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Have we started going backwards? Do we lack basic humanity for others?

Yeah, I'm supposed to be on hiatus, but I want folks to look at this video. See what some of us have become.

Let's start with the fact that these women fighting seem to be missing parts of their clothing. Some are missing pants. Some are missing tops.

These are grown people fighting. Not kids, grown ups.

One of these "grown ups" is pregnant. She is fighting. A grown pregnant woman is fighting folks. Does she not know a kick to the stomach could lead to harming her child or worse?

What is the most pathetic thing about this video is the fact that there are men hitting women. A man and two women decide to jump a pregnant woman.

There are men referring to women as bitches. The cameraman is telling folks to "beat that bitch". The "bitch" in question is a PREGNANT LADY.

The worst part of all: Not one person is trying to diffuse the situation. No one thought to try to stop this mess? Someone else tries to jump in on the action, but no one tries to stop the fight. I understand you don't want to get involved, why not call the police? Alert the manager of the Burger King? Why the hell are we allowing this mess to go on in the year 2010?


I'm on Break

Hey you guys,

You may have noticed that I don't post often and when I do, it isn't like my old posts. It's because this baby is HIGH MAINTENANCE. As a result, the blog is going on hiatus for a while. I'll be back, I think, but right now I have baby brain, and so I'm really boring, and can't be my usual angry self.


Dear Mel Gibson

Dear Mel Gibson,

Please, just shut up. Seriously are you so race obsessed you are thinking about black men raping your now ex-girlfriend? I understand you don't like what your girlfriend was wearing, but honestly was she really going to get raped by a "pack of n*&#^@@"?

Mel I thought you would know this, having done Lethal Weapon with Danny Glover, but honestly, are black men like animals traveling in packs like wild animals in heat waiting to prey upon scantily clad Russian women? I assumed Danny Glover did not bring a "pack" of black men to the sets of all the Lethal Weapons and rape anyone, did he? I mean he played a mean "Mister" in "The Color Purple", but I thought he was just acting. Maybe he's a rapist.

I also assumed you would know better about using racial slurs. Remember that whole "Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world" thing and how everyone got mad at you? Now you are walking around using the n-word? Oh Mel.

Let's also discuss your need to refer to your baby mamma as a "b*#*%", a "wh*re", and a "f*&#(@(# pig in heat". I mean honestly Mel you made "Passion of the Christ". Would Jesus want you to be a misogynist? I mean Jesus didn't go around calling Mary Magdalene such names did he?

Do you really want to be labeled a racist and a sexist Mel?

Anyway, I hope you again have learned your lesson, but I know in reality you haven't, so I'm going to go ahead and let you go.




A 7 Year Old Came On To Him?

In Baltimore there are two unrelated cases of little girls contracting gonorrhea. One is aged 7, the other 18 months. The 7 year old contracted from her mother's live in boyfriend. He said the girl came on to him, rubbing against him. Now, if a 7 year old "comes on to you", do you go ahead and sex her up or do you go tell her mother and go get help for her, as that is usually a sign something isn't right?

Seriously are women so devalued in our culture, in particular black culture, that even little girls are nothing but objects to appease men?

Women do we not value ourselves and our children enough to protect them? Damn.

I don't know what is going on in Baltimore, but something is terribly wrong.


Why Is YOUR Grandmother doing this?

Why is YOUR grandma doing this? I mean isn't she a little old to be hooking? Isn't she a bit old to try the hip hop game? Why did she get YOUR cousin to help out with this? I mean YOUR cousin should know better, right?

Seriously how old is this woman? Shouldn't she be on medicare and social security. She appears to be old enough to qualify. She shouldn't have to turn tricks to make money at her age.


Africa A SIngle Story

I loved this. It gives me a much different perspective. It's true, we have grown up to believe Africa is one huge country, one huge monolith of poverty,jungles, war, animals, and AIDS. Why do you think that people in the Western world, in particular the US have such a view of Africa, is it the fault of the news, or National Geographic?

Why is it when we think of countries with brown people or people of color we think such negative thoughts? Is it a result of colonialism, the very thing that many point to causing the abject poverty we are exposed to?

How do we combat "single stories" in our media so that we can get more balance and perspective?


I See Black People

Arizona, you're proud of your racist reputation and plan to hold on to it as long as you can. A elementary school decided to paint a mural on their wall and used some of the students at the school as actual models. The mural depicts children using "green" transportation. Apparently this offended people. In particular Steve Blair, a city councilman.

"I am not a racist individual, but I will tell you depicting a black guy in the middle of that mural, based upon who's president of the United States today and based upon the history of this community when I grew up, we had four black families - who I have been very good friends with for years - to depict the biggest picture on that building as a black person, I would have to ask the question, 'Why?'"

Why not? Well here is the answers that Steve Blair, the man who came up with the question gave:

"I'm not a racist by any stretch of the imagination, but whenever people start talking about diversity, it's a word I can't stand."

"The focus doesn't need to be on what's different; the focus doesn't need to be on the minority all the time."

"What these people don't like is somebody forcing diversity down their throats."

I didn't know pictures of minorities was "forcing diversity" down people's throats.

Why does Blair think of Obama when he sees a little brown face in a painting?

The worst part is the kid in question was modeled after a hispanic boy, not a black one. So really, do brown and black faces offend people now?


My Grandfather and Health Camp

This past weekend, the man I knew as my Grandaddy passed away. He was 92. It was kind of sudden, and I'm sad for many reasons, but I am grateful to have so many wonderful memories with him. As a kid he would take me places, like the park, to the neighborhood store, etc., but my one favorite place to go to him was a place called Health Camp. It's a restaurant and there is nothing healthy on the menu, but as a kid I felt they had the best milkshakes in the world and my grandfather would take me there every time I asked, excluding the times my mother would stop him for fear of my inevitable sugar rush I would get each time I went there. I've just now realized that Health Camp has been around since 1949. In Waco, TX. In 1949, Waco, TX for the most part was segregated. So that means I had my grandfather take me to a place he wasn't even allowed to go into until the late 1960s. Kind of crazy.

I often wonder how black folks who suffered segregation felt about going into establishments that were essentially forced to accept them. Did they enjoy it and treat it as a sweet revenge, or did they go in fear, thinking the whole concept of desegregation was a trick? My grandfather never mentioned it.

I often forget with the current racism in this world, that people dealt with a lot worse.


Lift Every Voice and Sing

This is known as the black National Anthem. This song was written to take part in a ceremony celebrating Abraham Lincoln's birthday back in 1900. It was written so that black people could show their patriotism for America and hope for the future. I guess back then to some the only "true patriots" were white people.

If someone were to sing this song today, how would it be taken. Oh wait, someone has, and as per usual they were seen as a hater of America and unpatriotic, obviously from people who don't know the history of the song.

This is why people should learn ALL the history of America, but to some learning all the history of America is a bad thing.


Texas' State Board of Education

The Texas State Board of Education is now going to teach kids about slavery. Oops I mean the concept of indentured servants with lifetime contracts:

I'd like to think I'm joking, but eventually this could very well be the case.

Our SBOE passed some new social studies standards to ensure we don't have a "liberal" slant on history. Yeah really.

Some of the changes include:

• Analyze Abraham Lincoln’s ideas about liberty, equality, union and government as contained in his first and second inaugural addresses and the Gettysburg Address and contrast them with the ideas contained in Jefferson Davis’s inaugural address. (8th grade U.S. History);
• Examine the reasons the Founding Fathers protected religious freedom in America and guaranteed its free exercise by saying that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, and compare and contrast this to the phrase “separation of church and state.” (Government);
• Explain instances of institutional racism in American society. (Sociology);
• Discuss the solvency of long term entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare. (U.S. History since 1877).

That's from the Texas Education Agency.

I find it odd we are making a comparison between Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln. Especially since in one speech slavery is mentioned and in the other it isn't. Especially since one was a U.S. President and one was the President of the now defunct Confederacy, which in my personal opinion is a bunch of folks who were traitors to the United States. They wanted to leave the county to uphold their slave based economy. You can pretend all you want the Civil War wasn't about slavery. It was about maintaining a economy based upon free labor. Slaves. Without the slaves, they would have had to pay folks and their economy would not have been as prosperous. I know they gave them free room and board, but let's get real the accommodations weren't all that great and the work conditions were a bit harsh. You know beatings, lynchings, and rape were real possibilities in the slave line of work.

The Founding Fathers did want to protect religious freedom, that's the truth, but this really isn't a Christian nation and the government's concept of separation of Church and State is not a bad thing. America has no official religion. We don't have one because as it is stated:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"

It isn't for our government to make decisions on religion, Christian or otherwise.

In explaining institutionalized racism, we really shouldn't sugar coat slavery. America had a slave trade. Calling it the "Atlantic Triangular Trade" dismisses slavery all together. I'm curious what the unintended consequences of Affirmative Action are as well.

In terms of the solvency of "entitlements" like Social Security and Medicare, we should also discuss the solvency of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Rabbit will be going to private school, that was already established before this mess, but these actions confirm our decision.

Watering down the wrongs of America, rewriting history, and putting in far right ideals to counterbalance what is perceived to be leftist ideology does nothing to educate our kids. All that is being done is indoctrinating them into a political ideal. Political indoctrination has no place in our schools.


We're Bringing Back Jim Crow Thanks to Rand Paul

We got a black President. One step forward. Rand Paul disagrees with the Public Accommodation clause of the Civil Rights Act and wins Kentucky's republican primary for senator. Ten steps back.

The Public Accommodation clause is the clause that most people should be familiar with. You've seen the pictures of black folks at the lunch counters of whites only businesses.

Like this:

He feels that private businesses should be able to openly discriminate against any and every one. Now this comes as no surprise to me that this man would have his views, his father Ron Paul shares his views. I still don't know why black folks were excited about this racist, conspiracy theorist whack job. We won't talk about his former spokesperson, Christopher Hightower. We know he isn't racist, right?

Now the libertarian, tea party, and republican theory on racism is that racism would have gone away on it's own. Slavery would have eventually ended, so would have Jim Crow, if the evil government hadn't forced it down our throats. I don't buy it. Laissez faire capitalism would not have fixed any of these things. Not because people are just inherently racist. It's because people will choose convenience over ethics.

For instance, the town I live in is 2% African American. Yeah, I really need to move. We plan to before Rabbit goes to school. If a business decides to exclude black people, the lack of black business in my town wouldn't squash a business, but would I believe that the majority of white people would go out of their way to drive further to another business that offers the same service? Not likely, it isn't convenient, and denying blacks doesn't impact them in any way.

Another reason I don't believe this will happen, is case and point in my town, we're pretty segregated. This town is overwhelmingly white. There is no black side of town, because there aren't enough black people to have one. I know my town isn't some anomaly, but I would venture to say, most places are self imposed segregated. So if you are a minority in a particular place, and businesses decide to discriminate against a minority, it wouldn't matter to them, and you will be left driving further and being inconvenienced simply because your skin tone isn't pleasing to a business owner.

So yes, the free market although wonderful will not end racism.

Rand Paul will probably win thanks to the Tea Party support he received, and then we can decide if business owners can have the right to bring back slavery.


If Dale Peterson Was Black

This is an ad campaign for Dale Peterson. He's running for Agriculture Commissioner of Alabama. Now I won't get into why this man sounds like a nut job.

I will however ponder this: If a black man was running for a public office using gun imagery and speaking using "black dialect" aka "ebonics" while calling people dummy, do you think he would be seen as patriotic and a viable, realistic candidate for any political position? Or would he be labeled a thug who lacks class and is too lowly to hold any position of power? Why is it that when it comes to certain stereotypes, some are ok, while others are not?

We can pretend we are in the wild, wild west, ready to shoot folks in the face and talk like a hillbilly and find that acceptable? Obviously to some people, yes.

I think this is why the rest of the world is scared of Americans.


R.I.P. Aiyana Jones

In Detroit a 7 year old girl was shot by a police officer in a raid looking for a murder suspect. The police conducted a no knock search warrant and entered the home with a flash grenade. Per the police there was a 46 year old woman in the living area (the victim's grandmother) who apparently got into a physical altercation with the officer. While this raid was going on, there was another raid in another residence in the home (apparently it was a home made into apartments, something the CNN story and other mainstream media outlets left out). They claim they arrested the said suspect, but they won't tell us which unit he was actually in.

I sincerely hope this isn't a case of the police abusing their power.

Do you think there will be national outrage about this case, or will it continue to be an issue where we prove America doesn't like or care about black people?


"Black News"

Now I was actually going to put forth some effort and work on my blog today, but I couldn't come up with any topics. I'm kind of out of the loop when it comes to anything right now because I've been focusing on Rabbit. She's doing great by the way. She's a whole three months old!!!!! OK I'm sorry, I had to get the proud mommy moment out of the way, as per usual, I digress.

So I started searching news sites. I'm learning more and more we aren't getting news we are getting "infotainment". That is across the board on most news sites, it seems. It seems more so on "Black News" sites. I use this term loosely, there aren't that many, and if you do a Google search, you will find some really racist stuff meant to be "black news" and white people taking those sites seriously are legitimate information on the "black community".

I go to "Black Voices" first and to their news section. Why is the big story about Taimak from "The Last Dragon".I loved Taimak back in the day, the movie was great, but honestly is he news? Underneath him a smaller story about a black woman who is missing is featured. Now that is nice, but couldn't that be the focus considering maybe someone has seen her, and you know the mainstream media doesn't give a damn. We also have a story on Lil Wayne. Because we all need to care about what is going on in his life.

Anyway Mitrice Richardson is missing. Please go here for more information.


What's Wrong With Being A Conservative?

What's Wrong With Being A Conservative? Not a damn thing. You can be conservative all you want. I'm ok with it. I think you have a jacked up ideology and contradict yourselves, but that is just me. I'm just freaked out by conservatives due to your history and current antics.

You guys seem not to like black people too much. RIchard Nixon's campaign southern strategy to capture the disgruntled white Southerners mad about desegregation and being forced to integrate starts my intense dislike for the conservatives who feign they haven't used race based fear tactics to capture the white vote. Your messiah Reagan had this thing about "welfare queens", even though his story was debunked, you guys ran with it, and still do. We also can't forget about his reluctance to give Martin Luther King a holiday because like Obama he was a "Communist". We can't forget the lack of outrage for anything that Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh say about race. They are determined that Obama hates white people and is trying to implement reparations that only innocent white people will pay for. Pat Buchanan told the truth about the republican party. They don't want or feel they need the minority vote. He can downplay slavery telling us negroes to become excited that slavery made us Americans. He's taking a glass is half full approach to slavery, downplaying it as something positive, instead of what it really was, which is horrific. Of course to him and conservatives, white people built this country while us minorities just sat on our asses doing nothing. Now those same white people are losing "their" country.

When you sit silent on people like this, tout them as examples of your beliefs, I have no compassion for you, I don't like you, it makes me think you have no humanity, and you seem to want to rewrite history. Let's not go there with the Tea Parties, and their deafening silence they had with the racist signs that permeated their rallies until they were forced to address the issue, and then walk around like they are innocent victims being persecuted. Silence equals acceptance. We assume you all feel that way, when you sit their quietly with the racist bullshit all around you.

I don't think the Democrats give a rat's ass about me either, I'm not that stupid. The Democrats just at least pretend to like me and don't vocally outright hate me, and that's a plus in my book, as sad as that might sound. Act like you give a damn about black people, and quit pretending white people are the only people who pay taxes, while everyone else is sucking on your teet. I pay taxes and I'm paying for that white single mother on welfare, as well as that black single mother who is doing the same.

If you're a conservative, great, but your politics don't seem to give a damn about me, so I don't give a damn about your politics.


Arizona Welcomes In A New Era of Race Relations By Making Racial Profiling Legal

I knew Arizona was "special", now I know they are extra crispy "special". In an effort to curb illegal immigration, they have decided to racially profile those who make "look illegal". I have figured out they are not going to target European immigrants. Their target will be those of the brown skin persuasion. So if you are a Mexican American, you need to be scared. You need to be very scared. Now you can enjoy being followed by the police waiting for you to violate some law so they can pull you over because they know you're an up to no good "illegal". You can now make sure to carry a birth certificate, passport, and other forms of ID to appease these people so eager to try to deport you. It's a bit scary the lengths people are going to in order to make sure we slow down the growth of the minority population in America.

What is this Tom Foolery? Dick Slang-NSFW

There are no words for this. Don't watch this at work.


Kiely Williams - Spectacular: Is This Song About Date Rape? Video NSFW

When you start off the song with the words "Last night I was drunk. I don't remember much.", you've already lost.

I know you are trying to shed your young, teen girl role model image, but really?

These are the killer lyrics right here:

"Last I remember I was face down
Ass up, clothes off, broke off, dozed off
Even though I'm not sure of his name
He could get it again if he wanted
Cause the sex was spectacular
The sex was spectacular (yeaaah)
The sex was spectacular
The sex was spectacular"

This sounds like she was date raped and enjoyed it. You don't remember much because you were drunk. You dozed off and found yourself ass up and clothes off? That sounds like he slipped you a roofie. Don't be excited about the sex, that sex was chemically enhanced. Plus now you need to go to the clinic to get tested for STDs. You don't even know his name!!!!!!!

"So it was the morning after
I couldn't get home faster
Doing the walk of shame
In the same clothes from yesterday
I think he pulled a track out
When he was blowing my back out
What was I drinking
I cant believe I blacked out"

OK so you acknowledge it was wrong to have a one night stand with a man you don't know. One step forward. I'm sorry while during the date rape sex he pulled a track out, but honestly you need to go to the police, you blacked out and he sexed you up. DATE RAPE. That's like twenty steps back.

"I must have been on drugs
I hope he used a rubber
Or I'mma be in trouble"

I hope he used a rubber too. I hope you consider rehab after you go get tested and go to the police for the date rape. Drinking to the point of blacking out and waking up next to people you don't know is not a good thing.

But seriously, these lyrics sound like this child was date raped.


Not Surprised

I've lived in Paris, TX. I've shared other issues that exist in Paris, TX. Shaquanda Cotton. Brandon McClelland. I'm curious why he company is in such denial about their treatment of their employees. Now they look like they are incompetent and unaware of what happens in their own work spaces. Why deny it. Why not be proactive and implement diversity training, add some new rules to the handbook for zero tolerance, to at least pretend you give a damn. People want to pretend racism is over. It's far from over. This is proof. It isn't something made up in people's heads.

Feds slam Texas factory over discrimination claims
By the CNN Wire Staff
April 14, 2010 5:47 p.m. EDT

At a news conference Wednesday, current and former Turner Industries workers showed examples of harassment.

Dallas, Texas (CNN) -- African-American workers at a Texas pipe factory endured a string of racial slurs and harassment and were targeted by their managers when they complained, federal investigators have determined.
Black employees at the Turner Industries plant in Paris, Texas, regularly "were subjected to unwelcome racial slurs, comments and intimidation, racial graffiti, nooses in the workplace and other symbols of discrimination," the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported.

Black workers also were denied promotions and disciplined more harshly than whites, the agency concluded in a three-page letter in late March. Managers at the plant not only were aware of a "hostile environment," they also targeted workers who complained and disciplined white employees who opposed the harassment, the EEOC found.

The EEOC has called on Turner Industries, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to join talks aimed at producing a "just resolution" to the problems. The company said its plant "is free from any form of discrimination, retaliation, or any other workplace conduct that violates the law."

"We are disappointed that the EEOC has issued this determination and strongly disagree with the EEOC's findings," Michael Phelps, Turner Industries' vice president for human resources, said in a written statement.

Lawyers for the seven Turner employees who went to the EEOC displayed photographs of the slurs, of hanging nooses and threatening notes left for employees at the Paris plant during a news conference Wednesday. One of those employees, Dontrail Mathis, told reporters that he was frequently called racially inflammatory names and that most African-American employees were relegated to the paint shop.

Mathis, a painter's helper, said one co-worker who found out he was married to a white woman told him, "In the Bible, it says that white women shouldn't mix with monkeys." When he called Turner's corporate office to complain about that incident, he heard nothing back, Mathis said.

"I tried to back away from it. It kept going and going and coming and coming," he said.

Jason Milligan, a former night foreman at the plant, said his bosses "more or less wanted me to do their dirty work."

"I watched certain people more than I did the others, to see if I could get anything on them that could be used against them," he said. But he said he was fired after he refused to sign an affidavit accusing a Turner employee of theft -- a man he believed had been "set up."

"I'm not going to lie for anyone," Milligan said. "He was a man just like me. He has a family to take care of. I'm not going to do it. And from then on, that was my down-slide."

Milligan worked at the plant for nine months before he was fired. Company officials told him he was sacked for failing a drug test, he said. But a lawyer for the employees, Jay Ellwanger, said Milligan warned testers that he was taking a diet medication that could show up as a stimulant.

Milligan said managers were told to document and clean off any racist graffiti immediately, but he said one such case he handled in his nine months at the plant was "swept under the rug" when the person behind it turned out to be a relative of another manager.

In the year since workers in the Paris plant went to the EEOC, similar complaints have emerged at other Turner factories in Texas, Ellwanger said.

Paris is about 110 miles northeast of Dallas. The Rev. Peter Johnson, a state civil rights leader, said the problems reported at the Turner plant reflect a "culture of discrimination" that lingers in East Texas.

"East Texas is Mississippi 50 years ago. This case will begin to help us unravel the history of discrimination and bigotry throughout East Texas," he said.

CNN's Tracy Sabo and Ed Lavandera contributed to this report.


Kids Today

First off, I'm not going to discuss his sexual identity because:

He's a child and may not be fully aware of is sexual identity and it's not my place to discuss.
He might just have done this video as a joke
I have no problem with his sexual identity be it straight, gay, bi, etc.

Now with that disclaimer out of the way:

I will however discuss the lack of supervision. Why does this child have unsupervised access to the internet? What parent would allow a child to gyrate all sexually on video and let them release said video? This kid is basically being put on a platter for some pedophile.

I will discuss why he is listening to this song with it's suggestive lyrics? Why is that appropriate? Does he even know what "get it up" means? Or what is meant by "giddy up" entails in reference to this song? Does he know anything about being "turning your body out"?

Who taught the boy how to dance like this? Honestly he must have put in some practice for this?

So where are his parents? Am I being a prude in thinking this song may not be appropriate for all ages? Do you wonder where he learned to dance sexually suggestive like that? How do parents prevent their kids from listening to songs like this, and prevent their kids from posting such things to the internet?

On a lighter note:

What is with the Mickey Mouse bobble head?

Why has no one cleaned the house?


Kat Stacks

In my last post, I blogged about Erykah's Badu video, "Window Seat", in which Badu gets nude in downtown Dallas. I talked a little bit about exploitation and sexuality. On the same day I made that post, I found out about, Kat Stacks. I guess Kat Stacks is the new Karrine Steffans-McCrary aka "Superhead". Kat Stacks discusses her exploits with various entertainers, such as Lil Wayne and the whole entire Young Money crew, Aaron Carter, Bow Wow, Nelly, and apparently many more. She discusses how broke the Young Money crew was, excluding Lil Wayne.

She is planning to publish a book about her exploits. A great career or at least money making move. I don't know how long one can sleep with entertainers for money or notoriety, but doing the book thing is smart. On the other hand, essentially admitting to being a prostitute isn't a very good idea. Neither is sleeping with various men who live in the same apartment, or simply because their famous. I would hope she practiced safe sex.

It seems as if there is a certain mentality needed to be the kind of person like Kat Stacks. I wonder if her father was involved in her life. I wonder if she is a label whore. Maybe like Val said a very posts back in the comment section, maybe sleeping with these men give her a chance at status and prominence she wouldn't get otherwise? When you get older and have kids, how do you explain your behavior to them? Or what if your mom or dad finds out? I find it sad that in this day and age, a woman chooses to essentially prostitute herself.


Erykah Badu Controversy

So I know you guys have all heard about Erykah Badu's new video, "Window Seat". I'm not able to embed the video, but I will link to it here. I will however embed the video that inspired the "Window Seat" video by Matt and Kim. To give a summary for those not able to see the video, Badu basically parks a car that looks as if it is a Cadillac from the 1960s, gets out, and walks while taking off her clothing piece by piece in the Dealey Plaza area of Dallas. Dealey Plaza is the area where JFK was shot. At the end of the video, she falls to the ground as if she is assassinated, and blue "blood" spills on the ground that says "groupthink". Then she says this:

They play it safe are quick to assasinate what they do not understand
They move in packs ingesting more and more fear on every act of hate on one another
They feel most comfortable in groups, less guilt to swallow
They are us
This is what we have become
Afraid to respect the individual
A single person event or circumstance can move one to change to love herself to evolve

The song itself doesn't seem to follow in the same tone of the video. Just looking at the lyrics alone, it seems she is talking about a relationship in the song. However, with the video, the song takes on a whole new meaning about finding or trying to fit in or be accepted and then deciding not to fit in and do your own thing.

Now I personally liked the song, it's not my favorite Erykah Badu song, but it works. I think the song is nice, and I'm a fan of Erykah. I really am. I'm not offended by the video, but others are. People are upset that children were present in the video. It didn't appear that the one child in the video saw her completely naked. She saw her in a bra and pants. I can understand wanting to protect your children and controlling what they see, but I don't think the human body is something in and of itself a bad thing. I don't see her exploiting and sexualizing herself. She wasn't gyrating and I think it was a her showing she wanted to do her own thing and not fit in. Also to shock and get some buzz on her new album and single. It seems to have worked in that aspect.


Label and Celebrity Obsession

I was having a phone conversation with a friend the other day, in which we talked about what I call "label whores". The people who can't pay rent, but is wearing the latest and greatest name brands and labels. The ones who scour magazines and try to replicate looks of celebrities. My friend, who is black like me made a statement that I'm having an inner conflict with: Black people seem label and celebrity obsessed.

You know I can definitely say other races of people are the same way, and I can say it with confidence. But I understand where she is coming from with her statement. I think celebrity obsession would explain why Hollywood uses the same five black actors for everything, even in movies and shows geared towards "black people". I will give Tyler Perry kudos for the fact, he hires a lot of black actors, and not all of them well known names. From what I understand, his shows on TBS use actors from his plays. That's pretty awesome. More black people acting can't be a bad thing right? Their not shucking and jiving I hope. One can hope, but then I think about Madea.

I also have known many a broke black woman with $300 shoes, a $500 purse, and not a damn thing in their savings account. I've met black men who felt it was important to know what kind of car they drive, or what kind of clothes they like. Don't get me wrong, I've met white folks like this too, but it seems a bit more important for the black folks I've met to share such information with me. Again, don't get me wrong, I've known white people to forgo an electric bill so they can take a trip to Cancun.

If this stereotype or assumption is true, do you think it comes from black media, in particular hip hop, where people love to shout out the names of what they wear, drive, or drink? It seems most other genres of music try to avoid such things. Of course if I was shouting out the names of labels and products, I would make sure I was getting paid to do such things. For the right amount of money, I would give a shout out to Kmart or Wal Mart in a song. I have no shame.

So do you think that blacks are more label and celebrity conscious than other races of people? If so, why?


This morning, I received a bunch of "failed delivery" emails, indicating that my email address is being used for spam. If you get an email from me with just a link in it, don't click it, I didn't send it. ::sigh::


How I'm Privileged

I just did a post on black male privilege. I also recently read this post and found it interesting. It was mentioned how many times those who are privileged fail to acknowledge their privilege. So I thought for once, I would acknowledge some of my privileges, at least some of the ones I know about.

As a black woman, I'm privileged in relation to black men due to my gender. As a black woman, I am less threatening to other races of people, since women are viewed as weaker or more docile than men.

As a person who has a degree, I have education privilege. Having two college educated parents, I was taught the importance of education at an early age. My parents knew how to navigate the education system. The importance of good grades and being involved in activities in high school. When to start applying to schools. How to determine my major. I had access to my parents knowledge of education, and I have benefitted from that education. In jobs I made more money than someone without a degree. It allowed me to take positions that others might not have the opportunity to have, or they would have had to start in a lower paying position and work their way up to get.

I have class privilege. I grew up middle class. I didn't grow up poor, and as a result, I had more access to things that those of a lower socioeconomic status would not. Better neighborhoods, better schools, better opportunities. I had the luxury of being able to go to college, not everyone know how to access loan and grant money to pay for college. Not everyone can find a job that pays enough and is flexible enough to let someone go to school.

Now don't get me wrong, I haven't forgotten that there are other privileges I don't have. I've written about those many times. I do however, think it's important to acknowledge our privilege so that we can see others and see that sometimes those who are disadvantaged or suffering have obstacles we don't necessarily think about.


Going Back To Jim Crow

Since the election of our President, I have come to the conclusion that race wise, America is going backwards. This story about the tea party movement is especially telling to me. John Lewis, Barney Frank, along with others have indicated that they were called certain slurs by tea party protesters.

Now the discussion is healthcare. So why oh why is race or sexual orientation even mentioned? Honestly why does the Tea Party movement stay so silent, or even defend such things? Honestly if the tea party movement is really about government, then why, oh why, does no one from the side seem to condemn what is said, instead they say people are playing the "race card" or there is some conspiracy with democrats and liberals planting people in the tea party ranks to make them look bad. I'm sorry, the tea party movement doesn't need help to look bad. They do it all on their own. It seems like this movement is very much like the anti-civil rights protesters of the 1960s. They spread misinformation and many don't know why they are protesting, except their angry Obama won.

So why does it seem the Tea Party movement embraces racism? If the focus is on government, focus on government.


White People Help Me Understand Glenn Beck And White Slavery In America?

OK I know that some white people are upset a black man became President. I just didn't know that there was modern day white slavery in America. I also don't understand how in the 3/5ths compromise did not treat black slaves as 3/5ths of a person for tax purposes?

I mean this is a great summary of the 3/5ths compromise:

The three-fifths compromise was an agreement between Southern and Northern states reached during the Constitutional Convention of 1787, during which the basic framework of the United States was established. Under this compromisecompromisecompromise, slaves were counted as three-fifths of a human being for the purpose of taxation and representation in Congress. As a result, slave-owners and the Southern states got a deal deal of political clout.

Seems to me black people (slaves) for the purpose of taxes and representation was only 3/5ths of a human being according to the Constitution. So yeah, we were 3/5ths of a person. I guess that is better than livestock.

I'm amazed that this man has an audience, but I guess the angry white people pissed off that we now have a black man in charge, need something to get them riled up. I mean honestly, were we talking about white slavery when W. was in office, or during the last census?

Also white people, when did minorities become more valuable than white people? What was this assessed value? What is this minority money he talks about? Where is my minority money? Did I forfeit it when I married a white man?

What is white slavery in today's America?

So white people explain or answer my questions for me. I don't quite understand it.

PS: For all those who plan to identify themselves as "American" instead of choosing a race on the census. I am going to assume "American" is white, as in Glenn Beck's world and for people like him, the only true Americans are white. Maybe the census should too.


Black Male Privilege

I heard an interesting story over at NPR. It's about something that is discussed here, in not so formal terms, but something that is often dismissed. Black Male Privilege. Now let's not get it confused with white male privilege. It isn't the same. This privilege is relevant only within the black community. Black men and their privilege over black women. We tend to focus on talking about black men and their crisis, never do we focus on their advantages.

L'Heureux Lewis, the person who was interviewed in the NPR piece, pointed out an example of incarceration rates. When we discuss incarceration rates, we tend to focus on black men, while ignoring the issues that cause black women to become incarcerated.

Lewis also talks about sexual assault within the black community. How often sexual assault within the black community is easily dismissed. Remember the Rihanna incident? We do have a tendency to blame the victim, or rather protect the assailant. We tend to view incidents of sexual assault as trapping the black man. It seems to show sympathy for the victim is hurting or degrading black men, and we pretend assault against black women don't exist, or that somehow it's the woman's fault when these things happen.

I found it interesting that one focus of privilege within the black community was negotiating sex. Black men who are educated and employed within our community are at an advantage. Due to the imbalance between black men and black women who fit into this criteria, there has been actual discussion of man sharing, sleeping with married men, or for black women to "settle" for those who are not as educated or not employed in a professional capacity. I think we are the only race who does this. I've never seen a professional white woman be expected to date or marry a line cook at a fast food restaurant for hopes that one day he'll move up. They are expected to be with established men, where as black women are expected to help establish their men.

I do like that Professor Lewis also addresses "Denzel Principle" book that came out, showing black women why they can't get a man. Why aren't black men asking what they are doing that impacts relationships? It seems when relationships are mentioned, the focus is always on black women.

Do you think black men are capable of seeing black male privilege? Do you think it exists?


The Hollywood Standard of "Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous"

Howard Stern recently made some comments about Gabourey Sidibe, the star of "Precious".

Here is a sample of the comments:

“There’s the most enormous, fat black chick I’ve ever seen. She is enormous. Everyone’s pretending she’s a part of show business and she’s never going to be in another movie. “She should have gotten the Best Actress award because she’s never going to have another shot. What movie is she gonna be in?”

Unfortunately, Howard is right, she's big and black, and that will be held against her in Hollywood. Fat people and black people have a hard time finding roles. That's just how the movie industry works. To look good and feel gorgeous in Hollywood, you have to be skinny and light. The movie "Precious" was a prime role for her. She had to play a dark skinned black girl who's extremely overweight. She nailed it. But I don't think she nailed the role simply because she was fat and black. She nailed it, because she's a good actress. Her fat and her blackness helped her in that role, but her acting was what ultimately lead to her getting her Oscar nomination. Yes, Howard's an idiot, but he told the truth in regards to Hollywood standards.

I think at times Hollywood, like the music industry has focused too much on the glamour and not enough on the substance, which is why we have sequels for each and every movie that comes out, and every movie seems to be a remake. I will commend the casting director of "Precious" for choosing Sidibe, instead of going with a more well-known actress and making them appear fat.

PS: Gabourey Sidibe at least for now is getting some work. She's slated to star in a movie and a TV series.



So today we have discovered what people have been talking about forever. Minority births are on track to outnumber white births. Oh no, what are we going to do? The minorities are taking over!!!!!!!!!!!! Let's not get too excited.

Minorities aren't one big monolithic group. Blacks, hispanics, asians, and multiracial. Now you can't blame the blacks, asians, or multiracials, we aren't really growing in population. Blame the hispanics. That is what the news is doing. All these hispanic women of child bearing age procreating and such. Damn them. Of course hispanic isn't really a race of people, but rather a culture. You can be black, asian, multiracial, and yes even white, and be hispanic.

So exactly what is the news here. It seems the spin on this is now that whites are becoming a minority. When in reality they are still the majority. So 52% of births are white. That's just downright scary, in America the white population should be closer to 99%. The 25% hispanic, the 12% black, 4% asian, and 4% multiracial populations are all on track to surpass white people.

Watch out white people, you're still the majority. Now go freak out about still being the majority.

The media spin of the Us (white people) vs. Them (everyone else) diatribe is taking us back to a gentler time of Jim Crow era. Spread fear and concern that white people are dwindling in numbers so that the number of neo Nazi sympathizers and KKK members can increase. Now we can hear the conversations about white people paying for minorities on welfare (which is happening in the comments section of the article I linked as we speak), because we know only minorities are on welfare and leach off the government. No white person in the history of America has ever used welfare, and no minorities pay taxes.


Questioning Beauty Standards

****** No I'm not saying that weave automatically means trying to be white, I said this in the fist post and people still were upset and made the same assumption. I am essentially asking if we are expected to adhere to beauty standards that target all women, but are based upon only one race of women*****

One of my most popular blog entries this one. It's about black women and beauty ideals. People on occasion will comment on this entry. It apparently makes some people mad. I've gotten some great comments, such as:

I notice it is mostly black women who already have long hair that have a problem with other black women wearing weaves. I have long hair. As a child I didn't and I would never wear a weave. Now that my hair grew long I will braid it up and get a full stocking cap weave because I never new how fun long hair was but it is also alot to manage so I'd rather do it to fake hair than my own. I also wear color contacts on my already light brown eyes. I change them as I change my eye make up. I would never change anything about myself permently. But I love being able to use modern discovery to have fun. And if a person black or white wants to change there hair with weaves or color or perm or relaxer. Maybe it's just because it is fun to do something different. Same goes for eye color. Most girls black, white or other enjoy long hair. It's not self hate it's just the joy of being a girl. And those who don't rock too.-Made4U2Wonder

It's called doing what you WANT TO DO. IT'S THEIR FACE AND BODIES so they can do w/e they want...also, blk people come in all shapes and forms just like other races...so the point of this commentary is?!

Omg most women(and im not zoning in on any one race) wear weaves for thousands of different reasons! Here think outside the box: jus becuz there hair is already long doesn't mean it's useless to get a weave, for example maybe they work out everyday and they're press sweats out, no one especially a black woman in their right mind would restraighten it EVERY DAY! That's wayy too much heat and will quickly damage your own hair. Now if they worked out with a weave who cares? The weave will dry straight after being drenched with sweat. There's no one reason for getting a weave. It's nice to give your hair a break for awhile so what? No one should be judged jus because they were born with long straight hair and want curly short hair or curly long hair for a couple months, they should do and get whatever they want!! Please stop judging bcuz you just sound rude and unthoughtful. [all black women aren't lil kim, Duh]

Sidditty I assume you are a man so I guess you thing we black women hate ourselves. I wear weave and I did not hate myself. I like the variety of hair styles I can wear. So I do not need a man telling me what to wear. I understand concepts that have been placed in our society about beauty but there are fashion statement. Well that is all you men are going to think what you want. I am pretty sure all races of men make comments about their women. I am liberated from what men think.

Hi I do not have a problem with any type of enhancement. I have been through all of the stages of the hair weave thing. I will say this white women wear more of it then any other race and no one says anything. Actually when they wear it they are put in the spotlight and it is so cute. I will admit I am a artist and I consider it art. Being able to alter your appearance be attaching or extending something to your body is the oldest form of art. Study history. I wore a afro for 3 years straight and I wanted a different look so I tried weave. It is all about a look. Hair is a fashion now and basically always been people have been wearing wigs for ages. Now since black women have been wearing it we are considered fake. That is intriges me. I want to see people make comment about white women and their fake stuff. The reality show "Wives of Orange County" all those women are fake and they do not get put down. What baffles me about black men is they will say nasty comments about black women and fake hair. But will be fascinated by fake boobs on white women. To sum it up in America is fake we eat fake food and that is worst then what you put on. So what is better fake food or fake hair. Besides who are men to tell us what to wear. Let's talk about what men are wearing. Why so much beating on black women. We still have not escaped the Willie Lynch Theory.

If you notice, people have accused me of being a man, being rude and unthoughtful, and that I am a victim and perpetrator of Willie Lynch(yes, I'm aware this has been dismissed as a hoax).

Now, I don't think I personally went out to insult black women with this particular blog entry, I just questioned why some black women desire for weave, color contacts, and hair dye). Why in particular we aim to have hair styles and eye colors not normally associated with people of color, but white people?

I'm not against choice, I'm really not, but it seems some women's choices tend to go towards the mainstream (read white) look, and to me that's sad. I have nothing against the white look, but I do have a problem with people of color being expected to adhere to beauty standards that we can't achieve without sticking some glue in our head and putting weird colored contacts in our eyes.

I don't think I am a hater of weave, but I admit I don't understand it, but then again, I've never worn weave, and I never thought weave was a good way to give my hair a "break", that is what protective styling is for. I also don't understand that if you do have waist length hair,how a weave will help protect that hair, instead of damaging it, I guess depending upon the weave.

I also understand that white women wear weave, they are also victims of unrealistic beauty ideals.

So I guess the point of the blog is this, is the concept of weave, color contacts, and hair dye a result of white or non black beauty standards, or are people just trying to enhance themselves or go for a different look? Do mainstream beauty standards have no impact on black women at all?

The Doll Market

So now that I have a girl, I'm looking at dolls. Not that she cares now, honestly she doesn't care about much now, except about when she is going to eat and if someone can change her diaper, but I was looking at dolls. The husband and I decided that it would be best if we purchased dolls of all hues, and I remember as a kid wanting a doll that looked like me skin tone wise, as it meant to me as a kid that I was pretty too, and that Barbie wasn't the only pretty girl out there. Now, I'm a child of the 1980s, which means that the concept of racial inclusiveness when it came to dolls was that black Barbie would look just like white Barbie with darker skin. It was better than nothing, but it still wasn't where it needed to be. Now we are in the year 2010, and I know that by now things have improved and changed in the doll market and the multicultural niche was filled. It hasn't.

It seems that the major doll manufacturers haven't stepped up the game. It appears most the "black" dolls are still pretty white looking.Yes they have tans, but they seem to be lighter hued, or have green or hazel eyes. They all tend to have silky straight hair, and there is no such thing as a biracial dolls to the major doll manufacturers. Luckily, there is a niche market that appeals to this segment of the population. Unfortunately the dolls all tend to be blond with "kinky" or "curly" hair and have hazel eyes, because apparently biracial people all come out looking mostly white with some black features. Just to give you an idea, when I did a google search for biracial dolls, this is what I came up with:

Not to mention these "niche" dolls tend to be kind of expensive.

So I guess I will look forward to having to search for dolls for Rabbit.


It's Already Started: The Color Question

It's already started

OK It took a few days, but it has happened. My husband's best friend is married to a special woman. This special woman has said things in the past. Here and here are some examples. So they see a pic of the baby, and she tells me, the best way to determine the color that my baby will turn out is determined by looking at the nail beds or behind her ears. I think to myself, who told her this. Another white women who is married to a black man and has biracial kids. Her mother in law told her. So obviously it's true, a black person told her. I hate when this happens. A black person tells a white person something and because that black person told them something, it must be true of all black people, and all black people believe this.

The looking at the ears and nail beds test to determine skin tone is not accurate. It's an old wives tale, and to be honest, I don't give a damn what color my child is, I just want her healthy.

Why do people care what color she turns out. We'll figure it out sooner or later.

Right now she is red. I assume she will come out tan. I really don't care, she's beautiful to me.


Gay People and Racism

As you guys are all aware, I don't think people are able to see the humanity in others. Case and point, I've been on youtube arguing with a gay man. A gay man who responded to this video:

Now this video is supposed to be light hearted and fun. I was laughing at the video, but of course the racists came out in full force.

Now, obviously none of the racists actually watched this video. The video was a joke. The man claimed he invented the Flux Capacitor!!!!!

So the usual diatribe came about. The why do folks have black history month. Black people get hand outs. Black people complain and whine too much. Black people are the reason for the downfall of society. If we had white history month, it would be considered racist. You know the usual stuff.

In particular, a gay man jumped in on the conversation. He believes that blacks whine so much, we just get everything handed to us. Like we shout and the rest of the world bends over backwards. We also don't have fathers. We have no work ethic, and we're racist against white people. He's mad white people don't have a television network. He also made the assumption that black families are horrible. Another assumption made was that HBCU's didn't have scholarships and quotas to increase diversity (i.e. non-black people, primarily white people), only "white colleges" do that. He also told me of my love of KFC. No one told him a good southern girl doesn't eat KFC.

I often wonder how two different groups with similar struggles (note I didn't say the same, but similar) of stereotypes, being denied rights, and oppression could have such a huge disconnect. This man vehemently fights to defend gays all over youtube, I went to his profile page where you can see his various comments about gays and gay rights. He doesn't seem upset about the channels and magazines dedicated to gay people like Logo, OUT, the Advocate, or Curve. He is however upset about BET, Ebony, Jet, Black Enterprise, and other things that target a black demographic. Does he not see his hypocrisy? I wonder how he felt about Dan Savage and his race debacle? Much like the white women who so vehemently scream about blacks getting the right to vote before women, but completely ignoring that many blacks were not able to vote years after women got the right to vote. The same ones who talk about affirmative action as if they aren't protected under the same exact laws they are complaining about.

How do we get people to see each other's struggle, without dismissing those struggles?


I'm A Mom

I'm supposed to be 35 weeks pregnant, but I'm not. I'm a mom. A mom to a girl about 4 weeks early. A mom to a girl sleeping right next to me as I write this.

Today is my birthday and I got the greatest present in the world just two days before. How do you top receiving a brand new human? I mean there are no cool clothes or cars that can match that. Of course, just because I had a baby two days before my birthday does not mean you can go around pretending you don't owe me a gift either.

Just some info. For blog purposes and nickname purposes, her name is Rabbit. She is called Rabbit because she has some huge honking feet. Rabbit feet.

She was born on February 16. Now my husband is screwed, he has to worry about Valentines Day, her birthday, and mine, which is February 18.

She weighs 5lbs 5oz. She sleeps alot. She has a hairy back. It's one of the 1st things I noticed. I don't have to worry about waxing her because it's lanugo and goes away with time. I hope so. She also has hair on her ears. I feared for a while my child was a werewolf. Hey at least she doesn't look like this:

She's kind of demanding, but really cute, and I really like her. She will be blogging probably in a couple of months. She's that awesome and smart. It's true, the doctor told me. He told me she is mature and acts like a 37 week old. So there.


Why Do We Forgive & Forget So Easily?

Last week, I wrote about John Mayer's racist penis. In the comments, Dark_Moon made a comment about Eric Clapton being racist. Now, I had to actually Google this, as I had never heard that Eric Clapton was racist. How can a man who essentially plays black music, has been strongly influenced by black music, and loves to have black background singers, be racist? Well, read this, and let me know what you think:

Do we have any foreigners in the audience tonight? If so, please put up your hands. Wogs I mean, I'm looking at you. Where are you? I'm sorry but some fucking wog...Arab grabbed my wife's bum, you know? Surely got to be said, yeah this is what all the fucking foreigners and wogs over here are like, just disgusting, that's just the truth, yeah. So where are you? Well wherever you all are, I think you should all just leave. Not just leave the hall, leave our country. You fucking (indecipherable). I don't want you here, in the room or in my country. Listen to me, man! I think we should vote for Enoch Powell. Enoch's our man. I think Enoch's right, I think we should send them all back. Stop Britain from becoming a black colony. Get the foreigners out. Get the wogs out. Get the coons out. Keep Britain white. I used to be into dope, now I'm into racism. It's much heavier, man. Fucking wogs, man. Fucking Saudis taking over London. Bastard wogs. Britain is becoming overcrowded and Enoch will stop it and send them all back. The black wogs and coons and Arabs and fucking Jamaicans and fucking (indecipherable) don't belong here, we don't want them here. This is England, this is a white country, we don't want any black wogs and coons living here. We need to make clear to them they are not welcome. England is for white people, man. We are a white country. I don't want fucking wogs living next to me with their standards. This is Great Britain, a white country, what is happening to us, for fuck's sake? We need to vote for Enoch Powell, he's a great man, speaking truth. Vote for Enoch, he's our man, he's on our side, he'll look after us. I want all of you here to vote for Enoch, support him, he's on our side. Enoch for Prime Minister! Throw the wogs out! Keep Britain white!

Now this was obtained from Wikipedia, so I decided to get some back up sources here and here to see if you guys could make it sound any nicer or justify the comment.

Now in today's world, we would get a nice weepy apology for such things, but back then, he got away with it, it was forgotten, and we all got lovey dovey with "Tears In Heaven" and all enjoy his blue-eyed blues. He gets endorsements and is a spokesperson for big huge companies.

Look proof, he isn't racist anymore, he's friends with Buddy Guy!!!! More like he is stealing Buddy Guy's music, but hey, you live and learn, right? I mean he can't justify what he said years later? Oh yes, he does. Clapton justifies his statements. Declaring Enoch Powell as "brave" and what the man said was still relevant. His stance has softened because now he believes the poor immigrants are exploited and forced into ghettos. I guess just the non-white ones.

Eric Clapton was the inspiration for the organization Rock Against Racism. Ironically so was David Bowie, you know that white guy married to Iman. Now, you know I love David Bowie, but I can't justify his dumb ass either. I don't think fascism is all that great and that Hitler was a rock star. That's just me though. At least Bowie was smart enough to apologize and at least blame the drugs for his stupidity. Drugs don't cause racism, but you know he didn't stand by the remarks. Elvis Costello has had to apologize for calling Ray Charles a "blind, arrogant n*gger" and James Brown as a "jive ass n*gger" and he didn't even do that onstage, but rather in a drunken stupor at a Holiday Inn bar.

So why do people continue to support people like Clapton? I feel a celebrity should put out a half assed apology before we all pretend we love them again.

Why do we forgive and forget? I hold a grudge too long to forget. I think others should do the same in regards to folks like John Mayer and Eric Clapton.



There is nothing else to say, but DAMN. I take that back, yes there is.

Who the hell is that child that starts the song?

Janet I can't hear you as you sing with your deceased brother. Isn't that kind of creepy?

I thought Fergie got off the meth? What is wrong with her? Haven't you done this before, with a bunch of other child stars like Alyssa Milano, the whole cast of Kids Incorporated, half of Wild Orchid, Martika, Heather "Poltergeist" O'Rourke, Danny Pintauro, Alfonso Reibero, the kid who was on One Day At A Time after it jumped the shark, and Drew Barrymore at the start of her drug addiction? You think I'm kidding, but I'm not. She started doing drugs and hanging out at Studio 54 at a very young age. She was doing coke at age 10.

Is that a Pussycat Doll with a solo? Who did she gyrate in front of to get that?

I know that wasn't a Jonas Brother? I just know they weren't that desperate?

OH HELL NAW. Why Lil' Wayne? WHY? Can he go without use of Autotune?

Oh he can't, his buddy T-Pain is there, and Autotune is a requirement.

I know Jamie Foxx did not mimic Ray Charles? Ray Charles would not want to be in this mess and someone should have gotten Tony Bennett to save him from the embarrassment.

LL Cool J you're no longer hard as hell, and you no longer rock the bells.

Will.I.Am. uuuuuuuhhhhhmmmmmmm no.

Oh Busta I used to like you, what happened?

Snoop. Go back to the Dogg Pound.

Wyclef, what the hell was that?

Kanye, baby you can't live 12 days without water. You would die. Your will to live would be gone, BECAUSE YOU'RE DEAD.

It's good to see Lionel Ritchie working again?

This is too much hot mess. I can't comprehend what the hell Quincy Jones was thinking.