Archive for October, 2008

Kwame Kilpatrick Sez: “Y’all done set me up for a comeback”

From Stereohyped:

A sentencing hearing yesterday sealed the fate of Detroit’s disgraced former mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick. He was led to jail to spend 120 days there as part of a plea deal that forced him to resign as mayor and plead guilty to two felonies. The judge had a few words for him before she sent him away. She didn’t much like a speech he gave during a news conference after he pleaded guilty in September — after blaming everyone else for his downfall, he said, “Y’all done set me up for a comeback.”

Really Kwame?

I don’t think I’ve heard something so arrogant in my entire life. Step your humility game up, sir.

Happy Halloween!

and now, for the thriller dance:

be safe out there, kids…more posts to come next week. I’ll be mini-blogging when I got canvassing in Chantilly, VA for Obama so be sure to check me out on Twitter.

Barack Obama and Black Boys (50th post extravanganza!)

I’m not sure how many bloggers have talked about this, but whether Obama wins next Tuesday or not, I can absolutely say that his campaign has done and will do so much for the self esteem of Black boys in this country. What is it like when, in the midst of the “thug” image we see on BET every day, there is an educated Black man running for president? What is it like when wearing a suit is now the cool thing to do? I saw this picture on Yes We Can (Hold Babies) and it almost brought a tear to this strong black woman’s eye:

It is so wonderful to know that my little cousins and brothers can know that one day they, too, can become president if they so choose. How inspiring that is to our generation of Black boys who can look at Barack Obama and see that they can be whatever they want to be, including ruler of the free world. Like these two boys, who saw Obama speak in North Carolina in January 2008. Photographer Callie Shell on the shooting of this picture:

These two boys waited as a long line of adults greeted Senator Obama before a rally on Martin Luther King Day in Columbia, S.C. They never took their eyes off of him. Their grandmother told me, “Our young men have waited a long time to have someone to look up to, to make them believe Dr. King’s words can be true for them.” Jan. 21, 2008. From YWCHB

The generation after me will have so much to be proud of, so much to aspire to, because of the campaign of a Black man who was once a boy in Hawaii.

ps–this marks my 50th post! hooray!

O(bama), you went in?!

Great ad from the Obama Camp. Also, Jack and Jill Politics is reporting that Obama’s 30-minute infomercial will air tonight at 8pm on NBC, CBS, Fox, Univision, MSNBC, BET and TV One.

Girls to Sarah Palin: don’t undo what our mothers and grandmothers fought for.

Thanks to Tanya Tarr over at Not My Gal–who is, btw, DEFiNITELY my gal–for sharing this great ad with me. There is something to be said about how inclusive the Third Wave Feminism is to girls and young women. This ad proves it.

Michelle and Barack: have they changed the face of Black love?

I just recently saw the Huffington Post slideshow of the Obamas’ Greatest PDA Moments. It is what it sounds like—a collection of the best pictures of Michelle and Barack doing the couple thing: hugging, sometimes kissing in front of the kids. They are so totally cute, and it’s good to see two Black people really in love, especially in a world where married Black women are supposedly going extinct. As the product of a separated mom and dad and as someone who is currently in a relationship with a wonderful Black man, I have to say it is refreshing to see these kind of images, finally in “real” life, outside of the world of Cliff and Claire Huxtable.

Then, just this week, I had a great conversation with one of my favorite girls about how perhaps Michelle and Barack are the new threshold for Black love. You meet someone, you date for a long time and you think, “is this person my Barack?” “is this person my Michelle?” We use them as the prototype for that perfect mate. And they are a barometer by which we measure our love or like for our significant others.

A man says to his girlfriend, “girl…I think you’re my Michelle.” I’ve heard this recently and it is just about the cutest thing anyone has said to me.

Now, part of me understands that this could go awry…like if men start dropping Michelle’s name as part of a pick-up line. Today, I am discussing this comparison in the context of steady dating, marriage, etc.

So I wonder if the Obamas are becoming the gold standard for the way a Black couple should relate to each other and to the world. It used to be Will and Jada but when you see a couple who could be the President and First Lady, it gives a certain level of distinction that another celebrity couple just wouldn’t bring.  They seem loving and warm without going on cute overload necessarily.

I mean, look at them. How can you see this and not think that perhaps our views about Black love and relationships are changing?

Justin Timberlake: Vote in the Box

I’m not going to lie. I just wanted an excuse to look at JT’s cute face.