Category Archives: foolishness

Rae Dawn Chong, sitchoassdown…

On Friday, SleazeMZ broke the story that Rae Dawn Chong went on a rant about Oprah, no last name needed, when asked on a radio show whether or not the Mighty O treated her badly on the set of “The Color Purple.” Apparently that’s all she needed to break the damn holding back all the hate she’s harbored for at least 28 years.

In an appearance on a radio show, Chong went on a rant about Oprah being a “biotch” and went so far as to say she would have been a “field nigger” if it were the old days. I would like to invite Ms. Chong to have all the seats in Cowboys Stadium. Every. Damn. One.

The hell?!

The hell?!

I realize that some of you may be a bit too young to be familiar with Chong’s body of work. The Canadian born actress is the daughter of actor Tommy Chong and the sister of the FOINE Marcus Chong. She got famous playing characters like Squeak in “The Color Purple,” Cindy in “Commando” and Tracy in “Beat Street.” IMDb credits her as starring and appearing in several other movies and TV shows. I’ve only seen the three I mentioned but I’m pretty sure somebody enjoys her work, she keeps getting it. What I’m not sure of is if she’ll get anymore work.

In every profession, there is a person who you don’t want to piss off. Ever. I’m not saying Oprah has the ability to make sure Chong will ONLY perform in community theater and Vimeo short films but, she knows a lot of people in Hollywood. Maybe Chong didn’t think this thing all the way through. Even if she did, who is she to do that? I mean, Oprah could buy and sell this chick several times over. Comments like “field nigger” and “house nigger” only serve to further divide folks and I don’t know, maybe make people who feel inadequate feel better about themselves.

Comments like this is why black women will never have nice things like equality and relevance and solidarity. Perhaps Oprah is a Type A personality who HAS to be competitive to stay at the top of her field. Maybe if Chong would spend her time being competitive and working hard like Oprah, “the field nigger,” perhaps she wouldn’t have peaked at “Commando.”

For the love of all things holy, unholy and involving black women of all hues, Ms. Chong, go somewhere, anywhere and sitchoassdown.

Yo, ‘Merica …

Around 10 p.m., July 13, these states of America showed just how united we aren’t. After two full days of deliberation, a six-woman jury in Sanford, Fla. found George Zimmerman not guilty of the second degree murder and the manslaughter of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

While I am disappointed in the outcome, I am not at all surprised. This sham of a trial was over before it got started. There is the matter of a six-person jury of women, five white and one Latina. There is the weak case presented by the prosecution. And there is the case of the defense doing exactly what they were supposed to do – in court. Their antics outside the courtroom is another story altogether. Oh and add to that the fact that black boys don’t have the privilege of doing things like, y’know, walking to the store.

All of these things in addition to the dormant racism in this country combined to create a massive race war, of sorts, via social media. Twitter has been ablaze with racially charged hashtags while people have been posting rants on their favorite video sharing sites while vile memes have been circulating throughout Instagram and Facebook. And if that were not enough, people have been outright losing friends on Facebook. I need for everybody in ‘Merica to take a Chill Pill with a tall, refreshing glass of Calm the Hell Down.

Take two of these and call me in the morning.

The short of it is white people will never understand what it is to be a person of color. We look at things through our own experiences and if they’ve never had them, they can’t possibly understand. And let’s face it, some don’t want to understand. There is a large segment of citizens who deny that racism still exists. Wherever you fall, be respectful about it. Spewing racist language and innuendo won’t solve anything nor will it advance race relations. When in doubt, shut your mouth.

Where for art thou, journalism?

RIP Michael Clarke Duncan

Yesterday afternoon, devastating news of the death of actor Michael Clarke Duncan broke on Twitter. Given my background in journalism and my inability to quit it, I still follow several news outlets on Twitter – mainly CNN, NBC News, CBS News and the Associated Press. On my other account, I follow Fox News, ABC News, the Huffington Post and all of the aforementioned.

As a journalist, I have been conditioned to use discernment as it relates to the news. In most cases, you can tell when something has been reported or made up – if you read it and not just glance. The way I learned journalism was to make sure you’re right before you go forward with any information. While it matters who reports it first, it matters most who got it right – first.

Since we’ve been blessed with the wonderfully wonderful tool that is the internet, the journalism profession has been cursed by it. It seems young journalists have become satisfied with Tweeting (see also: Facebooking and Instagraming) the majority of their story and any Tom, Dick, Harvey or Perez fancies himself a journalist because he has a blog and an audience.

Yesterday when the news broke, by the AP if I’m not mistaken, I ReTweeted the AP’s information. I saw so many RTs with comment calling bullshit thinking that Twitter just up and killed someone for no reason. Some people wanted to know who the source was and who Duncan’s fiancĂ©e is (Rev. Omarosa Manigault). One fool even Tweeted:

I shit you not …

Since when is the AP NOT the AP? I mean, CNN has gotten it wrong. CBS, wrong. NPR, wrong. ABC, NBC and damn sure Faux News. In my 10-year journalism career, I have never heard about the AP getting anything wrong. In fact, I am bold enough to say the Associated Press is the worlds MOST CREDIBLE news source, yet, that wasn’t good enough for Twitter.

This is what I like to call the TMZ era of journalism. It’s a time where people won’t believe actual news until it’s reported by TMZ or MediaTakeOut or Perez Hilton or whatever other gossip BLOG is masquerading as a news site. It’s really sad. There are way too many of my friends, colleagues and former counterparts out here busting their butts to bring folks well-reported and (hopefully) balanced stories for credible news outlets than to have their work and efforts bastardized by those sites.

Since I have been periodically offering you all my “expertise” in journalism, take this with you. When it comes to news of any kind, international, national, local, entertainment, sports, politics – rest assured knowing it has been properly reported and fact checked. To question the AP is … I don’t even know what it is. Just know that 9.9 times out of 10, they’re right. *smh*

“It’s one thing for people to THINK you’re stupid, it’s another when you open your mouth and remove ALL doubt.” (c) Mama Smarty

Majoring in the minor …

Usually on Mondays, I try to give you all a little motivation to help you make it through your day and hopefully, your week. The events of late Thursday night/early Friday morning and people’s reactions have forced me to make a detour and make an attempt to try to slow some of you people down.

To catch you up, a lone gunman shot up a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colo., killing 12 and wounding more than 50. The suspect has been identified at 24-year-old James Holmes, a Ph.D. student who entered the theater in riot gear armed with gas canisters, an automatic assault rifle, a 12-guage shot gun and a glock.

Reports state that Holmes threw a canister and started shooting people as they tried to flee. Survivors recalled the attack saying they thought it was a part of premiere night antics and then it quickly turned into chaos complete with screaming and blood and horror. I don’t even want to imagine what they much have been going through. My heart and my prayers go out to everyone in that theater and to the families left picking up the pieces.

There were families in that theater, some with children as young as three months, who were hurt. If I’m not mistaken, the youngest murder victim was 6-years-old. This leads me to the first portion of my sickness with people’s reactions on Twitter. Some folks were questioning why there were babies at the movie theater anyway and why kids that young were at a theater that late at night. *smh* To me, this is akin to blaming the victim.

I don’t have kids. I know quite a few people with them, tho. I’ve been to the movies with my siblings and cousins who, when they can’t get a babysitter, simply bring the baby with them. It’s no crime to take your children with you to a movie. It’s ignorant and insensitive to blame those parents for their children’s injuries and death. This is a case of wrong place/wrong time. It’s only Holmes’ fault – allegedly.

Another thing that I’m seeing a lot of is comparisons to the senseless murders in Chicago. Last weekend alone, Chicago saw the death of four and the injury of 27 more, all at the hands of gun violence. That was just in the past three days. Twitter and Facebook have spoken out asking how come the country isn’t just as outraged at the deaths in Chicago. Twitter and Facebook have also made this into a black and white issue saying if Holmes was a man of color, he would be dead already instead of just in jail. Twitter and Facebook have even gone so far to say that Holmes is being viewed as mentally ill because he’s white and if he were black or Latino he’d be seen as violent or if he were a Muslim, he’d be a terrorist.

We have to stop majoring in the minor. He is a terrorist regardless of his race. A terrorist is a person who frightens or terrorizes others. If that isn’t Holmes, allegedly, I don’t know what is… And, these shootings in Chicago are being reported as gang related. These gang members are also terrorists. The difference here is this is a case of Chicago’s chickens coming home to roost. The problems of these violent gangs should have been nipped in the bud a long time ago. What Chicago is seeing now is a manifestation of disregard on the part of law enforcement and neighbors and a strengthening group of frustrated, under-served and increasing violent generation of people. Comparing the shootings in Chicago to what happened in Aurora is like comparing apples to tomatoes – they’re both fruit but not the same.

And FYI, Holmes is a suspect and what he did is alleged until a jury of his peers convicts him. The media’s hands are tied as it relates to these kinds of cases. No outlet can call him a murderer or a terrorist outside the confines of quotation marks because it then becomes libel and slander and those outlets can be sued.

What are your thoughts? Are too many people majoring in the minor?

I fell off …

There’s no other way to put it. I haven’t been working out. I’ve been eating like a colleges student who has the metabolism of a toddler and I have dia-damn-betes. I have no one to blame but myself. I’ve lost motivation. Since I haven’t been to the doctor since October, I have zero accountability. I feel awful – literally and figuratively.

Since I started my new job, it has taken SO much out of me! I literally crash like every other week. What I am experiencing is beyond “a little tired.” I am exhausted and I am not sure of how to fix it. I’ve been trying to do better with eating. I think I’m in transition where nothing tastes good and I’ve lost my appetite. I find myself eating something just take my meds.

I recently joined the local Black Girls Run group to make an attempt to get motivated about working out again. I’ve got to do something. I mean, this is a matter of life and death, right? How do you stay motivated to eat right and work out?