Bill DeBlasio, Hillary Clinton & Colored People’s Time (CPT)

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In any context the joke wasn’t funny. Was it offensive? I wasn’t offended. What I felt was pity for the failed comedy duo of De Blasio and Clinton. Watching the video was uncomfortable for me. It was the same feeling I had watching Miss Lake Dardanelle sing ‘And I Am Telling You  minus the laughs.

Watch Bill & Hillary

Watch Miss Lake Dardenelle

These are great examples of why “How to keep yourself from being coerced into doing things beyond your cultural understanding”, should be a class at most predominantly white schools.

What escapes me, is that with years of practice and mastering the art of leveraging cultural appropriation for financial gain, why haven’t our fellow Caucasian Americans appropriated any “cool” from the black culture? Not really looking for an answer to this, because I’m pretty sure it’s beyond my cultural understanding.

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Worth A Listen>> Dela Soul & Fela Kuti

Fela Soul

What do you get when you put together afrobeat legend Fela Kuti and rap pioneers De La Soul? You get Fela Soul; a musical tapestry created by Amerigo Gazaway. More than just a clever title, Fela Soul is an 8-track, 33 minute journey into the world of afrobeat rhythms, funky horn riffs, and classic hip-hop gems. Using dozens of hand-picked samples from the Nigerian instrumentalist and political figure Fela Kuti, and 8 carefully-chosen acapellas from the Native Tongue rap trio De La Soul, Amerigo seamlessly intertwines the two into something completely new and original.

 


Quotables:

I own the deeds to some acres in the West Indies, where my pops is building residence to house my seeds

Yall niggas pray to hotrods and not god, while Versace play you bitches like Yahtzee

When’s the last time you had happy days….Blazin up ya herb to escape the maze, but the problem stays


Be sure to check out the video at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANp-b3mXCLM
Produced by Amerigo Gazaway

Ex-PR exec Justine Sacco apologizes for AIDS in Africa tweet

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After watching the video above which was posted by CNN,  this one statement from her apology stuck in my memory, “…It is terribly easy to be cavalier about an epidemic that one has never witnessed firsthand.”

So I posed the following question to other readers in the comment section:

Why does this only seem to apply to  those who view themselves as separate, above, or more deserving than others in society (social elite)? Or those who are consumed with disdain for any culture, religion or community outside of their own?

I really have no personal feelings about what Justine tweeted… she can think or feel however she wants. But I do believe that your right to be offensive ends where another person’s right to be respected begins.

 

One reader’s response to my perspective:

You think you have a *right* to be respected?! Best of luck with that: You are setting yourself up for a LOT of discord between “How You Want The World To Work” and “How It Actually Goes”. Believing that you have the right to be respecting involves controlling the thoughts and words of others, no?

My Response:

Controlling the thoughts or words of others? Seems to me I would be in search of power in that case.

Respect here is meant to mean a certain point which a person should not cross, if they are not willing to be held accountable and receive consequences.

As I said, she has the right to think and believe freely, and I am not offended by that. But some are. So when you choose to express offensive thoughts openly, you should be willing to accept whatever consequences may come with that. If you are, don’t apologize. Stand by your statements.

I have respect for myself and others, no one has to force me to do so… I will not cross the line. I don’t waste energy thinking about “how the world should work”… I spend my energy giving others what I believe they deserve. The world may do as it pleases

Reader’s 2nd response to my perspective:

Point taken.

I sure hope you are always coming to the conclusion that the people around you *deserve* respect and compassion!

 

My Response:

Believe it or not…I certainly do.

What is your perspective? I’d like to know what you think.