For The Root Tuesday I touched on my history of loving, then hating actor Terrence Howard. While I've always enjoyed Howard as an actor, with all his woman-hating comments and accusations of domestic violence, it's gotten harder and harder to separate the man from the performance. I saw him in "The Best Man Holiday" last weekend and was reminded of how much I originally loved him and of how he's become a running, misogynist gag. Check out the story here.
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After taking a month-long hiatus (punctuated by me speaking at Duke University for a Race In Space conference, going on NPR and HLN and some occasional writing for Clutch), I'm back! Monday for Clutch Magazine Online, I wrote about how people are making a mistake if they think Saturday Night Live needs a more diverse cast for diversity's sake. SNL needs one to simply stay ahead in the game. They're in the topical comedy business and love it or hate it -- black people are pretty darn topical from Michelle Obama to Oprah to Beyonce and the fact that those three people all know each other. To continue to operate as if the paragons of popular culture and politics are all white males is so very 1984.
I returned to the Beauty Shop segment of NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin today where we chatted about ex-San Deigo Mayor Bob Filner after he pled guilty to a series of lesser charges related to his sexual harassment case AND we talked about former mistress of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Christine Beatty, who wrote about her role in "A Real Life Scandal" for Essence Magazine's November issue.
Take a listen after the jump.
I was in Jane Velez-Mitchell's the Lion's Den last night on HLN as our government hurled towards a shutdown. Thanks to my good friend, Dr. Jason Johnson, there's actual video capture of it. So if anyone missed the shoutfest the first go-round, here you go!
Check out the videos after the jump!
Saturday I had the privilege of being the keynote speaker at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter's Annual Torchbearer's Breakfast. I wanted to post video of the speech but for some reason the audio goes wobbly after about 5 minutes into my 18 minute speech. So, at the request of quite a few women at the event, I'm posting a transcript of my original speech here. Unfortunately, I did quite a bit of ad-libbing, so not all the parts of my speech from that day will be in this text, but you will get the gist of it. The speech was half original material and half a post I wrote a year ago for Clutch Magazine Online entitled "Black Woman: It's All Your Fault (Not That You Care)"
Check it out.
There's been a lot of talk about newscaster and host of "The Talk" Julie Chen admitting that she had eyelid surgery to make her eyes larger. On the show, Chen, who is Chinese, showed an old picture of herself with smaller eyes and a larger, broader nose. She said the station she worked for told her she would never make it on the air unless she had surgery, and so she did, and has since wondered if she sold out to the man a little. The answer, of course (no matter what Sheryl Underwood and a cheering audience said) is yes. If you alter how you look to appease a job you did give into "The Man" in this case. "The Man" said the features you were born with weren't pretty enough, so you changed them. And that's that.
Today in "All Aboard the Bipolar Express" I examine my emotional tie to a childhood literary character I always found troubling and problematic until I realized that character was myself.
I'm going to assume everyone here has heard of Winnie the Pooh, the animorphized teddy bear with a thing for honey who lives in the fictional Hundred Acre Wood. I'm sure if you didn't read the books, you were inundated with the cartoons on TV or your parents bought you Winnie the Pooh stuff because they liked Winnie the Pooh. But I never had that problem because even though I was painfully aware of who Winnie the Pooh was in book, cartoon and 300-count threadsheet form, I was not a fan. I think I was either too old when I finally discovered it or already cynical. (I've been a cynic for an extremely long time, becoming self-aware sometime around the age of 8 when I realized the Cold War was paying for my Barbie dolls as my dad worked in the aerospace industry.)
In my latest piece for The Root I discuss my personal feelings about the post-Civil Rights generation I'm part and wondering if I've done enough to take advantage of the rights others fought for.