Forgot to add this today, fanboys and girls--link to a very controversial piece in XXL by Byron Crawford on the continuing ghetto-ization and a new term--"Tyler Perry-ization" of black culture. Now please, enjoy the Super Friends, Justice League and my wisdom below...
Nigga boy can't be hide fo long.
say how cumyou such a nigga luva you look like some white blood gots you.
How come you are so ignorant? Chris got the "white blood" not by choice ass clown! Don'cha know what happen during slavery? Massah gon' tippin' to the slave cabin tonight. Bessie didn't have no choice!
Some folks just ignant!
Were you the one who made the affirmative action comment in the Super Friends post below also?
Damn it Mr. Vice President...I dont leave crappy comments on your blog so why mess with mine! And tell Mr. Gonzales to stop reading my damn emails...
Greetings from Oakland, Cali!
Chris you inspire such strong emotions, bruh.
FYI I finished Mat Johnson's The Great Negro Plot AND finally finished your first book (stolen from my wife). Sorry it has taken me five years!
I have something else for you: BET's College Hill in the Virgin Islands. Like the man in XXL said, WEB DuBois is rolling in his grave. Booker T Washington is having a party. Ignorance we demand, ignorance we get, and folks like "anonymous" get the benefit...
anonymous sounds like a FOOL
as for alberto, dude is giving us gonzales folks a bad name
my late wife once told me she was giving up "coons" for lent
maybe we should all try that
I've been saying for quitye some time that ghetto culture at this time should just be considered a distinct culture...or an ASPECT of Black culture instead of being SYNONYMOUS with Black culture....truth be told, no one is confusing Appalachian/Cracker culture with ALL of White culture but there must be more people of color willing to fight this misdirected campaign of defining "authentic" Black culture as ghetto...even Thomas Sowell's "Black Rednecks and White Liberals" puts forth the supposition that Black Ghetto culture originates from CRACKER culture...anyone can see the similarities...
i'm horrified by the unedited street lit out there, especially because the price point and cover art are designed to attract so many of our young people. but, unlike the author of the article you linked, i still love the movie scarface. sorry, i do. i also love godfathers I and II (more than scarface). i love these three popular movies as immigrant tales. really.
the opening montage in scarface is amazing to me, actually. the ending, bloody, maybe even silly. but overall, to me, the film works. of course tony had to die. coked up, ostracized from family, displaced from community and isolated in his (tacky)office - he had to go. i think the question of why brothers often identify with tony, especially because he dies in the end, can be best engaged by dr. joy gruy leary and her analysis of macho or hyper-masculine suicide in our communities.
i love city of god and menace, too - as narratives exploring the surround of force and the trapped citizen systematically denied authentic liberation by system controllers like police, media, religion, education. and by himself.
but maybe i can dig these films because i take in so much more than just the violence expressed by the disposessed. i was on a panel at the bronx academy of arts and dance last week and sat with three wonderful latina authors. two of these women are writing in what i think will be called the hip hop aesthetic (like the blues aesthetic) and seem to be trying to call and respond with our diverse communities through their work. the other panelist recently edited a collection of latina erotica. check out my thoughts and theirs if you'd like on my blog.
i am alarmed by the proliferation of street lit, and working as a teacher to provide alternative narratives of substance in the Black literary tradition to my students, and author of literary fiction myself. but i'm also ok with scarface.
sorry - forgot the link to my site and blog.
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