Is Baby Carrier Marketing An Innocent Coincidence, Or intentional Perpetuation of Negative Stereotype?

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Facebook has gotten itself riled up all in a tizzy over the above packaging for a baby carrier. If either one of the above 2 products would have been within my field of vision separately, I would not have looked at either of them twice. HOWEVER, placed side by side, one can’t help but raise an eyebrow.

I’m the farthest thing away from a conspiracy theorist. I honestly just don’t feel that people have the time or are smart enough to launch these major conspiracies and be able to predict the outcome. With that, I was very careful not to jump on the “Angry Black People” train arbitrarily . Over there years, I have been trained to suppress my desire to react, and to think critically before doing so. Upon first glance, things look a little suspect, but after further investigation maybe not so much…

My thought process was as follows:

  1. Hmmmm these two things look alike and are both baby carries
  2. Wait a minute, one of them is a regular carrier, and the other is an organic one
  3. These two products are not the same
  4. Is there a regular carrier with a black couple on it?
  5. Is there an organic carrier with just a single white woman on it?
  6. If there is an organic carrier with just a single white woman on it, then this is not racism
  7. If there is a regular carrier with a black couple on it, this is not racism
  8. If there are any other derivatives of the carrier that feature single woman of various races, then it most likely isn’t racism and people are just reaching.
  9. If there are any other derivatives of the carrier that feature couples, and non of them are black, then this is probably intentional racism

These are all the questions I asked myself before I decided to render my 2 cents on social media. The backlash from the photo prompted the manufacturer of the baby carrier to issues a statement. Check it out below. Continue reading

LAWD Ruby Dee Done Died. Maya Angelou Needed Company. RIP Ruby

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ruby dee dead

Lawd, y’all know the old folks say death comes in 3′s, I hope my neighbor’s husband ain’t next.

Ruby Dee — one of the legendary actresses in Hollywood and on Broadway — died Wednesday night … TMZ has learned.

Ruby was at home in New Rochelle, NY … surrounded by family when she passed away … according to sources connected to the family. A rep confirmed the death.

Ruby was a pioneer for African-American women in Hollywood … and is perhaps best known for her starring role in the 1960s film “A Raisin in the Sun” — and her roles in the Spike Lee movies “Do the Right Thing” and “Jungle Fever.” Her most recent big budget Hollywood film was “American Gangster” … she played Denzel Washington‘s mother. TMZ

Chile here we go again. I donE planned more funes in the last 12 months than a lil bit. We got sodas left over from Maya fune, so we good right there. I know I ride out and people with food stamp cards, but after all these funes I done had to plan, shiddddd who selling stamps?

“Somebody get Phaedra and Willie Watkins on the line.”

“I guess I’ll brang a few racks of ribs.”

What are you branging to Ruby Dee Fune?

Shonda Rhimes Gives The REALEST Commencement Speech Ever, “Be A Do-er Not A Dreamer”

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Move over Oprah and got to hell Pastor. Shonda is my Doctor, she writes out all my scriptions, she gives me all of my medicine, in my room. Come on somebody!

It think you guys have been following me long enough to know that I am about as anti-regime as they come. Pretty little boxes, and cute little houses with picket fences don’t work for me. Do they honestly work for anyone? It goes without saying who Shonda Rhimes is. Well, Miss Shonda in the Honda gave a commencement speech at Dartmouth (her Alma Matter) that blew my sock off and actually reaffirmed some things for me as I personally struggle with being afraid of my own success. Ok, that is about as much of my personal business that I am going to tell y’all. I tell other people’s business, NOT MINE. Nonetheless, her speech was dynamite. Shonda broke down truly what the essence of life post college graduation looks like and what the future can look like if you opt to be a Do-er not a Dreamer.

Are you a Do-er or a Dreamer? Check out Shonda’s speech then let me know. Continue reading

Why Dominican’s Are In Denial About Being Black. But Them Hoes Will Take Black Money For Doing Black Hair

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I cant sit up here I say that I knew Dominican people were of African decent. I guess I never put much thought into it. Never had any reason too. However, 90% of Dominicans are of African decent. Yet as a people, they shy away from identifying as Black. Instead, those that live in the Dominican Republic identify as “Indio”, and those here in the US most commonly identify as “Dominican”. These are both ways of negating their African decent, but why?

Check out the video for a more in-depth understanding of how Dominicans have come to be in denial about being black. Continue reading

Maya Angelou Is Not a Saint

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Written by: Steven-Emmanuel Martinez

Don’t be fooled by these obituaries, flat articles, and impassive tweets that illustrate Maya Angelou as a goddess, a saint, saint-like, or some idol. Maya Angelou is not a saint. Immodest as she was, though, I believe she would scoff at the notion of being called a warrior or a goddess. Any illustration of her as a perfect woman destroys her legacy and everything she stood for.

Most people — those who are too lazy to read her memoirs, too dejected to listen to her poetry, and too bored to watch her speeches — have only been introduced to the “saintly” Maya Angelou. Instead of realizing her complexity, I fear that the things that made her great are being lost through softened eulogies. In order to really understand who Maya Angelou was, you would have to understand the tenets of her imperfections and the nuances of her limitations and how that, in turn, influenced her convictions. Let me be clear: you will never know the depth of Maya Angelou without reading her memoirs, poetry, and listening to her. You will never know what she was about, what she encouraged or stimulated by reading faux tributes from people who never studied her. Her life was a class, a history course even.

In the midst of our fragmented, fractured, and, at times, broken African diaspora, this former sex worker-madam-pimp was a national- level intervention. She inspired African Americans to think beyond the limits of the metaphysical or cultural binary. And she challenged a generation of men and women to look at their race not as a disability or as a deficiency, but as a gift from God. Our race, as she articulated in her writing, is a tribute from our ancestors, a treasure that’s so good that people would enslave us for it.

Obsessed with Maya Angelou, I’ve often quoted her in speeches and academic presentations, watched and listened to her interviews and lectures obsessively on YouTube, and shared the sweetness of her words and stories with friends and family. Even with the blighted personal history she faced as an African American woman, she helped introduce African Americans to the goodness and treasures of America.

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar Buys Modest House Instead of a Big Ole Nasty Mansion

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Man o man, y’all don’t know how much it excites me to be able to write about this. FINALLY, someone GET’S IT!  The simple stress-free life is where it is at. Ensuring you have a place to stay for all of your days is what I’m all about. In a time where EVERYONE on Instagram is rich and acting like they are living like the Kardashians, Kendrick Lamar is sending a loud message to our youth that it ain’t about all of that.

CLEARLY this brother can afford to live just about anywhere he would like to. However, Kendrick Lamar opted to live in a modest 4 bedroom house in Eastvale, CA. for $523,500. Quiet as its kept, he is still living better than most, but its the principle of the matter. Less is more. More does not always equate to better. I try to preach to people all the time that their is a certain level of peace that comes along with knowing you don’t have to work to meet some outrageous monthly overhead. Kudos to Kendrick Lamar. I just hope other young celebrities begin to take note.