I'm not going to even bother trying to talk about anything OTHER than the inauguration of Barack Obama today :) Besides, we've got our hands full over at Michelle Obama Watch waiting on the big reveal of her ball gown. Enjoy today and marinate on this cover from The Nation. It features barack Obama and famous figures throughout history. Its pretty neat trying to pick everybody out of the illustration. iIwish they had it for purchase. The Nation has posted an answer key to help you figure out who is who.
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I was going to write about Oprah Winfrey being over 50 years old, yet still at war with her body, but I decided that my imaginary Auntie deserves a "multimedia" response from all the little Black girls of America who've been hoodwinked, brainwashed and psychologically scarred by watching Oprah's body image disorder play out on national television over the past 20 years. Anywhoo. I did want to applaud DeWayne Wickam of USA Today for Awarding Michelle Obama the American of the Year award. She deserves it! I don't care what anybody says, nobody. NOBODY too the hits that Michelle Obama took over the past 12 months, not even the candidate and she's held up well.
Perhaps in the most poignant point of the article, Wickham’s writes: “She is the well-educated black wife and mother that Hollywood won’t acknowledge and much of white America hasn’t discovered.” In a nutshell, Wickham’s statement translates into black women being unseen by some and purposely ignored by others. Either way, First Lady Elect Michelle Obama opened a dialogue that challenges mainstream media hunger for broadcasting black women in varying degrees of negative light. And clearly she can’t be ignored. Michelle Obama WatchThanks to Hawa from Facking Truth for the report.
I have a lot of irons in the fire right now, but I did want to pop in to share some interesting things I have gleaned over the past few days. First, our government has no clue about what to do in the middle of this economic downturn and appears set to make it worse and how stupid do the big automakers have to be to try to fake driving hybrid cars from Detroit to DC for their hearings? Just buy a ticket on Southwest airlines and call it a wrap. I could even tolerate first class. We're not stupid, we know you don't actually drive around in a Malibu. Accepting a 1$ salary when you get millions in other benefits isn't impressing me either. That being said, why is it that the only people walking away with BILLIONS of my tax dollars with no kicking or screaming from congress are the bankers who created this mess int he first place?? Second, yes, I have been noticing all of the African American women who appear to be on track for high profile positions in the Obama administration. I am waiting until the New Year to do a series of features on them. I, like many people, have a bit of election overload so I am paying far more attention to the waning days of the current administration and the devaluation of the dollar than I am with the poor souls who will have to try to deal with it come January 20th. Third, Carmen D from All About Race wrote a great peace called Mom Michelle Accused of "Letting the Team Down" there is a lively discussion brewing over at MOW. Fourth, I absolutely love this time of the year. Its a time for reflection and transition. One of my friends and I always make predictions about what the next year is supposed to be about. We called 2007 as a year of completion- we were right. Feel free to share your predictions or make your declarations for 2009 Fifth, I read a great article over on cnn.com about how to deal with people who always ask you for advice, but never take it. For those of you, like me, who have a "fixer" personality, its a great read. Sixth, mainstream media is SO APPARENT in their desire to see another Great Depression. Crisis is good for ratings and the MSM has perfected the craft of attempting to scare the heck out of everybody in order to boost ratings. mind you, these were the same people trumpeting the idea that if you didn't buy a house, any house. right this minute, you would be priced out FOREVER!!!! Seventh, I've said about all I am going to say about the Jennifer Hudson situation for a while. I will wait for the process to get rolling, however, I am impressed by the restraint demonstrated by the Black blogosphere because there are probably 1000 blog posts worth of writing on the Julia Hudson - William Balfour "relationship," I finally finished the new posting guidelines for Michelle Obama Watch. If you sent me an email earlier and did not receive a copy, sent an email to the MOW gmail account. If you are interested in doing a weekly post, there's plenty of posting to go around.
For all of the inane chatter comparing Michelle Obama to Jacqueline Kennedy, it looks like her run as first lady might look more like Nancy Regan's. Yesterday the top story on Drudge Report was that Barack Obama PURPORTEDLY purchased a diamond ring for his wife. This was newsworthy because the PURPORTED ring PURPORTEDLY cost a whopping $30,000. BIG MONEY! (NOT). Here are some blog reactions:
Bling bling! How generous of Obama! I’m sure this is his first step to stimulate the ailing economy and show he is a man of the people. Way to flash the cash while the rest of us are tightening our belts. True leadership! The ring costs what a lot of Americans make in a year! If you have that much excess cash, why not donate it to Michelle’s favorite charity as a thank you? What a waste! Stop the ACLU Here is another one Michelle Antoinette gets a new bauble: a diamond and rhodium ring worth over $30,000. Shown (close to actual size) above. Remember when she said Bush’s $600 rebate checks were a pittance that couldn’t even buy a nice pair of earrings? Well, now we know what sort of jewelry she’ll settle for. And it would sure take a lot of rebate checks to buy earrings to match that rhodium whopper. Which will look gorgeous when paired with any of Michelle’s signature fashion choices, made from only the finest old couches, of course. Hill Buzz,Diamonds are Michelle Antoinette’s best friends, And from Michell Malkin 2) Is it really a good idea to have let this slip just days after a Wal-Mart temporary worker died in a hyper-consumerist stampede? 3) Speaking of bad timing, is it really a good idea to be crowing about this extravagant present when — as Barack Obama so ably reminded us in campaign infomerical before Election Day — Americans are hurting in the midst of tough economic times that will only get tougher? 4) What is it with some women who feel entitled to receive lavish presents from their husbands for work that should be its own reward? Reminds me of this ridiculous “Push Present” phenomenon involving women who expect big-ticket gifts from their husbands for bearing their children (see Dr. Helen’s column here).For those that missed it, they are attempting to compare Michelle Obama to Marie Antoinette. This harkens back to Lobster-gate. I said it then I will say if again...assuming the story is true, what's the problem? Nancy Reagan When I was a wee lass I vaguely remember that the rap on Nancy Reagan was that she was materialistic and out of touch because she purchased some new china for the White House during an economic downturn. They are basically implying or outright saying the same things about MIchelle Obama. But back to the ring. You can get a $30,000 ring at Costco. Here's a Costco Ring for $94,000. You can buy it online along with those delightful blueberry muffins I love. These people are millionaires. They both graduated from Harvard Law. Michelle Obama brought home the bacon for years so that hubby could pursue his dream. Now they are both reaping the fruits of their labor. In the olden days, we used to call those kinds of partnerships "marriages". I have serious doubts about this whole $30,000 ring story. First, what jewelry designer would brag about a piddly $30,000 ring. 3,000,000, yes, but not 30,000. Second, would Barack Obama really be so careless as to purchase anything from a blabbermouth jeweler? But even if he did, there isn't anything exceptional about rich people buying jewelry. Heck Kobe Bryant purportedly spent $4 Million on a tacky yellow diamond ring. If this story is true, at least Barack Obama had the sense to pay wholesale and not retail. SO what do these stories say about us? Is it the cost of the ring during these economic times? Or is it who the ring was purchased for? Do we expect Michelle Obama to serve baked chicken leg quarters with mashed potatoes and green beans at every White House state Dinner? The truth is that there is a long history of "folks" having a problem with Black people living well and for the next four years they are goign to have two Black folks living well right in front of their eyes. The real issue isn't whether or not Barack Obama got Michelle Obama a ring from Costco. The issue is why a $30,000 ring purportedly purchased by a multimillionaire bothers people. For the record. I thought the whole $150,000 Palin wardrobe dust up was silly too. I've seen "ladies who lunch,"$150,000 is nothing to them.
It takes a very "special" Black woman to sell herself on the auction block for a two piece and a biscuit, but only a true multimedia crack head can take another Black woman and throw them up on the auction block for a side of fries. We've covered these types of dimwitted Black women on this blog before. Those idiots that cheered the acquittal of R. Kelly on ESSENCE.com. Those brain damaged miscreants who blamed a 12 year old girl for being raped by 21 men and boys. Sadists like Lauryn London who praise Black men who shoot other Black men in the head. Or the countless mothers who auction up their children to their boyfriends so they can "keep a man" while he is "messing" with their daughters or worse. Its not as if we haven't witnessed Black women who would sell another Black woman or girl down river. So I present to you our latest slave auctioneer, one Erin Aubrey Kaplan who decided to throw Michelle Obama up on the auction block so she could be one of the "cool Black kids" this week over at Salon.com So apparently Erin Aubrey Kaplan , handmaiden of misogyny ,decided to sell MIchelle Obama's behind. LITERALLY! Fresh off of her dazzling interview on 60 Minutes- demonstrating intellect, dignity, and class, Salon.com decided it was necessary to bring Michelle Obama down to size by comparing her to the women in Sir Mic-A-lot video "Baby Got Back." To carry out their dirty work to make sure that Black women are bereft of many images of themselves NOT viewed through the lens of the Regime of Bullets Booty and Bling, Salon acquired the services of Erin Aubry Kaplan to write this hack job called First lady got back:An Appreciation for Michelle Obama's Beauty and Booty.
[W]hat really thrills me, what really feels liberating in a very personal way, is the official new prominence of Michelle Obama. Barack's better half not only has stature but is statuesque. She has corruscating intelligence, beauty, style and -- drumroll, please -- a butt. (Yes, you read that right: I'm going to talk about the first lady's butt.) Erin Aubry KaplanOh really? Is your self esteem so damaged. Your intellect so limited. Your creativity so lacking that the most exciting thing about Michelle Obama, a Princeton and Harvard graduate, mother of two and corporate executive is her "booty?" Did all your buddies over at Salon.com tell you how clever you were? Did you feel like the very special clever Black person Erin? Did you get a gold star? I hope they paid you more than $1.25 per word, because surely selling Michelle Obama down river by chopping her up into pieces, marginalizing and dehumanizing her was worth more than a two piece and a biscuit. It gets worse.
As I gradually relaxed, as Michelle strode onto more stages and people started focusing on her clothes and presence instead of her patriotism, it dawned on me -- good God, she has a butt! "Obama’s baby (mama) got back," wrote one feminist blogger. "OMG, her butt is humongous!" went a typical comment on one African-American online forum, and while it isn't humongous, per se, it is a solid, round, black, class-A boo-tay. Try as Michelle might to cover it with those Mamie Eisenhower skirts and sheath dresses meant to reassure mainstream voters, the butt would not be denied. Salon.comSo in other words, you sat idly by while Michelle Obama was objectified and marginalized and did nothing, in fact you celebrated it, then you trotted it out for Salon.com so everyone else could join in on your dysfunction? I feel like Ms. Sophia is The Color Purple "Allll my liiiiife I've had to fight...."
Now we'll all be able to wear leggings to board meetings; we'll sport pencil skirts sans the long jackets meant to cover the offending rear at big conferences where we have to make a good impression. It turns out that Sir Mix-A-Lot, he of "Baby Got Back" fame, was not a novelty but a prophet. Who knew? Give that guy a Cabinet post. Erin Aubry KaplanTake me now Lord! Take. Me. Now! She wants to give Sir Mix-A-Lot a cabinet post for bringing us this: Erin Aubry Kaplan is what my friends and I like to call "Simple." You know like the Mama who leaves her daughter down stairs with two teenage boys and doesn't come running when here baby is screaming . We all know women like Erin Aubry Kaplan. Maybe their fathers didn't love them enough or they were teased as children. Like the stripper who recruited a 12 year old girl to come dance in the club.They may be "simple," but they are indeed dangerous. Simple Black women always manage to survive unscathed, but everything around them ends up scorched. Which is why they are to be avoided like the plague. Erin Aubry Kaplan is one of those Black people. The ones that give others permission do dehumanize us. Like DL Hughley who went on the Tonight Show to assure America that is was okay to consider Black women ugly. Or Nas who runs around assuring others its okay to refer to Black people as N*ggers. Or this girl who assures her white friends that it is okay to dress up as Klansmen for Halloween. Yes Erin Aubry Kaplan in another time would have been the sister who ran to tell Miss Pitty Pat that Lil' Harriet Tubman was planning to run away that evening in hopes that Miss Pitty Pat would let Lil' Erin sleep in the big house that night. Simple! This means Erin is going to get a LOT of work over the next four years, because there is always room in the Big House for women like Erin Aubry Kaplan... until Erin gets sold down river. Simple! You can read my more sedate response to this foolishness over at Michelle Obama Watch.