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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Welcome to the Boondocks

Unless you've been under a rock for the past few weeks without a television, you should know about the Boondocks. This new show on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim is based on a politcal comic strip that deals with such issues like the treatment of Hurricane Katrina evacuees (or refugees or whatever you want to call them), the most recent issue of the bird flu, and race, from an African American perspective. But the two main characters Huey and Riley express their like most adults would. If you would like to catch the show it appears at 11 p.m. CT on Saturdays and new episodes 10p.m. CT on Sundays.

Mr. Chappelle

Finally I can blog again...
In these recent months we have come to know Mr. Chappelle and his antics. Mr. Chappelle depicted racial issues like the Black Klan member. Along with social issues such as celebrity guilt or innocence due to their race and status. But recently Dave has been trouble that the wrong group has been laughing a little too hard at his jokes instead of realizing that he was telling how society looks at race in our country in a sort of twisted way. Some called the show offensive. I basically called it telling the truth.

Monday, November 07, 2005

You have been...

The story of Bamboozled is a deep and troubling look at race, gender, society, and money. It all boils down to what goes beyond what is wrong, what is true, and what is acceptable when it comes to the issue of race and the positive and negative viewpoints of what is called life. The movie depicted all shades of the black community, from the "sell-outs" like Delacroix, the strong black women like Sloan, to the hostile and violent Mau-Mau group, and pawns caught in the middle like Man Ray and Womack.
Much of what the movie showed was unfortunately true, such as people in TV land not wanting to see the black community in a positive light, like the Cosby Show and A Different World. They want to see the negative aspects such as the criminals on Cops or the violent and dehumanizing world of hip-hop where the only way to live is to kill.
Another point of the movie was the essence of time. The clock tower in Delacroix's apartment never seemed to move with the time. It made me wonder has view of African Americans change over time or do others still see us a ignorant savages in the jungle, butlers and maids who's objective is only to serve their White masters, or bafoons that serve only to entertain the White audience to see African Americans the way they want to see them. And what about us African Americans? Do we have a price on dignity and pride of who we are? Or for a contract for millions of dollars we let people see us the way they want to see us. Will the clock ever move or will we still be stuck in time as just pawns and entertainers for those who pay the right price.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Rosa Parks

If case some of you have not already heard, Mrs. Rosa Parks has died. She was 92. This December will be the 50th anniversary of her brave actions that jumped start the core of the Civil Rights struggle. In December of 1955 Mrs. Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus that was in the Black section of the bus to a White man. For this she was arrested, fined $14 (back then that was a bit much), and as a result lost her job at a department store. Her actions sparked a bus boycott that influenced a 26-year-old Martin Luther King, Jr. to get involved. If not for her actions the subject of segregation of public transportation would not have questioned. She will be missed, but always be remembered.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Jessica and Shoshanna

After researching and comparing both stories of Jessica Lynch and Shoshanna Johnson it has lead me to believe that the military and the media can forget one story and remember another one. Both Shoshanna and Jessica were a part of the same unit that was ambushed in Iraq, and both were injured and tormented in their ordeal as POWs. But did Jessica recieved so much more media hype than Shoshanna, even though Shoshanna was held prisoner longer than Jessica. Both women were serving and making sacrifices for our country and both women deserved the same amount of attention. Both women should have been released as private first class instead of just Jessica. In my eyes both women are heroines and they should have been treated with the same upmost respect.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

JOUR 4250

This blogspot is for the students of JOUR 4250 Fall Semester at UNT.