This week I read that the OWN network is giving a show to a man who has 34 children by 17 women. The man appeared on Ivanyla’s show Fix My Life for 4 weeks. I can assume they received great ratings and that is the catalyst for giving this guy a show. He is being rewarded for his irresponsible decision making. When Oprah had her show she touted the fact that she wanted her shows to be uplifting, but apparently that is the thinking of a television host not a network owner. Ratings rule.
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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?
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.
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Pam Oliver will return to NFL Fox next season, she had the courage to take a step back and move forward
Last summer I read an article in Essence detailing how Pam Oliver was completing her last year on the sidelines for Fax NFL. She has been paired with Troy Aikmen and Joe Buck for years, but this year she was replaced by Erin Andrews. Oliver shared her hurt and disappointment but she worked her last year with another team and she impressed the suits at Fox. She gave it her all. She is an example that we should all follow. Yes there will be disappointment but to allow disappointment to effect your professionalism is career suicide. Oliver just signed a two year contract and she will continue providing sideline commentary for the network. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
Rev. Willie Barrow died last night. She was a small woman who had a big impact on civil rights. She worked with Dr. king but she had a significant impact in Chicago. She and Rev. Jesse Jackson founded Operation Breadbasket. A program that helped feed the poor in Chicago during the 60s and 7os. During that time they had a radio show and every Saturday you would hear her booming, raspy voice. As a child I remember being impressed maybe even intrigued by this woman who had a place at the table when most women were still relegated to the kitchen. She will be missed.
By now you have seen the SAE video of two young men leading the racist chant that everyone is talking about. The boys have been expelled and their fraternity has been closed. Now comes the dime store analysis that has been freely given on all the networks. The big question is why would they laughingly spew these vile lyrics. Who taught them? One of the boys said that he that alcohol fueled his behavior and some are blaming rap music, but is that fair? Yes rappers throw the n-word around like it is a hot potato but most thinking people don’t follow suit. Notice I did not say that color gives you license. It is a vile word, but it is no excuse. The Morning Joe crew tried to access blame to a rapper who has cancelled an upcoming concert at OU. It’s not his fault. We all have free speech, but there are consequences for that speech and the two newly expelled boys are responsible for their own situation.
Young people do stupid things and so often they have to deal with the consequences of their behavior. The two students leading the racist chant have been expelled. Does the punishment fit the crime? Share your thoughts.
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