Power Speaks to Power. It's Time Black Women Reclaimed Ours-New Balance, Disney, State Farm Weigh IN

"We have this image of the civil rights movement being very spiritual,
very nonviolent,"which bears little resemblance to what actually happened. We tell each other the stories we want to hear." As an example, Tyson cited recent obituaries about civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks that credited her "tired feet" as the reason she refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man, not that she was a trained civil rights worker who also worked with the NAACP.

"We just want to hear about a tired old lady," Tyson said. "We want the whole thing to be resolved in 22 minutes plus commercials ... a kind of 'just add water' redemption story."(SOURCE)

My critics, and there are many, would like to make this all about some crazy angry Black lady on the internet. If you're not angry too, then you haven't been paying attention. SO I wear the label of "ANGRY BLACK WOMAN" as a badge of honor.

To the extent that the boo birds believe that, great, all the better to have the enemies of Black women underestimate the gathering storm about to be unleashed on them. Not by me, but by every Black woman and the men who love and care about them who are beginning to realize that we aren't so helpless to the whims of the Entertainment Industrial Complex and its stepchildren the Misogyny Industrial Complex and the Hip Hop Industrial Complex. The folks that have commoditiezed the denigration of Black women and sold it to the masses with the subsidies of corporate America.

Will we be able to cut off all of the money? Nope, there will always be people who want to pay for vile disgusting garbage. Look at the porn industry. What we can do is drive it from the mainstream by reminding corporations that Black women are in the majority. We lead the majority of the households in this country and are the gatekeepers of what comes into Black households. If we don't control the pocketbook, chances are we have great influence over those that do and it is time for us to stop being coy about that.

Coy? yes coy. This has been staring us in the face for at least a decade, but nobody wanted to mention it unless it was in the context of a magazine article talking about how horrible it is that Black women outnumber Black men. We have to be the only group of people for whom being in the majority is a bad thing. To hear Essence magazine tell it, due to our majority status, we are all going to die old, childless, alone to be eaten by nine cats.

For whatever reason, our parent's generation stood by while folks got rich while offering Black women and girls up as sacrificial lambs. When challenged on it, they ran for cover behind the First Amendment,"society" and their old whipping boy, "poverty." I suspect that in an effort to maintain "UNITY," our parent's generation decided that chucking Black girls and women over the side of the boat was a noble sacrifice so that urban entrepreneurs could get rich.

What has that sacrifice gotten us? 70% of us are single. A slave child had a greater chance of growing up with a Father than a child born in 2007. HIV AIDS is one of the leading killers of Black women. IF we get cancer, we're more likely to die from it, and the rate of violence against black women is astounding.

It is time to stop playing with these people and start exercising the Power of the Purse.

What do we have to lose? They already are calling us angry-black-man-hating-feminazi-bitches ( at least that is what I get in the inbox) for standing up and asking politely to cease the foolishness.

What do we have to lose? We're being ravaged by HIV-AIDS, Violence, disparate health care, and a propaganda machine that says that we are nothing more than the sum of our parts which can jiggle and shake and rub all over some man.

Today, once again, you got a small glimpse of our power as Black women. Accounting for the fact that offices on the East coast start humming at around 9:00AM, it took 4 hours to stop the foolishness over at once advertisers got involved. It took about 8 hours to get the ads off of the website of THAT NETWORK promoting THAT SHOW so we are improving. On yesterday, when we asked politely that they consider not calling the Dunbar Village gang rape victim "some hooker down in Florida." They ignored us. Then all of a sudden a couple of Big Corporations get on the phone to their ad agencies and viola *poof* the post and others promoting such things ads beating Black women are gone too.

People like to say "spiritual" things like "speak truth to power." Well that sounds all well and good, but the TRUTH is that "POWER speaks to POWER". As Black women and the men who love and care for us, begin to exercise their power as consumers to demand that these big corporations stop funding foolishness. In other words... WE DON'T HAVE TO TAKE THIS CRAP.

If a group of greedy executives and street hustlers combined with the apathy of our parent's generation was able to create this mess, a group of determined, ticked off folks can clean it up. Count on the the hateration to begin spewing they'll say things like, "there are more important things to do." or " You can't win, why bother?" or "Y'all trying to keep a brother down." Don't you think Black folks was calling Rosa Parks a trouble maker back in the day. Don't you think folks cast shade on Dr. King? You don't think a bunch of Black folks were sitting at home watching the March on Washington calling the marchers crazy? And just you wait. Let us have a few more sucesses and then you'll hear calls for the "Big U" - "Let's meet." " Let's touch and agree." because lord knows that the world will crumble into tiny pieces if Black people had a public disagreement!

Black Women and Girls Not Newsworthy? Change Their Minds
We don't need middle men or ambulance chasing preachers. We just need to find the money and shut it down. Tired of Television networks acting as if Black women aren't raped, kidnapped and murdered? Fine, pick one and then systematically call each and every advertiser asking them about the editorial decisions of these 24 hour news channels that can't manage to find 2:40 to talk about the fact that the State of Florida has 6 violent gang rapists running around on the loose and the Governor and Mayor don't give a rip. If we can't rely on the good intentions of the editorial decision-makers at these news channels, then correct this lapse with policy. They've decided that Black women and girls aren't newsworthy, see if messing with their paper changes their minds?

We have too much Money to be begging anybody for anything. Ignore us at your own risk. So here is what went down today.

Y'all have a sense of deja vu? Less than 8 hours and the offending article is gone and to my knowledge. New Balance and State Farm have both pulled their ads from We didn't need Rev. Al or Jesse or the NAACP NAARCP( National Association for the Advancement of Rich Colored People.)
New Balance Statement

"Through a Google Network advertising buy for our NB Zip launch earlier
this month, our online banners rotated through the XXL Magazine website as
well as many other sports and entertainment category websites. We
immediately suspended the Google Network buy this morning when we were made
aware of the situation. We take our mission of corporate social
responsibility seriously."

Amy Vreeland
Corporate Communications Manager
State Farm didn't send an official statements, but I got e-mails from them.
[T]hey are working to pull our ads.It isn't our intention to offend with our advertising, so I appreciate your brining this to our attention.
Thank you for your letter about the ad for "Lincoln Heights" on
> We are pulling it from that website.
> Sincerely,
> Annie Fort
> VP, Media Relations
> ABC Family

I can't even find Byron/ Boil's old articles where he did such things as extol the virtues of beating Black women. But the column where referred to the Dunbar Village gang rape victim as "some hooker down in Florida" can't be found, but I am sure it is still lurking around there somewhere. Oh yeah, I forgot. We got a screen capture so it is around for future use if that woman wants to sue Harris Publications for libel per se.

Here is the columnist's explanation for calling her "some hooker down in Florida."
Bol Says:

August 23rd, 2007 at 1:21 pm
I can’t read any of your posts anymore. Please explain to your readers why you would go out of your way to degrade the two rape victims in Florida? Seriously, why?
Man, if I knew that was all it would take, I would’ve done that shit a long time ago!
And since you asked, the truth of the matter is that I didn’t read up on the rape case. I just saw it mentioned on her site.
Any time I see “gang rape,” my mind immediately goes to “group sex gone awry.” The thing is, I’m pretty sure that usually is the case.

WOW. Just. WOW. Yet, they give this guy a column to spew his hatred. SO the question is this... Are we going to continue to let these fools put burning crosses on our front lawns, or are we going to exercise our POWER to rip it out of the ground and throw it back at them.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear
is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness,
that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?
Actually who are we not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people
won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine as children do.
We were born to make manifest
the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And when we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

- Marianne Williamson

Don't I know it.Stop Funding Foolishness!

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Black Women, That Burning Cross on Your Front Lawn Was Brought to You By .......Corporate America

New details in the Dunbar Village gang rape come out in court. You thought it couldn't get worse? The attackers were looking for a lighter to set the mother and son on fire. They couldn't find one.

I grew up in east Texas. I didn’t grow up reading about hatred. I lived it. I grew up surrounded by “sunset towns“. For those of you not from my neck of the woods, a “sunset town” is one you don’t let the sun set with you still in it if you are Black. They even had signs instructing Black folks when they needed to be gone except they did not call you “Black”. I drove through them and had to compete in sports on the playing fields of these sunset towns. Even today, if I have to roll through one, I make sure I am well below the speed limit and throw up a silent prayer that I don’t get a flat until I get across the bridge.

So as you can imagine, I got a very early introduction to the concept that there are people out there who will beat and kill me just because I am Black. Our mere existence offends them. I was about 12 years-old when Loyal Garner Jr., died down the road in Hemphill, TX. He managed to beat himself to death in a jail cell according to the grand jury. Yeah he managed to beat himself so badly according to my Aunt at the time ”they beat him so badly his brain was coming out of his head .” Every time I drive through Hemphill, my head hurts thinking about it.

On Christmas Day, 1987, Loyal Garner Jr., a black truck driver and father of six, was pulled over by a white police chief and jailed without charge in Hemphill, a small town in east Texas. Two days later Garner, who had never been arrested before, died in a nearby hospital from massive head injuries. Garner was bludgeoned with a blackjack for asking permission to call his wife. (SOURCE)

Up the road in another direction is Jasper, TX, where James Byrd was murdered.

Even though you know that there are people out there that hate you. It is always somewhat jarring to see that hatred displayed in a tangible way but for some reason when the hatred comes from a White person, we stand up and take arms, but when that hatred comes from another Black person, we write it off.

And so I bring you the story of another Black man who died near me in east Texas. His name was Bill Simpson.

In 1993, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development got it into their heads that they were going to desegregate one of these “sunset towns” by moving Black people into public housing projects. That went over real well. Klan members and neo nazis from all over the country rolled into town. This was the 90’s not the 60’s

Bill Simpson was one of the first Black people to move into Vidor, TX under this plan, his name will probably stay with me for the rest of my life as it still does almost 15 years later. You see Bill Simpson was a local celebrity because he was one of the Black folks crazy enough to be willing to move into Vidor. He was very memorable. He was a bear of a man. He was 7 feet and 300 pounds. For six months he endured the Klan, the taunts and the threats on his life and the harassment of the sunset town, then he left and went back to a nearby town that at the time was 38% Black.

Bill Simpson, who in March became the second black person to move to Vidor in recent times, is also leaving. "It's gotten to the point where my nerves have been on edge," said Mr. Simpson, who at 7 feet and 300 pounds, has never been physically threatened but is tired of the harassment. "I don't want to worry who's going to do something and what they're going to do, when it's going to happen, where it's going to happen." (SOURCE)

USA TODAY has more about the failed attempt at desegregation.

Cry for help. Simpson later submitted an affidavit to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development claiming that a neighbor named Edith Marie Johnson regularly hurled obscenities, racial taunts and threats at him. She pleaded guilty in April to a charge that she had slurred Simpson and was sentenced to 40 hours of community service. Simpson also wrote that he had "been called 'nigger' by people in Vidor more times than I can count." And in a letter to HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, he declared: "I must raise my voice in a cry for help. ... I fear for my own life and well-being." His only black neighbors, Brenda Lanus and Alexis Selders, were challenged by some local whites, and a group of teenagers paraded through the project screaming, "Get those niggers." Soon enough, all the blacks moved out. (SOURCE)

Hours after Bill Simpson left Vidor, TX, he was dead. He was shot while walking on the street in his old neighborhood. Some African American gang members asked him for a quarter ( as was their practice back then) . When Bill Simpson said he didn’t have one, they shot him in cold blood. HOURS LATER!

Is he any less dead because his killers look like us instead of a White person? Does the burning cross sitting in your front lawn burn brighter because a White person stuck it there?

So how is a burning cross in the front lawn any different than a magazine which delights in the fact that it’s columnists openly proclaim that they “Hate Black Women.” They are both tangible manifestations of hatred.

The difference is that when a Black magazine puts on a tangible display of hatred, it does so with the help of corporate sponsors like New Balance Shoes. New Balance is currently sponsoring a magazine website whose columnist called the victim of the Dunbar Village gang rape “some hooker down in Florida.” This statement comes from a columnist whose claim to fame is that he hates Black women. Would they get away with saying that they hate White, Hispanic or Asian women or men for that matter?

Mind you that New Balance says that they value “Responsible Corporate Leadership

Would New Balance be able to get away with sponsoring a hate rally or cross burning? Um No. So why are they getting away with sponsoring a website that delights in declaring that it hates Black women?

Because we let them get away with funding this foolishness. So what are we going to do about it? This contact information is thanks to Symphony over at Essential Presence.

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.

Tel: 800-253-7463
Online Contact
Or the corporate Communications Manager

*Entourage Soundtrack
HBO and Atlantic Records are owned by Time Warner
Time Warner Inc Headquarters (NY)

Edward Adler
Executive Vice President
Corporate Communications
(212) 484-6630 (direct line)

Keith Cocozza
Executive Director
Corporate Communications

Richard Plepler
Executive Vice President
Phone 212.512.1960

Quentin Schaffer
Senior Vice President
HBO, Corporate Communications
Phone 212.512.1329

*Ad for ABC Family's Lincoln Heights.
ABC and all its subsidiaries are owned by Walt Disney Company

Disney/ ABC
ABC (818) 569-7500 Mon-Fri (8am-6pm)

Disney CEO/President Robert A. Iger

Zenia Mucha
Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company
(818) 560-5300

Kevin Brockman
Senior Vice President, Communications, Disney-ABC Television Group
Asst. David Johnson
PHONE: (818) 460-6655

Hope Hartman
Vice President, Media Relations, ABC Entertainment
Assistant: Edwin Escobar
PHONE: (818) 460-6360

SC Johnson
Phone: 1.800.494.4855
Online Contact

Media Contact: Nancy Van Dis

Media Contact: Petrell Ozbay

How long are Black women going to allow corporate sponsorship of the burning crosses sitting in our front yards?

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XXL Magazine calls Dunbar Village Victim "some hooker down in Florida"

UPDATE: More gruesome details regarding the Dunbar Village gang rape came out in court today. Read more here. and six of these bastards are still running around.

Welcome XXL Readers Despite the fact that our efforts related to THAT SHOW haven't been posted about on this blog for almost a month and we've moved on from a certain D-List comedian. Folks are still writing about it and apparently they have been on vacation since May or something. Now, in an effort to attack me and this blog (like I care), this XXL writer has called the Dunbar Village victim a "Hooker"

She’s also been involved with the protests against rap music that have stemmed from the Don Imus incident as well as the protests against the comedian DL Hughley, who had the sheer balls to suggest that the Rutgers University women’s basketball team were some of the ugliest women he’d ever seen in his life. That fucking racist. Based on a cursory perusal of her blog, it looks her latest mission involves protesting media outlets that haven’t devoted enough coverage to the gang rape of a black woman by about 20 black men somewhere down in Florida.

I don’t know about the rest of you fruits, but I hope she’s successful in this effort. Raping a woman is just wrong, and I thought she brought up a good point in comparing the media coverage of this incident to the coverage of the execution-style killings of four college students in New Jersey. What’s worse, that some hooker down in Florida is out $300, or that four college students in New Jersey are no longer living? If you answered the latter, I wonder about your solidarity with the black race (read a black woman’s ego). (SOURCE)

First, I never compared the media coverage of the Newark murders to the media coverage of Dunbar Village. I applauded the actions of Mayor Corey Booker and Governor James Corzine when compared to West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel and Governor Charlie Crist. I was just as saddened and horrified and have talked about the lack of attention by civil rights organization to violent crimes against Black people.

Second, hate on me all you want, but this woman in Dunbar Village was not a hooker. She was a 35 year old single mother who was selling Avon and delivering phone books to pay the rent when ten Black males invaded her home and gang raped her for three hours and beat her son. While the mother and son were screaming, her neighbors didn't bother to call the police. The attackers forced this mother to perform oral sex on her 12 year-old son and then poured cleaning solution on them as they laid naked in the tub, blinding the son and burning the mother's skin. This woman was not a hooker and you are going to BURN IN HELL for referring to her as one in an attempt to attack me. You can read about this horrible crime here. Yeah, they really hate us that they can't have compassion for what happened to this woman.

Again, I have never called for an apology from DL. I haven't tried to shut down any of his shows. All I have ever said is that I respectfully disagree and that his First Amendment defense of his foolishness.

I will not apologize for standing up and saying that the days of using African American women as sacrificial lambs should be over. This isn't about censorship, this is about a) pushing back against images and messages that have gone unchallenged for too long and b) refusing to subsidize things that demean and degrade Black women.

DL and his Hip Hop brethren have the right to say whatever vile and disgusting things they want, I just don't want to have to pay for it by purchasing the goos and services of companies who do.

I don't even have the heart today to respond to the fact that this bastard called the Dunbar Village victim a "hooker." Wow. I thought folks were exaggerating and being melodramatic, but some folks REALLY have an enduring hatred of Black women. It is just always shocking to see it in print.

I don’t expect Harris Publications(Phone: 212-807-7100), publisher of XXL to be compassionate or be a good corporate citizen or not hate and despise Black women, their business model does not allow it, but they could at least try to be accurate about a vicious hate crime.

All I ask is that their editors review the known facts related to the Dunbar Village gang rape and determine whether it is appropriate for one of their columnists to refer to this 35 year-old single mother who was raped and sodomized for three hours by ten men and boys while they beat her child and later forced her to perform a sex act on her 12 year old son as “some hooker down in Florida.”

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Essential Presence Blog Holding Government Officials in Florida Accountable for Dunbar Village

Go over to Essential Presence to keep up with her first hand accounts of the foolishness that is the local and state government involved with Dunbar Village, the site of a horrific gang rape. This crime was predictable. HUD even had surveys indicating that the residents, the vast majority felt unsafe for years. Mayor Lois Frankel has the audacity to try to lead a conference on municipal government and she can't run her own city and prevent anarchy.

Symphony over at Essential Presence has actually been talking with local officials. Check it out. This isn't going away.

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the De-Thuggification of the American Mainstream- "Keeping it Real", "Stop Snitching", and Black WOmen Could Learn Alot from PETA

(source). Folks, this stuff ain't cute anymore. So you folks in Philly need to get your placards together and roll on over to Miller Dodge. Pimps are sex traffickers and abusers of women and girls. Why would Daimler Chrysler let their products be associated with this foolishness. We let this mess happen..... But on to the post.

Is our long national nightmare over? Are we watching the De-Thuggification of the American Mainstream? A girl can dream can’t she?

Folks, the “keeping it real” invitation issued by the NBA and the NFL has officially been rescinded. You can expect more clamping down from these behemoths dominated by rich folks who, unlike Black America, aren’t willing to let “thug culture” take them down with it. The NFL and NBA no longer want to be “down” and all those grown men who play a game for a living had better get a clue really soon. “keeping it real” has gotten REALLY OLD. If you don’t get a reality check real fast, you might end up real broke!

“No Snitching” - Apparently Vick’s Boys Didn’t Get the Memo
First, we’ve seen clear evidence that the “STOP SNITCHING” phenomenon can be crushed like a bug if prosecutors get creative. *POOF* went the “stop snitching” when every single one of Michael Vick‘s “boys” started talking. (Looking at you Carmelo Anthony) It wasn’t the dog fighting charges that got Vick to cop a plea, it was the imminent threat that they were going to throw in some RICO charges on top of what he was already facing and perhaps the idea that even after serving time in federal prison, he’ll still have some years left on his professional football career. Plus do you really want to sit through a trial where live witnesses are describing all the vicious way you could torture and kill our furry friends? Who the hell would cheer for you after what you did to Lassie and Old Yella. Ray Lewis could recover from being "involved" in a murder, but violating our family friends, what little kid with a pet at home is going to want to wear your jersey? Did I mention he might have to give back a $20 Million signing bonus if he get suspended form the league. OUCH. But We’re keeping it real. One year will do little to change his perspective. When he gets out somebody will want to sign him, if the NFL will let 'em.

As much money as hip hop culture might have brought in by expanding the audience, the NBA and NFL finally seem to have realized that Thug Culture and “keeping it real” ain’t the best image when you trying to sell expensive tickets and boxes to mainstream America. Being antisocial, anti authority, anti woman, pro pimp, pro prison, pro drugs, pro violence really ain’t marketable beyond those truly embracing the “lifestyle.” So stay tuned . You can expect the corn rows and the ubiquitous visible tattoos to go next once the folks with the endorsement deals decide they want to “go another way.” Hopefully someone will tap them on the shoulder and indicate that that might want to marry one of their Baby's Mamas as well ( Looking at you Labron)

“Keeping it Real” is messing with the NFL and the NBA’s paper and they ain’t having it. Maybe we should take a hint from them and start imposing more economic sanctions on folks acting a dayum fool. Shut our pocketbooks closed and WATCH what happens. Don’t worry about Michael Vick, his agent is already scripting his redemption story, I wonder if Vick will walk out of prison wearing a crocheted poncho a la Martha Stewart? It better not be made out of animal products or PETA is going to get at cha' boy again.

Believe you me, if “keeping it real” gets kicked out of professional sports, you can bet that “Keeping it real” could soon go the way of bell bottoms, high topped fades and Hammer pants. A girl can dream can’t she?

What Black Women Might Learn From People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Speaking of PETA, can they adopt us or something? The next time I get criticized for speaking in defense of Black women and girls I am going to ask, What Would PETA Do? You see PETA is unapologetic in it’s defense of animals. It doesn’t appear to worry about hurting carnivores’ feelings. Its not really concerned with charges of racism or worry about being divisive, it doesn’t back down and it is not afraid to act a fool if necessary.

They want to add clauses to the personal conduct policy of the NFL regarding animal cruelty. Um PETA, can y’all add a clause in there for women as well, our advocacy organizations are busy having brunches and conventions and throwing awards to honor themselves, they can’t really be bothered to think of something ingenious such as altering the contracts of all professional athletes to basically say that if you keep engaging in violent acts against God’s creatures off the field, we are going to gank yo’ check.

"PETA is again calling on the NFL to add cruelty to animals - in all its forms - to its personal conduct policy. This case has clearly shown that NFL fans are just as outraged by cruelty to animals as they are by any of the other anti-social behaviors outlined in the policy."(Source)

Viva la PETA! Sisters are y’all taking notes? Money talks. Stop Funding Foolishness!

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