Tuesday, February 06, 2007
I thank you.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Sunday, February 04, 2007
The film brought back conversations that I have had with myself and my close girlfriends. And I am sure it's a conversation that will continue for years until we address the issue of what we show in the media - and everywhere else. It's all about your skin tone baby - no matter what part of the world you are from. Skin lighteners sell like crazy in Africa yo'. It's a b***h... It still stings me when I recall some boy telling me that I couldnt be considered for the 'pretty girl list' (you know how kids do), becuse I was black ('...but you're really pretty for a black girl')... it also amuses me when I recall how one of my teachers would (without fail) comment about my hair style, when I walked in with freshly braided hair ('oooh your hair looks like snakes! Come here, can I touch it?! How does your mummy do that?') And people wonder why black women are obsessed with their looks??! I mean, seriously...
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Anyway, I felt compelled to write today, after reading, then hearing US Democratic Presidential prospect Senator Joe Biden's comments on fellow Senator (and presidential hopeful) Barack Obama during an interview. This is what Biden said:
“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
HUH??!! That in itself had me howling, but it was a posting about what kind of difference a COMMA would have made to the meaning of this statement that got me completely baffled. Here is Joshua Micah Marshall from Talking Points Memo:
'...what if the Observer punctuated casually? That is, what if there is supposed to be a comma before 'who,' making it a non-restrictive relative clause:
“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American, who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
Thus he would mean Obama is both a). the first mainstream African-American candidate for president and b). articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy but not necessarily that he is the first African-American candidate to have these properties. This would be patronizing and stupid, but not the breathtakingly offensive sentiment suggested when the comma isn't there.
For real....?? WOW...
To be fair, Marshall does end his piece by saying that no matter where the comma is, the comment is still: 'really condescending bordering on racist. And it would still probably mean that Biden's mouth presents a clear and present danger to Democratic electoral prospects no matter what he meant. Ending his candidacy wouldn't be preemption, just legitimate self-defense.'
Cha man. So still, why go through all of that palava, if you know that the excersise is futile? Like, seriously, dude??
Anyway, comma placement aside, you can judge for yourself what Biden meant by listening here.
It really is priceless...
AND: The timing of Biden's SNAFU isn't lost on me. US Black History Month starts TOMORROW, Feb 1. Nice one Joe.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Point is, for all of his historical and heroic significance, let us make sure that his politics work for Ghana before we go and elect him because he is a superstar. If we were to elect every Ghanaian that raised our profile, then Michael Essien would be our deputy. No need for that.... and when did Annan's hair go from salt and pepper to white??! Must be Bolton and his crew...
Friday, September 22, 2006
It’s been a rough couple of weeks here in GB land, but there have been a few moments of greatness. Starting with a wonderful performance by Wunmi at SOB's in NYC last night who stated categorically that she refused to take on the labels other people put on her. 'Everyone calls me the queen of AfroBeat' she said (well, something to that effect anyway), 'but I am not. I do what I do. You put Sade is Sade's Box, Bjork in Bjork's box, so why not put Wunmi in Wunmi's box?! I do what I do. Then she proceeded to slay the audience with her brand of music, which the GB shall henceforth call Wunmibeat (hahaha).
It was a historic moment for all that know her. Then this morning, on the way into manhattan, while psyching up for another day on the grind, I saw a wonderful looking woman, dark chocolate skin with a very low afro, dyed blonde and striking eye makeup. I normally don’t feel that look, but she looked amazing. I stood in awe, I caught myself, but it was too late, she had already caught me - or so I thought. It turned out she was looking at me. Before the subway doors opened, she mouthed, ' I'm loving your jacket, its cute'. I laughed at her, and said, and I was just admiring your hair! We both chuckled, wished each other a great day.