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Mar012010

NAACP BLURRY-IMAGE AWARDS: In Lieu of a Post I Present to You ...

41st NAACP Image Awards - Show


So today ends my blogcation. And quite frankly I don't really feel like blogging. Sometimes you're just speechless, like when you see an organization that purports to speak for people like you. An organization with a LONG history  of fighting negative portrayals of Black folks hand out awards to people who make their money promoting coonery of the highest order. And THAT"s just the people who WON an award. These people nominated a FUNERAL service for an award! These people nominated a song about drinking excessively, engaging in various sex acts and blaming it on the al al al al al alcohol.  These people nominated Steve Harvey for a literature award... Strike that, he won!

These people handed out a Vanguard award last year to Russell Simmons, a The Grand Marshall Mysogyny and Exploitation and this year they hand out their "Vanguard" Award to a man whose "charity" apparently is being used as a personal play toy. A charity which indicated that they were going to give IMMEDIATE RELIEF to the Haitian people in the aftermath of a devestating earthquake only to announce... AFTER MILLIONS WERE DONATED... That they were so overwhelmed they might not be able to send aid for weeks.  OH yes and his charity APPEARS to have paid him $100,000 to perform... for his own "charity." They should have held the award in ESCROW until such time as Yele Haiti turns over its 2008 tax return...which they are legally required to do... but haven't. Yes, I'm speechless. If the Vanguard award is for lifetime achievement in poor non-profit governance, then this makes sense.

The biggest winner was a piece of propaganda called "Precious." Which some of you apparently believe is high art. Lee Daniels=HACK! And the NAACP BLURRY IMAGE "AWARDS" went to:
omedy Series: ”Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”

Actor in a comedy series: Daryl ”Chill” Mitchell, ”Brothers”

Actress in a comedy series: Cassi Davis, ”Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”

Supporting actor in a comedy series: Lance Gross, ”Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”

Supporting actress in a comedy series: Keshia Knight Pulliam, ”Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”

Drama series: ”Lincoln Heights”

Actor in a drama series: Hill Harper, ”CSI: NY”

Actress in a drama series: Jada Pinkett Smith, ”HawthoRNe”

Supporting actor in a drama series: Delroy Lindo, ”Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”

Supporting actress in a drama series: S. Epatha Merkerson, ”Law & Order”

Television movie, miniseries or dramatic special: ”Gifted Hands”

Actor in a television movie, miniseries or dramatic special: Cuba Gooding Jr., ”Gifted Hands”

Actress in a television movie, miniseries or dramatic special: Kimberly Elise, ”Gifted Hands”

Actor in a daytime drama series: Cornelius Smith, Jr., ”All My Children”

Actress in a daytime drama series: Debbi Morgan, ”All My Children”

News/information (series or special): ”The Inauguration of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States”

Talk series: ”The Mo’Nique Show”

Reality series: ”Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

Variety series or special: ”The Michael Jackson Memorial: Celebrating the Life of Michael Jackson”

Children’s program: ”Dora the Explorer”

Performance in a youth/children’s program: Keke Palmer, ”True Jackson, VP”

New artist: Keri Hilson

Male artist: Maxwell

Female artist: Mary J. Blige

Duo, Group or Collaboration: The Black Eyed Peas

Jazz album: ”He and She,” Wynton Marsalis

Gospel album: ”Still,” BeBe & CeCe Winans

World music album: ”Black President,” Sila and the Afrofunk Experience

Music video: ”I Look to You,” Whitney Houston

Song: ”God In Me,” Mary Mary

Album: ”Stronger With Each Tear,” Mary J. Blige

Literary work, fiction: ”The Long Fall,” Walter Mosley

Literary work, non-fiction: ”In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past,” Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Literary work, debut author: ”A Question of Freedom,” R. Dwayne Betts

Literary work, biography/autobiography: ”Michelle Obama,” Deborah Willis

Literary work, instructional: ”Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man,” Steve Harvey

Literary work, poetry: ”Bicycles,” Nikki Giovanni

Literary work, children: ”Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change,” Michelle Cook

Literary work, youth/teens: ”Michelle Obama: Meet the First Lady,” David Bergen Brophy

Motion picture: ”Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Actor in a motion picture: Morgan Freeman, ”Invictus”

Actress in a motion picture: Gabourey Sidibe, ”Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Supporting actor in a motion picture: Adam Rodriguez, ”Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself”

Supporting actress in a motion picture: MoNique, ”Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Independent motion picture: ”Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Foreign motion picture: ”The Stoning of Soraya M.”

Documentary: ”Good Hair”

Writing in a comedy series: Halsted Sullivan and Warren Lieberstein, ”The Office”

Writing in a dramatic series: Shonda Rhimes, ”Grey’s Anatomy”

Writing in a motion picture: Geoffrey Fletcher, ”Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Directing in a comedy series: Ken Whittingham, ”30 Rock”

Directing in a drama series: Chandra Wilson, ”Grey’s Anatomy”

Directing in a motion picture: Lee Daniels, ”Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

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Reader Comments (50)

The Mo'Nique Show? Really?

Anyway, these awards are totally irrelevant and they have been since they gave an award to R.Kelly. If an award can be given to anyone then it's not special.

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVal

Like Hewey said on the Boondocks, the NAACP awards are like attendance awards at school, you get them for just showing up. There really is no rhyme or reason.
But I was happy for Keke Palmer getting one, she was genuinely happy. Someone has to acknowledge her good work because I know those Emmy people will not. And thankfully Maxwell won over Jay Z so at least they got a little bit of sense.

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

LOLOLOL.......I could not agree with you more about the NAACP awards.

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdwoa

I'm glad to see unvarnished views of the "Image" awards giving awards to such negative and unrealistic depictions of black families.

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNetNoir.com

How is Lee Daniels a Hack?

Really?

Precious is a movie based on a book - no more or less. it wouldn't be the first book made into a movie nor the last - you act like he just created the story out of thin air - god forbid someone tells stories about black folk that are - difficult - what? They should all be hapy uplifting stories about middle class black people getting by?

As far as the rest - *shrugs* I'm not sure who you would consider worthy - Blame it on the Alcohol is an entertaining song - god forbid someone talk about sex and alcohol - no popular music EVERY does that (must not listen to much blues huh) - once again all songs should be nice, upifting, christian joints and never, ever, EVER about the naughty things in life - cause who needs naughty when u have self righteous.

SMH.

Who should win then - and while I believe the NAACP awards are irrelevant - your reasoning for said irrelevance is more ridiculous.

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

The Image Awards are a celebration of celebrity and an excuse for NAACP executives to rub elbows with the likes of Halle Berry, et al.

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSonya

Wow. Steve Harvey? Really????

As for the picture, I'm SMH. Was Chris trying to be funny? I guess I forgot the punch line because fondling women on stage is always funny..

As for Gabby, every time I see her arms I think she should really try to get healthy. Her bicep is way out of proportion to the rest of her arm.. *dodges objects*

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIggles

yick......back to Weight Watchers tomorrow.....

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Well what can ya say...I have always found the NAACP awards on the same page as the Soul Train awards. Boring and pointless.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLD

Yes, it is time for the NAACP to get serious about some things. Chris Rock behaved as if he was still in high school. I would have been very embrassed. He was making fun of her and that is not right. Yes, she should cover those horrible arms up and stop letting people fool her into thinking they are attractive.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertime to let go

If Chris Rock ever grabbed my behind like that, he'd get a right cross to the jaw in front of everyone. That ain't cute.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShecodes

I missed you too JJ. This isn't any old awards show. It has a specific purpose. Their actual winners are in contravention with that purpose.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergem2001

Somehow I kinda figured the fat bashers would see past the total disrespect of some strange man grabbing a black woman's a$$ to take pot shots at Gabourey for being what medical officials consider overweight.

No one knows about Gabourey's health more than she and her MD. However, EVERYONE should be able to agree that fondling her onstage is DISGUSTING.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

@JJ

I totally get your point. But this is not just an awards show for the sake of giving awards for "entertainment", (the BET Awards come to mind).

However, the key here is NAACP IMAGE Awards, emphasis on the word "Image." The purpose of it is to showcase and reward black people who have put forth positive images of black people in the media and in life with excellence, and who have gone against the grain of perpetuating popular and damaging stereotypes. At least, that used to be the purpose of the NAACP Awards, way back in the day. I'm not sure what the point is now.....

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMommieDearest

@GEM and Mommie Dearest

The purpose of it is to showcase and reward black people who have put forth positive images of black people in the media and in life with excellence, and who have gone against the grain of perpetuating popular and damaging stereotypes.

Yeah...I don't think that's been their "purpose" for awhile. Perhaps they should change their name, but i think they go for entertaining these days above all else

Though Steve Harvey winning an award for that book is definitely the most gross miscarriage of an award show EVER.

@BlkSeaGoat

yeah - the fat shaming has got to stop. Who cares she's a big girl, if she did her job well why are we commenting on her weight.

Props to Gabby though - she didn't miss a beat and grabbed his arse right back.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

As always, WAOD brings the truth. Bottom line: NAACP and BET are 2 acronyms that make most informed and intelligent folk cringe. And, since we are on the topic of acronyms, similar to those wristbands that say WWJD (What would Jesus do?), I wish we could send these purveyors of black stereotype and pathology WWFDD (What would Frederick Douglass do?) or WWHTD (What would Harriet Tubman do?) wristbands.
The answer is roll out of their graves when they see how their own people traffic in negative images of black folk just to make a buck.
Just more wishful thinking on my part...

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I couldn't find video to bring the picture into context.

Thus, I got the impression, just based on the photo, that Chris felt he could make such an inappropriate move because Gabby is a big girl. I know it's strange, but I posit there's a whole pathology around being really large and not getting male attention, that almost any sort of (perceived) positive male "attention" is welcomed, even when it shouldn't be. That, along with Gabby's propensity towards......innocence, based on her interviews I've seen, was a cue for an idiot like Chris Rock to pull such a stunt. Maybe it's just me but I do feel like one is strongly correlated to the other.

I just find it difficult to believe he would pull that crap with some other woman in attendance.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdaphne

@ MommieDearest:
"However, the key here is NAACP IMAGE Awards, emphasis on the word “Image.”"

Wow, I didn't even pick up the irony when I first read this post. What Chris did was disrespectful and inappropriate period. But he also chose to do it at a ceremony setup to honor positives portrayal of Blacks in Entertainment and the Arts.

I don't think it's fat shaming to comment on Gabourey's weight. She looks unhealthy. If she was at the other end of the spectrum, anorexic with bones showing you best believe people would be talking about that too.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIggles

I guess I see both sides of these awards shows for us. On one hand, we often are overlooked at the Emmys, Oscars, etc. and just like everything else in the history of this country we had to make our own. But what we choose to honor as the "best" of us is definitely questionable at times. I think we give awards to whatever is out there that has been greenlighted to be produced, televised, recorded and published; despite whether or not it is good.

I had no idea about Chris grabbing Gabby's body and the others are right it's assumed that any attention an overweight person gets is ok, that it's ok to be the butt (no pun intended) of the joke. They're supposed to be jolly and all that crap. He would not have done that to Halle, Sanaa, Gabrielle or any other sista. That being said, I know some overweight people (and who of us couldn't use a few pounds less), say they're happy in who they are, yadda, yadda; she is obese and needs to lose for her health. She won't be around long being that heavy.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTJB

Shecodes on 03.02.10 at 10:08 am

[If Chris Rock ever grabbed my behind like that, he’d get a right cross to the jaw in front of everyone. That ain’t cute.]

Last I checked Chris Rock was MARRIED. If so, Rock is dissing not only Gabourey but his wife.

Rock should have spent at least one night in the cold for that sleazy stunt.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFred

NetNoir.com on 03.01.10 at 1:29 pm

[I’m glad to see unvarnished views of the “Image” awards giving awards to such negative and unrealistic depictions of black families.]

Too true.

Where's the award for the sleeper hit, "The Blind Side," in which the poor Black kid gets a happy ending by leaving the hood and becoming a compassionate Christian football player? More amazing this story actually happened and is a true example of a positive Black image.

By the way, here is an interesting comparison of the themes of Blind Side (hopelful) and Precious (hopeless):

http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/mrwrestler/2010/01/25/precious-vs-the-blind-side-the-system-worked/

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFred

Where’s the award for the sleeper hit, “The Blind Side,” in which the poor Black kid gets a happy ending by leaving the hood and becoming a compassionate Christian football player? More amazing this story actually happened and is a true example of a positive Black image.

Sandra Bullock ws nominated for that role in the movie and Gabby won.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

Whew! Sis. Gina, we glad you back! :)

As for Chris Rock, I just think he's getting worse in his disrespect for our people.

I don't care for any of the award shows, least of all BET and NAACP. BET lost me a long time ago, and the NAACP lost me when they gave an award to Condaleezza Rice (I hope I spelled her name right); as Sec. of State she helped carry out and justify to the U.S. public and the world murderous, thieving U.S. foreign policy and she's someone we should respect? My daughter better not come home from school talking about she wants to be like her! Hell to the naw . . . . ! :(

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika.com

My child could be like Dr. Rice all she wants. Ph.D, fluent in Russian and German, and can play piano conciertos by Mozart, Chopin, and Tchaicovsky? SIGN ME UP!

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

"If she was at the other end of the spectrum, anorexic with bones showing you best believe people would be talking about that too."

ITA. Some people are very selective about what outrages them......

Back to the topic, I don't think anyone is expecting much from the NAACP Image Awards. They lost their relevance a long time ago.

And Chris Rock is disrespectful.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCool Beans

...the NAACP lost me when they gave an award to Condaleezza Rice (I hope I spelled her name right)...

Actually, revmamaafrika, Condoleeza's own daddy spelled her name wrong. Ms. Rice has stated that her father named her after the musical term to play "with sweetness." All [Western] musical terms are in Italian. "With sweetness" in Italian is con dolcezza. (Also, there is no double-E in the Italian language; the English double-E sound is equivalent to the letter/vowel-sound "I" in Italian.) I find it "funny" that she goes around proudly stating the origin, the meaning, of her name, because it is a typo!

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterredcatbicycliste

Also (as if anybody cares?), con dolcezza is pronounced:

cohn - dohl - CHAYT - sah

The hard ZEE sound in English is written as an S between two vowels, as in:

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The double-Z in Italian, is pronounced, for us English speakers, as a fast moving TS (the tongue is softly touching the back of the teeth) as in:

a slice of pizza

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterredcatbicycliste

redcatbicycliste, I read where Ms. Rice stated that her mother intentionally altered the spelling of "con dolcezza" to "condoleeza" because she thought the latter would be easier for Americans to spell and pronounce. Personally, I think she's got the same problem with either name.

Re Chris Rock and Toure and all these other BM misogynists, I think they know/believe that white america only has room for one set of negroes and that, being men, they should be the "chosen" ones. So if they have to throw black women under the bus to get their prize, they are ready and willing to do so. And since the current trend is towards the "unblack" black woman, the "she's maybe a little bit black or not totally white" white woman, or just non-black women in general, I get the feeling black males wouldn't really mind if black women disappear, so long as just one or two of us remain to "service" them occasionally and do the work they don't want to do and don't want their 'chosen' women to do.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandra77

Actually RCB,

Dr. Rice has always paintained that her mother gave her that name and that it was a play on the term con dolcezza because like Dr. Rice, her mother (and her father) also played the piano. That being said, He can spell her name however he likes and extrapolate on the term that inspired her name however he saw fit.

It's not a typo and Dr. Rice is a pretty intelligent and cultured woman. I am sure she would have corrected people by now had she thought her own name was wrong.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

Typo ; paintained = maintained

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

BLKSeaGoat wrote

My child could be like Dr. Rice all she wants. Ph.D, fluent in Russian and German, and can play piano conciertos by Mozart, Chopin, and Tchaicovsky? SIGN ME UP!

Agreed.

The sad truth is that, politics aside, the NAACP will give a butt-shaking video vixen more praise than Dr. Rice because the latter refuses to act like a disposable sex object.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFred

JJ wrote

Sandra Bullock ws nominated for that role in the movie and Gabby won.

That's cool. At least someone in the Image Awards panel had sense to include Bullock among the nominees.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFred

Yes, Blkseagoat, "he can spell her name however he likes and extrapolate on the term that inspired her name however he saw fit," but that doesn't leave out the fact that the mis- and new-spelling of her name is out of context of the Italian language and the words meaning in that language on which it is based on. You can't, without it being noticed by some (especially, since she states that her name is the musical term for "with sweetness") who speak Italian and/or are familiar with Western musical terms, think that someone ain't going to notice--I'm sure I am not the only one who has.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterredcatbicycliste

In continuation of my reply to Blkseagoat:

Really, if she had not stated such about her name in an interview I heard of hers, I would never have given her name, and its spelling, one bloody thought.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterredcatbicycliste

RCB,

Ligten up... Please. People extrapolate terms all the time and no one cares Why are you so bothered by Dr. Rice and her parents name selection abilities? I am sure that Dr. Rice is still sitting comfortably at Stanford, collecting a second Federal pension for service to her country, plotting to take over the NFL not giving one rat's behind what you or ANYONE thinks of her name.

My point is that she NEVER stated that her name was a literal translation of the musical term, rather it was an extrapolation, a pun, etc. I'll end my comments about this in this thread.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

@ Black Sea Goat, Happy new year to you too, I ain't mad at you! :)

Absolutely! I'd be ticked Black if my daughter spoke several languages, well educated, well traveled, carried herself like a lady, great musical talents, a brilliant intellectual AND USED ALL HER BLESSINGS IN SERVICE TO JUSTICE AND HUMANITY, but not to help implement, lie about U.S. foreign policies that actually justify the murder of other human beings and the wholesale, brazen, brutal thief of their resources. Where is our people's moral authority to be, to continue to be advocates for justice in the world? Do you realize who many lies Dr. Rice has been caught in in the international arena? So you only watch Fox News? Shame on you! :) :)

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRevMamaAfrika

RevMama Afrika,

I won't apologize for admiring a black woman who graduated from college at 18 and started her PhD program that fall after.

She was taught by Madeline Albright's father, who she credits with helping shape her world views about the cold war, Russian Foreign policy, Foreign policy and National Security. I watch all news sources; clearly you do not, hence the reason you wouldn't be a part of the Amen corner condemning her for what you call lies.

Can you name ANY specific lie that she was caught in without having to go look it up?

Can you name any person that she killed or name one thing that she did to murder people? She was the SOS, NOT the Commander in Chief. As NSA she was spot on and not even Barbara Boxer nor Dianne Feinstein were able to trick her during her testimony during the 9/11 hearings.

You have such hatred for her and you're probably not even sure abiout what it is that she's done. Just because she isn't running around screaming black power, donning a fake dashiki, and romanticizing African countries with governments that have proven toxic to their people, doesn't make her being black any less authentic.

Add to the pot, a Ph.D in her early twenties, a civil rights legacy that includes black church bombings, and the ability to read War and Peace AND Anna Karena in Russian, SIGN me up! My child could be like her anytime and she'd have my full support.

Beats being Eleanor, Sheila, Maxine, Carolyn, or Barbara anyday.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

The book for which this movie is based--which I read in college is all about the girl being molested by the mom--all the homosexual scenes were deleted out of the movie which was written by a former prostitute named Sapphire. And most of her writing, is just disgusting.

Every story is not meant to be told. And I don't like white folks thinking when they see me, that I'm another basket case, like every other black person they've seen on the big screen.

I'm so glad that somebody has the vision enough to see the movie "Precious" for what it is, non-stop drivel of every Black people-related dysfunction and tragedy stuffed into a two hour movie. I thought this was part 4 to the Menace II society trilogy--only Singleton would make something like this? How dare they show us looking like that? How dare NAACP nominate this movie as being art? How could Tyler Perry even attach his name to something like this, when he's christian...

I wanna throw-up everytime I see the commercial

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertoe

BLKSeaGoat, AMEN.

Heck, I want to be like Condi, myself. This woman is brilliant and educated. In my opinion she did a much better job as SOS than Hilary Clinton is doing at the moment. She garned such a great reputation in international political affairs that she was used by three administration.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershell

*Virtual high-five and "hayels yeah" to BLKSeaGoat*

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdaphne

@ Black Sea Goat, are you kidding me? Or yourself? Have you ever heard of Iraq? Her advice about Africa? The best example I can give you is there are the comments/cartoons artist Aaron McGruder made about her. He told the truth, documented his comments, and "sisters and brothers" pounded him for it. Yes, true we all have a right to our opinions, but I just hope such opinions promote, sustain truth and justice for all.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika.com

Yes, Condi's C.V. is impressive but she gets no points for her using her powers and talents for evil instead of good. It's like that guy in the White House now. Everyone's awestruck at his intelligence, education, looks, yada, yada and blissfully ignore fact his adminstration is enabling and implementing every ill advised, warmongering, anti-worker, Treasury looting by Wall Street policy the right wing ever dreamed of but would never be able to get away with.

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBricer

RMA,

Aaron McGruder and the Boondocks is the best that you can come up with? Seriously?

WOW... Just WOW...

As usual, when I ask for specifics, NO ONE is EVER able to provide them. So niether you, nor any of Dr. Rice's detractors in this thread have a leg to stand on, not to mention a shred of EVIDENCE to back up anything you say except what you heard from somebody.

Ignorance is bliss and black people, true to form, just wanna be happy sambos.

So sad.

Attacking the black woman for the wrong things that white men (and some black men) have done. SMH. I don't need to respond any more because you won't make any rational arguments or at least answer any of the questions I've asked.

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

RCB, Ligten up… Please. People extrapolate terms all the time and no one cares Why are you so bothered by Dr. Rice and her parents name selection abilities?

blkseagoat, never did I indicate that I was bothered by her name. Please, specify/quote how I have been bothered? Also, I don't appreciate you, sitting on your side of the world in front of your computer screen, telling me to "lighten up", when you know nothing about my psychological state, about who I am. Personal attacks are not necessary for you to make your point.

My, my, my you have done nothing but misinterpret my initial comment about her name, which was a reply to revmama's not being sure about the correct spelling of Rice's name. blkseagoat, the exchange would be less personal (on your part) if you would just read what I've written, take it for its literalness. Read it, rather than trying to read into what I've written. Grazie.

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterredcatbicycliste

Take it to the streets ppl. You're off topic.


We have a perfectly good WAOD Network with tons of opportunities for reader-driven discussions. The post comments are for comments about the post. Notpersonal attacks on fellow commenters.

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergem2001

I apologize again; where I live we've had many discussions about the images of African women, what we admire, what we don't, etc. Dr. C. Rice came up many times. People were pro and con. No one in these discussions disagreed about her talents, skills, abilities, etc. We did disagree about what she uses her talents, skills, abilities for, which is to further U.S. imperialist hegemony around the world. I used Aaron's cartoons as an example of a well made point in a humorous way that effectively got the point across to a wide audience, better than say me writiing a list of historical facts.

Black Sea Goat, I actually have what's left of a file on Dr. C. Rice; it was huge and some of it I had to throw away. There is evidence of what I stated and dead bodies, bodies of women, children and men in different parts of the world, to prove it. I apologize for bursting your bubble, but if you have the courage to look it up, on reliable sources on the Internet, feel free to take advantage of such information. Peace! :)

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRevMamaAfrika

I'll make one short detour (a correction the above post) and then get back on topic.

@RevMamaAfrika

Actually, the people of Iraq are GRATEFUL for the US defeating Saddam Hussein, thus allowing their country to establish a true democracy in their country. Here is an excerpt from a retrospective on News

Bush's rhetoric about democracy came to sound as bitterly ironic as his pumped-up appearance on an aircraft carrier a few months earlier, in front of an enormous banner that declared MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. And yet it has to be said and it should be understood—now, almost seven hellish years later—that something that looks mighty like democracy is emerging in Iraq. And while it may not be a beacon of inspiration to the region, it most certainly is a watershed event that could come to represent a whole new era in the history of the massively undemocratic Middle East.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/234281

This excerpt was from Newsweek, a magazine that is a frequent critics of President George W. Bush. Yet, the magazine admit begrudgingly that the current Iraq War has led to a Muslim democracy growing in a region of the world that has only known tyrannical regimes.

Hence, is Dr. Rice really "evil" or "dumb" for standing by a President like Bush, whose long-term military policy strategy in the Muslim world has actually worked?

Heck, the fact President Obama is still using Bush's military strategy is a silent admission that his predecessor wasn't as dumb as Obama thought.

@BlkSeaGoat

I suggest you read this blog post on the debate over American Exceptionalism which manifest itself in the controversy over Dr. Rice among other debates:

http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/esayet/2010/03/06/the-culture-war-divide-american-exceptionalism/#more-315486

March 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFred

Now, back on topic.

About a month ago, the college Claremont McKenna had as guest speaker Sapphire, whose novel is the basis for "Precious." One guy who attended the speech, Charles C. Johnson, pondered the following afterward (bold emphasis mine):

Ask yourself: Why is an author of a book designed to empower black people so wrong about their accomplishments and history? Could it be that she is profiting off of showing a slanted view? I took a detailed recording of Sapphire’s talk, so that it could appropriately discusses and ultimately rebutted, if necessary. Among several of the ridiculous things that Sapphire blamed on the white man was the disintegration of the black family from slavery, but in reality, slaves actually had stronger marriages than Sapphire would have us believe

http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/cjohnson/2010/03/05/poverty-novelty-author-behind-oscar-nominated-precious-has-it-all-wrong/

Isn't it sad that a White guy can see the exploitation streak in "acclaimed artists" like Sapphire faster than many Black people can?

So, we who do see it MUST keep speaking out to how Black people are dehumnized and degraded by those who want to make a quick buck.

March 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFred

@ Toe:
"I’m so glad that somebody has the vision enough to see the movie “Precious” for what it is, non-stop drivel of every Black people-related dysfunction and tragedy stuffed into a two hour movie. I thought this was part 4 to the Menace II society trilogy–only Singleton would make something like this? How dare they show us looking like that? How dare NAACP nominate this movie as being art? How could Tyler Perry even attach his name to something like this, when he’s christian…

I wanna throw-up everytime I see the commercial"

CO-SIGN!!!
I refuse to see this movie. My friend read it in a school and told me about passages in the book that still haunt here.

We have a culture that allows excessive violence and rape of women to be normalized. It's sick that this book is assigned to school children while books that have healthy loving relationships are banned for being "too sexual".

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIggles

I'm a 30 year old black woman and I have two daughters. Dr. Rice is an excellent role model for my girls. Sorry to be off topic. I find it sick how the black community as a whole cant respect this woman and her accomplishments.

March 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMother

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