Links Roundup – 2011-11-09

An amazing conversation that could only happen on The Stream – Derrick, May Alhassen, and Basim Usmani (of the Kominas) have an engaging and real conversation with Lupe Fiasco, one everything from the Occupy movements to Palestine. Fiasco is bracingly honest and surprisingly measured, in stark contrast to his other media experiences.

There is way too much awesome in this piece about K-pop stars from Ree at Seoulbeats:

2NE1 has always been somewhat the ‘black sheep’ of the girl group family. Where Wonder Girls are like the independent, chic, college-going older sister, SNSD is the preppy popular freshman cheerleader sister who gets all the guys, and 2NE1 is the rebellious middle sister who knees the guys in the balls if they ever decide to screw with her. And 4Minute would be that neglected problem-child youngest sister who goes out with fifty guys a month and gets scolded by the parents everyday– when really, all they actually want is affection and love.

If K-Pop was ‘Ten Things I Hate About You‘, SNSD would be Bianca, and 2NE1 would be Kat. You know, Kat– the one who has the tough girl exterior and rams into other people’s cars. But you know what, most people tended to like Kat better, because Kat was cool, Kat was different. And I could only imagine how disgruntled the audience would be if the movie ended with Kat doing a 180 and kissing puppies and moving into a fluorescent pink house. Just to make Patrick fall in love with her or something. Well, this is exactly what’s happening to 2NE1. Japan is Patrick. And I am the disgruntled audience.

In other K-pop news, The Grand Narrative posts an interesting musing on Korean pin-up girls. The GN also posts a link to Soompi, which discusses the controversy over an adaptation of one of my all time favorite manga series, Kimi Wa Petto. The Korean Men’s Association believes the premise (where a woman essentially adopts a stray ballet dancer as her pet – but treats him like a dog, literally) is demeaning to men. Which to me is fascinating – the whole series is an exploration of gender roles, societal expectations, with some compelling commentary on what “the perfect man” actually means. No idea what they actually did with the film, but if it follows the Japanese versions , they may want to see it before knocking the set-up.

Coates says it all on Cain:

Herman Cain has spent the past year peddling a thin tax policy, fumbling the names of foreign countries, and extolling his love of cornbread. Now, today, he stands accused of crudely fondling a white woman. Surely this is someone’s portrait of blackness, but not anyone who would feel at home in Harlem.

Via Sojo’s Trumpet, here’s a really cool project on Mapping Global Stereotypes by Yanko Tsvetkov. (Peep the country in Africa renamed “Madonnaland.”)

Is it unconstitutional to sentence minors to life without parole? SCOTUS debates these cases:

In the Alabama case, Evan James Miller was convicted of killing a neighbor in a trailer park, the Country Life Trailer Court near the small town of Speake in the rural, north-central part of the state. In July 2003, Miller and another youth had been drinking with Miller’s 52-year-0ld neighbor, Cole Cannon, when a fight broke out. Miller was later convicted of beating Cannon so severely that he could not get up from the floor, and died of inhaling smoke after Miller had set fire to the trailer, apparently to cover up evidence of the crime.

In the Arkansas case, Kuntrell Jackson, who had grown up in crime-ridden housing projects in Blytheville, decided in November 1999, along with two other boys, to rob a local video store. The two boys, older than Kuntrell, went into the Movie Magic store, and one of those two allegedly shot and killed the clerk, Laurie Troup, after she had refused a demand for money. Kuntrell had entered the store after the other two boys, and claimed that his only role was to be a lookout; after the shooting, the three fled without taking any money.

Is Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter an exploration of death – or an examination of Western ideals? Omar Shaukat holds court at KABOBFest.

Here’s a thought provoking vid checking out the connection between racism and deaths on the US-Mexico border.(Via Latino Like Me)

Raquel Z. Rivera posts a working paper on “Perreo & Power: Explicit Sexuality in Reggaeton Dance”.

What do Latinos want?Mayonesa! .

Wondering who is Occupying Everything? Check out the first personal narratives from folks in San Jose. Occupy Wall Street tries to figure out what to do with the growing sexual assault problems. Betsy Leondar-Wright at Classism Exposed makes a compelling argument for Occupy to target specific actions for societal change. And progressive ideals are put to the test as a growing number of homeless people find companionship, safety, and food within the Occupy Movements.

Al Jazeera launches Africa Investigates. In their words:

In a world first, this hard-hitting project gives some of Africa’s best journalists the opportunity to pursue high-level investigative targets across the continent – using their unique perspective and local knowledge to put corruption, exploitation and abuse under the spotlight.

All too often in the past, African reporters have not been able to pursue wrongdoing because it involves powerful figures who wield undue influence over local media – financial, corporate or political – or because it is simply too dangerous. Investigative journalism is a perilous profession in many African nations, where intimidation, beatings, imprisonment and death threats can be an occupational hazard. As a result they have often had to sit idly by while Africa’s story has been told by Western correspondents, “parachuted in” for the purpose, who reinforce stereotypical views about African peoples and their supposed inability to face up to and solve their own problems.

Now, determined to tell their own story, Africa Investigates reporters will correct that impression.

Bianca Laureno at VivrLatino reports on The Afro-Latin@s Now! Conference Plenary:

The first question that was posed to the panelist were “why is there this interest in Black Latin@s at this time?” Responses included an increased interest in Blackness, the diaspora. Torres-Saillant shared that when he was growing up Blackness was something one had to apologize for in the Dominican Republic. Rosario Jackson shared that with the browning of the US being more local yet there is still a crisis which she believes may lead to more creative opportunity. Laurent-Perrault mentioned the term “coyuntura” and how there is an increase in energy within particular communities that is leading to this attention. Bonilla-Silva shared that we are living in a “new racial order” which is how the US is moving towards a more Latin Americanist perspective on race, which he believes is NOT a good thing. He states we, in the US, are living in a “multi-racial white supremacist regime” and that there is a three point racial consciousness for Black Latin@s which includes: being racially Black, being ethnically Latino and being US citizens as well.

A Belgian judicial adviser thinks that TinTin in the Congo is not racist, based on the plot, not the images.

Aymar explains Why Americans Will Ruin British Teen Shows.