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Centric TV Rebrands To Focus On Black Women

Centric TV is partnering with Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Productions to be comethe premiere network for Black women. According to reports, the BET spinoff channel is rebranding itself for the new television season.

 

Louis Carr, BET’s President of Broadcast and Media Sales, said the rebranding of the network is historic. “At more than 10 million strong, and in control of 20 billion dollars in buying power, the African American woman is an increasingly powerful, yet often overlooked consumer.

Read More at New Pittsburgh Courier.

Read More – Centric; Queen Latifah Partner to Start First Black Woman’s Network

Rap’s Long History of ‘Conscious’ Condescension to Women – Mychal Denzel Smith – The Atlantic

Lupe Fiasco’s latest single, “Bitch Bad,” is exactly the sort of song the world has always expected Lupe Fiasco to make. When the Chicago-bred emcee debuted in 2006, he quickly became a favorite among critics and hip-hop fans in part because he represented a departure from the well-worn themes that had come to dominate mainstream rap music. He traded guns for skateboards, drugs for anime, and stale gangster posturing for a genuine political awareness rooted in concern for the future of his community. At his best, he has represented the revolutionary potential of hip-hop.

Six years, some bad public relations, and one truly disappointing album later, Lupe isn’t as universally adored as he once was, but he still knows how to grab attention. His desire to critique the genre and call other rappers to task for the messages and images they project inevitably sparks dialogue, and that’s never been truer than with “Bitch Bad,” his lyrical attempt at breaking down the hip-hop trope of the “bad bitch.”

The problem is, it’s just not very good.

via Rap's Long History of 'Conscious' Condescension to Women – Mychal Denzel Smith – The Atlantic.

ABWW Hater of Day: Ike Perlmutter

Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter made a racially insensitive remarks and maneuvered Disney Consumer Products chairman Andy Mooney and three other executives (all African-American women) out of their jobs. Mr Perlmutter is said to have detailed efforts to cut costs at Marvel, including a switch in actors in the sequel to Iron Man.The first movie featured an African-American actor, Terrence Howard, as Colonel Jim Rhodes. Don Cheadle, another African-American actor, was hired for the same part in the sequel at a cheaper price.Mr Perlmutter apparently told Mr Mooney the change cut costs. He allegedly added words to the effect that no one would notice because black people “look the same.” You really have to be a giant bigot if you cannot differentiate between Howard and Cheadle. As a nerd, I have been a big fan of all the recent Marvel movies. With a racist like Perlmutter at the helm it is no longer a mystery why the rumored Black Panther movie never got off the ground.

Superheroes soar above Disney tensions – FT.com.

The Media’s Gabby Douglas Problem – EBONY

I am reblogging this great article from my  good G+ friend T. F. Chatterton:

The reports of Black women hating on Gabby Douglas’s hair have been greatly exaggerated. Articles claiming that Black women have fixated on Gabby’s hair have sparked the usual discussion about White beauty norms, hair politics, and internalized racism. But is it reallyBlack women who are obsessed with Gabby Douglas’ hair, or the media?

The idea that sisters are paying “more attention to her hair than her gold medals” is exactly the image of dysfunctional, belligerent Black women that the media loves. In the understandable rush to defend Gabby from critics, we’ve overlooked that this narrative is being pushed by racist, sexist media that can’t be trusted to report accurately on Black women’s opinions on just about anything. There’s very little evidence that hair is a priority when it comes to Black women’s feelings about Gabby Douglas.

This story can be traced back to one blog post quoting all of three disparaging comments, that Jezebel slapped a few more tweets on as proof of a trend. Everyone from NPR to the LA times has since weighed in, all seemingly basing their analysis on the Jezebel piece and a small sample of tweets. Outlets have specifically searched for negative tweets about Gabby, probably overlooking many more celebratory comments. We should question whether the coverage reflects an actual trend, or confirmation bias creating a news story out of a few isolated fools being mean on the internet. It’s possible that the real viral story here is the original piece and the media furor it’s spawned.  Read More

Disney Finds a Cure for the Common Stereotype With ‘Doc McStuffins’ – NYTimes.com

Disney has a very poor history representing people of color. It is only in the last 15 years that heroic Asians have replace sinister siamese cats and happy slaves replaced by a beautiful, resourceful black princess. Doc McStuffins is the Disney Channel’s first children’s show featuring black leads since The Prouds. Doc McStuffins is a 5 year old girl who treated wounded toys. Despite the industry racist dogma that black shows are not “universal” enough to reach white viewer Doc McStuffins is hit in every demographic.

Disney Finds a Cure for the Common Stereotype With ‘Doc McStuffins’ – NYTimes.com.

14-Film Series Celebrating Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary Of Nation’s Independence At BAMcinématek | Shadow and Act

If you live in NYC, London or a Yardie at home. Check this out!

Brooklyn, NY/Jul 11, 2012—From Thursday, August 2 through Monday, August 6—the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence—BAMcinématek presents Do the Reggae, a 14-film series dedicated to the country’s unique and widely influential musical tradition.

14-Film Series Celebrating Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary Of Nation’s Independence At BAMcinématek | Shadow and Act.

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