Saturday, April 30, 2016

NBCBLK SWERVES INTO THE HOTEP LANE, A BLACK WOMAN AT THE WHEEL




Apparently a woman named Yolanda Young at NBC Black (NBCBlk) wrote an open letter to Ciara, chastising her for putting down her child's father, Future VIA 
...flinching when Future's name was mentioned while on camera at an awards sow.Yolanda Young apparently felt compelled to write an open letter, on NBCBlk because Ciara made non-complementary body movements in response to a man who's been hounding her in the press.

Future would be the same man that Yolanda did not chastise in an open letter to - despite all Future's reported nasty name calling, openly trying to control Ciara, and actually threatening Ciara's fiance.


"....Young admits she doesn’t have children, she says her stance on co-parenting is based on her own parents. Her father, who was abusive and tried to kill her mother, wasn’t a constant presence in her life. Still, while he inflicted pain on her mother, Young says her mother never badmouthed her dad."



She endured years of abuse, verbal assaults but also the occasional slap, choke, and blackeye. She finally divorced him after his bullets came within centimeters of ending her life. At my dad’s trial, she asked the judge not to sentence him to jail. This would be the first of many decisions she’d make thinking more of me than of herself.
Excuse me? How does keeping a man who shot at your head out on the street protect you or your child? 

Her mother kept that man out of jail because she "loved him" (a.k.a. was addicted to him) Putting his behind in jail despite her feelings would have been protecting Young when she was a child.



By the way, Young's use of the word "occasional?"  That's an attempt to minimize the abuse.  And I'd bet a lot of money she's quoting her mother.



"Another one was to shield me from any resentment she harbored towards my father. Knowing that I was safe with my dad — he never raised his voice to me, let alone his hand — she not only insisted I have a relationship with him, she made it a point of being kind and gracious towards him."



If a psychologist had 20 degrees on her walls from the most prestigious schools on the planet and then she decided to turn her child over to a man who tried to murder her by shooting her in the head, it would STILL be true that this woman was simply rolling the dice that her ex-husband/ex-boyfriend wouldn't hurt or kill her daughter too.
Abuse-minded women who need therapy do sh** like this all the time. They just aren't this lucky half the time.
Yolanda Young and her mother need therapy and they need it now.

Even though his calls were sporadic, his visits rare, and his child support payments nonexistent, she didn’t disparage him. Occasionally he’d show up in a fancy car and fur coat (undoubtedly the spoils of a particularly good run at the casino or racetrack) lavishing me with impractical gifts and taking mom and me to dinner

The only time she ever showed the slightest irritation was when for my high school graduation he bought me two pieces of Louis Vuitton luggage from San Francisco’s I-Magnin at a price that would have covered my first semester’s college tuition. Even then, rather than hold him to her fiscal prudence, she accepted his gesture as a show of love.


If her mother didn't show the slightest irritation when that man was skipping his child support payments then her mother was the one that taught Yolanda Young that anything a man does is okay. Yolanda's mother has helped Yolanda misidentify unloving, selfish behavior as loving.


And if her mother told her to accept expensive Louis Vuitton Luggage as a show of love instead of as a way compensating for his own short comings as an absentee father combined with one giant display of "See What A Big Man I Am," then her mother failed her yet again. Even if her mother was doing her best in the moment --sounds like years after the gun shot-- her mother's best sucked, and if her mother didn't make a supreme effort to get free psychological help, some kind of way, for her and her daughter through a counselor, books, or church then shame on her.  
  
I don't have children either. But even I know lying to children is always bad -- lying out right and lying via sin of omission counts. I know because I was on the receiving end of this kind of crap as a kid.  

Fifty percent of what came out of my mother's mouth couldn't be trusted even when she meant well. Do you understand what kind of egg shells that kind of lying leaves a child on? I'll tell you what kind -- exceptionally fragile one that only halfway disintegrate when crushed, huge pieces remain whole enough to slice up your feet.  


There are ways to tell a child as he or she crosses 12 years of age, 15 years of age, 18 years of age that Daddy is not a responsible person. There are ways to say he loves you but he's not a responsible person or a good role model for anything in your life. There are ways to say, "Yes Daddy loves you but what he just did was selfish and unloving." There are ways to do all of this, ways to show your resentment but not hatred and tell the whole truth in small bites, in bites small enough for a child to handle it. The size of the bite depends on the age of the child.  

Telling the truth is not "disparaging" Of course angry, resentful, divorced people have to be careful about what their truth is and where it's coming from inside. But hiding the facts from your child at some point becomes "lying."



Hiding the way you feel about it also becomes "lying" --only that's lying about who you really are....from your child.



This kinds of lying misleads your child, when she's a grown ass woman, to write to another woman and tell her not to dare to make a single non-verbal comment about a black man after he's called her everything but a child of God and made it clear he thinks he can control who she does and does not have in her life.



One doesn't have to have a degree or a child to understand any of this. Knowing when is the right time to tell a child a hard truth about a crazy, abusive, or just neglectful parent? Knowing the right words to use? That's the hard part. 



Ordinarily, I'd just call Yolanda a hoteptress and be done with it. But she, seriously, needs help. She equated her own mother's Stockholm Syndrome type response to "forgiveness" and "not holding a grudge."

"Forgiveness," for the record, is about not demanding compensation for the bad that was done to you.  Forgiveness is not about pretending the bad didn't happen at all. Second to fear of death only, this cowardly "pretending an action(s) wasn't that bad" being redefined as "forgiveness" is a foundation of women allowing domestic abuse and child abuse to continue.

When you're going to forgive somebody,
you are saying that you are willing
to call it what it was,
as bad as it was,
and let go of what you were owed anyway.

If you are authentically forgiving, there's no reason to minimize the betrayal first.


Again, Yolanda and her mother need help. So I won't call her hoteptress yet. But Mother Patriarchy shouldn't be allowed to write or post on this subject again.

However, I'd bet a lot of money that whoever runs NBCBlk has more than toe in hotep / hoteptress zone.

Who let the kind of sickness leaking out of Yolanda get posted? There are editors and decision makers that get paid a lot more than Yolanda who thought defending Future was a good thing to do.


From what I've read about the Future vs The Fairly Silent Ciara, the only reason for NBCBlk to allow someone as damaged as Yolanda to defend Future and attack Ciara and all black women -- for flinching-- is because Future has a penis while Ciara and other black women called out do not.

This is so damn unacceptable for any part of a major news network.


Read More: 

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/open-letter-ciara-other-women-holding-grudges-against-your-children-n556011



Thursday, April 28, 2016

THE ANITA HILL EFFECT WE'RE LIVING IN RIGHT NOW


Kerry Washington's movie, "Confirmation," made me realize that women all over this country wound up being as outraged as I was by how the good ole white boy network treated Anita Hill and her charges against Thomas.

LINK TO PART 1 of 2 on ANITA HILL 



And the next election cycle, the next DECADE'S worth of election cycles, showed the results of women's outrage.

Carol Mosley Braun, Barbara Boxer, and a slew of women rode the waves Anita Hill created into positions of power in Washington D.C. (not just the Senate as in the picture below)


On election Tuesday 1992, American voters sent as many new women to Congress as were elected in any previous decade, beginning a decade of unparalleled gains for women in Congress. In November 2002, women attained another historic milestone when the House Democratic Caucus elected 15-year veteran Nancy Pelosi of California as Democratic Leader—making her the highest ranking woman in congressional history....
Twenty-three of the 34 African-American, Hispanic-American, and Asian-Pacific-American women who have served in Congress were elected between 1992 and 2005. 


THE DECADE OF THE WOMAN, COURTESY OF ANITA HILL







The entire conversation about sexual harassment changed. More than one law was put into place, or strengthened so that women had the ability to complain about sexual harassment, even when no touching was involved.

It's still hard to file a sexual harassment complaint, but it used to be impossible before. I've actually known two men who have lost jobs over sexual harassment -- who very likely deserved to lose their jobs.


So don't ever forget three things about Hill V Thomas

1)  Thomas was safely harassing female employees --more than one, Anita wasn't the only one to be forced to come forward --  when he was working for the EEOC, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Thomas , according to some reports and opinions of the day, seemed to think his job was to stop the discrimination complaints from ever seeing the light of day.


2) When people say that Thomas was "barely qualified" to sit on the Supreme Court, they are referring to the evaluation done by the American Bar Association and Senate Judiciary Committee


  • The American Bar Assn. on Tuesday gave Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas a passing grade of "qualified," but the endorsement fell short of the "well-qualified" ratings received by other recent high court nominees.
  • The evaluation by the nation's premier legal organization, whose judgment is considered an important indicator of a nominee's credentials, is the same ABA rating that Thomas received when he was appointed as a federal appeals court judge in 1989.
  • In a letter to Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the ABA's screening committee said that "a substantial majority" of its 15 members approved Thomas as qualified, although two members judged him to be "not qualified." It was understood that one or more members abstained from voting.



Funny but true 
(Sorry about quality, but it's the audio that counts)
  
3) Thomas was a quota appointee, not an affirmative action appointee, to the Supreme Court (which is rather ironic based on Thomas' stated position on affirmative action and quotas)
Affirmative Action is supposed to be going out to seek equally qualified black or brown applicants for a work position when the work place in question is heavily over-represented by white people as compared to the general local(?) population. Affirmative Action is NOT about just snatching somebody black, qualified or not- as white people are apt to do, putting them into the overly white space. The latter describes a quota system not an affirmative action system 
Clarence Thomas was most definitely snatched up due to his skin color, in my opinion, and shoved into the white space that has been our Supreme Court in order to replace Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall 
White republican senators bared their teeth and did everything possible to defend the affirmative action hating Clarence Thomas white white democrats just let republicans rip Anita Hills to shreds.

Even the usually mouthy liberal Ted Kennedy barely said anything while republicans nipped and tore at Anita Hill's bones. As was hinted at in "Confirmation," this was probably because Kennedy had likely lived out "boys will be boys" to a deadly conclusion years before on 
Chappaquiddick Island; he probably couldn't afford to draw the spotlight on himself by speaking up. 



Despite being a conservative herself, Anita Hill's public loss during that "Confirmation" hearing was one of the biggest wins for women that this country has ever seen.


HOW WE KNOW HE DID IT, by SALON.COM http://www.salon.com/2010/10/27/anita_hill_clarence_thomas/






Wednesday, April 27, 2016

GRANDMA MOSES OF FILM PROMISES REMAKE OF ANITA HILL MOVIE


The second half of  "Confirmation," Kerry Washington's film on the confirmation of Clarence Thomas as a Supreme Court Judge, kept me glued to the screen with it's version of the hearing itself. But the first half was either too slow or I was too disappointed in the content to pay attention.




Kerry Washington was probably ill-suited to play Anita herself. Something about Washington is too unsubstantial in appearance and sound to play Anita Hill.

Washington seemed too short in a suit too big and when she tried to talk softly and slowly, as Anita Hill actually did, it came off sounding like baby talk instead of like a medium-deep voice speaking in light tones. Washington's hair being shaped rather like a 1960s school marm created an effect I didn't like even if it was intentional

Something about the physical presentation of Anita Hill in this movie made Hill seem like turnip that fell off the back of the truck and wound up lost in the big city. I wasn't looking for "strong black woman," but I was expecting somebody more substantial and three dimensional than I got in "Confirmation"

If I had made "Confirmation,"

1) I would have begun with initial reactions to Thomas' nomination in the black community.
I'd have showed the cautious joy that a completely unknown black man would replace Thurgood Marshall on the Supreme Court -- cautious because someone from the party most comfortable for the KKK to be a part of, nominated him. 
Black faces in positions of power in the 1990s that a lot of day-to-day black folk are completely indiscriminate about who they support. And I'd have shown black community support for Clarence Thomas first -- how it wavered, then re-settled on Thomas as a black man that must be protected.


2) Only then would I have showed --as Kerry Washington's version did -- Anita Hill in Oklahoma deciding not to get involved in Clarence Thomas' nomination and subsequent confirmation.


3)  That's when I would have presented the white female investigator in Ted Kennedy's office  asking about rumors of Clarence Thomas having sexually harassed female employees, then going out to find Anita Hill. This comes too early in Washington's "Confirmation" 


4) And once Anita Hill was found and reluctantly dragged onto the scene, I would have showed the black community's varying degrees of support, dismay, and barely concealed hatred of Anita Hill for talking about sexual harassment (defined as "boys will be boys" at the time) and attempting to stop the ascendance of a black man


5) Most importantly, instead of having real 1990s clips of mostly white news anchors reporting their impressions of what was going on in Hill v Thomas, I would have shown various reactions what these anchors were reporting.. I would have shown black elite reactions (Black Caucus, NAACP), everyday black and brown folk's strong reactions for or against Hill, and everyday white folks reactions.  


I whole heartedly congratulate fellow feminist Kerry Washington for getting this important historical story to the big or little screen. But I would have centered the story very differently even if it meant I lost a predominantly white audience.

In other words, at the center of this controversy there as a black story because the two people at the center are black EVEN THOUGH this story was about sexism and NOT racism. Thomas successfully redirected the hearing into the race arena with his "High Tech Lynching" speech, but this story, this hearing was about the sexual harassment by Thomas, the sexism of the White Senators, and the sexism in the black community.

As far as intra-racial black history goes, the Hill v Thomas fight represents one of the black community's worst moments. Even Maya Angelou supported Clarence Thomas at the time. 

Black people, black experience, and black reaction, should have been the center of a film about Anita Hill vs Clarence Thomas. Everything bad but mostly good that happened as a result of the hearings, nationwide, should have rippled outward from that black center

Part 2: The Anita Hill Effect We're Living In Now
http://thankherforsurviving.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-anita-hill-effect-were-living-in.html


By the way, the Grandma Mose of film is me

30 years in the future 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

QUESTIONS FOR THE WOMAN I WAS LAST NIGHT

how far have you walked for men
who've never held your feet in their laps?

how often have you bartered with bone
only to sell yourself short?

why do you find the unavailable so alluring?

where did it begin?
what went wrong?
and who made you feel so worthless?
if they wanted you, wouldn't
they have chosen you?


all this time,
you were begging for love silently,
thinking they couldn't hear you,
but they smelt it on you,
you must have known
that they could taste the desperate on your skin?

and what about the others
that would do anything for you?

why did you make them love you
until you could not stand it?


how are you both of these women,
both flighty and needful?

where did you learn this,
to want what does not want you?

where did you learn this,
to leave those who want you to stay?

Warsan Shire


LISTEN
READ BY THE POET WARSAN SHIRE



Monday, April 25, 2016

PMS IS MY SUPERPOWER

Yes, PMS is P.M.S. is Premenstrual Syndrome. And I'm not really kidding here.

It took years, but I finally started seeing my period and the prequel, PMS as my....



bullsh*t
cutter 

through-er.


My hormones may be cresting a bit high during PMS but I am not insane. Even though I am a serious secrete-er of female hormones, my brain does not make stuff up. What I deny as betrayal before the PMS simply cannot be denied during PMS.


When the PMS comes? I cannot fool myself anymore.

Still, I'm usually better able to talk more reasonably to someone who has strayed way too damn far into my lane when the PMS is done --even if that person doesn't deserve "reasonable." So keeping my mouth shut for a few days isn't the worst idea.  
But I do make sure I get back to whoever it was that did me dirty once the PMS is done.

I make sure.

X-men Apocalypse is coming
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPrWSQofvYM

My diary hath revealed that my combination PMS navigation system/B.S. detector is almost always dead-on accurate.



So I say you keep a diary and check it out for yourself. Don't look back and think about how embarrassed you were for getting mad. That might be bad home training (self tone-policing at work)

Check yourself
for yourself.

Keep A Diary for while.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

FLANER EPISODE 3: STROLLING, TALES OF AFRICAN DIASPORA BY CECILE EMEKE

Flaner (Strolling)

Connecting The Scattered 
And Untold Stories 
of the 

Black/African Diaspora 





FRANCE 
Episode 3



SUBJECT:
THE POLICE versus BLACK PEOPLE











LEMONADE, BEY AND WARSAN SHIRE



In the tradition of men
in my blood
you come home at 3 am 
and lie to me

What are you hiding
The past 
and the future
merge 
to meet us here

what luck

LEMONADE MESSAGES FROM BEYONCE TO JAY Z?




Feeling Rebloggy
"Fans have long suspected 
trouble in paradise in the Carter-Knowles home. The Jay Z infidelity rumors finally came to a head at a Met Ball after-party on May 5, 2014, when protective sister Solange physically lashed out at her brother-in-law in an elevator, all while BeyoncĂ© quietly watched.





Later reports indicated that Solange might have been expressing some aggression over Jay Z’s “too close for comfort” friendship with designer Rachel Roy, the ex-wife of his ex-pal Damon Dash, and Solange was spotted giving Roy a piece of her mind at the aforementioned after-party. Bey and Jay’s 12-year relationship has been riddled with similar reports of infidelity, with mysterious sources and tabloids listing alleged mistresses from Rita Ora to Rihanna."


Saturday, April 23, 2016

RACIST THEN, RACIST NOW: THE REAL STORY OF BILL CLINTON'S CRIME BILL

This "Salon" title is kinda click-baity as this article goes into further detail on the same subject I delved into a few days ago.  And the subject of my post was this:
Bill Clinton didn't go down the road of putting these draconian laws in place for drug dealers without a lot of black support. 

As the article below says, violent crime in the hood due to crack was a major problem in the mid 1990s.  What was happening black neighborhoods due to crack may or may not have been exaggerated by movies and music of the time period, though. A friend of mine said his entire Southern California graduating class, except for him and maybe two other guys, is dead due to crack dealing and using.


Income, class, and race come together in the hood and make crack a lot more deadly in black communities than it powder cocaine is in white communities.  Same level of addictive-ness between powder and crack cocaine or not, the motives for using the drug are different for the start.

White people, mostly, use the cocaine to party and wind up getting hooked. Poor people party too, even poor black people. But poor people tend to use drugs to escape the pounding they are receiving inside this racist and capitalistic system. A video recording of a play about Billie Holiday brought that fact home to me again, just recently.

You also have people selling it and carving out territories because they are desperate because they can't get legitimate jobs. You add the fact that the police aren't policing but containing and you have some seriously violent crime and violence around crack cocaine in poor, black communities that you don't in white affluent communities (White meth and heroine addicts in poor white communities is a whole other subject)  

And when you have seriously violent crime in black neighborhoods, you have some seriously angry law abiding citizens that want the criminals put under the jail  --even when those citizens are black. 

But Bill Clinton should have known better.

Black elites did know better but were overruled from what I can tell.

But black citizens suffering the drive bys? They didn't care. They wanted the shooting to stop.  

However, Bill Clinton and and his wife Hillary should have known what the panicked citizens of some of these black neighborhoods did not -- if they'd cared even a little bit about "children" who get sucked into crime, even the seriously violent children. 

If race and racism, had not been a factor the Clintons would have recognized that a desperation born of 1) lack of opportunity and 2) police containment were creating the violence and that 13 year black kids are not inherently violent "super predators"

Super deadly? Yeah.

Kids that are violent seem to be lacking in caution, pull back, and maybe even empathy once they cross a certain line. Yet, if the violence of crack had been busting out the seams of a white neighborhood, the politicians would have soothed the panicked residents then found a way to get the white violent teenagers re-positioned in such a way that drug dealing wasn't seen as the only way to make a reasonable living.

Violent white teenagers would have been seen as "troubled." I  have no doubt about this. They wouldn't have been sent to jail forever as a solution.

Bill and Hilary Clinton, in my opinion, are examples of white people acting out whiteness and assumed superiority.  This just cannot surprise me anymore. But I do find myself dismayed that so few black people (the non-elite) seem to remember just how badly they wanted the crack dealers erased from existence.

But I'm not surprised by black lack of memory.

Many black people have also conveniently forgotten that they were in favor of Clarence Thomas becoming a Supreme Court Justice.



The other thing that does surprise me is that some black and brown people don't see Bernie Sanders as a variation on the same theme.

Bernie Sanders is being a white man or performing whiteness in a different way. And he is truly a white liberal in a way Hillary is not. Hillary is waaaay right of Bernie.

But Bernie isn't any less white. And he moved to the whitest state in the nation from BROOKLYN in 1968 as if to prove his whiteness.

His 1968 choice might be the most obvious reason he cannot speak to racial issues AT ALL unless he's making being black in this country synonymous with being destitute and lacking education. The black people he feels for are the ones he can pity. Parentalism, back again after all these years.

And should Bernie get to be president, he will be shocked that his programs for poor people haven't erased all or most of black people's social ills. He will be shocked that the black unemployment rate stays at 2.5 to 3 times that of white folks no matter what he does FISCALLY speaking.

He will be shocked that racism is real and can manifest itself in a myriad of ways.

Racism has to be addressed as if racism is real...because it is real. Nothing is going to budge white racism except the addressing of white racism by white people. Hillary might throw us a few bones and attempt some small controls here or there in regards to racism. But Bernie? He's the white liberal that knows everything already and the thing he probably knows best is the pureness of his own heart.

I swear I'd rather talk to a borderline racist than the white liberal who assumes himself/herself pure. I'm not EVEN exaggerating. The conversation is easier with the toe-over-the-line racist and even the white racist with a full 50% of their body over the line than it is to talk to the white liberal who assumes he's pure.

I can honestly say that I'm probably closer to Bernie on issues. But I feel like the gap between reality and what he's selling is huge. And the fact that Bernie seems genuine, that he seems unaware that he cannot promise anything but a promise of slow beginning of evolution, rather than a bloody and violent revolution, over the course of eight years max makes me wonder about his sanity more than just a little.

 




Read More:
http://www.salon.com/2016/04/16/racist_then_racist_now_the_real_story_of_bill_clintons_crime_bill/

Friday, April 22, 2016

15 PRINCE SONGS THAT WERE HITS FOR OTHER ARTISTS

Feeling Rebloggy


"Minneapolis' favorite son was a whirlwind of creativity that knew no bounds, the purple-minded genius releasing dozens of albums on his own, but also mentoring and producing dozens of bands like dirty-minded girl group Vanity 6 and synth-funk dynamos the Time.
Morris Day And The Time
DURING the performance while continuing to sing.

His songs became massive pop hits for stars as disparate as Sinead O'Connor, Chaka Khan, the Bangles and Tevin Campbell. He turned his personal treatises on sexual persona, spiritual angst and social unrest into a universal art that spoke to millions, no matter their race, class, or gender. Few pop artists over the past four decades were as universally beloved as Prince. These are some of the best Prince songs that became hits for others."

                                                                                                              ~THE ROLLINGSTONE
 


Read The List Here: 
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/15-great-prince-songs-that-were-hits-for-other-artists-20160421



"JUNGLE LOVE"

by PRINCE
performed by

MORRIS DAY AND THE TIME






GONNA START CALLING MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY "THE COMEBACK KID"


Feeling Rebloggy

MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY has been announced as the new Editor At Large at Elle Magazine.

As I recall, Elle has been a very white magazine. I hope to see some not so subtle changes in the magazine's content as a result of Perry's influence.

Cheers!



Read More at For Harriethttp://theculture.forharriet.com/2016/04/ellecom-announces-melissa-harris-perry.html

PRINCE IN CONCERT




I used to lose my mind
whenever this song came on.



I used to lose my mind 10 times a day







NOTHING COMPARES TO YOU by PRINCE



It's been seven hours and fifteen days
Since you took your love away
I go out every night and sleep all day
Since you took your love away
Since you been gone I can do whatever I want
I can see whomever I choose
I can eat my dinner in a fancy restaurant
But nothing
I said nothing can take away these blues
'Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares to you
It's been so lonely without you here
Like a bird without a song
Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling
Tell me baby where did I go wrong
I could put my arms around every boy I see
But they'd only remind me of you
I went to the doctor guess what he told me
Guess what he told me
He said girl you better try to have fun no matter what you do
But he's a fool
'Cause nothing compares, nothing compares to you
All the flowers that you planted mama
In the back yard
All died when you went away
I know that living with you baby was sometimes hard
But I'm willing to give it another try
Nothing compares
Nothing compares to you
Nothing compares
Nothing compares to you
Nothing compares
Nothing compares to you


Written by Prince
For Sinead O'Conner



Thursday, April 21, 2016

PRINCE IS GONE AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND

Feeling Rebloggy


At times like this, writers are expected to put some words on paper to measure up and verbalize the feeling of loss for those who have no words themselves. I tried when Michael Jackson died in 2009. I gave my best go when Whitney Houston died in 2012.

But I am currently fresh outta adequate words for this. So consider this my weak attempt, in the middle of shell shock.

What do you say about a man who breathed life and gave meaning to the word “icon?”


~AwesomelyLuvvie

AwesomelyLuvvie did an awesome job expressing my pain
So read more:

http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/2016/04/prince-died.html

SO WE GREW UP BELIEVING NOBODY WOULD EVER FALL IN LOVE WITH US...




So we grew up believing nobody would ever fall in love with us
That we would be lonely...forever
That we’d never meet someone
to make us feel like
the sun was something they built for us in their tool shed

So broken hearts strings bled the blues
as we tried to empty ourselves so we’d feel nothing
Don’t tell me that hurts less than a broken bone
That an ingrown life is something that surgeons can cut away
That there’s no way for it to metastasize.
It does!
She was eight years old
Our first day of grade three
when she got called ugly,
we both got moved to the back of class
so we would stop getting bombarded by spitballs
But the school halls were a battleground
and we found ourselves outnumbered
day after wretched day
We used to stay inside for recess
because outside was worse
Outside we’d have to rehearse running away
or learn to stay still like statues
Giving no clues that we were there
In grade 5
They taped a sign to the front of her desk that read
“Beware of dog”

To this day
despite a loving husband,
she doesn’t think she’s beautiful
Because a birthmark
that takes up a little less than half her face
Kids used to say she looks like a wrong answer
that someone tried to erase
but couldn’t quite get the job done
And they’ll never understand that she’s raing two kids whose definition of beauty begins the word Mom because they see her heart before they see her skin
Because she’s only ever always been amazing
He was a broken branch grafted onto a different family tree
Adopted….



Canadian Slam Poet Shane Koyczan's -To This Day (excerpt) Story first, then set to music 2 minutes in. Beautiful

A PRINCE IN THE RAIN, HIS SUPERBOWL HALFTIME SHOW


The coordinator said,
"Prince. It's raining."

Prince responded,
"Can you make it rain harder."



Prince put a scarf 
on his coif 
and danced on out there

And rain made everything glow



SLAVE LIBERATOR HARRIET TUBMAN TO REPLACE MURDEROUS SLAVE OWNER ON THE 20 DOLLAR BILL

Feeling Rebloggy

The [Treasury's] decision caps a public campaign asking for a woman to be placed on American paper currency and months of deliberation by the Treasury to replace either Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill or Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.
"With this decision, our currency will now tell more of our story and reflect the contributions of women as well as men to our great democracy," Lew said in a letter to the American people.
The decision also speaks to the diversity of the U.S., says Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

"For me, having Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill really says, first of all, that America realizes that it's not the same country that it once was — that it's a place where diversity matters," Bunch told All Things Considered. "And it allows us to make a hero out of someone like Harriet Tubman, who deserves to be a hero."
NPR


I think it would be even cooler to put an action scene on the $20 instead of just her face, maybe a likeness of DD Ike's artwork below.



Unlikely, I know. But I can dream. I can also dream that Andrew Trail-of Tears Jackon's body is still whole in his coffin, spinning inside it like a chicken on a spit upon hearing the news that Harriet will be taking his place on the 20 dollar bill (-- even if Jackson is not entirely removed from ALL THE $20 BILLS. That's step two)


Andrew Jackson's Coffin rotation via GIPHY


I know this is the time to be respectful and revere this feminist heroine. But I am so damn happy I want to laugh. So I decided to post a Drunk History Episode instead.

The respectful, uplifting link is down below the video







Read More About Harriet Tubman's path to the $20 bill. 
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/20/474983292/treasury-decides-to-put-harriet-tubman-on-20-bill


Read More About Harriet Tubman as Union Spy and Special Operation's Leader during The Civil War
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/04/20/harriet-tubman-was-more-than-an-underground-railroad-icon-she-was-a-civil-war-spy-hero/

By the way, the thing that could put the icing on the cake for me would be if, when President Obama's term is over,  the President offers to test drive the 18 wheeler that's taking his things from the White House black to Chicago.

If he should "accidentally" back over Andrew Jackson's statue in Lafayette Square I'd probably find myself grinning like an idiot for a year.


updated 4 21 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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AKAI GURLEY'S LIFE COUNTED AS NOTHING BY D.A. AND JUDGE IN NEW YORK


I don't know why this cop killing hit me particularly hard. Then again, I do. I was sure Officer Peter Liang was going to jail for doing a lot less than his white peers have done.  And then I felt betrayed when Akai Gurley's cop killer didn't go to jail at all.



I don't know if  you remember the entire Akai Gurley story, since there have been so many shootings of unarmed black people. But this shooting read more like extreme negligence and bad luck than the usual execution.

A loud sound startled a rookie cop and the bullet ricocheted and killed Akai Gurley. I read an article that said Liang wasn't supposed to have his finger on the trigger in the first place in order to prevent the very thing that happened.


In February of 2015, a grand jury decided Peter Liang should be indicted.
After the indictment I heard that the maximum sentence was 15 years. Some thought maybe the sentence was too harsh. I thought maybe I agreed with this sentiment. But I didn't think about it too hard.

Then, later, I thought some more. Cops only seem to have these sorts of accidents around dark-skinned people.

When I saw that Peter Liang was Asian, a person of color, I understood how he wound up inside the legal system when so many white and white looking others of the cop persuasion just walked away after killing black and brown people 


I assumed Liang would be found guilty by the jury because he's not white. And he was.

A jury found Peter Liang guilty of manslaughter.

To tell you the truth, I wasn't really paying attention to this particular case because I thought it was a done deal. When I overheard things about the jury verdict in passing, I figured the jury must have seen something that convinced them that Liang's level of negligence was somewhere way beyond accident and that he should be punished. And I probably even hoped he wouldn't get the full fifteen years. He looked too young to me. I couldn't quite hope for the full 15 years --even if he was extremely negligent.  I stopped thinking about it before I came to any real conclusion. 



I don't know how light I expected the sentence to be. But I did not expect the sentence could be zero years in jail.

ZERO

I know the judges have been letting white and white-looking cops walk after committing execution style murders. But I was shocked at this sentence after finally getting a conviction. And, for whatever reason, I was even more surprised when I read this: 

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun not only sentenced Liang to probation, but also reduced his conviction from manslaughter to criminally negligent homicide.

Did you know that a judge had the power to do this? I didn't. Did you already know that
- A grand jury can indict a person

 - A jury, a new, different group of citizens, can find that same person guilty and then

 - A judge can come along and erase everything the grand jury and regular jury did?

Did you know that?  I thought our injustice departments had to fake out the grand jury and the jury-jury long before there's a verdict.  I thought they had to do that in every single state in the nation.



Did Chun's changing the charge to criminally negligent homicide mean the judge couldn't just nullify the jury's decision with the charge as it was? Chun first had to change the charge after two juries, the grand and the non-grand, said what should be done?

One jury, the grand jury said, maybe it wasn't an accident, so investigate it and go to trial. The second jury said it definitely wasn't an accident and found him guilty. And then the judge comes along and essentially says, 



'This whole thing was just an accident because I said so.'


So somebody tell me why the hell am I going to jury duty at all? If the judge can just do what he wants, why are we pretending we have a justice system where a jury of your peers (or non-peers) makes a judgement about what should pass as justice? Why are we bothering with this charade?  

One of the worst things about this is version of black-lives-aren't-worth-sh*t parade is that the D.A., the prosecutor is the one that recommended that Liang get no jail time, the person that is supposed to be protecting us from Liang is protecting Liang as if he's the second defense attorney. And this representative of leading edge of white supremacy in the D.A.s office is reportedly black.
  


D.A. Kenneth Johnson can be voted out of a job. That's been done twice this year already. I think the people of New York ought call Chicago and Cleveland and find out how they got rid of their lowlife district attorneys. But I need to get better acquainted with lower level politics, because I want to know how we get rid of judges like Danny Chun too. He is not the first judge to just disregard everything and everybody and do whatever the hell he feels like doing.

We've got to figure out what the next step is.

If Hillary or Bernie want me to be enthusiastic about either of them, they better say something about this. But I'm not holding my breathe.    




Read More:   http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2016/04/former-nypd-officer-killed-akai-gurley-sentenced-probation-community-service/