The Police vs. Beyoncé and the Black Panther Party

Beyoncé has seldom taken a public stance about her political positions.  That all changed the day before the Superbowl 50 with the surprise release of “Formation.”  The “black” pride song took the internet by storm and that was only the beginning.  The next day, a very defiant Beyoncé “slayed” in a Black Panther themed half-time show and rocked it along with Coldplay and Bruno Mars, respectively.

For some reason, that I have yet to figure out, many police officers are so vain, they actually believed “Formation” was about them.  So much so, Police Association meetings were held across the country to decide if they would boycott staffing her concerts.  There is unfortunately, many misconceptions about the original Black Panther Party.  Watch the video below as I attempt to clear up at least some of the worst conceptions about the legendary party who helped many people of color find the courage to face hatred.

 

 

 

Cops Throw an Unarmed Teenage Girl to the Ground Like a Rag Doll…Are We Tired Yet?

I was on an epic high tonight.  The scene I had been waiting on finally came to fruition on “Game of Thrones.” As I watched Daenerys/Khaleesi fly away on Drogon, all I could remember thinking (between screams) was this moment, this night could not get any better.  I was even on a writing high.  I quickly pulled out my pen and paper and begin to outline the story for an upcoming podcast.

Why did I decide to go back on Facebook just one last time?  Perhaps it was fate.  Perhaps I was meant to see yet another police officer treating a “black” teenager like they were inferior after responding to a call about a fight at a pool party.

By the looks of it, it was a diverse, middle class neighborhood where the incident took place.  The seven minute plus long video starts off with a cop doing a ground roll as if he is dodging grenades.  His threat – a group of unarmed, soaking wet, confused teenagers.

Did it seem like the cop was extra-aggressive with the “black” teenagers? Yes it did.  And what broke my heart the most was seeing this trigger-ready “white” cop sling a young teenage girl around like she was a rag doll and then rest his knee in the small of her back to restrain her because she mouthed off to him – like angry, afraid teenagers will do. And as result of the cops grossly inappropriate behavior, he receives a suspension.  Had that incident been the other way around, with that girl attacking the cop like that, she would have received death.

So what happens next?  Shares? Press? interviews? Al Sharpton? Protests? Hashtags?  Not implying that these tools don’t work, social media has proven it can help take down empires (i.e. Hosni Mubarack of Egypt), but we on social media also have severe ADD.  We tend to only get and stay hyped about, well, what’s hot right now.  So what happens after the officer is allowed back on the force?  Will we just continue to protest and hashtag?

This is not a cynical question as much as it is a frustrated one.  Where is the protection from corrupt cops?  Or have all of the dystopian shows that have been trending for the last few years serving as a prelude?  Are we in the dawn of days?  I am not talking about some religious mumbo jumbo, but has humanity reached its climax of brutality and indifference?  Is the only way this world (and the many worlds in it) can be saved is if we start over?

And if that is too grim of a thought for some, is the result to continue to do what that which the powers-that-be have already accounted – get angry, protest, get high and then go back to our comfortable lives?  Seeing a young woman slung around like a twig for yelling that she wants her mother is too much for me.  And protesting doesn’t seem to be enough.  Maybe we need a Khaleesi and her dragons so we can “break the wheel” of this toxic ass construct.

 

When Keeping It “Free” Goes Wrong: Elton John Boycotting Dolce & Gabbana

This is a touchy one right here.  Mega-pop-singer Elton John is so furious with comments that superstar designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana made about in vitro fertilization (IVF) that he is calling for a boycott of their clothing line.

In a recent interview, the designers told Italian magazine Panorama, “No chemical children: life has a natural course, there are things that shouldn’t be modified,”

The boycott has started to gain traction as well, with over 14,000 shares on Twitter including support from fellow celebs Courtney Love and Rickey Martin.

Gabbana’s “right to speak” position gained traction as well with many Instagram supporters showing solidarity for the designers.

I understand this one on both sides.  Dolce and Gabbana’s comments were a bit crude and insensitive to parents who cannot conceive naturally, however, should they be boycotted for speaking their mind?  I worry that social media is becoming more Big Brother and less freedom of expression.  It can also be argued that no one is stopping the designers from speaking their mind just like no one can stop those who feel offended to NOT boycott the designer’s clothing line.  You decide. Click the link below to read more.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/15/living/feat-elton-john-dolce-gabbana/index.html

 

Are Black People Bad Tippers?

It’s the stereotype that just won’t die!  “Black people are bad tippers at restaurants!”  I have heard it most my life and didn’t believe it had any merit until I started waiting tables. The results were surprising and the experience forced me to look at my own tipping habits and finally ask, “Is there any truth to this belief?”

Feel free to post your thoughts below!

 

Fox New Reporter vs. Black Business Owner – Who Won?

It was the face off seen around the city and then eventually, around the country. A Fox News Reporter attempts to make a black business owner look bad, but how she turned it around is remarkable!  Of course, the comments on Facebook went both ways and the Day Care Director was praised by many while other suggested she should close shop.  In this week’s episode of “One Chick Army”, I recap this interview and discuss many of the interesting comments.  Click below to watch the show.

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