links for 2010-10-12

  • “'When Yul went on that show, he said he wanted to win to show that Asian Americans can be on television and can be successful and he did it. It was really impressive,' says Phil Yu, the voice behind the Angry Asian Man blog. Yu says he had a similar feeling of excitement about the majority-Asian American dance crews who have been champions on 'America’s Next Best Dance Crew.'

    “'On that show, it is definitely cool to be Asian American. I don’t know how many shows you can say that about,' Yu says.

    "Media buzz about an upcoming reality show staring a Korean-American cast that will mirror 'The Jersey Shore' has also caught Yu’s attention. 'I’m not going to lie, I’m looking forward to seeing it. It’s another example of Asian Americans getting the chance to be part of mainstream media’s flavor of the moment.' For a community too often fighting the 'model minority' stereotype, it’s the inverted pride of being considered human enough to be screwed up."

  • "Blacks and Hispanics are more likely than whites to deal with untreated pain and less likely to get adequate care for it, studies show. And minority patients who don't get proper pain treatment early on are likely to suffer depression and post-traumatic stress disorder down the road, says Dr. Carmen Green, a pain specialist and professor of anesthesiology at the University of Michigan."
  • Aye, the transmisogyny…. –AP

    “'Morehouse wasn’t ready for me,' says Diamond, who has the word 'unbreakable' tattooed on his collarbone and the acronym C.R.E.A.M ('Cash Rules Everything Around Me' coined by rap group Wu Tang Clan) wrapped around his right wrist. 'I’m about freedom of expression. I’m about being whomever you truly are inside. I came to Morehouse because of all the historical leaders that attended and impacted the world so heavily. You know, I really wanted to follow in their footsteps. I don’t think Morehouse believes that someone like me—someone who wears heels and dresses—can uphold that reputation. But they’re wrong.'

    “'We respect the identity and choices of all young men at Morehouse,' Dr. Bynum said via email. 'However, the Morehouse leadership development model sets a certain standard of how we expect young men to dress, and this attire does not fit within the model. Our proper attire policy expresses that standard.'”

  • "[W]hen anti-bullying advocate and journalist Anderson Cooper questioned the controversial rapper about his misogynist and homophobic lyrics, Eminem gave a rather shocking reply to the question stating he was “attacked” on his violent lyricism towards women and the LGBT community because he’s a White rapper.

    The 37 year-old Detroit emcee says, “I didn’t invent saying offensive things,” and suggested Black rappers aren’t singled out the way he has been.

    “I felt like I was being singled out, and I felt like, is it the color of my skin?” The rapper continues, “There’s certain rappers that do and say the same things that I’m saying, and I don’t see no one saying anything about that.”