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Jun042010

Biblical Beefcake: More Church Folks Gone Wild!

Sorry to have two Friday posts in a row about Church Folk, not to be confused with Christians, I have to put up another Church Folks Gone Wild video.  I realize that those who are of other faiths or no faith at all will use this as fodder for criticism, but big whoop! Some things stir of your spirit due to their collossal wrongness, that you just have to CRY OUT !

After last's week's wildly popular tribute to the Church Mime movement sweeping the nation, I stumbled across this lovely "Divinity" Calendar being sold by Dr. Noel Jones over at Pulpit Pimp. Hat tip to Kadijah. I am RARELY speechless, but this video promoting this calendar made my jaw drop. Why on earth would a "man of god" want his congregants fixating on him in this manner?  I think I was doing okay until I saw him frolicking in the pool topless. Where is God getting the glory? Is it from the water sluicing down your half nekkid body?


Just in time for Christmas, all of you women... and men who have inappropriate feelings for Pastor Noel Jones can now lust after him in the privacy of your homes with his new Biblical Beefcake Calendar.  Are y'all serious? Now this mess right here is why Jesus went into the temple turning over tables.

You have a church preacher taking Glamour shots some of which have him frolicking in a pool half nekkid! You're supposed to buy this for 19.99?Oops sorry, the early purchase price is 14.95 then the price goes up to 19.99. Then on the site selling the calendar, they have the nerve to have this quote from the Bible:
No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the LORD.Isaiah 54:17

Is that the only verse these people know? Now this right here tells you that they are plagued by guilt and shame. There were so many versus these people could use as inspiration:
Exodus 20:4 "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in
heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

DEU 4:16 so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an
idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman,

DEU 27:15 "Cursed is the man who carves an image or casts an idol--a thing
detestable to the LORD, the work of the craftsman's hands--and sets it up
in secret." Then all the people shall say, "Amen!"

And that's just in the Old Testament.


But those versus aren't in a Fred Hammond song so they don't know those.  Basically people pull out "no weapons formed against me" anytime they think "Haters" are after them. This right here is downright demonic. Satan was the set designer! Oh but to make it all "better" a "PORTION" of the proceeds will go to the Dorean Edwards scholarship fund. How much of the proceeds? 1% 2%? and where do the rest go?

Somewhere they must be working on the golden statuette that you can purchase for this Christmas.There is so much BIBLICALLY wrong with this. Where do you start? Wow!

I've officially created a category called Church Folks Gone Wild. it is clearly needed.

Reader Comments (55)

Gina,

I needed the BELLY laugh I just got from this. It is too much!!!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

Never before seen photographs of Noel Jones with biblical texts.

I wonder what month and image will accompany the scripture "Thy ROD and thy STAFF comfort me"?

This must be one of those GREAT people RMA was talking about in the other thread.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

Hot Church Mess Gone Wild!!! The Root of Evil for sure!!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterABJ

And they have the nerve to put over one of my fave D. Lawrence songs...for shame. LOL

Gina said:Is that the only verse these people know? Now this right here tells you that they are plagued by guilt and shame AND But those versus aren’t in a Fred Hammond song so they don’t know those. Basically people pull out “no weapons formed against me” anytime they think “Haters” are after them. This right here is downright demonic. Satan was the set designer! Oh but to make it all “better” a “PORTION” of the proceeds will go to the Dorean Edwards scholarship fund. How much of the proceeds? 1% 2%? and where do the rest go?

I was thinking the same thang. But of course they wouldn't pull from a Fred Hammond song because the emphasis is on Jesus and not on self.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSassyJJ

Girl, I'm hollering! My husband and I pastor a church....maybe we should do his and hers calendars!? This is so worthy of the church folks gone wild category....sad thing is I could probably fill that category up in a day just with the things that have my head shaking. Thanks for today's belly roar and now after really thinking about this....sadness.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmma Jordan-Simpson

Gina,

At least the AA Church Folks Gone Wild aren't chopping off people's heads---like the lunatics in MY faith tradition. Unfortunately, the "Muslim" head-choppers (including the Pakistani-American who beheaded his wife last year after a long history of engaging in domestic violence) are doing so with a supporting chorus of far too many deranged AA Muslims who want to debate the "merits" of beheading other human beings.

Most non-Muslims just aren't privy to those particular crazy conversations. {shudder} I'm an equal-opportunity dissenter. I object to madness across the board. {shaking my head}

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKhadija

Yuk! That's just wrong. I admit I was a bit torn over the Church Mime thread because, while I can agree with what most of the commenters had to say on the matter, I saw it a little differently. We don't have mime at our church but we do have a dance ministry. Many young people in our neighbourhood have joined it and have become more disciplined and committed to something, whereas before they were just liming on the block doing nothing positive or creative with their lives. They turn up regularly for practice, learn team skills and whereas some were unruly and don't carish before, I have seen them become more focused and disciplined. So while I understand the wider points made about church entertainment as being foolishness, I don't want to knock creative and artistic expression in the church completely.
THIS, however, is just wrong on so many levels where even to begin?

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNia

Blkseagoat said -->"I wonder what month and image will accompany the scripture “Thy ROD and thy STAFF comfort me”?"

Oh I'm just done! *throws down the microphone and walks away*

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergem2001

Ahem, y'all do realize that he's the twin of Grace Jones...literally. Like, they shared the same womb and all. So, I'm not surprised he wants to get his "shine" on.

Why must I cry?

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTamara

Pull up to mah bumper baybay!!!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

Slaaaaave to tha rhythmmm!!

For the first time...I have no words, I got nuthin...

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

@BLKSeaGoat

I am screaming about the month that "Thy Rod and Thy staff shall comfort me...". That has given me my belly laugh for the weekend. Wickedly funny!!!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren r

Awwwww... don't insult the great Grace! Usually I'm facinated by such pomposity from anyone in the public, but this just makes me sad.

And let's add 2 Peter 2:1-3 while we're at it.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSophie

Jesus take the wheel.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

WTH!??? I want to attempt a serious comment but to even put this foolishness up for debate is redamndiculous. How did he not know this was a bad idea as soon as it popped in his head?

But I will say it is mess like this that allows our community to have a church on every corner and several shootings, passed out drug addicts and fatherless children in between.

Too many people in the AA church are lacking a true spiritual change. They just wrap up their same old hustlin' ways in religious wrappings and call it being saved.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJJpDvn2-xE

Look at all those WOMEN emptying their purses for this clown.

This is why Black Americans will never be a stable, successful group of people. So much time, effort and resources dedicated to something that isn't there while allowing the temporal to disintegrate.

I wonder what month and image will accompany the scripture “Thy ROD and thy STAFF comfort me”?

Why hast thou forsaken me? I note that "Duvall" filmed this video.

At least the AA Church Folks Gone Wild aren’t chopping off people’s heads—like the lunatics in MY faith tradition.

Luckily we "weren't around" the Inquisition.

Tamara~that explains why so many of her videos came up.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaJane Galt

I just shared this with a co-worker. As I surmised, she nearly fell out of her cubicle chortling with laughter, so much so that I had to close the door to our shared office space.

Gina, among your other projects, you should seriously consider doing an amateur night at improv or shop your writing skills to an up an coming comedian or comedienne.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

@blkseagoat stop creating work for me. I do have a comedy pilot I am working out. Its based on the life of Debra Lee

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergem2001

Let the chu'ch say Amen!!! LMAO!! This is a H.A.M.!!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSilkOne

I really needed a laugh today. Between you and Blkseagoat, this had made my weekend. LOL

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSeriouslyReally

I'm not sure it counts as idolatry but it is a HAWT MESS none the less - WOW - humility is apparently not in this pastor's repertoire - Should ask Moses how well that worked out for him.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

I'm no bishop follower, but "beefcake" seems to be a bit hyperbolic since the qualifiers are muscles and minimal attire, neither of which are in the calendar. As far as "frolicking in the water?" It's a headshot, and water in up to his eyeballs. At most, the bishop is guilty of very poor judgement and maybe a little egomania. Who isn't? Why do people always act as if spiritual leaders are supposed to be more holy than anyone else? Newsflash: There are no degrees of holiness. It's a superlative concept. You either are or you aren't.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersonia debillnem

@Sonia How was Bishop's sermon last Sunday? Um Sonia, clearly you have never read anything about "High Priests" or "Shepherds" in the Bible. They actually ARE held to a higher standard. In fact the penalties for leading sheep "astray" are pretty severe.
You should be embarrassed. Don't bother, I'm embarrassed for you.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergem2001

Bishop,(Laughing my head off)ummm, I know we are in a recession, but you have gone to far now.SMH..lol @ him and that pool scene. A seductive pastor...wink.Some of these pastor be doing a little bit to much, side eyeing as I walk out the room.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterl

Bwahahahahahaaa

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLD

Well, you know what they say, it's always the Christians that give Christianity a bad name! :)

There is nothing clever for me to say here; Sis. Gina and Bro. Blkseagoat basically said it all! :) :)

A calendar? Why not have just one pix of Rev. Jones IN A SUIT AND TIE and then all the other pix for the other months of the year be pix of the different ministries of his church, i.e., Homeless Ministry, Women's Day, Men's Day, Children's Choir, NA/AA Ministry, Cancer Survivors' Ministry, etc.? Yeah, too much like right I guess. :( :(

Actually, I'm done with Rev. Jones; a few years ago I read where he and singer Grace Jones are siblings, which may explain why he's so notoriously homophobic, and she has always had a large number LGBTQ fans. But Rev. Jones is dangerous in his homophobia, a few years ago he went to his native Jamaica and told a group there, basically, that they should not let us Americans make them change their anti LGBTQ laws, which IMPLIES that's it's ok to murder LGBTQ folks and there's been a lot of that in Jamaica in the last few years, of gay men especially.

He's divorced, so he made his daughter First Lady? He's just tacky and A-R-R-O-G-A-N-T!!! :( :( :(

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika.com

Black culture is in need of a reformation. Rev. Jones is merely a prevailing archetype within popular Black Christian culture. If it isn't this sort of foolishness, then its a bunch of preachers calling themselves "bishop" and wearing 6 and 8 button pimp suits. But its not only there, its in Black academia too. Racism obsessed college profs who turn a blind eye to the victimization that goes on within our own community. Then there is our narcissistic Black leadership, many of whom are upscale versions of Rev. Jones. And then there is the odd and subtle influence that Ghetto culture has on popular Black culture. Gangsta' aesthetics, like an oil disaster, slowly seeps into the culture as well.

Rev. Jones is merely another canary dying in the mine shaft.

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl From Bay Shore

thou shall root out all forms of nuttery - the book of what about our daughters chapter 2:225.

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWanna Twinkie

Co-sign@ Al. Did you hear about the @$$-hattery going on within the SCLC? Court room showdowns, folks stealing computers and office equipment and people welding doors shut... all in the name of Black Jesus.

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

The SCLC mess is the King Family mess is the Dunbar Village mess is the "anyone who criticizes Black people is a racist or an Uncle Tom" mess is the Jena 6 mess is the Tawana Brawley mess is the Jesse "baby daddy" Jackson mess is the Dick Gregory saying Black on Black crime is merely crime hence it does not exist mess is the "ghetto/ gangsta'" culture influencing popular Black culture mess is the untrained storefront preacher dressed in a pimp suit declaring himself to be a "Bishop" is the....

get the idea?

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl From Bay Shore

Got it.

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBLKSeaGoat

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/04/arizona-elementary-school-mural_n_601436.html

Can someone please get this link to the author of this blog. I think she will find it interesting. Please pass it along to as many people as you can!

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjamie

I co-sign Al From Bay Shore about the need for a reformation of AA culture. I'm just not quite sure what all the necessary ingredients are for something like that to happen.

It's good that there are those of us resisting and rejecting The Mess from inside. However, I'm beginning to think we also might need to encourage more AAs who have been victimized and wounded by The Mess to "start snitching" to law enforcement.

Other corrupt cultural institutions (the Roman Catholic Church and far too many American Muslim mosques in the US) didn't start even pretending to do some self-cleansing reform until AFTER the outside pressure of ever-increasing lawsuits by victims and/or law enforcement crackdowns. American Muslim religious leadership and congregations didn't start internally clamping down on crazy sermons and crazy behavior until AFTER they became afraid of being prosecuted by the Feds (after 9/11).

A similar thing might need to happen with these corrupt AA Protestant churches. They might need some externally-generated motivation to clean up their acts. American Muslim mosques weren't careful with how charitable donations were used until after they faced government pressure about that money. Like a number of AA Protestant churches, they played fast and loose with the money they raised. That is, until the Feds cracked down after 9/11.

Well, maybe some of these corrupt AA churches need to have their tax-exempt status reconsidered. Where IS the money for this "divinity" calendar going? And wherever it's going, is it something that's authorized pursuant to that church's tax exempt status? I don't know. Maybe some questions need to be raised about that.

Similar to the Catholic church, a number of these AA denominations also have institutional and systemic issues with sexual predators. See http://www.gcmwatch.com/4525/enoch-perry-coverup" rel="nofollow">this post about the various pending sexual abuse lawsuits against a number of Church of God in Christ (an African-American Protestant denomination) clergy and other personnel. I don't see much public awareness among AAs of episodes such as the COGIC in Toledo that allegedly had four, count 'em FOUR, pedophiles on the payroll with the pastor's knowledge. See http://www.gcmwatch.com/3702/one-church-four-convicted-pedophiles" rel="nofollow">this post for details.

Nor have I seen much awareness of the behavior of celebrated individuals such as http://gcmwatch.wordpress.com/2007/12/06/we-dont-want-another-james-cleveland/" rel="nofollow">Rev. James Cleveland.

Part of this is because, unlike their coverage of the many atrocities within the Catholic church, the media report these stories as isolated incidents as opposed to a systemic problem when this happens among Protestant clergy (Black or White).

The other part of this lack of awareness is the ongoing silence of most folks who have been financially or sexually victimized by modern AA churches. I've always encouraged Muslims (especially Muslim women) who have been victimized by The Mess within some of these crazy and corrupt AA mosques to "snitch." Perhaps more AA church folks who have been victimized should be encouraged to "snitch."

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKhadija

As bad as that seems, I am not surprised. In the past when the wealth of preachers and ministers of these large churches were brought up, some people couldn't grasp that it was peoples' donations and tithes that were making them rich. In their minds, there ministers and pastors were merely "blessed" and those that were complaining were mad because they were not doing what they needed to do in order to be blessed.

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTosha

Hey Gina,I've been biting my tongue/fingers on this,i'm a christian smh in shame, I mostly agree with what Khadija and BLKseagoat said in the other post.The church should not be trying to act/look like the world.You cannot just do anything in the name of bringing people to God.The bible give us things to do in rememberance of God and all this tomfoolery just aint it.I do think this qualifies as idolatry.Who the hell is he, but a man?

Now the church I go to emphasizes living free and seperated from sin,in >deed< not in word only.My pastor knows that he is a man of God and not God himself and he has a JOB .He works 3rd shift and gave up his own home to get a real church which is small and it did not cause anyone but him to go broke,alot of people in the church are older and on a fixed income.My pastor has let it be known that if a murderer or molester confesses to him he'll pray for him and call the cops on them.My pastor welcomes gay/lesbian/bi people into church and is extremely critical,to the point of disciplinary actions..though this hasn't been necessary, of anybody treating them badly.My pastor doesn't have a harem of bw at his beck and call and emphasizes that the bm in church shouldn't wait an eternity, dating the baby momma's they had before they came in church, to get married.We've had 4 weddings of 20 somethings in like 6 months,all baby daddies and baby momma's.I'm just saying I got a good pastor.If anybody has to sacrifice anything for the sake of the people in church it's my pastor first then, the rest of the ministry,the rest of us last.My pastor does NOT teach tithing he teaches that we should give as the lord has prospered us for God loves a cheerful giver.We also visit about 3 or 4 other churches with likeminded pastors people.

I'm sorry for the long post but I felt the need to let it be known all of us ain't like that.I know yall aint really trying to condemn or judge everybody but I personally was ashamed,not offended, by both of your latest posts Gem.

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTruth P.

I wouldn't have minded if he did a calender with all the members of the church.The ministry and the folks in the pews.

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTruth P.

@ Khadija

The first thing we have to do is revolt against Black academia and the Civil Rights Establishment. Together, these entities form a wall against any meaningful criticism of the Black community. Remember Cosby's poundcake speech? Folks were nodding their heads in agreement and when he finished, the Civil Rights establishment (in the person of Jesse Jackson) jumped on the mic and cautioned the audience that we need to continue to be mindful of how "systemic racism" created the very things that Cosby ranted about. Then Black academia (in the person of Michael Eric Dyson) jumped all over Cosby and made him into a pariah. Dyson and Jackson are agents of the tyranny that suppresses ideas that can undermine the "racist victimization" narrative that has lined the pockets of the Civil Rights establishment. There needs to be a popular uprising in the Black community against the tyranny of the Civil Rights establishment.

People like Dyson and Jackson maintain a social order that is undemocratic and tyrannical in that is forbids the free flow of ideas within the Black community by labeling anything outside of the "narrative" as racist or being "Tom-ish". Furthermore, they NEED for there to be blight in our communities so they can have something to point to as a result racism. ALSO, and hold on to your hat, our Black elected officials profit off this. Ever notice how many Black elected officials seem to represent Black communities where the blight and decay IS perpetual? Notice how nothing ever changes AND they continue to be elected?

Its time for a revolution. Grow that Afro! Get that Dashiki out of mothballs! Get some Assata Shakur and Nzingha back in your blood again because the new oppressors are the very folks who claim to fight for us. And when we overthrow them, the fight ain't over because all we will have done is eliminate the overseer, not the plantation owner. And when you find out who owns the plantation, you'll be shocked!

We are fighting for the free flow and exchange of ideas and its on this foundation that we can erect a functional and intelligent culture were Black people are free and safe.

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl From Bay Shore

>>Khadija wrote

At least the AA Church Folks Gone Wild aren’t chopping off people’s heads—like the lunatics in MY faith tradition.

>LaJane Galt replied

> Luckily we “weren’t around” the Inquisition.

Let's not pass the buck. Christians aren't beheading people in the 21st century though some like the false preacher Jones are celebrating sin like posing a "beefcake" model.

By contrast, there are TOO many incidents of modern-day Muslims even in this country shooting soldiers, killing daughters for being "dishonorable, firing on homosexuals in San Francisco, and threatening blasphemous cartoonists (e.g., South Park creators) with beheadings.

I'm with you in calling out false preachers and those dumb enough to follow them, but don't let Muslims get a pass for the nuts in their camp.

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFred

Bee wrote:

Too many people in the AA church are lacking a true spiritual change. They just wrap up their same old hustlin’ ways in religious wrappings and call it being saved.

Bee,

You REALLY to read this commentary, "This Ain't It.":

http://www.urbanfaith.com/2009/10/this-aint-it.html

This blog discussion is also good:

http://online.worldmag.com/2010/03/03/is-the-black-church-really-dead/comment-page-1/#comment-530190

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFred

Wait a minute Fred...

You are using Muslim's in a general way. Remember, we are talking about Christianity as it is done in popular Black culture. There aren't any fundamentalist Muslims in popular Black culture AND the jihadi's have little impact, if any, on Black culture. And those Muslims that do have connection with Black culture stress personal and cultural reform. You cannot connect what Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Arab, Persian, or North African Muslim fundamentalists with the Black community to the exclusion of the Nation of Islam, Lost Found Nation of Islam, the Ansars, and any other muslim sects that are exclusive to the Black community.

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl From Bay Shore

@Al From Bay Shore:

You said, "The first thing we have to do is revolt against Black academia and the Civil Rights Establishment. Together, these entities form a wall against any meaningful criticism of the Black community. "

I co-sign. What are the levers of accountability (consequences that we can enforce) for these individuals? Don't folks like the fast-talking Michael Eric Dyson and Skippy Gates (who was instrumental in defending the gangsta rap portion of The Mess) already have tenure? There need to be consequences imposed for supporting The Mess/The Tyranny.

You said, "There needs to be a popular uprising in the Black community against the tyranny of the Civil Rights establishment."

I agree. What would that uprising look like? I suppose that AAs' mass general apathy toward the Civil Rights Industrial Complex could be interpreted as a passive falling away from the CRIC. But what you're talking about requires something more active. To me, that gets back to enforcing some kind of consequences for the CRIC's bad acts (which include surpressing meaningful discussion about their activities). I don't know what that might be.

In terms of the AA elected officials who preside over permanent blight and (confused) captive AA voters, I don't think that will change until more of those voters escape those permanently blighted areas.
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@Fred,

As I've said all along, I want ALL of the misleaders and criminals among the AA collective stopped and prevented from continuing with their ongoing spiritual, cultural, financial, and physical atrocities. From the false spiritual leaders to the "poverty pimp" AA politicians, to the purveyors of anti-life hip-hop, street literature, and toxic movies, AND all the gullible fools who enable them.

I don't care who they are, what faith tradition they claim to be part of, or what they say to try to justify their actions (or their enabling).

I've consistently spoken out against the nuts/criminals/enablers within my faith tradition. I've done so offline, online, and in my book. I'm not the only AA Muslim who refuses to give "Muslim" nuts/criminals/enablers a pass. There are others, I'll mention a couple of them.

Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, blog host of A Singular Voice has consistently spoken out. http://singularvoice.wordpress.com/2009/03/27/imam-mahdi-wrighty-brays-history-of-mulitiple-felonies-and-deceitall-while-being-a-muslim/

Another BM Muslim blogger (former blog host of Salifi Burnout) also spoke out. Unfortunately, the "Muslims" who support corruption and misguidance succeeded in having his blog taken down by WordPress.

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKhadija

@ Khadija

We have to tell on them. "We" meaning Black people who have a "Black" credibility. A criticism of the CRIC coming from folks like Alan Keyes or any other Black person who is percieved as being "White identified" or linked to something that is "not Black enough" will be dismissed. But if you have Black folks from Black communities issuing these complaints then folks will take notice. This is why Dyson was so quick to assail Bill Cosby. Cosby's Blackness was not only legitimate, it was a substantial part of Black culture and Dyson had to attack immediately and build his case simply because Cosby's "Black cultural credibility" had sway within the community. "Telling on them" means to go public with the foolishness that is coming from the CRIC. In a good faith gesture, approach the Black outlets first. "Final Call", "Amsterdam News", "Atlanta Daily World", Black college newspapers, Black radio, BET (yeah, I know), TV ONE, Ebony, Essence, etc. Then go to the left of center outlets: MSNBC, HuffPost, CNN, Salon, Politico, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, etc., and if all this is met with a lack of interest as well as a "radio silence", you know who will definitely pick this up. Fox News, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Rielly, Washington Times, Newsmax, etc., The reason why we go in this order is so that we can say "we tried independent Black media, then we tried the left of center media and we were ignored. There was no other choice...." This way, "telling on the CRIC" cannot be spun as an attempt by white conservatives to use Black people to discredit the civil rights philosophy. And these are the consequences, people from within the constituency of the CRIC saying that the CRIC is narcissistic and stifles legitimate critiques of popular Black culture in order to keep a power relationship that only lines the pockets of the so called Black leaders. It would be at that moment that we highlight things like Dunbar Village, Black leaders arguing that Black on Black victimization does not exist, etc. We have to embarass them AND we have to discredit them. The goal is to put these puppies to bed because they have held on to power and influence to the detriment of the Black community.

Now here is what the uprising looks like: A bunch of well informed Black people, who are certain in their beliefs attacking the CRIC in their blogs, at townhall meetings, calling in to television shows, etc., and contradicting the "damn fool" assumptions of the CRIC minstrels. In order to do this, we have to read and stay informed - constantly. Its a never ending process. So when Maxine Waters shows up at a townhall meeting, she encounters a well informed Black person who is capable of calling her out. When Boyce Watkins posts some foolishness on "The Root", someone is there to undermine his assumptions in a very effective way. When Michael Eric Dyson expects a cakewalk at some university, a Brother or Sister, from out of nowhere, backs him up, puts him on his heels, and lets people know that he just might be full of shiznit. The battlefield is the blogs, the comments section of a Newspaper, phone calls to CSPAN, any and everything. This is a guerilla war, make no mistake about it. And because this is a guerilla, the resources are limited so the brother or sister who has just got in from work knows that they can devote 25 minutes per week to posting an alternative opinion on a blog or Al Sharpton's facebook page.

The CRIC is holding on to power and we are obligated to fight this fight and take it away, not for the sake of holding power but for the sake of using it to create a free society in the Black community where ideas can be exchanged and that Black people can decide, for themselves, who are our enemies and what are our biggest problems. This is about democracy in the Black community.

June 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl From Bay Shore

@Al From Bay Shore:

Oh, I see . . . you're talking about an "open source" insurgency to delegitimize the CRIC, their bad acts, and their despotic control over "the narrative." Those are some good ideas you mentioned, thanks!

[For more about open source insurgencies, see http://www.pastpeak.com/archives/2006/01/global_guerrill.htm]

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKhadija

@ Khadija

Yes! I never had a word for it but this seems to be the type opposition or warfare to be waged against the CRIC. This allows for anyone to be their own insurgent force. It may only require for a person to dedicate 30 minutes per week towards undermining the CRIC. It can be a highly decentralized movement thus not requiring any stringent adherence to an ideology. I will say that the one common feature of these insurgents will be their motivation to create competing narratives to the one advanced by the CRIC so as to have a free flow of ideas that are devoid of having those ideas termed as either racist or "Tom-ish". The goal might be to make people free and comfortable to walk of the CRIC plantation and explore other ideas. Where the current model is "Black = Democrat", the alternative, rather than to switch to the opposing plantation, is "Black = Democrat or Republican or Libertarian or Socialist or Marxist or Conservative or Black nationalist or Capitalist...." get the idea? I think creating a model with the entire range of ideologies, and anything else, is more flexible and suggests a freedom thought and expression as a counterbalance to the CRIC tyranny.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl From Bay Shore

Are these calenders being marketed to men or women? Wink, wink with a smile--I just loves me some Noel Jones chile.

I am going to stop here. Gotta read the "True Atlanta Story," not to be confused with the "True Hollywood Story" on the founding of SCLC.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlackAchievement

@Al from Bay Shore

Actually, Black Muslims can be just as ruthless as jihadists hailing from Africa or the Middle East. Let's recall the Black Muslim group in Oakland CA who murdered a reporter because he was about to expose their secret criminal empire:

http://www.islam-watch.org/AdrianMorgan/Oakland-Black-Muslims-Murder-Torture-Fraud.htm

http://michellemalkin.com/2007/08/08/the-political-patrons-of-your-black-muslim-bakery/

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFred

@Khadija

Thank you for speaking out.

Too often, when someone exploits or blows up a non-Muslim in the name of Allah, excuses are made. This silence is based on fear of being murdered. See Oakland CA case above. So, you are very courageous for calling out these lunatics.

By the way, check out this info on this group, Muslims United To Stop Terrorism:

http://www.bookerrising.net/2009/12/nadra-enzi-op-ed-muslims-united-to-stop.html

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFred

I'm getting two -- one for home and one for work!!

Just joking. This is the funniest thing I've read in a long time.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Kayden

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