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Just when I thought you posing as a high fashion hobo was enough you top yourself.

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February 29, 2008 at 10:50 pm

Kanye West: King of Lazy but Edgy Hip Hop Fashion

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“Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.”

I know that people are sick of music industry’s over-exposed, “L’enfant terrible,” Kanye West, creator of awesome beats and forever of bruised ego, but people should do what I do – buy the albums, watch the performances and look at the pictures. Just block out all the random ridiculous that flows out of his mouth. Ignore the pointless gossip. It’s not like he’s chasing after jailbait or shooting up the place and his music is a welcome diversion from the death cult that rap music has turned into.

So yeah. I’m a fan. That’s right, I still LIKE Kanye and I don’t care who knows. And “Stronger” has the greatest beat I ever heard in my life and is definitely the greatest use of a sample. Who cares if he’s whiny and temperamental? A lot of creative people are. He can at least make fun of it.


BTW: I
hate the SNL site. It is everything the Daily Show archive is not. It’s like they make it hard for you to enjoy their clips on purpose.

Since I’m still working on my latest chapter in the Michelle Obama Fashion Retrospective I thought I’d analyze the fashion of Ye who is in Paris, France with his fiancee, Alexis, taking in the ritzy fashion shows.

Kanye, despite the goofiness is a “fashion forward” guy. I checked out his fashion/style blog via Gawker today and was somewhat impressed with what I saw. It’s flawed and kind of pretentious, but it’s different in a good way, demonstrating that the rusty wheels in his noggin are a-turnin’ and burning with inspiration.

And ‘Ye is willing to wear that inspiration in the form of attire that might make other men flinch. His look is on that border between “nerdy” and “edgy,” much like Pharell Williams. And I do enjoy how both musically and fashionably he likes to bring the strange-o, the Po-Mo and the retro at any given time.

So let’s go to France and check out the couple along with (of all people) Rihanna and Vivica Fox as they appear to be the only black pop stars at Paris’ Fall/Winter 08 fashion week.

The fashion of “I don’t give a Yankee doodle. It is raining outside!” at the Stella McCartney Show.

I call this style “dressing in the dark.” There was no planning. There was no effort to be sophisticated or novel. They literally picked up what was lying on the floor, sniffed it to see if it was funky then threw it on. A good part of high fashion is dressing like you don’t give a shit if people see you in old man emerald green pants and a gray hoodie.

Again with the sunglasses. Never satisfied with just wearing a suit Kanye goes once again for the kitsch of “I don’t care” by rocking a pair of those infernal white ’80s era sunglasses with a ten cent Goodwill eyeglasses strap. Hee and Kim are pictured here at the Roberto Cavalli party.

All right. Who invited Vivica? Does she even still work for a living?

A gray trench and a white bow tie. Very downgrade swanky. It was like he wanted to tip toe up to the edge of posh and decided to stop just shy of “eccentric trust fund baby.” The glasses, which are identical of the ones my dad has worn for 35 years because “they were the cheapest,” really push this further into the eccentric column, which was likely the intent. This look also makes me think of Christian Bale in “American Psycho” meets Taco from “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

I thought this was kind of cute until …

I saw that it was a gaudy, over-sized sweatshirt with royal blue shoes. The shoes are cute as they remind me of a pair of blue shoes I had when I was 12. I loved them because they looked great with my blue stockings, matching skirt and festive holiday shirt. With my hair flowing down my back, free from the ponytail and braids jail it was normally in, I felt stunning at my piano recital. Sure I’d barely practiced for, but I still looked as fierce as a 12 year old in 1990 could. Fleur de Lise be damned! But my point to Rhianna is she is not me at 12 and this is not 1990. She looks cute and in a way she’s kind of pulling off the tights as pants with a sweater being worn as a dress, but it screams “I tried really hard” as opposed to Kanye and Alexis’ effortless, natty meets lazy chic.

Vivica Fox is proof that even a marginal celebrity who hasn’t worked in a while can still wiggle her way into lush fashion parties in Paris brimming with free alcohol and swag. She looks so aspirational in this pick. It’s like she’s saying, “Yes! You too can make it from a marginal character on ‘The Young and the Restless’ and a failed sitcom with Patti LaBelle and fake your way to the top!”

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February 29, 2008 at 4:29 pm

Harrassing old people does not help the "Obama supporters are a loony cult" meme

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Georgia Rep. John Lewis recently switched his super delegate vote from Sen. Hillary Clinton to Sen. Barack Obama, but now some are saying Lewis was pressured by threats and harassments by pro-Obama supporters.

I understand that people want their representatives who are super delegates to support Barack Obama but threatening them, harassing their families and generally making an ass of yourself goes against everything the Obama campaign purports it stands for.

Like “a new kind of politics” or fostering “hope.” Not terrorizing your elders!

From Politico.com:

“African-American superdelegates are being targeted, harassed and threatened,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.), a superdelegate who has supported Clinton since August. Cleaver said black superdelegates are receiving “nasty letters, phone calls, threats they’ll get an opponent, being called an Uncle Tom.

“This is the politics of the 1950s,” he complained. “A lot of members are experiencing a lot of ugly stuff. They’re not going to talk about it, but it’s happening.”

After civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) switched his support from Clinton to Obama earlier this week, other black superdelegates have come under renewed pressure to do a similar about-face. A handful have bowed to the entreaties in recent weeks, including Georgia Rep. David Scott, but many say they are steadfast in their support for Clinton and resent strong-arm tactics to make them change.

Rep. Diane E. Watson (D-Calif.), a black lawmaker and Clinton backer, said the intense lobbying for Obama would not alter her vote.

“I’ve gotten threatening mail,” Watson said. “They say, ‘Your district went 61-29 Obama and you need to change.’ But I don’t intimidate. I can hold the ground. … I would lose my seat over my principles.”

Um … not helping! This will really kill those “Obama followers are a cult” stories or the “Obama is being backed by scary, threatening black folk” rumors.

I know I’m in the minority here but I’m just not mad at people for supporting Hillary Clinton. I’m not. If Obama is good enough to win the nomination, which he is, he can get it with or without the support of certain members of the Congressional Black Caucus. But at the end of the day because these officials are Democrats, if Obama is the nominee they will back him. So seriously? Why do this? What does this achieve but bad blood and scarred emotions?

If someone thinks Hillary Clinton is the better woman for the job then let them go support Hillary Clinton in peace. Obama has plenty of support. He will be fine. Black people fought and died so we could have a choice, not to blindly follow each other out of skin tone alone. It is simply divisive and counter-productive to do this to people who have dedicated their lives to the black people they represent.

To accuse people of being “Uncle Toms” when none of these people were Uncle Toms a year ago is asinine. No one had a problem with these people when they were demanding hearings on Hurricane Katrina, fighting for the black vote that was disenfranchised in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004 and getting money for their rural and urban districts in the means of scholarship funds and development grants.

They backed Hillary and not Obama. I mean, get over it. That isn’t a sin. That’s just them being loyal to someone they already know while practicing CYA at the same time. This idiocy in the from of intimidation is the matter racists point to when they argue that we can not lead. Actions like this demonstrates that we’re petty, immature and foster violence. That we will reduce ourselves to the lowest common denominator turning into a political version of the Bloods and Crips. That we are headless, mindless monolith that can be manipulated and pushed to brink of our own moral and physical destruction.

I find it difficult to fathom that Sen. Obama would want to be associated with such foolishness even if it did net them John Lewis at the end, because what did they gain? A bullied old man, cowed and intimidated by those he served for years? This wasn’t needed because in politics as in Civil Rights it is the ending that matters. At the end of the day all of these people supporting the Clintons will work together for the betterment of blacks and the Democratic Party.

These irruptions of idiocy remind me of that old joke about how people love Jesus but can’t stand his followers. I’m for Obama but I have a problem with the uncouth, recalcitrant behavior of a motley few in his good name.

I’m not fond of authoritarian hierarchies or monarchies. I don’t see our black US Representatives and Civil Rights leaders as an ecclesiastical papacy who dictates to the masses when to stand up and when to kneal, but I do have respect for those who stood up for me for the last 29 years of my life and short of a conversion to satanism or a membership the Klan, I am not going to throw dirt on their graves at my year 30 because they backed Hillary Clinton. One Clinton isn’t enough to break up my family. And that’s how I view this. This is a generational family fight. These individuals, whether we agree with them or not, are our family. If they don’t want to be with us on Obama, let them loose. Obama is will get where he is going just fine and I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but at the end of the day they are ALL going to back the Democratic nominee.

It literally hurts my heart to hear black people harm one another when we are in the midst of something so historical and exciting. I too balked at the insults and slights of individuals like Rep. Charles Rangel and Andrew Young who argued it wasn’t Obama’s time. But I don’t get calling those same people sellouts because they’re backing some Democrats we all voted for twice in the 1990s.

I’d get all the outrage if they were backing George W. or John McCain, but Hillary and Barack have virtually identical political platforms. In the last two debates they were arguing over percentage points in their health care proposals. And the necessity of this brutish behavior would be more plausible if Obama was being treated unfairly within the party or was at a disadvantage, but he’s winning. He’s successful, surpassing his opponent in delegates and soon to smother her in pledged/super delegates.

And perhaps I’m wrong, but I don’t believe in calling people Uncle Toms. In Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” Uncle Tom dies at the hands of cruel slave owner Simon Legree because he wouldn’t sell-out runaway slaves. It’s a perversion of the abolitionist novel, taking Uncle Tom, a genial old man who loved him some kindly white folks, a labeling racial sycophant with a “House Negro” mind, but when it came to the bloody end, where he’s an innocent Christ figure getting bludgeoned to death with a cane, he would not give those other slaves up.

My elders are not hurting me by backing Hillary Clinton. Clinton and Obama play for the same time. But you are hurting me though if you launch into crazy Muslim flavored attack ads against Obama perpetuating falsehoods and engaging in dirty politics. Or if black people fall into the “crabs in a bucket” paradigm where we fall into the violent lust of destroying one another, adopting the jaundiced views bigots spun to Whites to foster distrust in black politicians and Civil Rights leaders.

I am bothered (and exhausted) by this black-on-black folk, racial jerk violence. I wish I had megaphone to black America to chill out before we bury ourselves in our own hubris and vanity.

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February 29, 2008 at 3:04 am

SCAN Alert: Have You Seen This Man?

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He is wanted for “Extreme Awkwardness While Tangentially Endorsing a Bigoted View.”

The man (pictured in this grainy SCAN black ops photo taken at the event) was seen on Feb. 26 in Cincinnati, Ohio holding a “John McCain for President” sign, sometimes uncomfortably, as a conservative radio personality repeatedly referred to Democratic nominee candidate Barack Obama by his middle name, Hussein.

Video evidence from ABC News of his awkwardness is documented after 00:28 into this clip posted below.

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February 28, 2008 at 11:52 pm

SCAN Salutes: The Students of Prairie View A&M University

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The Secret Council of American Negroes salutes the students of Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, TX for holding one of the most relevant and inspiring marches for the cause of civil rights in recent memory.

This was a refreshing change as SCAN is often disappointed by the misuse and abuse of one of the most sacred protest techniques used by American Negroes. The march was once sacred, an effective tool of black resistance through non-violent, peaceful means. The March on Washington, the marches that spawned by Bloody Sunday and lead to the March from Selma to Montgomery, and numerous less publicized, but equally legitimate ones, all were courageous and mature acts of protest that had specific results in mind.

But, of course, times changed and all sorts of folks started using the symbolic statement of the march to further their own less well thought out goals. Who can forget (or remember?) these “marches”:

  • Rev. Al Sharpton’s March for Decency in Hip-Hop (because the lyrics are too dirty)
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson’s March on Hollywood (just because)
  • 50 Cent’s March for Dirtier Lyrics at an Atlanta Strip Club (which was actually pretty well attended)
  • Poochie Williams’ March against it being too hot in Alabama every July (shortened due to the heat)

In any case, a big SCAN salute to the students of Prairie View A&M University. There is no more important civil rights issue than what concerns the right to vote. And there is no more effective tool than the march to shine a bright light on real bigotry and injustice wherever it lurks.

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February 28, 2008 at 10:47 pm

SCAN Mailbag: Dr. Jackson answers questions about the Democratic race, the Oscars and more

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By Rutherford Hosiah Jackson, III, PhD
Negro Professor Emetrius

Dr. Jackson answers your most pertinent questions.

Q: Why was Obama grilled on Farrakhan during the last debate? Is Farrakhan still considered influential? Rufus G., Houston

A: To combat the charges of sexism leveled at the national media by the Clinton campaign, MSNBC thought it prudent to throw in a little racism and anti-Semitism to balance the scales a bit. It failed. And no, Louis Farrakhan is not influential anymore.

Q: Was Tavis Smiley’s State of the Black Union a success? Sidney W., Charleston SC

A: Was that a SCAN sanctioned event? I don’t believe I’ve heard of it or this “Smiley” person, if that is, in fact, his name.

Q: Is SCAN worried about the fact that it is a mortal lock that the GOP/conservative movement is about five minutes from waging the single most racist presidential campaign ever seen? Marion J., Los Angeles

A: No. The benefit of having as talented an American Negro as Barack Obama running is the sheer joy it will be to watch him smoothly disarm the right wing nut jobs attack after ludicrous attack. In fact, he’ll be so good at deflecting irrelevant criticism that it’ll start to get boring. Wake us when they start claiming he’s actually a gay, Arab-speaking gangsta-rapper from Mexico. That’ll be good TV.

Q: In the wake of Norbit I have to ask: Will Eddie Murphy do anything for a paycheck? Jonathan F., Chicago

A: We’ve actually sent out “cease and desist” orders to Hollywood not to entertain any scripts for Mr. Murphy as he is not capable of turning down a role no matter how many dresses he has to wear in it.

Q: What does SCAN think was the best part of the Oscars? Leon Q., Columbus OH

A: Three things: 1) The adorable 11 eleven year-old who could really, really sing. 2) Only one Negro was denied an Oscar this year instead of the usual quota of two snubs. 3) Any awards ceremony without another outburst from Kanye West is a relished treasure.

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Rutherford Hosiah Jackson III, PhD. is Professor Emeritus of Negro Studies at historic black institution, Beechwood College in beautiful Macon, Ga. He is the author of several books including “Dick Gregory Is Right” and “Finding Your Inner Field Negro.” If you have questions about Blackness, SCAN has answers. Send your questions to SCAN.

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February 28, 2008 at 10:32 pm

Tyra Banks brings the crazy like no other

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From Circus Hour:

On last night’s episode of (America’s Next Top Model), Tyra apparently had the contestants pose with homeless youth and emotionally professed that she understood what it’s like to be homeless because — get this — she pretended to be homeless for a day on her talk show.

You know, I totally understand what it’s like to be homeless, too! I was once forced to vacate my dorm over winter break, with nowhere to go for a whole day. I’m shocked my story never became a Lifetime Movie of the Week.

This right here makes me almost wish I hadn’t given up on “America’s Next Top Model” two years ago. This is friggin’ off the wall. Posing with the homeless? Claiming to be down with the homeless because you slummed it for a day on your crappy talk show? That is worse when she wore the fat suit and cried and the actually over weight women on the show had to console her!

And now she’s stealing fashion ideas from “Zoolander?” Attack of the ego! I love you, Tyra, the lowest model of the super models I love totem pole.

FYI: Naomi Campbell and her masterful cell phone throwing skills and her talent for underling abuse is my crazy black supermodel queen.

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February 28, 2008 at 8:37 pm