Monthly Archives: January 2009

Juan Williams, get over yourself!

Juan Williams’ recent comments on the O’Reilly Factor regarding Michelle Obama were quite disturbing. Among other things, he stated that Michelle is basically a liability to Barack, her instinct is to blame America and play the victim, and likened her to Stockley Carmichael in a dress. This morning in an interview on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Roland Martin and Cybil Wilkes tried, unsuccessfully, to get him to see the damage he’s doing by making such comments. I thought they were being too polite (though I can tell Cybil was ready to go there), but I understand… Wow, how much do you really hate yourself Juan??? This disturbs me so much as we’re just coming off a beautiful inauguration celebration and appreciation for the loving black families that don’t get this type of spotlight. I agree with the analysis provided by News Hounds, even about Bill O’Reilly’s blamelessness in the whole matter. Let me add that I am not a fan of Juan Williams and would be quite careful about paying attention to any of his criticism of women given his sexual harassment charges back in the day at The Washington Post.  Yes,  Michelle is strong but that it not synonymous with angry, militant, or a liability. In Michelle Obama I see a strong, loving, supportive woman that is appreciated by her strong, loving, supportive husband as his partner in life. Sounds like someone has mommy issues…

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Have some N-word with your coffee: Drunken Negro Face” on sale at Greenwich Village Bakery

Hello, Negro was introduced to Drunken Negro…Face Cookies that is…today. Oh my god, my question is “Who are the racist, blind people who were buying all of these cookies and cakes? I mean…they are guilty of “insensitivity” at the least.  I’m going to need the Secret Service to create a file especially for him.

From Gothamist (visit this link for video): At at a time when any decent baker should have been selling racially harmonious black and white cookies by the truckload, one Greenwich Village bakery popular with celebrities and shows like Sex and the City has outraged neighbors by selling a “Drunken Negro Face” cookie in, um, “honor” of President Obama. [Video below.] A shocked customer tells My Fox NY that Ted Kefalinos, proprietor of Lafayette French Pastry, asked her, “Would you like some drunken negro heads to go with your coffee? They’re in honor of our new president. He’s following in the same path of Abraham Lincoln; he will get his.”

Later, her friend stopped by the bakery and said Kefalinos corrected her about the name of the cookies—they’re actually drunken “N-word” cookies. She says the backwards baker then repeated the dark suggestion that, like Lincoln, President Obama “will get what’s coming to him.” Go Secret Service, go!

And it gets worse when Fox’s Arnold Diaz goes into the store with a camera and microphone to confront Kefalinos, who suddenly makes Joe the Plumber look like a Rhodes scholar. “I called them Drunken Negro Heads. What’s the problem with that?” Kefalinos asks the newscaster with a smirk. “On Inauguration Day I thought it would be cool to change the name to Obama Heads. I just changed it for the day.” We suppose Burning Cross Bananas Foster was too complicated to mass-produce.

Gothamist has updated this story a few times…

UPDATE: We just spoke with Kefalinos on the phone and he remains utterly oblivious, telling us, “This whole thing was blown out of proportion.” He says he’s sold out of the “Drunken Negro Cakes” and doesn’t plan to make anymore, despite the fact that many customers have been requesting them (he claims). When asked whether he understands that most African-Americans find the word “negro” offensive, Kefalinos explains, “It’s a French word. It comes from the French.”

Um no…it’s really not French, asshole.  Moving on to more updates (sorry…I haven’t see racism like this in the media for what…3 days.  Sigh!).

Community Board 2 was quick to call for a boycott of Lafayette French Pastry, to which Kefalinos responds, “I’m sorry they feel that way because I was trying to do a nice thing.” Not seeming to grasp in any way the degree of outrage he’s sparked, he added, “I did it and that’s the end of it and it’s over.”

UPDATE 1/24: Now Ted Kefalinos apologizes: “Seriously, from the bottom of my heart, it was an innocent design I created. It was nothing more than just a piece of art.”

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Awesome Love Song for The Obamas

 

This just about made me cry. Enjoy and tell us what you think!

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My President Is Black

I’ve seen that phrase on a T-shirt and there’s even a song about it, but those words have been ringing in my head since even before I noticed these things. I was excited on election night when Obama officially won (did cartwheels in the street to prove it), but admittedly, it didn’t fully sink in that we had just elected the first Black President (unless you count Lincoln and we’re not discussing that in this particular post…lol). Those words are the reason that I was willing to make an almost three hour trip, that normally takes 20 minutes, to the mall to witness the swearing in of our 44th President. Yes, he is the President of the United States of America which includes people of all races, religions, and preferences. However, I need to have my moment as a black person to scream so loud that the ancestors hear and feel me, “My President is Black“!!!! (pause for a cartwheel in my office)  Leading up to the Inauguration, I could feel something in my soul rising. I look in the eyes of my black male relatives and friends and I now notice a real pride and ease that I’d never seen previously. I watch them mark his every move , scrutinize every word, and even admire his cool stroll and see themselves and know that they’re alright, more than that even. I listen at myself and female family and friends marvel at Michelle for being the bad woman that she is without apology . Us single girls joke that we’re just a Michelle waiting to meet our Barack. To quote 107 year old Mrs. Ann Nixon Cooper, I feel more like a real person. It’s a validation that I tried not to need, but obviously can’t deny. Before the eyes of the world is a story of struggle, ambitions, black love, family, and hope with a happy beginning and expectations for a great ending. I can tell my children (or at least my niece) of a real story of possibility where the characters look like them. That’s a hard concept to sell to people who don’t have that issue. All these feelings overflowed during yesterday’s ceremony. Rick Warren, Dianne Feinstein, and President Obama himself all spoke of the significance of his presidency in light of America’s racist past. I enjoyed Aretha taking My Country Tis of Thee to church, but in my heart I wanted to sing the black national anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing, at the top of my lungs and wouldn’t have even frowned on a praise break…lol. Rev. Joseph Lowery gave me a little of what I needed and while concluding his benediction let out a little ‘My President is Black’ pride of his own at the end of his speech. I understand Rev…  I think there may be quite a few similar expressions of irrepressible pride as time goes on.  All those that feel me scream, “My President is Black!!!!” (I hear you Jay-Z!)

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Jay-Z remixes My President is Black – Live in DC 1/18/09

I don’t even want to hear Jeezy’s version any more after hearing this (much love to him and Nas). Grey Hova has to release this. Amazing. My President IS Black! His house is all white! I’m so happy to be in Washington DC right now.

NOTE: Um…black people, is it just me or were there an “uncomfortable” amount of N-words thrown about on this video given the subject matter they are celebrating. *Shaking My Head*

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American Idol in my hometown: Kansas City

Oh Lord, I’m so afraid.  MMMMMMM!  I just started watching.  

I know there will be a lot country music voices!!!  

Good grief…some of these people look terrible.  

Ok, ok…let me just watch.

(Watching)

8:19pm OH GOD…Why did these show all of these people screaming.

8:25pm David Cook needs to buy his mom a Real Dooney bag.  That bag is good and fake.

8:27pm Let’s change blind to death.  LOL

8:28pm God, he sounds good when he’s not screaming.  Bring it DOWN!!  [Thank God they let him in.  He needs the training...but he'll be a killer on the mic.]

8:45pm LOL at the Banana dance.  
Wow, what is the age limit this year.  Matt, this bald guy with the beard, looks old. *watching*….oh lord “Ain’t no sunshine” is not a good choice if you don’t have a strong voice.  LOL…Randy..”Awww, Matt”.  Kara is an idiot, and so is Paula…and so is Simon.  OH, when did Simon ever go for Heart.?!?!?! What?

8:50pm Jazz, really.  ”Somewhere over the Rainbow” in about 3 different keys.  Sigh.  She’s from Nebraska.  No real reflection on KC…thank goodness.  Dag, she just walked out?

8:51pm Awww, 93 year old grandma.  I hope Jessica does well *watching*
Strong voice!  Not everyone can do Janice J.  

Not cookie sisters…no lord.  no

9:00pm No rapping on American Idol.  Musiq’s Love…good choice girl…but India didn’t blow me away.

9:04pm Oh, Jamar is not playing.  He can sang!!!

Danny better be the bomb the way they are pumping up his sob story.

9:10pm Oh Lord, his wife died.  Wow, that did live up to the hype.  That is a shame.  Channel that grief…do it for your wife! *watching*
Danny has some nice raspy soul…Paula is over doing it…OH…I think they’ve been prepped.  They are saying too much.

9:13pm The Girls of Kansas City….shocking.

9:15pm NupeDog…very smart.  OH, where did he get that voice.  He can sang with his Indian self.

9:17pm Signed, sealed, deliver me, Lord from this terrible montage of singers.

[ok i'm done.  Going to listen to Oprah's webcast on Spirituality]

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Oscar Grant is the third man murdered by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) police in the past 17 years.

ColorofChange.org sent out this very informative information on the Murder of Oscar Grant that we thought was important to share.

On New Year’s Eve, Oscar Grant was shot execution-style by a transit police officer in Oakland, California. He was shot in the back while face-down on a subway platform, unarmed and posing no threat.

Twelve days later–despite several videos showing what happened–the officer who killed Grant hasn’t been arrested, charged, or even questioned. He quit the force and has refused to speak. The District Attorney has done nothing.

It’s time to demand that California Attorney General Jerry Brown take over the case and arrest Grant’s killer, and to ask that the US Department of Justice launch an independent investigation into the conduct of the local authorities. Please join us and ask your friends and family to do the same: http://www.colorofchange.org/oscar/?id=2347-520201

Oscar Grant is the third man murdered by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) police in the past 17 years. All three victims were Black and none posed a serious threat. In each case, BART and county authorities have failed to hold the officers accountable.3

In the previous cases, BART’s internal investigations concluded that the officers felt threatened by the victims and were justified in pulling the trigger. It’s unbelievable given the circumstances of the killings:

  • In 1992, 19-year-old Jerrold Hall was shot in the back by a BART officer as he tried to leave the parking lot of a station. The officer was responding to reports of an armed robbery and said he suspected that Hall and a friend were involved. The officer tried to detain the two, Hall ran and then the officer shot him in the back and killed him. Hall was unarmed, but the officer said he thought Hall was on his way to get a gun and return for a showdown.4
  • In 2001, a mentally ill man named Bruce Seward was the next victim of the rogue force. Seward, 42, was naked and had been sleeping on a bench outside the BART station when an officer approached him. Seward did grab the officer’s nightstick at one point, but there were several options for subduing him. Instead, the officer shot and killed him.5

In addition to BART’s internal investigation, Alameda County’s District Attorney is also investigating Oscar Grant’s murder–but the office’s record on investigating police killings is horrible too. In both cases just described, the District Attorney bought BART’s argument that the officers felt threatened. As a result, the cops were cleared of any wrongdoing. Continue reading

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Talent Line-up Released for Lincoln Memorial Inauguration Event

I am so excited that I live in DC!  I will be at the Lincoln memorial front and center.  Oh my goodness, Stevie Wonder, Mary J Blige, John Legend, Beyonce, Herbie Hancock, Usher, Will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, and good Lord…Denzel Washington.  I will be there.  If it was just Stevie Wonder, it would be a treat, but with the line up they have planned it’s going to be a Celebration.  Here are the details.

Be there Sunday, January 18th!  The event will be free and open to the public.

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And now a word from Brother Cornel West

After I got through laughing at Darius Spearman’s hair (LOL LOL…what is going on on the right side of his head?) I was able to focus on the message.

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Open Thread: What was your favorite (or most memorable) African American Moment of 2008?

We saw one of the greatest African American moments in African American history on Nov 4th when Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of these United States.  Hello, Negro wants to know about the other moments that you feel are significant in 2008.  Maybe is was a terrible moment, a sad moment, a wonderful moment, or a personal moment.

What spoke to you in 2008?
What made you mad in 2008?
What made you say “That negro is crazy!” in 2008?
What moved your black, beautiful soul in 2008? :)

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