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Life of a Brown Person: there are no black people in my fav cult classic tv shows! Whyyyyyyy

this makes me mad like anything, so Supernatural is my current kick. I can name 5 black people, one chic Dean had a thing for, the guy who was best friendses with Bobby and then the crazy dude who tried to kill them and he turned into a vamp, and the Alpha Vampire and some other hunter chic…I think. 

See my point, There are nine series and I can only think of four people of color that stood out. Between all the chics they have a thing for, gods, demons, creatures, fellow hunters. 

Then I thought of Buffy the Vampire Slayer- guess how many were in that one? 2. One was the Jamaican slayer with THE WORST ACCENT IN THE WORLD and the other was Giles lover who was pretty hot. And Buffy was a long goddamn series. 

What got me thinking about this was Charmed, I like watching Charmed in the morning on TNT before I go to work. And there was an episode when Pheobe’s in love with this guy who’s meant to die. Originally he’s killed by some black guy running through the streets of San Francisco…but he happens to be Black. I didn’t realize it until the end of the episode and I did that thing that we all do every so often “DAMN WHY HE GOTTA BE BLACK?” 

Then I thought of another episode where Paige is in love with the cop and the cop is tryna help a troubled youth…again the kid happens to be male and black. 

Now I’m sorry but San Francisco of all places, that just happens to have alotta black crime that for these specific moments, the characters just happen to be of color. But yet most of the other characters that they’ve had on the show love interests, demons (EXCEPT FOR THE SEER), creatures, same deal. We lack representation.

And this makes me sad because the supernatural/thriller/cult genre is my fav, I enjoy the shit out of it. And all I can think of is Firefly cause they had Sheppard and the lady.

I know that these were written by Joss Whedon and other white dudes…BUT come on guys, you real scared to dip your brushes in other colors?

Whiteout in Mainstream America: From the Emmys to the Runways, Blacks Remain Ignored

Black America Is Not Shawty Lo and His 10 Baby Mamas

you know how reality TV sometimes is annoying and frightening to watch because it’s supposed to be “reality” thus it’s supposed depict how people really are, and when it comes to “reality” TV shows they’re mostly racially based?

well how bout this!

In a piece at Clutch magazine, Tami Winfrey Harris writes a sharp rebuke of the media and the African-American community for buying into black dysfunction in light of the impending spring premiere of Oxygen’s All My Babies’ Mamas, about Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo, his 11 children and their 10 mothers.

Sometime this spring, the Oxygen network will air a program called All My Babies’ Mamas, featuring someone called Shawty Lo. You probably already know this because a press release and video leak last week (video since removed) caused the heads of good black folk to explode all over the interwebs. You could hear the pop from space. The one-hour special documents Shawty, 31, whose mama named him Carlos Walker, and his relationships with his 11 children, their 10 mothers, and his newest, a 19-year-old girlfriend. Oh, and in the spirit of Flavor of Love, the women on the show will have their identities erased in favor of nicknames like “Fighter Baby Mama,” “First Lady,” and “Bougie Baby Mama.”

Lord, pass me my smelling salts.

The impending debut of All My Babies Mamas has been met with some predictable responses: A petition urging Oxygen to shelve the special and a whole lot of people vowing never, ever to let their eyeballs see this shitshow. But two reactions I find troubling: black shame and a heap of demeaning talk about single-parent and nontraditional families.

The “Ban All My Babies’ Mamas” petition, which, as I’m writing, has 73 signatures on, calls for the Oxygen show to be canceled for demeaning black women, girls, and children and stereotyping black men. I have no doubt the show will do all these things. And — make no mistake — the show’s creative team, Liz Gateley and Tony DiSanto, mean for this to be so. Nearly every reality show, from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo to Love & Hip-Hop, is built on the exploitation and promotion of bias and stereotype.

Here’s Tyler Perry’s new tv show “For Better or For Worse.” Recently I’d posted a video about how African Americans are portrayed in the media. One of these images is the Always Anger but sexual black woman. Like the ones from The Flavor of Love, Basketball Wives, etc. It’s an image I’ve never really covered or though of. 

But I think this does it. Are we always angry and if so what about? 

attitude and skin color go hand in hand-

I just got a new job. Now at this job I am aware of two of the black men that work there. Here’s what I’ve noticed:

Coworker 1: my boss said makes a lot of extra money from saying “Hey with this order of blabla would you also like this to go with it?” He does his job, but he steps out once in a while for a “smoke break” which usually went on longer than an actual smoke break. When we were discussing an old friend of his he said, “Man in fact I should check up on a brotha right now. Let me go head and do that.” So he got onto the store phone, called his friend and leaned right next to the register and started talking on the phone-we weren’t closed yet not even close. 

Coworker 2: hasn’t been there long. I believe came in early for his shift but slept in one of the chairs…brought his baby mama and kid with him as okay. Does his job well but…got on the phone as well and walked around the food area on the phone while we kept getting customers…apparently it was his mother.

I like to get rid of the stereotype of “ghetto black men” or “rachet black folk.” But when ya go off and do shit like that…I kind of have to side with the stereotype. Sure you got it tough brotha but who doesn’t?

I was watching the Boondocks the other day and it was the episode that Jimmy Rebel came to Ruckus about a record deal…and in it Jimmy said something like “The problem with you niggers isn’t the color of your skin…but your attitude.” Then later he takes it back and says it is the color…Of Course. But here’s the thing, he’s also right about the attitude. How many blacks do we have in the school system, the workplace, in society that are intelligent enough to overcome those stereotypes/standards that have been set for us. Face it-we were not meant to be more than that based on where we live, how we live and what’s educating us. The attitude becomes an integral part of that stereotype…    

In order to overcome this we must be conscious of it…

Break the cycle!!!!! 

Time to Change Our Images

I don’t think it should be solely male or female, it should be both images that are changed-

It is time for a radical change in the way African Americans, particularly black men, are portrayed in the news media, three journalists told an audience of their peers.

“This is an entrepreneurial time and we’ve gotta find the storytellers and the people out in the community because I don’t think our newsrooms are going to be able to do it anymore. We’ve got to find a way to connect them,” said Kevin Merida, national editor at The Washington Post and co-author of “Supreme Discomfort,” a biography of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Merida joined Mira Lowe, senior editor for features at CNN Digital and former editor-in-chief of Jet magazine, and Leonard Pitts, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Miami Herald at The Depiction of Black Males panel last week at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans, sponsored by the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education (MIJE).

The panel, moderated by Martin G. Reynolds, senior editor for community engagement for the Bay Area News Group, which includes the Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News and Contra Costa Times, discussed the causes and consequences of inaccuracies in the coverage of black males.

Studies have repeatedly shown for years that coverage of black men and boys tends to focus on crime, largely depicting them as perpetrators, as well as victims.

The Opportunity Agenda and The Maynard Institute hosted a media briefing in May on the Opportunity Agenda’s report: Opportunity for Black Men and Boys: Public Opinion, Media Depictions, and Media Consumption.

“Among the many factors that influence the opportunities and achievements of black men and boys are public perceptions and attitudes toward them as a group, and their own self-perceptions as well,” the report said.

“Research and experience show that expectations and biases on the part of potential employers, teachers, health care providers, police officers, and other stakeholders influence the life outcomes of millions of black males, just as their own self-esteem, identity, and sense of empowerment affect their ability to achieve under difficult circumstances.”

The report said that black males were overrepresented on issues of crime, unemployment and poverty. Conversely, positive images associated with black men are limited to a small, stereotypical portrayal of athletes and entertainers. Black men are viewed as either very troubled or very successful, but not as normal, everyday folks, going to school, working, raising families, living normal working- or middle-class lives.

Further, scholars cited in the report concluded that even “accurate” and “sympathetic” representations of black males tend to focus on the “problem frame,” associating black men who don’t fit the stereotype with challenges affecting their ability to succeed. When they succeed it is in spite of, not because of being black.

“We really need to as reporters be about nudging our various newsrooms to disconnect poverty and black. …poverty is in this country is white and female as much as it is anything else,” but you can’t tell by the preponderance of news media coverage, Pitts said.

Lowe, who has worked for both mainstream and black media, said there is a distinct difference in coverage between the formats.

“When you work for black media you know the audience,” Lowe said. “Positive stories are real life. Not an effort to slant” the news to only cover the positive, a frequent accusation made against ethnic media.

With majority-owned media,“…the fact that we have to explain our existence is real because not everybody is as familiar with how we live…it’s a matter of education that you have to do in some areas of the mainstream media.”

Merida was part of a team at The Post which prepared a series about black men that deliberately focused on the everyday aspects of black life.

The editors and reporters in the project wanted to do more than a series “in which (black males) would be bit players in their own movie,” Merida said. “We didn’t want reports and statistics…We settled on a structure of a narrative series in which black men would be the center of the stories.”

Pitts said one of the major downsides of poor media portrayals of black males is that many black people buy into the stereotypes as well.
“We watch the same programs. We are absorbing the same things,” Pitts said. “We’re not just poisoning the external perception of ourselves; we poison the internal perception.”

It becomes all too easy, Pitts said, for the public, across the board, to just indulge “intellectual laziness” and accept the images projected by the media about black people.

“The first casualty of racism is individuality,” he continued. “If I can get by with thinking lazily about African Americans and I can get away with it why should I exert myself?”

Merida pointed out that crime coverage, for example, is authority-driven – based heavily on law enforcement sources – and that it appears “no one tries to find out what really happened because that’s too hard.”

One solution, Lowe said, is to show readers and viewers that black people are not so far removed from the rest of society.

“We need to show how what happens to black folks affects everyone else.”

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