Kanye Didn’t Give the Most Infamous Outburst on MTV

By now I’m certain enough people have heard about Kanye West’s hijacking of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech. He’d been drinking and used his male privilege to assert his opinion about why Swift’s video for “You Belong With Me” wasn’t as good as Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”. Considering the fact she did a virtual recreation of Bob Fosse’s “Mexican Breakfast” (that she sparingly attributes to him) shouldn’t West have been demanding giving credit where credit is due?

Lest anyone think I’m excusing the rap artist’s boorish, rude behavior I’m not! It didn’t go unnoticed how quickly the president’s “off the record” comment referring to West as a jacka** was “accidently” released as well. While it may be true we’re also observing yet another situation where Obama decides to put down blacks to curry brownie points amongst whites. I’m not impressed by either males’ behavior under these circumstances.

For me the honor of the most infamous VMA acceptance interruptus goes to Fiona Apple. Whether she was speaking from the heart or biting the hand that fed her, the then 19-year-old’s speech from 1997 will remain memorable.

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Ex-BET Employee Throws Stones: He Was All For the Filth (And Violence) Before He Got Fired!

On one good note former child star Maia Campbell has entered treatment. Last week a video surfaced that showed her in a perilous situation being exploited. She has a diagnosed mental disorder as well as an ongoing substance abuse problem. Let’s hope this is her rock bottom moment to rise up from and she gets the help she needs.
Now on to the ironic (but predictable) portion of our post. Andreas Hale, Executive Editor at BET.com was unceremoniously dumped from his position. He decided to put BET on blast as evidenced by this (excerpted) response:
As someone who has been critical of BET for many years, it surprised many that I would leave my post at HipHopDX last year to take a position at BET. But it was an opportunity I absolutely had to take. I could no longer be critical of this company without accepting the opportunity to change it when given….

Although I was hired to bring about change, I was systematically shut down. I wasn’t hired to make noise, I was hired to be silenced. The truth of the matter is that everything that you thought was wrong with BET is true.

Over the past year I’ve seen a lot to reinforce my position that BET is too far gone in the negative to turn into a positive. We have all always thought the worst, but to actually see it in action is another thing in its entirety. The unprofessionalism, the tom foolery, the favors, the misappropriation of resources, the bad ideas that reinforce negative stereotypes, the emasculation of men, the meetings that break down in full fledged cursing battles, the unpaid overtime, the tears from employees scared for their underpaid and overworked positions and ultimately the unwillingness to change are all harsh realities that I’ve witnessed firsthand…
Ok, so far so good for those of us that subscribe to the Boondocks characterization of Debra Lee”vil”, right? Well…not so fast for this former employee. Remember that Michael Jackson tribute that was supposed to happen during the BET Awards? I wrote a little post about it called Vortex of Coonery (note all the videos have been pulled by parent company Viacom though). My brain needed bleach to try to remove the filth of Lil Wayne “performing” a crude song about sexing women while his 10 year old daughter danced on stage in see-through leggings with him. I’d hoped time and distance and regression therapy would help me forget to no avail.
Well one Andreas Hale, would-be whistler-blower and moral consciousness of a generation not only DEFENDED it but blasted anyone who dared question it. Exhibit A: Message from Facebook that he sent to a black female media executive:

Via @AndreasHale (Executive Editor of BET.com)
“I don’t care how you feel about the BET Awards, but if you say Jamie and Ne-Yo didn’t own the night you deserved to be back slapped. TWICE!”

Slapped, eh? Have I mentioned this bastion of gentility is a black man? Surprise! Ah don’t blame the messenger. These “jokes” write themselves folks! Yet again another “edumacated brotha” in a suit displays the same behavior as the so-called lower quality thug on the corner. I hope enough black women put down their “save a brotha” 200lb. anvil around their necks and start thinking about saving themselves for a change.

Weak, subjugated misogynists suffering from Negro Derangement Syndrome are only victims when something happens to them they don’t like. Like a law enforcement situation. Had his immediate bosses been white we’d probably have heard of a pending discrimination lawsuit but they’re also black so… Perhaps his firing had more to do with his treatment of women (and others) than his problems with the tone of the network. It’s not as if he didn’t know what he was getting into when he took the job! This is also why playing devil’s advocate under disreputable doesn’t work. If you think you’re going to be able to control the circumstances or outcome you could very likely find yourself swept undertow.
Men like this cannot take one word of corrective evaluation and immediately go for the jugular. DBR behavior strikes again! I hope you are taking notes because I’m making a list and scratching off more names – so should you.
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Rebuttal to Gay Activism Article

I was reading the article “True Intention of Gay Activists” by Gwen Richardson after getting an email alert of new postings at the Black News website. There are so many things wrong with it I don’t know where to begin. First of all the entire tone of the article seems to stem from a visceral negative emotional response that it takes away from any credible argument she may posit. In other words with statements such as below, she’s so obviously judgmental I can’t take her seriously.

Homosexuals have suffered no intergenerational discrimination, have never been denied the right to vote or own property, and can disguise their sexual preference for a lifetime, if necessary.

It seems in her world there is no distinction amongst LGBT, just gay and these “people” can pretend to be straight for their (read that as other’s) convenience. Well I don’t know what myopic world she occupies but that is simply not true.  Even if it was, don’t you think we already have enough problems with men trying to live a lie to the detriment of not only themselves but the women they may be involved with? I say men, because Richardson offers no balance that women or non-whites may also be homosexual. I’d dare say she is lashing out at white men but she never clearly states that so there’s little point of agreement for her theories. Furthermore she says this:

Yet, the claims of gay lobbyists that their rights are somehow linked to the freedom struggle of African Americans have slowly taken root in many sectors. But, after years of close observation, I have now uncovered the true intentions of gay activists: To silence, demote or excommunicate any individual who dares to disagree with the unbridled promotion of homosexuality and gay marriage.

Now I have personally stated my support for legalizing gay marriage for it offers many financial benefits and sets up a family structure. That may not be the one many of us are used to, but that doesn’t necessarily make it any less valid. I also saw first-hand the outrage of certain white LGBTs who showed just how stuck on their privilege they are when they attacked Blacks specifically when Prop 8 failed. I even predicted it was going to fail because the campaign didn’t reach out to people of color effectively. When the face of the gay movement is a white male then it does come across as just another means of pimping the oppression banner for individual power. 
If Richardson had been more subtle in her argument she could’ve had me. Instead she is adopting language and a tone that smacks a little close to those of white supremacists – and certain Republicans – against Blacks, “illegal aliens” and women’s reproductive rights. The article further spirals downward into many falsehoods and disjointed connections between childhood molestation and the “advertising and acceptance of homosexuality” that will make more people gay. It makes her just another rhetoric-filled loudmouth with an anger problem. We all know how hard it is to dispel that “Angry Black Woman” meme!
Instead she should be looking at other causes and influences but she blames it all on teh gay. So her article is just one big vent-fest. She comes across as incredibly arrogant and intolerant. I’m certain she’d use the Bible as her excuse for being homophobic. There’s a difference between following a religious tradition and using your beliefs to attack others whose lifestyle choices differ from your own. Especially when we know how many “church-going folk” are some of the biggest hypocrites out there. She’s probably one of those Black women who’s completely Black-male identified as well. The dysfunctional kind that is and would question a woman what she “did” if she was hit…or sexually assaulted. There are so many of us who are angry and confused and we don’t know how to deconstruct the bigger issues so we focus on what looks to be the source of that problem. 
My suggestion to Ms. Richardson is that she focus a little less on what white gay men are doing and look at the state of the lower-class Black community. Addressing the pathologies of many who make choices against their self-interests would be of greater benefit to the masses than complaining about some who are setting an agenda for their advancement. In fact, despite the selfish nature as it may come across to many it is something we should be taking notes on and adopting for our own “groups”. Lest we be left behind.
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I Told You Obama Had to Watch Out for Those Democrats

Um hmm. So we’re closing in on Obama’s 100th day in office (really I thought it’d been like 4evr) and he’s trying to get work done and such. Now I don’t agree with all of his policies and he’s more conservative than I prefer but I realize it’s all strategic. Well some of it’s CYA but we at least have a President we can have a conversation with. Ranting and acting a fool in public isn’t going to yield the results some think they want.
Now I was very excited to hear about the reforms #44 wants to do regarding guaranteed student loans. It’s a starting point as far as I’m concerned. The banks got a bailout, I think students and parents should be able write off a big chunk of the loans they have to take out. Particularly when schools count them as part of the financial aid award. Everyone doesn’t want to have to attend community college or find alternate resources when the price of an education has ballooned far past the income growth rate. 
That’s not the point though. After applying for all manner of scholarships/grants have been exhausted those loan interest rates and processing fees really add up. The banks get the money from the government for free but charge us more than 6%. That’s the interest rate for a mortgage by the way (if your credit’s good). So let me repeat that. The banks lend money that’s already covered by the government from our taxes and then turn around and charge us a high interest rate, thereby making a really nice profit. Somewhere in the billions in fact.
Which when you go back to that bailout the banks got after grossly mismanaging money it’s really beyond insulting! So aside from Larry Summer doing his drunken sailor routine we have some Democrats opposing the effort at reform. Senator Ben Nelson is getting a lot of attention but he’s not going to be the only one. We already know some of the Republicans will oppose anything and everything just to prove their irrelevance, but I’ve been warning that if Obama isn’t careful trying to appease all the factions it will render him ineffective.  

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Crispus Attucks Must Be Rolling In His Grave

After he sacrificed his very life for the creation of this nation some bozos with latent race issues want to make light of our history. So I’ve been hearing rhetoric on the so-called Christian networks – and right-wing radio/tv – about how the Obama administration is engaging in socialism by spending “our” money doing “God knows what”. Our new President is supposedly also going against the traditions set by his predecessors so they have the right to rebel. 
Now there is some legitimate frustration of how the government spends our tax dollars. I don’t like the military budget or the support of certain nations to the extent of the amount of aid they get. I’d like teachers who do their jobs well to earn double their current salaries at least. There is a huge wealth imbalance in this country where those most able to support the country are not paying their fair share of taxes. There are numerous tax codes written specifically to help those high-income/asset owners to actually pay a much smaller percentage than they should. That’s assuming we’re all on an even plane and life is always fair, but that’s not the case.
It is the poor(er) folks in this country that are actually buckling under the weight of burden. The infrastructure needs rebuilding and many basic services that would ease the day to day needs of people are necessary and they come from taxes. So to hear about these Tax Day Tea Party events where a majority of disgruntled white men are coming together to protest paying taxes has me feeling somewhat aggravated. There’s something else going on here besides concern about passing debt onto future generations. For me it comes down to timing and why these people didn’t seem concerned about the national debt as it ballooned from a “surplus” to redlined to total catastrophe during the Bush administration. They also ignore the corporations that are hiding funds in off-shore accounts and don’t pay anything. Since these people are usually war hawks don’t they care about the private contractors that aren’t paying taxes either?
There is also discussion amongst some LGBTs about protesting paying taxes when they don’t have all the legal rights they want. I understand the frustration. I have a sneaking suspicion these Tax Day Party tax dodgers are also opposed to gender equality, trans-rights, immigration, abortion and a host of other things many of us deem as necessities for the betterment of society and the exercise of one’s personal freedom. So I wonder if these people realize they are only selling themselves short by being so stingy. One day they may be in a situation where they’d need a “gov’t handout” and would want compassion. 
All of this anger should be a legitimate concern for those of us seriously concerned about the direction of this country. It makes critiquing the President so much more difficult when we have to fend off the racists, militants and obstructionists. It’s also very tiring having to be so diligent about addressing these potentially serious threats. Finally, I think they’re being selective in biblical principle by ignoring what the Gospels showed Jesus taught about paying taxes. There’s really no confusion about it. Per Matthew 22:15-22

Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, “Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

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Idiot Rethug Wind-Up Doll Gets the Smack-Down

I was watching this week’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher and had the opportunity to get my biggest laugh of the week. Watch and decide for yourself.

I’d like to be impartial and journalistic but Stephen Moore is a first-class tool. He’s on the Editorial board of the Wall Street Journal. He’s joined the ranks of other paid journalists whose integrity and impartiality is non-existent. Kinda like Ron Fournier of the Associated Press. The thing that kills me about these very partisan participants of punditry is that they use the same rule book whereby they: 1. Talk really loud  2. Act very aggressive  3. Attack, attack, attack  4. LIE (on tv, in print, via radio) 5. And laugh about it. People like him don’t give a damn about the struggles and want to diminish the triumphs of the ‘little people’. 
We’re just a talking point for them while they do their media blitz and cash their checks. It is hard for me to see the vast hardships that (some) white men in this country have endured to make tool of the week a legit voice for the so-called oppressed (white person) Republican. All these Black and Brown (and Asian and Native) peoples running around the country bringing havoc and mayhem. How dare they want to own a home, have a career, earn an equal wage, not be taken advantage of and hold someone accountable. How dare they expect the law to be applied with sense and equality!! Don’t they know their place?
Note to all of you squawkers: if you actually believe this crap you spew I’ve got a rocket to Mars with your name on it. If you want to debate a topic or give your point of view remember that it is your opinion not a fact! And you need to stop talking over people and allow for an actual discussion. Otherwise you’re just being bullish. And spewing bull****!!! I’m sure there’s another McCain (Klan) rally for you to attend before November.
For the record ACORN stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.  It is the nation’s largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, working together for social justice and stronger communities. In order words, it helps people who are not necessarily middle class (and definitely not rich) invest in themselves and their communities by addressing fair lending practices, health care, paid sick days and other matters of importance. Poor people don’t have lobbyists. 
Neither candidate has made a concerted effort as of late to address poverty in their campaign speeches, the debates or while stumping but since John McCain claims you need a $5M net worth to be considered rich I’d go with the other guy for being a little more in touch. You know the one that doesn’t have their supporters acting like people who belong on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. 
The end.

President BJ

So Bill Clinton may have gone off script a little bit and slipped by his lukewarm support of Obama while on The View. As you know I said I have that show on permanent girlcott status for my sanity because the hosts have been in violation of objectivity. Later Clinton went on the Letterman and did the same thing. I guess it was pretty freakin’ obvious as Chris Rock has apparently called Bill on his not-so-secret animosity and continued selfishness. Nice! 
Yes we know Hillary could’ve been a contender. Except…..a lot of those votes for her were either for Bill or against Obama…..and those who were supporting her and not white privilege or white woman entitlement couldn’t see fit to help her get rid of her $20M campaign debt….still. Hillary had and still has a few major problems despite her plans for 2012 that she needs to keep in mind.
1. The Clintons have pissed off Black people – especially Black women.
2. Bill.
3. Bill.
4. Lack of transparency with all their ‘shady’ money dealings.
5. Did I mention Bill? 
Bill is worried about his ‘legacy’. Don’t worry it’s intact – for what it’s worth. Bill, you forgot to be “Presidential” and thought you were Hugh Hefner. That would be okay except:
1. You’ve been accused of rape and sexual coercion by numerous women.
2. Hillary trashed all those women by referring to them as trash (so much for sexism).
3. You are MARRIED.
4. This isn’t the 50’s…or the 60’s…or even the 70’s.
See you guys didn’t do enough due diligence while you were in office and the ‘Dumbocrats’ were left to fend for themselves against an very organized Rethug onslaught.  It was open season. That capitulation STILL goes on today. It’s why Nancy Pelosi had to take impeachment off the table. Look at all the Dems who rubber-stamped every Bush policy time and time again, though let’s give Dennis Kucinich and Cynthia McKinney props for keeping the idea floating around at least!!
John McCain may be a ‘friend’ of yours but he sure ain’t a friend of mine! His advisor and former Senator Phil Gramm pushed through the first bit of legislation the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act that is causing this latest economic meltdown in 1999. When YOU were in office.  Yeah I got your legacy right here!
I am so tired of your ego, BJ. You are a multi-millionaire many times over. You are not hurting like the rest of us. I know what you really think of me as a voter and thanks for the reality check. I used to listen to the legend and believed the hype. I forgot that history is only retold by the victor and not an accurate account of what really happened. 
I don’t like the double-standards surrounding your sexual escapades but I suppose your behavior was always out there for the world to see. It’s no surprise it blew up in your face.
William Jefferson
Billy Jeff
BJ  –  yup those initials are appropriate for everything it connotes.
Yikes! Has anyone pointed this out to you yet? 
Update at 951pm with video of both Clinton and Rock’s couch time.

The Costs for Supporting White Male Patriarchy and Greed

So we’ve got less than 50 days and according to numerous polls this election is tighter than a drum. How can that be? There’s the possibility that the corporate media is flat out lying to the public to mislead us. Ok let’s be real – that’s more than likely – especially when you take into account those national polls focus on older people with landline phones. Yet those numbers still seem rather high in favor of McCain considering what a lousy candidate he is. Will this election come down to a few people who refuse to let go of their racial preferences and need to appear superior? 

When McCain said he didn’t know anything about the economy why wasn’t that a deal-breaker with the voting populace? Is that being a maverick? Madonna is more of one than he ever was and even based her record label on the concept. Speaking of Madonna she always insisted on investing in things like art. When tech stocks were all the rage – remember them – she said they were too unstable. Perhaps if we’re going to be obsessed with image or personality or ovaries we should look to her for business advice and standards. 

McCain certainly knows enough to marry a wealthy woman, be involved in a savings and loan theft, and support his ‘former’ advisor Phil Gramm who wrote the bills that allowed this latest mortgage catastrophe to occur. This would be the same person that said the people who’ve taken note of the crumbling economy and are justifiably upset are “whiners”.  McCain’s just going along with things and has no idea what his closest allies are up to. He didn’t pick Palin to be the Trojan horse for issues that will negatively impact women. Yeah right. 

Do you know what McCain does as Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee? Today his spokesperson claimed he invented the Blackberry! I thought Research in Motion was a Canadian company though. Hmm.

Insurance giant AIG is on the verge of collapse and the Fed and other companies are scrambling to put a deal in place to try to stop it.  Goldman Sachs will see almost no profits for its 3rd quarter earnings which means that it’s very close to running in the red – businesses that don’t make profits tend to go under. 

Now if you’re part of the less wealthy segment like me you may be wondering what this all means. You may not have had any investments after all. You certainly didn’t get to profit when these companies guaranteed financing for interest-only mortgages and the rates went from 1% to 20% overnight. You may have been one of those consumers that Suze Orman warned against taking them 2 years ago because the payments would soon balloon out of control. You will definitely be one of the tax payers who ends up footing the bill for this debacle – you and your grandchildren and their children that is. Meanwhile all the CEOs get to walk away with their 20-300M severance packages and the public says nothing?

Of course McCain promises more of the same should he be selected with regards to your health insurance. If you have employer-paid insurance you’ll be taxed on the declared value of your coverage. Mine cost $534/month for individual coverage in addition to my co-payments and deductibles. The upside according to him is the $2500 refundable tax credit I’d be gifted. So I’d already be operating in the red cos my insurance costs $6468 per year + $600 in deductibles + $10 co-payments + cost of Rx. Now I may be suffering from fuzzy math itis but if he has his way I’d get to “choose” my insurer, but be taxed for it and end up paying at least $4000 more all because McCain claims to have a “better” plan.  

He also wants to gut Medicare and Social Security while giving more tax breaks to corporations. Now the question should not be about who has more experience when you see how the person who’s been at this for 26 years has been in the thick of muck his entire time in the Senate. When he displays his lack of judgement at every opportunity. When his campaign lies and lies again and lies some more still. 

The question is for us and where we place our values. Maintaining a false status quo and being prideful won’t keep you in a job, in a home or put gas in your car. It also won’t defeat sexism or buy you a pony. It won’t make millions of people around the world hate the US any less. 

We are responsible for the government we have and how that government behaves. Until we take ownership of that we will continue to pay a high price. When will it be enough?  

Update 824pm: The Fed agrees to bail out AIG to the tune of an $85 BILLION loan. 
Why is welfare ok when it applies to businesses but not for individuals? When it benefits a few politicians and their friends. Since the costs will be passed to us I say the gov’t should give us a tax reprieve for the next 10 years. This is way more important than the casting of a golden-haired actor to play James Bond, but our eyes were not on the prize. We need to get some new laws in place and enforce the ones on the books.

Justice: Rarely Required of Them and Much Required Of Us

Marion Jones second place loser
                                                                    photo credit: M. Dunham
Marion Jones was released from prison today. She served a 6-month sentence for lying about her use of steroids. She had already been stripped of her Gold medals and fined. In addition her Olympic relay teammates were stripped of their Gold medals also. She had recently given birth to an infant she was still nursing when she was sent away. Do you think that was just?
So according to the IOC rules she had violated, she deserved to be punished. Okay. Some of us have the pitchforks out and the condemnations ready to fly. Doesn’t this country espouse a win at all costs philosophy? Then why are we surprised when people actually take that the heart? Oh let’s be clear it wasn’t that she did it, it was that she got caught.  
There were questions about whether the Chinese gymnasts who won Olympic gold in 2008 met the age requirements or were in fact 14 y.o instead of 16 y.o. Yet where is the discussion of the way these children are mentally broken down and conditioned to push their bodies to respond to such rigorous and rigid training required to win? Who cares if these young women are emotionally scarred, suffer from eating disorders and have their entire worth riding on one contest? USA. USA. USA. USA. Must dominate.  
Where are our priorities? While Marion was in the clink (and I by no means am trying to belittle to horrors of being imprisoned) some of our worst criminals get to walk around like they’re king of the world. See Marion Jones may be famous, but she has little power. That’s why some of us get punished and have to be made examples of while others get pardons. Paging Scooter Libby. 

St. Paul Police Recreate Police State

So what is up with the militarism mindset of the police with riot gear pushing, tackling and dragging reporters with visible credentials who identify themselves as such and are ignored and bloodied? What crime has been committed? Is this the Amerikka or Georgia? 

Demonstrating is NOT a crime. Here Amy Goodman discusses her arrest. 
Sign the petition denouncing press intimidation on the Free Press website.  
***Update 1142pm
I’d be remiss in not mentioning that the police got overly aggressive with some protesters and reporters at the DNC last week, but it by no way compares to the volume of harassment and abuse going on at the RNC. Big surprise! Per brownfemipower’s blog, people can Twitter Cold Snap Legal or call (651) 356-8635 for assistance and they are keeping tabs on all the violations, including the police separating people with ‘foreign’-sounding names.  This goes waaaay above and beyond ‘regular’ abuse of power to rendition style overkill by this gov’t. That sucks.