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Black Men Against R. Kelly and the Exploitation of Black Women

Posted in Community, Entertainment, Music, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2008 by Noli

R. Kelly, who many of us saw on the infamous “tape” having sex with a young girl so young she had no pubic hair, was acquitted of child pornography in Cook County, Illinois by a jury of his “peers”.  Not sure why he was acquitted, but I think it was because they couldn’t be certain that the young lady was the lady on the tape and she refused to testitfy…but Kelly is now roaming free to victimize someone else’s child.  African Americans are not too pleased about this, but we are still partying and stepping to every R. Kelly song when it is played in a party and are still buying his music (which is some of the best soul music of all time I might add)!!  I had to declare once the tape came out that I would NEVER buy his music again…and over the years, people have slipped me burned copies of CDs so I could still have some jams.  That stops NOW.

A group of Black male writers, including Kevin Powell and William Jelani Cobb, decided it was time to take a stand and started a petition against the exploitation of Black women.  By signing the petition, Black men state their disdain for the R.Kelly acquittal and how Black women are treated in our country.  They vow to work against the maltreatment of Black women in their own personal lives as well as in the community at large.

What’s so sad is that I received America’s nonchalance about this whole issue being primarily due to the fact that the young girl was Black.  It was like the perception was that since she is Black she must have wanted what she received…once again, the over-sexed Black woman stereotype working against us in the court of public opinion and in the real court itself.  If the young girl on the tape was White, R. Kelly would have been under the jail about 5 or 6 years ago.

Check out the petition here.  Check out the story of the acquittal here [ABC NEWS].

Ferraro is Trippin’…and It’s Not the First Time!

Posted in Community, Politics, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2008 by Noli

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Geraldine Ferraro, the first female vp democratic candidate (I believe she ran with Walter Mondale in 1984), said yesterday that Barack Obama wouldn’t be where he is in the race were he not Black.  According to the Baltimore Sun, she said EXACTLY the same thing about Jesse Jackson back when he was running for president.

As a Black American, I am deeply angered by her comments.  Last I checked, being “Black” wasn’t that much of an asset in the United States, or anywhere else in the world for that matter.  If you’re Black, it doesn’t matter how many degrees and how much money you have, YOU STILL GET FOLLOWED AROUND IN NORDSTROM LIKE YOU ARE A THIEF.  I doubt it’s any different on the campaign trail…since had Obama been behind in delegates, there wouldn’t even be a conversation about re-votes in Michigan and Florida…and the lack of that conversation would be BECAUSE HE’S BLACK.

I, like most Black Superwomen, sometimes get clouded because I think that gender actually bonds women together and that White women would be more sensitive to our issues because we are “sisters.”  It may sometimes, but what I’ve realized is that when “power” is at issue, our White sisters will abandon us without a moment’s notice.  Based on Hilary’s campaign over the past few weeks, I’m feeling that everything Hilary is anti-Black…and that’s not good.

*Right after I posted this, Ferraro stepped down from her position on Clinton’s finance committee.   This only after she said that her comments were meant to say how great it was that African Americans had come out to support “their candidate”..insinuating that we are the only people voting for him.  What pipe is she smoking?  Last I heard on CNN, Obama was getting votes from the “latte drinkers”….which means White folks, ya dig?