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Woman Accused of Throwing Hot Grease on Neighbors

Two adults and five children are in the hospital tonight after being coated in hot grease.  Regina Terry, 33 is facing seven counts of assault with a deadly weapon and seven counts of malicious maiming after she threw hot grease on her neighbors. Macy McLean, one of the adults, is in serious condition.  She has The post Women and Children Attacked by Woman Throwing Hot Grease on Them appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Maria Lloyd: Do Black Women Really Want Respect from Rappers?

by Maria Lloyd   Hip-Hop Recording Artist Legit I ran across an article written by blogger Bené Viera discussing her disappointment with rappers’ infatuation with white women. She highlights her sadness for the loss of “real” hip-hop that actually reflected the issues of the black community instead of glorifying rendezvous with white women and degrading black women.  She also mentions that she doesn’t have a problem with rappers being attracted to white women, but wants hip-hop to love its black women the way they love it. She makes valid points, but I must admit that I don’t have the slightest interest in how rappers view black women. Why? Because they’re not talking about me. In fact, they’re not talking to me either because I don’t listen to their music.   The divide between educated African Americans and uneducated African Americans is so wide that we may as well split into two different races. I oftentimes don’t understand what uneducated, “hood” rappers are talking about and they don’t understand what I’m talking about. It’s one of the unfortunate consequences of being an oppressed race. You have some people who bask in the oppression and others whose curiosity leads them to seeking reparations for their oppression via education. I use the term “education” loosely. Education can be acquired through experience and research. It isn’t solely acquired at an institutional level. There are people who have been educated at an institutional level, but are still uneducated as a whole. Being educated simply means to have the ability to think for yourself with conclusions drawn from research and experience. A college degree does not equated to being educated.   A rapper’s perception of me is equivalent to the Ku Klux Klan’s perception of Barack Obama: irrelevant and uninformed. The women the rappers are addressing are the women who use the word “b*tch” as a term of endearment. They are the women who have no respect for and/or knowledge of black history. They are frequently making poor decisions regarding their finances and their sexual behavior.  These women will always support rappers because they can relate to the behaviors and lifestyles the rappers are discussing. I can’t.   Educated African American women must cease financial support of the music industry (R&B is no different from rap nowadays) and stop frequenting places that play that music if we really want rappers to change. I’ll be glad to join the movement, but I won’t initiate it because I don’t care that much.   Read More »

Dr. Boyce on Lil Wayne and His Comments on Respecting Women: “Negro are You Serious?”

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, KultureKritic.com Someone needs to help me.  I’m sitting here, going in and out of consciousness like the victim of a car accident, not able to believe my eyes and ears after hearing Lil Wayne say that he believes that “women should be respected.”  If there is anything that anyone learns from hearing any Lil Wayne song for any small amount of time, it’s that he doesn’t give a f*ck about women, doesn’t have any use for women other than sex, would shoot a woman in front of her child, and put her in the trunk of his car (I’m not kidding). Part of me is glad that Lil Wayne made his remarks, since it gives us an opportunity to point out the sheer lunacy that has taken over commercialized hip-hop music, where the most ignorant and destructive among us are given the biggest microphones.   If there isn’t one homicidal coon willing to take the lopsided contracts being offered by record labels, there is always another one willing to take his place.  Like the recent “shackle slave shoe” that was going to be issued by Adidas, there are millions of us who insist on keeping our minds shackled with the very ignorance that has wired us for self-destruction. I wrote this piece for NewsOne.com once I saw what Wayne had said, but I’ll admit that while writing it, I was in the same cloudy brain space that Wayne occupies when he drinks and smokes himself into oblivion every morning before breakfast.  I thought about the fact that I wish I could help my brother Lil Wayne to realize that he and I are no different and come from the same place.  It’s just that he made the decision to give up on himself and the people he loves. Without further ado, here’s what I said to News One: I almost fell out of my chair, had a seizure and dropped into a massive coma when  I read recent comments by the rapper Lil Wayne  when making reference to his protege, Nicki Minaj.  In a recent conversation with MTV, Weezy had the audacity to say that he believes that women should be respected. “That’s a female; first and foremost Nicki Minaj is a female. I don’t know what anyone else believes, but I believe females deserve the ultimate respect at all times no matter, when or where or how,” Lil Wayne said to MTV. Weezy made his peculiar remarks in response to a beef between Nicki and Hot 97 over comments made by DJ Peter Rosenberg.  Rosenberg insulted Minaj in front of the Hot 97 audience, which is a no-no for anyone seeking to get Minaj to perform for their event.  The comments led to Wayne pulling Minaj out of the Hot 97 Summer Jam.  As a result, Weezy jumped out to defend Minaj’s honor in public. Read More on NewsOne.com Read More »

Church Sign Says: “Ultimate Racism: Abortionists Target Black Babies”

Churches are like marketing companies these days, creating signs to get attention and  new consumers.   Macedonia Baptist Church in South Carolina is the latest church to erect a controversial placard in hopes of getting media attention. The sign board at the church reads: ”Ultimate Racism: Abortionists Target Black Babies.” “I cannot be silent and just say that’s somebody else’s problem or I’m not dark enough to care about that issue. I can’t do that,” Pastor Patrick Dye said. “This is the crime of America.” “Planned Parenthood purposely locates in minority communities,” Dye said. “The Planned Parenthood clinic is located at the edge of a white community, but right there within walking distance of the housing project on Forest Drive and Two Notch Road.” A Planned Parenthood spokesperson challenged Dye’s assertion, noting that the average women who use their services are white women between the ages of 18-24. Dye hopes that his sign will get people to thinking. “For those who don’t agree, I hope it would get them to thinking, considering the issue, and being willing to have an open heart and open mind to say, ‘What is it I need to know?” Dye said.   Read More »

Hollywood’s Continuous Portrayal of Black Mothers: Either You’re Crazy, Ignorant or Both

Hollywood’s depiction of Black women typically leaves much to be desired, and its portrayal of black mothers is no exception. Taking a glance at recent movies gives a clear indication of what little regard the movie industry has for African American mothers. In “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” the closest representation of a black mother was J-Lo. To add more insult to that injury, her character was in the process of adopting an African baby. In Uma Thurman’s recent production “Motherhood” there were no black women at all. Finally, in “I Don’t Know How She Does  It”, again, no black mothers. So, how are black mothers usually typified in movies? According to Kimberly Seals Allers, journalist and commentator of African-American motherhood issues, Hollywood black mothers are depicted as “crack heads, single mothers with deadbeat-dad issues, welfare queens, violent, uneducated or as neck-rolling sassy maids and smart-talking fishwives. Alternatively, we are being portrayed by a man. In a fat suit. And a wig…We are rarely seen as nurturing mothers or (gasp!) intentional parents with committed husbands, let alone successful women who don trendy shoes, fabulous handbags and have some of the same romantic-comedy-worthy struggles as any other parent or would-be parent.” This issue is no different on television, where the depiction of black mothers on reality shows and other programming is far more damaging than their absence on the big screen. The media has much work ahead to accurately portray black mothers in their actual light.   Read More »

Experts Are Saying that Oprah Should Either Be Herself or Give Up the Network

As the host of The Oprah Winfrey Show” for twenty-five years, Oprah Winfrey has definitely given her fair share of advice. However, judging from the condition of her most recent media ventures, it looks like the media mogul could use some advice of her own. In little over a year, OWN -Oprah’s basic cable network-has The post Experts: Oprah Should Be Herself or Call It Quits appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Osama bin Laden’s Ex Claims She Slept with Djimon Hounsou, and She’s Not Backing Down

Djimon Hounsou, an actor, most critically known for his role as Juba in the 2000 film, Gladiator, has been brought up in recent conversations by a woman known as bin Laden’s mistress, Kola Boof. Although Hounsou denies any sort of relationship, Boof has had no problem announcing their so called relationship and all of its The post Woman Who Claims She Slept with Djimon Hounsou Strikes Back at His Denial appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Early Jackson: Five Things Your Man Wants to Tell You, but Can’t

There has always been a great divide between the communication styles of men and women. In fact, Dr. John Gray wrote a series of books to help ease the situation entitled “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”. For ages we have circled our wagons in an attempt to have a stand off, all The post 5 Things Your Man Wishes He Could Tell You, But Won’t appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Christian/Muslim Conflict in Nigeria Causes Another Bombing and Dozens of Deaths

More than 50 people are dead in Kaduna, Nigeria after riots that are believed to be caused by religious differences. Nigeria is the world’s largest equal mix of Christians and Muslims and the two groups have historically not been able to make peace with each other.  The deadly riots are reported to have been started  by three suicide bombings against Christian churches in northern Nigeria. Young Christians are reported to have retaliated by attacking Muslims and killing them. The bombing of Christian churches is speculated to be attributed to Islamist sect, Boko Haram, which is against President Goodluck Jonathan’s government. On Sunday, a 24-hour curfew was imposed by the Kaduna state government and this has reduced the unrest that has been going on. Many people are hoping that this is not the beginning of a much wider sectarian conflict in Nigeria. Read More »

Michelle Obama Describes the Sacrifice of She and Her Brother on a Quest to Give Back

First Lady, Michelle Obama was the commencement speaker at Oregon State University. She is reported to have been invited to speak by her brother who is the head men’s basketball coach at Oregon State. In her speech, Mrs Obama shared how, both her and her brother had had careers that they thought were successful but were instead not fulfilling. Mrs Obama was once a marketing and intellectual property lawyer and her brother worked a “white collar” job in finance. The First Lady encouraged the graduates to pursue jobs that afforded them opportunities to work with their communities and do meaningful work. Obama’s critics have been quick to point out that her community work paid her with “fat checks”. In 2006 alone, she earned a reported $273,618. Critics have also pointed out that Obama has been speaking at colleges in swing states and Oregon is no exception.   Read More »