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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