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State of Black Women in Contemporary Media

Interesting  discussion about images of Black women in media from five Black women who are creating content in the digital age. From Shadow and Act:

The below 30-minute videotaped discussion tackles the matter from the POV of active black women artists whose names you'd be familiar with, especially if you've been a reader of this blog: Issa RaeLena WaitheAshley Blaine Featherson and Numa Perrier, with Andrea Lewis moderating. Shadow and Act


Interesting tidbits about getting Black women who are not producing content for BET and VH1.  


New York Times Piece Says Ratchet Reality Televisions Shows "Humanize" Black Women

In what can only be described as link bait and an indication that writer Evette Dionne needs therapy, a passport and a clue, the New York Times published a bunch of nonsense about "wealthy" Black women on reality TV humanizing Black women back in January and somehow y'all let me miss this. 

Black women are a cash cow for cable networks. Millions of us tune in to Bravo, VH1, WE TV and the other networks that have invested in reality television franchises. It is a mutually beneficial relationship. We drive ratings, and in exchange, the networks give us a rare chance to see black women humanized in the media. New York Times Room for Debate

*Sigh* I suspect that this woman grew up in NYC and has never left a 4 block radius. To support her hypothesis,  she points to a storyline about Yandy Smith of Love and Hip Hop's boyfriend being incarcerated - did we need reality TV to tell the world Black men fo to jail and leave Black women behind? Evette doesn't mention the child rape charges that sent him to the pen. She then implies that Black women can learn about wealth from the cast members of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

The only wealth lessons you can learn from the Real Housewives is that ANYBODY can get a lease on a car or a house in Atlanta, GA. Renting isn't owning. Even owning isn't owning if the bank still holds the mortgage. 

Reality TV tends to be anti-Black woman hate propaganda, starring Black women that is watched and supported by Black women.

I hope the New York Times didn't pay Evette Dionne for this nonsense.


Black Women in Philly Beset by Murderous Purse Snatchers Cry out "Where are our men? Why Are they not protecting us?""

In defense of men, I wouldn't want any man risking his life for the contents of my handbag. Murderous hoodie-wearing men in Philadelphia are shooting and killing Black women even when the Black women give up their hand bags. And now a local activist wants to hold a rally called "Handbags 4 Peace." No, this is not a joke. A local woman in Philadelphia thinks that murderous thugs will stop slaughtering Black women if black women get together to rally. We've already begun an interesting discussion over on the Facebook fan page about the ridiculous paperwork to get a conceal and carry permit in Philadelphia.

Women across the city are having similar conversations with themselves lately, as Philadelphia reels from yet another senseless purse snatching/homicide. The latest happened early Sunday as two women left the Tropical Heat nightclub at 53rd and Market streets following a night of karaoke. Two men in hooded sweatshirts confronted the women about 2:35 a.m., took their handbags, then opened fire, killing Melissa Thomas, 29, and injuring her friend.

All because of a damn handbag.


And then later in the same article, Tyema Sanchez wins the Captain Obvious Award of the week:

"Where are our men? Why are they not protecting us?" Sanchez continued, her voice full of frustration. "Men are failing us. I feel as though we are not being protected."

Maam, I hate to break it to you, but if you have to ask, where are the men-- THEY GONE ALREADY!

In my experience, when a man is in "protective mode" around you, you don't have to go looking for him, he makes himself known without saying a word. The energy in the air changes. So Maam, you are on your own. And the sooner you realize that the calvary is not coming, the better off you'll be.

A more effective use of their time would be to gather Black women together to fill out the ridiculous paperwork to carry a concealed firearm in the City of Philadelphia.  The application includes algebra questions and there is an interpretive dance requirement ( not really, but there might as well be). 

Check out our conversation over on the Facebook fan page including walking around the street carrying an axe handle. 






Plurality of US Bobseld Team Made up of Black Women:Yay Lauryn Williams! -- Lolo Jones Trades Underside of Bus for Bobsled

Have no intention of watching the Winter Olympics, but was somewhat surprised to see the large representation of Black women on the US Bobsled team:



From Team USA:

The six women’s bobsled push athletes named to the national team include the following athletes, listed in no particular order: 2010 Olympian Emily Azevedo (Chico, Calif.), two-time World Championship medalist Katie Eberling (Palos Hills, Ill.), two-time national push champion Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.), World Indoor Champion and American record holder 100-meter hurdler Lolo Jones (Des Moines, Iowa), Army World Class Athlete Program Soldier-athlete Kristi Koplin (Cedar City, Utah), and 100-meter 2004 Olympic silver medalist and 4x100-meter relay 2012 Olympic gold medalist Lauryn Williams (Miami, Fla.).


And of course Lolo Jones is getting some early coverage, but she's good sports melodrama, so I vote we keep her.


But really Lolo, it is great to see you a part of a happy team.


New York Readers: "Belle" is Premiering in New York February 6th at the Athena Film Festival- Someone go see it for me :(

Why does New York get to have all of the fun? We've already told you about the movie Belle, about the life of a Black woman raised in the British aristocrisy. What a refreshing change of roles for Black women in historical films. Plus, I love British period films especially if they feature a young Colin Firth ( who is swiftly being replaced by Tom Hiddleston). 

Anywhoo, those of you in New York are going to have a chance to see Belle before all the rest of us next Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Athena Film Festival which is being held at Banard. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for the rest of us. 

Here are the deets:

Date: Thursday, February 6, 6:30PM

Location: Diana Center Event Oval, LL100

Director Amma Asante will join the audience for a post screening discussion.

I need some New York readers to go and then send me an email telling me about it. I will have to wait until May.

Someone at Fox Audience Strategy needs to contact me :) I can totally see a WAOD movie screening featuring scones and clotted creme and gloves- long white gloves. HA!

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