My friend Mya Seals has the most interesting perspective on both popular and private culture. Today, we take what will soon become a random weekly run through her brain to see what took hold of her attention, while paying absolutely not attention to the things she chose not to mention. In case you missed it, here goes …the Myalogy week in review.
I open with an homage to one of my favorite shows, Shameless …
While you were busy extending your hand in love and getting ya bracket busted, here’s what you missed.
Stephen A. Smith (R-ESPN) wants your vote.
Mr. Smith had a dream. He dreamed that just for one, election his fellow black people would break the chains of slavery and mental oppression and vote Republican. I know…I know, what you are thinking. The Republican Party has shown nothing but contempt and treasonous behavior for our beloved messiah. The Republican Party has shown zero interest in courting us, never buys us flowers and never calls. This party obliterates budgets and programs aimed at helping us pick ourselves up by our bootstraps. Its members write “secret” racist emails about us and about our first family. They are of blatantly racists groups and fundraisers. Mr. Smith feels like we are disenfranchising ourselves by literally telling them with our long-standing democratic support that we don’t care about the Republican Party. I get what he is saying. I really do. Neither party at the end of the day seemingly cares about our plight; the Democratic Party doesn’t, because like he said, they got us. We are its long-suffering side chick. No one goes the extra mile for their side chick, she musters all her strong black woman strength, pulls up stakes and leaves. But much like Karrueche, where are we going? To the party that gave us Alan Keyes, Herman Cain and Stacey Dash?
Like our lives, our schools matter too.
While the relevancy of Hstorically Black Colleges and Universities is often discussed amongst us, a predominantly Black community college in Chicago is making waves on the national front. Kennedy-King College, a school in one of the worst neighborhoods in the city, has just been awarded the “New Rising Star Institution Award” from the Aspen Institute. The institute, an educational and policy studies organization whose mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and the discussion of critical issues, bestowed the honor on KKC after the school increased its graduation rate by 50 percent in just five years — more than tripling its rate in 2010. The Vice President of Aspen’s College Excellence division said he has never seen this type of rapid improvement. Kennedy-King will take home $100,000 to support its various educational programs.
‘Empire’s’ build power.
I would cut Fif a check for that witty inspiration, but I don’t like him. “Empire” broke the Internet this week. Literally, it broke Twitter. Yes, negative stereotypes. Yes, dysfunction. Yes, ugh boys kissing boys. Pffffft…..It’s just no winning with some of you. Five years ago, there were literally no shows on primetime network television with black leads. Now there are. The naysayers are the same ones that would have petitioned to get Amos n’ Andy off the air and perhaps rightfully so. But “Amos n’ Andy” beat “I Spy and Julia.” And it beat successful entrepreneur George and his deluxe apartment in the sky with his beautiful, regal dark skinned wife. And it beat the good doctor and his savvy attorney mate and their brood. And it beat the Queen and her roommates and Yoba’s ashy lips. I’m not suggesting Empire is perfect, I’m just saying; sit on it for a moment. Mary Jane, Olivia, Annalise and Cookie are proving to the world and more importantly the advertising community that we can carry a show and a network. I imagine more stories are coming down the pike.
Throw It Like Davis
That green-eyed bandit that stole all of our hearts during the Little League World Series is out here doing her thing. Ms. Mo’ne, the first young woman to throw a shutout in little league world series history; the first little league player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, is out here doing big things. Next on deck for our baby, after publishing her book, “Remember by Name“, is her own movie. Yes. “Throw Like Mo” on which she will serve as a consultant, is a film about her life set to air on the Disney Channel. Ms. Davis, whose external beauty is, clearly only rivaled by her internal beauty, is also designing her own shoe line, which will benefit underprivileged girls. She is producing the line with M4D3 (Make a Difference Everyday) and a portion of the sales will go toward Because I Am A Girl, a program that combats child poverty and promotes gender equality globally. This girl makes my ovaries cry. Check her dope kicks out here.
Aiight … I’m out. Pay closer attention to what’s going on out here, so I don’t have to keep telling y’all.
The unedited version of this article, with all the slick talk and curse words, can be found at http://www.myalogy.com.