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The Clarion Call of Truth: Melissa Harris Perry on the Welfare Debate

As anyone who speaks to me knows, I am an avid fan of the awesome Melissa Harris Perry. I’ve been insufferably proud ever since she got her own show on MSNBC this year. Why? Because she is an anomaly. What do you think of when you think of Black women on TV? Don’t answer that. The sad fact is that there are not a lot of intelligent, female commentators on TV, certainly not of African American descent. If I had children, MHP would be required watching.

Race aside, she puts the A in awesome. Her accolades are many. Check out her website. There is also a great piece on the show here.

There are things about a person that can’t be told by a string of accomplishments, or the letters after their name. When you listen to Melissa speak she invariably comes across as an intelligent, compassionate, respectful and fair minded person committed to social justice. There is a authenticity that shines through whenever she speaks which underscores that in spite of life’s good fortune, she never forgets where she came from and her commitment to truth is unwavering. That is something to be honored in a world where people frequently gloss over the truth for personal gain. To boot, I learn something on her show every single week. I would LOVE to be a student in any class she taught.

She did something absolutely stellar on her TV show on September 1st. She spoke truth with a passionate, ferocity that pushed every other consideration out of your head. Hearing her, you could not doubt that she was espousing a deeply held belief based on personal experience. Every person of conscience I know, who bemoans the state of the impoverished in America today, APPLAUDED her unvarnished, guttural response to the continual round of lies being pushed by the GOP about what it means to be poor and who is “worthy” of help in our society. The racial undertones which infect the welfare debate are undeniable and we turn a blind eye to them to our peril. Monica Mehta was completely out of her league, not to mention being rather moronic and close minded throughout the entire show. Personally, I yelled at the TV several times cause Monica was working my last nerve with her one sided/minded rhetoric. Just goes to show, a good education is no substitute for experience…or heart.

Also? When truth speaks, people sit up and LISTEN.

Here is the moment that got everyone talking, on Twitter, on Huff Post, in the LA Times, ad infinitum:

“What is riskier than living poor in America? Seriously, what in the world is riskier than being a poor person in America? I live in a neighborhood where people are shot on my street corner. I live in a neighborhood where people have to figure out how to get their kid into school because maybe it’ll be a good school and maybe it won’t. I am sick of the idea that being wealthy is risky. No! There is a huge safety net that whenever you fail will catch you and catch you and catch you. Being poor is what is risky. We have to create a safety net for poor people. And when we won’t, because they happen to look different from us, it is the pervasive ugliness! We cannot do that!” Melissa Harris Perry Show, MSNBC

You can watch the whole segment which is definitely watchworthy 😉

This might be the moment to weigh in on the Welfare debate but I will abstain as my already overtaxed brain is not up to the task and I need to catch up on last weekend’s MHP episodes….

Videos of the Week #9: Miniature Worlds & Nature

Sorry for my long absence, work has me in it’s grip lol. Better to be working than not. Yes? Yes. So short and sweet just to say I miss you all and hope you had a groovy weekend.

I’m on a quest for totally mindless entertainment and found some much to my delight! Some days you need that ;).

WORLDS IN MINIATURE

1. The Sandpit – A Day in the life of New York City

2. Chicago’s Very (tiny) Own

NATURE

1. Frozen Planet which premieres tonight!

2. Fishing at Victoria Falls

3. Aurora Borealis Noway Jan 2012

P.S. – I started to include a viral video called Jon counts to 100,000 but it is IMO just a symptom of what idleness can do to a perfectly good human lol.

Video of the Week #9: GOP Fearmongering, Judge Cebull & MHP on “The Second Face of Power”

1. Aha! The proof is in the pudding. I watched this with my mouth on the floor. I can’t even explain why I was so shocked but indeed I am, be it from the stupidity of the Fox News for so shamelessly spinning lies, or the shortness of the collective memory of the American public. Can we really be this gullible and uninformed? Don’t answer that.

Watch this clip from the Ed Show and be sure to let me know what you think.

2. If you haven’t heard about the scandal that is Judge Cebull, you need to watch this clip. I am up in arms and head over heels with disgust at this mess. It has shades of Rush Limbaugh but with darker gradations. After all, this man has the power of life and death over people. It’s just impossible in my mind to believe that he could deliver fair and balanced judgements if this is taken to be an indication of how his mind works. I agree with Karen Finney, that he is indeed old enough to know better. It’s another question altogether about why it is so difficult to remove a judge from the bench… And no, I’m so not buying that it was just a joke. It was fathoms away from funny.

3. I find Melissa Harris-Perry’s new show to be fascinating. I applaud MSNBC for creating shows with intelligent, rational, informative and balanced perspectives. It’s a relief from the insanity of Fox News.

That aside, you may also be wondering at the rapidity of changes in the National conversation. Back at the end of Dec., we were obsessed with OWS, inequality & the 99%. In the last few weeks, the contraception insanity and Rush Limbaugh debacle has unfolded. Of course, there is also the grinding ax of the GOP candidates ranting about gas prices. Now, while they may all be relevant to you, some is clearly just nonsense taking up space in your already overcrowded brain. Like most of us, you are thinking about getting a job, keeping a job, paying down your debt, keeping your home, getting a home, upgrading what you’ve got and how to stretch your dollars to meet the rising cost of…everything.

And yet, the GOP and the Right seem obsessed with everything else. It’s not your imagination, it is deliberate. Welcome to election year 2012.

This segment of the MHP show deals with this conundrum and I found it very educational. She’s good at that, she’s a teacher after all. Her show is definitely worth a second look as it deals with a variety of topics, not just political and has a fascinating assortment of guests – 4 weeks in. I can feel my brain stretching 🙂

4. Ode to one of my favorite singers, the unforgettable Teena Marie who passed last year. She would’ve been 56 on March 5th.

Video of The Week #8: President Obama, Melissa Harris Perry, Citizens United, Racism & The GOP (Updated)

1. “Today, President Obama will participate in the first completely virtual interview from the White House to talk about his State of the Union Address. During the live interview, which will be held through a Google+ Hangout, the President will answer questions submitted by people from across the country. In fact, more than 227,000 people have participated already, submitting over 133,000 questions and casting more than 1.6 million votes on the questions they would like to hear President Obama address. In the Hangout, the President will be joined by a selection of citizens who will engage in the conversation live.

Don’t miss your chance to Hangout with the President. Watch live at 5:30 EST on Monday, January 30, 2012. Your interview with President Obama will be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov, YouTube.com/WhiteHouse and on the White House Google+ page.”

2. I found this video compiled by Think Progress in an article entitled, “The GOP’s Racial Politics“. The video does a great job of underscoring how much Race still matters in America. In particular, how racism is used as a tactic to appeal to bigots to drum up Republican support. Some have opined that this is just a “bad” election year but as I’ve said before it’s implications are much deeper than that. The fact that such behavior is a historic tool of the GOP makes me wonder why any person of color, or conscience, would ever align themselves with the Republican party.

You may also find this interesting, a letter from Catholic leaders taking the GOP candidates to task for their racialized messages.

3. This video, Democracy For Billionaires,  is an excerpt from 1/28, Up with Chris Hayes on MSNBC. It’s about Newt Gingrich, Sheldon Adelson and Citizens United. It’s excellent and a must watch. If you would like more information on Sheldon, click here. Take a stand…

4. And finally, the fantastic Melissa Harris Perry in a Q&A session on her book Sister Citizen.

BONUS: The fight for democracy, equality and integrity continues. MHP’s new show starts this weekend  on 2/18/12 and I’m expecting big things 🙂 Enjoy!

“In addition to her role at MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry is also columnist for The Nation magazine, and will continue to write her monthly column, titled Sister Citizen. Harris-Perry is also a Professor of Political Science at Tulane University, where she will continue to teach, and is the Founding Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South, housed at the university’s Newcomb College Institute. A celebrated author, Harris-Perry recently published her second book, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (Yale 2011), which examines the effects of persistent harmful stereotypes on black women’s politics. Her first book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, won the 2005 W. E. B. Du Bois Book Award and 2005 Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

In 2009, Harris-Perry became the youngest scholar to deliver the W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures at Harvard University, as well as the youngest woman ever to deliver the prestigious Ware Lecture. Harris-Perry received her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School.”  – Excerpt from http://www.MSNBC.com

Videos of the Week #7: A Day In History

Ah, yesterday. Isn’t it amazing that a date can shift with meaning based on historical events?

Just think, on January 21, 2011, Newt Gingrich won the Republican South Carolina Primary. On the very same day in 1997, he was fined $300,000 for ethical misconduct. The first Speaker in history to earn that umm distinction. Amazing!

Does yesterday’s vote indicate the collective amnesia of our citizenry, the corrosive effects of time, or the amazing propensity of humans ability to forgive? *Arched eyebrow* Inquiring minds want to know.

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In the very strange hallways of my mind, the following cartoon has leapt to prominence as a result of yesterday’s election. Three guesses on who The Brain represents and who’s Pinky ;)…

Well, you have to give Newt one thing, he sure is quick on his feet when it comes to slinging mud and tapping into the lizard-like mindset of bigotry and anger that infects many Americans.

Videos of the Week #6: Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

Today is Dr. King’s birthday, the greatest moral leader that America has ever known. His name is synonymous with freedom, sacrifice, morality, fearlessness, the power of belief, progress, civil rights and the power of non-violence dissent. His legacy of love, the enormity of his vision, and his selflessness will forever be examples to mankind.  The fight continues and the dream lives on…

 

Videos of The Week #5

Ok, so this has no particular theme lol. It’s just what I dug this week. Enjoy! 🙂

FOR OBAMAPHILES – Source: 1911 United

FOR THE HIP HOP LOVER IN YOU – Source: Sundaybrunch.me

FEED YOUR MIND – Source: Dream Hampton 

Videos of The Week #4: Christmas Past…

Wishing all my followers a Merry Xmas and Happy Holidays, whatever, however and with whomever you choose to celebrate them :).

The Nutcracker Suite – Fantasia 1940

March of The Wooden Soldiers – Laurel & Hardy

A Charlie Brown Christmas – The Meaning of Christmas

Revelations – Alvin Ailey

The company performs Revelations, choreographed and produced by Alvin Ailey every Christmas since 1960. I have been blessed to see them twice and it was marvelous :).

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Luther Vandross

Merry Christmas Baby – Etta James 

Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt

Videos of The Week #3

I have chosen Ebony Towers Documentary: The New Black Intelligentsia by David Olusoga comparing the state of Black Academia in the US and with us here in the UK for my video picks of the week. It seems especially germane to the national conversation about civil injustice in America. There are 6 parts, I’ve included the first three here.

“Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.” James Baldwin

MUSICAL BONUS – A Night in Tunisia Chaka Khan

Videos of The Week #2: President Obama Calls For New Nationalism & Historic LGBT Human Rights Speech by Secretary Clinton

I know, I know. I said that I would put our my favorite videos of the week. Well, Monday’s post was really last week’s lol. In any case, you should forgive me because these videos really are a must see. They speak so eloquently for themselves that no commentary is necessary.

Is it just me or is it totally amazing just how many historic things have happened in the last three months alone? I feel god awful for those folks who are doing 2011 lists. It’s been a humdinger for sure 😉

SECRETARY CLINTON – 12/6/11

Videos Of The Week #1

Happy Monday all,

I have decided to add some excitement to your lives by posting my favorite videos of the week. I’m going to give myself some leeway as to subject matter since you know how broad my interests are. This week’s are relating to social ills and civil disobedience, amongst other pertinent and heady subjects. Nothing like a little multimedia to brighten your day 🙂

Harry Belafonte on Occupy Wall Street

The Usury States Of America – Bill Maher & Elizabeth Warren