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Couple Thoughts from Your Girl

I haven’t been writing as much as I should.  I’m going to try to correct that in the new year.  Anywhoo, a lot is going on these days, so I’m going to start posting some random thoughts and I’m sure expound on some of these later.

1.  Why does it always take so long for organizations to recognize that their employees are pedophiles?  Priests, football coaches, teachers, etc can all be seen with young boys and young women in compromised ways but yet no one sees or tells until the person is dead or more than 50 years old?

2. Herman Cain never had a chance.  Really.  If America is shocked by the turn of events that lead to him leaving the race, then our school systems really are failing us.

3. There was an uproar from women’s orgs and birth control supporters about the sale of Plan B contraceptives to teens being blocked.  I need NOW, Planned Parenthood and all the other orgs that spoke out to be just as vocal about STDs like AIDS.  Get on the bandwagon for a cure people.  Sure, a teen could get pregnant and need Plan B or opt for an abortion, but there is not medical treatment or pill to get rid of HIV, HPV, etc.  The issues are more complex than just birth control.

4. Newt Gingrich can’t be president of the United States because…

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Took a little vacation and Sidenote on Obama’s announcement about Osama

I’m coming back yall.  Had to take a break.  There is too much good news out there for me not to throw my 2 cents in, so I’ll get down to business in the next few days.  Thank you to all my readers who encourage me to keep writing and posting interesting, racist, sad, crazy, and at times positive information.

Sidenote: I thought Obama was going to say that aliens had landed and revealed themselves instead of Usama bin Laden* being killed.  Don’t laugh.  So did a lot of other people…I was on Twitter looking at all of the predictions.    Maybe it was due to this Dave Chappelle skit.

Man, I love reading crazy comments on Twitter during major events and award shows.  Anyone out there feel the same way?

*All of a sudden there are 2 spellings for Osama?  All this week I’ve seen “Usama” from the FBI posters.  Ummm…am I the only one seeing this.  Are there just 2 spellings or were Americans spelling his name wrong for years.  Just wondering.

Update:  Much Love to Kyle for answering my question below.!

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Happy Birthday, Negro

I turned 33 years old yesterday and I want to thank everyone for the birthday wishes!

The funniest thing I was told yesterday was “You know that’s how old Jesus was when he died. That means something great is going to happen to you!” LOL! Leave it to Black folk to connect the death of Christ to your birthday. Well, it’s appropriate because I feel really really blessed. It was a great B-Day!

– Eb aka Sista

PS: I watched myself on Black Enterprise’s “Our World” [Black History Month edition] this morning. Thanks to Ed Gordon, my fellow panelists, and everyone who made that happen. Blessings!

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“I’m NOT A Tragic Mullato” shirts: Just in time for Blk History Month

Black History Month is coming to an end.  Only 5 more shopping days to express your excessive negro pride.

In honor of our Mulatto president, who is SO not tragic, I think you should go on over to the Hello Negro Shop…Today…and purchase one of our “I’m not a Tragic Mullato” shirts for your favorite mixed race friend or loved one. I created this shirt for my niece who is 1/2 black, 1/4 white, & 1/4 hispanic.  Just in case you don’t know what “The Tragic Mullato” here’s some background information.

You can also pick up a great Hello Negro tee as well.  We’ll be posting some new designs really soon.  Got any ideas?

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Why is this blog called “Hello, Negro”?

From time to time I get angry comments about the name of this blog.  Most of it stems from the use of “negro” in the title.  I wonder if other blogs such as Field Negro encounter the scathing hate that has at times been directed at this site from people who are uncomfortable with our usage of the term (and likely haven’t read the postings on the site).  There a LOT of blogs that have “negro” as part of the name.  Google “blog” and “negro” and you’ll see.

I writing this post, I actually googled “blog” and “nigger”.  OH my!  I can just imagine the comments those blogs must get.  Especially one named (and I’m not kidding) “Look At This Nigger“.  Wow, that sounds like something you would hear over and over at a hood barbershop during a basketball game…but I digress.  Mighty bold!  

There are 2 main reasons I chose the name “Hello, Negro”.  Well, 2 and a possible…as they say in spades.

The Possible:  It sounds like “Hello Kitty”.  Familiarity breeds contempt, huh?  However, it’s meant to be a greeting.  I.E Hello, Bob.  See…there is a comma there people.  Most people over look that.  Thus, you could say that I’m calling everyone who visits this blog a negro.  Some may love that, some may have a serious problem with that. 

Reason 1: It’s controversial.  Blogs thrive on drama (Why do you think gossip blogs are so popular?).  Drama breeds conversation.  I knew some people were going to have a problem with the name when I chose it.  If you bought into the drama, thank you for validating what I already know about sensitivity to racial issues in America.  I get that.  You don’t have to write me an 8 paragraph comment trying to enlighten me.  Really, I get that the word is hated by many black folk.  BUT,  it’s not the n-word…not even close.  Let’s not forget my “African-Americans”, there was a time in America when we were damn proud to be Negroes.  Many African American leaders, such as MARTIN LUTHER KING referred to themselves as what…Negro.  As the kids say…Haters, Get off me!!

Reason 2:  This blog is dedicated to giving you small, digestible wake up calls.  This is expressed by the “hello” part of the name.  Hello…there is still racism in America.  Hello…here is a bit of news for you to consider.  Hello there!  What do you think about this or that subject.   You get what I’m saying?  Hello?  :)

So, that is about as good as I can explain it…at midnight on a friday.  LOL.  It just amazes me how people just look on the surface sometimes and don’t consider how face value can be deceiving.  Read the blog before you judge it.  And if you don’t like it, that is Ok too.  Freedom of expression is the right of all.

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Debate This: Is Negro a “bad” word?

Here’s a comment we  received yesterday:

62 years old; grandma; white…

Something has me troubled. This seems like the perfect place to collect some input on it:

In a conversation with my daughter and son-in-law the other day I used the word “negro.” They were aghast and horrified. I was not being disrespectful and, frankly, I have long found the word to be rather elegant.

I’d like an African-American’s point-of-view on that.

Thanks.

Pam

Well, African-Americans…What do you think?  Is “negro” a bad word?  Should this 62 year old grandmother refrain from using it.

I will say, for her generation Negro was far more dignified than Ni**er.  Now if she’d referred to black folk as “Colored”…then I could understand her daughter and son-in-law’s  reaction.  In her prime years, the term “African-American” didn’t even exist and being “Black” was new.  My dad said,  When he was a kid some people would get made if you called them “Black” (as in “Blackey” or “You ole black so-in-so!”).

Over the last few years of doing this blog we’ve received several comments from people who feel that the name of this blog is offensive.  Someone even wrote that Negro was equal to the other N-word.  “Negro” is used everyday in Spanish speaking countries.  Caucasian would be the white equivalent…no one is calling for a ban on that.  We don’t see any thing wrong with the word, however we would suggest that when referring to African-Americans one use “African-American” or “Black”.   Very PC.

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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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Hello, Negro is on Twitter

http://twitter.com/hellonegro

OH goodie, another techie site to suck up all of my free time.  LOL.  Follow us, we’ll follow you and we’ll get our general “twit” on.  Shall we?


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Nominate Hello Negro

Once again it’s on! The 2008 Black Weblog Awards is back for a fourth year, celebrating the best and brightest in the Black blogosphere.

Nominate Hello Negro for Blog to Watch!!!

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Friday Question: Who are today’s black leaders?

Hello, Negro wants to know who you consider to be a black leader in the 21st century?  Please, don’t just name Obama and Oprah…and Jesse, and Al.  Pull out that most influential people issue of Ebony magazine if you need to.  LOL

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