Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Kim Burrell and the Sin Olympics

Photo: Bet.com
Four days into 2017 and we've already seen the downfall of two vocal divas. But while Mariah Carey's epic New Year's Eve snafu may--and if I'm saying may, you know that performance was flaming hot piece of trash--end up as a stumbling block on the road to another Emancipation of Mimi-style comeback, Kim Burrell is on some whole other bullshit.

For those not in the know, video of the gospel singer (and, knowing self-aggrandizing church folks, likely self-proclaimed prophetess) referring to gays and lesbians as perverted during a sermon at a Houston church has gone viral.

That perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women,” said Burrell. “You as a man, you open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face — you are perverted. You are a woman and will shake your face in another woman’s breast, you are perverted."

If you're more of audio learner than a visual one, I'll let this fool tell you...



Of course once the dragging commenced, Burrell tried to clean up her mess with a non-apology apology full of classic Christian double-speak. She wasn't speaking on the LGBT community, just sin...you know 'cause you gotta love the sinner but hate the sin and video editing is an attack of the enemy and ***grabs barf bag*** oh I'll let her tell it again.




First off, let me say I'm happy Ellen decided to say "fuck that" and revoked Kim's guest spot on her show. And I happy to see black celebrities like Janelle Monae, Yolanda Adams, and Pharrell as well as activists like Deray McKesson condemning her remarks, as it strikes a blow to those who still think black equals being homophobic.

That said--and step back, 'cause mama's hoppin' on her soapbox--it both saddens and pisses me off that black LGBT folks and many of our allies are still doing the same goddamn two step when it comes to addressing religious-based homophobia. By two step, I mean the one where we slide to the left and say "______________ is a bigot, and his/her words don't describe my God," then slide to the right and say "My sin is no greater than your sin."

*Lets out exasperated sigh, then sips tea* I get it. I spent all of my childhood, adolescence and half of my twenties sitting in church pews. behind keyboards and in choir stands, and heard and chorded (that's church musician speak for when you accompany the pastor's emo breakdown at the end of a sermon) to all manner of Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve-style lunacy. I truly believed my sexuality was a sin, a thorn in my side, and was hell-bent on getting "delivered." Believe me, I get it.

I eventually chose common sense over delusion and came out, but like other LGBT people I know, I would either say or nod my head in agreement as another well-intentioned person said homosexuality was "no greater" than any other sin, that it was "no worse" than lying or adultery.

Of course I've since become an atheist and could give less than a fuck about what the Bible, Quran or Dianetics has to say about my black gay ass, and one lovely result (of many) of becoming an infidel is that I no longer feel compelled to do cognitive backflips to reconcile my sexuality and any sort of faith belief. But religious or not, ya'll we've got to stop this mealy-mouth shit. Being gay, bi or trans is not the same as being an alcoholic or a liar. Our sexuality and gender identities--our very being--and our relationships should not be viewed as slightly less heinous than being a murderer. Straight folks would never describe their orientation or relationships as wrong or sinful. So why are we continuing to sell ourselves short?

I can't think of any black person living in the 21st century who would ever, eva, eva, EVA, sit in anyone's pew and be told their skin color is inherently evil (though quiet as it's kept that gospel "truth" was preached at one time). For us, melanin trumps religion. Those of us who are black and LGBT, as well as our allies, need to take the same position regarding our sexuality and gender identity. Any belief system that says who you are is inherently flawed does not deserve your time, talents or coins. Period.

To end this screed on a shady note, I hope Kim's been brushing up on her hair and makeup skills. 'Cause without a rainbow squad to have your back, you can end up in these streets looking like:




Or like



Watch out for those edges girl!




Monday, December 26, 2016

George Michael Dead at 53

Sigh...2016 just had to take one more from us. While I didn't experience George's 80's/early 90's heyday firsthand, from Wham!'s "Careless Whisper," and "Wake Me Up (Before You Go Go)" to the solo classics like "Faith,"and "Freedom! '90,(and yes, the video was and still is everything)", you can't deny he was great singer, producer and songwriter. Get into a few songs below.

Also, take the time read this great piece by The Guardian on Michael's status as a defiant gay icon.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Gayest Thing About Christmas....



Photo: NBC


I'll leave you gals to finish the sentence above. In the meantime, grab an eggnog and read Bryan Moylan's article about the subtle/not-so-subtle (or imagined, depending on if you buy his argument) gay subtext of the Christmas flick Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


An excerpt:


“For a year the Donner family did a good job hiding Rudolph’s — non-conformity,” the narrator tells us, pausing slightly before landing on the right euphemism. This is the closet of Rudolph’s parents devising, which he goes along with thanks to the internalized homophobia that he inherited from both his father and Santa, the superego of the North Pole, who is equally distressed by Rudolph’s difference. Santa even goes so far as to tell Donner that he should be ashamed of his son and try to change him. It’s almost as if Santa is a church elder trying to force Rudolph into conversion therapy."


Yea, Moylan's goin' in. Read the rest HERE.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Hitler's American Model

Photo: Jack Delano/FSA/Library of Congress
James Q. Whitman's upcoming book Hitler's American Model, details how the Nazis studied America's race law's in creating their own form of institutional racism, and includes verbatim transcripts as the regime met to craft the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws in 1934.

An excerpt states "That transcript reveals a startling fact: the meeting involved lengthy discussions of the law of the United States of America. At its very opening, the Minister of Justice presented a memorandum on US race law and, as the meeting progressed, the participants turned to the US example repeatedly. They debated whether they should bring Jim Crow segregation to the Third Reich."

"They engaged in detailed discussion of the statutes from the 30 US states that criminalised racially mixed marriages. They reviewed how the various US states determined who counted as a ‘Negro’ or a ‘Mongol’, and weighed whether they should adopt US techniques in their own approach to determining who counted as a Jew. Throughout the meeting the most ardent supporters of the US model were the most radical Nazis in the room."

Definitely on my must-read list for 2017. Find out more about it HERE.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Kanye West Meets With Donald Trump


Photo: AP/Seth Wenig

Ugh, what fresh fuckery is this? Kanye West has met with Donald Trump at his transition headquarters, a.k.a Trump Tower, in New York. As you'll see in the clip below, Yeezy is mum with the press on just why he's meeting with the President Elect, other than saying "I'm just wanna take a picture right now."

Maybe it's part of a plot to get the Donald in a buddy buddy pose he'll later use in some eviscerating, artsy interlude blending sociopolitical commentary and a tribute to Kwame for his next tour. But chile who honestly knows, because we are eons away from 2005 Kanye West at this point.

I'm....I'm just really trying bite my goddamn tongue and reserve judgement, because 'Ye has been going through some thangs lately. Even thought my inner GIF can't help but feel like this:

'Kanye what 'chu doin', what chu doin'.....

*Holds right hand to chest and breathes deeply*. Anyway, see for yourself below.

***UPDATE*** According to Kanye, he requested the meeting with Trump to have an opportunity to "to discuss multicultural issues. These issues included bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculum, and violence in Chicago. I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change."

It's not completely unbelievable--this is after all, the same man who once said George Bush doesn't care about black people (ah, the good ol' days). So who's to say he didn't speak with Trump about those issues? But for now my eyes stay set in this position:


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Senate Approves $170 Million to Fix Flint Waste System



Some much needed good news out of Michigan. The Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act 95-3.


The measure, according International Business Times "provides $100 million to help fix Flint’s drinking water system, contaminated by lead leached from aging pipes when the water supply was switched from Lake Huron to the highly polluted Flint River. It also provides $50 million for healthcare for children who suffered lead poisoning and $20 million to forgive Flint’s old drinking water loans. The bill also provides $70 million to activate a $1 billion fund for low-interest loans to finance upgrades to water infrastructure."


The bill, which now heads to the House, also provides $40 million for programs to help communities reduce lead in water systems, along with another $100 million to be used for lead testing in schools and daycare facilities.


Read more HERE.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Big 30


Well, it's official: my twenties are over (well, not quite--I was born at 12:25 p.m.! Mama is holding to her youth as long she can!) It's been an eventful decade to say the least, one filled with emotional ups and downs, many of which I've chronicled here. And while I don't feel like I've "arrived," at where I am supposed to be in all areas in my life (though the older I get, the more I realize the concept of arriving at a fixed, ideal destination is a goalpost that keeps getting pushed further and further back) my head does feel like a straighter on my shoulders than it did a decade ago.

But enough with the introspection. It's a celebration bitches! And with that said, I'd like to present my "Dirty Thirty" playlist, designed to take all my 80's and 90's babies back down memory lane like Minnie Riperton. Or, in the spirit of the playlist, like Nas, who sampled "Memory Lane" on "Illmatic." Know ya' 90's hip hop! Anyway, get into the playlist below:

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Gifs That Give: Dwayne Johnson


Remember when The Rock--ahem, excuse me, Dwayne Johnson, potential 2020 presidential candidate--was the wrestling heel you loved to love? My how the mighty fine have come up. I see you Dwayne;).  Get into a few more gifs after the jump.

Mike Huckabee: 'Trump Could Be The Greatest President Ever'

Today in "gurl bye" news...

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Thoughts On A Trump Presidency

Photo: AP

My debut as a blogger started in the aftermath of one historic election--the 2008 election of Barack Obama--so it seems it only makes sense I'd fire off a post the day after another election that, in my humble opinion, will be historic for all the wrong reasons.

So Donald Trump is president. I can live with that. He won his party's nomination, he campaigned, we went to the polls, and these are the results. I'm obviously disappointed, but like it or not, this is democracy at work.

However, what is still leaving a taste in my mouth more bitter than a black jelly bean and olive shake is the way he won the presidency. It all started with the Donald dipping his toe into the brown lake that was/is the birther movement.

As I said at the time, Trump knew this would be red meat to much of the ravenous, racist far right base and threw it to them. But little did we know this was the first of many offenses, which at this point, are so numerous it's hard to keep track. There was, of course, his delightful comments about Mexicans, his insidious insinuations about the capability of the judge handling his Trump University lawsuit due to his Mexican heritage, as well as his fondness for building walls. Not one to bogart his douchebaggery, Trump soon set his xenophobic sights on Muslims, proposing a ban as fantastical as that fucking wall, and insulting the parents of a slain Muslim American soldier.

And course, Trump's always had a thing for the ladies, whether it's blaming Megan Kelly's knack for asking relevant questions on supposedly having her period, suggesting women accusing him of sexual assault were too unattractive to assault or calling Hillary Clinton a "nasty woman (HRC if ya nasty!"), And we all know what he likes to do to women after he pops a mint or two. Oh, and I did I mention he wants to bring back Stop and Frisk? Because Trump is all about speaking directly to the black community, addressing our concerns and making a strong case for why the GOP is the party for us. In rooms almost entirely packed with white people.

Look, I don't need or expect politicians to be perfect. Contrary to whatever Illuminati theory is popping this week, they are people, and as such, are subject to carrying short-sighted views and prejudices like the rest of us. Gaffes and "what did he/she say?" moments are expected.

Also, Hillary Clinton was a not a flawless candidate. There's of course her old-school "super predator" remark, her at-times fluid concept of the truth and she and Bill's knack for doing shit that just makes you go hmmmmmmmm. And folks clearly took these things under consideration when casting their vote.

The difference between her and Trump--between him and any other recent politician really--is his complete and utter lack of fucks to give. I'm hard pressed to think of another modern-day presidential candidate so comfortable in his arrogance, his ignorance, his willingness to offend and alienate, in his lack of self-awareness, and be so willing to make these and other qualities the hallmark of his campaign. Yes, Trump tapped into some genuine anger and mistrust of the establishment and concerns about the direction of America. But he did so by actively alienating millions of other Americans, many of whom look nothing like the core constituency he and his team were hell bent on courting. And that, all sarcasm aside, just fucking sucks. Nearly all politicians play a little dirty, but Donald Trump metaphorically rolled around in shit for the last 18 months to earn a seat in the Oval Office.

I'll end this far from succinct rant by saying Trump's acceptance speech last night was gracious toward Hillary Clinton and her supporters, as much of an olive branch he's extended to the other side.

That said, we've seen candidate Trump. Who President Trump is remains to be seen. So pop that popcorn kids...it's showtime!




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