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What’s in the News?

  • Are we here for a fashion show or here to play tennis? There is a lot of ruckus about Venus Williams’ attire on the court at Wimbledon. She still won the game, didn’t she?
  • At the tender age of 29, powerhouse Jennifer Hudson is writing her memoirs.
  • Wanna try something new? Black women are branching out and finding romance outside of their race. Need some proof that it can work? Check out these famous rock-steady couples.
  • I should have read this before Noah and I took off on our Illinois trip. We’re sharing a suitcase and this could result in World War III.

 

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Are You Running This World?

I am so late on everything, including seeing this music video called: Run the World (Girls) by Beyonce. But I have finally seen it and I’m. . . stunned. The visuals are pretty spectacular for today’s “Gaga” standards.

The setting is a dystopic, post apocalyptic, “We Don’t Need Another Hero” landscape. There are leather and metal studded ladies who have reclaimed the Earth. There’s a lion on a leash, even hyenas on leashes! There are what look like dancing eunuchs and overturned cars and sand. Tons of sand.

Noah said he appreciated the Irish jig that occurred in the beginning. So did I.

What I wasn’t impressed with were the lyrics. Who’s running the world? Girls. Holy shit! I shouted (spitting my morning tea) When did this happen? Where was I? I had receive no notice on this. Then I watched this next video and was brought back to reality.

The commentary of the latter video can accurately describe the lyrics and how harmful they are to women’s self worth. So I won’t beat a dead horse in that respect. Instead, I would like to discuss the visuals.

Men on one side, women on the other. The women are obviously besting the men with their awesome dance moves. It does remind me of the Sharks and the Jets, but it is a tried and true theme for videos.

What I find interesting about Beyonce’s interaction with the riot control police force, is her super sexy slinking. She seduces the men and also scares them at the same time with her “Irish Jigging”. Historically, women have always had the “power” to seduce men with their wiles and then destroy them. Women were made to be revered and also feared.

But it’s the mother/whore dichotomy that has held women back from positions of authority and real change. For example, women’s seductiveness and evil persuasive nature has stopped them from being leaders in the Catholic Church. On a much smaller scale, the mere fact that women menstruate, make them an object of fear and awe. 

Beyonce’s use of sexuality is tired. We get it. Women can be sexy. In essence, the media has made it our only JOB. To what end, can we use that power? What can we to gain from using our feminine wiles? Jewels, money and cellphone bill payments? We’re not exactly courtesans anymore.

What we’re doing is keeping an ancient gender standard alive in a modern world. In a world where women are career and education oriented, the media is asking us to fall back on older means of “power.” This video is only affirms how little power we actually have and how we’re okay with that.

Are you okay with that?


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Perfect Marriage of Television

My two favorite television sitcoms are The Cosby Show and Girlfriends! Both are canceled by now, but stars from both shows are teaming up on BET for a new series called Reed Between the Lines

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The upcoming BET show Reed Between the Lines stars my favorite natural TV star, Traci Ellis Ross. We love her and we also say that the UPN/CW network will rue the day that they canceled Girlfriends.

Also, there is Malcolm Jamal Warner, TV’s former kid brother,”Theo Huxtable.” I’ve also seen him on NBC comedy Community lately and I think it’s great that he’s back on television. “Theo” is still quite funny.

She’s a psychiatrist, he’s an English professor, they’ve got three kids. . . watch the hi-jinks ensue! It’s coming out this fall. So look out. I will, cause I love Traci’s hair and fashion. She’s always giving me great ideas!


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Healthy Breakfast + Unhealthy Television

 Note: High-lighted hyperlinks will take you elsewhere to learn about the health benefits of each ingredient.

You know, sometimes I surprise even myself with genius meals. This morning’s breakfast consisted of fried egg, guacamole, and cilantro on a whole wheat bagel. To wash it down? Hot mug of Chinese Detox Tea, a full glass of ice water and half glass of almond milk (to get my calcium without the lactose). And last, for breakfast dessert. . . yeah, I do that, a small cup of Mott’s Granny Smith apple sauce with cinnamon. Now that’s what I call a breakfast!

The bad thing is I usually don’t have breakfast like this, I usually don’t have breakfast AT ALL. When I met Noah, he was horrified to see me flitting out the door with a toaster strudel or nothing. I’m trying to do better now that I’ve lightened up the “meat load.” And I’m also trying to be creative with what I’ve got in my pantry, taking a page from Evelyn’s book.

While I’m eating, I’m deep conditioning with a thick thick coat of Tresemme Conditioner and wearing shower cap. I’m watching the Wendy Williams Show and drinking in the gossip about Lindsay Lohan. I like Williams, she’s the kind of bawdy lady who talks frank, all the time. She’s kind of an Everywoman too, very preoccupied with cheap fashion, bitchin’ heels, and beef jerky.

How You Doin’?


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Workshopping Women

This past Wednesday, I participated in an on-campus (Columbus State University) workshop called “For Colored Girls,” named after the play/movie. It was the first meeting of minds for this all inclusive support group that covers issues from the play.

So far we have discussed race relations/understanding, body image and women in higher education. This is a weekly meeting, Wednesday’s at 12 pm and if you’re in the Columbus, GA area, you should come.

If you’re not, please get together with females on your own college campus and create a support group! School is hard enough on its own, but if you add social stresses, it sometimes leads to high drop out rates. We don’t want that for women who really want and need to go to school.

I’m the wife of a faculty member and a graduate, while attending this workshop, but feminist issues certainly don’t stop after you finish college. So even though I would have greatly appreciated something like this while I was in school, I’m not going to miss an opportunity to sit down with other women and talk about important topics!


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You Cool, Chris?

All of Chris Brown’s fans may have forgiven him for his assault on his then girlfriend, Rhianna in 2009. . . but I have not. Maybe it’s because it doesn’t appear that he’s learned his lesson or toned his rage down these days.

This morning, during his appearance on Good Morning America, Brown tried to deflect Robin Roberts questions about the 2009 beating. He was very focused about plugging his new album F.A.M.E and didn’t want to talk about the past, even though Brown is still on probation.

Fortunately, for him, he was able to perform for his fans and leave with all sorts of buzz. Fortunately, for me (and I am smirking) he wasn’t able to do all of that without “Hulking Out”. After his performance he went back to his dressing room where,  he was “screaming so loud, the people in hair and makeup became alarmed and called security.” TMZ.com Oh and then he threw a chair through a window. This childish scene made him miss a performance and plug opportunity at ABC.

I say keep acting like an asshole. Let people see the monster they keep forgiving. Maybe soon someone will want to put him in prison and keep him there. Brown thinks he’s invincible or at the very least, really cute. Well, he is neither. Fans (mostly young girls) need to see past his cute face and slick dance moves. Let’s get straight to his core, he’s an abusive man who will abuse the next women he finds, until he sorts his life out.

Brown’s Tweets after the incident:

 UPDATE 6:49 AM PT:  Brown just tweeted, “I’m so over people bringing this past s**t up!!! Yet we praise Charlie sheen and other celebs for there bulls**t.”

UPDATE 6:59 AM PT: Brown has already deleted the previous tweet … and added a new one that reads, “All my fans!!! This album is for you and only you!!! I’m so tired of everyone else!! Honestly!! I love team breezy!!”