I never even got their name. I was driving home from work the other day, when, at a stop light, I heard a sound. A familiar sound. A sound that made me bop my head back and forth in the car. I turned down the radio. The song was coming from somewhere outside. I couldn’t quite place it at first. I rolled down my window. Oh yeah, no doubt about it.
Somebody was butchering Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Something.”
Figuring out that this old Key and Peele sketch is hilarious was the easy part. I laughed, and everyone I’ve shared it with has, too. Figuring out whether it was racist or not? Not so much. I would love to know what black people think of it.
It is an extremely clever take on a sensitive subject: exotic African American names. They’re most prominent with pro athletes – Za’Darius, Jacquizz, Kentavious, D’Qwell – all first names of NFL players.
So when comedian Margaret Cho made an appearance during tonight’s Golden Globes ceremony as a North Korean film journalist/Army General, it was bound to elicit some negative response. And sure enough, social media did not disappoint with reactions like these:
This is Larry Furukawa’s birth certificate from 1952. He recently shared it with his fellow peers at Digital Histories, a filmmaking workshop that teaches senior citizens skills to make their own short films. It’s an ongoing program that Visual Communications has been involved with for a number of years.
Back to Larry’s birth certificate: Yep, it lists “Yellow” as a color of race for his birth parents. It’s pretty surreal to see that listed on an official government. Ahh, the 1950s, the land of Ozzie and Harriet and Leave it to Beaver and when Asians were designated as “Yellow,” with the rest of the colored people, by the U.S. government. Read more...
Ah, Little Saigon politics. According to the OC Weekly, Garden Grove Mayor Bruce Broadwater’s campaign has sent the most laughable mailer ever, attacking opponent Bao Nguyen.
Pandering to the Vietnamese voter base has been way simple for a long time. In danger of losing your election? Just say he’s a commie! Or you hate commies more than he does!
And here’s the latest example from Little Saigon: an attack mailer targeted at Garden Grove mayoral candidate (and current school trustee) Bao Nguyen paid for by a committee tied to the city’s mayor, Bruce Broadwater. The smear campaign mailer is in Vietnamese, in the Garden Grove/Westminster area, which has the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam:
I went for the vinyl, I stayed for the awesomeness.
The Oakland Museum of California is having an exhibit on vinyl records, so naturally I had to go and compare my collection to theirs. That show turned out to be a bit of a bust for me, but right next to it, ten steps away in another wing of the building, was a show I hadn’t heard of:
You may have heard that Mindy Kaling is one of the TV stars gracing the cover of Elle Magazine. While having a woman of color who is not a size zero on the cover of a major fashion magazine would normally be cause for joy, in this case, it’s not without controversy. Check out Kaling alongside her fellow Elle covergirls and see if you can spot what’s getting some folks worked up:
Yup, while her white colleagues all get the full-body color treatment, Kaling is cropped and in black-and-white leading to some critics calling racism.