Monthly Archives: November 2008

Thanksgiving: The ugly truth, slavery connection

The REAL story of the “first” Thanksgiving

In December of 1620 a splinter group of England’s Puritan movement set anchor on American soil, a land already inhabited by the Wampanoag Indians. Having been unprepared for the bitter cold weather, and arriving too late to grow an adequate food supply, nearly half of the 100 settlers did not survive the winter.

On March 16th, 1621, a Native Indian named Samoset met the Englishmen for the first time. Samoset spoke excellent English, as did Squanto, another bilingual Patuxet who would serve as interpreter between the colonist and the Wampanoag Indians, who, lead by Chief Massasoit, were dressed as fierce warriors and outnumbered the settlers.

The Wampanoag already had a long history with the white man. For 100 years prior to the Pilgrim landing, they had encounters with European fishermen, as well as those who worked for slave traders. They had witnessed their communities being raided and their people stolen to be sold into slavery. They did not trust the newcomers.

But Squanto was an exception. He had lived with the British, after being captured by an earlier sailing vessel. He had a deep fondness for the Europeans – particularly that for a British Explorer named John Weymouth, who treated Squanto like a son.

Chief Massasoit and Samoset arrived at the colony with over 60 men, plus Squanto, who acted as a mediator between the two parties. Squanto was successful at making a peaceful agreement, though it is most likely that there was a great deal of friction between the Native community and the colonists. The Englishmen felt that the Native peoples were instruments of the devil because of their spiritual beliefs and trusted only the Christian-baptized Squanto. The Native people were already non-trusting of the white man, except for Squanto, who looked at the Europeans as being of “Johns People.”

It was Squanto who then moved to the English colony and taught them to hunt, trap, fish and to cultivate their own crops. He educated them on natural medicine and living off the land. A beloved friend of the Pilgrims, for if it wasn’t for him, they would not if survived. The Puritian Pilgrims thought of him as an Instrument of God.

Several months later the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims decided to meet again to negotiate a land treaty needed by the settlers. They hoped to secure land to build the Plymouth Plantation for the Pilgrims. The Native people agreed to meet for a 3-day negotiation “conference”. As part of the Wampanoag custom – or perhaps out of a sense of charity towards the host – the Native community agreed to bring most of the food for the event.

The peace and land negotiations were successful and the Pilgrims acquired the rights of land for their people.

In 1622 propaganda started to circulate about this “First Thanksgiving”. Mourts Relation, a book written to publicize the so-called “wonderfulness” of Plymouth, told of the meeting as a friendly feast with the Natives. The situation was glamorized by the Pilgrims, possibly in an effort to encourage more Puritans to settle in their area. By stating that the Native community was warm and open-armed, the newcomers would be more likely to feel secure in their journey to New England.

The sad, sad truth (what happened next)

What started as a hope for peace between the settlers and the Wampanoag, ended in the most sad and tragic way. The Pilgrims, once few in number, had now grown to well over 40,000 and the Native American Continue reading


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I wish I’d said this

“The line between sex and society is so fine and blurred… even Amy Winehouse wouldn’t snort it.”

Does anyone know who said this?

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Real Housewives of Atlanta: The reunion was GHETTO as hell

I’m sorry…I really, really didn’t want to speak on the Real Housewives of Atlanta at all. Sure, like a lot of folks out there I watched the show as a guilty little pleasure. You have to admit, it is entertaining television.

I watched the reunion show last night and I must say…they were in rare form. Rare! Oh my goodness. I really thought someone’s weave or wig was going to fly across the screen. Here are my thoughts:

  • Ne Ne saying that the rumors of her bring an ex-stripper are false because she currently strips, but only strips for her husband was one of the best lines of the night.
  • Lisa should have let Ne Ne loose. I would have been ok with her getting one good slap in on Kim. lol
  • Kim, why would you elude to the fact that you are wearing a wig because you have cancer and then take it back in the next few sentences. You sound crazy? I was sitting there thinking…ok…do you have some other terrible disease? Sexually transmitted maybe (I only say that because that was my reaction to the fact she said she didn’t want to talk about it. If you’ll mention cancer but not another disease…what do you have to hide?) Oh, and let me not forget to mention that Dallas Austin has publicly said that he and Kim are not working together and that he was just working with her for TV on his Myspace blog.
  • I love Dwight!!! He is fierce! Note to Bravo: He needs his own show!
  • What was up with the hole in Sheree’s sweater? Did a fight breakout before the taping?
  • Was it just me or was DeShawn a little less perky now she’s gone through the after-show drama and commenting/gossip (online and otherwise) that has surely taken her through the ringer for her extravagance, her servants, and the failed fundraiser?
  • Lisa??? You were the good one, right? What in the world did Kim do to push her buttons. She looked like she was about to take her earrings off and whop Kim’s a**.

Like Flavor Flav’s reality show dating journey, I knew this show was going to be a general train wreck Continue reading


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President Bush pardons John Forte

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john forte

On Monday, Nov 24th, President Bush chose to offer 16 prisoners commuted sentences and pardons.  In that number was Fugees affiliate John Forte, who will be released from prison on Dec. 22nd .  He’ll serve the next 5 years under supervised probation.

The rapper/producer, who is best known for appearing on Wyclef Jean‘s ‘We Trying To Stay Alive,’ was midway through serving a 14 year bid in Fort Dix, New Jersey. He was arrested at Newark International Airport in 2000 for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to distribute. Police discovered Forte with two briefcases filled with liquid cocaine, which they estimated were worth $1.4 million.

Though he had no prior offenses, due to New Jersey’s “mandatory minimum” sentencing laws, Forte received an excessive sentence that many in the music community, including Senator Orrin Hatch and Carly Simon publicly lobbied against.

Many were surprised at Forte’s conviction as it seemed out of character for the rapper, who was known for his positivity and honor-roll background. After graduating from Phillips Exeter academy on a full scholarship, Forte had attended New York University, where his roommate was Talib Kweli, who in turn helped him land an A&R gig at Rawkus Records, where he met Lauryn Hill. He quickly began working with The Fugees, producing two songs on ‘The Score,’ before signing with Columbia, where he released his first album ‘Poly Sci’ in 1998.

Through his prison term, Forte has maintained his innocence, refusing to accept a plea bargain, and campaigning, along with Hatch, Simon and her son, a good friend who attended Exeter Academy with Forte, for his release.

Sources: BoomBox NY and Billboard

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For all my adult swim lovers…

I know this is way off topic, but I have to post this…hilarious!!!

LMAO!! I can’t breathe!


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Why?: Thank you Sarah Palin TV Ads Air for the Holidays

“What were those ingredients again for the moose chili?” That is my favorite line from this video.  Oh my goodness!  Does this PAC think that this crazy video is going to help Palin?  It’s like seeing someone run down the street naked.  It’s really interesting for the momment, but after you’re just like, “WTF, was that.”  That’s how I feel after watching this.  WTF?

CNN says…
The Our Country Deserves Better PAC has begun running spots in Alaska — two 60-second ads, and two 30-second versions — that pay tribute to Palin, with plans to expand the ad buy to the rest of the country sometime this week.

“Governor Palin inspired millions of Americans by fighting for common sense conservative principles in a positive and uplifting manner,” chief strategist Sal Russo said in a statement. “I worked with President Ronald Reagan since his first days in the California Governor’s Office, and I can tell you that I see so many similarities between President Reagan and Governor Palin.”

The 60-second Thanksgiving-themed spot — which comes days after footage of a Palin interview on a turkey farm hit the airwaves — also points to the Alaska governor’s fondness for moose chili as a turkey alternative.

The PAC — which sponsored the “Stop Obama Now” bus tour during the campaign season — said it plans to spend at least $50,000 airing the ads in Alaska. It has not yet released details of the ad buy on national broadcast and cable networks.

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The Ruler: An Obama tribute video by FlyGy This video features DC and MD artists Fly Gypsy (Alexei Jendayi (aka Poor Russian Boy), and Kom Plex. It feautres Kuku on vocals).

Let us know what you think.

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Gentrification in DC: Can a sista find a decent beauty supply store?

I spent at least an hour yesterday trying to find a decent, open beauty supply store catering to African American women and their hair care needs in NW Washington DC. Couldn’t be found, People!!

Now I know you’re saying, “Sista, why are you blaming gentrification??”. Well, simply put…the clientele has changed thus the products and services available (and the times when they are available too) has changed. That’s what happens with gentrification. Hell, that’s what happens with change. Things change, this is life.

There is a great beauty supply on Georgia Ave near Howard University (was closed) and another across from the Giant on P St NW (closed). Where did I start my search? Columbia Heights (at the Target. They didn’t have what I was looking for and a “black” beauty suppy would.). No beauty supply stores in columbia heights?? Oh, I wonder why. Sisters, let me know if you have any suggestions.

Do I really have to go to PG county to get what I need, really? Where is a Sally’s when you need one. Dag.

Next thing you know i won’t be able to find any Chinese Food (which is good cause I don’t need to eat that), no Soul Food resturants, and no Nail Salons with bright neon colored polish that will do a french tip on your big toe (I think that’s so ghetto…I’m sorry…I really do).  LOL!  I can’t find a beauty supply, but I’ve seen at least 3-5 new wine stores (wine stores…not liquor stores…there is a difference) in the same area of NW I’m talking about here.


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Single Man dances to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it)”

This man is dancing the mess out of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”.  I’ve posted the side by side so you can see how well he has her dance moves down.  He is tooo tooo fierce for words!!!  Snap for the Kids!   Snap, snap, snap for the kids, honey!

How is he doing this whole routine in that lil bit of space, I have no idea.  Oh, but the outfit needs to go…do not pass go, do not collect $200.  LOL


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SNL: Beyonce Single Ladies Skit with Justin Timberlake

LOL LOL! My God this is too funny. I loved this skit. Beyonce was very good and Justin was too funny.

Note: I posted this with a DailyMotion link and it got shut down.  Apparently the video is getting taken off of YouTube too…I don’t know why they didn’t post it to the NBC site.  We’ll see how long this one stays up.


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