I guess the expanded options for Grand Theft Auto - Liberty City will have to include a Black option to Gay Tony since being Black and gay from the 305 seems to be in these days.
After protests about the Oscars being too white with no people of color being represented in any of the major acting categories the last two years - Hollywood seemed to actively search out more diverse projects.
And yeah, I thanked The Donald in jest in an earlier post but I think there may be a grain of truth in such a statement.
It seemed like Hollywood was trying to force us to watch and like Nate Parker's 'Birth of a Nation' until Nate's personal problems took over the Oscar consideration narrative. (Nate's earlier transgressions could not be overlooked as easily as those of say... Roman Polanski.) 'Kicks' (Also starring eventual Oscar winner Mehershala Ali. Damn, this brotha' had a busy 2016!) was another 'urban, gritty, coming of age story' but without the Hollywood-trendy Brokeback element. The rest of the Black offerings last year seemed to be the usual hackneyed tropes seen every other year with none being worthy of any award recognition.
But back to Trump.
It seemed that the political season was so racially charged that Hollywood seemed to be trying to make a point that it wasn't representative of those who voted Trump into office - and well-timed movie releases benefited.
Viola Davis' self-important speech aside, (Really? Only actors celebrate life? Bish-please) I think that Blacks were well represented this year as some sort of make-good from the Academy.
After a couple of years with no Blacks nominated in any major category, this year Blacks seemed almost overrepresented. Or maybe there were just better Black stories.
Maybe Black writers have graduated from low budget direct to video offerings.
Even Jada Pinkett Smith admitted that the stories were just better this year.
And thank goodness I didn't have to see this mess again as being representative of Black women in America.
But I may know what President Trump is doing.
Donald Trump is doing everything he promised to do - shake up the system.
Sure, he's a bounder but he's acting the same as he's always acted.
Donald Trump was elected to do what people expected Barack Obama to do; to upset the cart, to rock the boat, to drain the swamp.
Yeah, I get it - he and his family are the Clampetts among the elites.
They have no class.
They are garish and uncouth.
But The Donald doing the same thing he did in Old-Money Palm Beach - saying, 'Fuck you, I'll do what I want'.
Yeah, he is making the same mistakes many leaders have made since there have been leaders - not understanding that there are Peace Time Councillors and that there are War Time Councillors. (Shit, even King David understood that some of his most loyal generals were 'too rough' for him once he became the king.)
The Donald doesn't seem to understand that he needs to drop those Useful Idiots.
And yes - I voted for Obama (twice) and I was disappointed with his sanguine but passive tenure as POTUS.
The Donald seems to be taking a different approach.
The Donald seems to be swinging for the fence - strikeouts be damned.
The Donald seems to be from the school which teaches that one's great successes will far outweigh one's failures.
The Donald seems to think that his homeruns will matter more than his strikeouts.
Trump acts like a middle school girl who's mad that she isn't the most popular even after being crowned homecoming queen.
Trump's social media rants and complaints about being bullied are laughable and unseemly - not what one would expect from the POTUS.
Trump may be a pimp but he's not really gangsta'.
Trump and his cadre of Mean Girls still have a lot to learn when it comes to being truly Machiavellian.
If Trump wants to be the Moses-like savior his revanchist (Or would it be 'irredentist'?) minions wish him to be - maybe he should just shut up and stop tweeting every thought, urge or impulse which springs to his mind.
Even the stuttering Moses knew to let the more eloquent Aaron speak to the masses.
The Donald may prove to be a great POTUS - only time will tell - but to be a real man of action he may wish to take a hint from Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte.
Duterte has been boycotting the media for a while - he doesn't bother to tweet his dissatisfaction.
Rodrigo pays internet trolls up to $2000 a month to combat others who voice displeasure with their president's actions or words.
Civil liberties complaints aside - I like this man of action.
'Three-million drug addicts'? Exterminate them - simple.
Just have them choose between retirement or being sent to an area known for cop killings - problem solved.
Apparently Donald Trump still has things to learn when it comes to being a real despot.
I missed the recent Miss Universe pageant but I did catch the end to watch Stephan Harvey announce the winner.
Oops, wrong photo.
I meant that I did get to catch Steve Harvey announce the correct winner.
Yes, Miss France won the title - the first European winner in decades.
Sure she's lovely and probably deserved to win but I actually liked the other taller finalists better.
Miss USA is pretty enough but if I was walking passed her I probably wouldn't turn around to get a better look.
I did think Miss Brazil was pretty hot though. Miss Brazil was involved in some controversy because some were upset that a Black woman was chosen to represent their country on the international level.
I also liked Second Runner-up Miss Colombia.
But Miss Haiti was my favorite.
It seems that the Miss Haiti chosen to represent Haiti at the Miss Universe pageant is different from the ones chosen for the Miss World and the Miss International pageants.
I guess each pageant has it's own favored standard of beauty.
Miss Universe Final 13;
Five (USA, Haiti, Brazil, Kenya, Colombia) Black finalists out of twelve?
While the finalists seem diverse (as should be expected in a pageant that represents a world where Caucasians are the minority) - the phenotypic features of most finalists were still somewhat influenced by a eurocentric standard of beauty.
(*What's funny is that some in Brazil would be offended by a Black representative in the pageant.
This is the same country that has contestants recreate the Last Supper for its Miss Bum-Bum competition.
The only image that could be seen as more offensive would be the Mary Magdalene as a Stripper meme.)
Donald Trump doesn't hate Black people - he probably just disregards your unproductive broke ass.
Trump (Do I really need to refer to him as 'President Trump'? Or did that need for a title just apply to Obama and his followers?) may be an ass-hole but that's okay - we're used to it.
Trump is a p.i.m.p..!
Let's take a quick look at Trump and all his hip-hop inspired swaggerism.
Trump had a clothing line - P-Diddy had a clothing line.
Fiddy has Vitamin Water - Trump has Trump Ice Spring Water.
Diddy has Ciroc - Trump has Trump Winery.
Trump sold beef - rappers are notorious for beefs.
Trump's woman posed nude - shiiiiid, there is a whole franchise devoted to rappers who ended up with former strippers.
(No comparison here. I just liked this photo of Ivanka)
'...Grab her by her pussy....'
Oh please - one can insert this verse into almost any current hip-hop song.
Exaggerations, hyperbole, embellishments, misinformation, disinformation, mendacity, .....
Aren't these all common in the hip-hop world?
The truth is - y'all don't hate Trump.
You admire him in all his pimpalicious ways.
You just resent the fact that he is able to do the things you can't do.
That he gets to get away with what you wish you could.
That he can spit the most offensive verses and still sell to the masses.
Y'all don't hate Trump - you respect his hustle. (At least you should)
You're mad at him just like you're mad at the former dope boy who became a rapper and who now is worth millions.
You resent him because his behavior may come across as being indecorous but his street-cred and wealth allows him to give zero-fucks.
*Sure, he often uses 'dicksisms' (Did I get that word right Big Don? Until you threw it out there I didn't know it was a thing with all you shorties at Stormfront.) when he loses an argument but that's apparently common for those with a low IQ.
Y'all THOTs talk about his comb-over while you spent your rent money on that Brazilian hair-hat.
Trump won by stealing the concept behind NWA's most popular hit.
'Fuck the PO-lice' was essentially saying, 'Fuck the establishment'.
Trump won by appropriating more Black culture than did Rachel Dolezal.
Sure, they both tanned and altered their hair in some way but at least Trump never actually went as far as claiming to be Black.
Y'all don't really hate Trump - you just hate the game.
Thank you Donald Trump.
You diversified the Oscars in less than a week in office. #oscarstooblack
And thank you for not letting it be for the portrayals of the slop seen in movies like 'Precious' Hattie McDaniel and the overweight 'mammy' imagery should have been played-out a long time ago.
Nate Parker's 'The Birth of a Nation'? Nope.
Tyler Perry's 'Boo; A Madea Halloween'? Thank goodness, no.
Films like; 'Lion', 'Fences', 'Moonlight' and 'Hidden Figures' all add a bit of color to this year's nominations without pandering to the lowest common denominator or perpetuating stereotypes.
Thank you President Trump.
Denzel Washington (Best Actor - 'Fences'), Mahershala Ali (Best Supporting Actor - 'Moonlight') and Barry Jenkins (Best Director - 'Moonlight') all had a chance to work in Hollywood this year since you scared all of the drug-dealing, disease-ridden, criminal illegals back to Mexico.
And thank you Mr President for allowing Black women to be so well represented this year.
The Democrats weren't doing anything for Blacks - it took a Republican to make a difference.
Ruth Negga (Best Actress - 'Loving')
I had only previously seen her in 'World War Z' as a WHO doctor. And everyone knows that The Donald likes hot women - and yeah, she's hot
In '28 Days Later', 'Miami Vice' (remake), 'Pirates of the Caribbean' (2 films), 'Ninja Assassin' plus as Miss Moneypenny in two Bond films..... I'd always ask, 'Who is THAT woman?'.
Yeah, I think Mr Trump had something to do with getting this hottie an Oscar nod.
For good measure he threw in Viola Davis ('Fences') and Octavia Spencer ('Hidden Figures') in the same category in an effort to ensure that everyone knows that he values and supports Black women.
As everything that went wrong in America was the fault of former president Obama - I'm sure we can all agree that everything that goes right can only be attributed to the foresight and iron will of a true American like Donald Trump.
Concerning to whom the fault of oppression belongs; "We are not all equally guilty but we are all equally responsible" - Rabbi Abraham Hescel
Concerning blaming others for the problem; "...And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?... - Matthew: 7 1-5
Concerning how to fix the problems concerning oppression; "Someone once said that the word 'motivation' should never be used in the singular. Some combination of motives always exist and it's impossible for anyone to qualify the proportion of each that is involved in any given act" - Warren Buffet (in an interview in the USA Today)
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Although I'm pretty tired of the "Race is King" mantra usually put forward by past and current polemics, race-relations (and the improvement of such) is always a good topic of civilized conversation. I've been called "Uncle-Tom" more times than I've been called "N-----". When I volunteer at the local Habitat for Humanity, I'm often the only black working who's not trying to get a house. When I volunteer at the local shelter, I'm usually the only black on the giving end. Something is wrong or deficient with Black-culture (as it is practiced today). Don't say that I don't know the ghetto, I'm originally from the ghetto. My ghetto-pass wasn't pulled, like my middle school I.D., it expired. I graduated. Now, I say middle school because too many blacks haven't graduated from high school. (Detroit, anybody ?) Please feel free to bring up any topic but please refrain from misusing epithets and downgrading others. Thank you, UBJ