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  • Has Fatherhood Become the New Mercedes-Benz?

    It used to be that a tailor-made suit and a Mercedes-Benz were context clues signaling a man’s ability to “provide” and consequently, those were things made a man "sexy". But could it be that for today’s professional women, fatherhood is the modern-day equivalent of a Benz? ...

  • What Does This Election Tell Us About What A "Real American" Is?

    “What on earth is he talking about?”... to put it simply..what does a Real American look like, sound like, act like, eat, wear and drive? Where do Real Americans live? What religion do they belong to? The questions are endless, but as we put answers to the questions will you fit the mold of a “Real American”?

  • “Rope-a-Dope” or Political “SHAKE and BAKE?

    Here’s the deal… President Obama was eaten alive in the 1st debate... BUT could this have been a good thing? Regardless of whether he was off his game or engaging in the most daring “rope-a-dope” in the history of politics, that awful debate performance sets the Obama campaign up for a little "shake and bake." Here’s why.

  • Look Ma! I'm On Web TV!

    Here's Mr. Mansitioning himself ( talking about Presidential politics and the election on the HuffPost Live... I always appreciate the invite and love the discussion!

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This is part of a discussion on the Huffington Post. The term "fires back" was used to gin up some ratings and hits, but there were really no fireworks here. Having said that I'm with Chris Brown on this one...Here were my thoughts on the overall coverage of the Chris/Rihana saga:

Bottom line, is that both Chris and Rihana were victims and that they BOTH have some responsibility for what happened. I know you don't want to hear it or admit it or that it's not politically correct, but it's true.It was well reported that Rihana was the initial "abuser" in the relationship and that she had a history of hitting the men whom she was involved with (this was reported by her family and you can find it easily on the gossip sites "Rihana Don't play").... The problem this time for Rihana is that she began this cycle with a KID who has a history of abuse in his household, watching his mother being abused. If the discussion was honest, then someone would have pointed out the fact that it's likely that Rihana "awakened the beast within". I wish Oprah would've at least pointed out that possibility.... The problem: whole discussion is that it presented as 'Men shouldn't hit women'. But then what if we have a gay couple; is domestic violence suddenly not as bad? The answer is, yes. This discussion should have addressed the abuse of weaker individuals by stronger individuals, irregardless of their gender. It also should've talked practically about things to do to avoid confrontations like the one that transpired, for example if you have an angry spouse and he OR SHE wants to get away from you to calm down, don't jump in their car demanding an argument... let them walk away... just some thoughts

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By: D Fin

This will serve as formal notice that I am suing the receptionist at LaKenya's OB / GYN (which stands for "Operating in Babies / Get Yours Next") office for false advertisement. At her last appointment, Ms. Alexa Something (I'm told by my lawyer that I don't really NEED her last name to sue her) told us that our next appointment (today) would be the GREAT REVEAL on our future pamper-filler - I MEAN - baby's gender. I managed to work my magic on my manager (I asked) and have the day on the bench, I made reservations at a highly exclusive restaurant (Taco Bell) and I made a little visit to Tiffany's (our friend Tiffany owed me $2.17) all in preparation of this day. 

Kenya sat patiently as the doctor made his corny jokes (so... how did you end up here, I bet it was his fault - woka woka woka) but my foot tapping was in over drive waiting to have the ultrasound. He thanked us for coming, and started talking about the next appointmnet. WHAT??? I SHOWERED FOR THIS APPOINTMENT - where's the great reveal??? Oh, what's that you say? We have another 3 weeks before we would have that ultrasound done and even then it's not done in this office it's done at doct - * I blacked out in rage *

So this brings me to my class action suit against this paper pusher that lied to me and the rest of you by the transitive property of mathematics. I'm demanding the following: 

$6.00 in parking validation
20 boxes of Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake ice cream - because they are so hard to find in bulk at our local Ralph's
3 coupons for the Crunch Wrap Supreme value meal at Taco Bell
and 2 million dollars

I assured LaKenya that I didn't tell TOO many people that we were finding out the gender today so if all 117 of you would sign the petition then I'm sure we can make this Alexa Something pay for our emotional pains and empty freezers. 

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I'm still "miffed" about Wolverine: It's not a bad movie in the sense that it's a typical popcorn flick... It is bad in the sense that Wolverine needs no Hollywood embellishment to be great.

I mean, think about it... Hollywood basically took a character that's been around for 40 years, one of the most popular characters in the history of comics and said... "Hey we're gonna 'fix' him" "we're gonna 'punch up' his story".... "instead of making him 5 ft 4in -his actual height- let's make him 6' 3" and "instead of him having that dirty, raspy, Clint Eastwood feel, let's clean him up so the audience can connect with his sensitive side"

Now, this is not Hugh Jackman's fault. In all likelihood, when he accepted the role of Wolverine in the original X-men movie, about a decade ago, he probably had no idea of who this character really is. His agent probably called him up and said:
"hey Fox is doing a 'live action' version of the popular children's comic the X-mas... I'm sorry X-Men with Halle Berry. I think it'd be fun for you"
I can't blame Hugh Jackman for saying "yes" to doing a fun movie with Halle Berry. I can't blame him for Marvel being so financially broken that it had to sell its soul to Twentieth Century Fox to stay afloat. Likewise, I can't blame him for the stupid intern-turned-creative executive-turned development executive, who never read the comic series and has never written a script, but feels they know all there is to know about story structure, as a result of their tutelage under the last intern-turned-creative executive-turned-development executive, who was fired because they kept developing movies that suck.

Hugh, in his defense, did the best he job he could with the character Wolverine, but there's only so much he could do. Just like, no matter how good of an actor he is, (probably the best) Daniel Day-Lewis can't play the role of Peter Parker. He Just doesn't fit. We may watch him, we may like him, but the chances of Hugh Jackman being to Wolverine, what Heath Ledger was to The Joker are slim.

But after that speil, Hugh isn't the real problem with this movie, so much as the writers are (and they're probably the hopeless victims of some punk development exec). They took too many liberties with the movie that they didn't have to. For example, no one really knows the real relationship between Sabertooh and Wolverine. It's been heavily suggested that they're bothers, but it's also been suggested that Sabertooh is Wolverine's father. If the authors of the comic choose to keep it a mystery, they why would the screenwriter feel that they have the liberty do otherwise. They could have suggested that they were brothers, without the hokie line 'we're brothers and we have to look out for each other'.

I can go on and on about other examples of liberties taken in the movie, but I'm already looking enough like a geek (you know, the kind who stay locked in their mother's basement playing online mystical quest games with avatars named Quagor the Blue Magician)... But one can't help but look at how The Dark Knight was received and feel a little shafted by the lazy writing, that was probably the fault of someone at the studio people thinking they're omniscient story tellers.

Here, they essentially reduced the most complex and tortured characters (next to Batman) in comics to Hanna Montanna, and no matter how many times Wolverine says 'god damn' in the movie, it still isn't enough to elevate the movie beyond the mental capacity of a 12 year old. They did the same thing with Spiderman (remember Tobey Maguire's dance routine in the last installment).

To date, Blade II stands as the best film adaptation of any Marvel character and that's a shame, because they could've had a real winner with this one. Just do a Wikipedia search on Wolverine and you'll be blown away by how much there is to work with and potential to make Wolverine "the movie" the Marvel equivalent of the Dark Knight..

BTW: A friend of mine challenged me to come up with someone who would've made a better Wolverine than Hugh Jackman... I came up with Russell Crowe, Gerard Butler and (the winner, we agreed was) Karl Urban...

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The question: What is the dust-up between Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh revealing about the role of blacks in the GOP and conservative movement?...

The answer: Everything the other 95 percent of blacks, who aren't republicans have been saying about republicans all along!

There's a reason that 95 of blacks voted for Barack Obama... There's a reason that the cameras kept cutting back to the same four blacks in the crowd at the republican convention... There's a reason that black republicans are about as rare as white tigers.... Simply put, we're not stupid!

I think that, by and large, most blacks have a racism radar. Sure, some people's radar is a little too sensitive, but for the most part it works well enough to alert us to certain things like when we're not truly welcomed in certain environments.... For some reason Michael Steel has chosen to ignore this radar, insisting that he knows something that the other 95 percent of black folks don't. As the newly elected chairman of the RNC, his charge was to enlighten us, to remove the wool from our eyes and light the pathway toward the one true movement that embraces freedom and liberty for all Americans, the one party that truly embraces the idea of a raceless, classless society.... The Republican Party fueled by the power of conservative principles!

How's that workin' out for you, Mr. Steele?
Well, after the events of this past week,(the whole dust-up between Steele and Limbaugh) I'd have to say not too well. In fact, I'd say that the events of this week will have two outcomes... 1) I think that it'll virtually cripple Steele's efforts to recruit blacks into the republican party... 2) I think it'll reveal to Steele that paper principles don't work in a real world with an ugly history of slavery and Jim Crow segregation.

In my humble, albeit observant, opinion Rush Limbaugh's tongue-lashing at Michael Steele rang with a sense of "You sassin me boy" sentiment. In other words, it felt as if he were telling Steele to know his place... In fact, that's literally what he was saying. The other thing that struck me was how vehemently indignant Rush was in his criticism of Michael Steele, as opposed to his criticism of Congressman Phil Gringrey of Georgia, who's comments about the acclaimed talk radio host seemed to be much more directed and more stinging than Steele's. I guess the question is, what's the difference between Gringrey and Steele, that made Rush respond to the new RNC Chairman with that amount of venom , yet give Gringrey the equivalent of a "nuggie"? What is it about Steele that aroused in Rush's spirit a cry of "HOW DARE YOU?" .... Okay, if you're like me it's not a hard question, but it is the 1 ton pink gorilla in the room.

Michael Steele is black, and was (s)elected as RNC Chair, not to lead, but to mislead blacks into the party. Now, Michael Steele has never really struck me as an "Uncle Tom" or an "Oreo" or any other colloquialism we've historically used to described black who essentially sell their souls to whites in power to position themselves... In fact, he has a style that gives you the impression that he could go to "the hood" and hold is own. His problem is that he's been working the black republican for so long and it's been working for him so well, that he began to believe his own rhetoric. He began to believe Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity's assertions that Republicans are the party that's truly concerned with the welfare of minorities because taking away public assistance and striking down affirmative action forces us to rely on ourselves for advancement, while the democrats and liberals want us to remain dependent on them for all our needs... After all, the playing field is level for anyone who's willing to work "work hard and play by the rules"

In believing that, he made the folly of actually believing that he was elected as the leader of his party, rather than token of his party. He made the mistake of not understanding that his party wanted to keep pace with their Democratic rivals that really and truly elected a black as their leader and expect him to be just that... You would think that he'd notice the coincidences in Sarah Palin bursting into the RNC spotlight after Hillary's history making campaign and now him being elected after Obama being elected, but he didn't because he's come to believe in the pseudo benevolence of the GOP and conservative movement .

Now, in my opinion Steele is an excellent choice as RNC chair, in fact he's the best choice because he's the best communicator they've got. But, I believe he's beginning to understand that he wasn't elected because he was the best qualified and worked the hardest to get his name and face out there (which could only be the case if conservatives actually practiced the principles they preach). He's beginning to realize that having four or five black faces to throw around gives conservatives cover from allegations of racism, just like having four or five issues that they opposed President Bush on gives them sufficient cover to say that they didn't spend the last eight years following him in lock-step. I think Steele now knows that they're content to have him be one of those black faces, as long as he KNOWS HIS PLACE... But, the bad news for Steele is that they are coming to the conclusion that he doesn't, and it's got him visibly rattled.

It's happening... The chorus of conservatives and republicans calling for him to step down are growing like "drill baby, drill" chants after his speech at the republican convention. It's not surprising that the first blow was dealt by one of the only three black members of the RNC calling for him to quit. Dr. Ada Fisher strikes me as bright and also capable, but at the same time it's not unreasonable for us to question whether or not she wants one of the few coveted slots alloted for minorities in the GOP. Among her criticisms is Steele's use of slang and urban speak as a part of his communications strategy.... I can understand her "beef", but it does bother me that they loved his use of slang last week, but somehow it's become an embarrassment.

The net affect of this entire affair is likely to be that Steele is rendered inept in his ability to recruit black to the Republican Party. I know that many see his willingness to apologize to Limbaugh for his "inarticulate" description of the radio giant, after Limbaughs direct and poignant insults as a step black... I mean back for us. They see Ada Fisher's outspoken call for Steele to resign as 'eating our own' and they see Limbaugh's rant against Steele and the subsequent crescendo or GOP'ers ready to criticize him as as indicative of how they truly think about us if we happen to get out of line.

This whole thing kinda reminds me of something that you might have seen in High School. You have the cool black kid, and the only one out of a group of cool white guys. The cool black kid is accepted by all the rest of the people in the school because he's with the cool white guys, in fact, he's even dating the white sister of one of the cool white guys.... Then he gets caught cheating on the white sister of the cool white guy and suddenly he's not the cool black guy anymore. He doesn't have the cool white friends anymore and everyone in the school has turned against him, even the uncool white guys that cheered for him as he led varsity basketball team to victory last week and even the few uncool black guys that secretly wandered "what's so special about him?"
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“When brown can stick around”

“When yellow can be mellow”

“When the red man can be the head man”

"And when white will embrace what is right"

This part of Rev. Lowery's benediction is taken from a civil rights era saying that reads:

If your black stay back,

If your brown stick around,

If your white your all right!

To this, a number of prominent whites have expressed a deep offense and a feeling that they are socially oppressed white men, that must forever carry the burdens of those actions that their racist forefathers committed on their behalf and on the behalf of white Americans as a whole... Prominent whites like Don Imus (you know..."nappy headed hoes" Don Imus - who I actually like), Joe Scarborough, Tucker Carlson, I'm sure Glen Beck (you know... Glen Beck who asked the first Muslim man elected to congress to "...Prove to me that you are not working with our enemies")

Part of me wants to tell some of the white folk who took offense to Lowery's benediction, "Lighten Up"...  
Another part of me wants to explain the context of the statement in question to them in the hopes that they'll understand that there was no malice and no indictment of "the white man" in the statement (that whole portion of the prayer was to highlight that we are still overcomming, even with the progress that is represented by Obama's presidency)  

Another part wants to tell them "after 300 years of oppression and slavery and defacto and dejure segregation, you have the nerve to B!t@# about how that small statement, which originated from an old Jimc Crow era saying has SO offended you"... I think that that part offends me.  

Listening to the people on the radio who seem to have the most problem with it, like Joe Scarborough and DON IMUS (nuff said!) they're quick to say " how could he say that when white people put Obama in office"... but it hasn't dawned on them that the white people who put Obama in office aren't the ones that have a problem with Rev. Lowery's benediction... 

The Irony is that it is the whites that didn't want him in office, in the first place that have taken offense and are hiding behind the white people that did put him in office as a defense...  

To them I say, that just as all black people arent the same, all white folks aren't the same... All white folks aren't racist, but a lot still are, and if people like Don Imus (who I like, BTW) and Joe Scarborough and Rush Limbaugh are going to whine about those remarks at least have the courage to do it as the type of white person who didn't vote for Obama and stop trying to claim an overall "white man's" credit off of the backs of those whites who not only got Obama elected, but did so having the courage to embrace the racial atrocities committed on their behalf, by their forefathers.  

It Just kills me when there are discussions of race and all of a sudden, white men start sounding like MLK "I don't see color", "We should judge each other as an individual, not as a color", "I haven't oppressed anyone, why should I feel guilty"... But not one of them will have the courage to admit that if they were black the likelihood that they would be where they are now is dramatically decreased by lack of equality of opportunity in this country....  
This is the reason we should celebrate Obama's win cautiously...because there are many white people who truly do have a problem (whether serious or minor) with what Obama represents and will use this achievement to argue that everything is equal in America and because a black man can become president, and that we should concede that racism (not just the attitudes of the individual, but the social and economic structures that were put in place to maintain the racial hierarchy - which still exist in a mighty way- in this country) has been eradicated!... 

Remember Don Imus and Joe Scarborough, Obama called for us to have an open honest discussion about race

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