What would you say if someone re-imagined slavery? A simple script edit could change the en-slaved African into a so called ‘immigrant’?
The UN has declared December 10th, Human Rights Day, concerned world citizens are encouraged to stand up for someone’s rights. Today we stand for a baby who does not yet have the strength to stand on her own. #standforwisdom
Author Claims Only People of Extreme Poverty are More "Dysfunctional" and "Ignorant" than ‘Black’ People
Where does one start with such a statement? Or better yet what kind of a person would utter these words? I suppose it would be best to begin with the latter. Controversial self-proclaimed relationship author Ro Cutno aka Rokisha Cutno has popularized her work using shock value to garner supporters and enemies.
Yes, turkey day has arrived and melinated social media is 'turnt up'. The divide is deeply contrasted between those who will and those who won't. For the 'conscious' mind the historical value and hypocrisy of this day reminds them of their own oppression and on this principle many openly reject celebrating it. Thanksgiving facetiously renamed Thanks-taking has evolved into a day to share historical information in hopes of awakening the 'black' community.
A national taste for historical prospective on American chattel slavery has reignited this year. If you listen closely you can hear and see social media patron’s complaining and murmurings about their 'slave fatigue.' Some even have gone as far as to demand that more 'when we were kings and queens' movies be produced as opposed to all this ‘slavery stuff’. Titles such as, Underground, Roots Reboot and now Nate Turners story retold in The Birth of a Nation dissuade many descendants of slaves from watching, reading or even wanting to have a productive dialogue about it.
The Angry 'Black' Woman (ABW) stereotype is under the microscope in this season's OWN network premiere of Fix My Life featuring Iyanla Vanzant. Vanzant is a self-help guru who has authored dozens of books and sold millions of copies. The season premiere of her show sparked across the internet a myriad of headlines that boast of very aggressive terms such as destroy, tackle, and dispel the so-called myth of the Angry 'Black' Woman. Yes, I know I am a bit late to the conversation as we sit on the doorstep of the last episode of the four-part series, however, I found it a great opportunity to watch the series with a bit of continuity. As the author of Angry 'Black' Woman Syndrome Revisited, I found so much of what was being perpetuated very disturbing. Half way through watching I had to remind myself that this was a show, a reality tv show at that.
In the opening credits Vanzant emphatically proclaimed that the Angry 'Black' Woman stereotype is a myth. There are many scholars who have researched and voiced their findings on this topic. I am one who has studied in detail this 'myth' and I have to differ with Vanzant’s approach in addressing it. Did the OWN producers spend thousands of dollars to recruit, promote and produce a four episode series on a lie? I question how were the show’s producers able to find women who proudly proclaimed that they were indeed angry if no such person according to Iyanla exists? One attorney, Gloria, 46, and divorced is heard testifying that "Black woman are angry and they have a reason to be."
To be angry or not to be angry that is the question.
The direction of the series appears confusing at times. With a watchful eye and a keen ear you can hear Iyanla pushing to negate and justify the claim of the ABW at the same time. Would you seek healing from an ailment that you don't have? How can you fix what doesn't exist? On this premise I decided to continue listening and watching. I look forward to seeing the last episode this coming Saturday night after which I will give a full recap and review of the series on my Youtube Channel.
Until then continue to use critical thinking when consuming information about life, love, and healing from 'reality' tv.
Images of uncontrollable 'black' women flood the banks of social media like the yearly flooding of the Nile. Similarly, many are still in denial about her history, her cause and her pain. Just when you thought the coast was clear for a while another ratchet video is released to stir up the emotion and opinions of the over inundated masses.
In this recent video we a see a slender 'black' woman visibly upset for reasons yet unknown. At the start of the video piece she is seen going outside to pick her flip flops up from the door. On the recording the videographer can be heard hurling mocking remarks and jeering comments. After which the ABW re-enters the store and goes 'ballistic.' How bad was the damage?
Click to find out more and be sure to watch Emunah Y'srael's response to this video in which she shed more light on to what could have been happening in this event.
WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE
‘Black’ women from all walks of life band together on a daily basis to show international support for the topic of breastfeeding in the ‘black’ community. The news feed on ‘black women do breastfeed’ bubbles over daily with questions,comments and concerns surrounding nursing mothers, infant children, pregnancy, mother’s to be jitters and body changing concerns.
What does it mean to love being ‘black’? Created images and stereotypes plaster the walls and imaginations of we the people. Being ‘black’ has so many positive and negative connotations in today’s world. Scorned, glorified, degraded, revered, objectified, exploited and beguiled ‘blacks’ fight an up hill battle socially, physically and spiritually.