Jul 21, 2007

So I am one of those people who love to check out different websites and find out what is going on in the world (I’ve pretty much given up on the media because it is nothing more than big business that cherry picks the news). So I tuned into one of my favorite sites
http://www.blackamericaweb.com/ and I can came across this article about this sister name Gina who started this blog called What About Our Daughters. I must admit that the name alone intrigued me. So I went and checked this sister’s blog out and you can imagine my astonishment or should I say marvel at the things this sister was doing. She had placed it upon herself to go after the might media giant named Viacom. You may be asking yourself what is her gripe with Viacom so let me give you a little background information.

Viacom is the owner of BET which is coming out with a new television series on July 25, 2007 called Hot Ghetto Mess named after the very popular website by the same name. The only reason I am familiar with this site is because I like many people I know have received the emails depicting our people in ways that we are supposed to be embarrassed about. I’m not embarrassed by how a person dresses as much as I am embarrassed at the fact that our children cannot read and more young boys are choosing the path that leads to prison instead of one that leads to college, but I digress because this commentary is not about me.

So Gina has decided to take on mighty Viacom which would appear to be another case of “David vs. Goliath”. But just like David in the Bible, Gina should not be underestimated. This sister is definitely a force to be reckoned with. You may ask yourself why she chose to take up this cause. And honestly, I don’t know the answer to that question. I just know that I am glad that someone is willing to take a stand and fight for the images of black people. It’s bad enough when white people do it to us, but it’s even worse when we do it to ourselves. Ridiculing people about the way they dressed or speak is not the answer to getting a person to comply to what you think is acceptable. The only thing we can do is educate our people and show them a different alternative to their current reality. We have to stop fighting each other and learn to work together because at the end of the day we all are brothers and sister.

So it is my wish that we support Sister Gina, who I think is a very Savvy Sista indeed, by supporting her Watch Parties across the country of ‘Hot Ghetto Mess’ on BET airing July 25. If you have any questions please check out her website at
http://whataboutourdaughters.blogspot.com/. Maybe you can join a Watch Party that has already been formed in your city.

Just remember “…To love in deed is to love indeed.”

Do your deeds speak of love?


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