Media Representation: The Time Has Never Been Better To Make Our Influence Known

Hey Friends,

 

As some of you may know Acts Of Faith In Love & Life has published roughly 1100 Essays, many that are still relevant and show progression in the scale and scope of ADVOCACY and POWER to benefit black women. Sometimes you have to take a rest to recharge from blogging fatigue and burn-out. We have been active on social media channels involved in current events, as part of a bigger picture to fulfill the need for evaluating, curating, encouraging and recognizing favorable media representation [prints ads, commercials, etc].

 

Advertisers may know a demographic’s value more than we do!  Media companies may even spread inaccurate information about certain groups to prop up another. There are many layers, facets and nuances to this. Suffice it to say, we have to use our thinking caps and see the big picture to cut through a lot of the confusion. We observed other forums take a firm stance about distancing oneself from a lot of media, to not support things that weren’t beneficial.

 

It’s smart to debate the pros and cons. We can appreciate all perspectives on whether to consume media, what to consume and whether people are being passive or more thoughtful in their choices. At this time I think it’s imperative to be more engaged  — with a purpose — rather than missing out on what are solid opportunities to make inroads. Whether it’s a trend or the result of a few people working behind the scenes and everything coming together at the same time, we need to strike while the iron is hot, hot, hot!!!

 

Anyone who thinks they can be more effective as a conscientious objector should do so, but might I suggest popping your head out to take a stab at slaying a beast or two should the opportunity arise? Don’t think you can stomach watching tv shows or movies?????? Well…Broadway and Off-Broadway has roughly half a dozen plays written by black women being produced right now…that you can support! This is unprecedented.

 

WHAT IS DRIVING THIS?

 

Advocacy
Curiosity
Creativity
Normal human urge to “see” oneself

 

Connecting with a large base of women from various backgrounds who are engaged online – and understand reciprocity and boundaries
“Movies make magic. They change things. They take the real and make it into something else, right before our very eyes….”  apply other genres
                                                                                                        ~~~ Reel to Real bell hooks
MEDIA & TV & FILM (& PLAYS ??) 
  • Who’s being represented and how.
  • Who gets to tell the stories and what they decide to tell.
  • What processes are determined? Who are the established industry players? Can you bypass anyone? 
  • Who can be an ally? Do you want to write, produce, direct? Work behind the scenes in other capacities, like Music Supervisor or Grip?
  • What training and resources are available? Can you get a mentor? Should you start of with a short, YouTube series, submit to a film festival or something else entirely?
These are just samples of the avenues to pursue and we want the chance to ask about them and to pursue them. And connect with others towards larger goals as well as individual pursuits.

 

HAVE YOU NOTICED EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT ‘DIVERSITY’?
What’s going on right now is a revenue shuffle and power grab. Other groups are positioning themselves(often at our expense). YOU need to pay attention!
We don’t want to push for “diversity”……but nuanced and reciprocal inclusion and parity. And to have our own projects, alliances and resources available for our use exclusively.

 

We’re not beggars. This isn’t a plea to others to “do the right thing”. Master’s House…Master’s Tools and all that…

 

Nuanced, accurate and a variety of roles…..
This is to get the highest return on our investment. This is to educate more people that they can and should expect a return on their investment. The time we spend watching tv, playing video games, going to the movies creates GENERATIONAL WEALTH for other folks. We should ALSO benefit!

 

As stated above, I’ve seen the argument for divorcing oneself from media entirely. And I agree this may be prudent for some. But I know many are going to watch programs [many low-grade] no matter what. But I also know the more people that insist on better, will get better. Ex. DIY Channel ran a dating/relationship reality show #BlackLove that turned out to be a rather thoughtful journey of discovery for four black women, despite the cringe-worthy title. No ratchetness!

 

Black actresses shouldn’t have to feel “lucky” [as in it was a miracle vs. a process of elimination] they got cast in a project!! Especially if it’s something ultimately lesser-than. With roughly 5 shows in play out of as many as THREE HUNDRED scripted series for lead roles…that’s not a lot to begin with!! Don’t let a few high-profile mentions fool you into thinking there’s dozens of shows to choose from. Where are the directors, producers, writers, and other staff??

 

We can’t be a trend or a fad. We have to create our own infrastructure. Which is why we have some work to do. You can donate to the Media TV Project.

 

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Can You Handle The Truth?

 

It’s about time for an official TIME OUT just to get away from the idiot brigade of navel-gazing “deep thinkers” on social media and the professionally outraged who assume connecting a few phrases and ranting in public makes them special. They think they have the knowledge base and nuance to apply such terminology. They’re just hip words with no real meaning to them. But this isn’t new. Coon is the new ‘Nu Black’,  respectability politics is the new ‘talking white’.

Any social justice movement that is SUCCESSFUL takes vision, a plan, multiple people working in concert, focus, humility and strict boundaries. AND time.

When I see that emerging from all of this emotionalism, tunnel-vision and relying on seasonal support (not to mention opportunistic vultues), I will take it and these folks who claim they want change seriously.

You’ve got a long way to go! If you’re still at this 3-4 years from now and can show some infrastructure changes then you might be onto something.

Finally! Can We Solve The 'African American' Conundrum?

Do you know HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS!!!!

I’m glad this descriptor was created much longer and was not the brainchild of the racism/victim ambulance chaser….although it lends to more questions about who has done research, who has claimed credit for such research and what the underlying agendas are…..

Now…perhaps some of our native home-grown population will see its validity and understand its significance. Other non-AA blacks also understand the need to claim their heritage (i.e. Jamaican, Nigerian, etc).

WE ARE AMERICAN!!!

And note to media…STOP lumping every black person as African American. We are distinct, unique and built this country — whose benefits everyone else fully enjoys. Other people are studying us and our histories in their continuing quest for dominance.

WE need to be on firm ground about who we are as women, as people and as part of society at large.

There Was Definitely A Little BWE In Obama's CBC Speech

CBC Week wraps up its annual (I don’t know what to call it as I don’t know what the parameters to critique it are anymore) week-long event after a fancy dinner/dance and speech from POTUS.  A political speech is always a political speech, however some truths can apply. Mr. Obama referenced his focus on programs like My Brother’s Keeper did in fact FAIL to address the needs of black girls. Those were conversations we had online and how his largest base (black women) were being shoved aside for everybody else again).

His reference to the way our pioneering African American women Civil Rights leaders were sidelined by the [publicity-stunting, self-serving] males has been an on-going topic of conversation on these very pages for several years now http://actsoffaithblog.com/lets-not-forget-the-black-women-who-defined-the-civil-rights-movement  and it’s rewarding to see the work of vast networks of BWE and BW-centric digital spaces continue to pay off in shaping the zeitgeist.

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First Lady Michelle Obama's 2015 Tuskegee Commencement Speech Is A Must-Listen

It must have been wonderful for the 2015 graduates to have Michelle Obama speak. She was very gracious, but her candor in mentioning the very specific race and gender biases lobbed against her is worth noting. Her call to action for people to be involved in the community and vote has merit. That’s not the siren call for black women to continue self-sacrificing, but a reminder of the power of involvement for groups that want to elevate their position in society. This was not only a feel-good moment, but one with actionable solutions for the collective. To witness its failure is simply a reminder to not invest in people or situations that don’t invest in you. As the end of the Obama Presidency nears, let’s not forget what a game-changer it was to have African American women in the White House.

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I Was Skeptical But This Family Of Eleven Found An Affordable Rental Abroad

The Brown family from Indiana actually found a house to rent in Veneto, Italy for $700 per month! They have NINE kids. I was shocked, too! They’re close to Venice and in a bike-friendly area. Not only do they get family time, but it’s a wonderful experience for their children. Watch here.

 

 

 

Nostalgia Alert For Old NYC & A Surprising Conversation About Law Enforcement From Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop was filmed doing a walking tour of his neighborhood (he lived at Christodora House during this time) in the early 90’s in downtown New York City.

If I was going to envy a situation it would be not having had any money to buy property in downtown NYC in the early-mid 90’s. There were 1 BR condos near SoHo going for $200k in new buildings.

To give you  an idea of what it was like to live in NYC as a younger person clubs were more about dressing outrageously to get in vs. bottle service, people still danced, there were less tourists, graffiti could be found on buildings and there were still regular coffeeshop/diner places. I found a 2BR apartment for rent on Chrystie and Elizabeth through a broker for $1025 that was double the size of an average space. All I did was walk in to a rental office out of curiosity. This place was huge! I doubt it would even be available today at a rent less than $5K/mo. There was a living room AND a dining room, 2 full bedrooms and bathrooms!!! I later figured out the entire building likely had been evicted or something because everything was brand new, including appliances which was unheard of.

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Broke Bums Ain't Cute

I want to use a few examples from recent media chatter to discuss the perils of women giving men passes for EVERYTHING!!! Men do NOT settle! Men go after jobs and partners they don’t deserve and are unqualified for ALL THE TIME. Extreme social conditioning amongst dysfunctional blacks browbeat black women into accepting crumbs and thinking it’s a meal. Enough!

Brookings Institution study on black women marrying down [they’re mostly focused on black male partners].

There is a growing trend in the United States towards assortative mating — a clunky phrase that refers to people’s tendency to choose spouses with similar educational attainment.

A media storm erupted in the Spring of 2013 when a Princeton alum, Susan A. Patton, president of the class of ‘77, offered the following advice to female students: “Here’s what nobody is telling you: Find a husband on campus before you graduate.” Writing in The Daily Princetonian, Patton went on: “You will never again be surrounded by this concentration of men who are worthy of you.”

One implication of assortative mating is greater household income inequality, since education is a strong — and strengthening — predictor of earnings. Households with two college graduates multiply that earnings power by two and are doing much better than households with less-educated couples.

Race is a factor in patterns of assortative mating. Black women face more difficult “marriage markets” than white women, given current rates of intermarriage according to work from University of Maryland sociologist Philip N. Cohen. Black women have the lowest rates of “marrying out” across race lines, in part because of racist attitudes [My reply: it’s the result of strict social conditioning amongst African Americans in particular] to inter-marriage.

One of the reasons I skip over a lot of these black people gossip story items is because people almost always are acting foolishly. I saw on my feeds that actress Tia Mowry-Hardrict had posted some “stay away from my man” nonsense to actress Keke Palmer ON TWITTER of all places and then deleted it. Palmer recently completed a project with Tia’s husband, actor Cory Hardrict.

Here’s Keke’s interview on Wendy Williams were she discusses her career, current project and clarifies the matter. She’s very bubbly and friendly, though likely nervous because she was talking fast at elevated levels.

 

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Let's Remind Women Of Their Economic Clout: Put A Nice Black Lady On The $20

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Great news!

Women On 20s wants an esteemed woman on paper currency, starting with a newly-issued $20 bill. It ties into the anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. While there are certain undeniable hiccups with the implementation and timeline of that legislation working for all women, it would be unwise to allow semantics to deter overall social progress. There is no utopia.

We believe this simple, symbolic and long-overdue change could be an important stepping stone for other initiatives promoting gender equality. Our money does say something about us, about what we value. So together let’s make our money egalitarian, inclusive and an affirmation of American values!

The final four candidates are as follows:

While all of the women being considered have made valuable contributions to society – some more widely known than others – Harriet Tubman would set a nice precedence in my opinion. So go vote!!! And the great thing is, any future changes to paper currency or even coins can continue. This campaign may have you fired up…..or leave you disinterested, but cultural shifts often start small and gain traction in other areas.

Apparently, The Root thinks this campaign is offensive enough to publish an article disowning it.

Yeah….I don’t get it either……

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Womanly Words Of Wisdom Series: Barrie Davenport

At its core real confidence is about embracing your true self and learning to love that self while continuing to improve upon it.

– Barrie Davenport