When the Fox Network released the new show, “Empire,” I was concerned about what I might see on screen. Fox is not known for producing the most favorable images of black people, so I figured this show wouldn’t be any different. For some reason, black dysfunctionality makes for great television, and there is a long line of white guys getting rich off of our willingness to celebrate all that makes us miserable.
If you do some research, you might notice some of the same things I’ve seen in this ghetto-fied hood drama: Pimps, hoes, thugs, gangsters, emasculated black men, and all kinds of other kinds of stereotypical coonery that many of us have grown tired of seeing portrayed on-screen. Lee Daniels is apparently the man responsible for this televised monstrosity, and I wonder if a day will ever come that the majority of us will refuse to support directors who pimp their people to help bigots like Rupert Murdoch get rich from modern day minstrel shows.
Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson are two of my favorite actors. They are incredibly talented and deserve every opportunity to make their money. But this is a show that I cannot support, because I have a secret dream of seeing the black community prosper, educate itself, build strong families, and become something more fitting of Dr. King’s grand vision. I can’t tell you everything that Dr. King and our ancestors wanted for our people, but I can certainly say that it had nothing to do with the crap we’re seeing in modern American media.
I also have a few things to say about Lee Daniels and his admitting that he’d like to use the show to “blow the lid off of homophobia in the black community.”I’m not sure why black people are always the target of this kind of propaganda, especially when there are millions of white conservatives who have their own issues with homosexuality as well. Not to say that any of us should be forced into a position on gay rights or that we can even agree on what it means to be homophobic, but black people do not have a monopoly on homophobia, however it is defined.
Daniels’ efforts to use media as a tool to pathologize his own people might be an even greater reflection of the mental illness he is confronting as he works to cradle a deeply abused inner child. The same way that abuse victims often become abusers themselves, Daniels has decided to abuse all of us with media messages that are stomach-churning for nearly any conscious black person to absorb. Similar to how Michael Jordan spent 20 years pissing on the world because he was the dark-skinned kid who was cut from his 8th grade basketball team, Lee Daniels (along with Don Lemon) is using his newfound power to destroy society’s perception of black people rather than build something more distinguished, thoughtful and meaningful.
Don, according to a recent appearance on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, seemed disappointed in mine and Chris Rock’s assertion about emasculated black men being preferred in Hollywood. But I stand by the fact that weak, feminine black men with no respect for their own culture will always be preferred by white society to intelligent, conscientious, masculine black males who are proud of their heritage. In other words, Daniels clearly benefits from being (in his own words), “a little Euro, a little homo and a little ghetto.” His decision to define his black heritage as being “ghetto” may not be disconnected from his remark to Larry King that he saw so many black women in the AIDS clinic that “he thought it was a welfare office.”
In other words, this man has almost no connection to his black heritage and is willing to do whatever is necessary to make himself rich, even if it’s at the expense of the entire African American Community. In the words of the comedy legend Eddie Murphy, I hope others will join me in saying, “F*ck that.”
Basically, “Empire” wasn’t created to entertain black people (although I’m sure it has black viewers). It is instead selling an image of blackness to a predominantly white audience that has been long fed stereotypical messages about what blackness represents. These thug-gangster-hoodrat images are the ones that are deeply embedded in the minds of police officers who shoot black men and potential employers who refuse to give black people jobs. Just like animals in the zoo, the world loves to observe black people at our most ratchet, because ignorant negroes are simply fun to watch.
The video below goes deeper into what I think about this show. I also reiterate that I won’t be watching, but I don’t condemn others who enjoy the show. I just want to say that we must all remember that media is one of the most powerful mind control mechanisms in existence, so remember that even though the puppets of this show are black, the puppet masters are more directly linked to your oppressor. In fact, I dare say that if the family on Empire were normal, law-abiding, intelligent, conscientious and mutually-supportive people from a stable family, the Fox Network would have gotten WHITE actors instead of black ones. Certain roles on TV are reserved for black folks. That’s why I typically support black filmmakers/production companies and have little interest in mainstream media.
I don’t like mens no more!” was the phrase heard around the Internet when viral sensation Andrew Caldwell got up to the microphone at the Church of God in Christ conference in St. Louis. Now, after countless online jokes at parodies at his expense, Caldwell would like to tell his side of the story.
Caldwell says he felt pressured to get up and speak because the previous speaker had called gays “sissies” and suggested they should “bleed from their butts.” “I went up there because I needed prayer that day. I needed so much prayer,” Caldwell says.
The presiding bishop of the church, Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., has since come forward to apologize for the previous speaker’s words. “I apologize for what seemed to be a harsh, uncompassionate, disrespectful spirit on the part of that speaker. I also apologize to Andrew Caldwell. We love all people regardless of their faith or their moral standing,” he said. But Caldwell thinks there is still a lot of learning to be done.
“They think that they can preach the homosexuals away in the Church of God in Christ,” says Caldwell. “And you can’t.” Asked about whether he was truly “delivered there on the spot,” Caldwell says, “That’s not the case…I still have desires.”
“That video caused a lot to me…mentally and physically,” says Caldwell. “I feel that, if I was delivered, God should deliver me more. But I know it takes a process. But I think it is going a little bit slow. I want God to work on my mannerisms. I want God to stop the switching…talking like a woman.” Despite the backlash, Caldwell still claims he truly wants to be delivered. “Continue to pray for me,” he says. “Because I am going through a lot each and every day.”
Andrew Caldwell has become a viral sensation ever since a video of him attending the annual Church of God in Christ convention in St. Louis started making its rounds on the Internet. Caldwell, dressed in his Sunday’s best, was seen in the video having the gay prayed away by COGIC Superintendent Earl Carter. After being surrounded by several ministers, Caldwell gives his testimony, which ended with his saying he’s no longer gay and “likes women, women, women.” Bishop Brandon Porter of Memphis, Tenn., also gave Caldwell a $100 bill after his testimony. But exactly how much of Caldwell’s story is true? In a recent interview withChurch Folk Revolution Radio, Caldwell says he hasn’t been gay for over a year.
“Well I was delivered for a year. I was raised up all my life in Baptist churches. I was sitting there and I began to sweat. I began to start crying. The Lord gave me a vision while my eyes was open that, if you continue to walk in this, if you continue to be like this, if you continue to act like this, I was going to die, have a heart attack and die. I said, ‘Lord, I’m not ready to die. I still have works to do. Souls out here that need to be saved.’ Well, He said, ‘How can souls be saved and you’re not saved?’ It’s been a year since I’ve been delivered. I have no taste for a man. I have a taste for a woman,” Caldwell stated.
Hey Myron, why is that sometimes when you tell your mate how you feel
you end up feeling bad once it’s over. Communication is supposed to be the key
in a relationship, right? If you don’t communicate how you feel, how will the
other person know when there an issue? I hate to keep things to myself. Plus, I
don’t think it’s fair for anyone.-Frustrated
Hey Frustrated, you could end up feeling bad for a number of reasons…let’s
try this one. Sometimes when were really feel like we are right we can be a
little overbearing when relaying how we feel and we can sometimes come across
as being overly critical. Some people take criticism very well. However some
don’t. Your mate might be among those who don’t…and there’s nothing wrong with
that. We are all different and process things differently.
However, you’re not
supposed to feel worse when you express your feelings. Expressing how you feel
should be a release. You’re supposed to feel better afterwards and your mate is
not supposed to be offended by it. But however, when it across like a
complaint, it’s usually pretty much taken as one. I can’t think of anyone
who likes to keep their feelings inside. When you keep things inside it breeds
resentment. And then the other person will have no idea that they’re in a
relationship with someone who’s carrying around so much hatred for them.
So what do you do in
this case? Well first, you should consider your delivery. If you love that
person, tell them how you feel without frustration in your voice. As a matter
of fact, telling them sooner rather than later helps keep you from becoming
frustrated to begin with.
Lastly, every now and
then you have to compromise. It doesn’t mean that you’re giving in when you
shouldn’t. It just means that sometimes you have to pick your battles and some
things just aren’t worth the fight. And you are right…it’s not fair to anyone.
So you should communicate how you feel. I mean who wants to hold that stuff in.
However, you should not only express the way you feel, you must also have to be
willing to listen to and understand your mate’s point of view as well.
Remember, communication is a two way street and no one can have a meaningful
conversation by themselves.
(MSN) More than a third of
Americans don't think President Obama loves America, according to a new survey.
Fewer than half of adults, 47 percent, said the president loves his country, while
35 percent said he doesn't and 17 percent weren’t sure, according to a
Huffington Post/YouGov poll released this week.
differences exist on the subject, with 85 percent of Democrats and 11 percent
of Republicans not questioning Obama's patriotism. Twenty percent of
Republicans and independents said they were unsure if Obama loves America,
compared with 9 percent of Democrats.
The poll was conducted
amid furor last week over former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's comment during a dinner in Manhattan that "I do not
believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that
the president loves America.”
Giuliani later clarified
in a slew of interviews that he didn't question Obama's patriotism but instead
the president's apparent lack of expression about his love of the U.S. compared
to previous presidents.
Despite his "blunt
language," Giuliani wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-edearlier this week, ”I didn’t intend to
question President Obama’s motives or the content of his heart."
what a president may think or feel, his inability or disinclination to
emphasize what is right with America can hamstring our success as a
nation," Giuliani added.
Many Americans in the
poll, 45 percent, say Obama is just as if not more patriotic than most people
publicly. The same poll found that 42 percent have a favorable opinion of
Obama, compared with 52 percent who have an unfavorable one.
The survey of 1,000
Americans was conducted Feb. 20-23 via with a margin of error of 4.1
(eurweb.com) In case you haven’t heard, Disco queens Evelyn “Champagne” King, Martha Wash and Linda Clifford have come together as the “First Ladies of Disco.” Look for the ladies to soon be out and about promoting their new single “Show Some Love” which is set for its worldwide release on March 25 via Purple Rose Records (www.purpleroserecords.com). The First Ladies of Disco Show is inspired by author/speaker/host James Arena’s tribute book “First Ladies of Disco: 32 Stars Discuss the Era and Their Singing Careers,” a best seller in the United States, Canada and Europe. Linda Clifford, a five-time Grammy Nominee, scored numerous hits from the 1970s through the 1980s, most notably “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “Runaway Love,” the latter considered a landmark innovation in rap history. In 1980, she released a duet album with R&B legend Curtis Mayfield, The Right Combination. She recorded the popular “Shoot Your Best Shot,” produced by Isaac Hayes, and the song “Red Light” for the soundtrack of the smash hit movie Fame. Both songs reached #1 on the American dance chart and enjoyed pop crossover success. Evelyn “Champagne” King made her dramatic debut on the disco scene with 1978’s Top 10 classic “Shame,” taken from her Gold+ debut album, Smooth Talk. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100, R&B and Dance Charts. She enjoyed great success with “I Don’t Know If It’s Right,” “I’m In Love” and “Love Come Down” in the years that followed, all of which cemented her esteemed ranking among prominent pop, club and R&B vocalists. Evelyn is the recipient of numerous honors throughout the world, among them the “Dance Music Hall of Fame Award” in 2004 and the “Living Legend Award” in 2007. Martha Wash is a two-time Grammy Nominee, known for her distinctive and powerful dramatic soprano voice. Ms. Wash has been dubbed “The Queen of Clubland” due to her ongoing success in the dance music genre. Martha’s fame would have made her mentor, the late disco pioneer Sylvester, proud. As a member of The Weather Girls (previously known as Two Tons of Fun), Wash achieved tremendous success with the immortal “It’s Raining Men,” one of dance music’s all-time greatest hits. Wash also performed lead vocals on Black Box’s chart-toppers “Strike It Up” and “Everybody Everybody,” as well as C+C Music Factory’s “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. These legendary vocalists come together to bring you one of the most talked about shows in dance music history. This collective of fiery songs, dynamic vocal delivery and non-stop energy makes the First Ladies of Disco not only a historic phenomenon, but a uniquely personal and one-of-a-kind experience. Listen to them here: