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What is a life worth?

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

A life is generally accepted as being priceless. There is no value that can be attributed to it. That’s the concept. The reality is quite different. When it comes to the life of a young Black male, especially when police are involved in removing that life, a value is often determined. Often it is several [...]

Aftermath of the Oscar Grant case – the media and the reality

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

You know what I hate? Hypocrits. People that abuse a situation for their benefit. People that jump on a bandwagon. When it comes to the media there is no lack of individuals that can be identified as being in one of those groups. But there is a huge number that right now are taking advantage [...]

How to get away with murder

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Just as the nation was welcoming a new President and the “hope for change”, in Oakland, Oscar Grant got more of the same. It was New Years Day 2009, literally just minutes into the new year, when a BART officer – Johannes Mehserle – stood over the prone body of Grant and shot him in [...]

Shock and awe – Airbender and Prince of Persia whitewashed

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The most amazing thing about the soon to be released major films The Last Airbender and Prince of Persia is not the way the films have been adapted to motion pictures from their source materials (an animated cartoon and a video game respectively). It’s not the scope of the films or the lavish use of [...]

J.C. – Comedy Central shows its arse

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Viacom is a major television cable network. They own B.E.T., VH1, MTV, Comedy Central and various other television properties. In each of the cable channels 3 things are common: African Americans are regularly mocked, Christians are mocked, Muslims are avoided. Sumner Redstone is the real power behind the scenes at the network. He is the [...]

Michael Vass discusses Hollywood & the Race Lift By Darren at The Movie Blog

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Today the Movie Blog cited on of my posts (Tropic Thunder draws questions of racism) in a discussion of The Last Airbender and moreso the issue of race in movies. It’s a topic I have long discussed. Now I will start off thanking Movie Blog for citing my work. It’s always pleasant to see my [...]

VH1 and Viacom are turning a new leaf – unlikely

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

I admit that I am surprised with the latest news coming out of Viacom’s VH1. My shock is that the former music video channel has suddenly realized that African Americans might just be more than whimsical minstrels. This is a massive departure from Viacom’s steady and degrading fare of television programing. Viacom is the owner [...]

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