July 22, 2016
REGARDING SOLOMON JONES' column about Melania Trump's alleged plagiarism ("Whites have long stolen, benefited from black culture"): Solomon Jones, are you nuts? What in the world are you thinking? Are we trying to start a race war or trying to keep peace? I swear, you writers only want to keep tension in and around our city. You associate plagiarism with slavery, huh? I don't even think one (plagiarism) existed when the other (slavery) was even around. It was 51 words out of 1,500, and you call that clear proof of plagiarism.
June 12, 2015 |
IS EVAN MATHIS black? Chip Kelly's latest thunderclap move seems to further erode the unsophisticated claim of LeSean McCoy that Chippah prefers white players and coaches. Players don't come much whiter than two-time Pro Bowl left guard Evan Mathis, self-described Mathlete, Wielder of Mjolnor and sit-down comedian . . . and, now, unemployed former Eagle. No, this was more about the continued dissolution of individuality at the NovaCare Complex, where only one culture matters - not black culture or white culture, but Kelly culture.
August 28, 2013 |
It was the collective "ewww"; heard around the Twitterverse. Miley Cyrus - a.k.a. former Disney innocent Hannah Montana - shocked even the unshockable during MTV's Music Video Awards Sunday, sending tweeters into overdrive when she bent over in her flesh-colored two piece and rubbed her hiney against Robin Thicke's crotch. Talk about blurred lines. What? Is she serious? Why does she have that big foam finger? And what in the heck is she doing? Twerking, baby. Here is a primer: Twerking can be done alone or with a partner.
December 21, 2012
I NEVER 'GOT' rap. It just seemed like a musical version of the emperor's new clothes, where everyone around you is saying, "Wow, how outrageously innovative!" and all you hear is the sound a car makes when it's dying. To me, this is not art. Someone once suggested to me that this aversion to the genre was an innocent form of racism, in which an otherwise well-meaning white person fails to appreciate the nuance of black culture. My answer to that was along the lines of, "I don't believe black culture is all about baby mamas, drive-by shootings and getting high.
May 23, 2012 |
In its mission to draw inspiration from black culture in Philadelphia, an arts organization is offering its yearly breakout conversation among artists, writers and citizens. The 28th annual Celebration of Black Writing, which began Monday and continues until June 2, attracts creative people from many realms - performance and spoken-word artists, authors, editors, journalists, musicians and other cultural craftspeople. Its events cover a wide window of African-American artistic expression and technique, including performances, readings and film screenings, chick lit, advocacy journalism, urban fiction and black mental health.
January 20, 2012
Johnny Otis, 90, "godfather of rhythm and blues" who wrote and recorded the R&B classic "Willie and the Hand Jive" and for decades evangelized black music to white audiences as a bandleader and radio host, died Tuesday in Altadena, Calif. Mr. Otis, who was white, was born John Veliotes to Greek immigrants and grew up in a black section of Berkeley, where he said he identified far more with black culture. He was leading his own band in 1945 when he scored his first big hit, "Harlem Nocturne.
January 20, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Johnny Otis, the "godfather of rhythm and blues" who wrote and recorded the R&B classic "Willie and the Hand Jive" and for decades evangelized black music to white audiences as a bandleader and radio host, has died. He was 90. Otis, who had been in poor health for several years, died Tuesday at his home in the Los Angeles foothill suburb of Altadena, said his manager, Terry Gould. Otis, who was white, was born John Veliotes to Greek immigrants and grew up in a black section of Berkeley, where he said he identified far more with black culture than his own. As a teenager, he changed his name because he thought Johnny Otis sounded more black.
September 22, 2011 |
Mama Turner has died, and she hasn't been tucked away for more than a couple hours before the fighting between her two grown daughters begins. Her son tries to be the buffer, but old wounds still itch and burn, and aged Papa is too senile to understand what's going on. What's going on is gentrification in the African American neighborhood where the Turners built a family, raised their kids, watch their grandchildren - and then their great-granddaughter -...
February 5, 2010 |
Everett Staten of Elkins Park, an events planner by trade, believes there is a continued need to remind the public about the positive aspects of African American culture from a grassroots level. His Black History Showcase gives "an opportunity for those who have wonderful private collections to show them off. " The special theme of this year's showcase, to be held at the Convention Center next weekend, Feb. 13 and 14, will be the history of blacks in sports, Staten said. There will be some Philadelphia-specific exhibits - one about basketball great Wilt Chamberlain, for instance, and another spotlighting the Philadelphia Stars baseball team, with visits from three of the original Stars: Mahlon Duckett, Harold Gould and Bill "Ready" Cash.
April 12, 2009 |
Michelle Obama got rave reviews this month for the stylish choices she made overseas. With every new day, we saw her wearing another hip designer, like Isabel Toledo, Michael Kors, and Jason Wu. Yet many of the fashion-conscious are waiting to see what the first lady will don today. Easter, the holiest of Christian holidays, often has churchgoers breaking out their finest. Not only has the day traditionally meant new clothes, but for African Americans, it historically also has offered a chance to claim dignity within their own communities during times when they weren't respected by society at large.