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Month: January 2015 (page 2 of 3)

Some thoughts on activism and activists both old and new

The old guard is afraid of these new activists. Legacy media is afraid of social media. Do not be fooled. They will attempt to confuse you by saying they are concerned about the movement or the medium. They are not.  

Today is as much about Mike Brown as it is about Dr.King who fought tirelessly against the very thing that is happening to the Mike Browns of today, so how can an organization that is supposed to be concerned with the ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE really stand there trying to hold on to the past when social injustice against people of color is happening right now?

The problem is, what was once an organization based in activism has become nothing more than a money-making business with its own agenda that is far removed from what its founders originally envisioned. More effort is put into fundraising and making money for the organization than is put into exacting change.

This is why they are threatened by the new guard. The new guard is out on the streets doing the work the way Dr. King did it, and they don’t need a huge “nonprofit” organization behind them to do it.

When they see people like Deray and Johnetta organizing and getting things done without any help from them, they get nervous. They try to throw out misinformation stating the movement is disorganized and doesn’t have any leadership. They are afraid of the power the young people hold in moving this country forward in the right direction. Power never wants to relenquish power, but the new activists have shown that they can wrestle that power away in just a few tweets, and to a generation of people who are used to having it their way and their way alone, that is scary.



This brings to mind the SNL skit from this past weekend featuring Kenan Thompson as Dr. King. In case you missed it, here it is:


Under the guise of criticizing the Oscars snubbing Selma, Saturday Night Live manages to subtly shade activism that begins on Twitter. Its critique of the way millennials do activism reveals a fear of the new and the unknown.

I’ve seen many criticisms of Twitter, Facebook, and social media in general, but the simple fact is, in the early days of Ferguson, more accurate information came from the social media accounts of those on the ground than from national media organizations whose job it is to report the news and keep the people informed.

Again, this is a scary concept for legacy media. We live in the world of the 24/7 news cycle, and the desire to be first with every scoop has usurped the ideal of being accurate. These days it seems that legacy media serves as more of a publicity spin machine for government than an actual watchdog of it.

The accurate stories are coming from the Twitter and Vine accounts of those in the movement, on the ground, doing the work, and not seeking glory for it.

The next time you hear someone saying the movement is not organized, I encourage you to follow the accounts of Deray, Charles, Netta, and others in the movement and get the real news.

Supporting them is a form of activism too.

Today we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. In the middle of this generation’s epic social justice movement, we remember the work of Dr. King while looking forward to what the work of the new leaders will bring.

The Amber Rose Diaries

I’ve decided that I am going to write a post each day that Amber Rose posts new pics on Instagram a series of posts dedicated to Amber Rose and her Instagram account. You mad, or nah?

I consider this a part of my job as an information curator. You are welcome.

Dear Amber Rose,

Yesterday you posted some pictures on Instagram, and the Internet collectively lost its mind. You are so beautiful, Amber. What did we do to deserve you?

For the record, yesterday was not my first time noticing you, but it was the first time I felt compelled by something within me to share your beauty with the world.

You are everything.

Have you ever seen Harlem Nights? Remember that scene where Della Reese is describing Sunshine?

That’s who you are, Amber. You are our sunshine. We cannot get enough of you. We want to bask in your glory at the risk of being burned by your hotness.

I hope you keep blessing us with these gifts, because we stand here ready to receive.

And good lord, do we appreciate it.

Relevant to my interests:

Metro plans to add cellular and WiFi service in some of the underground stations. This is huge! I am an almost daily user of the LA subway system, and my one lament is the lack of cellular or WiFi services underground.

7th and Metro Center Station in Downtown LA

7th and Metro Center Station in Downtown LA

Wi-Fi will be accessible at station platforms but not in a moving train, Fischer said. Uninterrupted cellular service will be available from the street to the platforms to inside moving trains, he said.

via Los Angeles subway will get WiFi, cellular phone service

13-year-old Canadian girls on the right track

I want to give a shout out to the two 13-year-old Canadian girls who want to end rape culture by creating a consent culture and teaching this program in their health education classes. Good job, ladies!

2Pac performs “Keep Your Head Up” in classroom

We all know that Tupac Shakur was a special human being. My heart melts watching him perform “Keep Your Head Up” acapella in a classroom full of students. This video has made it’s way around the Internet and back again, but I’m sharing it anyway. Enjoy.

Crooked I “Everythang” is starting my day off today

Crooked I’s “Everythang” is the perfect combination of West Coast Gangster Rap and Twerk anthem, at least in my opinion. You can get crunk to it, and you can shake your ass to it. I do both.

I’m here for our West Coast rappers because as I’ve said before in various spaces, they make their music for US. The fact that people everywhere else enjoy the music as well is just bonus points in my opinion.

So now enjoy the lyrical mastery of “Everythang” and thank me later.

When you’re done being ratchet, check out the protest song he made called “I Can’t Breathe”  complete with a video showing scenes from protests and the death of Eric Garner. Power visual imagery to say the least.


Amber Rose Instagram Titillates Twitter

Amber Rose posted some hot pictures on Instagram. You’re welcome.

I love looking at the Amber Rose Instagram account. It seems like she’s having a lot of fun being Amber. She’s my kind of eye candy. Her body is delicious.

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White man shoots police chief, lives to tell the story

In yet another example of how unjust the system is, a white man in Sentinel, Oklahoma shot the police chief four times and will be able to share the story with his grandchildren somewhere down the road. Oh, and to add insult to injury, the police chief is black.


“Whitney” premieres on Lifetime tonight

Rob Sharenow, Lifetime’s executive vice president and general manager, says that it’s the movies themselves that have made the franchise a classic. “People love a great story,” he said. “And I think at their heart, Lifetime movies are always about great drama and pure storytelling. That’s what it is, as simple as that.”

Cover Story: “The Dream of Reconciliation” – The New Yorker

The cover art of next week’s New Yorker as drawn by Barry Blitt depicts Martin Luther King Jr. marching arm in arm with Eric Garner and NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu. In the background, we see Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and an American Flag.


I have several issues with this drawing. The first is, why is all the color removed from the people in the picture? Before Captain Facts or any other member of the #WellActually justice league can jump in my comments, let me say that I get what the artist may have intended, but the fact is, the murders of Garner, Martin, and Brown all had a basis in the fact that they were black, so removing their color in this drawing, in my opinion, is an attempt the erase the part that race/color played in their deaths.

Adding Dr. King to the picture could be considered a nice touch, and it definitely goes along with the theme of the article, but why is it that Dr. King is invoked so much by white people these days? When he was alive they wanted him to shut up. Now his name and memory are shouted from the mountaintops anytime anyone wants the angry black people to calm down. Please stop invoking the name, memory, and image of Dr. King as a means of trying to instill docility and quiet the righteous anger of black people in America. Dr. King was killed while demonstrating nonviolent resistance, so using him as a tool against the very people he was championing is more than a little insulting.

Why is Wenjian Liu even in this picture? The NYPD shooting was an isolated incident that had nothing to do with the deaths of Brown, Garner or Martin, so why is there this concerted effort by the media to rewrite the narrative and put them together? This is yet another version of #AllLivesMatter, which is in and of itself and attempt to water down the importance and significance of the movement that is happening in this country right now to save black lives.

This is not a Kumbaya moment. We are not going to emerge from this holding hands and singing gospel songs together. We are in the fight of our lives, and we demand the recognition of our humanity and our person-hood. Understand that until the genocide of black people in this country stops, the revolution will continue.

Here is what the artist had to say about his cover art for the New Yorker:

Barry Blitt drew next week’s cover, inspired by the photographs of the Selma-to-Montgomery march that are everywhere again. “It struck me that King’s vision was both the empowerment of African-Americans, the insistence on civil rights, but also the reconciliation of people who seemed so hard to reconcile,” he said. “In New York and elsewhere, the tension between the police and the policed is at the center of things. Like Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, Martin Luther King was taken way too early. It is hard to believe things would have got as bad as they are if he was still around today.”

via Cover Story: “The Dream of Reconciliation” – The New Yorker.

You are what you eat

Given the time of year, I know that setting new fitness and health goals is cliche, but so what; I’m doing it.

The results of my walk this morning

The results of my walk this morning

I started keeping a food diary this week. I’ve been using the S Health app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and one of the features is a health coach that suggests small missions for you to complete in order to meet your health goals.

A mission I picked for this week was to spend a day tracking what I ate. I actually did it or more than one day, and I’ve decided to continue the practice because the benefits of it make it worth it.

Entering everything I ate into this app made me really conscious of what I was putting into my body. Today was a good day where I ate mostly fruits and vegetables. My breakfast bagel was more calories than I care to expend on one item, and that made me realize that I want to spend my calorie budget on healthier, more filling foods that are going to keep me energized throughout the day.

My food diary for today

My food diary for today

Another challenge that I am taking on is the physical activity challenge. Let’s face it; I’m lazy and fat. I am working on improving that, but it is a work in progress, and so to that end I am using the app to keep myself accountable.

My steps for today

My steps for today

I got in over 14K steps today, and that includes mile and a half I walked this morning to get my day started. I promise I felt more energized today after starting it off with a walk first thing.

One of my main goals is to move around as much as possible. Even when sitting at my desk, I am doing my new favorite leg exercise: tracing the alphabet with each foot. You can actually feel the results of this.

These are all just small steps that I know will lead to larger ones and bring me to a healthier place overall, and for that I’m excited.

You can follow along with my journey.

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