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Video: The Snob on PBS' "To The Contrary"

In case you missed it. Learn more about Erbe's show and see special online video segments here. (PBS)

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Awesome job Danielle!

(love the hair btw! :) )

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Really good job, Danielle! You are a pro at this! Energetic, confident and knowledgeable.

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterObserver

I see ya' big time! It's exciting watching someone I "know" blowing up.

On a related note: did you slap this "conservative commentator" after the show? I wouldn't have been able to restraint myself that long.

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAverageBro

You did a heck of a job, Danielle. I really wanted to hear the point you were about to make when the host cut you off during the education segment. Do you remember what you were about to say?

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterT. Rogers

Very good Danielle. You held your own among the panelists. You conveyed your thoughts really well within the time contraints given. Good job!!!!!!!!! I know it wasn't easy. You were very well prepared.

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterel

It was sooooo refreshing to hear someone talk about the true disparities of education. I loved how you made reference to “zip codes”. This is discussed in Education Schools all the time, but the general public has not caught on. It is the people of the community that make up the school. So if the school is failing…look at the community.

Two additional issues that are rarely addressed when the US is compared to other countries in education: (1) Many countries do not have the large population of immigrant people and non-English speakers ascending on our schools each year. (2) Many countries that we are compared to, use a tracking system which pull out “average” students prior to the universal testing. This allows them to highlight only the top tier of their students. Basically, we are comparing apples and bananas when we measure ourselves against other nations. We are a multi-cultural, multi-lingual (not in the sense that one person can speak multiple languages) nation, and have a poverty level of 20% amongst children in this country. If we continue to compare ourselves to other nations without taking these facts into account, we will continue to chase a wild tiger. Nothing good will ever come of it.

Three main points about the video: Your hair was fierce! Your earrings added a touch of glamour without being outrageous and black is always in fashion! You represent “US” well because you are strong, intelligent, and well-refined! Thank you for that!


December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJustice

GREAT DAnielle! and thank you, i najored in Film in college(HBCU/black school) and opps for black female directors were scarce, so scarce i became an artist/writer instead( ! ) But having the opp to work with one female black director, they go through ALOT and even tho they may have the skill, this one director i worked with had to have a huge support network, the film production companies will not take a risk on movies like secret life of bees' (which is a white author) or others. I mean you just arent going to make the money, you have to go through sundance or indie routes, or find a backer like Spike to help you. Our stories wont pull the finances, or so they say. Nobody besides tyler is running things and it has to be an eric, like color purple. even Colored was orginally Nzinga but if she would have directed it, it would have been lauded a play on film and may not have pull money like exhale but would have been a cult classic. I worked in film on a major(hbo) production and concluded after i saw what they had to go through, i'd rather be a writer, i don't have the energy, personal sacrifices were to much maybe later..because you still will have to write produce or do something else unless you are will and jada. Great Job tho-

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeme

I enjoyed the segment. I always enjoy these types of discussion. One thing that did bother me during the discussion of marriage, however, was the assumption that all marriages that existed in prior generations were "good" marriages. I have known a number of my family members who stayed in marriages that were not healthy. Yes, they reared their children in a two parent homes, but these homes consisted of drug addiction, adultery, or domestic violence. Now, I'm all for persevering, but these marriages existed partially because the women in them had fewer options. This is not to be read as an indictment of the institution,however, I think we need to be a bit more critical of the fabled marriages of yesteryear in the same way we scrutinize the choices of unwed men and women, particularly the working-class to poor. Let's face it, we don't really care about middle-to-upper middle class and wealthy folks having children out of wedlock. I have a family where marriage is still a strong institution, but I also have enough sense to know they are not "all good." In closing, kudos.

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSomebody's Daughter

Wow! You were electric! Your poise was phenomenal! You have cemented yourself among my favorite TV personalities.

Side Note - You looked gorgeous! L'amour des cheveux!

December 14, 2010 | Registered CommenterClaude Jordan

As other posters have commented, your hair was gorgeous! I really liked your comments about education as well. You are right, the community around a school determines much of the possibilities and limitations of said school. It was so refreshing to hear an opinion on the education issue that didn't resort to the laziness of blaming and demonizing teachers. This country goes through scores of teachers every year and we still have the same problems so it seems like by now we would investigate other possibilities and look at the other stake holders in this process ( parents, administrators, and of course, the students themselves, which I know is taboo to even utter). Great job!

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOlette

Kudos to you Danielle! First of all your hair and makeup were on FIYYAH! You go girl! May your career continue to prosper and an abundance of more opportunities come your way! I found your delivery to be concise, crisp, and energetic!

Some other conclusions about the issues discussed on this particular show:

When discussing the context of black female film makers she turned to you to inquire about how the internet/blogosphere might positively impact the film making industry especially the black female film making industry. Erbe’s inquiry was telling on many levels: it suggests that individuals who use the internet (bloggers) have power and that their power can be leveraged beyond the domain of cyber space. It will be interesting to see how this shifts and transitions as our society’s structures continue to change. The power of the internet is one of THE issues of our time: case and point the Wiki leaks hacker! How will black women leverage the power of the internet to their advantage in the film industry or really with ANY industry? It’s very clear to me based off the incident with the blogger who succeeded in getting Ms. Sherrod fired from her position that those who utilized the internet have the power to compete with established instutitons.

Another interesting point I thought was made was about the lack of support for working families within blue collar marriages and the impact on children. The nations that we are being compared to don’t function with the same economic system, family system, or language system. Those other countries have a more communal code of conduct, and their economic systems reflect that. It’s nice to hear someone point out that all three intersect and a great deal of friction is occurring for those with fewer resources. These issues are interconnected and my personal belief is they remain unresolved because our culture is isolationist. I have an uncle who married a woman in Denmark. According to his experience there are nations that are committed to gender equality and support women in the workforce.

And finally, I do believe women of all races are going to get to a point where they stop procreating. It’s interesting to hear the perspectives of other races, and cultures on the issue single parent families by way of divorce of shacking up. The common conclusion was that marriage was best for children but that there are definite strains on working class men that impact their staying power(And its quality) in marriages. I admire Erbe for pointing out that it’s a financial burden to have children and it’s insane to continue to do so without support. The fact that it affects the working class of ever race and culture leads me to believe that unemployment these days is less about race/culture and more about other issues like re-structuring, globalization, immigration, etc.

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ann

Your points in my opinion were dead on and you looked beautiful! Keep it going girl....

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

Congrats Danielle! Looks like you're on the "come up." ;-) It does my heart good to see a sista representing correct on a large level.

Erbe did a great job in selecting the woment on the panel. I actually found things I agree with from each of the commentators. During the education discussion, I was shocked that the conservative knocked "No Child Left Behind." (Good for her!!) And I really appreciated you pointing out that education is more of a LOCAL issue and it's the community that can determine how effective it is.

Lastly, yes, you did look FABULOUS!!!! Your hair practically took over the room- LOVED IT!

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMommieDearest


You did a fabulous job! I wanted to tell all my FB friends, I read her blog! :0) Anyways, I really liked your comment about looking at the zip codes and the communities around the schools. This is so key. In my home state of Oklahoma, a study was done in my old school district that asked whether kids offered school choice were doing better or worse than kids who stayed in a community driven school. What I mean by community driven school is schools in the district that have modeled in such a way to really encourage their neighborhood to be involved at the school and with the kids. There are a few of these in this district. What they found was that the kids who chose a better aka affluent school were not having the same amount of success as those kids who stayed in their community driven schools. And this confirms what I have always thought - the neighborhood communities have to be involved in their kids education, whether poor or affluent. Taking a kid out of what is familiar and plopping them down in a setting that is so foreign to them on so many levels, primarily race and wealth status, is not a recipe for success in my book. And basically it reinforces the thinking that what those white people have over there has got be better than what I've got or could ever have.
And then on the whole marriage issue, it all ties back to that loss of manufacturing jobs and a stable income and feeling that you've made it or could make it once done with high school or college. When people feel they have nothing to bring to the table except debt, I understand the thinking of waiting until they are more stable. That being said, I'm not an advocate of this. Being a child of divorce and watching my mother teach, work a part-time job at a pizza joint and travel 45 minutes both ways two nights a week to get her masters because she knew this was the only way she could make a decent life for me and my brother is not something I want other children or single parents to have to experience.
Anyways, enough rambling. I loved your hair, btw.

December 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjustathought

Wow, it's pretty trippy to see someone real on T.V. Thanks for mentioning the texas education system.

December 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwu fru de lu
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