2006-05-22

Interracial Book Review

Over the past week or so I have read four books. Yes, I read. It is a hobby I have had since a child. The books I have read in the last week all have the same theme. Interracial relationships dealing with black women and white men. Obviously since I sleep with the enemy, this is of interest to me. Of the four books I read, one was pretty good, two were just OK, and one complete crap. I won't mention the crap book because I want to be positive. OK I will get in a jab or two because it is a pet peeve. I hate the word conversate. I hate that people even use the word converse. It shouldn't be in a published book. Another pet peeve, not to the authors, but to the publishing company, there should not be 18 million typos in a book that is published nationally, or even globally. Blogs don't count :)

The first OK book I read was Three Wishes by Seressia Glass. The book was the typical romance, and a light read. This is a great vacation book to read while on a plane, by the pool, or on the beach. The book is about a bi-racial (Asian and Black) divorcee who wishes to have a child, but finds she can't. She meets and becomes friends and more with her widowed next door white male neighbor, who is a doctor, and has a seven year old child. Needless to say the book is a bit predictable,but has a few twists that keep you reading and keep things interesting. Even though it is predictable it is very enjoyable and well written.

The next OK book was At Last by Lisa Riley. The book's heroine Caroline is a smart successful artist from a wealthy family who ends up falling up love with her boss Brian. Though the two feel meant for each other there is internal and external conflict that tries to tear them apart. Well written, and lots of twists, but unfortunately the twists are the problem. There is way too much twisting, to the point where the ending was a cliff hanger and ultimately left me with questions that I felt went unanswered in the book. Otherwise the book was a great read, again another vacation book. A great page turner that was a fun read overall.

The great book was Renee and Jay by J.J. Murray. Now let me preface this by saying I have read other books by Mr. Murray including Something Real and Original Love. Now I liked Original Love ok, but I was a big fan of Something Real, and Renee and Jay, his debut novel is my favorite of the three. I enjoyed every page. It was funny, touching, and insightful. I really enjoy the way Mr. Murray uses the point of view of a black woman to tell the story in both Something Real and Renee and Jay. Renee and Jay is an ode to his wife, who I am sure is all the envy of all her friends to have a man so in love with her, but I am not jealous. Whatever!!!! The story of Renee and Jay is one of a woman in conflict with her heart and her brain. She learns how to cope with her feelings for an Italian man in Roanoke, VA, and her family, friends, and even strangers will cope with her relationship. Overall I loved this book. Apparently the book was popular enough to warrant a Renee and Jay 2, but the book has sold out, don't fret though, if you need to read it you can contact Mr. Murray at his web site, and he will send you a copy of Renee and Jay 2 via MS Word. How awesome is that?

2006-05-17

What High Schooler Was I? This is so on Point





Take the What High School
Stereotype Are You?
quiz.

Getting to know siditty

Q: Age?
A: 30 as of 02/18. Just in case you want to buy me a birthday present.

Q: Political Leanings?
A: Liberal, and I make no apologies.

Q: Race
A: Yaphet Kotto Black

Q: Gender
A: Female

Q: Straight or Gay
A: Straight, but the lesbians love me dammit!!

Q: What do you like to rant about?
A: Politics, Movies, Music, Pop culture, News, Race as of late.

Q: If you had to change your first name right now, what name would you choose for yourself?
A: Nina, or something traditionally exotic, not exotic as in DeShalikamelikamoesha, but exotic none the less.

Q: What is your hometown/town of birth?
A: Beaumont, TX

Q: Where do you currently reside
A: Dallas, TX area

Q: What do you do?
A: I am an Account Specialist at an insurance company :)

Q: What is your hair color?
A: Black

Q: Have you loved somebody so much it made you cry?
A: Yes

Q: Of all of the books you were assigned to read when you were in school, what are your favorites?
A: 1984, to Kill a Mockingbird, Animal Farm.

Q: If you could have any kind of a job in the entertainment industry, what do you think you would do best?
A: I guess goofy sidekick on some cheesy sitcom, I could be the token black girl with the witty urban one liners?

Q: Have you ever had a pet that was not a cat or dog? What was it?
A: Yes, a turtle I caught in a creek and kept in my dad's cooler. I had him for one week before my dad needed his cooler back.

Q: What was the last song you sang when no one else was around?
A: Sour Times-Portishead

Q: What are 3 of your favorite TV shows?
A: In no particular order
1. Lost
2. The Office British and American Versions
3.Golden Girls, don't laugh, that ain't funny. I have a lot in common with old white women in Miami.

Q: Who or what kind of person do you want to spend your life with?
A: My husband , he is the most caring, wonderful, and patient man in the world. He is also hot!!!

Q: First thing you notice about the opposite (or same) sex?
A: Eyes, usually.

Q: Where and what would you rather be doing right now?
A: Some place tropical, Playa Del Carmen, Key West, on a beach, reading a book, and vegging out.

Q: What is your favorite kind of music?
A: There is way too much to even categorize. At 14 my favorite band became the Pixies. It still is to this day. But I love some Fishbone, Arcade Fire, The Dears, She Wants Revenge, New Order, the Cure, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Massive Attack, Goapele, Maxwell, Kem, Bjork, Portishead (Beth Gibbons), Handsome Boy Modeling School, Mogwai, Shout Out Louds way too much and too vast to categorize.

Q: Croutons or bacon bits?
A: Bacon, I need a coronary with my salad.

Q: What are your favorite sports to watch
A: ::Gag:: sports.

Q: What is your preferred ice cream
A: Cold Stone Creamery Germanchökolätekäke, no coconut, or Blue Bell Pralines and Cream

Q: Which single store would you choose to max out your credit cards?
A: Target, groceries, beer, clothes, stationary, books, and electronics. I am through.

Q: What do you do most often when you are bored?
A: TV, read, or play Sims

Q: Name the person you are friends with that lives the farthest away?
A: Alberto-Italy

Q: Last movie you saw in theater?
A: An American Haunting

Q: If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
A: Violet Blue

Q: Where do you want to go on your honeymoon?
A: I went to San Antonio, but I would have rather went to Jamaica.

Q: What's your favorite sport and/or hobby?
A: Reading

Q: What scares you?
A: Death, ignorance, and Scientology (those folks are crazy)

Q: What is the best day of the year?
A: Christmas-presents, food, family.

Q: Do you like to dance?
A: Yes.

Q: Have you ever been in love? Are you now? If not, do you want to be?
A: Yes. Yes.

Q: Hugs or Kisses?
A: Both

Q: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
A: Lose a ton of weight.

Q: Where would you like to retire?
A: In Playa del Carmen.

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: No particular order: Kill Bill, Imitation of Life, The Wiz, The Wizard of Oz, High Fidelity, Metropolis, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Q: What's your favorite color?
A: I don't have one, I guess blue or green.

Q: What's your favorite flower?
A: Lillies of any type.

Q: What is a personality trait in others that really irritates you?
A: one uppers, the idiot that feels he knows everything, but really knows nothing.

On the job front

I have a new job. Yes again. This time a permanent gig. I got a job in inusrance again, but ina different role thank God. I will get paid real money again!!! Of course I did work for CPS for one week, but that was pure scary. The cubicles were nice, as were the computers, but homeless people selling me chicken in the parking lot, not so much. Also it bothered me they asked my geographic preference. I live North East of Dallas, they placed me South West of Dallas. Not convenient at all. Then I was through with them talking about me picking up children in the middle of the night full of lice in my car and using my minutes on my cell phone, I was through and had to walk away. I was using that job until I got my teaching gig anyway :) But for right now I am trying out the insurance thing and hopefully I will do great at it. At least I hope to.

Black Girls Don't Get Raped or Exploited

I have been looking at the news and reading about the Duke Rape Case. You know the stripper girl who is accusing the Duke Lacrosse team of rape. Apparently per the media, the girl has no evidence to suggest she was raped. No DNA, this is just a story of poor, innocent, white boys getting their face plastered all over the media based upon her lies. Every time I see this shit, it pisses me off. A white girl goes missing or gets molested, we are supposed to care. A black girl gets raped, goes missing, or gets molested, either she made it up or she was doing something she shouldn't have. The media is under the impression black girls don't get raped.

Case and point of innocent white girl: Natalie HollowayThe media portrays this story as an innocent white girl who goes to Aruba and ends up missing. At first two black men are accused of kidnapping her. Their faces are plastered all over the news, because obviously they are the guilty and no one peeps a word except to condemn and wish them harm. These men are later found innocent and nothing is said or done to correct the wrongs done to these men. The media runs with the story of two black men kidnapping the all american white girl, but say nothing of their innocence. I guess the thought is big black men want innocent white girls so much, they are willing to commit crimes to get them.

The real story: White girl is drinking and following around and making out with strange white island boy and ends up missing. Her ass was going off with complete strangers while abroad. Hello?!?!? Did anyone see Hostel? Messing with complete strangers on a strange island while drinking underage is never safe. The media makes it seem as if she was innocent while down there, when in reality, she was doing an underage version of Girls Gone Wild. When I go to Mexico, I am pure tourist, I don't need to explore the "native" side of Mexico, I want to be disillusioned and drink my margarita on the beach. Me and all my American cohorts speak English and go to Senor Frogs. It is just safer that way.

Next case of innocent white girl Elizabeth Smart. Media take: A little white girl is abducted by laborer who forces her to become his Mormon child wife, is found, and then returns to her family. My take: This girl was abducted, yes that is sad, that is wrong, and may the man who did this suffer for his crime, but the child was out in public places with the man and his "wife" who abducted her and says nothing for months. Let me get abducted and have the opportunity to go out in public. I would be the crazy black woman saying whatever I could to get noticed. It wouldn't take months to get reunited with my family, it would take minutes of me out in public to tell anyone and everyone.

The black women or children who get media attention for crimes against them. They are few, and tend to never be innocent. Tawana Brawley, case dismissed. Duke stripper girl, who well per Rush Limbaugh was a "ho" so it shouldn't matter if she got raped or not. The players used condoms so there was no DNA, and plus she was drunk. All of R. Kelly's victims. They wanted fame, they wanted money, and who cares if they were underage, they came from poor neighborhoods and this was probably their best opportunity (I actually heard this from a midday DJ in Dallas).

Apparently black women are hyper sexual beings for the sole purpose to get men off sexually.

Per the media there is no way a black woman could be raped. We like sex a lot, apparently with strange men. Rape has never been an issue for black women, there is no way a black woman could be raped, after all they are black, and there are plenty of white women to want and desire.

I am just tired of the stereotypes. If we aren't fat and overweight and full of attitude, we are over sexed whores looking to please all that are willing. I don't get it, why in this day and age we have this nonsense. White women are still on a pedestal and black women are still being thrown under the bus. We never get raped, we never are harmed, and if we are, more than likely it is our fault. Especially when the accusers are white.

2006-05-06

My Hating White Folks Phase

I am in my hate white people mode right now. I don't understand them, I never will. Just when I think not all white people are bad, one of them just says something to me which pisses me the fuck off. Perfect example. We had dinner last night with some friends. They are a couple, one hispanic, one white. The one white joked her neighbor indicated she can now apply for affirmative action now she is marrying a hispanic. Hello you fucking assholes! FYI WHITE WOMEN are protected under affirmative action. They have been since the inception of affirmative action, and are the major benefactors of Affirmative Action. As well as welfare, but that is another point. I don't think this comment alone would have pissed me off, if not for a conversation we had a while back ago in which we were talking about me going into teaching in DISD, and which she said her white ass couldn't teach there because they would eat her ass alive. Hello!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The black and hispanic children of the crappy DISD public school system wouldn't give her ass the time of day. Hello they are openly admitting they are trying to diversify their staff since people of color and MEN are under represented. Then there was the comment about her man needing sex because he was latin!!!!!!! I guess me husband is latin because he needs sex too, even though he is paler and whiter than the average white person.

I guess what really hurts is once again my husband is telling me it is just a joke. I am sick of "jokes" especially from white people. I have heard these "jokes" all my life and it is old. I can't expect him to understand. After all us sensitive darkies are just looking for something for free and trying to take control of the white race in america so we can do what they did to us aka slavery. As if we give a damn to do that, but rather want to be treated equal and not like criminals and welfare types.