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20/06/14 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

CNN’s Don Lemon: “Redskin” is Sort of Like the “N Word”

CNN’s Don Lemon: “Redskin” is Sort of Like the “N Word”

While interviewing Morgan Freeman, CNN’s Don Lemon admitted that he’d grown weary of having discussions aboutCNN Don Lemon race. Still, somehow, whenever a racial conversation catches traction, Lemon finds a way to inject himself into the conversation.

Appearing on The Tom Joyner Morning Show on Thursday, Lemon weighed into the controversy over whether the Washington Redskins football team should change its name to something less offensive.

Lemon painted the picture by comparing the “R” word to the “N” word during the show’s introduction.

“Sounds like I’m talking about the ‘N-word,’ which has been debated, discussed and reported countless times, but I’m not,” Lemon stated. “This time, it is the dreaded ‘R-word.’ I’m talking about Redskins, as in the Washington football team.”

He continues: “So ‘Redskin,’ ‘Red Man’ and ‘Red Indian’ were all used by Brits and Americans to distinguish between Indians from India and so-called Indians or Native Americans,” Lemon explained. “It’s very similar to the way ‘Negro’ became the pejorative ‘n-¡-g-g-e-r’ to distinguish between Africans living in Africa from Africans living in the United States.”

Lemon then finishes by explaining how, just like the “N” word, the “R” world could have evolved over time to become offensive.

“Either way you cut it, no matter the origin of a word, if over time it has become a slur, a dig or an insult, should you use it, even if it is the name of your favorite team?” Lemon asked. “My personal opinion is no, but I want you to decide. At the very least, though, before you defend using it, you should probably know where it came from and what it means.”

 

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19/06/14 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Man Behind “CNN of the Ghetto” Says If You Don’t Like It, Don’t Click

Man Behind “CNN of the Ghetto” Says If You Don’t Like It, Don’t Click

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When Beyonce’s sister Solange went berserk on Jay-Z in an elevator, all sorts of memes swirled around the net mocking everyone involved. One such meme showed a picture of Jay-Z with the caption, “when I got on the elevator, all I heard was ‘Worldstar!'”  That’s how infamous WorldStarHipHop has become. If there’s some ghetto fight or tom foolery afoot, you can bet your paycheck that somebody screamed ‘Worldstar’ before uploading the cringe-worthy video to their site. In an exclusive interview with Gawker, the man behind Worldstar, Lee O’Denat, defended his video aggregation website.

O’Denat recounts how he struggled to make ends meet while becoming a web entrepreneur, even going so far as to pawn his son’s video games in order to buy food. The one thing O’Denat says he always understood was that no one owes you anything. That’s why he shoveled snow and did whatever he could to earn money.

Originally, WorldStar was created as a space for people to download mixtapes, but then O’Denat saw a larger opportunity to turn his site into something people who grew up listening to hip-hop would enjoy.

When discussing the types of videos uploaded to his site, O’Denat says it’s really all about preserving “realness.”

“Hip-hop is profanity, it’s violence, it’s all of the above. Watching NWA, 2Live Crew, and Eminem being themselves, being real, and getting criticized—and Tupac with Delores Tucker—this is who we are,” he explains. He adds: “If you don’t like it, go f*ck yourself.”

He says although his site, which he previously called the CNN of the ghetto, does show inspirational videos, every culture has a bad side and he’s not ashamed of the brawling and twerking videos on WorldStar. In fact, he says if you don’t like it, then don’t click:

We show things that are inspirational, but that are bad, too. But that’s just the way news is. CNN and Fox News do the same thing. This is part of our history, our culture. Culture as a whole. People. Not just black people, but whites, and everybody—every culture has its bad side. People want to watch an ugly side of someone then blame us for showing it, but what about the people actually doing it? Why click on it? It’s like why watch p*rno on HBO at midnight? You have the choice to watch what you want. The remote control is in your hand. People will click it, watch it, then hate on me for watching the video. Then why did you watch the video? It’s a choice we all have. You can’t point fingers. It’s your guilty pleasure. Point at yourself.

He also notes that Tosh of Tosh.0, who is white, shows these sorts of videos all the time and no one raises an eyebrow, so he believes some of the criticism against him comes because he’s black. In the end, O’Denat believes that he’s giving a voice to a generation that’s dying to be heard… and observed.

Thoughts?

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05/06/14 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Don Lemon Thinks Black People Are Responsible for Justin Bieber Using the “N” Word

Don Lemon Thinks Black People Are Responsible for Justin Bieber Using the “N” Word

by Yvette Carnell

CNN’s in house black respectability expert and race explainer, Don Lemon,  is on a roll this week. Just yesterday BreakingBrownDon Lemon shocked reported that Lemon, while interviewing Morgan Freeman, lamented over how weary he’d become at the prospect of discussing race. Well, care to guess what he’s talking about today? You ‘betcha: Race.

Several recordings have surfaced of pop star Justin Bieber using the “N” word. In the minds of most people, Bieber is wholly responsible for his choice of words, but Lemon somehow feels that blacks are at least partially to blame for the white mega-star’s use of the word.

During an appearance on the Tom Joyner show, Lemon said that black culture bears some responsibility for Bieber’s language.

“Some are saying Bieber is racist,” Lemon said. “Is he? I don’t know. But I do know that this is the danger of the proliferation of the use of the n-word.”

Lemon explains that people hear the word so regularly that they become more likely to use it.

“Clearly Justin Bieber, a young man who by the way, has immersed himself in black, hip hop culture should not be saying the n-word,” Lemon continued. “So the question is, if you want people like Justin Bieber to stop using it and to stop making excuses for using it, shouldn’t you do the same?”

As The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates previously explained, words have context:

As I’ve explained before, the meaning of human language changes with context. That is why you may call your wife honey, but I probably should not. That is why Toby Keith referring to himself as “White Trash With Money” will never be the same as me accusing Toby of being “white trash with money.” That is why Dan Savage proposing a column entitled “Hey Fagg*t!” will never be the same as me seeing Dan Savage on the street and yelling “Hey Fagg*t!” This is how humans use language, and it is wholly consistent with how black humans use language. The effort to punish this use, like all respectability politics, is an effort to punish black humanity, is racism. 

Again, Lemon exposes himself as a wannabe pundit incapable of harvesting worthwhile cognitive insights from news stories. Somehow, I doubt that will stop him.

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29/05/14 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Fox News Affiliate Tells Viewers Dead Maya Angelou Is Canceling Scheduled Appearance

Fox News Affiliate Tells Viewers Dead Maya Angelou Is Canceling Scheduled Appearance

A local Fox News affiliate has egg on its face for the way it covered Maya Angelou’s death. The station’s offense was insensitively reporting something that is common sense to anyone with a working brain.

It is a given that, since the renowned poet and author passed away yesterday, any of her scheduled appearances will be canceled. There is no need to share that bit of information with viewers… unless of course you’re local Texas affiliate Fox 26.

Take a look at the following report:

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Angelou passed away at her home in North Carolina at the age of 86.

Angelou, who was friends with civil rights leaders, had been a performer, professor, and activist in her own right. Still, she is best known for her classic “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

“If growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat,” Ms. Angelou wrote in her classic.

Unlike some elders, Angelou also had a way of getting through to the younger generation, even bringing late rapper Tupac Shakur to tears during one interaction.

Here is a bit of a conversation Maya Angelou had with Dave Chappelle some years ago:

h/t: Jim Romenesko

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20/05/14 Black Media , Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

NYT: Black Women Have Seen No Improvement in Their Employment Rate During Recovery

NYT: Black Women Have Seen No Improvement in Their Employment Rate During Recovery
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Photo Credit: New York Times

If an economic recovery is to be deemed successful, it is reasonable to assume that it shouldn’t leave out entire demographics. However, an article in the New York Times reaches the conclusion that although many at the economic top tier are doing much better, the current recovery is leaving behind core groups of the Democratic base.

For example, although the unemployment rate is down for women, NYT notes that “the number of women employed compared with the total female population is 55.2 percent, actually worse than it was in October 2010.”

And this isn’t just the case for women:

Blacks, whose support for Mr. Obama has been unwavering, have seen their unemployment rate drop from 15.7 percent at the last midterms to 11.6 percent, still high but a considerable improvement. But the rate at which they are employed has barely moved, to 53.8 percent of the black population from 52.4. Black women have seen no improvement in their employment rate.

Blacks also aren’t seeing an improvement in overall incomes:

Income for households in the exact middle of the income distribution declined 4.26 percent from 2009 to 2012, the last year for which data is available. For white households, mean income declined by 2.2 percent. For black homes, the decline was 4.5 percent; for Hispanics, 4.2 percent.

Voters earning less than $30,000 overwhelmingly supported Obama over Romney in the 2012 election, but it is the wealthy in this country who are benefiting the most from the economic recovery, watching their pre-tax income increase over 30 percent during the recovery.

 

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