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Larry Wilmore and the “N” vs “N” Word Controversy

Larry Wilmore did comedy at the National Press Corps Dinner a few days ago. As you would expect, his comedy was a bit on the edgy side. At the end of his session he turned to President Obama and said something out of respect and endearment that not only got the racist right wing press up in arms…But some of the apparently less hip left wing press.

This particularly was a shot by Larry at the right-wing racist press who has tried to tarnish and question President Obama’s authenticity and blackness. Too bad some folks didn’t “Get It”.

 

WATCH: Larry Wilmore rips into Piers Morgan for criticizing his use of “n*gga” at the White House Correspondents Dinner

On Monday night’s edition of The Nightly Show, host Larry Wilmore addressed some of the criticisms of his performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner — in particular, Piers Morgan calling him out for addressing President Obama as “my n*gga.”

According to Morgan, Wilmore said “Yo, Barry, you did it my n*gger!” But that’s not what Wilmore said, as he explained. “He thinks I called the president a ‘n*gger’? I don’t believe I said that.”

“Piers, you did not properly conjugate that slur,” he said. “N*gger is the word white people use to denigrate, demean, and dehumanize black people.”

“N*gga,” however, “is a term of endearment some black people use between each other to take back that power.”

Wilmore also pointed out that Morgan wrote that “Larry, you’re not a n****r and nor is Barack Obama,” to which he replied — “I know! Stop calling us that! Conjugate the slur!”

The entire Larry Wilmore speech is here –

For those of you interested in the history of black lexicons, the term “Nigga” was first widely popularized as a term of reverse endearment in Curtis Mayfield’s Soundtrack for black exploitation film “Super Fly”, in the song “Pusherman”, where the protagonists claim the word as their own.

 

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Giant Negros, The Post-Racial Life

 

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Black Kids Kicked out of Australia Apple Store…”Because you might steal something”

Couple of black kids, well dressed in their school uniforms – kicked out of an Apple Store in Australia…For being black.

Apple Store In Australia Kicks Out Black Teens, Face Racism Accusations

One of the teens posted a video of the incident on Facebook, captioned “Simply Racism.”

Apple was facing accusations of racism in Australia on Thursday after a group of black teenagers was asked to leave a store in Melbourne when a staffer expressed concern they would shoplift.

The backlash against the technology giant began after one of the teens posted a video of Tuesday’s incident on his Facebook page, captioning it: “Simply Racism.”

In the video, a staffer is heard telling the teens: “These guys are just a bit worried about your presence in our store. They’re just worried you might steal something.”

“Why would we steal something?” one of the teens asks.

“End of discussion,” the staffer replies. “I need to ask you to leave our store.”

The six teens, who are 10th grade students at nearby Maribyrnong College and are of African or Middle Eastern descent, did nothing to prompt the ejection, said principal Nick Scott, who spoke with the students about the incident.

“What those boys were doing in that Apple store was no different to what every other kid does in that Apple store, which is fawning over really cool devices, playing with them, taking photos of each other,” Scott said. “Just kids being kids and certainly being no different to quite a few other kids at the time.”

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The teens believe they were targeted solely because of the color of their skin, Scott said.

“I’m inclined to agree there was an implicit kind of racist response that just generalized an expectation of how they would behave,” he said.

 

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2015 in The Definition of Racism, The New Jim Crow

 

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Controversy Casting a White MLK in a PLay

Another one off the deep end. Kent University college production of “To The Mountaintop” has cast a white actor to play MLK to the inevitable chorus of protest by both the playwright and some others.

I seriously am not feeling this. First, because those of you familiar with the hottest play on Broadway right now, “Hamilton”…

Where a majority of the main actors are minorities, who play Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr, Marquis De Lafayette, James Madison – and the music is delivered in Hip-Hop. Black folks and Hispanic folks playing dead white guys who were part of the Founding Fathers of our country.

Having read a lot of MLKs work, I have never seen anything as part of his vision that we should segregate on any basis, including the race of an actor. Nor were the objectives of his work limited to just freedom for black folks. It’s a play, dammit! I would imagine the howls if they put him in blackface…To be more “historically accurate”.

Ohio college production casts white actor as Martin Luther King Jr. in biographical play

Kent University production of Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop featured a white and black actor, which Hall says was ‘disrespectful’ and a ‘disservice’

The casting of a white actor as Martin Luther King in an Ohio university production of Katori Hall’s acclaimed play The Mountaintop was “a disservice to not just Dr King but an entire community”, the playwright has said.

Hall wrote an essay for the African American cultural website the Root on Monday about Kent State University’s production of her play, which dramatizes the night before King was assassinated in 1968.

Hall told the Guardian that director Michael Oatman’s decision to double-cast the six-show production with a black actor and a white actor as King went “deeper than just casting a white man in the role of MLK”.

“I just really feel as though it echoes this pervasive erasure of the black body and the silencing of a black community — theatrically and also, literally, in the world,” she said.

Oatman, who like Hall is black, said in a statement in August promoting the play that he chose a white actor for the production “to explore the issue of racial ownership and authenticity”.

“I didn’t want this to be a stunt, but a true exploration of King’s wish that we all be judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin,” Oatman said. “I wanted the contrast … I wanted to see how the words rang differently or indeed the same, coming from two different actors, with two different racial backgrounds.”

Oatman did not respond to a request for comment, but Hall said she had a respectful phone call with the director about a month after he staged the play at the university’s Department of Pan-African Studies’ African Community Theatre from late September to early October.

She said that Oatman did not discuss the decision to use a white actor with her before the play ran and called the decision “disrespectful”.

Hall said she thought that if a director was going to experiment like Oatman did, then they should include a discussion with the audience or create another forum to measure the success of such an exercise.

“With a playwright’s intention being dangerously distorted, Oatman’s experiment proved to be a self-serving and disrespectful directing exercise for a paying audience,” Hall wrote.

Hall learned about Oatman’s decision to use a white actor in the production after the show had closed. She immediately notified her agent, who contacted the theatre licensing service Dramatists Play Service, which then wrote to the university questioning its decision.

Since the Kent State University production ran, Hall has adjusted The Mountaintop’s licensing agreement to say: “Both characters are intended to be played by actors who are African-American or Black. Any other casting choice requires the prior approval of the author.”

She said that the issue of representation is a common discussion topic for theatremakers of color, but rarely gets attention beyond that community. The decision to cast a white man as one of the country’s best known civil rights figures, however, changed that.

“I feel as though a lot of theatermakers were a bit appalled at the choice that the director made – and that it was supported so wholeheartedly by the institution,” Hall said. “So it was really a moment to talk about playwright intention, but to then, beyond that, talk about much bigger issues, about not only being a black artist but also being a black person in America.”

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2015 in The Definition of Racism

 

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Nina Simone “Biopic” Controversy

This is a strange one. A “biopic” done by RLJE, whose chairman (and BET founder) is Robert L. Johnson somehow cast a HIspanic woman to play the lead role as iconic singer Nina Simone. Not that Zoe Saldana is a bad, or unqualified actress – but the role seems to be a major, major stretch.

Starting with Zoe, vs two shots of Nina –

Now…Apparently with the help of makeup and prosthetics, Zoe looks like this in the movie…

Not seeing any resemblance at all here folks…

Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana to be released in December

The long-anticipated Nina Simone biopic, starring Zoe Saldana as the iconic singer-songwriter and civil rights activist, is finally coming to theaters.

RLJ Entertainment announced that it has acquired North American rights to Nina, and the film will be released this December.

“I had the special privilege early in my career of working with Ms. Simone while coordinating a performance for former D.C. Delegate Walter E. Fauntroy and knowing first-hand of her major contribution to the soul and emotion of the Civil Rights Movement,” RLJE chairman and BET founder Robert L. Johnson said in a statement. “I look forward as I am sure many others will, to her story and legacy being made available by RLJ Entertainment to consumers on various media platforms in the coming months.”

Written and directed by newcomer Cynthia Mort, Nina follows the rise of the legendary American vocalist, a 15-time Grammy nominee known for iconic standards like “My Baby Just Cares For Me,” “Feeling Good,” and “To Be Young Gifted and Black.” Her struggles to balance her career and her activism left her living alone in France, feeling isolated from her own country. It was there that she met Clifton Henderson (David Oyelowo), who became her assistant.

Nina’s release has been delayed for several years, with casting changes, public controversy, and even a lawsuit. Mary J. Blige was originally attached to star as Simone back in 2010, but she dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. She was replaced by Saldana, but some criticized the new casting, saying that Saldana, who is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, was too petite and light-skinned to play Simone. The film’s release was delayed further when Mort herself filed a lawsuit against the production company last year.

Simone’s daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, has also criticizedNina, choosing instead to work on this year’s Netflix documentary about her mother, What Happened, Miss Simone? 

Quite frankly, other than in vocal talent – I am not even feeling it on Mary J. Blige playing NIna…But at least Blige’s sultry voice puts her one step ahead of Zoe, who is not a singer.

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2015 in Music, From Way Back When to Now

 

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Virginia Police Try to Bully Local Business Over BLM Sign

The daughter of the owner of a local business displayed a BLM sign in her window of the house she owns near the business.

The local Fairfax Police go bats**t crazy.

The business is a very popular Farm Stand, which has expanded with numerous attractions for the kids and family, including hay rides and a Halloween festival. The area in Centreville is about 90% white, and is a suburb of Washington, DC. The FCPF, which is well funded, trained, and supported by the community has recently been involved in several scandals, including tasering a mentally ill man who was surrenderingticketing cars on private property while awaiting repairs at auto shops to meet inspection, and an officer indicted for shooting an unarmed man. So the County, which operates a School System and Police Force larger than all but a handful of major cities has had issues.

Virginia cops try to bully family farm over ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign – but ignite furious backlash instead

A local police union in Virginia was up in arms because of a Black Lives Matter sign posted in the window of a residence, WUSA reports.

The Fairfax Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 77 called for the boycott of Cox Farms because they mistakenly believed the family business had posted the sign. The sign was in fact posted in the window of a home near the property which is the residence of one of the business owners’ family members.

The Fairfax FOP called the sign “disturbing and disappointing” in a Facebook post, which they later deleted due to outcry.

“This is a time in which law enforcement is the target for criticism for almost everything they do and officers are constantly questioned by the public and the media without the benefit of all the facts,” the post read. “The presence of this sign at Cox’s Farms helps perpetuate this kind of behavior and judgment. I know you have heard it about a million times but the truth is that ‘All Lives Matter.’”

The post said Cox Farms is a local family attraction for things like picking out pumpkins and taking tractor rides. The FOP urged the boycott of the farm, saying the sign was inflammatory and targeted police with “baseless criticism.”

Gina Cox, who owns Cox Farms, said her daughter has the right to post any sign she wants in her home.

“It’s her private property and she can put up any political sign she wants to in her yard,” she told WUSA. “We treasure our relationship with our local police force, it’s not anything against them at all.”

The FOP was accused of bullying the business by anti-police brutality activists.

“The Facebook post they made, which was removed because of the unprecedented public outrage towards their attempt to bully a local landmark and beloved destination, further reinforces the lack of trust in the Fairfax County Police Department,” Mike Curtis, with the organization CopBlock, told the station.

Brad Carruthers, FOP president, said he took the post down because it was the “wiser course of action.”

“The phrase ‘black lives matter,’ which was initially associated with the positive intentions of creating better connections within communities and encouraging education and dialogue on issues of race, has unfortunately also been used more recently to incite violence against law enforcement officers, which is why it has negative connotations for us,” Caruthers wrote. “My hope is that the situation will improve and we will forge better bonds and a better partnership within our communities.”

A Black Lives Matter activist said saying the phrase has been co-opted is just propaganda.

“It’s not an attack on individual officers; it’s a movement to highlight the structural oppression Black people face in this country,” BLM activist Erika Totten said to WUSA. “When Black men, women and children are dying in the street at the hands of a law enforcement officer every 28 hours, when most of the people incarcerated are there for non violent crimes, when a Black boy can be assaulted for using the ATM and for making gentrifies uncomfortable, how can we not begin the conversation on how to eradicate racial bias in our criminal justice system.”

In the end, Caruthers admitted that black lives matter.

“We do believe in Black Lives Matter,” he said. “The fact of the matter is, and I know it’s a cliché of all lives matter, but we want to work with the communities to strengthen community trust.”

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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First Houston…Now London

Four black women, upscale club in London…

No admission.

What Went Down The Night 4 Black Women Were Denied Entry At A UK Nightclub

A group of black women claim that the club denied their friends entry for being “too dark” and “overweight.”

Men and women across the United Kingdom are speaking out about a popular upscale London nightclub that allegedly denied entry to a group of four black women on Saturday night for being “too dark” and “overweight.”

Zalika Miller, 26, told The Huffington Post that a promoter for the club invited her friend Lin Mei, 29, to DSTRKT — a West End night club frequented by high-profile celebrities — for a party Saturday night. In a statement Miller provided to HuffPost on behalf of the group, Mei said that she told the promoter that she wanted to bring three friends. Mei, who is biracial, said he asked what her friends looked like. 

“He made reference to black girls, being harder to gain entry,” Mei said.  So she sent photos of her friends to the promoters.

“He said, you know, if you’re going to bring dark skin girls, they need to be extra hot so Lin basically sent in the pictures to say, look, my friends are hot, they’re pretty,” Miller said. “He saw the pictures so I guess he basically gave his approval to say ‘yea come down.'”

Miller and Mei, who said they had been the club on prior occasions, arrived early that evening along with their friends Tasha Campbell, 28, and Reshia McFarlame-Tapping, 27. Mei said they arrived on the earlier side, around 10 p.m., to ensure they would be able to get in. Instead, they were denied entry.

They allege that security told them that the table for the promoter they were in contact with was at capacity, though Mei said it was her understanding that he hadn’t arrived yet. They claim they raised the issue to the promoter when they noticed other women enter after they were denied, who told them that club staff at the entry were lying. Mei said in the statement:

“[He] then called me and stated Ugo Allessio [the manager, according to Mei] needs to see all girls so line up across the road against the wall so he can see what sort of girls they are and what they looked like. When I told the girls they were disgusted.”

Mei said after the promoter spoke with the door person to try to get them in, he told her they were denied entry because her friends were “too dark” and “overweight:”

Men and women across the United Kingdom are speaking out about a popular upscale London nightclub that allegedly denied entry to a group of four black women on Saturday night for being “too dark” and “overweight.”

Zalika Miller, 26, told The Huffington Post that a promoter for the club invited her friend Lin Mei, 29, to DSTRKT — a West End night club frequented by high-profile celebrities — for a party Saturday night. In a statement Miller provided to HuffPost on behalf of the group, Mei said that she told the promoter that she wanted to bring three friends. Mei, who is biracial, said he asked what her friends looked like. 

“He made reference to black girls, being harder to gain entry,” Mei said.  So she sent photos of her friends to the promoters.

“He said, you know, if you’re going to bring dark skin girls, they need to be extra hot so Lin basically sent in the pictures to say, look, my friends are hot, they’re pretty,” Miller said. “He saw the pictures so I guess he basically gave his approval to say ‘yea come down.'”

Miller and Mei, who said they had been the club on prior occasions, arrived early that evening along with their friends Tasha Campbell, 28, and Reshia McFarlame-Tapping, 27. Mei said they arrived on the earlier side, around 10 p.m., to ensure they would be able to get in. Instead, they were denied entry.

They allege that security told them that the table for the promoter they were in contact with was at capacity, though Mei said it was her understanding that he hadn’t arrived yet. They claim they raised the issue to the promoter when they noticed other women enter after they were denied, who told them that club staff at the entry were lying. Mei said in the statement:

“[He] then called me and stated Ugo Allessio [the manager, according to Mei] needs to see all girls so line up across the road against the wall so he can see what sort of girls they are and what they looked like. When I told the girls they were disgusted.”

Mei said after the promoter spoke with the door person to try to get them in, he told her they were denied entry because her friends were “too dark” and “overweight:”

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2015 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Walton County, Florida — Out With the Old confederate flag…In With the New

Well…At least the new flag is more historically accurate…

The “Old” confederate flag , supporting slavery, Jim Crow, and racism…

This  county in Florida has come up with a “solution” to the confederate flag debate.

County Removes Confederate Flag, Replaces It With Another Confederate Flag

In the wake of the reignited controversy over the Confederate battle flag, Walton County, Florida, voted Tuesday to remove the flag from the county courthouse grounds — only to replace it with a different Confederate flag.

“It’s perplexing how this is perceived as any compromise,” Daniel Uhlfelder, a key force in the local movement to have the flag taken down, told The Huffington Post.

He said he’s been working with community leaders and organizations like the NAACP to get the flag removed since 2002. After South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the battle flag’s removal from South Carolina Capitol grounds, Uhlfelder and others pressured their county officials to follow suit.

The “new” confederate flag supporting slavery, Jim Crow, and racism….

The battle flag used by the Army of Northern Virginia has flown on the lawn of the Walton County Courthouse in DeFuniak Springs since 1964 — the year President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The flag was positioned next to a Civil War monument. County commissioners voted 4-0 to replace that flag with the traditional “stars and bars” that was the first official flag of the Confederate States of America.

The county wanted to put up a version of that flag with 13 stars, but one wasn’t immediately available, County Public Information Officer Louis Svehl told HuffPost. On Wednesday, they put up a version with seven stars as a temporary stand-in.

“The soil of Walton County has been enriched with the blood and sweat of the people who came before every one of us, some who fought and died in the war between the states,” Commissioner Sara Comander said prior to the vote, the Tampa Bay Times reported. “I want to honor all of those who came before us, but I also want to be cognizant of those that the present flag seems to offend.”

The previous flag has a unique link to mid-20th-century segregation that the “stars and bars” does not. However, it’s just as divisive.

“They replaced a symbol of segregation with a symbol of slavery and secession,” Uhlfelder said.

“Diet Coke and Coke are still the same thing: a Coke product,” his wife and fellow activist, Michelle Uhlfelder, said in an email. “The Confederate flag and the Confederate battle flag on Walton County’s Courthouse lawn endorse the same statement: this County does not believe in equal rights for all within the halls of justice.”

Daniel Uhlfelder pointed to research by Florida State University psychologist Joyce Ehrlinger from 2008 that suggests exposure to the Confederate flag increases racial prejudice. “When you go into a courthouse, you shouldn’t have your prejudice amplified,” he said.

Why would this happen, you ask?

A quick look at Walton County’s demographics according to Wiki…

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 40,601 people, 16,548 households, and 11,120 families residing in the county. Thepopulation density was 38 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 29,083 housing units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.41% White, 6.98% Black or African American, 1.28% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.75% from other races, and 2.09% from two or more races. 2.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic Other
2012 75.9% 23.3% 1.5%
2008 72.1% 26.4% 1.5%
2004 73.2% 25.9% 0.9%
2000 66.5% 30.8% 2.7%

‘Nuf said.

 

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