Classy Black Women

I am a member of a number of listservs and groups targeted specifically to black women. One day a few weeks back I opened my mail and there was a call for black women. 

It was from a black woman who was asking for other black women to write or call in to a major news show to tell their stories of why they're single and not married.

I thought wow, is this stuff still going on? 

Question #1 Hasn't this subject been beaten to death by now? I would think the mainstream media would have something better to talk about at this point, such as more personal stories regarding the economy, the meth epidemic that is spreading through  suburban communities, or even why the marriage rate is declining across ALL races for many years now.

Why the po' black woman angle again and again?

Questions #2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are to the black women who actually answered this call. 

2. What do you think doing that will accomplish? 

3. What will complaining about your lack of a husband do to help you or black women in general?

4. Do you think the white reporter who jots down your sad story will somehow take pity and help find you a man?

5. Do you think men everywhere will hear your sad story and come rushing to your rescue?

6. Do you think that exposing your black woman woes on a media platform largely viewed by non-blacks will somehow help the black race? How so?

7. Has airing out your problems in the mainstream media done anything to help your situation over the past four to five years since the media's obsession with all things black women began?

I don't get the logic. 


Black ladies everywhere please take this as a public service announcement. This might ruffle some feathers, but so be it. It needs to be said.

Please do not make a mockery of yourself and your fellow sisters by airing out your dirty laundry in the mainstream media while using your race as a cause for the problem. 

All the media and their viewers want to do is the equivalent of pointing and covering a smile. They push these black woman woe stories for nefarious reasons. And they always seem to have a few suckers willing to spill all the beans about why they're unwed, why they're overweight, why they wear weave hair, why they have kids -- all in a way that makes them appear to be somehow insufficient or failing as women.


How about this. Lets talk about Black Girl Problems in the Black Girl Media where it belongs. Talk about them in forums that were designed for the help and support of black women, not hinderance and ridicule.




QUICK UPDATE: Went on Twitter directly after posting this article and found this amazing piece where three black woman feminists break this issue down even further. Please listen to what they have to say -- > http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/10/black_feminisms.html


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A 7-step recipe for becoming a modern day black rapper.


If you want to be a successful black rapper today, the rules of the game have changed a bit. There’s a new rap recipe — a formula to follow. If you manage to get a deal, your bosses will probably hip you to it. But if you’re so eager to become a modern day minstrel show… I mean black rap star that you want to learn the rap recipe now, print it out and be certain to follow it to the letter.

1. Start with a Base of Bass
We all know that rap isn’t so much about substance anymore as it is about a banging bass line. So save up your money and spend thousands on a producer to create beats that will completely drown out your lack of talent. The more banging the bass of the beat the better -- it’s guaranteed a hit even if as Jim Jones’ girlfriend Chrissy said “the only time you should be rapping is at Christmastime.” Use Souljah Boy, Gucci Mane, Kreayshawn, Plies, Young Joc and Birdman as a point of reference.

2. Add One Catchy Chorus
To write a proper rap song you absolutely must include one simple-minded and pointless chorus. The chorus doesn’t even have to make sense or relate to the song’s theme - it just has to rhyme (somewhat). In fact the more ridiculous the chorus the better. For an example see Gucci Mane (Mouth Full of Gold, Pancake and pretty much everything else he’s released).

3. Throw in a Couple of References to “Slanging”
As black rapper Jay-Z explained to Oprah, rap music is just an expression of your experiences whether they be real or imagined. So be sure to play into the stereotype of black men as drug dealing criminals, murderers and animals to create a perfectly crafted modern-day rap song. Talk about how many 8-balls and bricks you’ve accumulated. Then later you can complain about how the hip hop cops and “the man” is always trying to “keep a brother down.” If you’re a female rapper, do everything possible to live up to every negative stereotype that men have about women (i.e. gold diggers, sexpots and desperate for attention). Review Nicki Minaj and Trina’s work for an example of the latter case.

4. Sautee in a Special Dedication to White Girls, Yellow Girls or Redbones
Go out of your way to compliment light-skinned or white women. After all, why would you want to celebrate blackness under any circumstances as a black rapper? It doesn’t matter if you’re dark as midnight yourself and have a brown-skinned daughter or dark skinned family members. Show the world over just how much you hate your own dark brown or black skin and roots by praising its exact opposite in every song that you can. Create a list of everything that rhymes with yellow (mellow, hello, cello, pelo) so that you can fit the reference in smoothly as if it’s normal.

Also, let the world know how much you hold white girls and white people in general in high esteem by talking them up for at least four bars in each song. If you want to be really clever, disguise your praise of whites by pretending as if you’re really just talking about drugs. For primary examples, pull up all of Lil Wayne’s songs (Every Girl, Right Above It, Hustle Hard), Chris Brown’s part in “Look at Me Now,” Rick Ross (BMF and White Girl), Trina (White Girls) and Young Jeezy (Put On).

5. Sprinkle in 3 Girl-Like Giggles, Cackles or Forced Grunts
You know what makes a modern rap song just precious? A cute lil’ giggle. Make it your trademark. Practice giggling like a silly schoolgirl in the mirror before you go into the booth to get it just right. If you’re not one to giggle like a girl and really want to prove your manhood, grunt as if you’re taking a crap on the floor of the studio. See all of Rick Ross, Jay Z and Lil Wayne’s songs for examples.

6. Season Your Song with as Many N-Words and B-Words as Possible
What would rap be if it weren’t for the N-word and the B-word? After all these words are “empowering”… and using it in everyday conversation makes you sound so cultured and intelligent. Yup. As a black rapper, it is also your responsibility to give young white American kids, like the new white “rapper” Kreayshawn, more confidence in using the N-word with each other and eventually with blacks. Imagine how "empowering" it would be to see a young white girl from Kentucky get comfortable enough to call your black momma the N-word! A minimum of 20-30 percent of your rap song must be composed of some combination of the words “n*gga,” “b*tch” or “ho.” It’s a plus if it rhymes, so start brainstorming.

7. Heap a Generous Spoonful of Disparaging Remarks About Black Women and Women in General
No modern day rap song is quite complete without a heaping helping of negative remarks about women in general and black women in particular. Avoid calling women of all colors by their given names or “lady” and only reference them by “b*tch,” ho, “skeeze” or “twist.” Go out of your way to insult and assault the women of your own race who share a common background and similar struggles. Who cares if they were riding with you when you were poor and broke down? Reward them with disrespect, they should have known you better! If you really want to hit home and put your inner self-hatred on full display call your fan base "nappy headed hos" and laugh at them. For a recent example see Nicki Minaj (Did It On ‘Em). 




* If you took any of this seriously, you're part of the problem, not the solution. Put down the mic and pick up a book.


- submitted by Guest Blogger Sammi Jace




Permission to reprint granted as long as you give credit with this link: ClassyBlackLady.com








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So here is how the Psychology Today saga unfolded.


Psychology Today published a blog post by a racist scientist named Satoshi Kanazawa that blatantly called all black women objectively unattractive compared to all other women. Not only was the "science" Kanazawa used flawed, it turns out he flat out lied about the results. In truth the findings of the study he used stated that adult black women were rated at the same level of attractiveness as all other women.


Despite these glaring flaws, Psychology Today allowed the publication of Kanazawa's article. They then quickly removed it the same day and everyone involved (from Kanazawa to the editorial team at PT) went silent.


Black women immediately reamed Psychology Today hard with calls, letters and emails of outrage. This all occurred on May 16th, the Monday after the article was posted. Throughout the week black women continued to call Psychology Today to express disgust -- some to demand an apology and action against the author.


Psychology Today, headed up by Editor in Chief Kaja Perina, remained silent. The team was probably hoping that we black women would just go away already. After all, nobody really cares about our issues, right?


Then, the Change petition that demanded an apology from Psychology Today back on May 18th, suddenly blew up to well over 30,000 signatures in one day on May 26th. The mainstream media caught onto the story. Whites and black women alike expressed their displeasure with the magazine's decision to publish this clearly racist article.


Magically, the very next day on May 27th, Kaja Perina decided to issue an apology to black women and those who were offended. 


Do you see what I'm getting at here? When it was just black women upset about the article for an entire week, Psychology Today felt it unnecessary to comment.


As soon as whites and the mainstream picked up on the story, Perina then apologized publicly -- the very next day. To me, that is a sign that Psychology Today is not apologizing to black women at all. Not in the least.


When I wrote my complaint letter to the editor, I stated that I wasn't asking for an apology because I knew it would be inauthentic. I stand by that. The disregard Psychology Today and Kaja Perina showed to black women when the story initially broke shows their true feelings on the matter.


So in short, apology not accepted.




Tabby



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I don't normally blog twice on the same issue, but I felt it necessary in this case. I discovered new information that I feel is worth blogging on again regarding the racist Psychology Today article that was published about a week ago. It was scathingly insulting to all black women all over the world.


I was browsing through a few articles about Satoshi Kanazawa, the nitwit "scientist" who wrote the article, which labeled black women as "objectively unattractive." Kanazawa then went into hiding, apparently happy with himself for pulling off a major pot shot at black women in a well-read online magazine, and was unwilling or unable to come to the media to defend his "study."  


Well I recently came across an article by a more reputable source, Angus Johnston a historian and blogger at StudentActivism.net. 


Mr. Johnston thoroughly studied the information that Satoshi Kanazawa used to form the basis of his study. He found that the data Kanazawa used to write his article actually says that adult black women were rated just as attractive as other women.


Yes, according to Johnston's analysis, there were absolutely no differences in opinion about the looks of adult black women in the study Kanazawa used for his article in Psychology Today. Kanazawa conveniently left out a key set of data to make it seem as if black women were rated low on the charts.


Now don't get me wrong. I find the whole idea of rating people for physical attractiveness a silly matter. Beauty is highly subjective. What one person in the Sudan finds attractive is going to greatly differ from what a person in Switzerland or a white neighborhood in the U.S. finds attractive.


But why would Satoshi Kanazawa flat out lie about the results for black women in this manner for the purpose of his study? And how could Psychology Today publish his findings without vetting the information first?


Did they think this would just blow over and no one would notice?


There is clearly a major racial bias at work here. Something very nefarious at play. 


Satoshi Kanazawa should not be allowed to teach at any major university that wants to keep its reputation in tact. I say that if the London School of Economics continues to employ this person as a serious staff member, it reduces its status as a serious university. That would be a major slap in the face to all of its 120,000 students (not to mention Alumni).


Here is the article by Angus Johnston explaining how Satoshi Kanazawa lied.


A sincere thank you goes out to Angus Johnston for digging deeper.


And by the way, please don't forget to sign the Change petition regarding this issue, which is now at 21,000 signatures and growing.





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Racist Psychology Today article spreads more lies about Black Women - article taken down in a matter of hours.

By now most of you have probably heard about the racist Psychology Today article written by Satoshi Kanazawa. This was one of the fastest developing stories I've ever come across. In less than a business day Psychology Today was pressured to remove the article. No apology of course.


Who knows why Psychology Today allowed this insulting article to pass their editorial process. Maybe the editorial staff was letting their own latent beliefs about blacks and black women in particular shine through.


Who knows why Satoshi Kanazawa thought it was acceptable to deem a matter as highly subjective as looks and attractiveness worthy of an objective study. Maybe he thought this move would garner him more approval by whites, many of whom have really allowed their racist flags to fly over the past few years after the election of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle.


This inane article is not what I want to discuss here. I want to discuss US. The classy black ladies of the world.


Why It Matters - What We're Fighting For


On one of the blogs I frequent, a young black girl admitted that reading negative stories like this about black women tears down her self-esteem again and again. To think that this is how others out there in the world truly perceive her as a black woman. It's overwhelming to her. And I know she's not alone. Another young lady admitted that she wishes she weren't black based on all of this negative media attention. Every time she looks online, on TV or in the newspaper they're saying something negative about black women and attacking her essence.


Those comments really hit deep for me. Building the self-esteem of young black girls and women is one of the top reasons why I decided to publish the Classy Black Lady website in the first place.


To that girl and the other young girls through older women who feel this way I just want to implore you: PLEASE, DO NOT BUY INTO THE HYPE.


Learn from History


I want to tell you a quick story about media and propaganda. In 1933 the Nazis began a campaign to make Jewish women and men look like animals and depraved human trash in their mainstream media. They used unflattering pictures depicting them as unattractive or animalistic and strategically placed negative news stories  in mainstream news cycles.


They used supposedly "scientific" studies like the one that was published in this Psychology Today article to prove the inferiority of Jewish people. The also released popular movies that either made Jewish people look bad or Aryan Nazis look very good. The same trend in the media occurred over and over again. Imagine--just about every time  a Jewish person picked up the newspaper or a magazine, switched on the radio or went to a "picture show," he read  something negative about Jewish people.


Sound familiar?


Well people bought into it. Over a matter of just a few years, a large portion of Germans were believing these negative messages about Jewish residents of their country. Aryan Germans and even some Jewish folks started to believe that their own people were inferior. And you know the rest of the story.


Now do you see the parallels between this sad snippet from history and what has been happening over the past 3 years as far as the media's constant attacks against black women?


This is why a good portion of black women were annoyed by the racist Pepsi commercial, even though the majority of whites as well as some black women and men waved it off saying, "it's no big deal."


You see, it is a big deal, because it only gets worse and worse when you allow these types of negative media images to go un-checked. Seemingly small issues like Pepsi commercials become major smacks across the face, like this Psychology Today article which basically called black women objectively unattractive as a group!


Now, there's nothing you can do to change the opinions of others toward black women. Whites, non-blacks and even some blacks unfortunately are going believe and think what they will.


But it is ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE that you as a black woman remain strong, resilient and defiant in the face of these media attacks on black women. Do not buy into the hype. Fight back at every opportunity.


And guess what, black women like you are fighting back. That was clearly displayed yet again today when Psychology Today became so inundated with calls, emails, tweets and blog postings expressing their disgust with this article by Satoshi Kanazawa that they took the article down from their website immediately.


Too bad for Psychology Today and the author of that article, most of us will not forget. The article contents managed to survive through blogs. It serves as yet another constant reminder of our need to take back control over our own media image.


SIGN THE PETITION here. As of the date of this update it is now at over 20,000 signatures.


Here are the contacts for Psychology Today. Just because they've taken the article down doesn't mean we should stop calling.



Phone: (646) 763 6351 and (212) 260 7210


Jo Colman
CEO
Lawrence Rose
President
Batya Lahav
Director, Business Development

Editorial

Kaja Perina
Editor in Chief

Lybi Ma
Deputy Editor
Ed Levine
Creative Director
Carlin Flora
Features Editor
Andrea Bartz
News Editor

Hara Estroff Marano
Editor at Large

Web

Aaron Deutsch
Senior Producer


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In this article I’m addressing one aspect of why advertisers and the mainstream media continue to stereotype and degrade black women.

Because there’s always a willing participant.

A reader sent me a link to a Bounce commercial that yet again depicts black women in a negative light. View it here:



Aaahhh ladies, it just keeps getting more blatant, doesn't it? I hope you’re taking note.

This particular commercial apparently has been running for a while, but has flown under the radar compared to the Pepsi commercial that caused an uproar because the Pepsi commercial was aired during the Superbowl.

So seeing this latest Bounce commercial really got me to thinking. As black women concerned with fair representation in the media and who are not content with settling for the constant stereotypes, yes, we should be targeting advertisers first and foremost.

But we must also target the women who willingly play these negative roles of black women in commercials, television shows and movies. Why are we letting them off the hook?

When I talk of “roles” I’m talking about the senselessly angry woman, sidekick or in the case of this horrid Bounce commercial the larger than life, unattractive, ridiculous, black mammy.

Quick question before I proceed: do advertisers simply not realize that we notice these slights, or do they do it in spite of what what we as black women may think or feel because they’re more concerned with getting laughs from other groups of people?

Back to my point. I think that we are letting the women who willingly play these roles off the hook. Did anyone contact the black female who didn’t have a problem playing the angry black woman in that Pepsi Commercial? Has anyone contacted Gabrielle Dennis (the same actress from The Game) for pulling her hair back to make herself look less attractive and playing the bitchy annoying black woman in the State Farm commercial that plays on television day and night?

I am personally making the decision to choose another brand of fabric softener sheets after viewing this Bounce commercial (there are simply too many alternate choices), but instead of just getting upset with Bounce why should we let the “Judas” of a woman who starred in this commercial off the hook as she runs off and spends her few thousand silver pieces?

I think it’s time that we officially “throw up the deuces” to those few black females who insist on playing into negative stereotypes about black women like the woman in this commercial. We should shun them instead of embracing them as a part of “us” as a community of black ladies who wish to make progress and be positive role models for younger girls.

To be clear, I’m talking about the everyday females who proudly wave their “I’m ghetto and proud!” flag in public. The cashiers who roll their eyes when you ask them for help in the store. The ones who insist on yelling, acting ignorant and harassing the waitress when they go to a restaurant to eat. The TV personalities ala Nene from Real Housewives of Atlanta who proudly display ignorance as a badge of their womanhood. The black females who go on TV news specials or submit to newspaper interviews where they moan about why black women are single and can’t find a man.

The silent majority of black women should hold these others more accountable for willingly participating in this nonsense. They stand out in the crowd and they know it because they’re attention hungry.

Which brings me to my second point.
We, the silent majority, must also become more vocal and noticeable to neutralize and overshadow these negative media stereotypes instead of sitting idly by shaking our heads, don’t you think?

Don’t get me wrong now. None of us can stop the Nenes of the world from being who they are — they are free to be who they want to be. But the rest of us shouldn’t have to continue to silently suffer the effects of their nonsense without holding them as accountable as the advertisers and media types who use them to push their racist agendas.

So with this post I’m calling for two things:

1)    Begin to name and shame black females who participate in the negative stereotyping of black women in the media
2)    Step up and represent publicly as a classy and progressive black woman in your own way, whether it is starting a community organization or writing a book about the positive influences of black women on our society.
   
This was a long but I think important post addressing why advertisers and the media target and stereotype black women. The one positive effect of this ongoing issue is that it is starting to heighten the senses and sensibilities of black women in this country.

Love The Classy Black Lady  





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UPDATE: I just received word that the racist NYC abortion billboard ad is coming down! A sincere THANK YOU to the vocal black leaders in NYC who fought on behalf of black women during black history month.

Classy black ladies, yet again I am shaking my head at the attack on black womanhood that seems persistent.

In the wake of the racist Pepsi commercial (which Pepsi still has not offered any type of apology for, which goes to show you how much Pepsi values and respects your $600 billion buying power) now we are dealing with an anti-abortion group called Life Always that has posted a very mean-spirited and racist ad targeting a black woman's womb as the most dangerous place for a child.

It is very disgusting, and ironic that two of the people who have done this are two black pastors, Stephen Broden and Derek McCoy who teamed up with two whites to vilify black women as a whole. So-called men of the cloth who have chosen to go for "shock value" to rile people up and make them angry rather than put the thousands they paid for the billboard into programs that help young teen mothers birth and raise their children.

Even they say that they were wrong to do it: ""We do think we've gone too far, and we do think it's over the edge," McCoy said to AM New York.

What's the point of the billboard? Do these Life Always "people" think that by insulting black women they'll shame them into not getting an abortion?

Not to mention how this relieves other races of the stigma of abortion, as usual. The statistics show that the majority of abortions are performed on white females (about 60% of them).

I have contacted a few parties who have been vocal about this billboard (including Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and City Councilman Charles Barron) to see if we can organize some type of protest or letter writing campaign to have this billboard taken down by Lamar Advertising. 

We should also delve deeper into the backgrounds of these people who head up Life Always. Strangely, it's almost impossible to find a phone number or email address for them.

The racist billboard is scheduled to remain up in SOHO NYC for three weeks. Please start buzzing this through your social networks. Here are suggestions for how you can protest this ad:


Contact Bill de Blasio (NYC Public Advocate) to show your support, thank him for being vocal and ask how you can help:

Contact City Councilman Charles Barron to show your support, thank him for being vocal and ask how you can help:

Contact Lamar Advertising (the company that agreed to post this billboard) to express your displeasure:

Contact the Life Always organization to express your displeasure at their lowbrow, racist ad:
Email: media@lifealways.com


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A commenter on my blog brought to my attention the fact that Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a congresswoman from Texas, recently spoke out against the racist and stereotypical Pepsi commercial that aired on Superbowl Sunday 2011. Here is the video:


I viewed the footage of Rep. Lee and I must say, WOW. This woman is so brave that it made me beam with a renewed pride. She went before a crowd of white, non-black and male faces to speak up on a very specific issue that concerns many black women in her district and beyond. She did so very eloquently and succinctly - straight to the point. 

Her speech kind of reminded me of the civil rights leaders of 30 to 50 years ago. They didn't have any problem speaking their mind in public even if many people would disagree.

While I'm certain a number of people will try to insult Rep. Lee for speaking her mind on a very real issue that concerns black women (unfair and biased negative media portrayals), she is a shero in my mind for doing this.

As I stated earlier, the uproar is not about this Pepsi commercial alone. This commercial is a tipping point after literally years of media biases and stories that paint black women as a whole in a very negative light.

If you're still confused about why people are upset, think of it like this: if you pull a tension band further and further back over an extended period of time, eventually that band is either going to SNAP or go sailing into the sky!

Well I firmly believe that after this latest offense from Pepsi, black women are going to go soaring toward justice on a number of matters. Black women empowerment and positive messages about black women. 

That's what this website is all about after all- it is by, for and about classy black women making strides in this and other countries.

Thank you again to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas. Regardless of what folks say about you after speaking out for us on the House floor regarding this Pepsi commercial, we love you, respect you and appreciate you for saying what many black women are thinking in such a public way.

Don't forget to sign the petition (Boycott Pepsi - Racist Superbowl Commercial Stereotypes Black Women) if you haven't done so already.


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Classy black ladies, do you remember when I wrote that we must hold the media and commercial companies accountable for the negative stereotypes they promote about black women? Well the Pepsi commercial that aired during the Superbowl this evening is a perfect example of what I mean.

Have you seen this racist Pepsi commercial that negatively stereotypes black women as angry and violent? In it a black woman bullies her black husband for eating bad things and at the end throws a can of Pepsi at a white woman he smiles at. Think I'm kidding? View the video here (you may have to click to see it on Youtube):

View the Racist Superbowl Commercial that Negatively Stereotypes Black Women Here on Youtube

This video was a part of a Pepsi contest and guess what? It won and was displayed for millions to view! From what I've heard (not entirely sure) it was created by a white man. Now do you think the people that this producer chose for these roles was purely coincidental OR did he make that choice to play on the negative stereotypes of the angry black woman that the media puts out day in and out?

So again black ladies, I implore you to step up and say something. It is unacceptable for the media to continue to perpetuate these negative stereotypes of black women. You must DO something.

Easy 1-2-3 plan of action black ladies:

1) Boycott Pepsi. Drink another soda if you must drink soda at all. Pepsi also owns a number of other brands, like Gatorade, SoBe, Lipton, Ocean Spray, Sierra Mist and Mountain Dew. See all Pepsi brands here.

2) Contact Pepsi right now. Let them know you don't appreciate them using black women as target practice. Send them an email at one or all of the addresses below:

Media Relations:
pepsicomediarelations@pepsi.com
mediarelations@pepsi.com

Consumer Response Team:
http://www.pepsico.com/Contacts.html

Send a letter:
Tricia Lynch
PepsiCo
700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577

3) Sign the petition to boycott Pepsi products and support an ANTI-anti-black women efforts. Pass this petition around to all of your Facebook and Twitter friends.

TAKE ACTION ladies. Do not allow the media to continue to get away with disrespecting the image of black women.

Our ancestors, the Harriet Tubmans and Rosa Parks of the past, would fight back, as they did to get us the rights that we enjoy today. Continue that tradition!


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A black woman in Ohio was recently jailed for trying to send her kids to a better school district. Yes, they charged her with a felony which also might hurt her chances of getting a job as a teacher in the future. Quick summary of what has transpired:

Ms. Kelley Williams-Bolar is the mother of two girls, ages 12 and 16. She used her father's address so that her two children could go to the much better schools in his school district. The courts charged her with 2 felonies for her actions, 10 days in jail and 3 years of probation. All for trying to get her children a better education.

The judge in the case, Patricia Cosgrove, specifically expressed in her comments in the courtroom that she was making an example of Ms. Williams-Bolar. To top everything else off, she told Ms. Williams-Bolar that she wouldn't be able to get the teaching degree and certification she has been working hard to get for the past few years.

This is what the judge stated: "'Because of the felony conviction, you will not be allowed to get your teaching degree under Ohio law as it stands today. The court's taking into consideration that is also a punishment that you will have to serve.'' - Judge Patricia Cosgrove

Black ladies, we need to stand behind Ms. Williams-Bolar. Yes, what she did was probably against the rules, but it is not deserving of a felony conviction that would rob her from furthering her career and finally getting her kids out of the hood. She took a risk to help her kids, and for that alone she is a Classy Black Lady in my eyes.

Please visit the petition for Kelley Williams-Bolar and add your signature. The petition is asking for the sentence to at least be reduced so that she can get her teaching degree. Tweet this to your followers and friends on Facebook. It takes just a few seconds. Thank you.

UPDATE! The Kelley Williams-Bolar petition has now met its goal of 50,000 signatures and is well past 69,000 in agreement as of the date of this update. Thank you to all who have shown support for this brave hard-working lady. You can still sign if you haven't done so yet.

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Love Tabby


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So, I just happen to be browsing through my stats and see a slew of requests for "lil wayne disrespects dark skin" search terms. I finally decided to do some web research to see what's prompting this trend, and lo and behold I find this story:

Apparently, a dark skinned model got a first hand account of Lil Wayne's self hatred and outward hatred toward dark skinned black women. Here's her story in case you haven't read it yourself yet:


We met up with Mack Maine from Young Money, he then took us to a hotel a couple of other girls were there and so was Lil Wayne, Guda Guda, Lil Chuckee, and Birdman. When we entered the room Guda was like “Damn, y’all pretty, to be dark skin.” And then Wayne quoted a verse from his song ["Right Above"]. I heard the song before and I was offended when I heard the lyrics, but I brushed my feelings off and forgot about what the gremlin said. But him saying it over again made me angry as hell. So me being the outspoken person that I am, I said, “Wayne, your daughter is dark skin so why would you say such ignorance?” He said ‘My daughter is a dark skinned millionaire, that’s the difference between her and you.”
I can tell he was very upset because i bought his daughter up but that is no excuse for what he said. Next he stated, “MY daughter is the first and last dark skin child I’m having. The rest of my baby moms [are] light skinned chicks. I even got an Asian baby moms to make sure I have a daughter with good hair. Too bad we had a son.”
Everybody started laughing and [we] stormed out of the room. Some guys followed us saying “Not everybody hate dark skinned girls. Young Money just allergic to Chocolate.”

I'm not surprised at this story at all, and I believe it 100% due to his past lyrics, including the "bet that B look better red" lyric that he expressed in his song "Right Above It." This is why I've been spreading the message to black women to stop supporting disrespectful rap and black rappers who disrespect their own once and for all.

It seems that black women are finally starting to wake up after this latest bit of news. Please pass the logo below around to all of your social networking friends. 

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