And the News Reporter says: “Jesus is White”

Black Cool, Diversity in the Media, Social Justice

Here, I leave you with this video, slam poet Crystal Valentine recites a very powerful message referring to when Megyn Kelly, Fox News host, declared during a broadcast that the historical Jesus Christ and fictional Santa Claus are both white men.

As I listened to Valentine’s voice, spitting words that gave me chills, the sadness and anger I felt when she said, “How can she say Jesus was a white man when he died the blackest way possible? With his hands up? With his mother watching? Crying at his feet?” It reminded me at how much change still needs to come our way.

I don’t want to say much on this post because her words are enough.




Diverse TV Shows: Beyoncé sips her “Lemonade”

Black Cool, Diversity in the Media

There is a huge absence of TV networks developing and producing television shows that include diversity. For part three of this ongoing series I will be focusing on Beyoncé’s visual film, LEMONADE. You can read part one, and part two.

The whole world tuned onto HBO Saturday night to watch Beyoncé’s film, “Lemonade,” which turned out to be a visual album.

The film was 60-minutes long and it featured music videos tied in with spoken word. This film has allowed Beyoncé to express issues from her personal life, especially her marriage to husband Jay-Z, in a way that she has never done before.

I’m connecting this as part three to my ongoing series is because she spoke and explored the issues of an ordinary black women in today’s society. She included a very famous and powerful line from one of his speeches in her song “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” Malcom X says: “The most disrespected woman in America is the black women. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman.” As he says this, many beautiful scenes of black women in America are shown, you can see their struggles and deepest emotions on their face.

Another powerful song is “Freedom,” which talks about blackness in America, Bey sings:  “Freedom, freedom, where are you? ‘Cause I need freedom, too, I’ma keep running ’cause a winner don’t quit on themselves,” in the film an emotional scene was shown with black mothers who have lost black men in their lives due to police brutality including Gwen Carr, Sybrina Fulton and Lezley McSpadden, the mothers of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

Although this film doesn’t really have much to do with the lack of diversity shown on television, it does spark a change by having one of the world’s biggest superstars use her platform by making a film that spoke about issues that individuals are experiencing in their everyday lives, black lives and black women.

Connection in #BlackLivesMatter: Is it an Overreaction?

Social Justice

Although my blog is about social justice, you can tell by all of my posts that I have been focusing more on the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s not because I feel like it’s more important but I feel like I can connect with a larger group of people about it.

Black Lives Matter became a huge hot topic this past year and when it did I connected to it because for one I come from a very diverse city where my high school was filled with only colored people and caucausians were the minority. For second, race issues have always been present with day to day activities but once Black Lives Matter came about I feel like it woke us all up.

The Black Lives Matter movement has definitely created a merge between all people from different races. It has shaken the country to be honest. With this movement a lot of things have been changed.

This movement has let us ALL not how hard it is for colored people in general to create  a successful and manageable life for themselves without facing stereotypes and that’s why so far my focus on this blog has been the Black Lives Matter movement. I will be focusing on more social justice topics throughout my journey with this blog.

How do you feel about this movement?

A Day in the Life…

Social Justice

I actually want to share two articles that I feel fit perfectly with what my blog stands for, I found these articles at a site that I visit almost daily called New Pittsburgh Courier Online. These two articles are recent and show you an example of what Black people are currently going through in today’s society which is why I decided to title this post ‘A Day in the Life..’

 In Cincinnati, Charles Harrell, 29, was followed and arrested by a white male police officer for supposedly “jaywalking.” Harrell actually recorded the whole thing and told the officer that he was scared because he was following him. The video has gone viral and it has brought up more questions and concerns about Black people and people of color in general being stopped, harassed, and arrest by police officers.

Down in Greensboro, Georgia at Greene County High School,  a black student, Shaniaya Hunter, was called “the dumbest girl I have ever met” by her own male teacher after Shaniaya missed school for a couple days due to a health issue and asked the teacher for help to catch her up with schoolwork. Shaniaya was able to record this conversation on her iPad.

The reason why I felt the need of sharing these articles is to show how powerful the internet is. Both incidents were recorded and shared online. There are also common themes with both accidents. They both involve black people and white men. And on top of that these civilians are being arrested and verbally abused for what good reason? For being black? Is this okay? It’s clearly not but this isn’t the first time any issue like this has come up… but nothing is changing.

And this ladies and gents is a day in the life… What if this was you?

Re: Trump’s America

Social Justice

Donald Trump has been the face of racism throughout his presidential run. He has spoken negatively about racism, especially immigrants and this has caused people of color to speak up and defend themselves while others still stand with him and support his campaign, many people didn’t take his presidential run seriously at first but in the end this is Trump’s America. His campaign is basically built around controversy.

Trump held a rally at Valdosta State University and only the Black students that were there were asked to leave because they were accused of protesting. This definitely shows that Trump is doing nothing but exposing racism and making it seem like it’s okay and acceptable.

We all know racism didn’t happen overnight but the things Trump has been doing are adding more fuel to the fire that has been burning for years. And this is a great example of how danger he can put in people’s lives by instilling fears on others and making it seem as if the Black students attended the rally only to protest instead of just going to hear him speak.

In the video below you’ll be able to hear some of the students that were kicked out explain what happened and why they wanted to attend the rally.

How do you feel about this? Still agree with Trump running for president?

Does #OscarsSoWhite Change Anything?

Black Cool

At the 88th Academy Awards (aka “the Oscars”) on Sunday night, Chris Rock after being so quiet about the #OscarsSoWhite issue, spoke about race head-on with no remorse or care at those he made feel uncomfortable. Many people at home, including myself, applaud him for finally doing something we’ve been waiting  for. He addressed the #OscarsSoWhite issues and made it clear to the whole room that Hollywood is racist but that things are changing. He also explained why this suddenly became an issue, “We were too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer,” he said. “When your grandmother’s swinging from a tree, it’s really hard to care about best documentary foreign short.”

It all began when Jada Pinkett-Smith uploaded a video on her Facebook which started the boycott movement. With the caption of the video being, “We must stand in our power,” Jada Pinkett-Smith explains that she will not be watching (or attending) the Academy Awards because of the lack of acknowledgement for black people.  “Invoking the Rev. Martin Luther King’s legacy on his birthday, two prominent African-Americans announced Monday that they will boycott this year’s Academy Awards over a lack of diversity among nominees,” wrote Brandon Griggs while he went into further details explaining why the boycott was happening. You can watch Jada Pinkett-Smith’s video below:

Yes, this was honestly a huge moment on TV for us colored folks not only because a black man addressed race issues in front of an almost all white audience but also because this is the first time something like this has happened. Yesha Callahan explained it all in one sentence when she wrote, “The comedian came, he saw the sea of white faces in the audience and he conquered.” In her article she also explained the hits and misses of this years Oscars involving Chris Rock.

There were many different sketches throughout the ceremony but the one that took everyone by storm was when Stacey Dash came onto the stage and congratulated everyone by saying, “Happy Black History Month,” when a couple months ago Dash stated in a very controversy interview how she thinks we should get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards, where you’re only awarded if you’re black. You can watch the sketch below:

I am glad that issues involving race are being more actively addressed by stars who have bigger platforms and can actually help the black lives matter movement, even stars like Angela Bassett said in a Breakfast Club interview, “When I see more inclusion [in the Academy Awards], that’s when I can get more excited, when I see the work of what life looks like.”

But even if things do change and even if diversity is included more, race is still going to be a visible issue. Recently there was a  problem involving Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in which he had to write an internal memo to his employees in which he spoke about people in his staff crossing out “black lives matter” and replacing it with “all lives matter.”

This was written on the company’s “free expression” wall. “We’ve never had rules around what people can write on our walls,” said Zuckerberg in the post. “We expect everybody to treat each other with respect.” Here is his full post:

Ultimately, will things ever change?

Beyoncé is #UnapologeticallyBlack

Black Cool

For my first post I’d like to celebrate Beyoncé’s Superbowl performance of her new song “Formation.” The song and music video both broke the internet with the words and visuals that it has and how much it speaks for the Black Lives Matter movement. After her performance people kept spreading “unapologetically black” through social media.

The music video used footage from the New Orleans music documentary (That B.E.A.T), general references of civil rights, the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and “Stop shooting us” slogans, riot police, and also Hurricane Katrina and the song has lyrics like “I like my baby hair and Afros. I like my Negro nose with Jackson 5 nostrils,” in an interview she said this song makes her feel proud and she wants people to love themselves.

Many can agree that this performance was a great tribute to the Black Panthers where you can see the dancers wearing berets and having Afros. Although this spoke volumes and was a force towards creating a change, a lot of people felt as if her performance and song are “racist” and decided to have a protest outside of the NFL’s HQ. I celebrate Beyoncé for being able to use her platform to speak up for those who cannot.