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Michaela Angela Davis Says African American Ratchet Reality Shows Need To Go

Former Essence writer and activist Michaela Angela Davis has announced a new campaign geared toward improving how black women are portrayed in mainstream media. “The Bury The Ratchet” campaign targets black women that live in the Atlanta, GA area. Davis feels that because of reality shows like “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”, that depict African-American women as gold-diggers, there is a need to place more focus on the less ratchet. “The goal is to get the spotlight off the ratchetness and on the successful women in Atlanta.”

Davis plans to hold a symposium at Spelman College in March 2013, that will involve African American leaders analyzing the effects of television on black culture. After that, “Bury The Ratchet” will then create public service announcements demonstrating how black women feel about how they are portrayed in the media. “ We want to change the mind of young women who absorb these images. The first thing we are doing is giving them a voice.”

Davis was the founding fashion director for Vibe magazine and she was the last editor-in-chief of Honey magazine. Davis has written for several projects over the past few years, including Everything But The Burden: What White People Are Taking From Black Culture and Beloved: Baby Scrapbook and Journal. She is also the leader of “Mad Free” , a community of revolutionary women whose purpose is to liberate the image of women.

 

 

 
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  1. El Paso, TX Rashad Chisholm vs. Trayvon Martin
    The non-surprising verdict /not guilty for George Zimmerman is not misleading on how young black males are viewed.
    There are several cases here in El Paso, TX which reflects Trayvon Martin murder case. Rashad Chisholm (black male) is the victim of racial treatment here in El Paso, TX. Triumphed up charges against Rashad on 1st Degree Felony from pervious issues defending himself / two (2) fights (one (1) Caucasian (White) Male (Senior) (No charges / Rashad was the victim /footage capture on camera /Veterans Recreation Center (Sophomore) and one (1) Caucasian (Mexican) Male) (Senior) (No charges / the young man approached Rashad (Junior) requesting a dual over a young lady (Freshman) (Student Loses Ear/KFOXNEWS).
    El Paso, TX juridical system triumphed up charges against Rashad Chisholm:
    OCA – 11-346088 – Dec 12, 2011 – Incident / Investigation Report /ASSUALT CAUSES BODILY INJ.
    **Rashad Chisholm was training for Greater El Paso Football Showcase All Star Game (2011) at the time of the reported incident /document(s) of proof.
    OCA – 12-116258 – Apr 25, 2012 – – Incident / Investigation Report /POSS CS PG3 < 28G/Business Address: Vineyard Christian School / 6115 Transmountain (Rashad’s location time of written Incident/ Investigation Report Rashad was in the process of being booked for ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. (See below)
    ???? May 15, 2012 POSS MAJIJ / Rashad Chisholm confinement (El Paso Police Annex day during the period of April 25 on or about May 25, 2012).
    Northeast Tactical Unit (Please review the Supplements statement of events dated: March 29, 2012).
    1. 20120D02440/12-089305 – Rashad Chisholm/Black Male/ held at El Paso Police Precinct / ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY / 120th District Court.(On June 6 2013 Rashad’s attorney name was removed from one (1) of the ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY and replaced with Attorney: DEFT TO HIRE (Incorrect information on docket) (Scheduled for Jury Trial).
    **NOTE: Rashad Chisholm graduated / scored well on SAT*** (Rashad had a promising future).
    Additional involved Persons: (Please review the Supplements statement of events dated: March 29, 2012).
    2. 20120D0295 – Angel Avalos / Caucasian Male /ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY/Case Dismissed May 8 2013 / 171st District Court. Rashad and Angel was together the night of the mentioned incident.
    3. 20120D02974 – Jesse Lopez/ Caucasian Male /ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY/Case Dismissed May 8 2013 / 171st District Court (Additional arrests prior to case dismissal).
    4. 20120D02973 – Raul Morales/ Caucasian Male /ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY/Case Dismissed May 8 2013 / 171st District Court.
    5.. 20120D02976 – Dominique Parks/Black Male/ ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY/(Additional arrests trialed in 171st District Court / 5 years – Institutional Division – TDCJ
    6.. 20120D02972 – Darcellas Parks/Black Male/ ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY/(Additional arrests trialed in 171st District Court / 7 years – Institutional Division – TDCJ
    7. 20120D02520 – Jacob Nolan/Caucasian (White Male)/ /ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY/41st District Court (Not scheduled for Jury Trial).
    May 7, 2013 AGG ROBBERY – On 7 May 2013 the Northeast Tactical Unit Charges Four in Two Craigslist Pepper Spray Robberies (El Paso, TX):
    1. At 8:30 a.m. Jamar Nieto and Jalen Jones worked together sprayed the victims face with Pepper Spray fleeing with the victim IPod;
    2. At 1:30 p.m. Jamar Nieto, Jalen Jones, Rashad Chisholm, and Destini Hunt somewhat same situation as above.
    Jamar Nieto, Rashad Chisholm, and Destini Hunt were charged with Aggravated Robbery on the above mentioned date. Jalen Jones was not charged for Aggravated Robbery nor placed under arrest. I must go public to discuss El Paso juridical system because of a prior case and everyone involved was arrested. I do not understand why Jalen Jones was not charged with Aggravated Robbery, he was involved in the 1st and 2nd incident to include any additional triumphed up charges against Rashad. I was informed there are additional charges against Rashad for the above mentioned date.
    Arrested 1: 19 year old Jamar NIETO/Black Male/Arrested/Charged
    Arrested 2: 19 year old Jalen JONES/Caucasian Male/ (69 day not charged/involved in every incident of robbery on May 7, 2013 to include AGG ROBBERY incident). The police report changed (have original document on hand).
    Arrested 3: 19 year old Rashad CHISHOLM /Black Male/Arrested/Charged / On or about June 20,2013 Rashad's Appendix ruptured while in confinement (El Paso Police Annex as of to date Rashad still have a drainage tube connected in his stomach, when he released from the medical center all drainage had stop (18 days later). The El Paso Police Annex refused to give him his medical information: June 29, 2013 emergency room and June 12, 2013 emergency room.
    Arrested 4: 19 year old Destini HUNT/Black Female/Arrested/Charged

  2. El Paso, TX Rashad Chisholm vs. Trayvon Martin

    The non-surprising verdict /not guilty for George Zimmerman is not misleading on how young black males are viewed.

    There are several cases here in El Paso, TX which reflects Trayvon Martin murder case. Rashad Chisholm (black male) is the victim of racial treatment here in El Paso, TX. Triumphed up charges against Rashad on 1st Degree Felony from pervious issues defending himself / two (2) fights (one (1) Caucasian (White) Male (Senior) (No charges / Rashad was the victim /footage capture on camera /Veterans Recreation Center (Sophomore) and one (1) Caucasian (Mexican) Male) (Senior) (No charges / the young man approached Rashad (Junior) requesting a dual over a young lady (Freshman) (Student Loses Ear/KFOXNEWS).

    El Paso, TX juridical system triumphed up charges against Rashad Chisholm:

    OCA – 11-346088 – Dec 12, 2011 – Incident / Investigation Report /ASSUALT CAUSES BODILY INJ.

    **Rashad Chisholm was training for Greater El Paso Football Showcase All Star Game (2011) at the time of the reported incident /document(s) of proof.

    OCA – 12-116258 – Apr 25, 2012 – – Incident / Investigation Report /POSS CS PG3 < 28G/Business Address: Vineyard Christian School / 6115 Transmountain (Rashad’s location time of written Incident/ Investigation Report Rashad was in the process of being booked for ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. (See below)

    ???? May 15, 2012 POSS MAJIJ / Rashad Chisholm confinement (El Paso Police Annex day during the period of April 25 on or about May 25, 2012).

    Northeast Tactical Unit (Please review the Supplements statement of events dated: March 29, 2012).

    1. 20120D02440/12-089305 – Rashad Chisholm/Black Male/ held at El Paso Police Precinct / ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY / 120th District Court.(On June 6 2013 Rashad’s attorney name was removed from one (1) of the ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY and replaced with Attorney: DEFT TO HIRE (Incorrect information on docket) (Scheduled for Jury Trial).

    **NOTE: Rashad Chisholm graduated / scored well on SAT*** (Rashad had a promising future).

    Additional involved Persons: (Please review the Supplements statement of events dated: March 29, 2012).

    2. 20120D0295 – Angel Avalos / Caucasian Male /ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY/Case Dismissed May 8 2013 / 171st District Court. Rashad and Angel was together the night of the mentioned incident.

    3. 20120D02974 – Jesse Lopez/ Caucasian Male /ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY/Case Dismissed May 8 2013 / 171st District Court (Additional arrests prior to case dismissal).

    4. 20120D02973 – Raul Morales/ Caucasian Male /ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY/Case Dismissed May 8 2013 / 171st District Court.

    5.. 20120D02976 – Dominique Parks/Black Male/ ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY/(Additional arrests trialed in 171st District Court / 5 years – Institutional Division – TDCJ

    6.. 20120D02972 – Darcellas Parks/Black Male/ ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY/(Additional arrests trialed in 171st District Court / 7 years – Institutional Division – TDCJ

    7. 20120D02520 – Jacob Nolan/Caucasian (White Male)/ /ENGAGING IN ORGANIZED CRIMINAL ACTIVITY/41st District Court (Not scheduled for Jury Trial).

    May 7, 2013 AGG ROBBERY – On 7 May 2013 the Northeast Tactical Unit Charges Four in Two Craigslist Pepper Spray Robberies (El Paso, TX):

    1. At 8:30 a.m. Jamar Nieto and Jalen Jones worked together sprayed the victims face with Pepper Spray fleeing with the victim IPod;

    2. At 1:30 p.m. Jamar Nieto, Jalen Jones, Rashad Chisholm, and Destini Hunt somewhat same situation as above.

    Jamar Nieto, Rashad Chisholm, and Destini Hunt were charged with Aggravated Robbery on the above mentioned date. Jalen Jones was not charged for Aggravated Robbery nor placed under arrest. I must go public to discuss El Paso juridical system because of a prior case and everyone involved was arrested. I do not understand why Jalen Jones was not charged with Aggravated Robbery, he was involved in the 1st and 2nd incident to include any additional triumphed up charges against Rashad. I was informed there are additional charges against Rashad for the above mentioned date.

    Arrested 1: 19 year old Jamar NIETO/Black Male/Arrested/Charged

    Arrested 2: 19 year old Jalen JONES/Caucasian Male/ (69 day not charged/involved in every incident of robbery on May 7, 2013 to include AGG ROBBERY incident). The police report changed (have original document on hand).

    Arrested 3: 19 year old Rashad CHISHOLM /Black Male/Arrested/Charged / On or about June 20,2013 Rashad's Appendix ruptured while in confinement (El Paso Police Annex as of to date Rashad still have a drainage tube connected in his stomach, when he released from the medical center all drainage had stop (18 days later). The El Paso Police Annex refused to give him his medical information: June 29, 2013 emergency room and June 12, 2013 emergency room.

    Arrested 4: 19 year old Destini HUNT/Black Female/Arrested/Charged

  3. We should target the networks for allowing this nonsense&slap ourselves for giving it the high ratings.

  4. I totally agree. We always speak about how "they" do us and then we turn around and make a mockery out of our own selves. Enough is enough and I totally agree.

  5. Herman Hawkins Jr.

    REALITY TV MUST BE ERADICATED!

  6. Yes, yes. I have never seen any of the reality shows featuring "housewives" of any culture/race. But I can say that I was totally, albeit vicariously, turned off by them when during my last degree attainment (course instruction time), all of the 20-something black females were focused on these shows (hair weaves, fake nails were main topics_ in attempt to emulate these "housewives"). Sadly one student said in the first day of a particular course that her main goal was/is "to look good". Needless to say, this student did not graduate and can barely write a well structured sentence in standard English. And Yvette Carnell 'Reasons why the African American Community is (Still) Failing. No wonder when impressionable youths are bombarded with such trashy imagery and messaging.

  7. It's shameful that we keep people entertained this way. It's time for a change…

  8. I agree! They all need to go! These ratchet shows need to be replaced with something positive. I swear there are no positive African American shows out there. If there are, there are mighty few of them.

  9. I keep hearing negro's throw around that word "slave" and people was real slave…not this I smoke drugs slave or the he know what the pinch on my clitoris is or he can control my orgasm….when you fore father and mothers was slave the white master could say come here nig$er and get on your knee and suck my dic…and he's talking to the men…and he's in front of every one..and say no sir I don't want to do that…and for that his master take him out in front of every one and burn him up jus set him on fire….then come to the next man that just seen his cousin or good friend burnt alive……they could just come get your 12 year old daughter and take her off and have sex with her.. that what they did and if you say no she is not doing they take you and put you in a pin with some wild dogs to eat you up in front of every negro…..they could come get your wife and do what every they want to her….he could shyt in your face and if you say no he would go get to horse one going east and one going west put one arm to a horse and beat the horse until…..so when you negro talk about slavery you better own you can even believe slave and someone was treated like that….kill you just to see you dead just because he want to kill a negro today.

  10. you keep buying what they are selling….and they are going to keep up the brainwashing….you are fighting for the wrong things.

  11. No one cares how ur portrayed on tv. She cant define What being a black person is. Nor does tv define what black People are. There's all type of black People in usa. Yale need to stop living of what u think white People Think. And jus live ur own life. I rep marcel armstead not 25 million black men. These Show entertainment not real life

    • you're right no one cares. but they should. it isnt about defining what or who black people are, it's about showing more of us in a positive light more so than a negative one. it's not about thinking like white people, we need more positivity in our life period. there ARE many types of black people…yes i know this and love that, but if you look carefully, they usually only show a few types on tv. and these days, entertainment is loosely based on real life ie, REALITY SHOWS. Then you have a great number of people who aren't as intelligent as you, or they have a great deal of insecurities(there are many other reasons i could list but dont have the time) & issues and look outside themselves and family for inspiration on who they think they should be. often times people look to tv and movies to see whats cool or what everyone else is doing and try to immulate it. plus you have to look at how it affects your psyche/subconscious mind. yeah it's entertainment, but if you encounter a situation you never encountered before and you have NO KNOWLEDGE on how to handle that situation, your subconscious has images stored(as information/knowledge) and resorts to those images to react to that particular situation. that's why tv is so powerful, thats why companies pay millions to advertise their products ON TV. let me ask you something, do you know why they dont advertise cigarettes on tv? whether you believe it or not, you, along with myself, are heavily influenced by what we VIEW WITH OUR EYES. and if you dont recognize this fact, you can subject your subconscious with ill thoughts(visual information) that manifest itself physically once you encounter unfamiliar territory. think on it bruh. peace

    • These are entertainers ppl just making a living….now if you really want to do something about it…u should go after the networks by not watching it. The ratings is the only answer To your problems. We need to defend our culture&let other ppl embrace it

  12. It sure is!!!

  13. It's about damn time. Real women stand up please!

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