Overwhelming a "nay" on this one. Clearly Jada's world is different from most, but she can't be that out of touch with the public to realize that most Black women do not think that they are represented fairly and consistently enough in the U.S. to give up what few urban media cover outlets there are - at least that is what the comment-sphere is showing. Or is it more about provocation, in general? This whole incident shows that almost anything race-related will get traction and attention. These spurts of conversation give quick, albeit shallow, avenues for conversations that would not otherwise be had. The interesting thing here is that the comment-arena gets more to the root of the issue (citing economic disparity, etc) moreso than Pinkett herself, and therein lies the real heart of the matter. Until people begin to actually admit that there are invisible barriers/inequalities, address why they persist and how it affects people economically (and, therefore, quality of life), we'll have a discussion about race that goes around and around in a circle. We have to say, though, a very hot media move on her part today - and she didn't even need the media to do it. Her social media page was enough. SmartPower in action? Now, that's a definite yay!
Mrs. Will Smith is the latest celebrity to speak out on the color divide and race matters in Hollywood. The five foot firecracker has issued a call to action for all major African-American magazines and publications to open their covers to Caucasian women, in the same form that predominately Caucasian publications have been opening their covers to women of all ethnicities so that race barriers are less prevalent. Pinkett-Smith took to her Facebook page in order to pose the thought-provoking idea to the public; she even provided examples using a mock cover of Cosmopolitan with America's sweetheart Queen Latifah on the cover, and a mock cover of Essence with academy-award winner Charlize Theron on the cover. This call to action comes on the heels of the unexpected firing of Essence's editor-in-cheif, Constance C. R. White, over conflicting ideas with Essence's board of directors about the editorial direction of the publication. Seems like Mrs. Pinkett-Smith has quite a lot to say! What say you?
...a question Jada should pose to white magazines...Apart from Michelle Obama being on Vogue's cover, I can't remember that last time I saw a woman who looks like me...on the cover of an American fashion magazine...you want us to share our covers with white women despite us not having that many covers to share...can't be serious.
No, Jada. No more dilution of the cause for nothing in return...already lent Martin, Medgar, and Emmit's legacy to gay marriage...and after all that all we have to show for it is the highest unemployment in America...Things are going backwards for blacks in America...Less black women on Essence just means less Black women shining on magazine covers.
...I doubt many White actresses would want to appear on the cover of a Black woman's magazine for fear of the PR nightmare...not to mention wondering what her presence on the cover would mean. Nice try Jada, but bad idea...
You've gotta give it to "The Daily Beast." They really come up with some amazing things that they think categorize as news and/or thought-pieces. But as long as they're going to write about this kind of thing, and there is response; naturally, we're gonna analyze opinion around it. Now, besides the fact that many people clearly state that they have no problem being considered racist if that's what it takes to allow their belief that somehow Jay-Z (and wife) are part of something a bit sinister. But beyond this, it opens up an important discussion regarding not just extreme wealth and how rare it is among African-Americans, but the shift toward social responsibility around that wealth (lest some be seen as actually something against good/God by exhibiting a lack of it). The writer is berated by commenters throughout sites for making the connection that conjecture about Jay-Z being involved in something supernatural is akin to racism. She is seen as "missing the point" by stretching and including a racial element when those of the same race as the recording artist are actually those who initiated the illuminati claims. Worth noting is also the tone of exhaustion from commenters about the term racism being so easily thrown about without any deep dialogue and new elements. Many sociologists are coming together more and more to say that we need a new race theory. And, how! In the meantime, think Jay loses any sleep at night over such accusations? And what was Samuels' inspiration for writing such a piece, anyway? Hmmmm.....
Media is buzzin' today about a piece in The Daily Beast that was written by Allison Samuels. Seems that Samuels thinks that accusations of Jay-Z being a member of the Illuminati is simply a racist move; a way to discount his meteoric rise and hold onto success. The video "report" (on BeastTV) has gotten a lot of play and discusses secret society symbols and the like. This might be a first, however, that Illuminati accusations are connected to racism. Let's see what commenters think.
Funny. Don't they always say that charity begins at home? Nice that Dunham is involved in this situation (whether it was a ploy by some or not) but given that her show is consistently under fire for not portraying the true diversity that is New York City, her attempt leaves her open for critique. At any rate, the comments show that we in America are dying for true discussions about race relations, changing perceptions about race, imbalance and more; yet there is nothing consistent and holistic. It's catch as catch can as we move deeper into the SmartPower era where new values are unfolding. Given that Millennials are the most diverse demo our country has ever seen, we'd say: watch for some very interesting new platforms to be created so that this generation doesn't have to go through the same as its elders when it comes to the area of race!
Star and creator of HBO's hit series Girls, Lena Dunham has petitioned the students at her alma mater to keep the peace. Oberlin College has recently come under fire for what some are calling racist actions by a few individuals. Anti-semetic and anti-black sentiments have been strewn across walls on campus, and some students claim to have seen someone dressed in Ku Klux Klan robe on Monday night. Oberlin College was one of the first campuses in the United States to integrate, so news of such intolerance comes a disheartening not only to students but to alumni. Classes have been cancelled until further notice. Fans think what?
As a father of an Oberlin student...Do I get the cost of a day's tuition knocked off my bill?... who could argue against a community coming together and talking about race relations? Even if the events that sparked this were "fake," the end result is a positive.
One for the race theory revision books, for sure. As we examine our current period's issues with diversity, quotas and more, perhaps we are using fictional worlds to analyze and question in a way that makes it more palatable. For sure, race is a truly sensitive topic in this country, and the comments, particularly the last one, demonstrate this. While many fans welcome the introduction of a new character, claiming that the show has become too predictable, others see it as a tedious result of social pressures/norms. We do not often like talking about race precisely because we have little or no practice at true conversations about it. Feelings are often times overly-heightened or suggested to be completely squashed. Let's see if "Downton Abbey" can potentially be an avenue to intelligent discussion. But here's something we'd love to know now: who will be cast as this hot singer dude? Hmmmm.....
It may be 2013, but adding diversity to television programming seems to still, sadly, make for media news. Case in point? The hit series on PBS, "Downton Abbey" has just announced it will add a Black character to next season's storyline. The character is said to be a singer and will possess a certain "X" factor. Let's see what viewers think of the new news!
Why does diversity = "getting a black man"? To quote many an after-school special, there are other races....Not that I'm against the idea per se but this decision seems more reactionary than thought out.
More on implied racism here without any overt racially charged words being used. Second time this week (see our anaylsis on the Florida cop offering to kill President Obama). Our original analysis still stands but now we think this could be a new phenomenon. Stay tuned!!!!
Rock star Steven Tyler said if Bob Dylan appeared on the show, new Americon Idol judge Nicki Minaj would have sent him to a cornfield. Minaj replied by calling Tyler a racist because he has not seen her judge a single contestant yet, and she felt his comment implied that due to her race and genre specialty that she would not be a fan of Dylan. In a series of tweets, Minaj also cursed at Tyler and told him to speak to the producers of the show since he wanted to keep his job so badly. Tyler made the comments while criticizing the alleged Mariah Carey - Minaj beef. Ooooh-weeeee....
... How dare she be so disrespectful to legends like Steven Tyler, Mariah Carey, etc who have more talent in their pinkies than she does in her entire body?! There was nothing racist about what Steven said ... It’s ridiculous she’s so quick to pull the race card ... I need her to go away and become irrelevant ASAP.
... Back in the slave days ... blacks were forced to come and work on white peoples corn fields for next to nothing or food and water. So what Tyler is saying is that in Bob Dylan's day when the slave trade was still in force Nikki would have sent him to the corn fields along with the other black slaves rather than notice his talents. ... Bringing the fact she is black and would have sent another black person into a situation like that is wrong in my eyes.
Send Bob Dylan back to the”Cornfield” as Bob Dylan was born and raised in a rural town in Minnesota. Don’t see how this statement could possibly be racist ... Anyone of intelligence just doesn’t fall for the race card thing anymore. ...
Lots of heat on this one. Of course, Coulter wouldn't have it any other way - that's her brand and how she eats. The interesting thing here in the comments is how the exchange between Goldberg and Coulter is magnified. So does one need to be part of a race in order to speak to how certain major events have and have not effected it? If so, might one need more than just general sentiment to come to a definitive conclusion? Academic and author of "Race Matters", Cornel West has said that empathy is not just trying to imagine what others are going through but having the will to get up enought courage to do something about it. Think that might apply to this situation?
The guest of honor on 'The View', this past week, was conservative and controversial Ann Coulter, who has recently published a book called "Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama". Coulter began talking about her intent in the publication, which was to partly show that the OJ verdict was a success for Black Americans, and this led Whoopi to question her what she knew about being black, and how it felt. The two women kept bantering, until the entire show and its hosts were inaudiable. What are people saying about Coulter's attempt to reconcile racial law verdicts, and Goldberg's attack?
Ann coulter had no facts to work off of just B S in HER own head. Why do people listen to all the hate that comes out of her mouth. She lost the argument because she had no facts just theories...she was talking about her conservative, white elite viewpoints.
Ann Coulter is right! I notice she was never allowed to make her point. How many times was she interrupted? And of course the liberals had to outnumber the conservatives on this show. This time was 4 liberals to 2 conservatives...These ladies think they know it all...
Pseudo-conservative propaganda! This woman is insinuating that the O.J. Simpson trial verdict was a shift in favor to ALL black people due to a history of harsh treatment and sentencing to people of color from our justice system. Insane!...Her opinion has as much credibility as that of Honey Boo Boo's mom...
Madonna has always been known to provoke. That's her thing. And it would be apparent to anyone that the statement does not reflect a belief which she holds. Rather it creates further discussion around a talking point that won't seem to go away. The topic of race continues to be a sensitive area in this country. Add to it, Islam and some people go crazy. The comment soup confirms that there are still issues to be addressed about the left-over issues of historic racism, what could be considered the triviality of race categorization and of course distance from a differing race that seems to be indignant (In fact, see the book "Things White People Like" about section that says that white people love to find an issue about which to become indignant and then express that indignation - particularly about race. It's a scream!) Again, we are not in post-racial anything. This is all still about examining boundaries, beliefs and where we are going next. Stay tuned!
Madonna, who is known to be a supporter of President Barack Obama, called him a "black Muslim." Later she said that she was being ironic. Obama opponents have spread rumors that the president was secretly a Muslim and that he was not born in the U.S. Madonna made the statement during a spontaneous endorsement speech at a concert in D.C. In her speech, as seen in a YouTube video, she says that it's amazing and incredible that there is an African-American in the White House and for better or worse there is a black Muslim in the White House. She also said people should support him because all this meant there is hope in this country and because he is fighting for gay rights.
If Madonna had been somewhat more articulate..and had instead said the following: It says something.. about America that despite its tragic history of slavery and segregation, and despite the 9/11 attacks, it has elected a man as President who not only is black, but whose father is a Muslim. ...would you have felt better?