I read this story and I was left SMH. Chelsea Handler said she performed with Bill Cosby about a decade ago and he asked to meet her. She felt weird about the invite and she brought some friends with her. Nothing happened to her but she has added her story to the narrative. She is living in the alternate reality called what “might have happened.” She aid she believes the women because of her experience. Really? Share your thoughts.
Plenty of people have blasted Creflo Dollar for his scheme to acquire a new jet. Dollar has been mocked by the mainstream and now the church is throwing some punches. Gospel music superstar Kirk Franklin has questioned Dollar’s character but should he? He who is without sin should throw the first stone and it is no secret in gospel circles that Franklin has had to deal with his own demons. So does he have the right to speak against Dollar?
“I think for Starbucks there was something — well, brave isn’t quite the right word — but there was something aggressively interested in challenging people to have a conversation who were not the kind of people who generally have these conversations,” said former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien.
Mo’Ne Davis called slut by Bloomsburg University Baseball Player…he is kicked off the team, and she ask team to give him a second chance
Disney is making a movie about Mo’Ne Davis the baseball sensation when Bloomsberg University player Joey Casselberry heard it he took to Twitter and called Davis a “slut”. He was dropped from the team and Davis asked the University to give him another chance. The University stands by its decision but the bigger question for me is why would a college student refer to a child as a slut. The word is ugly, but I wonder if he meant it in its truest sense of is this just the coursening of our language? Did he actually think the tweet was acceptable or is this just a 140 character fail?
Former President Clinton has moved so far beyond the Monica Lewinsky scandal that he can not even see it in his rear view mirror. Clinton is an elder statesman. He has a Foundation and a Global Initiative. He has a wife who will soon be running for president. Since leaving the White House she has been a Senator and Secretary of State. They have both done very well, but what about Monica Lewinsky? To the Clintons she is a footnote, a hiccup, a nuisance, but in reality she is a person. She was a young woman who made the mistake of falling in love with the most powerful man on earth at the time, and for that act she was crucified by the press and members of the government. She was called everything but a child of God. She was left for dead, but she did not die and she has now decided to step up to the microphone and share her story, but some think her timing is suspect. Why now? How will this effect Hillary? Why should she care? This is her story and she does not have to receive an affirmation from the Clintons to share it. Back in the ’90s she was lampooned by comediennes, and now some of them are ashamed of what they said about this young woman. They are now getting the opportunity to see her humanity. She is not bearing her wounds she is sharing her narrative. It might be painful to some and not politically expedient to others but Lewinsky gets to choose her time and she has chosen now.
A few years ago I encouraged people to watch Sweetie Pie’s on the OWN network. It was a fun show that featured a family running a restaurant. It was actually drama and crisis free, but the show has gradually taken a change over the years. Familial relationships have been frayed to the point of brokenness. More people have been brought on the show with the obvious motive of creating chaos, and tonight the show is tackling the Ferguson Mike Brown situation. Sweetie Pie has shifted and it is a radical shift from escapism to realism.
Are we really free to speak our mind? We as a country pride ourselves in the concept of freedom of speech, but lately when someone truly expresses an unpopular opinion they risk being pummeled or boycotts if they are famous. People are becoming afraid to actually say anything for fear of offending. Jay Leno shared a story of asking one of his interns to pick up lunch for him. The intern asked him if he wanted Mexican, and he said he did not like Mexican and the intern’s reply was “that’s racist”. Really? no he just preferred not to eat Mexican food, but that is how branding starts. The intern shares the story with one of his friends and Leno is a racist. Washington Post writer Johnathan Capehart is being called a “house Negro”, because he questioned the “hands up don’t shoot” Ferguson narrative which has been dismissed by the DOJ. So for sharing an opinion not popular with some he is now a race traitor. We are living in the either or universe…you are either with us or against us. So we still have freedom of speech but we have to be willing to defend the right.
This week Starbucks wanted to initiate a conversation on race. Social media immediately mocked the effort. some joked and said all they want from Starbucks is coffee, and they wanted it quickly. They did not have time for a conversation. Some belittled the baristas and doubted if they could facilitate such a discussion. Others took the racial route and said black people would want to hit the barista if they said the wrong thing. Well, when you look at this week you have to see somebody needs to start the conversation. The DOJ report refuted the “hands up Don’t Shoot” narrative. A black man was found lynched and we saw a UVA honor student was brutally thrown to the ground as he was arrested. The student sustained a head injury that required 10 stitches. That case is still unfolding but we also heard the student call the policeman a “racist”. Why did he call him that? Did the cop say something to the student or was the policeman’s whiteness enough to justify the name? Yes, we do need a conversation. Maybe Starbucks is not the venue but we need to reserve a space somewhere.
Tonight we like millions of people watched the Empire finale. I have enjoyed this show. It has been a hilarious, over the top, escape from reality. Big personalities, crazy plots, dysfunctional families and memorable music, but tonight it was punctuated with violence. Why did “Boo Boo Kitty” and Cookie have to fight each other? I am sure many people greeted this fight with laughs and high fives, but did this need to happen? Last week we saw several girls viciously beat a girl at a NY Mcdonald’s. The fight was taped and has been seen all over the world. The girls involved have been arrested and they are facing the possibility of extended time in jail. If you have seen the tape you will see their behavior was also greeted by laughs and camera phones. Some will say the Empire fight was almost comic relief, but two black women fighting should never be a punch line, and it will only stop if we stop laughing.
Over the past few days I have been struck by the role social media has played in the church. Sadly, the church rarely gets attention from the media unless something untoward is going on. Last week it was Creflo Dollar’s desire to purchase a $65 million dollar jet. Yesterday someone posted a video of a young lady who is a member of Bishop Charles Ellis’ church. Ellis can currently be seen on The Preachers of Detroit, a reality show on Oxygen. The young lady claimed there was corruption in the church and she had recently been removed from the “armor bearer ministry”. (people who aid the pastor or pastor’s wife). The young lady had been removed from her post. Maybe she tried to meet with the church hierarchy, but she also made her case to the world. So many people saw the tape that the Bishop felt the need to post a response via social media. When did church business become subject to the scrutiny of non-church members? Everyone has an opinion but why? The why is because people feel the need to post everything. From what they eat, drink, wear, go…everything. Social media affirms the greatest of the everyday. Who knows how this situation will be resolved? Stay tuned the former armor bearer is probably posting her rebuttal as I type this post.