Saturday, January 5, 2013

2013 News


Paul Lee 1 year ago
For those viewers who are history-minded, this interview was conducted by Independent Television News (ITN) at London, England, on Sept. 21, 1964.
I have the honor to be
Historical-Lee yours,
Paul Lee


Historically, protests have often been very effective. But to march on the naiton's capital is a political act. If ATONEMENT is your objective, then maybe a gathering at a church, mosque or synggogue would be more appropriate.

I see no need to model our efforts after Cuba, which had a violent revolution. We need a nonviolent revolution.
As for rewarding "success," we might first ask "What is success? And what would be a proper reward?"

Or most fundamental right is to be human in a human community.



Things Blacks Should Know & Consider RE QT's 'Django'

From The Daily Beast article: ‘Django’ Selling Slaves as Action Figures' [@ ]
See how {San}Quentin on the QT Disses ‘Roots’ while Pimping ‘Django’ Slave Dolls…
}Quentin Tarantino is laughing all the way to the bank. Tarantino and his longtime studio chief-partner Harvey Weinstein took a gamble on transforming the atrocities of slavery into comedic, action-packed entertainment….
Tarantino’s and Weinstein’s audacious release of ‘Django’ action dolls could be perceived as adding insult to injury, especially considering Tarantino’s lack of regard for the legacy of Alex Haley’s epic 1977 mini-series Roots, which is American pop culture’s most prized depiction of slavery.
When you look at 'Roots', nothing about it rings true in the storytelling, and none of the performances ring true for me either,” Tarantino told The Daily Beast’s Allison Samuels.I couldn’t get over how oversimplified they made everything about that time. It didn’t move me because it claimed to be something it wasn’t” [HUHH WTF! see below]
Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr., who starred in Roots, dismissed Tarantino’s critique, he was just “stirring stuff up” and making a “mockery” out of racism.
Gossett revealed that after seeing ‘Django Unchained’ at a Malibu movie theater last weekend, he walked out within the first 20 minutes. “Django is a very small speck on the horizon to what we should be giving energy to,” Gossett said… {
FYI- “Roots’ came on ABC broadcast TV in 1977 during prime-time, & was shown to both Black & white audiences [totaling up to 100Million+ viewers - rivaling that of Super-Bowl Sunday] including CHILDREN & ELDERS! Thus ‘Roots’ had to realistically depict slavery & still pass TV ratings muster, something that {San}Quenton on the QT could NEVER Do because he lacks the ‘creativity’ to make a successful movie without misusing & abusing excessive Violence & the 'N'-word!!!
IMO QT’s dissing of ‘Roots’ & Lou Gossett’s counter-response should be spread thru-out Black communities & near theaters showing ‘Django’ where Blacks frequent. The arrogance of this Guy! He Disses ‘Roots’ as NOT authentic while Pimping ‘Django’ Slave dolls- It’s enough to tell {San}Quentin to his Face- N_______ PLEEZE!!!
Other Considerations: QT dissed 'Roots' by saying 'it didn't ring true... -&- claimed to be something it wasn't'... YET {San} Quentin on the QT claimed that his "Django' would be an important film on slavery, but when called to task that 'Django Unchained' apparently turns slavery into a QT style JOKE- QT then claimed it's really a combo of the original 1966 spaghetti-western 'Django', 'Blazing Saddles' & 'Shaft in Ole Dixie-Land / Candie-land'- NOT really about slavery per-se'- HUMM!!! -AND- Apparently Jamie Foxx ain't 'Django's" real star- because it's the white German Dude who- Frees Django & gives him license to kill [only] 'wanted' white men, & who actually confronts the movie's main villain [DiCapro's Candie] both intellectually & ultimately exacts justice by killing him- NOT Foxx's Django- even though thee reason for going to Candie-Land is to rescue Django's wife! Foxx's Django instead just gets to kill off the 2nd-Fiddle Uncle-Tom House-Negro [Sam-Jack in black-face]! I've seen enough westerns to know that their real stars ALWAYS confronts & takes down their main villains. Thus IMO QT pulled a 'Bait & Switch' move on 'Django's" Black audience! [PS: Holly-weird just made it official who 'Django's' Real Star is by nominating the white German dude {Christopher Shultz} for Best Supporting Actor- NOT Jamie Foxx]!
There are many untold stories about Blacks' fight / revolts against slavery, that I suspect won't be told [at-least nt correctly] by Hollyweird. No movie has been made about Harriett Tubman since Cicely Tyson's 'Woman Called Moses' [a TV movie] in the late 1970s. No movie, that I know of, has ever been made at-all on Fredrick Douglass [who Spielberg's 'Lincoln' literally wrote out of its script], Nat Turner, Martin Delaney, Robert Smalls, etc. And then there's the Haitian Slave Revolt lead by Toussaint L'Ouverture & Jean-Jacques Dessalines, &/or the African / Native American Alliance of FL's Seminole Nation, that fought against Ole Slave-Owning / Indian-Killin Andrew Jackson [the Democrats' first POTUS]. And I suspect most folks, like myself, haven't even heard of Madison Washington's slave revolt story [just as I hadn't heard of the Amistad incident till Spielberg's movie]. IMO Holly-weird will never touch most of these stories, because they wouldn't appeal to mosts whites & IMO too many Blacks may show an unfortunately lack of interest [ala 'Rosewood']. PLUS- Even on the rare occasions when Holly-weird does make movies about slavery either they turn some white guy(s) into the star(s) &/or real hero(es) [ala "Lincoln', 'Amistad' & 'Glory' ] &/or comes up w some jive angle for the story- ala 'Django'!!!


blakjak wrote:

But Cuba has a govt that takes care of all the citizens. I know they won't allow much freedom, and won't allow citizens to leave the country. But The govt takes care of everyone and no one even has to have a job. At least our president is leading us that way and that is so much better than the current free enterprise and self-responsibility nonsense.
Perhaps a more democratic path to a cooperative society is possible. I favor some of what the Cuban Revolution sought to do. But I think a democratic path would have been more effective and humane.



DandelionModeratorModerator34 minutes agoin reply to CourtneyR
CourtneyR, you're welcome Sister. I understood your question and I would have loved to hear things from a male perspective as well. Being that we have to figure it out for ourselves (as usual), let me take a stab at it. I think a lot of dark-skinned people are taunted because of their complexion. I read Rita Marley's book, No Woman No Cry, where she talks about getting teased for be being ''Black and shiny''. There was a nick-name she was given, but I can't remember it. It also just dawned on me that she married a biracial light-skinned Bob Marley. Perhaps, dark-skinned people who developed a complex about their skin color view lighter skin as more desirable. Simply because they themselves wished they had lighter skin. I'm not saying all dark-skinned people have inferiority complexes, mind you. Only the ones who internalized any childhood taunts. I know Rita's story pertains to a dark-skinned Black woman, but I'll have to assume that the same scenario holds for dark-skinned Black men.
To be honest, I actually believe tracy smith, jazzwatch and other Black men when they talk about their negative experiences with Black women. Just like I believe all the Black women on this site when they talk about their negative experiences with Black men. However, some Black men (and some Black women) allow their bitterness to blind them. For some, blaming others will always be easier than looking in the mirror. Until, we understand our roles in bad situations, we are likely to encounter the same bad situations. My mother always says, ''sometimes you have to be your own psychologist''. I practice this religiously by asking myself questions, like why did I choose this person, why didn't I listen to my intuition, and why I value certain things over others...the whole gamut. A lot of times, I don't like the answers to these self reflecting questions. The process can get too real, but it always helps.
As for communicating with men, some of them don't understand how important communication is to women. Most men don't realize that it's actually a compliment when a woman asks their opinion or engage them in dialog. I can just imagine a woman asking Tracy what he thought about dogs, and him flying off the handle, ASSUMING she's calling him a dog. All the while, she was simply trying to engage him in a friendly conversation. A lot of these men are prisoners of their past. They're just too frightened to look for the key.
Concerning Mellody, I understand the likelihood of marriage for Black women are drastically lower than women all other races. So I can not ignore that fact and assume that she harbors ill feelings toward Black men or that's she's a sell-out. Just like I can not ignore the fact there are Black men who Black women just don't find appealing. So I don't automatically call them sell-outs if they find a Non-Black woman who desires them. My definition of a sell-out is someone who refuses to date their own race because they believe another race is better for them.
Black love will always reign supreme in my heart. But, I understand love isn't always about color.


I am neutral about this. I know nothing of their relationship and this whole situation can cause debate and so forth. That is their business. In this day and age, I am not living the post racial dream. I am not at this point in my life. I am more mature, but I am more militant than in the past. We are at war. We are battling white supremacy. Since we are at war, we should realize that Black Love is one legitimate way to defend the interests of black people. Before any male or female goes out with anyone, that person should find a sense of self or self development. Not all IRs are monolithic, but far too often, the establisment and the media glamorize IRs as a means to view that as superior to Black Love. That is a lie of course. Umoja wrote great books on this issue. Some black people go into that route of IRs, because of inferiority complexes, prestige, emotional hurt, and other illegitimate justifications. Do I think that all IRs are like that or a product of self hatred? No, but may are. In my life, I am not on some post racial wave right now. Far too often, interracial marriage is used as a tool to break up black cultural cohesiveness. This is proven in Brazil, America, the Maafa, and other examples. Interracial marriage is not some smoking gun that can solve our ills. It is a reality in our world. Some of it is a product of self hate and some of it is made of up human beings with love for each other. Me personally, I want to marry someone of my own background. I want to be romantically be involved with someone who is the opposite gender of myself. I want to further connect with my heritage and the fullest way I can do that is to be with a Sister. I want to say controversial commentary sometimes that a Sister will understand.

Some brothers are angry, because some brothers are hurting. These brothers need to redirect that anger at the system or at white supremacy not the Sisters. The Sisters are just as much victims of the oppressive system as the Brothers are. The sisters are not responsible for the Maafa, Jim Crow, lynchings, Sean Bell's murder, and other ills in our community. I get mad too sometimes, because I can't stand being stereotyped and see my people experiencing oppression worldwide not only in the States. So, we who are men will harness that anger in doing something constructive like setting up businesses, being a mentor, teaching young folks the essence of our black culture, fighting crime, defending our human rights, helping the Brothers, and defending the strength of the Sisters too. At the same time, I am not an authoritarian, so human beings have the right to love each other regardless of race in a free society. That is their business.

-By Timothy (Me)


On the Jemele Hill controversy

wendyModerator16 hours ago
This type of behavior does not shock anymore. Black women are the most disrespected group of women on the planet. I'm so accustom to the hate myself as a individual...from at even while driving my's the norm. It empowers me that when people see upsets there soul..... so badly!

CourtneyRModerator11 hours agoin reply to wendy
Just about everyday,you come across it.Like you said,
It empowers me that when people see me,,,, it upsets their soul... badly!!!!
Yup, hopefully they will learn something about being so down right wicked,see that they are wrong, and want to change being on the wrong side of life.
Great comment!!!!!!! :)

Mike SteinModerator16 hours ago
What a beautiful sista. She didn't deserve this.

jazzwatchModerator10 hours agoin reply to tracy smith
That's WHY we MUST defend ourselfs when we are attacked......
Don't start something, won't BE nothin'.......

JeanetteModerator13 hours ago
Racism in America does not surprise me anymore, it has always existed and it always will exist, especially towards Black people. No matter what goals we achieve in this country and all the accomplishments that we have made in the past and continue to make we will always encounter racism in some form or another-we as Black people will always have haters when it comes to the color of our skin. We have overcome so many adversities and obstacles, and so will this lady, she's strong

Vanity357Moderator14 hours ago
Not surprising. Jemele regularly retweets tweets and letters of this nature. She is not shy about calling it like she sees it and we all know that they hate to hear us stand up for ourselves.

Love that about her.As she should...She has my 100 percent, full support...

John HoldenModerator13 hours ago
As an African American who has lived behind enemy lines for most of my life. Meaning amongst the white community, I can say without a single doubt that the writer of this letter is NOT some isolated loser redneck hillbilly. This is unfortunately how a majority of white people actually think and feel about the African American community. They simply feel safer expressing these views when no one can catch them doing it. I have seen and heard so much vile racist language and behaviour that it was damaging to my mental and psychological health. I am more Zen like about it know because if not I would have committed suicide long ago. It's sad and it's frustrating but it is just the way the world is today and I fear that it wont get better. I truly believe that it has actually gotten worse in some ways but let's pray that it doesn't.

She is always a conscious Black Sister from ESPN. We all heard of her journalist accomplishments for years. I second everyone else's words. The racist letter was of course morally fragrant and evil. She or Jemele will be fine. This Sister is beautiful (I like her braids and her beautiful African phenotype :) ), down to Earth, and she is from the Midwest. She will be fine. I would not worry about the bigots anymore since these bigots are jealous of any intellectual, strong, and career filled Brothers and especially intellectual, strong, and career filled Sisters doing the thing in their lives. The racists' lies are falling a part. We are on the winning team filled with equality, strength, love for humanity, and the vibrant power of Black Love indeed. Real human beings of all backgrounds oppose the racist garbage from that racist letter. Sister, Jemele Hill keep showing the world your gift of understanding sports, keep moving forward, and keep articulating your positions with your no nonsense style via excellent eloquence. All of us are rooting for you Sister. That's on the real.

-By Timothy (Me)

A lot of Blacks are marrying KKKs and NAZIS, especially the ones in those southern states and Im talking about Black men too, and the saddest part is that they dont even care if they are KKKs and NAZIS-as long as they are caucasian(WHITE) that is all many of them care about


TheBurningBushModerator10 hours agoin reply to Lexe
Lexe that's the way it is in most NAACP meetings now in this country, it's always at less one white person there and if you disagree with them [the white person] in the meeting most time the black women in the meeting will disagree with you and give you the side eye I know this from experience in South Florida.

SoultrySoulModerator6 hours agoin reply to Lexe
"Black kkk grand wizard" funny...
Dude stated he was "inspired by the Civil Rights." yt folks are inspired and Black people hold experiences. What in the hell has this dude down, lived, experienced that qualifies him to head as President the NAACPVegas chapter? Nathan...


A PROGRESSIVE COALITION I think that the people who re-elected Barack Obama are potential makers of a new progressive coalition for social justice. I don't know about how progressive Obama is himself, but the forces that launched him to victory are relatively progressive. And they include at lest one third of white America. I look forward to the time when it will be at least two thirds. 93% of African-Americans, 71% of Latinos, 73% of Asians, and about 39% --40% of whites. If we can form a progressive alliance of all these people we can transform America.



In Europe, Obama would also be a more progressive stateman if only because of the different politicval culture and citizenry. I read that in Europe even conservative politicians find it remarkable that we don't have some kind of national health care over here, and that even Obama's meagure health reforms are seen as Communist or subversive by our Republicans.



jared ballJanuary 6, 2013
Spike’s film on Malcolm more or less ignores everything that made Malcolm the brilliant threat he became. It takes almost 90 minutes before you even see Malcolm X and more time is spent on him in his pre-political days than is given to his most radical moments. The film deals nothing with the OAAU, his visits with African revolutionary leadership, his connections with RAM and so on. Ill try to find and post the discussion held in 1992 with Dhoruba bin Wahad, John Henrik Clarke and Amiri Baraka who i think all did a great job in demonstrating the details of the flaws in that movie. But basically it was a Warner Bros product that carefully took the growing re-emergence of Malcolm in the minds on young people and safely softened it for mainstream consumption. Id rather these films not be made at all as opposed to what happens where most will see them and have them become the foundation of what they think they know about the subject which ultimately inhibits access to the true power and brilliance of – in this case – Malcolm’s critique and suggested responses. And thats my point, Stephanie says I am too narrow and overly critical and then calls the film “naturalistic” and “realistic” while saying the film cannot be universally pleasing. The same was said to critics of Spike’s Malcolm, that it was “his story” as Stephanie says of Tarantino’s mess. In fact, my point is also that these films cannot be universally pleasing, they only mean to please the mindset of those who rule and those who want to distort history to manage the present. Tarantino’s film is not at all natural or realistic, that was my point and the point of those i cite and agree with. These films are the product of narrowly-held views meant to satisfy the narrow goals of those who create – and promote – them. These are not films “for the people, by the people” and so on, the perspective used in creating them is no more or less narrow than my (or anyone’s) criticism. Remember Reed’s point about Precious and For Colored Girls, the execs at Lionsgate said that these are films they can promote to their intended white audiences who dont want to see Black films like Miracle at St Anna (a Spike film i love) or the Great Debaters. These are products intended for white audiences that are at times markets to Black people as films for them. Movie execs, as Reed points out, have said explicitly that these films, like The Help, are for white audiences to enjoy and therefore are chosen for promotion because they do not upset white sensibilities about race. So we get a tarantino film about slavery and tyler perry films about Black people so that whites wont ever be disturbed in their myths of themselves and their country. You may search voxunion for Ishmael Reed for interviews and links to his work if you like. I almost feel like leaving it at Cathy Hughes like Django and Oprah and Bill Cosby supported Spike’s Malcolm X, i rest my case.


NixaklielJanuary 6, 2013
Spike’s epic [IMO his best film besides his 2 classic documentaries '4 Little Girls' & 'When the Levees Broke'] is about Malcolm X NOT MLK. I too am glad Spike did it, though I understand Bro Dr Ball’s issues w Spike’s ‘Malcolm X’ [but at-least it was NOT an insidious hit-piece ala Marable's book of 'Reinvention'].
But if Holly-weird is just in the entertainment Biz- instead of the political-propaganda Biz, then why didn’t Denzel win for his out-standing portrayal of Malcolm [nor for 'Hurricane' but instead won for portraying a fictional Thug N_--- Rouge Cop], & Spike wasn’t even nominated for best picture / director nor Angela Basset & the late Al Freeman Jr for best supporting actress / actor. Their ‘excuse’ was Malcolm X was too ‘controversial’ a figure.
Seemingly most Black ‘Django’ supporters back it NOT because it’s an accurate portrayal of slavery, but rather because ‘Django’ portrays a ‘Bad Mother-Fer’ ['Hush Your Mouth'- ala 'Shaft in Dixie-land']. Well there was another ‘Bad Black Dude’ movie that came out in 1996 w a Black Director [John Singleton] a mainly Black cast [Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, & the late Ester Rolle - though they added a 'reluctant' white ally- Jon Voight] based a real historical event- called ‘Rose-wood’, where Ving Rhames played the ‘Bad Black Dude’ who came to rescue of the Black town for true love & honor. Yet it did NOT get nearly as much Holly-weird hype as ‘Django’. Thus Blacks largely failed support it w the same type of enthusiasm.



What if Rosa Parks had SURRENDERED her seat? We know the story. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger as demanded by the local segregation laws. She was arrested, and an aggrieved Black community in Montgomery boycotted the buses in 1955. The Montgomery Bus Boycott catapaulted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. into historical greatness, and perhaps helped precipitate the Civil Rights Movement. But.... What if Mrs. Parks had obeyed the segregation ordinance and given up her seat to the white passenger? Perhaps no Montgomery Bus Boycottt. Maybe no one would ever have heard of Martin Luther King, Jr. No one would have heard of Rosa Parks either. Dr. King may have become an obscure pastor or academic. But not a world-historical leader of a great crusade for human freedom. The Black Freedom Movement would probably have happened anyway. But it's hard to know how it would have developed without the prophetic leadership of Dr. King or the inspiration of "Mother Rosa.



ECONOMIC JUSTICE We will soon be observing MLK Day, and I will have speaking engagements connected with my book on King. But I think people should know that the final phase of King's mission was a struggle for EONOMIC RIGHTS and the abolition of poverty, exploitation and war. The struggle for economic rights and his proposed ECONOMIC BILL OF RIGHTS was intended to be a multiracial fight for economic justice for all. I hope we can reclaim that legacy. And I hope that progressive white people can help conscientize the poor, surtout the white poor, to unite with their fellowed exploited compatriots of color to end the evil of poverty and exploitation once and for all--both in America and the world. Justice is for ALL or it is for NONE.

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT and BROTHERS KARAMAZOV are my favorite works by Dostoyevsky. The famous "tale of the Inquisitor" is for me one of the more memorable parts of BROTHERS KARAMAZOV. Ivan is one of them most memorable characters.



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