- “Asian Americans such as Judy Chu, former mayor of Monterey Park and incoming member of the State Board of Equalization, and Stewart Kwoh, founder of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, are recasting our cultural, economic and political priorities…
- “Salma Hayek, apparently hoping to duplicate the success of Ugly Betty…is developing another telenovela, an untitled medical drama based at an Ivy League university…”
- “Spike Lee is coming aboard a new film from Imagine Entertainment about the run up to the L.A. riots of 1992, and the aftermath, with a script written by John Ridley (“Three Kings” and “Undercover Brother”).”
- “So why are some Latino and Indigenous people praising Mel and the film? In my opinion because he is throwing the community crumbs. People of color are so deprived of positive images of ourselves in film that any portrayal is seen as a cause for celebrati
- Thanks Rachel! “by creating an erroneous causal link between “bad culture” and black poverty, the “Cosby consensus” prevents the country from recognizing success and building on it to create the economic opportunities that are missing for too many African
- “Rene Syler, lame-duck coanchor of CBS’s The Early Show, will undergo a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy next month. Syler’s mother and father both had breast cancer, and she has endured several breast cancer scares and painful biopsies…”
- “Before the 2005 season, F1 added its first ever driver from India. Now comes word that f1 is about to have its first Black driver, Lewis Hamilton from Britain, whose grandparents came from the West Indies..”
- Hat tip to TheThink. “A young black man and an elderly black woman each die in a hail of police bullets; a comedian invokes the era of lynching, and suddenly it feels like a crime to be caught breathing while black.”
- “Rush’s new Diamond Empowerment Fund is sponsored, in a round about way, by DeBeers, the family that controls the bulk of the international diamond trade, and is part of a much larger PR campaign designed to discredit the new film Blood Diamond…”
by Carmen Van Kerckhove
The rumors have been confirmed. Rosie O’Donnell did indeed pander to the lowest common denominator by doing the ole ching chong routine on The View on Tuesday morning. Thanks very much to Geraly for being all over this!
The hosts were discussing how Danny DeVito’s drunken appearance had made their show particularly popular, and that it was probably even being shown in outer Mongolia. Rosie immediately started in with some “ching chong ching chong,” her interpretation apparently, of the Mongolian language.
You can view the video here. Click on the video labeled, “The View – Hot Topics – Danny DeVito”. It’s about 3 minutes long and around the 2:06 mark Rosie starts her “ching chong” thing.
Update: Okay sorry that my write-up of it a little inaccurate. As you might have guessed, I haven’t had the chance to actually watch the video yet. Luckily for us, it’s already up on YouTube! Enjoy… Also, it even made it to Gawker.
by Carmen Van Kerckhove
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by Carmen Van Kerckhove
James Kim’s death has been absolutely heartbreaking.
by guest contributor Philip Arthur Moore, originally published at TheThink
How much is a “nigger” worth? Twenty dollars, apparently. Damon Wayans, the same man who attempted to trademark the word “Nigga” for a clothing line, has been banned from the Laugh Factory for three months, after using the word 16 times during his routine on Sunday. Said Wayans:
“I’ll be damned if the white man [Michael Richards] uses that word last. …This is part of our culture now…don’t take that from us.”
Wayans was fined $20 for each time he said the word, bringing the fine total to $320. Twenty bucks. Sorry Mr. Wayans, but for you to stand up and say that “this is part of our culture now”, I hope you never see the light of day with a trademark for the word “Nigga” in your hands. At this point, I understand why white people chastise blacks for being so damned hypocritical when it comes to this issue. Yes, it is hypocrisy.
by guest contributor Christopher Chambers, originally published at Nat Turner’s Revenge
One of the more ignorant late-night DJs on a local DC hip hop station said something like: “Who is that dude from the Mariah Carey video [Grammy-winning "We Belong Together"]? He’s on Prison Break? They say he went to Princeton but no brothas go to Princeton…”
Prison Break is one of the hottest dramas on network television, and is one of only a handful non-juvenile Fox shows (best is House, which also has a Princeton connection, being set in the town and using the Frist Student Center as “Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital”). In 2003, “Prison Break” ‘s star, former Tigertone and Daily Princetonian cartoonist Wentworth Miller III, ’95, was cast as “young Coleman Silk” in The Human Stain, based on the bestselling novel by Phillip Roth. Little did anyone know that he was more fit for the role than on the strength of his audition.
He had an intense personal connection to this light-skinned black character, played as a 70 year old by Anthony Hopkins (the cast included Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris and Gary Sinise). Not only did Miller possess a similar racial background, but he also caused a controversial incident during his time at Princeton, when he was mistakenly believed to have written a derogatory remark about African-Americans, similar to the situation with his character in the movie. The movie is set in 1997 (around Clinton-Lewinsky affair and the pinnacle of the “politically correct-sexual politics” milieu). In the film Prof. Coleman Silk, lecturing on The Iliad, remarks about two students who have habitually skipped his 9a.m. Lit class: “Are they real, or are they spooks?” The two students, it turns out, are black. Silk had been passing for white since he was a teenager in the 1940s, following the death of his father, a Pullman porter. Student groups and a petty department head demand Silk’s head. (FYI, the love scenes between Kidman and Hopkins are a little weird, so say the least. Nicole looked good post Tom).
In 1994, Wentworth Miller drew a cartoon for the Prince featuring Cornel West, who was then a Princeton professor but had announced his hiring-away by Harvard (and of course he comes back with Kwame Appiah in tow thanks to then Crimson President/Dickhead-in-charge Larry Summers). The cartoon depicted “Muffy,” a prep-school-bred white Harvard student, imagining her first class with West, who is saying, “Today’s lecture is entitled, Rhythm–Why None of You Have It, and How You Can Get It.” It also described West as “newly purchased,” which is an innocent and oft-used academic term akin to free agency in sports. Of course, “newly purchased” was taken as a reference to slavery. Wenty, you should have known better… Continue reading
by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Funny item from yesterday’s Page Six:
Models are not known for their brain power, but one catwalker showed amazing dim-wittedness at Tenjune the other night. Former NBA star Charles Barkley was relaxing at a table when a blond model approached him “seductively while the song ‘Crazy’ was playing,” our spy giggled. The model “whispered in his ear, ‘Get up and dance, baby – this is your song.’ ” The ditz thought he was Gnarls Barkley, a band comprised of two people – Danger Mouse and Cee-lo. Charles was not impressed.
- Thanks Kimberly! “Like Mary, many women of color today believe that being their true selves will make it difficult for their colleagues to accept them and will hurt their chances of getting promoted…”
- Thanks Phil! “…I have dated only Chinese men, and each of my four relationships drew the same stares. I’m commonly branded a “rice chaser” and accused of having an “Asian fetish,” labels that—even though I’ve learned to laugh them off—pr
- “The opening of Japanese über-retailer UNIQLO’s flagship store in New York leads Jeff Yang to think about shopping from an Asian Pop perspective — and to offer some Asian Pop suggestions on choice stocking-stuffers for your lucky loved ones…”
- “The reality is that we live in a world that assigns value, meaning, power, and privilege differentially along racial lines. As such, there are certain things that Black people can and should say –in response to such inequality– that are nonetheless o
- ” After seeing the success of social networking sites like MySpace, hip-hop hustler Damon Dash is backing his own site which will specifically cater to the urban market.”
- “A divided federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a private school in Hawaii can favor Hawaiian natives for admission as a means of helping a downtrodden indigenous population…”