Monday, February 28, 2011

The Academy Awards Should Not Be Held During Black History Month

I would like to propose "legislation" of some sort that says that the Academy cannot hold its awards during the month of February. Why, you ask? Because we are hardly ever nominated or win. AND, more importantly, on the day after the Oscars, all your white colleagues want to talk about is how great it was or how beautiful this actor looked.

They can ignore our movies all they want. They can overlook our talented and beautiful actors (men and women), directors and producers. Basically, the Academy can go straight to where little devils ice skate as far as I'm concerned.

Now, before I continue on my rant, I should tell you that I got sucked into the "hype" surrounding Oscar Night. Had to go see "Black Swan" yesterday before the Awards Show. Didn't want to be "out of the loop." Yes, Natalie Portman did a wonderful job as the ballerina/psycho Nina. I take nothing from her. But, I didn't see one black person in that film. Not a waiter, a subway patron, a maid, a seamstress, a makeup artist. Not a single one represented. Unless you count the "black swan."

That said, Oprah (no last name required) and Jennifer Hudson were radiant.

I'm going to write the Academy and see if they'll consider moving their annual soiree to March.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All by Russell Simmons

Tuesday, February 22
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM PST
Public Event Series
First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison at 27th Street
Oakland, CA
Price: $12 advance, $15 door
Phone: (510) 444-8511
(Sponsored by KPFA and Hosted by Davey D.)

Wednesday, February 23
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM PST

50 Second Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Contact: Bernard Henderson

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"Here Comes The Judge" and A Room Full of Successful African American Women

One Hundred Black Women Presents:

The 13th Annual Madam C.J. Walker Business And Community Recognition Awards Luncheon
Friday, March 14, 2011

For event details:
CDA Consulting Group
Event Producer

Monday, February 14, 2011

I Miss Motown

After watching the Grammies last night (or as much of it as I could take), I started thinking about how much I miss Black music. I mean real black music. I recalled 20 plus years ago when Lionel Ritchie took to the stage at one of the music awards shows and proclaimed "Outrageous." I wonder if he ever thought he'd live to see Lady Gaga hatching out of an egg? And, for the record, Grace Jones was shocking way before we'd ever heard of Lady Gaga and before Lady Gaga ever studied and mimicked Grace and other famous Black folks.

There was a nice tribute to Aretha Franklin, who may or may not be ill, but will always be the Queen of Soul. Personally, I didn't think they needed an ensemble to pay tribute to Aretha. They could have let Jennifer Hudson handle it all by herself.

Anyway, the evening got me to thinking about Motown and all the music that Berry Gordy (love him or hate him) brought to our enjoyment. And I was thinking about lyrics that could even be considered remotely controversial, which in this day and time, would be downright boring. And I started thinking about Junior Walker. Remember "Shotgun?" Maybe it's because we were born in the same town - Blytheville, Arkansas. However, that's probably not the reason because I only learned that after reading about his life on Wikipedia.

Nonetheless, Junior Walker made me dance, he made me smile and he sure as heck didn't look like Elton John (no disrespect to Cee Lo Green, because I do love this music, especially "Forget You"). Although, I'm pretty sure Elton John has copied Chuck Berry, James Brown and a few more of our peeps.

So, today's Black History Salute goes to Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr. (1931-1995), better known as "Junior Walker."

(And by the way, thank God for Bob Johnson who started BET - but that's another post)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

"Never In My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman's Life in Journalism" by Belva Davis

Just in time for Black History Month. If there's anyone who has made history, especially in the Bay Area, it would be Ms. Belva Davis, a Bay Area broadcasting figure for the last four decades. When I was a teenager, I wanted to be her. It was so awesome to see a Black woman on television news at that time. When my sister was crowned "Miss Tan San Francisco," a beauty pageant for Black women in the '60s, it was Belva Davis who was the emcee. She embodies grace, wisdom, beauty, sophistication and is an inspiration to many. She is a legend.

This memoir is a must have for your library. On sale now at the following:

Here's to you Ms. Belva! Thank you for everything.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It's Black History Month

Did you know that "Black History Month" actually began as "Negro History Week" in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson? Its mission was to educate Blacks about their cultural background, rich history and maintain pride.

What would Dr. Carter G. Woodson say about us today? I mean, we do have an African American President, but how far have we come, really?

Just something to think about. You have the entire month of February to ponder that question. I'd love to hear your thoughts.