The Real Housewives of Atlanta's Porsha Stewart who has historically not been the brightest Diva seems to continue to confirm that she may have gone to school on the short bus.
A preview for upcoming episodes shows the divas visiting several historical landmarks including one of the safe houses used by 19th-century black slaves in the United States to escape to Free states.
Now here is where I think this Diva may have been dropped on her young beauty queen head when she was little.
The tour guide is explaining that still to this day they are unsure how the slaves got in our out to which Ms. Porsha replies, “Well, there has to be an opening for the railroad at some point because somebody is driving the train.”
Clutch the pearls Ms. Thing genuinely thinks that the Underground Railroad had a real train! You know kind of like the Polar Express....LOL. I wonder if she thinks Harriet Tubman was the conductor...lol.
Where did this chick go to school because their accreditation needs to be reviewed?
How do you grow up as a black girl in Atlanta and be the granddaughter of civil rights champion Hosea Williams and not know anything about the Underground Railroad?
“It wasn’t a train, baby,” Phaedra Parks explains. “That’s just a euphemism.”
Phaedra this chick thought there was a real train do you really think she knows what a euphemism is?
Her Housewives reality mates were equally perplexed by Ms. Porsha's lack of Black History.
“It’s almost hurtful to me to watch her be so dumb,” the former Miss USA, Kenya Moore says.
But not to be undone in an effort that can only be compared to the classic scene from The Miracle Worker the Divas metaphorically pump water over the blind Porsha's hands but unlike the film there is not a breakthrough.
“But I know one particular person made it,” Porsha states.
Kandi Burgess can't take it anymore and interjects, “What do you mean made it? It wasn’t a tunnel that’s connected.”
Cynthia Bailey flabbergasted, looks into the camera: “Really?! You thought there was an actual train that took them through?”
“Her grandfather Hosea Williams just rolled over in his grave,” she adds, shaking her head in dismay.
I swear I see Porsha and all I hear is that voice over from the old United Negro College Fund ad that says "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."
You guys watch the video and weep for this poor Black History challenged child.....lol
If they had an awards show that said #WhiteGirlsRock black ppl would call it racist.
Now what is even more surprising is that some of the comments came from black folks, WTH?
First of all I am just glad BET actually has some engaging original programming that is not ratchet!
Second there is a White Girls Rock it's called the Grammy's and CMA's LOL
The only reason you have a show like Black Girls Rock is that historically these women are invisible or poorly represented in mainstream environments.
I am always amused when folks can cry racist when marginalized communities just want to be affirmed. Affirming does not mean seperate. If these communities were appropriately recognized and honored in mainstream environments then no there would be no need for such shows like Black Girls Rock but we are clearly not there yet.
Rapper, mogul and entrepreneur Curtis Jackson, a.k.a. 50 Cent will mentor a transgender teen in an upcoming six part reality show series called "Dream School" which will appear on the Sundance Channel. WTH?
The show will highlight a program where youth who have dropped out can find a place to turn their lives around.
Now 50 Cent has come under fire for being historically homophobic which he denies.
There was some beef back in the day with Kanye where he all but called Kanye out as being gay.
50 Cent had a song 'Heartless Monster' that had some pretty homophobic lyrics:
"Niggas from the hood ain't supposed to wear no retro shit/I'm-a
tell my lil' niggas to start kickin' ya fuckin' ass/See ya out there wit that
funny shit on/Look him he's a faggot/Kick him/ Kick his fuckin' ass".
Not only does that sound homophobic but it also promotes violence against LGBT folks.
50 Cent also caught heat about three years ago when he tweeted three years ago, a hateful statement about the tragic suicide of gay teen Tyler Clementi, who jumped to his death from a bridge after he was outed, stating:
If you a man and your over 25 and you don’t eat pussy just kill your self damn it. The world will be a better place. Lol.
50 Cent has also admitted publicly that his mother before she died had same sex relationships so maybe he is a bit homophobic because he may thinks it is hitting to close to home.
I have seen 50 Cent on Oprah recently and I was very impressed with how spiritual this dude has become as he has matured and evolved. He seems to be trying to distance himself somewhat from the gangster, thug personna that made him rap royalty.
50 Cent denies being homophobic and explains his position: “I don’t have homophobia. I never did,” Jackson told The Wrap. “When you
actually make music that mirrors the environment, you use the
terminology,” he said. “You use the language. Like if you were making a
painting, and you were painting the American flag, if I told you to do
that, and not use red, not use the harsh terms or the tougher messages,
you would never successfully paint the flag.”
I have always said that as an artist and celebrity you have automony to express yourself any way you want but because you have such a high profile, you cannot cry foul when folks hold you accountable to what you say and do.
It's that same old crap about athletes and rappers claiming I am not a role model but you sale your brand and collateral marketing based on your profile. You cannot sale $200.00 sneakers and then say young folks should not pay attention to what you do and say.
I am not sure where 50 Cent's mind is these days but I need him to pick a character. Mentor to LGBT youth or ganster mysogynistic, homophobic rapper.
It will be interesting to see how 50 Cent mentors and interacts with the transgendered youth, Alan.
According to Shadow and Act, there is apparently another film being directed by Euzhan Palcy, starring Fantasia Barrino.
Now I am not hating on Fantasia but I do not see her voice nor her acting chops paying appropriate homage to the Queen of Gospel music, Mahalia Jackson but Fantasia might surprise everyone.
Mahalia's voice is so distinctive, moving and authentic. She was an absolute God given talented singer. Mahalia Jackson was a christian woman and was committed to gospel music. She rarely sang in secular environments. The only film she ever did was "Imitation of Life" which still brings me to tears everytime I hear her sing in that film.
I dare you to watch Imitation of Life and try not to do the ugly cry....LOL.
I can see Queen Latifah pulling this off seeing as she can both sing and has some serious acting chops!
Another contender could even be my girl Kelly Price, that is when she is not walking around with a bag of timberlands and vaseline trying shank and beat down her reality co starts on "R & B Divas LA"....LOl.
It is about time a film was made that showcases the incredible talent and contributions of this amazing woman.
So you gospel and music fans who would you like to see playing the great Mahalia Jackson?
Yes if you get the urge to twerk you could be facing 30 days in jail.
I wonder if there is a lesser sentence for crumping?
I mean is twerking that rampant in this small town? Are folks twerking at the bus stops, farmers market, on the sidewalks and at the express lines at the local Piggly Wiggly?
Maynard Wilkens, the Mayor of DeQuincy, spoke to CNN about the ban that will go into effect on September 19 and issues a statement:
“Twerking is a defiant act against Jesus and his teachings. The rest of the country can keep their heads in the sand about this s****l act before marriage, but not the great city of DeQuincy,” Wilkens said. “We will still allow dancing in DeQuincy, just no jigglin’, shakin’ and ‘dry humping’ anywhere in our city limits.”
Wow I know I did not do very well in Bible school but I think I cannot recall the passage that specifically addresses Jesus's dissatisfaction with twerking.
I also have heard of dry counties but now we have a no "dry humping" county!
I guess this means DeQuincy will be out of the running for the twerking grandmother's convention scheduled later this year....LOL.
We have watched Raven Symone grow up from the adorable cute girl from The Cosby Show to being the Disney media darling of her own series That's So Raven.
Raven Symone has managed to avoid the usual trappings of being a childhood star by effectively reinventing herself. She seems to have added one more side to her diverse profile, apparently she is gay.
I personally have not heard of any gay rumors about Ms. Symone but they have allegedly been circling for sometime.
Well Raven put the rumor mill to bed by confirming her sexuality in a recent tweet on Twitter, ""I can finally get married."
Raven followed up with E! News when she shared, ""I am very happy that gay marriage is opening up around the country and
is being accepted. I was excited to hear today that more states
legalized gay marriage. I, however am not currently getting married, but
it is great to know I can now, should I wish to."
This is pretty cool. We are accustomed to mainstream stars coming out but it is very encouraging when African-American famous folks decide to share their sexuality. The more this happens the less of an issue it will become within the African-American community.
Raven Symone thank you for stepping out and representing in a big way!
I would like to report a crime. I was physically assaulted.
The good news is that I can positively identify my attacker. The
assailant is a bald headed, light skinned African-American male about
6’1” who weighs about 175 pounds and goes by the street name Shaun T.
Yes, I am talking about the reigning prince of boot camp fitness, “Mr. Insanity” himself.
I have been committed to getting back in shape. I typically work out
at the gym and was getting decent results, but I needed something
I had heard of the physical fitness empire built by the behemoth
Shaun T, and I’ve marveled at this muscle man on television and wondered
if he would stand up to all the hype.
We started with one of his first cardio DVDs. Shaun T is in a gym
with an equally fit posse of participants with not an ounce of body fat
Historically when I work out, I am accustomed to doing a set and
resting a few minutes before I start the next exercise. Shaun T’s
Insanity workout flips the script and works you like a pack mule for
three minutes with only 30 seconds to recover before the Insanity starts
But before you get to the exercises, you have to survive the warm-up, or as I loving refer to it, the 10-minute cardiac arrest.
This warm-up session will truly let you know just how out of shape
you really are. I was just three minutes in when I slipped, fell and
almost drowned in a small wading pool of my own sweat.
This guy definitely knows what he is doing. He baits you during the
grueling cardio routines. You are sweating buckets, your joints ache and
the only thing louder than the background music is the sound of your
own labored breathing, but just when you are about to say “I quit,”
Shaun T whips off his shirt. So now that you are face to face with the
physical perfection that is Shaun T, you realize maybe, just maybe, that
you too can have a six pack like Shaun T instead of the 40 ounces of
Old E I carried around.
My love-hate relationship continued for more than two weeks. And like
anyone who has been assaulted, I wanted proof of the attack, so I
posted daily pictures of my grueling encounters. I noticed almost
immediately after posting to Facebook that other victims would come
forward to share similar stories of how Shaun T had whooped their big
butts into shape.
I had been indoctrinated into a bizarre, cult-like following of P90X,
Insanity, Asylum Shaun T followers I dubbed as Insaninites…lol. The
Insaninites have their own culture. Folks were coming forward offering
to be my coach, and alumni of the Insanity workout were all bragging
about the coveted Insanity “I Earned It” t-shirt, which you can only get
by submitting pre- and post-Insanity abuse pictures of yourself.
I have to admit that I began to look forward to my encounters with
Shaun T, so I decided to try his latest endeavor: Hip Hop Abs.
I went online after watching the infomercial more times than I can
count. Hip Hop Abs was on sale for $19.95, so basically for the price of
an eight-piece family meal at KFC, I could dance myself into a beach
body, bathing suit, summer, svelte physique.
My adventure online was eye opening and helped me appreciate how
Shaun T built and maintains his empire. Before I could purchase Hip Hop
Abs, I literally had to turn down about 15 other items. Shaun T was
trying to sell me vitamins, meal replacement shakes, recovery juice,
nutrition guides, workout charts, measuring tape and, I think, a
BeachBody enema kit to literally flush those pesky pounds away.
Almost 20 minutes later, I finally emerged with a confirmation number
for my Hip Hop Abs DVD. I also realized that the only thing more
grueling than Shaun T’s cardio workout might be his online sales
Will Smith is in the news, not for a blockbuster film but for his
views on parenting, and more specifically for his views on
African-Americans and their attitudes toward their children.
Power couple Will and Jada Smith have been known for their unorthodox
relationship, which now seems to spread to how they raise their
children. Will Smith claims that he and Jada do not subscribe to the
notion of children as property, which he says is a strong belief in the
black community, a notion he said dates back to slavery.
We’ve all heard the expression made popular by TV dad Bill Cosby: “I
brought you into this world and I’ll take you out.” The expression, to
me, is not so much about ownership but conveys a sense of deep
responsibility. If black folks learned anything from slavery, they
learned that they wanted more for the next generation.
“Dr. Smith” has a different approach: “My style of parenting is very
similar to that of my parents, minus the concept of ownership,” he told
HauteLiving.com. “I think that, specifically in African American
households, the idea coming out of slavery, there’s a concept of your
children being property and that was a major part that Jada and I
released with our kids. We respect our children the way we would respect
any other person.”
I believe Smith’s ideology is centered more in economic privilege
than in culture. This is also systemic of what happens when we try to
adopt a mainstream philosophy that may not work for marginalized
communities. We try to treat your children like any other person when
they are not like any other person; they are your children, and you are
responsible for them as an authority figure.
They are not your pals.
I have a theory. One of the reasons it seemed easier to raise
children back in the day was because our kids and families they
associated with shared similar values.
My nephews have friends who will walk in your house, not speak, go
into your refrigerator without asking permission or think they can stay
over without permission, then look at you crazy if you ask to speak to
When I was a kid, I would never walk into a friend’s house and not
speak to their family. Nor would I be allowed to be at their house past a
certain hour and not have them look at me and query, “What are you
doing here, and does your mother know where you are?”
What is frustrating is that you can be a good parent and instill all
the right values in your children, but now, in our efforts to maybe be
in the best neighborhoods and have our children attend certain schools,
we are no longer around folks who share the same value system, and our
kids want to bring that non-sense back home with them because they see
their friends getting away with all kind of shenanigans.
As someone who had a career of working with young people, especially
black youth, I have witnessed a decline in how young folks are being
parented. In our attempt to assimilate and attain more than our parents
and grandparents, we begin to cast off some of the values that made us
successful adults – values like basic manners, hard work and honoring
your family and elders.
In the HauteLiving.com interview, Will Smith said: “You would never
tell a full-grown adult to clean their room, so we don’t tell our kids
to clean their rooms. Actually, we tell our kids ‘you don’t have a room,
that’s our room and we are letting you borrow it.’ ”
Hey that sounds familiar, because my mom used to say the same thing.
I really believe Smith is debating semantics. However you tell the
Karate Kid to clean up his room is your business, but maybe the Fresh
Prince should be reminded that his family’s West Philly values made him
the A-list Hollywood star he is today, so maybe, just maybe, they were
doing something right.