Hey, Kanye: We ‘Free-Thinking’ Black Americans Have Always Been Here

The Twitterverse recently blew up after rapper and reality empire spouse Kanye West tweeted out his admiration for black conservative activist Candace Owens. Overnight Owens’ stock in the political landscape skyrocketed and naturally Kanye received the expected backlash from the left.

Owens rightfully responded with excitement, inviting the music mogul to sit down for a talk. She also slapped down the haters for suggesting that she’s nothing but an “alt-right” pawn.

While I find pleasure any time conservative thought breaks out of the shallow box the left typically consigns it to, I couldn’t help but feel a bit sad at Kanye’s expressed surprise over a young woman like Owens. It seemed that this may actually be the first time he’d heard of any black person thinking outside the boundaries of the strict liberal ideology.

His surprise is indicative of the problem facing our nation as a whole. The thickly insulated bubbles of the coastal liberal set have rendered them nearly completely incapable of considering that there may well be other ways to perceive and solve the various issues facing our nation. Thus, when someone does manage to pierce those soundproof walls the reactions are either absolute incredulity or dehumanization of the offending person.

West himself is someone I would consider a “free thinker”. He’s never been shy about expressing his opinion and his opinion does not always line up with his liberal peers in the entertainment industry. However, his wealth and fame has isolated him so much that his ego made it possible for him to believe he was the only person to question the liberal assumptions many black Americans are raised with. Even with all of his money, his intellect and his exposure to cultures all over the world Kanye West was shocked to discover that other black people are “free thinkers” too.

This is what we are up against in this battle of ideas that seems to get bloodier every day. Businesses are being boycotted, broadcasts are losing sponsorships, social media accounts are getting suspended – all because too many people in this country are genuinely surprised by dissent from their own world views.

Black people like Owens are really not hard to find. I started blogging nearly a decade ago just as the conservative blogosphere and media presence began to exert a larger footprint in political culture. I quickly discovered there were many other black conservative media-types who had been working for much longer than I had. Some of them began in a time when their voices were not recognized at all in media, and had all alone faced the sometimes overwhelming vitriol regularly hurled at black conservatives.

Those professional pundits aside, I began to meet many other black people who identified as conservative or at least non-liberal as I traveled to conferences and speaking engagements across the country. Often, people would approach me in hallways or at the bar and express their relief to hear someone speak for them…to them. And it wasn’t just me. I only represent one lane on the highway of free thought. There are many other African-American pundits who agree with me on some things and disagree with me on others. They’re libertarian, hardcore conservative, centrists, populists, center-right…they all had different ways to describe their thinking but they all shared one thing in common – they had left behind the narrow path of liberal thought.

My point is that when I moved out of my ingrained liberalism into a more conservative worldview, I too was shocked to discover that these people were out there. Only a few were professional “thinkers”. Most were just regular people. In fact, the person who challenged me to think outside my liberal bubble was a pastor and community activist, a black man who was the first black person I’d met who used the word “conservative” to describe his views. He was also my father-in-law.

He represented many people in our community, and in black communities across the country. I didn’t even know those people were there, because my liberal bubble had made them nearly impossible to hear. I assumed that the information I was getting from Newsweek, MSNBC and similar outlets was only objective. It never occurred to me to find alternative sources. All of my friends thought like me. All of my coworkers thought like me…and I suppose the ones who didn’t just kept their mouths shut to keep the peace. I can be rather…passionate when I think I’m right.

It was only when I opened by mind (and my bubble) to opposing ideas that I was able to really intellectually examine my views and presumptions.

Sadly, there are too many people in this country who are all too willing to continue life in the comfort of their insulated worlds. Like me, it doesn’t even occur to them to seek out opposing viewpoints and then to listen intently without a filter of rage.

Kanye’s genuine joy and surprise at discovering someone like Owens – a woman who is just one among many black people who think similarly – represents a much deeper issue that is contributing to our current state of divisiveness.

Too few people are living lives that bring them into contact with other people who are not like them.

Because of that self-inflicted isolation, when they do manage to be presented with those “others”, the reaction is often rage, hatred or surprise.

I’ll take Kanye’s surprise over any of those other reactions any day of the week. But it’s still a shame that anyone is ever surprised at all, or even that it took such a traveled, cultured, experienced man like himself so long to recognize that people like Owens are out there.

Kanye, the fact is we’ve been out here all along. Thousands of us – listening to your music, bringing you coffee, washing your cars, funding your projects. We’ve been on your tv and in your radio. Candace Owens doesn’t represent anything new. We “free thinkers” have always been a part of the African-American experience…it’s just that you didn’t notice us before now.

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Kira Davis on NRATV: Joy Reid is Ignoring an Important Conversation About Black Gun Ownership

On Thursday I had the pleasure of joining Cam & Co. on NRATV to discuss my recent commentary on Joy Reid’s interview with Killer Mike.

The MSNBC host had invited the popular rapper on her show following a Twitter dust-up between the two. That exchange (in which Killer Mike was most definitely in the wrong) had sprung up following Reid’s harsh criticism of Killer Mike – also known as Mike Render – for appearing on Colion Noir’s NRATV show to talk about the Second Amendment and gun control.

It’s important to note that Render has never claimed to be a friend of the NRA and in fact did not go on Noir’s show to defend the NRA in any matter. He made it clear that he is uncomfortable with the NRA and their “messaging” and he didn’t back away from that during their respectful, intelligent exchange. Rather, the performer made his case for why he felt it was vitally important to the freedom of African-Americans to exercise and protect their Second Amendment rights.

He explained as much to Reid when she chastised him for appearing on a forum that she feels is “anti-black”. Without blinking an eye Render explained that he felt a population that had only been granted their full freedom less than 70 years ago (following the eradication of Jim Crow laws) should be very concerned about any attempt to now deny them of their constitutional rights. He went on to say that given the issue of police violence and discrimination against African-Americans he didn’t feel comfortable letting government authorities be the only people in the country allowed to own and carry weapons.

It’s a fantastic point and one that deserves to be discussed and debated further in public forums. Even Reid had to begrudgingly admit that she agreed with most of what he said…and she simply left it at that. Rather than delve into that discussion, she immediately pivoted back to her complaint that he chose the wrong forum to say such things.

Mike was right, but the forum was wrong so none if it counted.

Joy Reid is on MSNBC specifically because of her coverage of race issues in the United States. She unabashedly takes the race angle on most controversies and frankly, I find nothing wrong with that. It’s her gig. It’s what she does.

But that just makes it even more pathetic that she would deliberately throw away an opportunity to have a productive, intelligent discussion about one of the biggest issues facing black Americans today. Killer Mike teed it up for her and she struck out in the name of pettiness. Reid was more concerned about shaming Render for his choice to reach out to people who might not think like him and try to exert some influence outside “the choir”. She was more concerned about the NRA than the topic of the civil rights of African-Americans.

It’s shoddy journalism at best and pettiness at worst.

You can check out a clip of my discussion with Cam Edwards on NRATV right here, and you can watch the entire discussion by clicking here.

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BREAKING: Appeals Court Stomps Trump’s Attempts to Punish Sanctuary Cities

BREAKING:

A federal appeals court in Chicago has thrown up another roadblock in President Trump’s attempt to levy punishment on cities that declared themselves “sanctuary cities”.

The court voted to uphold an injunction that would make it illegal to for the President to withhold federal grant funding from cities that refuse to uphold federal immigration law.

A three-judge panel—all of whom are Republican appointees—ruled that there were strong indications that the administration exceeded its legal authority in trying to implement the new conditions without approval from Congress.

The consequences of this decision could have a chilling affect on republican politics. How far do the rights of states go? Is any state allowed to violate federal and constitutional law – and the orders of a President – in any case they see fit? If the state of California were ready to reinstitute slavery would they be so allowed under this ruling?

In places like California, the citizens and governments of cities around the state are one-by-one beginning to actively the state’s declared “Sanctuary State” status. Small-business owners are expressing apprehension at the idea of openly violating federal law in order to comply with “iffy” state law. For their desire to remain law-abiding American citizens they are being threatened with prosecution by their own state if they choose to cooperate with federal agents exercising legal warrants to detect and detain illegal citizens.

What madness hath Trump Derangement Syndrome wrought? There is a rule of law in this country and the constitution is quite clear about the federal government’s authority when it comes to immigration enforcement. It is outrageous to think the taxpayers should be required to fund the blatant defiance of the constitution by individual states, directly or indirectly.

When the will and safety of the American people comes second to the will of political posturing the entire republic is at risk.

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California’s New Sex-Ed Curriculum is About to Roll Out…What You Need to Know

*Please note that California AB-329 is now enshrined in law as the Education Code 51930-51939

A friend of mine recently reached out to me about California’s AB-329 on Sexual Health Education. She’d heard about a growing “sit-out” movement to protest the bill, which was amended to force transgender and LGBT material into the curriculum; material that included “education” on lubricants, sex toys and anal sex.

This bill passed (and was subsequently amended) nearly two years ago, but sadly the state of political engagement in California (and around the nation) is such that most people don’t really pay attention to what their elected officials are up to on a day-to-day basis. Now that we’re staring down the phallic barrel of this new policy, it’s suddenly becoming very real for a lot of parents.

Rather than continue to send out message after message, I decided to work up a post to help answer all the questions my friends have been asking about what the law actually compels them to participate in and what they can do about it. It’s a long post but I’m trying to be thorough so bear with me.

What it says:

AB-329 is titled the “Sexual Health Education” and from that title one might reasonably deduce it is meant to cover things like pubescent changes in the body, biological functions of sex organs and information about sexually transmitted diseases. However, “health” has become a rather subjective term and according to this law includes areas such as transgender issues, LGBT discussions and sexual practices.

Section 2 (an amendment to original section  51930 of the Education Code), sub-section B, part 2:

(b) The purposes of this chapter are as follows:
   (2) To provide pupils with the knowledge and skills they need to develop healthy attitudes concerning adolescent growth and  development, body image, gender, sexual orientation, relationships, marriage, and family.
At this point you should be asking yourself, “What exactly constitutes a “healthy” attitude towards these subjects? (We’ll go over the answer to that according to the state in just a bit).
Section 6 (an amendment to original section 51933 of the Education Code), sub-secion F:
(f) Instruction and materials shall teach the value of and prepare pupils to have and maintain committed relationships such as marriage.
This is a good thing to remember if you get a chance to peruse the materials.
Section 6 (an amendment to original section 51933 of the Education Code), sub-section I:
(i) Instruction and materials may not teach or promote religious doctrine.

If you can’t teach it at all, you must also not be allowed to criticize it. This is an important section to highlight in case you come across materials that directly name your faith or religion as “a problem” in sexual health education. It happens.

Section 8 (an amendment to original section 51934 of the Education Code), sub-section 9, part A:

(9) Information about the effectiveness and safety of all FDA-approved contraceptive methods in preventing pregnancy, including, but not limited to, emergency contraception. Instruction on pregnancy shall include an objective discussion of all legally available pregnancy outcomes, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
(A) Parenting, adoption, and abortion.
Note the word “OBJECTIVE” in the text. This is of particular importance when it comes to education about the science of pregnancy and abortion. Your kid will learn that pregnancy occurs when a sperm meets an egg. They’ll see pictures and illustration. Dollars to donuts says they’ll see no such illustrations of an abortion. But maybe you’re okay with that and that’s your right. Just keep that “objective” buzzword in the back of your mind.
Section 13 (an amendment to original Section 51937 of the Education Code):
It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage pupils to communicate with their parents or guardians about human sexuality and HIV and to respect the rights of parents or guardians to supervise their children’s education on these subjects. The Legislature intends to create a streamlined process to make it easier for parents and guardians to review materials and evaluation tools related to comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education, and, if they wish, to excuse their children from participation in all or part of that instruction or evaluation. The Legislature recognizes that while parents and guardians overwhelmingly support medically accurate, comprehensive sex education, parents and guardians have the ultimate responsibility for imparting values regarding human sexuality to their children.
The law says it’s up to you so don’t let your school tell you it’s not. There’s another buzzword in here to keep in the back of your mind…”VALUES”.
Section 14 (an amendment to original Section 51938 of the Education Code), sub-section B, part 4:
(4) Advise the parent or guardian that the parent or guardian has the right to excuse their child from comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education and that in order to excuse their child they must state their request in writing to the school district.
You can opt out. You should read this entire sub-section. It informs you of what the school is required to do and what you are required to do in order to opt out. It is not uncommon for some schools to never send out the information properly or in a timely manner and hope no parents make a fuss.
Section 15 (an amendment to original Section 51939 of the Education Code), sub-section B:
(b) A pupil may not be subject to disciplinary action, academic penalty, or other sanction if the pupil’s parent or guardian declines to permit the pupil to receive comprehensive sexual health education or HIV prevention education or to participate in anonymous, voluntary, and confidential tests, questionnaires, or surveys on pupil health behaviors and risks.

Your school or teacher is not allowed to impose negative consequences for failure to participate.

There is a lot to this bill (which is technically just an amendment to an existing bill). There are requirements to include discussions about sexuality, transgender feelings and issues, and sexual practices connected to those issues. You can and should read the details, but I tried to highlight the sections I think other concerned parents would be most interested in.

So what might some of the actual teaching materials look like?

Here are some segments from one “Sexual Health Tool Kit” that I found. There is no indication that any given teacher will be forced to use the materials verbatim but these are resources that have been state approved.

And here is a link to a study guide for a children’s book about “transgenderism” called I Am Jazz.

Regardless of how graphic your school may get, you need to know that LGBT/transgender issues ABSOLUTELY WILL be required curriculum content.

I live in Orange County and it’s hard to imagine my schools using this material, but we represent a very small pocket of the state. Just know that these teaching materials are out there and in fact already being used in some districts. Don’t lull yourself into believing they would never show up in your school.

 

What can you do about it?

1.Know your rights.

Read the bill. I mean READ IT. All of it. Yes, it’s boring legalese but every word matters. Bureaucracies often depend on you not being fully informed of your rights. And often the people “at the bottom” aren’t fully aware of your rights either. So know what the law says. If you go to a district meeting or a one at your school, print it out and bring it with you. Highlight the relevant parts. Knowledge is your greatest weapon.

2.Make noise.

Lots and lots and lots of noise. A lot of people think that calling and writing their representatives is futile, but you’d be shocked to know just how effective it is. Most lawmakers (particularly in CA) only have the goal of preserving their jobs. Everything they do is geared toward winning reelection. When their constituents get cranky, they pay attention…and so few people actually call and write anymore that just a few hundred voices go a very long way to making your representative and governor think twice about proceeding with something that seems unpopular. Here’s a link where you can enter your zip code to find your representative. Bother your school district reps as well.

3.Protest

There is a growing international movement to protest the creep of disturbing and graphic sexual “education” into our schools. On Monday, April 23rd many will participate in a national “sit-out”. You can find more information about it by navigating to the Sex Ed Sit-Out website.

4.If you choose a walk-out or sit-out, do NOT allow the school to record it as an excused absence.

The two things politicians care about the most are money and bad press. The reason your public school demands you call to excuse a child’s absence is because they lose state and federal dollars on every unexcused absence. You are never under any legal obligation to “ask permission” for your child to miss school for any reason. If you really want to make an impact, hit them where it hurts. Don’t let anyone make you feel guilty about it, either. I could go on and on about the public school funding racket in this state and elsewhere (and I have) and how much money is being sucked up at the top before it even reaches your classroom. Suffice to say, you and your child alone are not responsible for funding an entire education system. Put your child first and ignore the background noise.

5.Don’t get complacent.

Bills like this one aren’t passed because there’s an overabundance of parents begging and screaming for more education about lubricants and sex toys for their 5th graders. They get passed because lobbyist groups spend a lot of time and money to forward what they see as important to their agenda. Don’t think that just because there’s an “opt-out” policy for any curriculum that the fight stops there. Trust me when I say there are already scores of lawyers and activists working to figure out how to force you to keep your child in school for this, all in the name of the “common good”. The people who would opt out in the first place are the very people the bill is targeting. You can’t change the landscape of morality if you can’t force the “bigots” to change their morality.

6.Votes have consequences.

When our transgender bathroom laws passed in this state, a friend texted me in a panic. She wanted to know what she could do. She was from a traditional church family and had no idea this was even happening. By the time she understood, it was too late. She couldn’t do anything about it. She was a reflexive voter…she voted the same way her family and community had voted forever. She never thought to actually look into what the candidates she was voting for were promising, what they believed, or what they supported. KNOW WHO YOU’RE VOTING FOR. Forget party politics. It means nothing in the state of California anyway at this point. As time-consuming as it is, think about the issues that matter to you and then do a little poking around to see how the candidates line up. Don’t vote for someone who is going to force your daughter to share a public bathroom with a grown man just because they happen to reside in the party you always vote for.

7.Spread the word.

Share this information with all of your friends, your family. Email it to the other parents in your classroom. This law is already on our books and it got there because too many of us are just taking for granted that our lawmakers have our best interests at heart. I can’t speak for other states, but I can say that in the state of California they most certainly do not. Money from lobbyists and something to stick in their next campaign ads are the two biggest motivations on our political landscape. That won’t change until good people like you start saying, “No more!”

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Joy Reid, Killer Mike and the Pettiness of it All

To borrow a classic movie quote, nobody puts Killer Mike in a corner.

Rapper “Killer Mike” Render found himself in some hot water after what seemed like a fairly innocent interview with NRATV’s Colion Noir. Render defended the second amendment as an imperative for African Americans and their dignity as beleaguered citizens.

But in the age of social media no good deed goes unpunished. The popular rapper was roundly criticized by the leftwing media and many black fans for supposedly supporting a “racist” organization. Professional crank Joy Reid got in on the act, scolding the grown man for daring to have a cordial conversation with someone he might disagree with. The whole thing devolved into a social media frenzy when Render came at Joy on Twitter in what was frankly, a stupid and ill-informed attack on a picture she took for a public appearance. The entire incident doesn’t need to be rehashed. You can click here to get up to speed.

To Reid’s credit, she invited the entertainer to appear on her show on Sunday to discuss their “beef”, his comments and his views on the NRA and second amendment in general.

Render began by thanking her for the invitation and apologizing for his silly tweet, which Reid accepted before she went on to grill him about his audacity for lending any creedance to the NRA – which she views as an organization hostile to African-Americans.

Reid justified her crustiness by claiming that NRATVs airing of the interview on the day of March for Life was a direct provocation. She also said she felt threatened by NRATV hosts airing segments in which they directly called out her lies and disinformation campaigns.

When an organization that is all about guns starts tweeting out “We’re watching you” I feel threatened.

Joy Reid is threatened by tweets and people holding her accountable for the disinformation she spreads. I guess that’s what passes for “oppression” these days in the Ivy League, out-of-touch, overpaid coastal set at MSNBC.

For his part, Killer Mike respectfully countered her comments with logic and reason.

I sat down to promote a conversation that’s being left out of the national gun conversation and that is black gun ownership

African American gun ownership in this country has always been used as a defense mechanism.

When Reid pointed out that his interview was used by the NRA and the right as a tool to belittle the anti-gun contingent, Render admitted that he had unintentionally been caught up in a left-right battle and that it was beginning to make everyone a little bit crazy.

All of us have become petty. It can be argued that all on the left and right have become petty.

Render is right. This whole thing has become about insulting each other rather than solving issues. Too many people on the left and the right have taken the position that the only way is their way, which automatically precludes any rational conversation. Rationality seems to have completely left the building when it comes to the social media discussion.

Hilariously, Reid actually admitted that she agreed with all of Render’s points about the second amendment. However, her job at MSNBC is not to invite consensus or find common ground. That doesn’t make for good tv, so naturally Reid felt obligated to paint the NRA as racist and worse, actively working against African American issues.

 

Render’s response:

I’m not here to defend or fix an organization.

It’s difficult to be a black American defending liberty and constitutional rights in the mainstream media. There’s a careful dance one must do between recognizing the very real challenges black Americans face in this nation and understanding the function of our rights and how to grasp those rights as individuals to propel us to success.

As eclectic as Killer Mike’s views may be, he seems to have a healthy handle on that “dance” while understanding that his bread and butter is as an entertainer, not a spokesperson for controversy. His treatment in the mainstream media and by his fans in general has been unfair and based on minute-long sound clips and ill-informed assumptions.

For her part, Reid has not done much to inject any curiosity into the conversation, but I would expect nothing less. It’s her job to be angry. She’s an extremely sharp woman who has worked hard to get where she is, but as an op-ed journalist myself I find little to respect about the combative attitude with which she addresses everyone who disagrees with her. In fact, Reid blocked me on Twitter for daring to be a black woman who saw gun ownership in much the same way Killer Mike does. When I used the word “we” to describe how black Americans should feel about the way we’ve been served by our government officials, she called me a bot and hit the block button.

Blocked.

I couldn’t care less about my own feelings, but she regularly suggests that center right or conservative African Americans are selling out in some way because of our ideology.

Well, Joy…what happens to your job if you tell MSNBC you are no longer willing to trade on race issues to advance your ratings? The day you walk in there and say, “I’m more than just race…I’m an accomplished woman with diverse views and I won’t be sensationalizing race anymore” is the day you’re out of business.

Killer Mike has it right. Everyone is petty.

And what is really petty about this interview is that Render apologized profusely and respectfully and she offered no such apology in return for her absolutely petty and rude comments to him after his interview with Colion Noir.

That’s triflin’, Joy…and you know it.

And to Killer Mike, I’ll just reiterate what I laid out in an earlier column – you don’t owe anyone any apologies for yourself. You haven’t done anything wrong. Clearly you have views that make it hard to “pigeon-hole” you for the left or the right and frankly, I find that refreshing. Don’t let anyone tell you that you need to pick a side. Choose yourself, choose freedom, choose maturity and let the Joy Reid’s of the world do what they do.

You can also view the exchange at MSNBC.

 

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Brooklyn African Art Exhibit Hires White Curator, Hilarity Ensues

Sometimes the insanity of the current PC culture is enraging, and other times it is amusing. Increasingly, the news from the progressive left is becoming something that couldn’t even be made up by Hollywood. Sometimes the progressive movement just turns in on itself and there’s nothing to do but stand back, point and laugh.

It is no secret that the coastal arts community is largely left-leaning and proudly liberal. Hipster millennials in particular seem to derive an inordinate amount of validation in their varying degrees of “wokeness”. It looks like one art museum is being accused of being a bit too woke, or at least not the right kind of woke.

The Brooklyn Museum announced recently that they’d be housing a new temporary African art exhibit.

And this is who they’ve hired to curate:

Kristen Windmuller-Luna is a curator and historian of African arts and architecture and will oversee the exhibit.

As a curator and historian of African arts and architecture, with a specialization in the early modern period and Christian Ethiopia, her work counters myths about African civilizations and artistic production by focusing on cultural specificity, artistic diversity and global historical context. Windmuller-Luna received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University and her B.A. in the History of Art from Yale University.

“Kristen’s vision for a new permanent collection installation that transforms how viewers relate to the arts of Africa is tremendously exciting for us as we near the 100th anniversary of the Brooklyn Museum’s pioneering exhibition of African art in 1923, ”said Deputy Director and Chief Curator Jennifer Chi. “Drew’s deep expertise in social and experimental documentary practices during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries will significantly augment our strong collection and will contribute to our history of championing contemporary artists who continue in this vein.”

As one can imagine, the commenters (some of whom also complained about the simultaneous hiring of a white photography curator) were less than impressed with the museum’s choice. The comments ranged from disbelief to outrage.

“They need to change the word from curating to columbusing…”

 

“Great, let’s continue to have white people tell the stories of black communities that were colonized by their ancestors, whites don’t see anything wrong with this, and this is 2018 and folks wonder why we still have problems on race.”

 

“Dear colonizers, What a major disappointment. – the continually oppressed, dispossessed and destroyed.”

 

“I don’t know if it offers any tiny comfort at all, but this white person has a big problem with this scenario. Descendants of colonizers should not be making decisions about how African stories are told. Additionally, I am absolutely sure that there were either African or African American scholars that applied that were more than competent to hold these positions. It’s unbelievable that the Brooklyn Museum has no idea this is a problem!”

 

“When expressions like “rethink’ & ‘ reimagine” are used for a museum that displays an ‘extensive African
art collection,’ one would think there would be at least one person of African descent involved.”

 

“I find it completely baffling how things like this still happen. Unfortunately, I’m no longer surprised by such. #colonizers”

 

“Why are white people curating black history?”

 

“This is incredibly offensive that the museum can’t even comprehend why, on so many levels how ridiculous this is? Seriously. this is an example of moving backwards. Who in the hired them? Who made that choice and why?
I hope the museum realizes they are amplifying racism and marginalization by hiring white people to tell the story of blacks people’s art, culture, history and lived experience.”

 

“Genetically Evil, smh! Unapologetically killing, stealing and destroying indigenous cultures all over the world for EVER.”

 

“Why? Are y’all trolling? Or serious? This is so fucked especially in Brooklyn. Y’all know better. Sadly, I will no longer be able to visit the museum.”

 

“So the director of a predominantly Sub-Saharan and West African collection studied Christian Ethiopian art and that’s the credential you need? I don’t think a Monet specialist would fly in an Italian Renaissance wing and those countries at least border! STOP THINKING AFRICA IS JUST ONE BIG MONOLITHIC THING!”

 

“This has got to be a joke, right? Is this a Saturday Night Live parody?? Please tell me this is a friggin joke. Two white people are going to, once again, tell the stories of black lives? What kind of trollish BS is this???”

 

“Cause they know best. They are the most authentic…and understand us more than we can ever understand ourselves.”

 

“Also love the juxtaposition of this article with the ads depicting Black/African performance. Black bodies are OK for performing the culture but are not qualified for being the ones hired to critique it, engage it, theorize it. And even if that BS that you couldn’t find any “qualified” applicants were true…”

 

“All the while Brooklyn becomes a playground that only the wealthy and white can afford. I guess you all just love abstracting Black culture without engaging Black people.”

 

“This is a Slap in the Face Toward The African American Community…You mean to Tell me..Not One Black Person was Qualified for These Positions.. Utterly Completely Shameful..Jus Shameful…When you Know Better..You Do Better!!!!”

I have real substantive comments about this story. I’ll just echo one commenter:

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Dear Killer Mike: You Do You, No Matter What

Dear Mike:

Like a lot of people, I saw clips of your interview with Colion Noir on NRATV the other day and all the ensuing responses. I’ve been watching the backlash from fans and the black community who claim you “sold out” by sitting down for a rational discussion about your civil rights with another black man.

I’m glad you clarified things but it makes me a bit angry that people were so condescending to you, as if you’re so stupid that you just didn’t know who you were sitting down with. That’s offensive. You’re not even close. In allowing that one dialogue, you already know more about the organization and the people it represents than any of the people who are calling you a chump. At least you did the legwork, know what I mean?

But I don’t blame you for retreating from that interview, even though it looked to me like an intelligent and thoughtful exchange. It can feel weird to suddenly become a poster-child for the “opposition” by mistake. You immediately, and rightfully feel misunderstood. It must be disorienting for a performer who is used to being desired and adored by fans who appreciate your art.

As a black woman in conservative media, I long ago stopped obsessing over the hate mail and insults and threats. It comes with the job and is mostly just background noise at this point. But again, that’s my job. It most certainly isn’t yours. You have every right to be bothered by all of this nonsense.

I guess I just wanted to tell you that even though the hate seems louder than anything right now, there are many people who aren’t Right and White who heard your words and breathed a sigh of relief. The reason your interview took off is because you spoke for some folks who don’t have a voice. I’m sure you can remember the first time you heard your favorite artist or celebrity or someone you admired speak your own experience out loud. It felt good!

“Yes! Someone gets it!” you probably said (but I’m sure you made it sound much cooler than my nerd-speak).

The positivity you received was largely based on that feeling for a lot of people, but the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Those who just wanted to use your words as a tool to hammer home a point get the most press because that’s what we do in the press – we amplify squeaky wheels. It’s a lot “sexier” than reasoned debate.

I think what saddens me the most about the backlash is that in our rush to scold you for letting yourself “be used” (which I do not think you did), the very valid points you made on behalf of the black community were lost. People were more concerned about the image than the truth.

We really do need to have a larger discussion about why a mainstream media that claims to care so much about diversity and oppression willfully ignores the tragedies happening within black communities across our country. We do need to talk about why the tears of a white mother seem so much more engaging to the tv talking heads than the tears of a black mother. We do need to talk about the unique issues black Americans face in their everyday lives and how the protection of our civil rights (and don’t forget, the Second Amendment is a civil right) is still a looming issue in our homes and families.

We really do need to talk about the freedom to make our own choices, even if they’re choices elite white folks with Harvard degrees don’t understand. We really do need to talk about how our civil rights protect us from “well-meaning” white people who have never taken the time to actually get to know any of the people of color they claim to stand for.

You brought up all kinds of interesting and necessary questions that have just been lost in the temper tantrum of social media trolls, and I find that desperately disappointing.

I don’t expect you to deal with these pressures the same way I do, as I’ve already said. You have a brand and a livelihood to protect and who am I to tell you how to do that?

But I’m 43 years old, and I’ve spent a lot of my life trying to live up to the expectations of other people who have made judgments about me based on no other factors but how I look. I spent much of my youth apologizing for myself, as if I were some deformity of nature.

When I became a mother and began to take the idea of serving others more seriously, I think that is when I finally started to understand that other people aren’t required to understand my choices or my life. Other people aren’t required to approve those things. My successes and failures will not come from the outside. They will be a direct consequence of my own decisions, my personality, my resilience, my faith, my perseverance.

In short, I finally figured out that I never need to apologize for myself to make people like me. They do or they don’t.

And I guess that’s the advice I wanted to share with you. I have no advice for you on how to deal with all the hatred and the weird press, but as a person I say,

YOU DO YOU!

You’re a successful man with a brain and a heart and you should never need to apologize for that. Some people will “get you”…others won’t. But it isn’t your job in life or in business to make sure every person perfectly understands every nuance of your opinions and personality. Furthermore, when you spend too much time doing that, you validate the haters who are really just jealous of your success. None of those people will be there for you in the dark times, none of them were there for you on the way up. They’re faceless social media mouths. They know nothing about you, who loves you, who you love, who you help and serve, where you’ve failed…nothing.

Again, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to clarify some things and ease the rage. I just wanted to let you know that you have no obligation to do so. Your talent and dedication to your family will ultimately speak for themselves and sometimes it’s just better to let them do just that. You owe no one anything – no conservative, no liberal, no fan…maybe the wretched tax collector but we’ll all forever owe that d***head.

As a fan and a mother, let me just say what you said in that interview really resonated with me and I also gained a new level of respect for you for doing what too many people refuse to do these days – sitting down for a respectful exchange with someone you might disagree with.

As a grown woman, let me just say again:

YOU DO YOU! You never need to apologize for the glories of you! 

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Twitter Says It’s #NationalJoeDay, So Here Are the 9 Best “Joe”s on Earth

Average Joe

He’s just like you…just an average guy living an average life doing average things. Average Joe doesn’t get impassioned about politics. He just wants to be left alone to support his family, enjoy his beer and coach sports for his 2.5 kids.

Average Joe, you are the backbone of America and we salute you!

Not-Your-Average Joe

He’s average Joe’s smarter, more handsome, more athletic cousin. He has twice the charm. He is a remarkable person who does remarkable things that usually end up in the record books in some way.

Joe Schmoe

He’s a lot like Average Joe except he’s more boring and rarely puts up any resistance to a new idea. He’s easily dismissed, which is kind of sad because he’s basically a nice guy.

Uncle Joe

He’s either a shrewd, heartless dictator or a touchy-feely creeper one step away from the Oval Office. Either way, most people think they love Uncle Joe until they are forced to stand next to him.

Joe Cool

We all know a Joe Cool. Sometimes we love him and sometimes we hate him but he stays cool no matter how we feel about him.

Joey

Everyone loves Joey! You can’t hate someone named Joey. Joe, yes. Many Joe’s are hate-worthy. Joey is adorable. Name one Joey you hate. You can’t! Because no one hates Joey. No one.

Lady Jo

She’s practical, headstrong and dependable. You always want a lady Jo on your side…or decorating your bedroom.

GI Joe

America! Heck Yeah!!!

Cup o’ Joe

Perhaps the most important and influential of all the Joes. This Joe has changed society as we know it. All hail Cup o’ Joe!

 

 

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Famed Nickelodeon Producer OUT After Years of Pedophilia Rumors

Last October, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal I reported on the disturbing story brewing over at the popular kids network Nickelodeon.

Producer Dan Schneider has been responsible for some of Nick’s biggest hits over the last 20 years, including iCarly, Kenan & Kel and Victorious. You may also recognize him as the fat nerd from the 80s sitcom Head of the class.

Schneider was their superproducer, but rumors of his perversions have floated around for years. All of the accusations can be found in this post but to recap, Schneider has alleged “fondness” for the underage girls he casts in his shows. He also has a strange foot fetish that has crept into his storylines involving young girls and there have been many rumors that he may have even fathered the baby of Jamie Lynn Spears, who was a Nickelodeon star until she was forced to quit her show because of her teenage pregnancy.

After Harvey Weinstein revealed the dark underbelly of Hollywood perversion, the heat was turned way up on what other perverted things might be going on behind the scenes. “An Open Secret” – released in 2015 – shot up from hundreds of views to millions of views as curious fans flocked to see their expose of Hollywood pedophilia.

How has this all stayed so quiet for so long?

Well, it looks like Dan Schneider has finally met his end as Nickelodeon superproducer. On Monday the network announced they were finally parting ways with Schneider.

From Deadline:

“Following many conversations together about next directions and future opportunities, Nickelodeon and our long-time creative partner Dan Schneider/Schneider’s Bakery have agreed to not extend the current deal,” Nickelodeon said in a statement to Deadline. “Since several Schneider’s Bakery projects are wrapping up, both sides agreed that this is a natural time for Nickelodeon and Schneider’s Bakery to pursue other opportunities and projects.

“Dan and his Schneider’s Bakery team have created a string of lasting, groundbreaking hits over the years including iCarly, Drake & Josh, Victorious, Kenan & Kel and the current number-one hit show on Nickelodeon, Henry Danger, the network continued. “We thank Dan and his Schneider’s Bakery producers, executives and social media team for their immeasurable contributions to Nickelodeon, and we wish them the best in their future endeavors. And Dan and Schneider’s Bakery are proud of the work they did together with Nickelodeon and will always remain big fans of the network.”

The statement was unsurprisingly cordial but as we’ve come to learn, Hollywood always has more to the story.

Deadline confirms Schneider has been “under a cloud of suspicion” for many, many years.

But along with all his success, for years Schneider had been under a cloud of suspicion over the treatment of some younger stars of his shows. Among the things that have raised eyebrows are his tweeted photos of the toes of his young female stars. Additionally, there have been issues with bloated budgets and long production days on Schneider’s shows.

Schneider has had well documented temper issues for years. I hear there was a flareup last week when Schneider — along with the show’s cast and crew —  was informed that Game Shakers, was not getting renewed for a fourth season and that Austin & Ally creators Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert’s new Nick series, Cousins for Life, would move into its production space in the Nickelodeon-owned Burbank studios where Schneider’s series had been based exclusively for the past few years.

It is clear that Hollywood has a pedophilia problem, something the #MeToo movement has conveniently ignored. Was Schneider no longer able to run from the evidence? Was Nickelodeon just waiting until his contract was up to cut ties or do they know something? Is there even more we haven’t heard?

Given the recent history of Tinseltown it seems likely. But for now, there are probably many people breathing a sigh a of relief that they don’t have to go to work with Dan Schneider tomorrow.

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Alice Cooper: Faith Saved Me From Alcoholism

Alice Cooper performs onstage at the Budweiser Stage on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Alice Cooper has been a major rock star and performer for decades. His “shock rock” persona has earned him a reputation for the bizarre over the years.

However, Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier) reserves his performance antics for the stage. In reality, he is a proud Christian who has been faithfully married to his wife Sheryl for over 40 years.

He wasn’t always content as a rock star. In a recent interview, Cooper opened up about the trial of his younger days as a musician and how he feels he may have died were in not for his faith in Jesus Christ. The “School’s Out For Summer” performer recounted a very scary day 37 years ago when he found himself throwing up blood.

“Everything that could go wrong was shutting down inside of me,” the legendary rocker recalled to Confidential. “I was drinking with Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix and trying to keep up with Keith Moon and they all died at 27.”

Cooper says he realized he was going to have to either quit drinking or die. After exiting a hospital where doctors diagnosed him as a “classic alcoholic,” he never had the desire to drink again.

The “School’s Out” singer credits his recovery to God.

“My wife and I are both Christian,” the 70-year-old performer explains. “My father was a pastor, my grandfather was an evangelist. I grew up in the church, went as far away as I could from it — almost died — and then came back to the church.”

Although many Christians may question the compatibility of rock n’ roll and the church, Cooper says he doesn’t see a conflict all and never has.

“There’s nothing in Christianity that says I can’t be a rock star,” he continued. “People have a very warped view of Christianity. They think it’s all very precise and we never do wrong and we’re praying all day and we’re right-wing. It has nothing to do with that. It has to do with a one-on-one relationship with Jesus Christ.”

Alice Cooper has been a cultural phenomenon since the 1970’s, and while he has never really stopped performing his “celebrity” has experienced numerous resurgences among new generations. The 1992  comedy Wayne’s World thrust him into the spotlight when he delivered a now-classic monologue on the origins of Milwaukee to superfans Wayne and Garth.

In the early 2000s, he took on the role of King Herod in the musical “Jesus Christ, Superstar”. Now Cooper will reprise that role in NBC’s live version of the famous Andrew Lloyd Weber musical.

Through it all, he maintains that his faith and his marriage have kept him grounded. He still reads his Bible every day, still attends church faithfully and claims he and his wife have been completely faithful to each other for their entire marriage.

“You know what, we have never cheated on each other,” Cooper told us. “First of all, marry the girl you are in love with. That’s the important thing. Don’t just marry the girl that you love.”

 

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