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Friday, November 2, 2007

Week in Review: Dunbar Village Update and Attorneymom is Okay

Dunbar Village Update

Prosecutors have released more DNA evidence in the case and the DNA profiles are matching the four who are in custody and six more suspects are under investigation, despite the fact that the attackers attempted to cover up their crime:
A gang of teens poured alcohol, nail polish remover and ammonia on the woman after the June 18 attack, according to a police report, presumably trying to destroy evidence of their deeds.They did not get it all, according to forensics. SOURCE

Protests at Viacom CEO's House

We finally got video of Enough if Enough's protest outside the home of Viacom CEO Phillipe Dauman.

Black Women in the News

At Emory Univesity, the Alphas and the Omegas hosted a viewing of Flavor of Love 2 at an event they cohosted called “Managing the Black Image — Viacom’s Influence on Our Portrayal."
Tired of seeing Flavor Flav serenade women and sashay around network television wearing a clock around his neck? You are not alone. A group of students tired of the inaccurate, negative, stereotypical representations of black culture in the media, specifically Viacom networks like BET, discussed the complexity of the issue Thursday evening in White Hall.Omega Psi Phi and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternities cosponsored the event entitled “Managing the Black Image — Viacom’s Influence on Our Portrayal,” which featured speakers Onoriode Ewaraye, a learning specialist with Emory Learning Programs, and Britney Cooper, a fifth-year graduate student...Ewaraye said the shows on BET and other networks are similar to blackface minstrel shows of the past, only now blacks are acting as the performers. He also said one of the consequences of these portrayals is the belief that to be authentically black, one has to come from a bad neighborhood or be a “corporate thug” and “emulate the qualities of a criminal, as though that is a good thing.”SOURCE

Go read the entire article at the Emory Wheel. It appears to have been an interesting discussion.


Detroit is still reeling from the "Light Skin " party some idiot DJ decided to throw where all the "light skinned" Black women would get in free called the" Light Skin Libra Birthday Bash," . I didn't even post on this when it happened because some foolishness speaks for itself. The promoter had also planned a "chocolate" and "caramel" party as well. The Detroit Free Press has an editorial on colorism. For my international readers, yes, we are that crazy over here. For some insight into colorism, you can read this piece by Jasmyne Cannick.

All of Baltimore's top elected posts are filled by Black women. Is this a sign of what will happen in the future? Now all we need are a bunch of sisters to take on the title of "Reverend" so we can run for the position of "Universal Black Leader of the Cosmos" currently occupied by a couple of prechas' without churches.

Baltimore's top elected posts -- mayor, city council president, chief prosecutor and comptroller -- as of this year all are held by black women.

"People come up and say, 'I'm so excited that women are finally running things in the city,'" said Patricia Jessamy, the Baltimore City State's Attorney, in an interview with Reuters. "They say, 'We've tried all these other things. This is something new.'"SOURCE

Yes, I have been following Oprah's woes with the abuse allegations in her school. I wish I could say I am surprised, but I am not. Children need protection for a reason, because they are vulnerable and there are adults who are opportunistic predators. My beautician said that Oprah is going to issue cell phones to each of the girls. I'll wait to see how all of this pans out.

Week in Review

We got a lot of hits this week when we posted a letter from Keke Palmer about her experience with Atlantic Records after she refused to record Adina Howard's "Freak Like Me". Listen to the podcast to hear Paul Porter from Industry Ears chime in. He kicked a lot of knowledge about the music industry.

Wednesday Closed out National Domestic Violence Awareness month we "went red" on October 31st. To see photos of all the folks who went red, you can go to Document the Silence, Fallon's blog. A few folks complained, but we nipped that in the bud. A certain semi-blogging celebrity said that the change in the colors "scratched her corneas."

Dog Chapman is going to do a duet with Nas featuring a flurry of N-words.

"Confessions of a Video Vixen" is headed to big screen near you. Um how is this gong to make it without an MC17 rating? the book is basically "hook up" after "hook up." I said I am going to be doing a claymation movie of the life of Barbara Jordan.

Last but not least we had a little excitement when Attorneymom's alarm went off in the middle of the podcast last night.

National Black Out

I also forgot to mention the National Black Out which is supposed to be today. Character Corner has been following this.