Wednesday, February 18, 2009

That's Just Messed Up!

From a "Why lie, I need a beer" sign to "Barack, the Magic Negro" some things are just messed up. Really there's no other way to describe it.

The New York Post decided to be brilliant and run this cartoon by Sean Delonas which will be interpreted by any smart, current event literate person as Barack Obama, depicted as a chimpanzee, being shot by cops. This is in light of a chimpanzee attacking a woman and cops having to eventually shoot the animal and President Obama pushing the stimulus bill.

Usually, I don't feel the need to discuss issues as blatantly racist as this one. We all know the historical implications of blacks being stereotyped as animals, particularly monkeys, apes, chimps and other non-homo sapien primates. But for all the post-racial hoo-ha that is being touted now-a-days (which I don't believe) you would think we have all moved beyond this. Apparently not.

At least be more creative with it the next time Mr. Delonas. Put a little work into getting people angry. It makes for better discussion.

Cus Some Things are Worth Repeating

Tell em who my people is, Yall know who my people is.

I've posted this video before, but the giddy side of me felt the need to share this again. Master P and Romeo make me giggle...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Black History Month

I'll admit, last years picture was better. But can we celebrate the lack of inflation at Vanity Dark? Everything is still $Free.99 !!!

I've slacked on the Black History Month posting and I've been called out on it. So to get it kick started, I'll direct you to a piece written by my sister over at You can check it out and comment on it here: For the lazy amongst us, I've also copy and pasted her post below.

Sankofa Bird

Black History Month. February.
Thanks to the hard work of Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926, Blacks were given the opportunity to reflect with pride and be celebrated not just one day of the year but for a month. Now while we know Black History is 365 days a year the question still needs to be asked, “Where did Black History Month go?” In the face of Obamaism, an infectious desire to be aware of everything the Obama’s do, wear, or go, it appears that Black History Month has been forgotten or less celebrated. Did anyone even notice back in January due to all the, albeit justified, inaugural hype we didn’t get to see Dr. King portrayed by a plethora of black actors on multiple networks?

While many can take pride in the accomplishments of our President, he himself has alluded to the fact that Dr. King’s dream has not yet been fulfilled. Like the Sankofa bird, even though we’re moving forward, we must look back to know where we’re coming from. In the face of the recent news of those who haven’t quite done us proud, Chris Brown, Etta James, I urge all of us to take some time out to celebrate this month in its’ true intentions. Here go some suggestions: visit a museum with a relevant exhibition, view a black casted or black written play, attend your church’s/school’s annual celebration, pay homage to your grandmother, give an encouraging word to a young black kid, watch reruns on BET, buy something by a black designer, make a contribution to the Motherland. Heck, even carry on with your Obamaism. Whatever it is you decide to do let’s not get blinded by the flashing lights if we want something more to celebrate about once they go dim. Create your own history and by all means try your best not to be a statistic.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Old School Friday: New Edition

First off: Happy Black History Month!
The appropriate new cover/banner will be coming soon.

Okay, down to Old School Friday business. Today we are doing songs by New Edition or members of New Edition. I have a tendency to utilize this group often, and in all actuality one of few popular mainstream songs I can recall knowing at 3 or 4 was Poison. (Another is Iesha by ABC, a Ne-BBD derivative). I had no idea how to pick just two. I'm not even going to do my favorite, "Is This The End?" Before my sister got her best of New Edition CD from one of those Columbia House memberships, I was much more familiar with songs by members of New Edition than New Edition themselves. This was mostly due to TV. So I bring you two songs and their corresponding Family Matters moments, because I was apparently raised by TGIF.

Skip to 7:20 for a typical mini singing moment on Family Matters

Skip to 1:55 for a guest star moment

Goodness, they never stopped: really was their demographic watching TGIF that often?

I actually miss Being Bobby Brown. That ish was hilarious and I have no shame in my tv show choices.
Happy OSF! Check out other participants here:

The Queen