MonthJanuary 2015

#MediaQuickies 4

#KickOutTheKKK (1/30)#Kickoutthekkk

Today, UNC students gathered on the lawn of McCorkle Place to challenge the uncontextualized racist constructions on UNC’s campus, specifically Saunders Hall. Saunders Hall is named after William Saunders, a UNC alum and chief organizer of North Carolina’s KKK in the late 1800’s.

I fought back tears as I listened to current students tell stories of how their blackness is psychologically attacked on campus on a daily basis. I felt their sincerity as students demanded the University to cut ties with its racist past and to rename Saunders Hall to Hurston Hall in honor of Zora Neale Hurston, the first black student to study at UNC before integration.

I felt the students’ pain, I felt their frustration, I felt their marginalization, and I recorded it so you could feel it too:

“We’re tired of being statistics stored in the University’s back pocket, ready to pull out whenever they need to prove how ‘diverse’ they are. WE ARE WHOLE PEOPLE.” -Rally Speaker


#SGAAwards (1/25)

This media quickie is a shout out to Viola Davis who won Best Actress at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. It seems as if it has become customary this awards’ season for minorities to not only make a statement by winning awards, but to also call out their industry on its lack of diversity. Here’s what Viola had to say:

“I’d like to thank [names several people including Shonda Rhimes] for thinking a mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old, dark-skinned, African-American woman who looks like me.” -Viola Davis


#MarshawnLynch

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Marshawn Lynch has been catching hell this week because of his “lack of interview skills”. But maybe journalists just aren’t asking the right questions; Marshawn had plenty to say to Progressive  and Skittles when they interviewed him. Marshawn has also worn Beast Mode gear, his official clothing brand, during interviews (a big NO NO in the league because Beast Mode is not licensed by the NFL), despite the hefty fines associated with this type of defiance.

Does Marshawn’s actions make him an asshole? Naw, I think the real issue here is that Marshawn is offending the WPPs (White People in Power) by not playing by their rules designed to allow THEM to profit off of HIS talent. The real issue here is that, the NFL and media industry are upset because, for so long, they have controlled and profited from black bodies, and now, here is Marshawn saying:

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I’m a little late with last week’s installment of #MediaQuickies, but better late than never, right?


#SOTU Address (1/20)

Last week, President Obama reminded us all of this fact:

Not only did the State of The Union (#SOTU) address make the #MediaQuickie list because my President straight shitted on his haters, but also because, for the first time in the history of the #SOTU address (according to this Huffpost article), Transgendered individuals were directly recognized.

“As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we’re threatened…That’s why we…condemn the persecution of women, or religious minorities, or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or TRANSGENDER. We do these things not only because they’re right, but because they make us safer.” –Barack Obama

#AngelaTaughtMe (1/19) IMG_5317

I was first introduced to Angela Davis when my mother hosted a documentary screening of “Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners.” I was inspired by her intellect, her drive, her passion; these things lit a fire in me that encouraged me to speak up, speak out, and take action on issues I care about. So when I heard Angel Davis was going to be the keynote speaker for UNC’s annual MLK lecture, I was beyond excited.

But not everyone was excited for Angela’s speech entitled: “Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson to Palestine.” Being that the U.S. is butt buddies with Israel, this title did not sit well with the Jewish community and other pro-Israel groups. This lead to the omission of Angela’s speech title  in The Daily Tar Heel, UNC’s college newspaper, and the University’s announcements concerning Angela’s lecture. As people waited in line for the doors to open the night of her lecture, protestors passed out flyers for an upcoming speaker who would lecture on Dr. Martin Luther King’s Pro-Israel Legacy.

Needless to say, some people were salty about Angela coming to speak, so she opened her speech by defending its title, which she says was chosen simply to acknowledge the global intersectionality of social justice issues. Angela ended her speech with a call to action, encouraging the audience to attack the institutions that make up the structuralized racism in America,  instead of seeking individual indictments.

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 #AmericanSniper (1/16)

I went to see “American Sniper” on its opening weekend (contributing to the January box-office record it set), and I’m not gonna lie, it was a pretty good movie. I definitely gained a greater appreciation for the women and men who defend this country with their lives.  But this movie was troubling as well. It was oozing with American propaganda, perpetuating anti-Muslim and Middle Eastern sentiments.

A friend of mine sent me this article after we went to see the movie together: thewrap.com.  This article addresses the recent controversy over the film’s subject, Chris Kyle (the American Sniper), which I think is  great because it asks movie goers to think critically about how the movie portrays Chris Kyle, the war, and Iraqi people. After seeing the movie and reading this article, my friend wrote to me:

“I just felt bad that I never once thought about the effect that [the war] must have had on innocent Iraqis at any point during the movie. I started seeing them all as bad too and that’s kinda scary…,” –My anonymous “American Sniper” movie date 😉

With this said, #AmericanSniper made this media quickie list because it’s a great example of pro-American media propaganda and how easy it is to fall for the hype.

#SororitySisters (1/16)

I didn’t find out about this coonery until after VH1 pulled the show only one month after its debut. “Sorority Sisters” follows the post-collegiate lives of sorors who are alumni of historically black colleges and universities. The black Greek community went up in arms over the mockery this show made out of its organizations. Threats of advertising boycotts quickly followed the “Sorority Sisters” debut, undoubtedly resulting in VH1 quietly airing the last three episodes of the show on Friday, Jan. 16, and the AKA’s and Deltas not so quietly suspending their members featured on the show.

But my question is, how can the black community allow reality shows such as “Housewives of Atlanta” and “Love and Hip Hop” to exist, but not this one. kermit


 Okay,  #ImDone.

#MediaQuickies 2

Welcome to the second installment of #MediaQuickies. Let’s get right to it.


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S/O to the award recipients at the Golden Globes who took the time to draw attention to some of the many social justice issues plaguing this country. From diversity issues to trans issues to freedom of speech, there were some remarkable speeches that made America go “hmmmm…”

Take for example Gina Rodriguez’s speech. Rodriguez won Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series for her role on CW’s “Jane The Virgin.” Rodriguez is the first actor from CW to be nominated for a Golden Globe and is now the first to win. The fact that a Latina made history for the CW network is not to be taken lightly. Check out this heartwarming acceptance speech Rodriguez gave, acknowledging the significance of her accomplishment and what it means for the Latino community.

*Note: Fast forward to about 20 sec. It takes her a while to walk to the stage. They still have us colored folk sitting in the back of rooms. *sips tea.

“This award is so much more than myself. It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes.” – Gina Rodriguez

Other awards that warranted the Golden Globes a spot on this week’s #MediaQuickies list include Best Original Song awarded to Common and John Legend’s song “Glory” from the movie “Selma.” Best Television Series was awarded to “Transparent,” an Amazon series about a dysfunctional family who finds out their dad is a transgendered person.

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#OscarsSoWhite

Even though the Golden Globes did a good job of showcasing a diverse set of talent in showbiz, the Oscars’ recent  nomination list reminded us all who still runs Hollywood- white men. In a swift and ruthless fashion, true to the nature of disgruntled tweeters, #OscarsSoWhite began to trend hours after the release of the Oscar nominees. #OscarsSoWhite questioned why this year’s nominees lacked color and estrogen. Besides two nominees, no people of color were nominated for acting and directing roles, and outside of acting, no women were recognized.

Side Note: @CrushTheCFR: nooo, we should be honored cause our shit is dope. It’s just kinda of hard to navigate the industry’s hurdles that your white privilege prevents you from having to acknowledge.

Fresh Off The Boat

In 2014, ABC splashed some color on our TV screens, featuring a Black and Hispanic family in  “Black-ish”  and “Cristela.” I was thrilled to see some people of color during primetime, but where were my Asian brothers and sisters? So when I saw the promo video for ABC’s new sitcom, “Fresh Off The Boat,” my interest was peeked. “Fresh Off The Boat” is loosely based off of celebrity chef and food personality Eddie Huang and his book Fresh Off The Boat: A Memoir.

This is the first show to center around an Asian American family since Margaret Cho’s All American Girl’s one hit season wonder in 1994. “Fresh Off The Boat” premiers on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 8|7c. Check out the promo video below.


That’s all for this week folks. If I missed something, which I’m sure I did, leave your comments in the section below!

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Happy New Year media whistle blowers! I thought I’d try something new this year and provide ya’ll with quick comentary each week on the media moments I found most interesting. Enjoy!


#NAACPBombing

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The lack of news coverage of the NAACP bombing ignited a flame on Black Twitter this week that resulted in the birth of a tredning hashtag: #NAACPBombing. While people slowly found out (via social media) about the bomb that exploded in front of the NAACP office outside of Colorado Springs, mainstream media was up in arms about the shooting and hostage situations in Paris. Now people, I understand your frustration, but let me explain something to you from a journalist’s perspective. No one was harmed in the NAACP bombing. The bomb barely did any damage to the building. On the other hand, you had a situation where several white people had been murdered (Europeans to be specific) and many more whose lives were in danger. Of course that’s going to be a bigger news story. Add a few Muslim antagonists to the equation, and you have the formula for a story that warrents 24 hour news coverage.

This media moment left many people questioning who decides which stories receive mainstream media coverage and how much. According to USA Today, #NAACPBombing also reflected the black community’s growing frustration of the “glaring disparity in how news outlets cover violence against blacks.”

#SelmaMovie

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I was slightly disappointed #UnpopularOpinion? Granted, the movie did an amazing job at humanzing Dr. King, depicting black suffrage during the Civil Rights movement,  and mediating extreme relevance considering the recent heightened racial tension in this country. However, the storyline was slow, the climax brief, and the ending abrupt. I left the theater wanting to know more…but maybe that was the point?  We all know Dr. King, but what about the men who surrounded him and helped to lead the march from Selma to Montgomery? Men like Andrew Young, Ralph Abernathy and James Bevel? No introductions to these characters were made, leaving ignorant movie goers to assume these men were simply King’s entourage.

On the flip side, I learned a side of Lyndon B. Johnson that no public school history book would ever depict. Although he signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ensuring blacks the right to vote was initially low on Johnson’s priority list. His explanation as to why consisted of laying out the difference between a politician and an activist.

“You do your job,” Johnson told King, “and I’ll do mine.”

#EmpireFox

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My grownup life is not conducive to keeping up with shows that air after 8 p.m. With that said, I had to watch “Empire” after its original air date; however, I’ll definitely be staying up to watch this show on Wednesdays.

“Empire” is about a black family competing for the top spot in the family’s music business empire. This show made  this week’s quickie because of several reasons, but the main reason being its gay character, Jamal Lyon. I plan to pay close attention to Jamal’s character because the show’s writers have made it a point to shed light on the homophobia that exisit within the black community. I’m curious to see how not only Jamal Lyon’s character develops throughout the series, but also how his relationship with his family and in the music industry plays out.


Those were just three of the major media moments I wanted to share with ya’ll this week. Want to add to the list. Drop a line…or two…in the comment section below!

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