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Jul232007

BREAKING NEWS! - BET Changes "Hot Ghetto Mess" to "We Got to Do Better"

Special Edition of the Black Women's Roundtable at 12:30 CST 1:30 EST


There was a back channel of communication opened Friday with BET. A third-party indicated that BET was on their knees and didn't know what to do. I never spoke directly with anyone, but gave the third-party a list of alternatives including changing the name to " We Got To Do Better." (scroll down THE PAGE HAS BEEN MOVED- BET, Don't make me have to resort to screen captures AGAIN! Okay, here is the new page where you can see the page description for WE Got to Do Better. I also got a screen capture this time.) Well BET took the lamest option that they could and changed the name.

"We Got To Do Better" (WGTDB) is an entertaining, tongue-in-cheek examination of the good, the bad and the ugly of Black popular culture. Utilizing comedy, man-on-the-street interviews, video clips, pictures and music, WGTDB aims to shine a spotlight on prevalent images in pop culture and examine what role they play in the American lifestyle. WGTDB goes where most shows fear to tread! As host Charlie Murphy guides you through booties shaking, thug life, baby mamas and pimped out high schoolers, HWGTDB will explore what the prevalence of these images in the media and on-line really means to all of us. Cutting edge, original, relevant and irreverent, WGTDB is like the traffic accident you can’t look away from. Viewers will laugh, they'll cry, they'll think, they'll learn and hopefully recognize ... we've GOT to do better."
HA! DO yall see where somebody was using the find and replace function to chance HGM with WGTDB? They left on the "H". Notice "car wreck" has been changed to "traffic" accident. Black Exploitation Television: All style. No substance.

Changing the name and dropping the logo does three important things. First, it severs the show from that abominable and disgusting website and does not further promote it ( THAT was their Achilles heel. The content of the website was indefensible). Second, it prevents normalizing the application of the term “Hot Ghetto Mess” to poor Black folk through the use of cable television. Third, it prevents the use of a blackface cartoon as a promotional tool.



Any advertiser that is going to be foolhardy enough to advertise on this show, whatever the name, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERY CLIP, EVERY PHOTO, EVERY JOKE that appears anywhere NEAR your commercial. You will not be able to say that YOU HAD NO IDEA. IGNORANCE will not be treated as an excuse and Foolishness will be punished SEVERELY!


I have got to think about that. Weigh in folks weigh in. " Technically" "Hot Ghetto Mess" is "Hot Ghetto Gone."

Dial In Number (646) 478-4750. Listen live at blogtalkradio.com/black women. at 12:30PM.

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Sunday
Jul222007

DL Hughley FINALLY Admitting to Feeling the Heat

So the man responsible for the whole HGM Mess finally realizes he is up a creek after he attacked the Rutgers basketball team on The Tonight Show when he said a group of Black women were some of the ugliest women he had ever seen in his life. Now he sits down with Sister 2 Sister Magazine to try to explain himself. He wasn't explaining last month when he was unrepentant. What a difference a month and his buddy Charlie possibly getting his show pulled makes?

He's been catching hell ever since the Ft. Worth protest initiated by Black blogger Eddie Griffin after he read about Hughley on this site. I have information that Mr. Hughley is about to catch ALOT more hell, but I can't talk about that right now. But y'all ain't seen NOTHING yet. The Ft. Worth protest is going to seem like a trip to Disney World.

Y'all this is working. Can you feel it? Do you believe?

Thanks Pastor Tatum!

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Sunday
Jul222007

Tell Kathy Hughes to Put TV One on I-tunes

I have my own issues with Radio One and we can discuss those on another occasion, but recently I was curious about alternative programming for African Americans. Now TV One definitely targets grown Black folk. They recently put up a broadband channel and offer clips of their original programming. Y’all it will make you cry. Just a sputtering mess! I was like OMG where have you been all my life.

They have four channels, Comedies, News, Lifestyle, and Gospel. Click on the Video Tab at the top of the page and then select a channel.

Comedies- reruns (skip it)

News - You know cable news thinks that there are only THREE black folks who can articulate a thought on camera: Rev. Al, Rev. Jackson, and Oprah. Well This channel has amazing commentary and interviews, and Documentaries. The only drawback is my favorite preacher even has a show called Sharp Talk, but I will let that slide. UPDATE: Out of curiosity, I decided to watch the Sharp Talk clips, they actually are good as well. Rev. AL actually lets his guests talk and what they have to say about police brutality, colorism, and Hip Hop is compelling.

Gospel - Y’all it will make you cry, cry I tell ya. You know how ABC had Extreme Home Makeover? Well TV One has a show called Divine Restoration. They remodel older black churches.

Lifestyle - The big draw however, is the lifestyle channel. Michelle Singletary has her own show talking about finances ( no, buying diamond encrusted gold fronts REALLY ain’t a prudent financial decision) She has this amazing clip where she is talking about child support. They have a cooking show and some lifestyle programming, but the best show to me has got to be Black Men Revealed.

You will find Black Men Revealed clips on the Gospel, Lifestyle, and News channels. Sisters! OMG! Just. Just. OMG You gotta see this show.

I would sooo pay .99 to download the entire episodes onto my I-pod. Y’all e-mail Kathy and tell her to upload full episodes on to I-tunes for those of us who don’t have Comcast Cable.

Sisters, go watch that Black Men Revealed show.

Whereas a certain other cable network makes us want to shake our heads in disbelief, TV ONE make you want to hold your head up high.

You can send them e-mail through a viewer contact form.

It is so nice to be able to post about something other than a certain show on a certain network that shall not be mentioned again until Monday morning on this blog.

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Sunday
Jul222007

PLEASE CALL the WASHINGTON POST and ask for the OMBUDSMAN

Thank you guys who all e-mailed Paul Farhi about his fluff piece of an article about JAM Donaldson. Mr Farhi responded to my e-mails as well and he is clueless about the opposition. To make matters WORSE, the POST has seen fit to host Donaldson on their Washington Post Chat tomorrow at 11:00ET. You can best be darn tooting sure that MS. Gina will be participating. I took the whole week off to battle this foolishness. Join me in challenging MS Donaldson tomorrow. Y'all know how I roll so THAT OUGHT TO BE INTERSTING.

Call and ask for the ombudsman they will transfer you to her voicemail and leave a message. Maybe if enough of us e-mail and tell her about Paul Farhi's reply e-mails they will do something. He was clueless that the African American community is on the brink of a civil war between those Black folks with commonsense and those without. 202.334.6000 or 800.627.1150. Leave her your name and e-mail address with a contact telephone number.

FYI, Newsweek did their very own hatchet job on those of us who are opposed to the airing of "Hot Ghetto Mess' This author is even more ignorant and obtuse and didn't try to speak to ANYONE in opposition to the show before calling us names. If I had Newsweek's phone number I would call there too. Joshua Alston said the following about US:

But whereas BET hopes to expose the germs to direct sunlight with "Hot Ghetto Mess," those who oppose the show want to act like the mayor who's expecting a visit from the Olympic committee: keep the riff-raff out of sight so people will forget they exist.


Well I guess we have to at least thank the Washingtonpost for not attacking the critics of the show. Alston is completely and totally clueless and hasn't read an inch on What About Our Daughters? There is a difference between taking a child to the woodshed to whip em with a belt and taking them to the woodshed to beat them with a 2X4 and then parading them through town so that everyone can see their bruises. This isn't about covering up anything. This is about gratuitous exploitation and greed Mr. Alston. Get your analogies right next time. If you need help, call me. I'm good at em. ( Except for "Star Wars" analogies apparently. LOOKING at you OMI!)

Big UPs! To Howard's student paper, The Hilltop. They are college students, but at least THEY have a clue unlike Newsweek and the Washington Post.

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Sunday
Jul222007

See What Happens When you Promote Blackface?


For those who don't think that blackface is a big deal, check out these UNICEF ads running over in Europe. IF UNICEF could get this wrong. imagine the carnage that would be caused with something like "Hot Ghetto Mess."

Sweet JESUS! It is not all fun and games people and they are not going to get our inside joke. Thank you AA Political Pundit for letting me post about something other than HGM. Its been like two weeks.

AA Political Pundit didn't just whine about these post on his blog, he contacted UNICEF! And guess what? They pulled the ads! Sound familiar? Folks I promise you it really aint that complicated. When an advertiser is confronted with pictures of their own stupidity, the sane ones admit a mistake and move on.

This is the POWER of Black bloggers in action. How many more of you need to be convinced that this is a new day in blogging activism in the African American community?

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