The Podcast: Oh No You Didn’t!

I remember when I was in college and one of the students in my African American History class said, “Why is there a BET? Would you guys appreciate it if we had a WET?” The bigger question was why in this day in age are we still explaining this? WET is main stream television!

With shows like “Girls” and “Friends” with all white casts that encompasses agency, gender, and relationships beyond the representation of Caucasian people, it baffles me that we still have to explain why our own networks, our own award shows, and our own historically black colleges are necessary.

This podcast explores some of the things that I’ve heard or experienced from others that were just not okay. Irony is, I recorded this almost a week before Stacey Dash decided to share her views on Black History Month and BET!

Things I address:

#1 Why is there a BET?

Simple, main stream TV, Movies and Media is catered to white people and we are sick of not seeing our stories represented so we created our own platform to do so.

#2 50 Black Owned Restaurants

A friend of mine was annoyed that I was promoting the 50 Black Owned Restaurants in NYC via Idontdoclubs.com. The sad part of the whole situation is that out of all the restaurants in NYC this website could only compile 50. Eventually the list grew to 100, but still…the disparity is huge.

#3 The N Word (Used by Others)

I feel the need to explain this story more. The person I talked about wasn’t calling me the N word, she was talking to her fellow white co-worker, but I was with in close proximity to hear her, so it was offensive.

#4 Affirmative Action

I feel like blacks are perfectly capable of getting into the best colleges and excelling. However I don’t see anything wrong with Affirmative Action. Inner-city black people are not afforded the same resources as their white counter parts and to even the playing field I believe that Affirmative Action is necessary.

#5 Cultural Appropriation

It really is crazy! I really get it, and I may have to do another podcast to dive deeper into this topic, however I am not strongly angered when Kylie Jenner gets her lips done or wear baby hair–who cares? Can we focus on the more important things happening in the world like child marriage? or children having to live in unsanitary conditions all over the world?

 

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Movie Monday:Why everyone should see Dear White People

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Sam White is a bi-racial student activist who has a radio show called Dear White People. She’s working hard to implement change at Winchester University, starting with her appointment to Head of the all black dorms Armstrong/Parker. A huge racial divide is brewing between the whites and the blacks at the school.

The movie simultaneously follows the lives of three other black students attending the university, including Coco, who comes off as an Uncle Tom, Troy Fairbanks who is the son of the school’s dean, and Lionel Higgins, who is the nerd, stereotyped and bullied mostly because of his sexuality. Sam and Lionel along with a group of other racially diverse students ultimately work together to ignite the biggest race war in their school’s history as a result of a racist Halloween party thrown by a popular student magazine.

This movie hit home for me in more ways than one. If you went to a PWI, then you know what it means to be an “other.” I spent a majority of my college career, but specifically my last two years feeling like an outsider. I just didn’t feel like I was in an environment that understood me. When I saw this movie, I felt like I wasn’t alone. Someone had to feel the same way to create such a real and culturally poignant movie for my generation. I say my generation; because this movie deals with the individual and institutional racism we encounter at the most prominent universities in America today. It also channels a modern day Spike Lee Joint. This movie isn’t an attack on White people but indepthly illustrates the experience of what it means to be black in America or in a smaller scope what it means to be black in a university where the majority is non-black.

Without giving too much away, I encourage you to watch for yourself. I found it on Hulu

 

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