Hillary was initially nominated for 10 straight losses since super Tuesday, loaning her campaign money, going negative in her attacks, and dissension among her advisers. But I think she sealed her fate with her flat SNL joke and the reject vs. denounce dust up during the debate on Tuesday. Let's pray she wins again next week for losing TEXAS!
Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Can you feel, it? (Play the Jackson 5 song) Can you feel it? I can! And that feeling has been the drug that had me talking out the Ohio debate for almost 5 hours out of the working day. Luckily, I can conduct document review and talk at the same time. In response to the debate here's what I've said more than once in those 5 hours:
He did great on the Farrakan question. The fact that the most militant black man in the country who's all about black power, to the derogation of others, supports Obama unfortunately means something, that white people don't want to accept which is the potential for black empowerment. The fact is that to some black people who may disagree with his views, Farrakan's support makes you take even more notice of Obama who some of us viewed as not black enough.
Clinton has the luxury of deciding who she'll accept support from for the simple fact that she's privileged and white. She can do as she pleases and still get support. When you are black, everything you do you have to think (doubly consciously to quote W.E.B. DuBois) how will other black people view me and how will white people view me? If Obama said F you Farrakan, many of us would have said he's not black enough even if the reason was because of Farrakan's views. So Obama said it right - I reject and denounce Farrakan's views but I'm not going to reject and denounce him for saying i'm a good guy. And to Tavis Smiley who sees himself as the barometer for blackness, I say take that.
Clinton totally demeaned herself complaining that she goes first all the time and then bringing up SNL. If you're so freggin experienced you shouldn't be bothered that you go first all the time and not be concerned that your competitor may copy you. You should be used to it! How can someone so experienced be such a victim. Message to Hillary, if you aren't ready for SNL snipes now, then are you going to cry every Saturday Night when Amy Poler does more impresssions of you on SNL? Never expected to say this, but take a lesson from George Bush.
RE DENOUNCING v. REJECTING
It's better to denounce - "denounce" means to condemn or censure openly or publicly and "reject" means to refuse to have, take, recognize, etc. Clinton would prefer to refuse to recognize, essentially ignore (as been her strategy with the states she's losing) and not accept a certain type of support. Obama would rather condemn openly that support (He's all about openness by the way). One word produces the image of looking right past or around you and ignoring you; the other produces the image of looking at you directly, calling you out and burning you at the stake. Surprsingly, the way Clinton looked at Obama last night, i'd think she'd favor the word denounce.
SO GUESS WHAT THE FEELING IS - that's right it's HOPE -- feeling like we (who stand against the establishment and want to open our eyes to our government and are tired of our votes and support being taken for granted) will overcome despite the unapproving eyes of those who feel they are better and deserve better than you and who have rejected and denounced you!!! CAN YOU FEEL IT?
The Murphy, Edmonds, Gill saga continues. According to EURWeb.com, Johnny Gill made some catty remarks about the conduct of Tracey Edmonds' family during the "wedding." In response, Tracey called into the Doug Banks' radio show and said, "I was very shocked and disappointed to hear of Johnny Gill's false spin on the chain of events surrounding our wedding. His outrageous lies were clearly a very desperate and pathetic attempt to clean up his reputation at my expense. I would appreciate it if Mr. Gill would refrain from continuing to spread false gossip and lies to the public, and allow everyone involved to move on with their lives. We all know the real truth."
Whoops! She might as well have said Johnny broke up her and Eddie. Johnny, I do think you need to sit down in a corner somewhere. IMO, it's looking real suspect...
The female pictured is not Edmonds.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Barack Obama is HOT! I don't just mean his 11-0 winning streak in the Democratic Primary. Oh no friends, I mean he is smokin' hot! This may not be politically correct, but he is one attractive brother. Tilshop has long been a stalker (excuse me) admirer of Senator Obama. But I really didn't take that much notice of him until recently. Sure, I was excited when he spoke at the DNC in 2004 and excited when he became a senator. But, I really had not "looked at him looked at him" until recently, and now, I'm mesmerized. I mean his intelligence, wit, charm and that deep voice have made me lose my train of thought at times during these debates. Add to that, he appears to be a dedicated husband and loving father? Barack is the total package. Collective sigh ladies!
Friday, February 22, 2008
I don't expect much from T-Pain. After all, he burst on to the scene with an ode to strippers climbin' a pole. But how do you put on this multi-colored Dr. Suess hat and matching vest, look in the mirror, think you look good and then come out in public and strike a pose on the red carpet? HOW? I am genuinely perplexed. This look would have even been questionable in the 80s!
AMENDMENT - Just when I thought it couldn't get worse than T-Pain, I saw this. Imagine this joker trying to buy you a drank.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Congrats to Nas, Kelis and their entourage for an overwhelming Joker of the Week victory last week for their "N" word fashion sense. Who can dethrone them? Here are the nominees....
- Hillary Clinton - For 10 straight losses since super Tuesday, loaning her campaign money, going negative in her attacks, and dissension among her advisors....She better generate some tears quick, fast and in a hurry!
- Britney Spears - For having the audacity to make snarky remarks about Beyonce's dancing and Amy Winehouse being high on the Grammy's. Brit reportedly told a "source." "[Beyonce] sure knows how to toss her hair. Too bad she can't dance as good as Tina -- who's old enough to be her grandmother!" She also commented on Winehouse, "Look at her! Look how stoned she is! She is so obviously stoned!" (insert blank stare). Was Brit Brit high when she made the statements or does she not remember the VMAs in 2007 or the last 2 years of her life?
- Britney Spears' "source" - For repeating Britney's comments to the press. Not cool.
- Singer Mario - For becoming a contestant on Dancing With The Stars. How can you stay current if you're competing against Steve Guttenberg? Police Academy's Steve Guttenberg? Come on Mario.
- Steve Guttenberg - On GP.
Friday, February 15, 2008
I have long since stopped listening to Tavis Smiley. I respect some of what he does, but I find him arrogant and overbearing. I tolerated him on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, up until he went on a rampage against Carol Moseley Braun because she announced that she was quitting the presidential race in 2004 on another network instead of when she was on his show; and Tavis said that just proved the old saying that "n*ggas ain't sh**." That was more than I could stomach from Mr. Uplifting Black people.
Now, Barack Obama is his new target because Obama declined an invitation to attend the State of the Black Union forum this year due to his schedule on the campaign trail. Senator Clinton will be in attendance (likely because she has seen her support in the black community plummet after her campaign's race baiting tactics). Tavis has been on a tirade the last couple of weeks because presidential candidates would dare decline his invitation. Tavis even pulled out his "Covenant with Black America" and started reading from it as if it were the Constitution for African Americans. He's so friggin' arrogant! Tavis is not my elected leader and he does not speak for me!
I believe Obama has to address African American issues, as we comprise a significant part of his base. But he also has to address issues applicable to all Americans. So the fact that he's not making a Tavis' sponsored event does not make me believe Obama is turning his back on "us." Tavis needs to get off that particular soapbox. Thoughts?
My job has actually been making me earn my keep this week--just call me Kizzy. That is why my blogging has been limited. The funny thing is, blogging is so addictive that I keep checking this blog like something will have changed. HAAAAA!
So happy 3 day weekend folks, I know I need it!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
- Nas, Kelis and their entourage - For rocking "N*gger" jackets to the Grammy's. Way to make our ancestors proud during Black History Month. (Sassy also would like to nominate them for Joker of the Month. HAAAA!)
- Barron Hilton (Paris and Nicki's little brother) - For being arrested for a DUI. Aren't they rich enough to have drivers when they are going to get drunk? I mean really.
- David Shuster (MSNBC correspondent) - For being suspended for saying Hillary Clinton "pimped out" her daughter Chelsea during the campaign by having her call superdelegates and celebrities for support. (Funny comment, until he got slammed).
- Flavor Flavor and Flavor of Love 3 Contestants - No explanation necessary.
- Mitt Romney (former Republican Presidential candidate) - For dropping out of the race so that democrats won't win and the country won't surrender to terrorism. Yeah right--I'm sure the 30 or so million dollars of his own money that he spent on the campaign and his sluggish delegate count had nothing to do with his decision to quit.
FINALLY! Maryland, D.C. and Virginia vote today. WOOHOO! I took a great deal of pleasure in voting this morning. And unlike previous years, our primary votes actually matter!
Hopefully pledge delegates (the people) will actually decide this election and not superdelegates, but it's not looking good. The superdelegates idea does not seem very democratic to me, especially coming from the "democratic" party. My understanding is that the superdelegates are basically there as a check to make sure the "people" elect the right person to represent the democrats in the general election. The people know who they want to vote for and they should not be overriden by superdelegates.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Rehab was very good to Amy Winehouse. Her performance last night on the Grammy's (via satelite from London since USCIS denied her visa because she hadn't done enough rehab and you can't just roll up in the US all drug addicted and think US tax dollars will pay for it - check the INS code) WAS EXCELLENT - no stumbling, no falling. She was coherent. A very spirited peformance indeed! You see what happens when you say YES YES YES TO REHAB! Nice shot out to momes who had to drag you to rehab too. Good jolly job Ames!! Right O! (And shout out to the fine back up singer on the left he was working it).
1. Winner - Carrie Underwood - she was my least favorite idol winner--too dull. But I thoroughly enjoyed the vocals and attitude in her rendition of "Before he cheats."
2. Loser - Aretha Franklin's arms in that spaghetti strap dress....
3. Winner - A. Keys - she looked and sounded great! And the addition of John Mayer during her performance of "No One" = the hotness.
4. Loser - Tina Turner. I know I may be booed on this one. And I enjoyed her overall performance, but I think Tina's age is finally starting to show. When she was 62, she was still shaking it with the best of them. But now, pushing 70, she didn't have the same moves and while enthused, didn't seem quite to know the dance steps. I love you Ida Mae, but not the performance. Beyonce, on the other hand, seemed to respect that Tina was long in the tooth, and bey substantially tamped down her energy. Nice show of respect.
5. Winner - Rihanna's stylist. Her blue Zac Posen dress on the red carpet and her dress while she performed with the Time--on point!!!!!!!!!! Say what you will about her vocals, but girlfriend can dress.
6. Loser - Bebe Winan's stylist. What in the sam hell kind of jacket was he wearing? I couldn't decide whether I was angrier at him for the jacket or ReRe for wearing spaghetti straps during the gospel duet...
7. Winner - The gospel medley--The Clark Sisters, Israel and New Breed and Trinity 5:7. Good stuff.
8. Loser - Amy Winehouse's crack knees. I'm sorry, she should not have worn that dress when she knew she had skinny crack legs. NOOOOOO!
9. Herbie Hancock - Not only for winning album of the year, but for wailing on the piano during the rendition of a George Gershwin classic. Go Herbie!
10. Loser - Beyonce - for having to sit there while Jay won that award with Rih Rih and watch their playful banter.
P.S. Chris Brown's red and white suit - also makes him a loser.
Picture Source - Tina and Bey
Picture source - BeBe and Franklin
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
I love Fantasia--she's my favorite American Idol winner. But....what in blue blazes hell has Fantasia done to her hair? I'm all for experimentation but she looks a bleached, stir-fried beatdown mess/catastrophe.
Her stylist, her friends and family all need to be fired. Boo!
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Congrats to Kwame Kilpatrick who narrowily edged out Baha Men lovin' Mitt Romney and suspect Bill Clinton to win Joker of the Week last week and thanks to all of you who voted.
And just when I was starting to compile this week's list of contenders, I ran across a video of Kilpatrick's mother, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, defending her son's honor telling people "don't let them talk about ya'll's boy." And then she said people fought too hard for this. (insert blank stare). Why thank you Congresswoman. Way to skirt the issue and make this a race matter and not about your son committing perjury, sleeping around and letting down his constituents and those who believed in him. Seeing her put everything into perspective for me...
So I'm going to do something we rarely do at CITC and award this week's Joker prize to the Mother/Son team of Carolyn and Kwame. They earned it!
One amendment - 50 Cent would have been nominated this week after remarking that he was voting for Hillary Clinton, in part because America is not ready for a black president, and they would probably kill him. Shrewd.
Monday, February 4, 2008
We had to post something about Super Tuesday since everyone is abuzz about it (that and the NY Giants victory--Darn I shouldn't have bet on the Patriots. That coach should have went for a field goal in the 3rd quarter! But I digress...).
The polls are showing that Obama and Clinton are in a dead heat! If someone had told me this was going to happen a year ago or even a month or so ago, I would not have believed it. An African American or a woman is going to be the Democratic presidential candidate. Call me a pessimist, but I never thought I would see it in my lifetime. But I am thoroughly excited, thoroughly engaged, and sad that I don't vote until next week! I'm on Team Obama, but I know there are a lot of CITC readers and fellow bloggers on Team Clinton.
Who do you think is going to win? Will we even find out during the primaries? Is anyone else semi-obsessed with news coverage of the election but me?
Friday, February 1, 2008
Do you know who that is in the picture? It's not an Asian flight attendant. It's actually Lil' Kim. It's fairly obvious that she's had self-esteem issues from her debut with her ultra sexy almost prostitute like image and lyrics. I won't deny that she had some good beats, but I personally never bought into the idea that she was empowering women by flipping the game on men.
But her physical transformation speaks to deeper problems. I've heard that she had skin complexion issues when she was growing up; and the love her life Biggie ultimately selected Faith Evans as his wife, a much lighter skinned woman and had mistresses like Charlie Baltimore who Kim competed with for his affection. And I think that's why she's chosen the medical surgery, skin bleaching, MJ-esque route to modify her looks. I think it's pretty sad though. She was cute back in the day, and now she just looks like an insecure, troubled clown.