Sunday, February 26, 2006

It's So Unfair: Self Hatred

Concrete Loop is by far one of the best blog sites out there. For those that don't know, it's a blog for Black Entertainment. I love reading Angel's post. I never read the comments from her readers though, until today. And I really regret doing so. Now, I know commenters love to rip each other to shreds, but this goes beyond the regular teasing and name-calling. Normally, it will take me a couple of weeks before I get bored with and/or sick of the comments and stop reading them. But this only took 30 minutes. The amount of hatred these people seem to have for themselves and their own race is astonishing. If you disagree with a comment, fine, but why put down your race or put down someone's bank account to show your disapproval?

Here is a taste of some of the posts I read today.

"You wish you were "high yellow". So your feet are black and your heels look like potatoes. It's not my fault, get over it. HA!"

"Light girl ratio = 1:3 = sexy. Darker girls = 1:20 = sexy."

"And you chicks always hatin on BEE maybe you gals should check your bank account and
post your income and statements on here then lets ask BEE to do the same, then we will
bash bytches on who is the overall H.A.M."

And the n-word was all over the place.

So, I'm guessing that you really aren't allowed to say that you like/don't like someone or something unless you're light-skinned and rich? I don't see this type of hatred on other blog sites. Yeah, people get into stupid arguments, but I have yet to see a white poster hate on another white poster's race. I haven't seen "you dumb cracker" or "the fairer skinned Aryan is better than the not so fair-skinned one" or whatever, you get the point.

Self-hatred is very ugly. And you can be the lightest and wealthiest black person in America, and they'll still call you a nigger.

BTW...Angel, your blog is great! I'll definitely continue reading your posts, just not the comments.

Friday, February 24, 2006

It's So Unfair: Boot Camps

If your child is giving you grief, send him to boot camp...if you seriously devalue his life. Martin Lee Anderson was a 14 year old CHILD who was sent to a boot camp in Panama City, Florida. This poor kid had the gall, the utter audacity, to get sick. And what did the humanitarian guards do? They decided to set him straight by kicking him, hitting him, kneeing him, and wrestling this damn near unconcious child to the ground. And a f*cking so-called nurse stood by and watched. But, so did someone with a camera.

Martin died the next day, supposedly from complications due to sickle cell anemia. Now, don't you just wonder, if the people in charge had said "hey, this child is sick and close to passing out, maybe we should get him to a hospital", he would be alive today?

The news had to SUE to make the video tape of this child being abused available to the public. Now, if a parent were to strike a child hard enough to cause damage, that parent could be arrested. So why are "correctional officers" allowed to beat the hell out of this kid and deny him medical assistance until it's too late?

And, do you want to know why he was sent to such a place? (1) he stole his gramdomther's Jeep. (2) he violated probation by trespassing at a school.

So, when I was a kid, some friends and I went joyriding in one of my friends' mother's car. I also, went to a school that I didn't attend to visit a friend. I guess I was lucky enough that my mother didn't ship me off to get killed.

Friday, February 10, 2006

It's So Unfair: J-Dilla Dies

Why is it always the good ones?

The following is from AllHipHop.com

Rap Producer J-Dilla Dies; Kidney Failure Suspected
By Nolan Strong
Date: 2/10/2006 6:14 pm

Hip-Hop producer J-Dilla passed away today (Feb. 10) due to an unspecified ailment. Early reports suggest he succumbed to kidney failure, a medical problem which arose in 2004.

J-Dilla, born James Yancy, was a member of Slum Village and worked with various Hip-Hop artists including Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest and Common's Grammy-nominated album, BE.

In 2005, rumors spread that the rapper/producer had died suddenly. Those rumors were debunked by J-Dilla's label, Stones Throw, but verified the producer did spend considerable time in the hospital. Stone’s Throw wasn’t at liberty to confirm the death of the rapper, but Slum Village group member T-3 confirmed the unfortunate event on his MySpace web page.

“I’m f**ked up, my n***a just passed away,” T3 posted on the website. Friends and fans posted their condolences on T3’s site.

One poster said, “Yo 3, hold ya head up man. I know how it is to lose someone you consider blood not just in the game, but also in just life period. I didn't even know DILLA personally, but he influenced me as producer and changed my whole life and aspect as a musician. Duke, keep your head up! His life was a blessing to many including myself. You, Elzhi, and Batin are in my prayers. We love you Dilla”

In a 2004 interview with Urb magazine, J-Dilla disclosed that he had kidney problems as a result of malnutrition.

"What happened was that the doctor told me that I'd ruptured my kidney from being too busy and being stressed out and not eating right," J-Dilla told Urb. "He told me that if I'd waited another day, I might not have made it."

"Sometimes that fixation can be a good thing and sometimes it can be bad. There'd be days when I wouldn't eat at all because I'd be in the basement working all day," said Jay Dee. "This is definitely my second chance, my wakeup call. I still love the music, but I wouldn't put it first in my life. It's family first - and then everything else."

Representatives for Stones Throw Records confirmed hearing of the death, but could not offer a confirmation.

After being the in-house producer for Slum Village, J-Dilla left the group after their first national album, Fantastic Vol. 2., which was released on the Barak label.

The rapper debuted with his solo offering, Welcome To Detroit on BBE.

After joining Stones Throw in 2003, he formed the critically acclaimed group Jaylib with producer/rapper Madlib and released the album Champion Sound.

The rapper recorded the foundation for the 45-minute instrumental album Donuts while hospitalized and in his home studio. Donuts hit stores on Feb. 7 on Stones Throw.

According to Stones Throw's website, the producer was finishing a tour, which included appearances in Melbourne, Australia tomorrow as well as dates in Montreal, Canada and San Francisco.