Archive for May, 2009

So the Obamas had another date night this weekend. They flew to New York City to see a play on Broadway.

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama make their way to board Air Force One. AFP

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama make their way to board Air Force One. AFP

Obama, in a statement issued through a spokesman, said: “I am taking my wife to New York City because I promised her during the campaign that I would take her to a Broadway show after it was all finished.” AFP

So anyhoo, while this was going on, apparently the RNC decided they were all for the little people, and this date just sends out such a bad image because of the state of the economy.

RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho, in a statement to reporters Saturday, blasted the couple’s visit. “As President Obama prepares to wing into Manhattan’s theater district on Air Force One to take in a Broadway show, GM is preparing to file bankruptcy and families across America continue to struggle to pay their bills,” she said. “Have a great Saturday evening – even if you’re not jetting off somewhere at taxpayer expense.” CNN

Where was the outrage during the last eight years when Bush was going to Texas all the time and napping up in the White House? American families were still struggling back then too. Oh, or when Katrina happened and he was on vacation?

Yeah, uh huh.

So Ms. Gitcho, frankly you just need to go sit down somewhere.


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When the woman in Florida called 911 three times over some McDonald’s nuggets in March, I chalked that up to an isolated incident. I mean if you look at Latreasa Goodman’s picture, you can tell that something’s a little off.


And the response from the Florida operations manager just added to the story’s foolishness factor: “We want to correct our mistake. We will be sending the customer her refund, along with an invitation to return for her original order, on us. We never want to disappoint a McNuggets fan or any McDonald’s customer. Customer satisfaction is our top priority.”

I didn’t know McNuggets had fans, but if you say so.

So, anyway, fast forward a few months to when I read about another McDonald’s incident last week in Oregon where a guy called 911 because his order was screwed up and he didn’t get the orange juice he ordered.

“What are they putting in McDonald’s food?” I thought.

The last straw came when I watched a CNN clip of a man in Fort Worth, Texas, who called 911 because his wife was called fat.


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By Issa Rae


Clearly I’m a glutton for punishment. I don’t know why I doubted my gut instincts about this film, as the Wayans Brothers have not come with anything fresh for a long time. Watching this film has OFFICIALLY confirmed to me that the spoof genre is absolutely PLAYED OUT. How many gay jokes, fart gags and fat people pokes can you put in one movie? … Or SEVERAL movies when it comes to the case of the Wayans Brothers.

Sure, the film has its moments — you can find them in the trailer — and Damien Wayans, Jr. is pretty much the exact comedy replica of his father and uncles, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. It means he doesn’t offer anything new or fresh to the genre.

Dance Flick just felt like one big inside joke for the Wayans Clan. I have a feeling that they found this WAYYYY funnier than its intended audience did …

If you have watched all the dance movies that have come out in the last decade, you’ll be somewhat entertained, as they found a way to blend all these movies together in what seems to pass off as a storyline. But at certain parts of the movie, it’s clear that they tried to cram TOO much pop culture relevance into the film. One particular scene gives a weird homage to Twilight. Really? What does Twilight have to do with dancing? And YES, I’m embarrassed that I recognized the scene immediately (I did NOT see Twilight on purpose). I was pleased, however, that they brought Kim Wayans back, though briefly. Why don’t they USE her more? Am I the only one who finds her hilarious?

Anyway, if this is ALL that the next generation of Wayans has to offer, then their dynasty will soon collapse on the basis of “tired and unfunny mediocrity.” Think about it, where’s Leslie Nielson? The former champion of spoofs was at the top of his game, starring in films like the Naked Gun series and Spy Hard, and then what happened? We got TIRED of the same old jokes and the same old concept. Then the Wayans came out with Scary Movie and seemed to revitalize that concept — they made it younger, funnier and way more immature, which was fine at the time, but now … I think it’s a wrap.

I’m hoping that dance movies are the last possible genre left to spoof and that the Wayans Brothers can move on to new terrain.

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Update: This post was on The Black Snob as part of her Uncoventional Wisdom series. Yay!

This article is not an argument about whether homosexuality is right or wrong. Or an excuse for DL brothers who date women. And I don’t understand DL guys who really don’t believe they’re gay. AT ALL.  

ThaDownLowBut moving on …

One afternoon last year, a coworker started a conversation with me about her sister’s former marriage. We weren’t really friends – I’d only known her for a few days, but she was one of those talkers who would tell you her entire life story before you even know her last name.

“My sister was married to this guy … I knew something was off about him, and our mama warned her before she married him that he was gay. She’s good at noticing that stuff. But she just got mad at our mama and married him anyway.

So years go by and I see the signs – I know he’s gay. My sister’s the only one who didn’t know or didn’t want to know. Then she finally finds out he was cheating on her. And with a man! But our mama told her! She had so many signs. But she just wanted to be married….”

She continued talking about her sister, and then we moved to the topic of down low brothers in general. “Many of my male friends are gay,” I told her, “And I’m sure even if I couldn’t see it, somebody would let me know before I got into that type of situation.”

“That would never happen to me,” she said (referring to her sister). “Because I’m just like my mama, we have the gift. I can feel that demon spirit.”

Wait – what? I have no idea what my facial expression was, but in my mind, I was like, “Did she just say she could tell if guys were gay because she could feel their demon spirit?” Aww lawd. Sigh.

Now, this lady was a few chips short of a Lays bag, but there are a lot of other black people who feel to some extent that gay people just need to get that devil out of them. And this has fostered an unofficial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” culture in the black community. You can be gay, just don’t admit it. And it’s the reason a lot of DL brothers will probably never come out. (more…)

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Tyler Perry’s second series – “Meet the Browns” will begin airing new episodes this week. It’s so sad that there are so few black shows. Between Tyler Perry shows, black people on reality shows a la VH1-style, and BET – black television is pretty much gasping for its last breath. The cast of the Cosby show celebrated the show’s 25th anniversary this week. The show probably wouldn’t even get a green light today. Sigh.

Anyway, if “Meet the Browns” and “House of Payne” are pretty much the only black sitcoms right now, count me out.

 Ironically, “Meet the Browns” is the Tyler Perry movie that made me put a personal ban on all future Tyler Perry movies. It was that bad.

Sadly, Tyler Perry productions are the only films some black actors can find work in these days. I’d be OK with him being the WalMart of black film these days if he worked to be creative and improve his craft. But he doesn’t. He just keeps on putting out crappy badly written stuff and people keep watching.

When I saw the advertisements recently, I thought the show was just now premiering, but apparently a few trial run episodes aired in January. Because I don’t like to down something I haven’t even read/watched, I found an episode online from January and temporarily broke my lifetime Tyler Perry ban. (more…)

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I’ve heard this sentiment before, and I usually said, YouTube isn’t that bad. Sure a lot of craziness is on there, but where else can you go to see the latest music video or catch an old news clip? I usually treat YouTube like WalMart – I get in, get what I need and get out. Don’t have time to just look around because there’s no telling what I’d end up buying. So I know exactly what I’m looking for whenever I type YouTube into the browser. I try to shield myself from typing in the wrong thing.

But after I ran the guest post last week from The Cynical Ones with the parents taping the overly sexual kids, I realized I could no longer turn a blind eye. So I forced myself to see what other types of videos have parents taping their kids doing crazy things. I knew I would regret it, but alas I did it. And yup, YouTube is the devil. A den of decadence, and for every good video out there, videos exploiting kids like the ones below also exist.

All races, all backgrounds. Kids shouldn’t have to grow up getting exploited by their own relatives/parents. After this experiment (NEVER AGAIN!) I don’t just quit black people – I want to just quit people. No telling what kind of adults these kids are going to turn out to be. Has American society just lost all limits on what’s decent and acceptable? Sigh. Whyy lawd why are you allowing this mess? Sadly, I’m sure there’s worse stuff than this out there. (more…)

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The World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on influenza A vaccines estimated that if the current outbreak turns into a full-fledged global pandemic, 4.9 billion doses of a vaccine would be needed.

Under this initiative, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan sponsored an agreement with executives from 30 pharmaceutical companies for the production of a vaccine against the H1N1 influenza virus, popularly known as swine flu.

But only three or four laboratories are in a position to develop and produce a vaccine, because the pharmaceutical industry is one of the most highly-concentrated in the world, even more than the oil industry, the head of the Butantan Foundation of Brazil, Isaías Raw, who took part in the meeting between Ban, Chan and drug industry CEOs from around the world, told reporters in Geneva.

“The common seasonal flu is much more aggressive, strong and mortal than the one we are seeing now, swine flu,” a scientific source told IPS.
“In the case of this new flu, which up to now has been milder, are we going to produce a vaccine for the entire population of a country?” the source wondered. For three or four pharmaceutical giants, “this is the business opportunity of a century.” IPS

Business opportunity of the century indeed.

Well, of course the pharmaceutical giants are going to profit from the swine flu. They make money when people get sick. This is why the healthcare industry is so messed up. They don’t make drugs for you to get better, they make drugs to placate the symptoms (or cause other symptoms) so you stay sick. They don’t want people to be healthy because where’s the profit in that?

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