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Shame on you Jet magazine

bebececeI picked up  a copy of Jet Magazine yesterday, flipped a few pages and before I knew it I was at the end of the magazine. Something was wrong. I knew it felt rather light when I picked it up, but seriously something was wrong.

The magazine is so skimpy now that if you aren’t careful you will miss the four to five pages of actual content. There are more advertisements and subscription cards then there are actual interviews and articles.

Shame on you Jet Magazine! Whatever happened to picking up a Jet Magazine and reading about what is going on in Black America as far as culture, entertainment, news, history, beauty etc. What happened to seeing an eye-catching cover and knowing that you would find a well written story along with tons of other interesting articles? Now the magazine is a thin as a pamphlet. I was shocked when I flipped to read the cover story about BeBe and  CeCe Winan’s  new album Still in the latest issue of Jet and realized that even though the cover story was near the end of the magazine, I only found one item to read before I reached it. Of course there was still the Beauty of the Week and the Black History facts, but where were all of the “other” stories? Why was the cover story the only “meat” of the magazine?”

I do realize that both Jet Magazine and Ebony Magazine are both published by Johnson Publishing Company, but that is no excuse for Ebony Magazine having plenty of content, while Jet Magazine is scarce and skimpy.

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The NY Post defends running racist cartoon by Sean Delonas

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Civil rights leaders and a multitude of others have come forth speaking out against the cartoon by artist Sean Delonas which was run in the New York Post on February 18, 2009. The cartoon has been called offensive, racist and insensitive.

Mr. Delonas however has stated that these accusations are ridiculous and that the cartoon is about the economic stimulus bill and in no way is indicating that President Barack Obama should be shot. The editor-in-chief of the New York Post, Col Allan had this to say,”The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event.”

However that explanation is not acceptable to those (myself included) who have taken offense to the cartoon which shows two white police officers standing over a dead chimpanzee that that have just shot and killed. The caption states “They will have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.’

How the New York Post or the cartoon artist can rebut the fact that the cartoon is offensive and has racist undertones is beyond belief.  Even with The New York Post adding that the cartoon also plays wit to the woman attacked by a chimpanzee in Connecticut it still does not satisfy those who are not willing to accept any excuses for the cartoon’s insensitivity or the New York Post bad judgment call. First let’s examine the facts:

  • President Barack Obama wrote the stimulus bill mentioned in the cartoon caption.
  • President Barack Obama is of African descent.
  • Throughout history and to present time, monkeys, chimpanzees and other primates of the ape family have been used to downgrade and dehumanize the African American race.
  • The cartoon shows a dead chimp, killed by two white officers who are stating that someone else will have to write the next stimulus bill.

There is no way to deny that the cartoon is blatantly racist. I won’t even downplay it by saying it has racial undertones, no it is blatantly racist and in my opinion the New York Post needs to make a public apology to everyone who may have been offended by the cartoon’s offensive artistry and caption. It showed bad judgment on part of The New York Post when the cartoon was okayed to be placed as part of the newspaper’s printing.

Reverend Al Sharpton, Marc Morial (National Urban League President), Barbara Ciara (President of the National Association of Black Journalists) and others are speaking out and demanding that the New York Post clarify what point the cartoon actually makes since the post has denied that it has any racial inferences.

Another note: This is not the first time artist Sean Delonas has had his work called offensive or insensitive. He is the same artist who has been ridiculed for his cartoons on gay marriage licenses and the ex-wife of Paul McCartney who has one leg. Click here to read more about Delonas and his controversial cartoons.

Click here to view CNN Panelists discussing the cartoon.

 
 
 

 

 

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If you would like to join the Call 2 Action against the cartoon run by the New York Post here is more information on how you can call, send a letter or email to the New York Post. Also Rev. Al Sharpton will be leading a demonstration today, Feb 19, 2009 at noon if you are in the New York area. Please remember that in all things there must be order. If you choose to email or call The New York Post please be respectful.

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Freedom’s Sisters

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The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN will be showcasing the Freedom’s Sisters Exhibition from  January 24-April 5, 2009.

The Freedom’s Sisters Exhibition displays 20 African American women who have fought for equality and justice. Included in the exhibit are historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, Coretta Scott King, Fannie Lou Hamer and a host of other great women of color.

The traveling exhibit will also tour six other selected cities after its run at the NCRM of Memphis.

The women chronicled in Freedom’s Sisters are women who fought for freedom and equality. These women are part of our history, our present living and our future. These women were not afraid to dream, they lived life not only for themselves, but for the hope of a brighter future.

More on the Freedom’s Sisters traveling exhibit

President Barack Obama

Barack Obama- Hope for what was seemingly Lost

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Not too long ago the hope of ever seeing a black man become president of the United States of America was sullen… for many there was no hope, even the dreams that some clung on to were tattered and fading. For countless years they had heard of and/or witnessed the discrimination and inequality that for many had become a way of life. These people were strong people, determined people, people who wanted justice, were grateful for their freedom and knew how long and tiresome the fight had been. They knew Rosa’s story, some marched with Martin when he fought the good fight. They believed in Martin’s dream and even though the odds were against them, they knew the fight was worth fighting. Then Martin was taken away from them. It were as if everything good that was ever given to them as a people only lasted for a season and that season was never long enough for the fight to be won.  They dreamed that one day their diminishing hope would return in the form of something real. Barack Obama is that something real.

Upon his nomination for the presidential candidacy many were skeptical. They knew there was something about him, but with years of disappointments logged in their memory banks and the only progression being millimeters instead of leaps and bounds, it wasn’t easy to believe. It was hard to believe that maybe, just maybe their something real was happening. After all, who wanted to believe again when each and every time they believed, their hope was snatched from underneath them? It was hard for those who had fought, lived through the fight or even had the fight instilled in them to believe that someone that looked like them had a chance to become the President of the United States of America. It was unforeseen that in their lifetime someone that looked like them could represent them, could understand their plight and fight for what they believed in.

It took some time, but they began to believe again. They wanted to hear what this man had to say. Not just because he looked like them, but because something about his connection to the people lured them in. Something about how his words felt right made them feel included in his fight.

 They also felt a since of warmth for the notion that he loved someone who looked like them, who connected to them, who could be their mother, sister, aunt or wife.

Their Black Love was admired and respected.

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I stand with those people whose chests are swollen with pride today. I stand with those people who truthfully didn’t foresee a black man becoming president anytime in the foreseeable future. I stand with those people who appreciate Barack Obama’s commitment to the people and admire his dedication to family and to this country.

I stand with those that know the fight continues. 

Congratulations President Barack Obama!

Barack Obama sworn in as President of  The United States of America from CNN.com

MSNBC Special Inauguration Coverage

Inauguration 2009 from the Memphis Commercial Appeal

2009 Presidential Inauguration

BET Inauguration Celebration

Barack Obama- A History in Photos from Rolling Stone Magazine

BGT blog entry on Barack Obama as President of the USA

George W. Bush says Farewell…we gladly say goodbye!

george20w_20bushLast night as I watched President George W. Bush give his final farewell, I almost felt as if I were watching someone who was half heartedlyaccepting an award. Even with his bad decision making over the past eight years, somehow President Bush didn’t seem apologetic. Even when he mentioned his “few” mistakes the smug look on his face didn’t make that admission very believable. (even though my personal belief is that he is intoxicated the majority of the time so the look isn’t intentional)

In all fairness you don’t expect a President to address each and every shortfall and mistake made during his Presidency, but as citizens of the USA you at least expect him to say more than “You may not agree with some of the tough decisions I have made, but at least agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions”

Even if the tough decisions were the wrong decisions?

Is admitting to a few setbacks enough to make all of his blunders over the past 8 years seem not as big as they really were.

Many Americans lost faith in President Bush long before Barack Obama became a candidate to become the 44thpresident. Bush’s words began to fall on deaf ears long before many gained hope by Barack Obama’s plans for change.

George W. Bush stated last night that he has been honored to serve this country as the 43rd President, but have we been honored to have him?

Many would say no. Their contempt for the exiting president stem from reasons such as his lack of action concerning Hurricane Katrina, turning a blind eye to threats that led to 911, his actions after 911,  the ruins once known as the economy,  his views on sending our troops to an seemingly endless war and his inability to relate and communicate with the American people. With his “almost” admitting to a few “setbacks”  and to the mountain of errors that he may never admit to, somewhere along the way he lost many of the American people.  Sadly, after it was all said and done President Bush never tried to regain the faith of the American people, and that sealed the deal for many who wanted to believe in him as Commander In Chief.

George W. Bush says farewell and we gladly say goodbye!

Here is Keith Olbermann on the Commander In Chief’s farewell address.

Skinheads Plot to Kill Barack Obama & African Americans

When all else fails, and defeat creeps nearer plot to murder innocent African Americans, after all everything is their fault anyway!

I guess a plot to kill Barack Obama by the skinheads should be no surprise to me or anyone else. But regardless of the fact that it was to be expected, that makes it no less despicable and ignorant.

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Federal prosecutors have charged two men; Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman with a plot to assassinate Barack Obama along with a killing spree that would involve murdering over 100 innocent African Americans. Both Schlesselman and Cowart are self-described white supremacists (aka dumbasses with less sense than God gave a rock) the plot included robbing a federally licensed gun dealer, beheading 14 African Americans and shooting countless others. The plot was to end with an assassination of presidential candidate Barack Obama, all to be done while Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman wore white tuxedos and top hats.

-Between the two I wonder who came up with the brilliant idea of the tuxedos and top hats…that was pure brilliance wasn’t it?  ||gag||

Assassination Plot- Full Story from CNN.com

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It is undoubtedly sad that in the year 2008 white supremacists still exist. It is heartbreaking and unexplainable why centuries after (physical) slavery ended for African Americans the struggle to be seen as equal is still an everyday fight. Decades after Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed that he had a dream, for African Americans the fulfillment of his dream has yet to come to fruition.  Our struggle continues because the foot of the oppressor has not been lifted and the tiny bit of equality we have seen is only a glimpse of what we deserve.

Barack Obama being nominated as the Democratic presidential candidate put hope in the hearts of many people who have prayed for change and hoped for a chance to be treated fairly and represented by someone who cared for all people, not just the ones whose skin mirrored theirs. It brought a feeling of hope and promise to their beings because now the glimmer of hope they had, which had almost tapered out, has now be rejuvenated. With the change he promises they see hope when all seemed hopeless and with that hope, they turned out in record numbers to vote. People who had never voted before in their lives, registered to vote, went out to the poll and cast their votes for the change they believed in, and that change was Barack Obama.

Obama’s nomination alone was enough to rile up the racist imbeciles who live with the belief that white people are superior to black people and with years of study and practice, this belief has become fact to them. The mere thought of a non-white person being nominated and having a more than decent chance at becoming the President of the United States is a horrific event for them. For them, the notion that African Americans may be soon celebrating what in their eyes is a “black victory” is enough to set their racist souls ablaze. It is enough to get them in action and plot an assassination.

For those of us who have no doubt that racism is still very much alive and kicking because we have seen, felt and/or experienced it; we expected something like this to happen.  We feared for Barack Obama as if we knew him personally, we prayed for him and hoped that he and his family would be strong enough to endure what was to come.  Sadly we expect even more racist acts to be plotted before Election Day and unfortunately we expect Barack Obama’s life to be threatened countless times if he is elected President of the Untied States of America. Our deepest hope and prayer is that none of these attempts are successful.

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“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

A good many observers have remarked that if equality could come at once the Negro would not be ready for it. I submit that the white American is even more unprepared.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

Always a Nigga in the Midst

***disclaimer  this blog entry uses the word nigga or variations of the word nigga. For those who dislike the use of the word or who prefer not to read content that consists of the word, you may not want to read the following blog entry. Normally I am not prone to using this word, but in this case, this nigga deserves it***

If Black people didn’t have enough on their shoulders, there always has to be some ole boot lickin’, house residing slave n**ga in the midst, who will speak up and make black people all around the nation hang their head in disgust.

Recently this n**ga was James T. Harris, proclaimed Republican and McCain supporter undercover house nigga and content slave.

I tell ya, when I saw this video I grew angry. Mainly because he said the words with such power and meaning, that you knew he meant what he said and that he wanted McCain to tear into Barack Obama with all his might.James T. Harris starts his statement off at the McCain rally by saying that he has taken quite an ass whoopin for supporting McCain (obviously not a good enough one, if so he wouldn’t have gotten his Uncle Tom on at that damn rally) He goes on to tell McCain that he needs to bring it on at the next debate and even gave suggestions of issues that McCain should bring up to use against Obama.

 **it has been reported that after Harris’ “peformance” at the McCain rally there have been various threats to his life. My response to those reports..tee hee 🙂
  

 

 

It is quite sad and humiliating when a black man stands up and begs (those were his exact words to McCain “I beg of you”) a white man to “take it to him” in respect to Barack Obama who could possibly be the first Black President of the USA. That fact alone should have been enough to make James Harris think twice before allowing his syndrome to make him speak. The syndrome I speak of is the Uncle Tom syndrome. But when it comes down to it, many times we as black people do more harm to ourselves as a race than anyone else. We tear each other down,we kill each other, steal from each other and hate to see each other succeed. It is a very sad thing that we can’t unite and support each other.