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Cross-posted from my fictional blog: Relax.Relate.Release.

I AM America

I AM fried, and laid down on the side

I AM crispy, yet soft

I AM filled with so many calories you won’t need to eat another meal that day

I AM filled with a nice creamy center

I AM a bacon lover

I AM extra cheesy

I AM coming to clog an artery near you

I AM the home of the souls of hormone and antibiotic-filled chickens

I AM so wrong, how can’t I be right?

I AM so good you won’t need a side dish

I AM so special I don’t need bread

I AM a KFC creation

I AM just crazy enough to start a KFC chicken shortage and subsequent riot/protest

I AM an odd follow-up to a supposedly healthy grilled chicken option

I AM only being test-marketed right now (more…)

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genderCaster Semenya, 18, recently won a gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin. Now the International Association of Athletics Federation is calling for tests to verify her gender.

I guess it didn’t matter before she started winning worldwide championships if she was a female or not, but now all of a sudden it’s time to verify!

I really can’t get over this story. I feel some type of way that instead of being known for winning at the Championships, now she’s in the news because of this controversy. Suffice it to say that South Africa is a bit upset about the controversy surrounding its new sports champion.

From BBC World News:

gender1New 800m world champion Caster Semenya has been “humiliated” after being asked to take a gender test, says the head of South Africa’s athletics body.

Leonard Chuene also said she had been treated like a “leper”.

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress earlier urged the country to rally round “our golden girl”.

Her family has also insisted she is female. “I know she’s a woman — I raised her myself,” the 18-year-old’s grandmother said.

Her mother Dorcus Semenya told the Star newspaper that doubts about her daughter’s gender were motivated by “jealousy”.

“If you go at my home village and ask any of my neighbours, they would tell you that Mokgadi [Caster Semenya] is a girl,” she said.

“They know because they helped raise her. People can say whatever they like but the truth will remain, which is that my child is a girl. I am not concerned about such things.”

‘Masculine build’

Mr Chuene, head of Athletics South Africa, said he would continue to defend Semenya.

“I will continue to do anything, even if I am to be kicked out of Berlin, Germany, but I am not going to let that girl be humiliated in the manner that she was humiliated because she has not committed a crime whatsoever,” he said.

“Her crime was to be born the way she is born.”

In a statement, the African National Congress (ANC) condemned the speculation surrounding Ms Semenya, who won gold at the Athletics World Championships in Berlin on Wednesday, leaving her rivals trailing.

“Such comments can only serve to portray women as being weak,” the ANC said.

“Caster is not the only woman athlete with a masculine build and the International Association of Athletics Federation should know better,” the statement said.

In an interview with South Africa’s Times newspaper, her 80-year-old grandmother Maphuthi Sekgala said Ms Semenya had been teased when younger for her boyish looks.

She was also the only girl in the football team in Fairlie, a village in South Africa’s northern Limpopo Province.

“If the teasing hurt her, she kept the hurt to herself and didn’t show what she was feeling,” she said.



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While the first evening of BIA 2 was most definitely an improvement over BIA 1, last night’s second installment was not.

Somewhere along the way of every segment, the producers and editors seemed to lose focus of where the show was going. Was it “solutions?” A married couple having problems? Sick black people? Sick black people in Africa? Black men who don’t go to the doctor? Black men in jail? Black men with kids who commit crimes after they’re released from jail? Scenes from old “Cops” episodes? I guess CNN couldn’t step away from that “sucks to be black in America” feel that made the first BIA so slit-wrist worthy.

And the program ended on a Tyler Perry profile. Who knows what that had to do with being Black in America? Maybe just because he’s black? Black people watch his movies and TV shows, so his stuff is part of the “solution?” I really don’t know.

There’s really no way to really delve into what it’s like to be black in America in a four hour special. And no matter what, you can’t satisfy every viewer. But overall, last night’s show was just poorly done. It was on some BET Awards ‘09 level of messythrowntogetherness. But most of all, I want Soledad O’Brien to go back to any journalism school in the country and learn how to ask good open-ended questions. Who asks a sick man taking 12 medications, “Does death seem like a better way sometimes?” What??!! Oh Soledad.

But it’s not all Soledad’s fault. Someone, somewhere at CNN looked at this documentary and approved it, so the blame can’t all fall on her.

I can only imagine what will come out of the Latinos in America program premiering in the fall.

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Joe Jackson on Larry King: This was one of those interviews that gave me so many WTF moments I lost count. Some people just look extra shysty and Joe Jackson and Leonard Rowe (a concert promoter affiliated with M.J.) fit that bill to a Tee. I wouldn’t trust either one of them to hold a piece of paper for me. Why did the viewers e-mailing Larry during the show seem to know more than Joe did? He said “I don’t know” so many times; I was like, really Joe? Of all the people Michael Jackson would have wanted talking about him on Larry King, just how far away from that list would Joe Jackson and Leonard Rowe have been? Just a snippet of the interview below:

When Joe denied beating the kids, I was done. Until he then proceeded to somehow relate the conversation to slavery. How he got there, I don’t know. Still shaking my head over that foolery. And then for his favorite M.J. song: “I like that Earth song. About the animals and all that stuff.” Woww. No words.

Harvard Professor, Henry Louis Gates Jr., was arrested for breaking into his own home. Sadly, this story doesn’t even surprise me. What does make me mad is those people who will make excuses for the police after they arrested Gates even after he showed ID and proved he lived in his home.

Lil Kim singing with Cyndi Lauper at the Nelson Mandela Day live concert event over the weekend. So many questions… Who approved this? Who thinks of Lil’ Kim when they think of Nelson Mandela? Who thought Lil’ Kim should be singing? I’m so confused. So wrong on soo many levels.

Kathy Griffin Getting Kicked Out of the Apollo. I love watching Kathy Griffin’s “My Life on the D List,” but why she thought it was OK to use inappropriate language during amateur nightat the Apollo with kids in the audience, I don’t know. Watching the audience’s reaction during her time on stage and then watching her literally get played off and kicked out of the building was soo awkward. Leave it to Kathy to get kicked out of the Apollo. SMH.

Why Am I Watching This? So I watched a bit of Terrell Owens’ new show and Wendy Williams talk show this week. Both of them were a bit much for me. Wendy is always too much for me and between her too tight clothes, wigs and general drag queenishness, I just can’t do her. Terrell Owens’ show was also a bit much. Between him being shirtless all the time for no reason, to his two lady friends/publicists, I had to ask, “Why am I watching this?” I’ll probably end up watching it later in the season though whenever nothing else is on and VH1 shows some type of marathon.

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Note:Check out TheFreshXpress. They just added me to their network (yay!). TheFreshXpress is a collection of writers giving perspective on issues affecting young black America. The Web site covers various topics: from politics and social issues, to relationships, education, health and entertainment.

This is how the current state of the nation makes me feel sometimes:


Raphael Saadiq, “Sometimes.”

 It’s hard to focus on the positive these days. The economy is in the tank, unemployment numbers continue to increase, people are going crazy and killing others after losing their jobs, some type of food is recalled every time you look up, there’s a rise in the number of natural disasters, and everything just seems soo uncertain.

People are poorer, some are angrier – but as a whole, there’s an increase in people who care about what’s going on in the country. (more…)

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Will return tomorrow with new topics/analysis. In the meantime, here’s an interesting take on a hilarious episode of Oprah this week when Steve Harvey had to represent the entire male species while surrounded by a group of women asking him (inquisitive and slightly crazy) questions.

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Week in Preview

The following stories are coming this week…

A live blog Tuesday night during the premiere of College Hill. I would never tune in otherwise, but every season I’ve gone to school with someone on the show and must watch to see the foolishness. This season is no exception as someone from my alma mater is part of the cast. I’ll refrain from naming the school here, until I know the damage of this person’s portrayal on the show.

Analysis: Are members of the Bush administration trying to rewrite history already?

I’m taking suggestions for the Do Better series and songs for the playlist.

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