Category Archives: The Watch Box

Should Kardashian Sistahs Get Some ‘Love’ For Having A Brotha’s Back?

I was recently drawn to a picture of the Kardashian Family on a major website.  And even though it’s 2011 it was unusual to see a Black face, Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers), among such a high profile White family — even though he’s famous among basketball fans.

(For those of you who may not know, Odom married Khloe Kardashian not long ago.)

Of course the family picture is beautiful, but I never hear the mainstream media talk about the diverse-minded attitudes of the women in the Kardashian family, particularly Kim and Khloe, both of whom have dated and married Black men.  It’s not unusual for Blacks to accept Whites into their families – we’ve done so throughout history, for the most part, so the Black angle wouldn’t really be a significant media story.

“I could be boning a White guy in the middle of the street, and they [the media] wouldn’t say anything.”

This is what a frustrated Kim Kardashian told her sister during a recent show after reading media rumors that followed her showing her soon-to-be opened NY store to friend Kanye West.  All he did was run over and check things out after she called him.  Obviously, Kim’s well aware of the media’s racism and infatuation with Black-White romance and/or sex.   Thus, it appears that Miss Kim has had enough of the — let’s be brutally honest —  “N*#%@# Lover” media report insinuations and upcoming show highlights reveal her dating practically all White men.

This is still America, and if you don’t believe we’re a racist country, look at the Tea Party signs on television.   Look at how Hollywood still has a Whiteout going when it comes to minority actors and shows.  And the list goes on and on.

Now, let’s be real, Black women might have an issue or two with any praising of Kim and Khloe for being diversity role models because many of the sistahs didn’t even like Reggie Bush, Kim’s ex-boyfriend, being put on the cover of Essence Magazine awhile back.  And quiet as kept, many sistahs are livid about Odom, and any wealthy Black man, taking their wealth into a White marriage.

Nonetheless, it really must be difficult for a high profile White female in America to date a Black man?  Yet the question has to be asked: would Kim or Khloe date an “average” Black man?

I’m not quite sure?  But I believe Kim got married at 19 to a brother, music producer Damian Thomas.  He was 29 and they divorced when she was 23.  If they didn’t date or like Black men before they were famous, I’d doubt they’d do so now with the world’s microscope hovering over them on television?  Neither Kardashian sister needs any man’s money.

For 400 years Black folks have known what it’s like to be discriminated against and we’ve always accepted those from other races into our families, so why should we view the Kardashian sistahs any differently.

I say we open the door and welcome the Kardashian girl’s on into our home.

A Black ‘Soul Check, One-Two,’ On the Social Consciousness Spike ‘n Perry Mic


You Get What You Pay For So Pay Spike’s Price, or Get Perry’s Buffoonery.

In Life you get what you pay for and Black folks have chosen apathy, materialism and entertainment over activism.  We lack the social consciousness or motivation to do anything significant about our dismantled family units, double unemployment rate, on-going poverty, or our exclusion from TV and Film (other than playing buffoons).  And when we do get a “decent” show like, say  “Undercovers,” most of us look for flaws and don’t support it.

Only the truth can set you free, and the truth is that too many Black folks are great at talkin’ loud, but doin’ nothin’.

You know, an empty can always makes the most noise?

Case and point:  I participated in an online vote on a Black website asking which filmmaker I prefer, Spike Lee, or Tyler Perry – two filmmakers whose works represent polar opposites.  Upon clicking on the results, I disappointingly discovered Perry won with 69 percent of the vote to Spike’s 29 percent.

The vote results reflect the some in the Black community’s corrupted mindset and is another example of why our families and community has deteriorated over the last 30 years or so.  The vote results also reveal that we cannot be taken seriously and do not have the mental fortitude to overcome our dire circumstances or fight racism.

Is that an empty can I hear rolling down the street?

From “School Daze” to “Inside Man,” Spike’s movies are complex, while Perry goes for laughs in drag.  Just one of Spike’s messages: be a man Black man; Perry’s message:  Black boys, you can be a girl if you want to.  One must conclude that even those Black’s who were educated and technologically adept enough to read an online survey and vote, obviously cannot differentiate the importance of Spike’s work from Tyler’s buffoonery.

How did we get here?

Part of the reason is that there are no Black leaders we can trust anymore.  Tavis Smiley doesn’t want to discuss why he led Black folks to sub-prime loans with Wells Fargo.  A large number of our pastors are nothing but pimps, and Black people at Pastor Eddie Long’s church even stood and cheered after discovering that it’s more than likely that he abused young Black boys.  Disgusting!  And Al Sharpton is quieter now that he’s been placated and given a seat at Obama’s table.  Not to mention that Spike, who often criticizes Perry and others, designed a logo for Absolute Vodka (as if we need more Black alcoholics).

Additionally, the NY Times reported that from 2004 to 2008, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) collected about $55 million from corporations and unions, including the exploitative rent-to-own industry, and spent more on its annual dinner party, $700,000, than it did giving out scholarships in 2008.  And some CBC members were giving scholarship money to their families.

Black folk’s insanity is also revealed by way of our blind support for President Obama (received over 90 percent of Black vote), who refuses to put Race/Racism on his agenda, much less do anything politically for Black people (told the CBC, “no special treatment”).  It’s been 40 or 50 years since the civil rights movement and we’ve regressed as a people, outside of a few Blacks making more money and superficial “firsts” like a Black president being voted into office.

The bottom line is we, Black people, are really the leaders we’re always looking for.  So step up or step off and be quiet.

Why Do We Watch?

Hollyweird and advertisers will continue to feed the Black community an abundance of comedies like “Norbit” and “Big Mammas House” as long as they see that we prefer the Intellectual Low Road.

Even Black networks – BET, Centric TV, and TV One – who are supposed to uplift us, fill their programming schedules with reruns like “Martin” and “Sanford & Son” from 15 to 30 years ago.

Hey, Mr. Hollyweird, did you say just throw them Blackies some old cans and they’ll relate to the empty noise every time?

Most Black folks are so disconnected from their spiritually conservative roots that you can turn on any type of media outlet and even hear Blacks like Russell Simmons calling other Blacks homophobic.  Well, uhhhhhhhmmmm, isn’t that being heterophobic?  But such is the “twistedness” of Black people.  Our priorities need to focus on a Black Agenda that fights racism, because you cannot hide being Black or avoid the daily, immediate, dire consequences of racism.

Also, Black women are going to have to give up the bogus Down Low Black man myth meant to further destroy the Black male image, like is being done by the “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”  In fact, there are more men wearing heels and dressed like women on that show than straight men. Glamorizing Black men in heels and halter tops will not rebuild our decimated Black family units.    Black men in heels cannot “chase” down racism, nor do they want to.

And putting Antione Dodson, the effeminate Black caricature, on the BET Awards shows Black people have lost their damn minds.  Or are they just shuckin’ and jivin’ for their Viacom Plantation Owners?

Say, Mr. Mainstream, are you really so threatened by Black intelligence and talent that you have to go out of your way to find and glamorize our emptiest cans to degrade us?

Tell me, why should other communities respect Black people when we don’t respect ourselves?

Our we have become such a jaded people that we are now comfortable with being walking contradictions with no manners or class.  For example, I just watched a video of Charlie Murphy telling a Grambling University audience – “Fuck You” and drop the check he received from the college on the stage after they started booing him.  But they had it coming to them.  Unfortunately, you can’t be nice when Black folks are on the Black-on-Black Put Down warpath.

Similarly, I’ve been appalled at the criticism of Toni Braxton after her second bankruptcy filing.  For some strange reason, Black people who don’t have any talent or have never achieved anything, actually pride themselves on ridiculing and booing successful Blacks who’ve achieved more than they ever will in their entire lives.  This has always amused me.  You can’t do better, but have so much to say.   Toni Braxton faces ridicule, and the “teenager breast signing” Nicki Minaj is a role model and contemporary hero.

Uhhhmm, is anyone going to pick those cans up?

Too bad for our Black children.  We have failed them.  The ghettos remain; most Black people are still acting like cowards in the workplace; and we still cannot get along.

Shame On Us!!!

After awhile, mainstream America is going to feel like there are too many “empty cans” lying in the Nation’s Street, and somebody’s going to come through the Black Community to clean up what they see as the rest of the garbage.  In fact, the Prison Industrial Complex has been cleaning up by locking us up for 30 years.

Yes, Black people should really be worried.

Al D’Amato, You Go Boy!

Several minutes into the Fox “Money Rocks” video segment below, former Republican Senator from NY, Al D’Amato, “goes postal” on GOP strategist Jack Burkman (I know, I’ve never heard of this “nobody,” either), who when making a point about the U.S. privatizing the postal service and his belief that postal workers are unskilled, suggested “most of these guys working in the Post Office should be driving cabs, and I think we should stop importing labor from Nigeria and Ethiopia.  That’s the skill level.”  Thus, Burkman casually and arrogantly demeaned Africans and cab drivers without even blinking.

Fortunately, Tamara Holder, a guest attorney on the show, criticizes Burkman for his “Nigerian and Ethiopean” slur.

But D’Amato lays into Burkman, calling him a “nasty racist,” and his comments about the Nigerians and Ethiopians was a “bunch of bullshit.”  As if this weren’t enough, D’Amato also told Burkman to shut up and that he needed his mouth washed out with soap.

Actually, everyone seemed to agree that Burkman made some good points regarding postal waste and the need for privatization, but his racist comments overshadowed his thoughtful analysis.

When thinking about Burkman, I’m reminded of the saying:  “I cannot hear what you say because what you are speaks so loudly.”

Touche!

Fantasia Returns

By now you’ve probably heard that Fantasia Barrino tried to end her life with sleeping pills after the reports about her dating a married man, Antwaun Cook, escalated.  Adding to her sorrows, I’m sure, was the fact that the man’s wife may be planning to sue her.  And all this, just as her new “Back to Me” album is now hitting store shelves.

It’s been reported that Fantasia even had it out with the wife, Paula Cook, on the phone, telling her, “He don’t want you,” according to a news station who has reviewed Paula Cook’s court document statements.  “Maybe the next time you get a husband, you’ll know how to keep him.  That’s why he’s here with me,” continued Fantasia, allegedly.

If this is true, I bet Missy Fantasia regrets running her mouth now that ol’ wifey is trying to reach into her pocketbook for some of that “revenge money.”  The fact that the Paula Cook is able to do this is because of a somewhat obscure state law that applies in North Carolina, where she lives?

But when will people learn that if a cheater cheats on his (or her) mate, he’ll probably cheat on you, too.

And have you noticed that “drama” seems to follow some people around?  Not only is she a loud Drama Queen, but so is her family, especially her younger brother, the one that’s always calling himself a “boss” and spending Fantasia’s money.

Not to mention that wifey has also documented that Fantasia and her hubby made a sex tape.

And as if that weren’t enough, Oprah and Monique want to interview the wife.

However this all works out, Fantasia, just having appeared on the “George Lopez Show,” said she now realizes her suicide attempt was a mistake.  She spent time in some sort of treatment

My “two cents” advice to Fantasia is spend less time screamin’, shoutin’, and hallelujah-ing about “the trouble you’ve seen,” send the camera’s home (TV reality show in its second season), and go inside yourself for some long-term introspection.  And send homeboy packin’.

I’m pulling for her and I believe she’ll be okay.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iElCZDWkYKE

Omarosa: I Know A Hoochie When I See One

SHE'S BACK! Omarosa seeks a hubby on "The Ultimate Merger."

 

Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, formerly the Queen of Mean on “The Apprentice,” just finished up her Donald Trump produced “The Ultimate Merger” (on TV One), where she was courted by 12 male suitors over several weeks.

Now we all know that Omarosa is the epitome of one being self-important, never passing up an opportunity to tell anyone who would listen that  she once worked in the White House.  But during some of the shows I watched, this upscale hoochie repeatedly acted like a lady one moment, and a Wild Banshee in heat the next, as if she was puttin’ it down at “The Players Club”:  “Don’t stop!   Git it, git it!  Drop dat booty – know you wit’ it!”

I enjoyed the show for its entertainment value, and I do think Omarosa is a sexy, attractive piece of chocolate, but ‘s obvious covers up her inadequacies with a superiority complex.

Omarosa ultimately whittled her list of potential suitors down to only one man, the winner, Ray Lavendar, the singing, married bad boy.  Yes, Ms. Looking for Love sent all the other single men packing and cried in the hallway over Lavendar like a 16-year-old school girl, desiring the man she knew she could never have.

Her behavior is the same as a lot of successful and unsuccessful Black women who also like to chase bad boys or married bad boys –- all while draped in a Christianity Cape, under the illusion that their “better” than other women.

But Omarosa’s peculiar insanity was also evident in how she constantly glorified her visiting pastor (a judge on the show), who slobbered all over her like she was a big ol’ helping of sweet potatoes and fried pork chops.  Pastor “please gimme some of dat” couldn’t take his eyes off of her.  And I loved how she kept referring to him as her ‘spiritual adviser.’”

Imagine that?  When she finally gets a husband, I’d like to be a fly on the wall when she tells him, “Honey, I’ll be back in a few — I’m going to see Pastor ‘Please Gimme Some’ . . . uhhh, I mean, I’m going to see my ‘spiritual adviser.'”

In reality, Omarosa’s that chick that sits up in front of the church with the tight skirt, crossing and uncrossing her legs, in full view of the pastor.

While running one prospect’s contract through the paper shredder at the end of one elimination round, Omarosa looked at him and said, “I’m in the ministry, and I cannot proceed with this merger in good conscience.”  Yet, this is the same Holy Woman that had Karrine Steffans, better known as “Super Head,” on the show, calling her one of her best friends.  Most know Steffans from her having written two books about how she “did” half the rap industry some years ago, and was passed around like a joint.

But what I kept thinking was, “Hmmmm, now what in the world would these two have in common?”

“Don’t stop!  Git it!  Git it! . . . .”   They’re freaks.   (And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  But don’t perpetrate.)

A quick message to the “My man gotta be a Christian” sistahs out there: if you’re going to act “holier than thou,” carry your bible around, and beat men over the head with bible quotes, then don’t be a hypocrite and act like you cannot date or marry certain men because they’re not a Christian or don’t go to church on a regular basis.  The only one really buying the “holier than thou” charade is you.   Believe it – sane men and women see it coming from a mile away.

The problem with Omarosa and her “species of women” is they practically always have more than a few skeletons in the closet, and just found a new way –- by wrapping themselves “in Jesus name” –- to pimp a different game, the superiority game.  But behind the superior attitudes are usually feelings of inferiority because these women were often made to feel “low” in their past hoochie life — but now they seem to be seeking some type of revenge on men, in general.

Additionally, Omarosa has gold-digger tendencies and any relationship she has with someone who’s not rich and/or famous, or who cannot “pimp the word,” will not last.  It’s all about the “show” with her.

Ultimately, Omarosa didn’t select a winner because, like all of the other “searching for love” shows,  she and Trump are looking to do an “Ultimate Merger II,” just like Ray J, Flavor Flav, Bret Michaels, and all the rest did.  And the TV love show thing is never sincere, because you cannot find love on TV when everyone is just a wannabe actor or actress looking for their first or another 15 minutes of fame.

Just remember: be you and do you — but don’t be fake.