Monday, May 31, 2010

Kelis: Acapella

I had a hint she was singing about her baby because God knows that Nasir is not worthy of such lyrical love-showering as it is. But then again, how would I know. But the fact that you don't realise those little baby feet peeking out from behind her waist all the way through the song until she turns around and shows her little baba wrapped around her upper-body African-style. That is so sensationally beautiful. The imagery of her as a warrior-princess protecting her young. Such an empowering image. We've come a long way from that sex-kitten image ala "my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard".

Well, Ain't I a Woman

I completed my reading of "Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism" by the ever-powerful bell hooks. Brilliant. Okay. In speaking about the Black feminist movement that his its roots in the 19th century with women such as Sojourner truth who gave this gut-wrenching, spirit-lifting speech with this extract:

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman? 

Reading it called me to question the underlying message behind images such as these (by the fiercely bold and original David LaChappelle who I admiringly paid tribute to in an earlier post).We have Outkast surrounded by a pool of Black completely naked women lying them in positions of worship and submission to their "male power" in the first one and in full sexual servitude as each of them lies on the floor, on all fours (as an animal) with their asses up to the ceiling.
I have to ask, does it get any more misogynistic than this? This is the worst kind of depiction of black women and it continues to the point that it raises no sufficient protest in the mind's of viewers. We are all accustomed to portrayals of black women as lascivious, wanton, immoral, sexual tools i.e. hoes. No wonder black women clearly encounter problems in their interactions in daily-life. It is difficult to establish yourself as an intellectual and thinker when the media wants to reduce you down to nothing more than your genitalia. Your purpose for breathing - nothing more than to serve men sexually.

Hey, hey, hey with a history like America has in which black women were their to bear the brunt of white European males psychosexual confusion and misogyny through continuous rapes and utilisation of the black woman's womb for the economic gain (slave-labour) which only reinforced the ideas about black women that society currently embraces. I find it tragic that black men have sought to imitate this very exploitation of the black female form as did white men during the era before Reconstruction. Yes, those days are over but have the practices ended. Clearly not. Statistics will tell you that. Some think it's all fun and games. Yey, let's sexualize black women in images - afterall "sex sells" right. Yep - it sells darling. At the expense of other people's dignity. What a rotten system of capitalism we operate under that serves only the interests of the individual crushing the dignity and humanity of those needed to be exploited for the other person's upliftment.

PostSecret is Deep

Some of these short manifestations of deepness I retrieved from the PostSecret made me snigger a little. I'm almost done with my exams but I'm on the internet displaying my thoughtspace. This semester went by quickly and I already feel as if I'm on a break already owed to the large space between my last exam and the one I will write tomorrow and on Wednesday. I'm relaxed though. Only because they're half courses but back to the topic of discussion:

And it's so true man. How many times have you looked back in hindsight and thought, "Whoah, I'd never do that again." It's only because you now possess the knowledge that only emerges through experience that you can see your past folly for what it was. When you were in it, man - you thought you knew exactly what you were doing and nobody, not even your future self travelling through space-time to warn you would have convinced you otherwise. And that's exactly how it is - no guide-map. Just winging it.

The only reason this was not me is because I have not been privileged enough this semester to have constant 24/7 access to that monstrosity of a blessing - DC++ (filesharing software program at UCT). Then Dr House, Omar Epps and the cast of the Big Bang Theory would have been my homies for the time. (This is somewhat of a gross exaggeration have to admit but work...yeah you know the deal)

You know what tweezing just hurts alright. There's no other way to put it. That isht HURTS especially within the regions of the upper-lip area. Luckily, my dark pigment certifies that these miniscule strands remain barely unnoticed. But oh, I rock that androgynous look in the sunlight. Better know this.

AN-DRO-GY-NOUS (I am, I am), A-A-A-ANDROGYNOUS. It's okay my fellows. Rock it with pride.

Lookah here, now lookah here. There is nothing wrong with looking. Hello, boys and men have no guilt taking regular unassuming glances at your bosom whenever their "nature compels them to" (not the inverted commas) so go ahead, sister go 'head. You've got to rid yourself of these irrelevant shames.

David LaChappelle

For years, I recognized these images as amazing but had not a clue as to who the artist behind these icononoclastic images was. David LaChappelle. What an artist. I'll let the images speak for themselves.


"i'm a singer" by M.I.A.

Beautiful track. Sincere lyrics. I love it. Can't wait to hear the entire 10-track product.

This song reminds me of jut exactly how I feel when you try to open up serious discussions about racism, sexism and the structure and culture of domination in the world that is the reason for the demise of innocent people in war-torn and disaster-stricken countries. People just shrug their shoulders as if it has nothing to do with them. Yet it is the very same system that is responsible for their wealth and comfort. These things can only exist with the presence of a severely oppressed underclass of people. Not animals, others or subhumans. PEOPLE. She is probably the one and only artist that speaks defiantly about political issues that affect the non-white, the non-privileged. The basically-invisible peoples of this world who remain voiceless and completely crippled.

"You make me hard with the wounds that I had to lick... You're a racist, I wouldn't trust you one bit."


Before I could get my hands on that blurry ticket for the Italy vs Paraguay match on the 14th June, the match sold out. The tickets were released on Friday and it seems too many people got excited about it, it SOLD OUT damn it! This is after being "currently unavailable" for yonks - who knows how long. Again, the others are not available either (10 days to the start of the tournament) - what is up with these people. Release the Greenpoint Stadium tickets immediately before somebody loses it. I refuse to miss out on this historical event!

Hey, there's always Shoprite Checkers just up the road. They'll have the answer.

Update soon to follow.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Fashion Faux-Pas

Wait a minute. Hold up. Adam, sweetie what are you wearing???

Another Guy: Yipee

No I did not take as much fanatical interest in American Idol Season 9 as I did last year when I was lounging (*ahem*) and not slaving at the books. But as usual, it's been tough getting another girl to take the crown. I could understand why last year when the last girl standing was 16-year-old Allison and Lil' Rounds kept picking awful songs that left people bemused but hey Crystal was good. I heard her sing several times during the Top 20 or something and Madame sounded powerful. Had so much pizzazz, confidence and flare. Oh well. It's not like winning makes all that much of a difference. Adam Lambert is doing far better than er, whatsisname? Cris Allen who is where at the moment? Does anyone beside his wife and family seem to know?

I've Been Frightened Today

What awful cause of nature would cause 50 Cent to look this miserable. My first thoughts were, "Is he ill?", "Has he got an eating disorder we didn't know of?" until I read the caption beneath the image which read:

The rapper turned actor lost an incredible 54 pounds for new film Things Fall Apart, in which he plays a terminal cancer patient, and the usually muscular star was keen to show off his new slimline look by posting photos on his blog.

Wow, Curtis Jackson id really taking his acting seriously. Even employing techniques from method actors. I have to say, I'm quite impressed. But that sullen look on his face and the washed out grey quality of this image had me worried for a second I must admit that.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

MONAE Steals the Show!!

Okay, I have not even listened to ArchAndroid yet but the way critics are raving about it, it MUST be good. Need an ITunes account pronto. She is too worthy to download for free!

First track release "Tightrope" from the album. Nice groove.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Wise and Sensible

Will.I.Am says this:

“Soon I want to settle down and have lots of girl babies,” he reveals. “Because I don’t want to add to the destruction of the planet. It’s a man’s world and I think it’s gonna be a female that changes it all.”

I thought about this last night. What would happen if the women were in power? What kind of a world would we have? I like to believe it would be so much better than this mess of a planet we have going at the moment. Sometimes, I just sit and think how sad it is that men, especially white men are in power. It seems that it is in the European males best interest to dominate others for his own psychological and economic gain. So as far as the Man is in power, this predator-and-prey system we seem to live by will remain intact.

Read the first 70 pages of "Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism" last night. It was a tough read, I'm telling you. Especially the first chapter. You know how you never think that you'll be the one balling your eyes out when you visit a slave port in Liberia or you watch a movie like "Amistad". Until you witness all that pain, trauma and anguish. Being forced to acknowledege that these horrific events are not just a figment of someone's imagination. They are real-life accounts of the absolute sheer brutality that humans are capable of committing toward one another. It's just tragic. So tragic.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

New Type of Supernova Discovery

This is interesting, just days ago A supernova that has been seen to detonate calcium and TITANIUM was observed. The supernova occurs as a result of two orbiting white dwarfs one of them which acquires mass continuously through helium capture and eventually detonates much like a Type Ia Carbon-Detonation Supernova and This may have some very interesting implications...
Up until this point, astronomers have only been able to identify two main types of supernova as a result of observation - the carbon-detonation Type Ia and Core-Collapse Type II responsible for very dense neutron stars and very mysterious black holes.

Wonder what implications this new type will have on current theories on dark matter within galaxy clusters.

Quote for the Day

Taken from this essay I bumped into while randomly surfing the net.

Increasing numbers of African-American women doing rap and dance music are continuing the feminist approach set by the precedent-setting performers like Pat Benetar, Cyndi Lauper, Tina Turner, Madonna, Aretha Franklin, Eurythmics, and Janet Jackson. These artists show an ability not only to use pastiche to some extent in drawing attention to the exploitative traditions of videos, but contrary to Kaplan's theories, actually dismantle the male gaze through humor. By ridiculing the male gaze and male behavior, women liberate themselves from the male constructions of female as object.

Well At Least She's Trying...

So here's the deal - I like MIA, I like Lady Gaga. But MIA doesn't like Lady Gaga...hmmmm?

"People say we're similar, that we both mix all these things in the pot and spit them out differently," she said, "but she spits it out exactly the same. None of her music's reflective of how weird she wants to be or thinks she is."

Hehe...I'm neutral on this one

"She models herself on Grace Jones and Madonna but the music sounds like 20 year-old Ibiza disco. She's not progressive, but she's a good mimic. She sounds more like me than I fucking do! That's a talent… but she's the industry's last stab at making itself important."

Got to admit though, her music does lack in substance. I've known that from the start but what I appreciate is that she tries, she really tries to add some colour to this dreary situation we call the music business.

On a brighter note...MIA drops her 3rd Album this coming June/July. I'll be looking out for that one.

Wait a minute, hold on...
This was Lady Gaga in high school. Are you kidding me or what?

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Debate: Ms Sidibe and Why she is a Star

Well, this one is tricky because at this point, the majority of us have all been brainwashed to believe a certain standard of appearance is required to call a woman attractive. Actresses in particular have been held up as the ultimate standards of what is beautiful for a woman according to the white supremacist ideal. In comes a young woman called Gabby Sidibe who is a runaway star mostly because she is an incredible actress and stole the show in a powerful movie we have yet to see anything the likes of since maybe, The Colour Purple.

If anything, the criticism she receives from insular individuals is as a result of our collective conscious not being used to seeing larger-sized women being held up in high esteem in the world of cinema. This is given evidence for why it is so important for our value system to change. Instead of praising actresses and actors for their good looks alone, we should be rewarding them for their dedication to the craft. Gabby is a wonderful actress. I think it takes away from her genuine talent when one imagines that Hollywood is only giving her a platform not to appear racist or prejudices. Do you think if Hollywood was so into not appearing racist, they would still continue to write so few decent roles for people who are not white? How silly that people find reason to complain about a woman of colour who is not skinny being put on a pedestal (which defines for me a subconscious racism) and at the same time, call Hollywood out for being racist and trying to avoid the guilt-trip that goes along with it by forcing matters. Again, it's a case of not realising the bigotry in one's own mind and fooling yourself into thinking that your comments are in fact, liberal.

Yes, for a very long time - the world of popular cinema has been white-male dominated. I think it is outstanding that a black homosexual man was able to make a movie so moving in its content and that this movie would, instead of becoming a flop, would generate superb box office sales, make Gabby an instant star, give Mo'nique an Oscar for crying out so damn loud and start making people realise that it is time we began to remove ourselves from the comfort zone of always wanting to see what has commonly been defined as lovely, immaculate and pure. There are "stories of the world, I wonder if y'all hear?" (Jay-Z in "As Real as it Gets") As always, people prefer the fantasy when cinema should really be the place where one can learn empathy through the identification of similarity in the lives of those one always believed to be so different - in the lives of the so-called "other".

Thursday, May 20, 2010


This is something I just don't get myself. How some people just jump in and out of relationships so readily. Ms Janet who is sporting the short look now is onto the next one/on to the next one/on to the next one...

Janet Jackson chopped off her locks and debuted a new super-short haircut. She is currently promoting her movie 'Why Did I Get Married Too?' and was snapped leaving London's Cecconi restaurant with the much shorter 'do. Perhaps the 43-year-old singer-actress decided to change up her style because of the new man in her life, wealthy Qatari businessman Wissam Al Mana.

Taken from this article at

So I guess it's a bit like trying on different clothes. It looked good on the hanger but once you got to the change-room to try it on, mmmmm not so good no more.

So it's on to the next one/on to the next one/on to the next one...

Eehee hee hee

No actually, Mwahahaha!!

Jewel of Africa: Ajuma

I keep on forgetting her name. Shame on me. But she is a goddess. Striking. A face you will never forget.

AJUMA NASENYANA - Our Very Own Top Model

Pride in being black. We need more of this:

What I love most about her is that she is not at all trying to adhere to the standard of white beauty which entails wearing a weave and lightening your skin. She has her head shaved, G.I. Jane style and is carrying herself with so much confidence. Gotta respect this woman.

Diddy the Narcissist

It's been clear to us from the start that this man is just totally and utterly infatuated with himself. So, this image made me a laugh some.

Douchebag of the Month: Chris Brown

The biggest chauvinist, the biggest loser, the biggest douchebag...


Wow people - he has taken the buffoonery to a new level this kid...WOWEEE!!!

Apparently, Sandra Rose is:

THIS LITTLE CLOWN/DOUCHEBAG/FOOL...He isn't even talking about me but I want to slap him upside the head with a wet cotton panty. Silly boy. He needs proper psychological evaluation.

And I love what Sandra Rose said in her most recent post on this issue

Chris Brown deleted his offensive tweets about dark skinned people. He then offered up a lame excuse to explain why it’s OK for him to make disparaging remarks about skin color in the first place:

…because he made a song about brown skinned girls. Can you believe it? What an idiot.

I don’t wish bad luck on simple minded people, but life is only going to get rougher for Mr. Brown because he’s reckless, immature and above all, he’s a moron of epic proportions.

Okay, now here I go. I cover the whole dark-skin thing quite frequently in my blog because it in indicative to me of a culture that glorifies whiteness and strives by all means to become more and more white as means of removing oneself from the ranks of inferiority that a white supremacist culture has placed non-white people. Obviously, this kind of ideology is too mature and involved for someone of the like of Chris Brown who I believe has not even completed his GED (speculative but I don't think that with all the touring and dancing and singing that he did during his teen years, he was able to get a proper education). So I forgive him for his folly. It's one of those cases where you say, "It's not (insert name)'s fault they're so dumb, they didn't complete high school. Never mind not going to College." So, that's part of the issue. Chris Brown is an inexorably ignorant young fellow with no one offering him any kind of wisdom or guidance. Perhaps someone should recommend he retreat to the Tibetan Hills and live with the Dalai Lama for a year or so. So the Old Sage can pump some sense into this lost, bemused and tortured soul. It's a tragedy, it really is.

But really, what is this silly boy on about saying that he prefers light-skinned women and na na na when the girl in his run it video is ummm....not exactly light honey!

Can I get a witness...
No she is not super jet dark like a panther in the forest like Ms Wek, Ms Oluchi, Ms Campbell or Ms Moi but she is not exactly your favourite flavour of black girl world...butterscotch and caramel creme deluxe.

**The rich 70% Cocoa Dark-Chocolate Bar is just too much for you too handle that's why you can't stand it's TOO MUCH FOR YOU BABEEEY!

But it's a tragedy which speaks forth an issue that I as a dark-skinned woman seem to find. Constant ridiculing of black women especially dark-skinned women from a myriad of different sources. I once too was the little dark-skinned girl at school whose feelings were hurt beyond anything you could possibly imagine by awful language aimed at putting me down because of my skin-tone. Of course, I can look on it now and laugh. I was a child then, I had no backbone. But even as a teenager, it was the same nonsense and the most intriguing fact about this - it was from a male who was equally dark. These days, it's a different story because not only do I have a thick skin, I have come to understand the links between issues of race and how society values people who are white and marginalizes those who are not. This very segregation and oppression is what leads darker-skinned people to seek salvation from their curse through skin-lightening methods. All this is a manifestation of the deep self-loathing that a white supremacist society embeds in the minds of black people. Chris is a self-loather without his realising it and what's even more sad is that he is too ignorant and immature to ever realise such a thing. He represents the majority of society who fail to a) recognise the prejudice in their behaviour and b) fail to pinpoint the source of all of it - white supremacist patriarchal and male dominated society.

Then there are the Comedians who usually find that the majority of laughs they get are from jokes made about Black Women. It's true - black men seem to have transferred the prized position of minstrel coon to dark-skinned black women.

I see people like this in my family, in my friend pools, on TV - just about everywhere. Stuck in the mud and blissfully unaware of it.

Nobody revels in being made a mockery out of especially not about such a sensitive issue. When will people learn that racist jokes are JUST NOT FUNNY!

What a sad world this is...

Saturday, May 15, 2010

How does M.I.A. Feel about this BITER

As usual, Rihanna's team has nothing new to offer. The best they could do this time was offer a sexed-up, dulled down version of an M.I.A. Who started the process if reincarnating early 90's dance stars in 2007 - MAYA ARULPRAGASAM darling. So why are you copying, why why? I'm tired so tired. Of lyrics and music video that serves for male erotic stimulus. As usual. Like the Beyonce video for "Why Don't You Love Me". As per usual, she has her business spilling out of her scantily laid tight-fitting attire. Yawn!

She appears to me as an hypersexualized Grace Jones wannabe. All that winding and clapping. Please. I don't know why I even bother commenting but it shows, it just shows how male-dominated the music industry is. Everything packaged for male enjoyment. It's becoming rarer and rarer to find a respectable female artist that can keep her clothes tacitly on and sell an enormous amount. People don't want art anymore, they just want sex. Pah! The masses are boring.

I certainly do hope Arulpragasam is in the studio working on the next album. She is brill. Anticipating to hear what she has to offer.

This one! She doesn't always appear this saccaharine.

Breathing a Sigh of Relief

Tickets to World Cup matches to be played at Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town are NOT sold out.Thank you God! There is still a chance that within the next three weeks, they will be available for purchase.

At the moment the site indicates tickets for all eight fixtures at Cape Town Stadium are currently unavailable. FIFA, however, says the matches are not sold out.

More tickets for all 64 games at the 2010 FIFA World Cup may be made available in the next three weeks.

Wonderful! My wish is to watch the Italy vs Paraguay match with a Category 4 ticket. Yes, the cheapest one. I love socccer but not that much unfortunately.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Ugh, Gender-Binary at

Firstly,why are the guys T-shirts at so much better than the women's. Why do they insist on applying false gender-sterotypes to the phrases that are written on the girls Tees. That is, women are more concerned with romance and all that gooey stuff than men. I hate this notion, it's so false. What is it with this constant assumption that women are more concerned with romance than anything else. I've received this message a number of times and it bugs the nonsense out of me because I am one of those objective people that just could not be bothered. Really, just couldn't care less and I am a woman. So, there. Gender stereotypes are a waste of time as we all should note.

Yes, they are dope but in startling contrast...we do not even have a reference to "guys Tees" they just are. That is to normalize the male as usual. This happens too with the slang usage of "guys" when referring to people in general. When I thought about it, I saw how deeply troubling it is and how the fact that is has been normalized reinforces the idea of the male representing all peoples. What comes along with that is a simple negation of the female presence as its come to be.

Needless to say that the dopest T-shirts are located in the Unisex section...oh well...

Here are a couple that I particularly like...

Okay that was more than a couple but hey it was enough dopeness to make me stop ranting about those silly "babydoll" T-shirts.