She’s so positive. I enjoy watching her videos.
I grabbed this picture from an NBC Los Angeles news website.
Reporter Brenda Lee tried to hand a letter to the Secret Service (Say what?!?). They referred her to a White House staffer. She refused to hand the letter over.
And then everything went downhill, commencing in her expulsion.
When are some of us going to learn? Regardless of whether someone is black, and in charge, they, like everyone else we almost automatically defer to, should be shown some respect for their title, position, and authority. This ensures that reciprocity of polite social norms stays a two-way street.
People in these positions are not our best friend forever (bff), because they are of African descent. This is a problem some of us have of being too informal and familiar, when the occasion calls for extreme and self-aware formality. It’s not hard to do.
Eventually, they may even confer that “slack” some of us always rudely expect and demand from one another.
How about showing some dignity and common sense, please?
Please note: I wrote this to express my irritation with feminists, sci-fi fans, trekkies / trekkers who pretend to be pro-woman. Let’s be frank, for some of them it’s all white women, all the time. I’m for female empowerment, but not at the expense of black women, reality, a coherent plot, or the story’s canon.
There have been plenty of movies without women (note plural) in the lead, like Star Wars, or even in the movie, and there was nary a ruckus, or peep, for more of them to be included.
Star Trek was a fantastic film, as is. I hope it stays that way. ‘Cause I refuse to see any more films without a black woman in the lead, or when she is included has to be shown with respect and as a normal personal.
Star Trek was an excellent movie. Saw it three times. Might see it a fourth time. Will definitely buy the DVD when it comes out.
I’ve been reading some of the commentary and fan fiction regarding this reboot of Star Trek.
I’m amused by the request for more women in the lead. Oh, but which type of women?
So, Uhura wasn’t enough for these folks. Was it because she wasn’t a woman of the right hue?
I see through these people who are pretending to be nick picky with the movie. The film was re-introducing us to the same characters from the original television program, which was seven people at its core.
Oh, but room must be made for more women characters. If Uhura was a white chick with blond hair, like on every other bloody damn movie and television show, there wouldn’t be that kind of whining demand coming down the pike.
These folks ain’t nothing, but a bunch of greedy, narcissistic, and selfish wenches.
I’ve decided to outline my own version of this new Star Trek if it was written by, and for, the few people who appreciate and love Battlestar Galactica. That show’s two hour pilot and first season was marvelous, then over the following years the quality, intelligence, and coherence rapidly goes down hill. Sorta like how Heroes, and Lost, suffered the same fate.
The following is a sarcastic fan fiction summary of what would have made those “oh, but more (white) women, please” whiners happy. Regardless of Star Trek canon, we must satisfy the demands for (white) women being stars of this story.
In case you haven’t noticed, white women, especially anorexic blonds, are a necessary evil in every entertainment program today. Even though their last minute additions, or central characters, have no additional net positive effect on ratings.
Oh well, somebody’s gotta promote that white supremacy.
You must be familiar with the recent movie Star Trek, and tv show BSG, to get some of my points.
- When Nero encounters the USS Kelvin, Captain Robau is a woman. She would be brown-haired and white, not a very handsome and gorgeous Eastern brown-skinned actor.
- If she was an alien like those in Star Trek: TNG, then she would be a (white) actress with a heavy ridged forehead and some tattoos.
- Nero, the Romulan, doesn’t kill her, he keeps her hostage. I’ll state why later.
- George Kirk doesn’t get the glory in this re-write by those who require more (white) women characters. Nope. He’s not even first officer. His pregnant wife, Winona, is. However, she makes George take her place on the suicide mission. This is to ensure that she receives all of the accolades for saving those 800 people, not George.
- James Kirk is a woman in this reboot. He’s been renamed Jaime, but still keeps Tiberius (as a middle name) to help keep it real. He, I mean she, would look the same, be much thinner, have a five o’clock shadow, square jaw, and be as obnoxious and promiscuous – which is a very important characteristic for a (white) woman leading character – as the original Kirk.
- Yet, in this case, Jaime would be considered “hot”, “kick-ass”, a “blond beauty” for her masculine, aggressive, and manly ways. Jaime would have breasts (maybe). We’d know Jaime is a woman, because the crew would periodically refer to this character as “she.” Oh, and by the way, everyone wants to do her, because Jaime has blue eyes and blond hair. That’s always, always, always the case, and don’t you fer-git-it! Why, even Uhura came onto her at that bar in Iowa!
- Spock never re-assigns Uhura to the USS Enterprise. She would never be seen again since she’d disappear with the rest of the fleet that left before the Enterprise. He has no reaction to news of her death, thus making those greedy, narcissistic, and selfish wenches happy.
- Instead, Gaila, the “green” chick, would be on the Enterprise. Ergo, she’d be the second hottest (white) woman on the ship after Jaime.
- Tyler Perry makes his cameo dressed as Madea. This is the preferable way for a black woman to appear in the media, with a 6’4″ black male ridiculously “acting” as one.
- Sulu and Chekhov would be an openly gay couple, or Chekhov would be another (white) woman. Take your pick.
- Spock obviously has the hots for Jaime, because they argue throughout the whole movie.
- Nero still vaporizes Vulcan, but it is Spock’s father, Sarek, who dies. His mother, Amanda, lives. Although he loses a planet of his people, he’s not as upset as he is in the reboot movie version. Spock’s mother is alive, therefore keeping another important (white) woman in the story.
- Pike stays a man. Gotta have at least one dick in the lead. Unfortunately, he’s held, Federation Security information is extracted, and he is promptly, grotesquely, and rather violently dispatched.
- Spock and Jaime fight. Unsurprisely, the big bitch fights the Vulcan to a draw. It’s possible, right? Haven’t we seen enough BullShitGalore, and other entertainment, to know a female can beat a male even if he’s a super-strong alien?
- Nothing much changes in these scenes: Prime Spock meets Jaime Kirk. He says, “We were more than friends,” and brain dumps their entire special, special history into Jaime’s big ol’ empty head, not just the time travel, black hole stuff. This also makes the mentally challenged shippers of Kirk/Spock very happy.
- Entering the final stretch: Jaime Kirk and Spock are getting set to leave and save everyone. Yet, not before Jaime looks at Spock and says, “I know how you really feel about me.” Cause everybody wants Jaime: Ms Blond Blue Eyed Super-thin Mannish Five-O’clock Shadow Square Jaw Hyper-Aggressive Can-Keep-Up-With-The-Boys Woman. She’s just soooooooooooooo hot, and sexy.
- Quickly, Spock and Jaime exchange open mouth slobbering wet drooly kisses, panting, groping, exchanging much spit, before they are transported to the Romulan ship.
- They find out Pike is dead, and scrape up the pieces to bring back the body.
- As an added bonus they find Captain Robau, who’s pregnant with her umpteenth child.
- Why is she pregnant? Following commonly used, absolutely stupid, and retarded sci-fi tropes, the Romulans decide they want / need / desire / lust / crave Earth (white) women to re-start their race. Although, in this case, it is not necessary, Romulus still exists. However, even though they may view humans as inferior, just one look at a (white) woman turns their pointy-eared heads. Remember, Romulans are the extremely passionate Vulcan-types.
- The Enterprise beams all those half-Romulan / half-Human chil’ren on board. A hysterical Captain Robau, with her many chil’ren – some of who are adults and staffed the Romulan ship, watches as her man Nero gets sucked into a black hole, and blown to hell.
- Quietly, she vows revenge on Jaime Kirk, providing the flimsy pretext for a sequel.
- The film bombs at the theaters, but the die-hards tell themselves that no one appreciates quality (ha!) sci-fi movies.
See, how easy and predictable that was? The fans of Battlestar Galactica (BullShitGalore) should ask for a movie of their show, and forget about asking Star Trek to be redefined, re-cast, and re-imaged to suit their bizarre requests and tastes.
Frankly, if Star Trek‘s producers sees fit to add another woman to the lead cast, make her a very dark-skinned Asian.
I’d like to see how those “add more women” wenches behave then.
This is a link the best fan fiction story I’ve recently discovered. It continues an interesting storyline regarding characters, Uhura and Spock primarily, from the Star Trek 2009 movie. I wouldn’t want it included in the sequel movie, but as a quasi-stand alone work of art, fan fiction, or sci-fi story, it is very, very good.
There are men still willing to defend women. Good on them.
Per the New York Times:
Ms. Burns is the first African-American woman to run a company this large. Xerox reported revenue of $17.6 billion in 2008.
By the way, I put her picture here for a reason: her hair is natural. She looks very professional to me.
Frankly, I’m tired of reading from the paranoid among us who think that everyone cares about our hair. Only we do, no one else. They care about the brain beneath the hair.
I salute you, Ms. Burns.
I doubt it’ll be up on YouTube for long, but I love this video. The music is in perfect sync, the creator is very good.
Update #1: I changed the video for one that seems to have more staying power. Not crazy about the music, but the imagery is still good.
Update #2: I’ve added my playlist from YouTube.com.
Kicking The Product Junkie Habit
The irony of my shopping spree these past few months, is that I will probably go back to what I used in the good old days: Garnier Fructis (leave-in conditioner, conditioner) or Suave, castor oil (hard or liquid), and aloe vera. That’s all I really need.
All the other stuff I have, I’m just going to use up. I do that by mixing a lot of them together.
I put castor oil, and other oils, like carrot and tea tree, into my Suave Conditioner to use it as a quasi-deep conditioner. I leave it in overnight or under an hour.
Product(s) I Hate
If I have a product I hate, I’ll slather it on, then sit under the dryer so my hair will drink it up. I do this after I’ve shampooed and (not deep) conditioned my hair. Getting it nearly streaky clean makes it easier for my hair to drink up the products.
I mix the cheap with the almost-pricey products. I like buying a bottle of hair / skin oil for $1.25. I like buying conditioner for .79 to .99 cents. I aim not to go higher than $5 for a 24-32oz bottle of castor oil or aloe vera.
I have bought products in bulk, but I’ve discovered that unless it is aloe vera, castor oil or Garnier Fructis, there’s no point. I don’t use these other items with the same frequency.
My experimenting days with different products will end. I may still pick up an item, but I need to gradually reduce my inventory of stuff. I hate clutter.
My Mom’s Hair
I use up product by putting some in my Mom’s hair. She’s (finally) a natural, and has such pretty curly hair. She said she hasn’t seen her natural hair in years, and didn’t know it was curly.
I’ve been washing, deep conditioning, and roller setting her hair. I give her a next-to-near-salon experience. She claims I’ve been saving her about $100 each time I do her hair.
I am astounded. I had no idea they’ve gotten that expensive.
In this economy, and in general, it’s good to realize that to take care of one’s hair doesn’t have to break the bank. Being frugal works just as well.