Friday Chuckle: We Need More Accurate Reporting

by Guest Contributor Anonymous

“Are Americans Ready for a Black President?” is a one of those news headlines circulating on the web.

So people call Obama black and McCain white, but I just did an algorithmic test. I measured the color of a large rectangle of each person’s forehead based on Wikipedia’s photo of them. A photo editing application will tell you the average color of that area. I then opened the WhatColor program, which will tell you the approximate color name for any color you point your mouse over. Using a rectangle filled with the calculated base color of Obama’s and McCain’s foreheads, I was thus able to pick the correct color names for Obama and McCain, which are, in this order:

- Tan
- Dark-Salmon

As you can see, large parts of US campaign coverage may need to be rewritten now. People who think referring to a person’s color is important should now use phrasing like “tanned Obama” or “dark-salmoned McCain”. You may of course also use the terms
“African-American” (for Obama) and “European-American” (for McCain).

And now, I’d like to see some “Are Americans Ready for a Dark-Salmoned President?” headlines. I’ll provide you with my answer to that question, too: yes, they are.

Just not this dark-salmoned one, please.

Preview of ATR Premium 6: Keith R. Wyche

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Why do people of color still face a cement ceiling in corporate America? Why is not enough to work hard and have the right degrees? How can professionals of color overcome racial discrimination in the workplace? Keith R. Wyche is author of Good Is Not Enough: And Other Unwritten Rules for Minority Professionals.

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As President of U.S. Operations at Pitney Bowes, Keith Wyche is responsible for directing approximately 8,000 people and operations at more than 500 sites across the country. As a professional Keith has been recognized for his leadership by Black Enterprise, Diversity MBA and Ebony magazines. He is currently on the Board of Directors of both the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) and the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), a professional organization consisting of the top African-American senior corporate executives in the U.S. He was also recently recognized by the National Urban League as an “African American Man of Distinction.” Keith received his BBA from Cleveland State University and his MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College.

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Summer Movies: The Mummy, Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

by Guest Contributor Arturo R. García

Though relatively “inoffensive” in dealing with a new locale The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor doesn’t raise the historical bar any higher than its’ predecessors – in fact, it makes Shanghai Noon and Shanghai Knights look like History Channel specials.

The set-up takes place “long ago” in China, when an unnamed Emperor (Jet Li, who apparently doesn’t count sci-fi in his “no more historical pieces” promise) is killed and cursed after discovering an affair between his top general (the criminally underused Russell Wong) and sorceress Zi Juan (Michelle Yeoh). The Emperor and his army are subsequently transformed into the world’s biggest collection of terra cotta statues, frozen in his palace until they’re dug up in “present-day” 1946 by Alex O’Connell (Luke Ford) and re-animated thanks to an EEEEvil west Chinese paramilitary general (Anthony Wong Chau-Sang). You know he’s evil because he can stage an operation to raise a guy who’s been dead for two millenia without the knowledge of any government.

And, he has a goatee.

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Los Republicanos: Daddy Yankee and John McCain

by Guest Contributor Marisol LeBron, originally published in two parts at Post Pomo Nuyorican Homo

In what I’m guessing is a attempt to look young and hip John McCain, 71, continued his efforts to reach out to the Latina/o community by inviting reggaetonero Daddy Yankee to his campaign headquarters on Saturday afternoon.

Considering El Cangri’s sometimes raunchy lyrics and hustlin’ past it seems like a weird political coupling. “I don’t know anything about Daddy Yankee,” said McCain spokeswoman Nicolle Wallace. Great.

Supposedly McCain and Daddy Yankee first met when they were both named two of the 100 most influential people of 2006 by Time magazine.

According to Yankee “He invited me to have a brief conversation on how we can improve the living conditions in Hispanic communities.” The two were said to have discussed issues such as im/migration, education, and Latino/a youth. Yankee says he is not ready to endorse McCain yet hopefully because he will meet with Obama to hear him out on Latino/a issues. Continue reading

Helloooooo, Cho!: Margaret Cho’s new reality show

by Special Correspondent Fatemeh Fakhraie

I finally caught a rerun of The Cho Show, Margaret Cho’s VH1 reality sitcom-y show.

And I really enjoyed it. Not because I like Cho’s comedy. Not because she’s a woman of color on TV (one more for the team!). But because I can identify with her.

How can a twenty-something heterosexual Iranian-American identify with a thirty-something bisexual Korean-American? We’re both misfits.

Cho’s first episode revolves around her struggle with accepting an award from the KoreAm magazine for the Korean of the Year. She says herself that she’s felt a very cool reception from Koreans in the U.S. and feels at odds with the community because of past experiences. “They want me to perform, and they’re gonna hate me. I don’t play golf, and I’m not a good Korean that way,” Cho tells her parents about her nervousness regarding the award. She states that her biggest fear is “bombing in front of a room full of Koreans,” highlighting perhaps a desire to be accepted by her community for who she is at the same time that she expresses her anger over the lack of acceptance they’ve given her in the past. Continue reading

White Feminists and Michelle Obama

by Special Correspondent Nadra Kareem

Should white feminists be taken to task if they don’t defend Michelle Obama from the misogynistic attacks sure to continue coming her way as the presidential campaign unfolds? Not necessarily, say Corinne Douglas and Jacquelyn Gray, who wrote an editorial called the “Cost of Silence” at the Root.com.

In the article, Douglas and Gray argue that black women remained silent when Hillary Clinton suffered a litany of misogynistic attacks. Therefore, white women can’t be held accountable if they refuse to defend Michelle Obama from the evils of sexism. Douglas and Gray write:

“The misogynistic savaging of Hillary Clinton was one of the most inexcusable elements of the primary campaign, and the silence from black women in the face of those attacks, because they supported Obama, was, at least, a tactical mistake. It is entirely unacceptable to go along with unfair attacks against women simply because you disagree with the particular woman under attack.”

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