Thursday, June 28, 2007

Life is Good

I am sitting here updating my blog, nothing really on my mind, but since I didn't post anything last night I might as well get a couple of things off my chest. First I would just like to say something I know is on every one's mind here in the DFW area... I wish that this damn rain would stop! I know it sounds kind of crazy to be saying that in Texas, but... It has been raining constantly here for about a month and a half. I know, I know, when July, August, and September come around I will be writing about the heat. But I got to talk about something haven't I? And I am getting tired of my family back east calling me asking about the floods that the beloved media keeps broadcasting 24 hours a day. It has flooded out here, and a lot of good people have lost their homes. My heart goes out to them. But I am still dry, my house hasn't floated down the neighborhood creek, and my wife has even found a dry path to make it to her friendly neighborhood "hair fixer", so all in all life is good.

I am very blessed. I have a good woman that puts up with my attitude and my macho ism. I have a decent job. I live in a good neighborhood. And on top of all that my family back east loves me enough to call me to find out if I have sprouted gills out here yet. But that is just my life. There are others that are not living like me. Who, you may ask? Well on my normal commute to work this morning, (yes, I live in the suburbs thank you very much!), I was channel surfing the radio and I happened to tune into Rickey Smileys radio show. I usually catch bits and pieces of his show every morning, and this morning he was talking about how the city of Dallas was in the process of taking some elderly people's homes to make way for a toll-road that is in the plans to be built. Now this toll-road is projected to go through the southern sector of the city, which if you know anything about Dallas, is the "black" section, the "hood" or in other terms, the "ghetto". In other words, a part of the city most non black residents of the city could care less about. Getting back to my point... The city did not ask these people for their land, they are taking their land, in what is known out here as imminent domain. That is, if the city in which you reside deems that taking your property is in the best interest of the city, you as a taxpaying citizen of that city have no say so in whether you leave or go. I do not know much about this, I have to do some research, but I don't even think they give you what your property is worth. You get pennies on the dollar for your property. Now what are these people that are being put out of their homes, their neighborhood, and their communities going to do? Most of them are elderly, black and on some kind of government assistance.

Now as I said earlier, my heart truly goes out to the people that have lost their homes over the past couple of weeks. My best friends on the local news channels have made it a point to bring their story of heartbreak and loss to everyone with a T.V. But what about these poor people that are losing their homes in South Dallas? Is this not a tragic event also? And to make things worse, this is a man-made problem that can be avoided at all costs. Why has this not made it to the attention of the media? I will give you three quesses... Well, all you really need is one. SOUTH DALLAS! If this was happening in Highland Park (an affluent section of other words, all white), Fox (or as my man the field negro calls them) Faux News would probably send Bill O'Rielly down here personally to the land of Bush to do an all out interview with the poor and disfranchised upper middle class people of Highland Park. Rickey Smiley was asking people to come out and sign a petition to take this to a vote. He needed 50,000 signatures by 12 noon on June 29. I really hope that we get those signatures. I could not sign the petition because I do not live in the city of Dallas. I live in Dallas County, but not the actual city. You had to be a registered voter in the city of Dallas to sign the petition. If they would have let me sign, I would have wrote my name 50,000 times!

We as a community need to support our elderly generation. They are our connection to the past. Through them we can build a better future. We cannot let this happen to our "big mommas" and our "paw paws". The title of this post is "Life is Good", but how good can it be if we don't preserve our ties to the past, and stand by and let this happen to our elderly kin folk? What would that say about my generation? Now that is a question that makes you go hmmm.

Or at least it should.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Our Biggest Enemy

Well, I just arrived home from work after fighting through this crazy Dallas traffic, and what do I see when I turn on the T.V., but Paris Hilton. I know that I am not the only one when I say that I could care less about this talentless girl getting out of jail. Since when did somebody getting out of jail make front page news? Why should we care about this rich floozy serving time? Didn't somebody get shot in South Dallas? What about a bank being robbed in Richardson? What about a case of road rage on 635? I don't mean to sound cynical, but I am sure that our media could come up with a better news story than what this girl was wearing when they removed her handcuffs. Which brings me to the title of this post. I hate the media. I hate the media with every nerve in my body. .. and here is why. The media dictates what we like and what we consider important. The media is a black man's biggest enemy. If an important black man so much as spits on the sidewalk, lets one curse word slip out of his mouth, it will be run on all the major news outlets within seconds. It is the only way that "they" can discredit us. People are like sheep, if one man goes left, then every man behind him will go left too. And this is what the media does. They continually broadcast negative images about black men to the masses and the masses believe what is broadcast.

For example... There is a scare going on in the black community about the "down-low". I know that there are some men, Black, White, Hispanic, and Asian men that like to go both ways. There is no denying that. It has always been like that and until God decides that the stench coming from down here on earth is too much for him to bear, it will continue to be like that. But if you watch certain news outlets and certain day time talk shows, you would think that the problem only lies within my community. Which I think is bullshit. The way that the media makes it look is that 1 in 3 black men is on the down-low.

Another way the media is working it's mojo on the clueless American public is every time someone who nobody ever heard of does a study about anything.. lets say cancer.. Black people are more prone than anyone else to contract it. We are more prone to have more life threatening illness than any other race on the planet. How is that? And if that is the case why haven't we all dropped dead? Why are there more black men in prison than in college? Does any Black person actually believe that? Why is it that if there is altercation at any black event it makes headline news, but when there was a major fight at a very high society concert, (I think it was in Boston), it never even got mentioned until the last few seconds of the news cast. Why is it that some little white kid (god bless his soul) gets kidnapped and it comes out later that his kidnappers kept the little boy for years just a few miles from the his parent's house, it makes national news. But no one even heard about the little black girl in Philly that got kidnapped, was taken a couple miles from her house, and the minute that the fools that took her left her alone, she proceeded to chew through her restraints and was home before her dinner was cold. Now I ask you, which story is more inspirational? Why is it that no one talks about the 100 odd murders in Philly's black neighborhoods so far this year, but the minute a black man gets caught killing 1 white woman in Ohio it is nation wide news? Why is that?

I wish that someone could answer me. Maybe I will write all the major media outlets and ask them. But then if I brought this question to the white men controlling what we see on the "news", the next time you hear from me I will be one of those wild and crazy black men spreading AIDS to unsuspecting white women.

Monday, June 25, 2007

"Some music you just can't dance too"

This is my first post, so please be patient with me....

I borrowed the title to this post from my pastor Freddie Haynes, the pastor at Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, Tx.

The sermon he gave at Sunday's 11:00 service,(I can't see getting up at 7:30 on a Sunday. It is supposed to be a day of rest and relaxation) was about Hip-Hop. I have some of the same views about the music I grew up listening to. I feel like Chris Rock when he said, "I love rap music, but I am tired of defending it". My opinion is this... The garbage that is being passed off today as Hip-Hop is not what I remember listening to as a teen. Rap and Hip-Hop is, in my opinion, two different kinds of music. Hip-Hop is what I grew up on. Run-DMC, LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G. Rapp Public Enemy, KRS1, etc,etc are all Hip-Hop. Snoop Dogg, 50 cent, Lil Flip,Yung Jezzy, and all the other "Young's" and "Little's", are rap music. The difference is this... Hip-Hop had a message. Hip-Hop painted a picture about what it was like being black in America. Hip-Hop told stories about being desperate and angry in this "land of plenty". Hip-Hop let the world know that we as black people in America was sick and tired of being sick and tired. Hip-Hop made me feel proud of who and what I was.

Rap on the other hand is degrading to me as a black man. It is degrading to black women. It is degrading to black people the world over. What is so cool about selling drugs in the community where your mother and grandmother live? What is so cool about being a pimp? Who in my definition, is a little boy that calls himself a man, but is not man enough to get a job to protect and provide for his woman, so he puts her on a corner in one of the most dangerous parts of any city, to be subjected to all kinds of abuse, physical and emotional, so she can sell the most important thing she will ever own, (her body),to make money to support his sorry ass? What is so cool about gang-banging? How many songs can be made about your 24 inch rims? Or your chain hanging to your nuts? How many videos can be made with scenes of some punk walking slow motion through a club? Or rapping behind jail bars? Or sitting in VIP surrounded by half naked White, Latin or Asian women? Since when was going to jail cool? I am sick of all this shit. Even though I still listen to some "rap" I am getting to the point to where I cannot stand it. Rap music is glorifying the language of our oppressors, and I HAVE HAD ENOUGH!!! I am tired of hearing Nigga this and Nigga that in every rap lyric.

If the saying is true that you can tell a lot about a person by the type of music they listen too, it tells me that we as a people are in deep trouble. We are the only race of people that glorifies everything that is negative about our race. It makes no sense to me. 50 Cent said that rap is a mirror of his reality. Well, to take a little of what the Rev Al Sharpton said... The only purpose of a mirror is too correct what you see wrong in the mirror. For example... If you look in the mirror and you see that you have a bugger in your nose, you clean it out. If you look in the mirror and see that you have a spot on your shirt you change shirts. If you look in the mirror and see that you need a haircut, you make a trip to the barber. The whole purpose of a mirror is to leave it looking better than when you left it. So maybe the reality 50 cent is referring to is the reality of his Conn. mansion because it cannot be the "hood" he is forever talking about.

One last thing before I finish my first post. Emimem was asked once if he let his daughter listen to his music. His reply was no! My question is this... If his music is not good enough for his on daughter, why in the hell is his record label marketing it and trying to sell it to mine?