I’ve never been more eager to welcome in a new season than I am this September. As summer comes to a close we can only hope that the cooler seasons ahead bring about cooler temperaments—I’m looking at you Mr. Trump.
In “The Donald’s” latest attack, he lambasted Jeb Bush for speaking Spanish at a campaign rally. With the majority of this country becoming more black and brown and the Hispanic and Latino populations tripling in coming decades—shaming Spanish-speakers in not the route to the White House.
The search is still underway for the three men suspected of killing of Lt. Joe Gliniewicz. He is the latest in a string of high profile coverage of officers being killed—which is a tragedy.
What’s most troubling however is the dangerous ratings game Fox News is playing by trying to link the Black Lives Matters movement to these horrible crimes. Being against police brutality and speaking out on the killings of unarmed black people doesn’t mean you are anti-police, it means you are anti-police violence—there is a difference.
Pop Off of the Week: Elisabeth Hasselback vs. Black Lives Matter
In a segment on Fox and Friends on the recent shootings of police officers Elisabeth Hasselback asked a really inflammatory question: “Why hasn’t the Black Lives Matter movement been labeled a hate group?”
Her suggestion is not only off base but incredibly dangerous.
There have been countless peaceful protests over the use of excessive force by police and the killings of unarmed black men, women and children. Instead of highlighting the need for need cultural competency training and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law, Hasselback and the Fox News network seem to want to incite further racial division by insinuating that protesting for equal treatment means that BLM is anti-police.
If only salacious statements didn’t equal ratings.
Poliwood Round-Up: Trending Topics in the #BlackTwitterverse This Week
Trend of the Week: #IdrisElba
This week Anthony Horowitz, author of the latest James Bond book, was asked about the prospect of actor Idris Elba playing 007 and his response was definitely not an endorsement.
The author said he thought Elba was “too street” to play the undercover agent. Well, once word of his comments hit the Internet the backlash was swift and severe.
After the Twitter backlash Anthony Horowitz released a statement stating that he meant no offense:
THREE: A Statutory Rape Love Song?
Kylie Jenner is officially 18 which means her relationship with the 25-year-old rapper Tyga is no longer illegal under California state law. Their relationship has been a cause of contention for quite sometime because many believe that it glorifies statutory rape and predatory behavior by older men.
Tyga’s latest video release entitled “Stimulated” featuring his now “of age” girlfriend essentially highlights what a “big girl” she is especially when she is “stimulated” and it’s incredibly creepy. Check out the video and let me know what you think.
TWO: ‘Swift’ Backlash
Pop princess Taylor Swift released her latest video “Wildest Dreams” which was set in Africa—no specific country provided.
Many called the video “colonialism at its best”. There is not one black person in the entire video but a bunch of “exotic animals” instead. This is not the first time Swift has been called out for her love of black culture but not necessarily black people and the issues that affect them.
Music videos are mostly exaggerated fantasies that the singer gets to act out for their fans, so is it a shock that her 1950s African fantasy didn’t include black people?
ONE: President Obama’s Big Win
This week the President secured a huge win for diplomacy and his legacy with the Iran nuclear deal. With 34 Senate votes in place for the deal, which will limit Iran’s ability to create nuclear weapons, opponents lost the ability to block this historic policy with a two-thirds super majority.
Senator Barbara Mikulski who became the 34th vote said this: “No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime. I have concluded that this Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the best option available to block Iran from having a nuclear bomb.”
This is a major win for the President and the first nuclear agreement to have real impact in decades. Well done sir, well done!