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Mr. President and the First Lady!!

Posted in Politics, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2008 by Noli
The First Family!

The First Family!

Not sure why it took me so long to write this…but I think it was because I have been SPEECHLESS ever since Tuesday.  Barack Obama is the President Elect of the United States of America, Michelle Obama is the First Lady, and they along with their daughters will be moving into the White House as the First Family!  Never did I think I would see such a thing..Black folks in the White House (that aren’t cleaning)?!

Aside from being elated that Barack and family happen to be Black…this is SO much bigger than race.  The country…which consisted of all races and classes of people…elected Barack.  He was not elected because he was Black, but rather because he is extraordinary.  He has moved us unlike anyone else has ever moved us, and brought us together in a way that has been unheard of. 

We have all been inspired, and Americans are excited about the idea of change and hope for the future of America.  It’s a little extra special for Black Americans because now we really feel his mantra, “Yes We Can” after such a monumental achievement that has shown us that what we thought was impossible is possible.  That’s why our people were doing the electric slide on Tuesday night in front of the White House and on 125th Street in Harlem…and I’m sure in many other cities in the country.  Black folks ALWAYS break out the electric slide at any celebration…it’s just HOW WE DO!

Is Inequality Making BSW’s Sick?

Posted in Community, Health and Wellness, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , on March 23, 2008 by Noli

Unnatural Causes - Documentary on PBS

“Unnatural Causes” is a four part documentary that examines inequality in wealth, geography, race and other social differences that may have some causal relationship to poor health.  One part of the documentary focuses on Black women having premature babies at a rate that is twice that of White women. They study noted that since the normal factors that lessen the likelihood of premature babies (mom in great health, high quality of life, wealth, etc.) don’t decrease the numbers much  for Black women, race must be a factor.  They essentially concluded that the racist treatment of Black women puts stress on our auto immune system, which increases our chance for having premature babies.  Not sure if they said it that plainly, but I will.  The documentary will be on PBS this week…check local listings or times or go to www.pbs.org.  Also, check out the documentary website at www.unnaturalcauses.org.   

Men of ALL Races Subconciously Prefer Lighter Women?!!

Posted in Love and Relationships, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , on March 20, 2008 by Noli

Thandie Newton

Supposedly, a study done at the University of Toronto showed that men of all races subconsciously preferred lighter women, and women of all races preferred darker men.  They determined that aesthetic preferences reflected moral preferences…because men equated lighter skinned women with innocence and purity, and women equated darker skinned men with virility and mystery.   Not sure if this is true or not, but it’s not good for BSW’s, cuz we’re no longer the only options.  I’m thinking it’s best that we not think about this! [The Independent] [Telegraph

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?