Friday, July 31, 2009


As you know this movie renamed Precious will be in theaters Nov 6, 2009, the previews for the movie are blowing up the air ways and internet every day. After watching the previews for this movie I had to read the book to see what it’s about…it succeeded every expectation of my thoughts. Now I should warn you that it this book is disturbing, but it shows the Struggles that this young girl went through. I hope many of you can purchase the book then see the movie THaNKS!!

Light Skin or Dark Skin!- By: DANA

Gentlemen, ask yourselves this question: If there are two girls, they both have the same type of beauty: cute face, shape, and everything. Which one would you approach? However, the only difference between these two gorgeous young ladies is one is dark skinned and the other is light skinned. Ladies, the same question goes for you.

Fall semester 2007, my friends, Keisha, Monica and I gave a survey to at least 15 PVAMU male students by asking them this same question. 75 percent chose light-skinned, 20 percent chose dark-skinned, and five percent chose both.

The reason for this survey was that Keisha, a dark-skinned female, attempted to prove a point to Monica and me. She stated that male students on our campus tend to ignore the dark-skinned females. Monica and I had never encountered this situation before or even noticed it for this matter. After our research, we came to the conclusion that she was right.

Monica would be considered a light-skinned female; however growing up, her family encouraged her to believe dark-skinned women were prettier than light-skinned women. She was often ridiculed for being lighter than most of her family members.

I, myself, could be considered in between dark and light-skinned. I had never been exposed to the criticism of the color of my skin. Personally, my battle was with another African-American issue: which was good-hair versus bad-hair.

The media could be a huge influence on how we perceive certain images, regarding light-skinned and dark-skinned women. Rapper Young Berg, best known for his recent hit "Give you the business," was recently reported on an XM radio interview as referring to dark-skinned woman as "dark butts." He stated that deep, brown skin tone women are not dateable for him because they just do not look good enough. According to him the women he dates must pass a "pool test," meaning the woman must look just as good as she did before she stepped into the pool and her hair should not be "nappy" when stepping out of the pool. He is also reported to say that he wanted nobody darker than him. Furthermore, the next day, after the interview, Young Berg made a public apology to all dark-skin women, claiming that he was sincerely remorseful. Also, he informed the public that his mother is a dark-skinned female.

However, rappers and their influence should not get all of the blame, due to the fact that L'Oreal cosmetics shot an ad with Beyonce. They attempted to darken her skin in the ad for Essence magazine, but lightened it in the ads for the mainstream magazine. Is it possible that L'Oreal darkened the ad for Essence magazine?

The originality of the entire issue within our African-American community, came from the William Lynch speech and letter. A slave owner of the West Indies declared that he discovered the "secret" to controlling enslaved Africans. This theory was an address delivered by Willie Lynch in Virginia 1712 regarding control of slaves within the colony. The letter informs other slave masters how to control slaves mentally by setting them against one another.

"I guarantee everyone of you that if installed correctly it will control the slaves for at least 300 years...

I use fear, distrust, and envy for control purposes. These methods have worked on my modest plantation in the West Indies, and it will work throughout the South... Take this simple little test of differences and think about them. On the top of my list is "Age", but it is there because it only starts with an "A"; the second is "Color" or shade; there is intelligence, size, sex, size of plantations, attitude of owners, whether the slaves live in the valley, on a hill, East, West, North, South, have fine or coarse hair, or is tall or short...

I shall assure you that distrust is stronger than trust, and envy is stronger than adulation, respect, or admiration. The black slave, after receiving this indoctrination, shall carry on and will become self refueling and self generating for hundreds of years, maybe must use the dark skinned slaves versus the light skinned slaves, and the light skinned slaves versus the dark skinned slaves," said Lynch.

Willie Lynch discovered that when the slaves worked together, they were very productive and successful, possibly more than other races. Consequently, he figured out a way to keep the slaves ignorant and mentally dysfunctional.

Today, an issue that black people probably struggle with is attempting to conceive "pretty light skinned or light-brown skinned babies." As a people, we should strive to improve our personal perceptions of our race. So that when we do have children, we can teach them to love themselves and embrace the race they originated from.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009


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"Whats going on" part 2

(HOUSTON) – A sealed indictment charging Waller County Justice of the Peace Dewayne Charleston with violations of federal law arising from a bribery scheme has been unsealed following his arrest today by FBI agents, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today.
Dewayne Charleston, 46, of Hempstead, Waller County, Texas, was arrested this morning without incident at his residence. He made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Milloy this afternoon and has been ordered released on a $100,000 bond.
The indictment naming Charleston was returned under seal on July 6, 2009, and accuses him of conspiring to solicit, demand and accept bribe money or kickbacks from a local demolition contractor in exchange for obtaining approved vendor status resulting in the awarding of City of Hempstead contracts. The City of Hempstead is located approximately 50 miles west of Houston in Waller County. According to allegations in the indictment, the local demolition contractor is a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) certified operator, which signifies the minority ownership of a business entity with its principal place of business in Texas.
“The public has a right to expect their public officials will objectively represent the interests of the communities they serve, not to sell their votes or support for personal gain,” said Johnson.
Charleston is accused of conspiring with former Mayor Pro-Tem and a City Alderman of the City of Hempstead, Larry Wilson, and former City Alderman Paris Kincade to extort bribe payments from a cooperating witness in exchange for city contracts. The conspiracy allegedly began on July 18, 2005, and continued until Jan. 30, 2008. Charleston organized and orchestrated a bribery scheme, according to the indictment, in which Wilson and Kincade would use their official positions with the City of Hempstead to commit Federal Programs Fraud. Charleston, Wilson and Kincade corruptly solicited, demanded, accepted and agreed to accept monies from a contractor intending to be influenced and rewarded in connection with the eventual award of city contracts. Charleston is also charged with two additional counts of aiding and abetting his alleged co-conspirators, Wilson and Kincade, to commit Federal Programs Fraud.
Wilson and Kincade were previously convicted for their conduct and are not charged in this case.
A conviction for conspiring to commit Federal Programs Fraud carries a penalty of imprisonment of not more than five years and/or a fine not to exceed $250,000. A conviction for violating any of the remaining substantive counts of Federal Programs Fraud carries a penalty of imprisonment of not more than 10 years and/or a fine not to exceed $250,000.
The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by special agents of the Houston FBI Office. Assistant United States Attorney Michael Wright is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law. "whats going on"

The racism: Kentucky Congressman Geoff Davis referred to 46-year-old adult man Barack Obama as "that boy" at a Lincoln Day dinner, as in, "That boy's finger does not need to be on the button."The apology: In a letter he personally delivered to Obama, Davis apologized for what he graciously deemed his "poor choice of words."

The rise of President Obama as the first black president has ushered in an uncomfortable era for the nation's casual racists. While the urge to entertain friends and colleagues with historical stereotypes and hurtful prejudices has clearly become irresistible, what happens when that desire conflicts with one's duties as a GOP office-holder, strategist, or activist? When is it appropriate to compare President Obama to a monkey, or make a quip about his presumed love of watermelons, for example? The quandary is only heightened by our new age of social media, in which private jokes can easily become public. As they continue to navigate this moral gray area, most Republican Party members are erring on the side of ... erring — making or endorsing racially tinged or outright offensive jokes via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, and old-fashioned paper, then awkwardly apologizing once they've made an ass of themselves. The latest example involved Young Republican vice-chairman Audra Shays, who posted an approving comment after a friend's dubious joke on her Facebook page last week, but it's a cycle that's steadily repeated itself since Obama emerged in last year's campaign.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


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Sunday, July 5, 2009


Nov 6, 2009

I saw this movie on I was very moved, I ended up texting Charli. This movie trailer alone gave me chills, and im pretty sure the movie will too. Im excited about this project!

Saturday, July 4, 2009