I am not Your Work Horse.

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African American women are more than just “strong”.  Our very existence is a miracle.

I’ve always known true American history.  My grandfather, a sharecropper from Kingstree, South Carolina told me stories about black people being lynched, their dead bodies fed to hogs cousins raped by white men and black men being sent up north to have the babies and sending the children back to be raised by Aunties, Sisters, Mothers, and Grandmothers when I was 5 years old.

African Americans have lived the trauma for over 450 years here in America.

There were 12 generations of slavery before reconstruction.  Think about that.  12 generations. Think of the toll on the enslaved women from Africa.

Documentaries like “13th”  and “I am not your Negro”  books like  “The New Jim Crow” have awakened those who have been living their lives bathed in a happy ignorance of America.

When newly “woke” folks ask me if I’ve seen or read any of these fantastic works of art… I smile.  Yes, I’ve seen the movies, no I haven’t read the books…why…because I’ve lived it.

All I have to do is look at the images of black people in our media and I can see it.

What struck me about the documentary “I am Not your Negro” was how brilliant James Baldwin was and the clarity he had as an outsider in the African American community.

What will live with me  from the documentary “I am Not your Negro” is the fact that everything comes…with a cost.  The American Dream of white picket fences…came with a price.

Seeing images of Doris Day and the white picket fence against sharecroppers shacks and black women and men’s lynched bodies hanging like strange fruit in poplar trees, images of enslaved Africans serving white masters…Native Americans being slaughtered as their land is stolen from them…free labor, lies, theft and oppression built the America that wants to be so great again.

I’ve always said I am NOT leaving this country…this country built upon and with the blood of my ancestors.  James Baldwin came back after seeing images of 15 year old Hazel Massery who walked alone through the hundreds of screaming mostly white boys and men who spat on her as she walked to go to school.  And what those disgusting white people did to her once she was inside the schoolhouse…alone with them was equally vile.

Baldwin came back, ashamed he was not there to stand with her.  The civil rights movement sent Black women and Girls onto the front lines to be slaughtered and we would NOT have the level of freedom we have today, if it were not for their sacrifice.

I particularly honor the African American Women who continue to thrive and shine regardless of what is going on in the world.

African American Woman has ALWAYS been connected to making America fair and just for us. Remember, three  African American women started the Black Lives Matter movement. Black women from the WNBA began the Black Lives Matter protests on the basketball court that Black Male athletes continued in 2016.  How do we survive when everything is always taken from us?

We remain determined.  When I saw the photos of  Myrile Evers-Williams, (Medgar Evers wife), Corretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz  with their husbands and families…my heart broke.

They were all so so young.

America…is hazardous to the African American’s lifespan.
So…as people who have abundance try to suck me dry…asking me to do, to be, to give when I struggle to care for my own single self I remember the strength of my foremothers and I take my individual self care seriously.  The biggest boldest thing I can do on this planet as an African American woman… IS LIVE for a LONG ASS TIME.

I will not buy into everything that America offers that will kill me.  I see this country clearly for what it is.

The strategy of making African American women the floor mat of the country, has never been the actual truth of reality.

I am an African-American woman born of this country.  I am not an immigrant, my blood is the foundation of building this nation and this cannot be denied.

My backbone is steel, my soul is drenched in honey, and yes… I am strong and I am soft and…I am not your work horse.

I am a queen.

J9

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A lesson: Christianity, Paganism & Beyoncé

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Okay, so…some rabid Christian woman that Beyonce’s performance was sinful on a thread that called Beyonce’s performance “stunning calling Beyonce’s performance Sinful…

So I chose to write this:
Stunning. Those who don’t understand, it’s sad. What the ignorant call “sin” is actually the basis of Christianity. Christianity’s foundation is…pagan ritual. When the Roman empire would conquer a nation, they would not force the nation to take on the Roman religion, each culture was allowed to keep it’s own religion.

That was until the Christian sect came along.

Then about 300 years after Jesus Christ died, the Roman Emperor Constantine, merged the earth based pagan religions with Christianity in an attempt to keep the decaying Roman empire together under one religion. That’s why there are Christmas trees, and rabbits with chocolate eggs at Easter…and all the traditions of Christianity…and the Mother Mary…is the goddess Yemaya who is also the Celtic goddess Danu,(Celts..The UK, Ireland etc) who is also the Greek goddess Gaia, who is the roman goddess Hera who is the Lakota goddess Wohpe (Native American tribe)…who the Catholic church, which is the basis of all modern Christian religions, attempted to wipe from the planet.

But monotheism tore Rome apart and the Catholic church brought in the reformation, the dark ages. Offshoots of this Church collaborated to create systems to break down the African continent, tribe by tribe through slavery, colonialism and stealing land and resources sponsored by Christianity. Christians transported their dysfunction to what they called the new world and fucked up the Indigenous American tribes as well.

Religions run by men, supported by brainwashed women. Who kill in the name of Christ. Who manipulate the masses for cash and who live like kings judging everyone from their super churches with their airplanes and fancy homes.

Religions who demean women and attempt to subjugate us.

When women dance…share our voices…find ways to honor the divine feminine …moving our hips…being in our bodies..not for the pleasure of men…no… just to embrace our natural state of joy…it’s called sin.

I pity those who don’t understand and are so so stuck, so domesticated, such sheep…living your lives in straight lines, complaining about the present, hoping for a paradise elsewhere…while you miss the beauty and joy…the paradise that already lies within you.

Ah well.

Live in your ignorance, it’s your loss.

Those of us who do understand…have compassion for you.

And Beyonce….is in her flow, in her glow…shining her light BRIGHT and those of us who understand know she doesn’t think she’s a God… she’s an artist connected to the past leaving a legacy that will keep our traditions alive.

Ashe

J9

#queenb

 

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Beyoncé Lioness…Goddess…Thank You.

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I wrote this post on my facebook page…but really…it’s a blog.

The American entertainment industry loves to portray African American women as weak mothers with broken families. While it glorifies the White mother. Just look at all the TV shows and movies with white mothers swooping in to raise brown children.

In reality…when I walk around my neighborhood in Park Slope Brooklyn…I see an ARMY of black women (and YES in Park Slope, I see ALL black women) raising white children for pennies just in order to take care of their own children…like black women have ALWAYS been forced to do in AmeriKKKa.

Just look at how many of the few black women who have won Oscars…have won them for playing crack head mothers who can’t take care of their kids. Even this year, we have a drug addicted mother in the running. (By the way…we NEVER get the story of WHY these women are crack heads…but that’s the subject of another post) You know, when a community disrespects the Divine Mother…it CANNOT thrive.

Then, today online, I saw the vision that was Beyonce sharing the specific nurturing power of the divine mother which all women embody (whether we have birthed actual children or not) and it touched my heart.

Beyonce blended the goddess energy of all cultures, Yourban, Greek, Hindu even Christianity…the mother Mary.

What is that mother goddess energy? The unconditional love it takes to carry a child..this alien being….an actual parasite that drains all of your energy into the world. Then to care and protect this being…until death. Even when this being hates you for not letting it go out with it’s friends because it has a test in the morning.

That’s the love that fueled the first Civil Rights movement. That’s the love that used to live in The White house that, for eight years made us believe that we…could. It’s the mother love that Buddhists say to do meditations…imagining everyone around you as your mother in order to develop a deeper ability for compassion. Even if you did have a bad mom..the love she had to have you in her belly and birth you…that unconditional love.

It was beautiful to see three generations of the Knowles/Carter women just being, loving, and showing the abundance and strength of their family connection. Three lionesses, resting.

In a world where Black plight in marginalized neighborhoods is glamorized and used to support xenophobia and racism and Black women are portrayed to be…bad mothers.. Beyonce’s performance was a slap in the face of that ignorance and I say BRAVO!!!

Of course the Grammys are racist, run by a bunch of old white men from another era. (wait…that era never really left) And when those guys die off…I’m sure a bunch of young racist white men and women will pick up the tradition and continue to appropriate and ignore the brilliance of African American artists like they always have.

But you know what..at least Jay Z and Beyonce are savvy business people and are protecting their money, unlike Prince, whose estate now must pay over 100 million dollars of its 200 million dollar estate in taxes. That is why his library has been opened up on Spotify. Shame.

And to those who are throwing shade about Beyonce making a big deal about her pregnancy…I say FUCK YOU.

A black family in today’s society living in wealth with an abundance of children is …an act of social justice. Their very existence flies in the face of those who think that all black people live in poverty. That all black people come from broken families. That all black men hate black women. That all black communities are marginalized. Those same ignorant beings that spew the phrase…That all lives matter.

You know, I have a black mother and father who have been married for like sixty something years…and loved and parented my brother and sister and me spectacularly. When I see that beautiful mother energy that Beyonce shared with us yesterday…I see the beauty and unconditional love of my own mother, of so many black mothers. And that love is….everything.

But anyway….

I thank Queen B for shining her light so radiantly.

Ashe. #blackgirlmagic

The American entertainment industry loves to portray African American women as weak mothers with broken families. While it glorifies the White mother. Just look at all the TV shows and movies with white mothers swooping in to raise brown children.

In reality…when I walk around my neighborhood in Park Slope Brooklyn…I see an ARMY of black women (and YES in Park Slope, I see ALL black women) raising white children for pennies just in order to take care of their own children…like black women have ALWAYS been forced to do in AmeriKKKa.

Just look at how many of the few black women who have won Oscars…have won them for playing crack head mothers who can’t take care of their kids. Even this year, we have a drug addicted mother in the running. (By the way…we NEVER get the story of WHY these women are crack heads…but that’s the subject of another post) You know, when a community disrespects the Divine Mother…it CANNOT thrive.

Then, today online, I saw the vision that was Beyonce sharing the specific nurturing power of the divine mother which all women embody (whether we have birthed actual children or not) and it touched my heart.

Beyonce blended the goddess energy of all cultures, Yourban, Greek, Hindu even Christianity…the mother Mary.

What is that mother goddess energy? The unconditional love it takes to carry a child..this alien being….an actual parasite that drains all of your energy into the world. Then to care and protect this being…until death. Even when this being hates you for not letting it go out with it’s friends because it has a test in the morning.

That’s the love that fueled the first Civil Rights movement. That’s the love that used to live in The White house that, for eight years made us believe that we…could. It’s the mother love that Buddhists say to do meditations…imagining everyone around you as your mother in order to develop a deeper ability for compassion. Even if you did have a bad mom..the love she had to have you in her belly and birth you…that unconditional love.

It was beautiful to see three generations of the Knowles/Carter women just being, loving, and showing the abundance and strength of their family connection. Three lionesses, resting.

In a world where Black plight in marginalized neighborhoods is glamorized and used to support xenophobia and racism and Black women are portrayed to be…bad mothers.. Beyonce’s performance was a slap in the face of that ignorance and I say BRAVO!!!

Of course the Grammys are racist, run by a bunch of old white men from another era. (wait…that era never really left) And when those guys die off…I’m sure a bunch of young racist white men and women will pick up the tradition and continue to appropriate and ignore the brilliance of African American artists like they always have.

But you know what..at least Jay Z and Beyonce are savvy business people and are protecting their money, unlike Prince, whose estate now must pay over 100 million dollars of its 200 million dollar estate in taxes. That is why his library has been opened up on Spotify. Shame.

And to those who are throwing shade about Beyonce making a big deal about her pregnancy…I say FUCK YOU.

A black family in today’s society living in wealth with an abundance of children is …an act of social justice. Their very existence flies in the face of those who think that all black people live in poverty. That all black people come from broken families. That all black men hate black women. That all black communities are marginalized. Those same ignorant beings that spew the phrase…That all lives matter.

You know, I have a black mother and father who have been married for like sixty something years…and loved and parented my brother and sister and me spectacularly. When I see that beautiful mother energy that Beyonce shared with us yesterday…I see the beauty and unconditional love of my own mother, of so many black mothers. And that love is….everything.

But anyway….

I thank Queen B for shining her light so radiantly.

Ashe

J9

#blackgirlmagic #grammys2017 #beyoncé #queenb

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What Do I love about Being Black- Sisterhood

I now understand why  “woke” black women call each other…Sister.  Those moments when we are out there in the empire alone…a sister will shine some light with a look or a smile or a hello that is like an infusion of empowerment that enables me to silently deal with whatever situation may come my way.

Today I took a fantastic class at the gym.  It was super hard and at the end, the instructor said, “Turn to the person near you and give them a high-five”  I turned to the white woman next to me…she turned her back on me to high five a white woman behind her.   This isn’t the first time this has happened to me, won’t be the last, so I just put my hands down and bent down to pretend like I was tying my shoe.  I stood up and a sister was standing in front of me with a big old grin sweat pouring down her body just like me she said ,”WHOO!!  Good Job Lady!!!!”   We high-fived each other and laughed loud…  That my friend is sisterhood.

This interaction happens all the time, so many white women (of course not all but many in my experience) do not see people of color…unless these specific white women need something from the person of color.

Black women who are sisters…see one another.  We smile, we say excuse me, thank you and hello.  We nod when passing on the street and those simple kind acts can mean the world. Black women who are sisters show one another common courtesy in a world where many women black or white…do not.

When I’m out in the empire where white people, living in their happy ignorance, will knowingly or unknowingly throw at me, It’s nice to know I can see a sister…and share a kind nod and a smile that will help us both make it to the next moment with grace.  And that my friends…is some serious Black Girl Magic.

 

Ashe

J9

 

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Do You Believe?

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The one positive thing I’m holding onto from this election is the power of belief.  I see a person, who said they were going to do something ,when many people laughed and said it was never possible…this person, set an intention, stuck to it and it happened.

I know, I am oversimplifying in order to find a positive perspective.  Of course the entire system was, is, and always will be in favor of this awful person.  This country was built on racism, corruption, fear, terror and a caste system based on class and race.  This format has worked for over 200 years.  Okay.  So are we gonna sit back and complain and cry or are we going to make a plan, and then take action?

Yet, 8 years ago, there was another movement of belief.  We believed in hope and change.  Then what happened? Many things…to many things to say here on this little blog.

But how many of us, took action towards actually making hope and change happen?  How many of us were more interested in some reality show or getting our hair done, or vacation, or our job or individual family issue to actually be engaged in our communities?

How many of us were so focused on our personal interest that we lost track of the world around us?

Well, the results of this election are what happens when we do not believe.

We have become soft.  Now is the opportunity to develop…grit.  Part of the American dream is be corrupt, make a lot of money and become an idol.

Now is the time to show up.  Now is the time to hold ourselves accountable and step into our power.  We must believe we can in order to do.  No matter what anyone else says.

I think about how my ancestors  survived…through segregation, through Jim Crow, through slavery… they survived and found a way to thrive so that I could carry on that strength, that power, that belief on to the next generation.

This is an opportunity.  An opportunity to believe that we can.  Believe that we can listen more than talk.  Believe that we can do whatever it is we want to do with this limited life time we are given.

Educate yourselves about the world around you by READING.   Know facts then build what you want to create by what you believe.

Start with your individual life.  Commit to something. Believe it can happen.  Then make it so.

If we believe everything is possible.  It’s never over. There is always another day.  It’s time to ante up and kick in.

Believe in your yes.  That’s all we’ve got..right?

Ashe.

J9

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Is there ever “Safe Space” for black folks?

photo-on-9-23-16-at-9-12-amFriday Boot Camp is one of my favorite hard ass classes.  I arrive early, chat with the teacher and set up the gear in my favorite spot.

A few weeks ago, some small pushy white woman with long dark hair pulled back into a pony tail, came late to class. There were other spaces in the room where she could have set up.  But she picked the space too small for anyone to fit into…which was right next to me. I would have to move over in order to give her space to take class.  And she was late.

Now, I can feel the resistance from some of you already.  Just be polite, just move over.

There were plenty of other spaces she could have occupied in the room, but she chose to be next to me. This short white woman with the dark hair pulled back into a pony tail, picked a space she wanted, and EXPECTED me to just naturally accommodate her.  One of two black women in a class of about 20 women.

So, when this small white woman with the dark brown hair pulled into a pony tail pretended she did not see me standing right next to her and slammed her weights down right next to me, I could have quietly moved over but I said something.  I said, sarcastically…

“I guess you want me to move over.”

She said…

“Actually, yes. There’s plenty of room over there.”

Let’s stop here for a moment.  On paper, this can be a total non-event.  Woman is late, kinda rude, so be the bigger person and make space for her right?

Sure on paper. And it’s not like this is the first time something like this has happened to me in the world.

It happens all the time and that is the problem.

I am a member of an upper-scale gym and there are a bunch of entitled white women who are also members. (Yea, I’ll admit it…I’m a bourgie wanna be. I like expensive gyms.) By the way these women behave, it’s obvious that most of the people of color they know are people who serve them. And, I’m sure some have a husband who is black and one black friend and you know what, judging from their actions, these white women must believe most black people are on the planet to be in service to them.

I’ve been a member since 2013 and since July have worked out 6 days a week and I notice  things. I noticed that, very few of these white women  who are members speak to the black women who are members.  (I mean, to be brutally honest, most of the white female trainers do not speak to  black  female members or the black female trainers.)  When it comes to the locker room, these white women are downright nasty.  Leaving their long hair in clumps in the shower drains and splattered on the sides of the shower walls.  They flick stubble filled used shaving cream and soap all over the showers, and leave their used razors on the floor of the shower. Not flushing toilets, hogging the benches in the locker room, flicking their hair all over the place with the hair dryer when you are trying to walk through the dressing room to the bathroom…and I’m not even going to mention the state of the sanitary napkin receptacles with no regard for the people who already have a shitty job of cleaning up other women’s messes.

The Black and Brown women who work as bathroom attendants are invisible to these white women unless…they have a problem.

“Umm..excuse me miss..I forgot my combination. Umm…miss where are the tampons?”  One time this white woman actually asked one of the Latina attendants to fish her key out of the toilet when the woman had dropped her key in the toilet bowl when she was taking a pee.  Yes, this white woman wanted the Latina bathroom attendant to stick her hand into the white woman’s urine water…to fish out her key.  These white women at my gym who behave like this, make it really, really easy to hate them. I work hard not to. Seriously.

We live in a world where black and brown people are automatically thought to be accommodating the needs of everyone else. If there’s a black person in the room, they must be somehow in service.  Even if the black person is not in service, It’s okay to just invade their space, push them aside.

So, when that short white woman with the dark hair pulled back into a pony tail expected me to move over, I said, “Of course, because everyone has to accommodate your needs.  You are the one who was late. Why should I have to move.”

I moved my things over.  “Yea I told that bitch. I could have kept my mouth shut, but I told her.” I thought. “Yea I’m moving my stuff over… but I told her.” She went into the weight closet.  Then she returned and she could have kept her damn mouth shut, but she did not.  She poured on the sarcasm,” Thank you so, so much for moving over!  I mean, what’s with the attitude? I don’t understand…”

Then, I don’t know what she said because in my mind’s eye,  I saw myself taking my fist and punching her right in the face. I did not wanna slap her, I wanted to curl my fist into a ball and just punch her. I recognized my anger and took a deep breath.  I said nothing, picked up my things and moved to the other side of the room.  During this interaction the spaces in the room had filled up.  The only open space, other than the one next to that short white woman with the dark hair pulled back into a pony tail, was behind the pole where I could not really see the instructor clearly.

I did class behind the pole, releasing my anger through physical activity, saying nothing. The instructor,  checked on me later during class and said,”Why are you back here?  Can you see? ”  I don’t wanna be anywhere near that bitch up there” I said.   “We’ll talk later” he said.

The workout kicked my ass and cleared my mind.  Class ended and instantly endorphins flooded into my brain and a wave of love and happiness passed over my entire body, but the imprint of that interaction remained. The following week, the instructor changed the format of the class to a moving circuit class where we work through stations.  I never saw the short white woman with the dark hair pulled back into a pony tail leave the room.  At least I think I haven’t, honestly, I have no idea of who this short white woman with the dark hair pulled back in a pony tail is.  That day I did not have my contact lenses or my glasses on and was working out in a blurred world.

At all times a black woman’s reactions will be judged harshly.  We do not have the freedom to behave like that short white woman with the dark hair pulled back in a pony tail. We constantly must manage not only the regular daily stresses of life… we have to deal with so much more.  Even when we attempt to create safe spaces for ourselves in the world..are they ever really safe when the perspective of this white ruled world is blurred?

I don’t wanna leave ya’ll in a negative space.  I’ve started to play around with the idea that my safe space is not external.  My safe space, my happiness comes from within and I carry that safe space with me everywhere.  So, no matter who says what to me.  No matter what I hear from the media. No matter how I am rejected, disrespected, under rated or pushed aside, I am connected to a well of safety and happiness that I can connect to any time I want.  That connection goes back generations and I am always connected to that power.

Is there ever safe space for Black Folks?  Yes, we have an unlimited well of authentic safety within and that my friends is why we still stand strong and we always will.

We have to.  It’s the only way to survive in a world that is blurred.

Ashe

J9

 

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Birth of a Nation, Nate Parker and Fox. Hmmmm…..Know your brand.

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These are  about 6 large companies who own all Mass Media in the USA.
Comcast
The Walt Disney Company
Time Warner
Fox
CBS Corporation
Viacom

These large companies control the bulk of what we watch on TV, Film and read in books and newspapers.

Here’s some examples of who owns what….
Time Warner owns: HBO, Turner Broadcasting and Warner Brothers

 

FOX owns:  FX, FOX Network, 20th Century Fox, National Geographic Studios and Fox Searchlight

AMC owns : IFC, Sundance TV, BBC America, IFC Films

Disney owns : ABC network, Lucasfilm, Touchstone Pictures, Walt Disney films, Lifetime Network, ESPN, Marvel Entertainment

All of these companies own hundreds of smaller affiliate TV stations and invest in independent production companies.

Fox Searchlight financed Nate Parker.  When they decided to invest $20 million dollars in this black man of course they did their research.  Of course they looked into his past. Of course they knew he was accused of raping a white woman with his white friend who also is his writing partner.  Fox is owned by Rupert Murdoch who hired Roger Ailes who was the mastermind behind Fox News, who was sexually harassing his female employees.  The same Fox network that backs Fox news that creates content to reinforce fear based racial stereotypes that harm the black community.

The folks over at Fox are stunningly, blatantly brilliant at creating racial content that hurts the black community while, at the same time employs members of the black community and tells compelling stories about facets of the black community.

Mass media is not as simple as the colors black and white.  There are contradictions and nuances.

I watch a TON of Television and I notice things.

I stopped watching Gotham, which is on Fox network, (and I watch network TV on Hulu…which is a consortium of Fox, Time Warner, through the ABC TV network) because I noticed that usually a black character, male or female, was violently shot in the first 10 minutes of show pretty consistently.  That just pissed me off.   I tolerated it because Jada Pinkett Smith had an interesting character…then she was gone…I kept watching and like every week a black character was shot or stabbed or killed in some violent way in the first 10 minutes of the show…then the story line was based on the white people.

Empire..a show with a ton of black people right?  Well…yes.  Created by a gay black man, with powerful storylines for the gay black male character and his relationships with his parents and partners.  Well done.  Yet…Cookie even though she is well-played is an ex con who sold drugs and did time for the love of her life…and the show goes back to the minstrel shows for the black female characters stereotypes from Mammy to Hottentot venus to the tragic mullato…they are all in Empire.  Along with the white trophy wife…all there.  I chose not to watch that hot mess.

Sleepy Hollow was interesting in the beginning.  Great Black Female lead…possible love interest with a time traveling Ichbod Crane…yet they never allowed those characters chemistry to turn into a relationship and I heard they killed off the Black female lead…Again Fox.
So it does not surprise me that Fox searchlight films would find a black man, accused of raping a white woman, married to a white woman who writes a compelling story about a slave revolt with a white writing partner to invest $20 million to make his film.

I’m sure it will be brilliant.  I mean the trailer brought me to tears.

It’s SO fucked up that Fox Searchlight produced this!!  Yep it’s another slave narrative…yes the slaves revolt…but spoiler alert…they are all killed violently in the end.  And the same organization that calls the Black Lives Matter movement a terrorist organization funded this film about a slave revolt.

What is Fox telling us… go ahead  The Blacks…revolt..we are going to make America Great again…give us a reason to shoot you down.

But Show business is a business.  Whatever makes the white people who control the studios money will be what gets produced.  And they are BRILLIANT at getting all of our money.

And the Birth of a Nation looks like it’s a brilliant film.  But as the hero-worship and the golden pedestal gets built for Nate Parker to stand on while the media works to take him down…don’t get caught up in the simple arguments that will come up.  Some will simply say boycott this rapist!!  Others will say…support the brother they are trying to take down the black man!!

It’s complicated.

Do some research and if you are truly “woke” recognize propaganda and ask WHY.

Why does one particular network only show dark-skinned Black men with white women as love interests?  Why does this network only show Dark Skinned Black Women as single mothers, maids, prostitutes, down trodden blue-collar workers, overweight best friends, sassy home girls who chew gum?

Art does reflect life.  Yep, there are Black Men out there who consider their rite of privilege to be having a white trophy wife and light skinned children living in a white neighborhood to be their american dream.

Yes, there are white women out there who are so amazed that these Black men treat them like goddesses… why not just say yes to the money and the pretty bi racial babies they will bear and enjoy the benefits of wealthy black men and be a trophy wife?

But…I digress.

There are only about 6 Media organizations who control all of what we see in the entertainment industry.  Support the networks who are putting out the programming that is employing Black artists in work that humanizes.

Don’t think that the images that have been shown in our entertainment are not a part of the angry white people who are out there supporting that racist Republican who is running for President.  Fox knows EXACTLY what it is doing and what it takes to control the minds of its minions.

But guess what…there ARE networks who see the financial value of producing humanizing work.  In my opinion, The Disney corporation has turned out to be the largest ally in the Corporate Entertainment industry to women, People of Color and the LGBT communities.

Even here in NYC in my little world as an actor, the majority of TV and Film work I have been cast in, has been on ABC and on films produced by the Disney corporation. Viola Davis’ production company  JuVee Producions  is backed by ABC which is owned by Disney.  ABC has created a strong relationship with Shonda Rimes production company Shondaland which has been creating humanizing awesome stories for over 10 years on ABC.  Disney also owns the Lifetime network which has programming for and by women that is producing shows featuring diverse casts of women characters telling all kinds of compelling, amazing, and terrifying  stories.

As the fall rolls in and the racial debates begin to flow around The Birth of A Nation begin to spew… remember  when it comes to race in America…we have always been living duality.  There have always been blacks and whites who are in relationships each other while  at the same time being prejudiced and racist towards one another.  This is America.

 

Ashe

J9

 

UPDATE October 12

Over Columbus Day weekend I saw the movie. Here’s my problem…if you are making a bio-pic about Nat Turner’s life….shouldn’t there be some actual FACTS in the bio-pic?  The movie makes it seem as if Nat Turner chose revolt only after his wife was raped which is a total lie.  This movie minimizes the activism of the black women of the time and is propaganda to boost the ego of a Nate Parker, a troubled black man with great connections.

This film was not good.  It was boring and not historically factual.  There was some good acting in it and creative use of the camera, but I now understand why FOX chose this film.

Pick a troubled Black Man, currently married to a white woman accused of  raping another white woman with his white best friend to create a lie about a slave revolt with an race battle that never happened in reality that ends with all the black men getting shot and Nat Turner getting lynched.  What a great black man to put forward in the media to use as an example for right wing pundits while at the same time squashing any protests about how blacks are portrayed in the media.

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