.  The standout comment being on the tape "grab 'em by the pussy," has them acting like they have only the word pussy used to describe an actual cat.  Meanwhile, the network that aired Trump's "Apprentice,"wants us to believe they miraculously found that, more than a decade old, tape a few days ago.

I am not naive and I know that some men/boys may explicitly talk about degrading women when they are out of earshot; but Trump is vying for one of the most powerful positions in the world, POTUS.  The man is a narcissistic bigot who is completely full of shit. So nothing this bully says amazes or shocks me.  Growing up in New York, I spent years seeing all his antics at nauseum  Trust me he has been an egotistical maniac for a long, long, long time.  Just go to Youtube and pull up years and years of his appearances on the Howard Stern show.

What I find outrageous is how suddenly members of the Republican Party want to distance themselves from him because he made some vulgar remarks about a Caucasian woman more than a decade ago. I am not condoning his misogynist language; but when the man recently labeled Mexicans as rapists, that was cool.  It was fine that he wanted to build a wall on the Mexican border to divide land that originally belonged to the indigenous people. After he kept alive the birther conspiracy claiming, President Obama was not American, that was just Trump being Trump. It was okay when he insulted the Muslim parents of a veteran that gave his life for this country.  Let's not even go into his 'Make America Great Again', bullshit slogan.  That gives me Jim Crow nightmares.

It is ironic that less than a month from Election Day "pussy" is what it took to let some people know that Donald Trump is unfit to be the President of the United States.  His boorish remarks about how he views women is what now has him in hot water with his political party. Yes his words reflect misogyny and rape culture and should not be celebrated; but he was in what he thought was a private conversation.  On the other hand he has been proudly screamng his racist and xenophobic rhethoric to anyone that will listen. The hippocrites who now want to renounce him were okay with their children growing up in a world where people are solely judged by: the color of their skin, choice of religion, or ethnic background. If an eleven-year-old misoygynistic recording is what it takes to collapse a racist agenda, so be it. America, even with all its flaws, deserves better than a charlatan at the helm.  He and his hateful followers must be defeated by any means necessary.  Robert Deniro says it best.



Thursday, September 1, 2016

THANK YOU COLIN KAEPERNICK

"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".
You won't hear those words during Whitney Houston's historic rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.  These words have been edited out but they capture the essence of the United States national anthem.  Francis Scott Key the author of the Star Spangled Banner was a racist.  He was a slave owner and as an attorney he prosecuted abolitionist.  Yet all across the United States Black Americans stand for the national anthem some with our hand on our heart and some without; oblivious to the origins of that song.

Blacks are the most patriotic Americans you will ever find.  We fought in every war defending the United States although back home we were second class citizens.  We demanded our civil rights and made this country a better place for all its people.  While others identify as Italian, Irish, or English, we are 100% American.  We look to no other country but the one beneath our feet.  We bleed red, white and blue even though some of our fellow Americans disregard our rights as citizens.

Thank you Colin Kaepernick for your silence which spoke louder than any yelling or screaming could ever do.  Thank you because by sitting you stood up for the disenfranchised and those who have no voice. Thank you for your disgust of law enforcement slaughtering unarmed Black Americans without any retribution or an apologetic explanation. Thank you Colin Kaepernick for being aware that the struggle is far from over and that silence can speak louder than any anthem.  Thank you Colin for staying woke. 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

THE GREATEST!


The greatest boxer and athlete that America has ever known made his transition to the other side on June 3, 2016. Muhammad Ali was a charismatic, beautiful, defiant icon that graced the world with his presence. He was not just a sportsman but an international figure that shook the world to its very core.  This strong powerful black man was unapologetic about his proclamation that he was "The Greatest". "It is not bragging if you can back it up", he boasts.  And yes he backed up every bit of his braggadocios exclamations.

I was born after he demolished the former heavy weight champion Sonny Liston.  That iconic picture of Ali triumphantly standing over the crumpled Liston is my only memory of it. His heroic stand against the Vietnam War and his call for the civil rights of all people was etched in the history books when I became aware of him.   I do remember as a little brown girl in Brooklyn waiting to see the Thrilla in Manila; Ali and Frazier's anticipated boxing match in the Philippines. Their was no Internet, social media, or cable providers. The world literally stopped and gathered around the television for this battle of the two titans. Ali and Frazier did not disappoint; it was a fight for the ages.

Years later when Muhammad Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease it was unimaginable at first to see his melodic voice silenced and the deterioration of the perfect physical specimen he had personified. You could still see his unrelenting spirit and courage had prevailed.  The disease may have ravaged him physically but he was still a strong, kind and charitable man.  The world will never again see a man, an American, a radical and a legend like this again.  We loss a good one but his inspirational life will never ever be forgotten.





Sunday, February 28, 2016

THE THREE REASONS I WILL BE WATCHING THE OSCARS

I am all for boycotts to a make a stand against a social, economic, or political injustice.  The boycotts and sit-ins of the Civil Rights Movement are perfect examples of making significant change by agitating the powers that be.  Those actions were for life or death issues.  Boycotting the Oscars is not. 



1.  Chris Rock is hosting.  He was hired way before Mrs. Pinkett-Smith decided her husband was shaded by not receiving a nomination for the concussion film.  I will not pass up a chance to see the brilliant and prophetic Chris Rock on stage.

2. Hollywood.   The movie industry is the problem for the lack of diversity in Hollywood not the Oscars,  You can't blame the child for failing if the teachers did not provide him with the knowledge required. Those who feel Hollywood has left them out have to make there own way.  People of East Indian descent did not wait for white Hollywood to capture them in film.  They created their beloved Bollywood.  The Nigerians have done the same with Nollywood. Check out www.irokotv.com and you will find a plethora of African movies. You have to make your own way in this world and not wait for others to validate your existence.

3.  Will Smith.  His not being nominated and a loving wife is what escalated the boycott.  I didn't see Concussion so it would be unfair for me to critique his performance.   I have seen several of his other movies and he is undeniably a charming and likable actor who makes a fine action hero; but Oscar-worthy performance has never popped in my head when watching his movies.  To be honest, until the not yet released Suicide Squad, I haven't had much interest in his film choices lately.   So like the original Aunt Viv his absence is not going to make me miss the Oscars.

I will probably tune in and after all my beloved Walking Dead is on tonight. If you are looking for some diversity that is the way to go. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bowie's Star Shined Bright


The passing of David Bowie last Sunday saddens me.  It is as if a light that illuminated the universe has dimmed.  I can't say I am a mega fan who owns every Bowie album or that I even got to see him live and in concert.  Despite that his music was part of the soundtrack of my youth.  His passing like Michael Jackson's makes me nostalgic for the way things were.  I am after all an eighties kid who grew up watching Bowie on MTV; the station that originally wouldn't play black artists but was fine playing the rock artists that were influenced by black music.

The Blues gave birth to a child and it was called Rock "n" Roll.  Bowie knew that and he respected those artists that paved the way for him.  One of my favorite songs of his is the rhythmic masterpiece, "Let's Dance".  I remember hearing it on R&B friendly radio stations WBLS and WKTU in New York city right along with a play list that included Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.  It was quite fitting, soul fans would have been familiar with his sound; earlier he was not afraid to make an appearance on Soul Train to share his soulful sounds of "Fame" with an audience he knew would appreciate it.

Some musicians make good music and it plays on the radio for a little awhile and then they disappear.  Then there are others who become icons that influence generations through art and their very existence.  Bowie was a chameleon who lived his life on his own terms.   He famously stated,  "I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring.”  I am pretty sure Heaven just got a bit more exciting.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

HIV NEVER LEFT

 

Yesterday Charlie Sheen revealed on NBC's"Today Show" that he was diagnosed with HIV about four years ago.  Sheen was never secretive about his risque dalliances with prostitutes and porn actresses. He gained quite a reputation as a wild party man who indulged in life's excesses.   Despite his sexual appetite and personal choices it was still unsettling to hear.  A virus that can lead to a premature death is enough to make you uneasy. 

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus first made headlines in the eighties. Initially it appeared as a "gay man's" disease. We found out that HIV could lead to AIDS which compromised a person's immune system leaving them vulnerable to opportunistic illnesses such as cancer. I grew up in New York where an AIDS epidemic erupted and decimated certain groups. The fear of this monster caused many to speculate about how it could be transmitted.  We knew that sex and needles could pass the disease from one person to another. Some believed it could also be caught from kissing, toilet seats, breathing  and maybe even a hug.  

I remember sitting in a health class at St. John's University and being told that the 4 H's were mostly susceptible to AIDS; Homosexuals, Heroin/Intravenous drug users, Hemophiliacs and Haitians. That news eventually made it to the streets and caused a panic.  Haitians took offense to being singled out and took to the streets. The images of  the Brooklyn Bridge appearing to buckle under their marching feet is still vivid in my mind.

Today we do know that anyone can contract HIV through unprotected sex, the sharing of needles and blood transfusions. There are drugs available today that can allow those infected to live long lives.  Magic Johnson is a prime example since he has lived with HIV for over 20 years now.   HIV/AIDS is not the death sentence it was over 30 years ago but it is still a chronic crisis lurks within all our communities.