Editor of Racialicious.com
If calling an entire group of people the n-word isn't talking down to blacks, I don't know what is.
While the term may be used casually by some members of my community, Jesse Jackson has made his career of challenging racial stereotypes and denouncing those in the public eye who have used the word – including being at the forefront of the protests involving Michael Richards and Don Imus. It is a rather strange twist that "n*****s" rolled off his lips so casually – particularly in a news room setting. FULL POST
Barack Obama is poised to begin a trip to Europe and the Middle East, with stops in Afghanistan and Iraq. It will be his first high-profile step onto the world stage, and he’s clearly hoping to show he’s ready for a leading role. The McCain campaign is calling the whirlwind tour a political ploy. Tonight we’ll be looking at what Obama stands to gain - and to lose - by heading overseas. How do you think his trip will play back here at home?
Also tonight, the deafening sound of ice thawing. That would be former president Bill Clinton, saying today he’s eager and ready to hit the campaign trail on behalf of Barack Obama. "I told him that whenever he wanted me to do it, I was ready, and so it's basically on their timetable." That’s how Clinton put it. He says he’s waiting for his marching orders - and really hasn’t thought about what role he’d like at the Democratic Convention next month in Denver. We’ve got the raw politics on the Big Chill.
Who ever said life in television news was glamorous?
I guess on certain days it might be, but sometimes just trying to get from point A to point B is a nightmare.
I came to Minneapolis on Tuesday so I could spend the next day shooting with Al Franken, who's running for U.S. Senate in Minnesota.
My flight was smooth as silk. My shoot with Al Franken was great. We went to a county fair, played games, he won me a stuffed animal, and of course we talked politics, and lots of it.
This is of course one of the most watched Senate races in the country and one of the most expensive. Franken has raised more than 11 million dollars. But I digress…
I’m writing today to share with you, and vent, about my trip home. FULL POST
Introducing the iReport Film Festival!
We want YOU to make a short film for iReport Film Festival: Campaign 2008!, an online festival of short films from the campaign trail.
Put your creativity to the test and give us a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes whether you are organizing in your community or following the campaign… Learn more
Rural, heavily Mormon and across-the-board-conservative: Utah, as it was and ever shall be, right? Well, not quite, as it turns out.
Until last month I had never been to Utah. I had heard good things from my friends who ski but had never had a reason to travel there myself (I am a disaster on the slopes). But when I was assigned to produce a sample mini documentary on the election for the CNN iReport Film Festival I decided that Utah was the place to go. FULL POST
Roland S. Martin
CNN Political Analyst, AC360° Contributor
The one thing I love about learning about other cultures is that what you do in yours that's good, is not acceptable at all in another culture. And what's bad in yours is just fine in their culture.
I just finished having lunch with His Royal Majesty, King Adamtey I, who heads the Se kingdom of Ghana, which encompasses 2 million people worldwide (In fact, he is the host of the African Technology Conference I'm attending and was the one who personally extended an invitation to me to give a keynote address).
Over lunch, we were discussing what is acceptable in Ghanaian culture and the issue of language came up.
His Royal Majesty, along with his brother and royal aides, got a good laugh out of Americans who curse, such as saying s–t, f–k, and other words we can't say on television and radio. He said that it's looked upon as no big deal in Ghana. And in fact, he said it's not a shock to hear a pastor say "this is f-–g wonderful" in church.
I turned to my wife and said, "I would love this country!" because she knows I have an affinity to let loose and cuss like a sailor.
But we also got a good laugh about hand gestures. In Ghanaian culture, if you give someone the thumbs up or extend your thumb to them, you are insulting them in a major way. FULL POST
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President, Center for the Advancement of Women
Last week my daughter Felicia and I attended the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. As usual, Chris Rock brought his profound comedic talent to sharply insightful social commentary. “It’s going to be hard for a sister to be first lady … because a black woman can’t play the back role of a relationship,” he said.
Mr. Rock alluded to the common racial stereotype that burdens African-American women: by virtue of our well-documented historical role as the strength of the family, we’re characterized as domineering and aggressive. The latest cruelty, extreme even for political satire, was cast in a cartoon of a kinky-haired, armed and dangerous Michelle Obama, on the cover of The New Yorker.
Police say they have no suspect in the homicide of Nancy Cooper. And no person of interest has been named either.
But there is plenty of speculation – some includes Nancy’s husband, Bradley Cooper.
He told investigators his wife went jogging Saturday morning, and never returned. Her body was found two days later, floating in a pond, within a few miles of their home in Cary, North Carolina.
Nancy had been killed, although authorities won’t disclose how. The police chief called it an “isolated incident.”
Those who knew the 34-year-old say Nancy was a devoted wife and loving mother of their two young daughters.
Her family does not say the same about Bradley. FULL POST