I love this. Critics have been nothing but critical of President Obama from day one, but they can’t stop him from having some fun. He has charisma and a personality (something one candidate in the Republican field can’t seem to find or make up his mind about). Take notes people. It’s called like-ability.
“I’m President Barack Obama, and I, too, would like to Slow Jam the News,” said Obama. Good Job, Mr. President. Kudos to the Roots and Jimmy Fallon as well!!!
This video will get millions of views and make people aware of what is going on with student loan funding, Pell grants and the potential rise in interest rates. Many of the viewers will be young people who don’t follow politics. They will be able to easily understand why this is a pocket-book issue of them and how it impacts their future. Obama needs to see huge youth vote numbers to win in November. I believe this was a smart move for him.
If it’s ok for Santorum to take news crews with him on a hunting trip and Gingrich to talk about building a colony on the moon, I really dare crazy Right wing folks to have a problem with Barack Obama using some humor to get a serious point across to young people.
If you don’t get it, you may not be part of the intended audience.
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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I’m not surprised that Ann Coulter said “our blacks are so much better than their blacks” when she appeared on Sean Hannity’s show on Monday (video below). I’m not shocked by the uproar that has ensued. She didn’t back down from her comments when HLN’s Joy Behar asked her about it on Tuesday. I’m not shocked by that either. Ann Coulter is a straight up, tell you to your face BIGOT. She’s been that way for years. She’s been saying the same type of racist garbage for years. The shock is that..
A. People are shocked by her most recent comments in light of what she’s said in the past.
B. Networks like Fox and HLN still give this bigot a podium.
When I heard her comments from the Fox broadcast I wanted to say, “Oh, so Missy Ann is a pundit now?!?!”. Really? Do you own blacks, Ann? How many Negroes do you own? How long have you been the mistress of the plantation?
Dear African-American Republicans, You need to take off the watermelon suits and tap dancing shoes and listen to what the party really thinks about us. Yes, US. Don’t act like you’re special because you get to live in the house and master thinks you’re smart…for a negro. Yes, that’s right. Not as smart as ole masta, but smarter than those Democratic field coons.
Oh, you don’t think that is what is actually being said? Well, then I think the Republicans surely “own” the right blacks for the job. So many of America’s politicians are “owned” by corporations and special interests that I guess you guys would say “At least we got some Good white folks.”.
Yall betta run on. I hear Missy Ann uh calling.
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I’m being lazy and asking you guys some questions this week.
So, Herman Cain. Really? This guy is a joke right. The Republicans are not really going to run this guy. To me, he’s just as bad as Michelle B., the male and African-American version. Are their strategists thinking that if you run 2 black people you’ll split the black vote or that color will not be a factor for minority voters and the issues will take center stage? What is the strategy? The fact that he’s getting so much air time for that 9-9-9 Sims economic plan is amazing. Slow news cycle, maybe? Come on, primary season.
I don’t see a Mormon getting the nod if the Evangelical Right has anything to say about it. Um, I was raised Baptist and if Jehovah’s Witnesses aren’t thought to have the same religious beliefs, you know that Mormonism is going to be seen as a cult, basically.
So, a black guy and a white Mormon guy are at the top of the running. Which one do you think has the best chance of getting the RNC nomination (if they both have any standing by next year)? List some pros and cons if you have any or are conflicted with your choice.
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I’d like to know what my readers think about this. Should Black People be drawn to this movement? Should we consider Black unemployment rates and how many Blacks were affected by the housing crisis (Ponzi Scheme/Gambling in my opinion.) as motivation? Here are a few recent takes on it.
More African Americans Encouraged to Join Occupy Movement – Washington Informer
Occupy protesters eye diversity as movement grows – Boston Globe
Occupy Wall Street Is About African–Americans, Too – News One
What do you think?
Bonus Question: Is it just me or does the lack of Tea Party involvement or even a thumbs-up or two in the direction of the protesters make it seem even more as if they are the Party of the Rich and of Tax Loopholes? Oh my bad “Job Creators”. LOL! Don’t you love it when people try to reclaim and rename what is and has always been. No no, not slave owners…”Antebellum Job Creators”. Sad.
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I’m confused. I know that all the potential Republican candidates are basically competing on the airwaves to see who can bash Obama best. However, Michele Bachmann has tacked on some promises to her usual President bashing in this video that I’m don’t think she intends to keep.
“This president has failed the Hispanic community. He has failed the African-American community,” she said. “He has failed us all when it comes to jobs.” Um, just because your intern looked up some statistics online, does mean you understand the impact of joblessness in minority communities.
- Is this how she appeals to Blacks and Latinos? I guess we’re dumb enough to just believe numbers and not consider the context of our lives or who’s talking, huh?
- Does she really, really intend to be a jobs champion for Blacks and Latinos?
- Is equality and job creation in minority communities what the Tea Party has been fighting for all this time? If so (you know that’s not so) that message has not been clear at all.
I’m very confused. Is she running for President of the USA or President of the NAACP? Is she trying to present at the next Alma Awards? Please!! People will say anything to get a vote.
1. “The Shrimp Boat” in NE.
2. Fat Face Bar-B-Que – I see a white person or two in there from time to time, but hey that’s always been the case. Who doesn’t love delicious soul food?
3. The Open Mic Scene on U Street – The whole sad, non-rhyming white poetry thing hasn’t over taken the “Def Poetry Jam” style of most black poetry.
4. Go-Go Music
5. Marshall Heights – I don’t care how many condos they tried to put over there. Still Marshall Heights.
6. Minnesota Ave Metro station at night
7. Horace and Dickie’s – Until they sell fried tofu or an avocado and fish sandwich…they are untouched. LOL
8. Safeway in Petworth – All I can say is yuck.
9. The Homelessness Problem has not improved – Shouldn’t it get better with gentrification?
10. Single Black Women complaining about not being able to find a good man – What about all these good, employed white boys walking around, sis?
This is not a comprehensive list. So much more could be said. Wash DC people, what would you add to this list.
Update: I stand corrected. The Shrimp Boat IS in NE. I placed it in SE. My bad, Yall!
Swirl or Twist. That’s what most ice cream, frozen custard, or frozen yogurt places call it when your vanilla and chocolate frozen goodness is twirled together in harmony. Yummy.
That isn’t Gentrification. It displaces people and cultures. Fault should not be laid on the persons staking their claim in areas previous devoid of Caucasian population. Really, it’s just politics and finance.
I wrote about this a few years back and now TBD (ABC 7/Newschannel8) has quoted me. I’m flattered.
“I rarely see an African American face enjoying the coffee culture,” Hello, Negro wrote shortly after the shop’s opening. “Maybe the long term residents aren’t into Rishi Tea. Maybe the crackheads hanging out in the LeDroit Park Playground across the street are too amazed at the sight of this former-corner store turned soho style coffee establishment to inquire about the fine pastries. The juxtapositioning is striking. The locals call it LeDroit, they call it ‘Bloomingdale.’”
Honestly, gentrification in Washington, DC as I’ve seen in the last 11 years has been very entertaining to watch. From avid runners out at the crack of dawn avoiding crack heads (3 months ago, I saw this white guy jogging down Michigan Ave NE barefoot. No lie. Crazy.) to white women walking home from the metro late at night in neighborhoods I wouldn’t roller skate through, there is a lot to observe. I think of it as my own little reality tv show featuring short pieces on gentrification. We’ll at least there are grocery stores, improved metro stations, and improved housing (that most can’t afford) where there were none.
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Wow. Jill Scott and Common, two of the most mellow and artistic musical phenoms I know, are getting bashed by the right-wing (Palin and Drudge Report) for lyrics. I’m sure these pundits had no clue who they were before this and have simply discovered them via the White House Poetry night. Um…didn’t Bush Senior’s Presidency include a visit from Easy E (He gave big donations to the Republican Party. Long story. See VH1 RockDocs.).
Oh I get it! You can visit the White House if you’re a real thug AND you’ve given to the RNC. Well, that explains a whole lot.
This is a mess. So you can’t do protest songs any more? Joan Baez, anyone? Bob Dylan, maybe. You can’t talk about your opinions on race, politics, etc in songs anymore, Right Wing America? All we can listen to is Travis Tritt crooning about the Red, White, and Blue? I’m moving to Canada.
You can’t wish ill of the president? Really, Really? As much as the right-wing tolerates people calling Obama names and calling for bad things to happen to him…you are going to bring up some song lyrics? Hypocracy!
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Sometimes bloggers forget that we have to consider the same laws and rules of the land that everyone else does. It’s one thing to switch some video footage around to create a funny mashup or to edit audio to make it sound like someone said something that they didn’t. It’s another thing to pass your edited footage off as the real thing with no disclaimer.
Most reasonable people who run websites know that you have to let the public in on the deception at some point. Humor goes a long way when it comes to this. People get the hint when things are funny or outrageous. They say, “Hey!! That’s not real right?!?!” not “Oh my God! How terrible!”. However, the editing that conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart did to footage of former Dept. of Ag staffer Shirley Sherrod speaking at an NAACP function was not your common funny video mashup one could find on YouTube and forward on to co-workers and friends. No need for me to rehash that whole drama of her firing, people backpedaling after realizing the deception, etc. You know the story.
I’m happy to see that Ms. Sherrod is SUING Breitbart. At the time that this happened, she was a private citizen doing her job, not a public figure or celebrity who doesn’t enjoy the same legal protection because of their status. Defamation is defamation. Breitbart should have attacked the NAACP as an organization if he had an axe to grind (which is what seems to be the case), instead of going after a government employee.
Mrs. Sherrod has accused Mr. Breitbart, employee Larry O’Connor and the unnamed source of the video with defamation, representing her in a false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The lawsuit, filed Feb. 11 in Superior Court in the District of Columbia, seeks the removal of the video and related blog posts from Mr. Breitbart‘s site and monetary compensation, including punitive damages, to “punish the defendants’ reprehensible conduct and to deter its future occurrence.
“Defendants deliberately edited the full video of Mrs. Sherrod‘s 43-minute speech down to a short, highly misleading two-and-a-half minute clip that defendants knew, or should have known, would portray Mrs. Sherrod in a false and defamatory manner,” the lawsuit stated. – source
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