Black Actress and White Boyfriend “Showing Affection”; Mistaken for “Ho” and “Trick” by LAPD.

wattsOh, it’s all over the news about Daniele Watts and her boyfriend Brian James Lucas, better known as celebrity chef Cheffy Be*Live (rolling my eyes), being harassed by LAPD this weekend.  And I just watched the CNN live interview this morning. Honestly, I do think it was racial profiling.  I also think I would have done the same thing in her situation.  But what were they doing in that car????

Daniele is sticking to her story that she was “showing affection.” Very vague. They were showing so much affection that someone called the cops! And they called 911–this is an emergency??  I hate LA.  I don’t think D and Cheffy were having sex, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a BJ was involved. Or a handjob.  She was, however, talking to her father on the phone when the police showed up…so there’s that. *eyebrow raise* Things that make you go hmmmmm.

Who knows what they were doing, but Cheffy Be*Live gave the best run down of the situation. [The police] “saw a tatted RAWKer white boy and a hot bootie shorted black girl and thought we were a HO & a TRICK .” End Quote. Love it.

Do you think it was pure racial profiling?
Do you think there were some lewd acts going on in the car?
Do you think it was a little of both?

Maya Angelou Dies at 86. #RIPMayaAngelou

maGood bye, Maya.  Thank you for your wisdom, your grace, your words, and your love.

 

 

 

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Michael Sam’s Gay Swirl Kiss #MichaelSam #TheSwirl

michaelsMichael Sam was so happy to be drafted by the St. Louis Rams this past Saturday that he turned around and kissed his little Italian BF Vito on the lips…on ESPN.  And the crowd went wild!  All the haters ran to their twitter accounts, including Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones who tweeted “horrible” and “OMG” after the kiss aired. The Dolphins have since made a statement  supporting Michael Sam and denouncing Jones’s comments.  And Jones of course has apologized and deleted his tweets, but he wasn’t the only “phobe” to sling the hate.  Other NFL players piped up, but they were quickly smacked down by both ESPN and the NFL, who have found a bevy of marketing potential in Michael Sam. Notice how every time someone mentions Michael Sam they state that he is gay?  Yeah. No one calls out that he’s black, or cute, but they make is a point to say he is gay.  “Openly gay football player Michael Sam” might as well be his government name.  Michael has become the Kim Kardashian if the NFL and they are going to milk him for all he is worth.  Regardless of the hype, history has been made. Congrats to Michael Sam for being the first openly gay draft pick—we say openly because you know half of the NFL is in the closet—and congrats on his italian swirlly swirl.

Your Favorite Interracial Family is Back! #GeneralMillsAd #SuperBowlXLVII

uptown-cheerios-just-checkingLast year General Mills horrified consumers with its Cheerios commercial featuring an interracial couple and their mixed daughter. The racist out cry was so bad that General Mills killed the commercial.  But soon after, GM had a change of heart (nobody bullies GM!) and re-ran the offending commercial, silencing the racists once and for all! (not quite, but GM gained a ton of respect from the non-racist team.)

This year General Mills is going to destroy all the racists with the cuteness of that biracial little girl in a sequel, during the Super Bowl! It’s genius! Chicken wings will drop from mouths and beer will spurt from racist noses.  Surely some will faint in their ranch dip when they see so much interracial love on the big screen.  You can read a full write-up on the new commercial here.

I can’t wait for game day. When that 30 second ad comes on, I will be standing and clapping loudly! 

 

 

 

American Eagle get’s “REAL.” #UnretouchedAds #AerieREAL

o-AMERICAN-EAGLE-UNRETOUCHED-570American Eagle Outfitters has launched a Spring 2014 campaign using un-airbrushed / un-retouched ads. It’s a powerful statement about body image from a brand who’s demographic is 15-21 year old girls-that age range when your body and all of it’s changes is still a bit of a mystery.  Kudos AE.  With more campaigns like these, I hope our young ladies can shake off that feeling of being flawed, and realize that they are flawless.

Read a full article and see some more un-retouched pics on Huff Post.

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NEWSFLASH:Diveristy Is The New Black

diversityA few days ago, MSN and online media company Interactive One held an event at the 40/40 club to celebrate their partnership and MSN’s foray into our burgeoning multicultural world.  Isn’t funny how companies actually need help to find us?  According to IO’s Chief Content Officer, census data shows that minorities will be the majority in the near future. This is only a newsflash to those in denial.  I won’t say which race I am taking about, but they are paler than me. Check out more details here at Honeymag.com

I can ignore “Kimye” no longer #theinterracialKenandBarbie

As someone who is biracial, who champions interracial relationships, and just published an essay on “the swirl,” I should be ecstatic about the whole Kim and Kanye “Kimye”thing.  Sadly I can’t stand either of them, which is why it has taken me so long to comment, but as I follow the blogs I can see some positives.  Kim has finally found someone as shallow and attention seeking as herself. And Kayne is once again f*cking a walking talking fashion magazine;one full of gloss with no interesting articles or opinions. They are like the black and white Ken and Barbie.  I imagine they talk about fashion and…well that’s about it.  They are actually perfect for each other, which is so damn hard to find, so congrats to them both.

For Trayvon;For us All. #millionhoodies #Vigils4Trayvon

This is my best friend Lovett.  He is an educated, professional, creative black man who wears hoodies-even when it’s not raining.  Lovett just had a baby boy; a beautiful brown skinned child who will one day be a teenager who wears hoodies.   Wearing a hoodie shouldn’t make you a suspect. Being black shouldn’t make your life expendable.  I pray for justice for Trayvon Martin.  I pray for justice for us all. 

March.Sign.Participate HERE.