The Hypocrisy of Our Nation

I saw this on Facebook last night, and I had to share. Unfortunately, I do not know the original author so I cannot give credit. Yet, it was so powerful and truthful that it had to go beyond my Facebook Page. I hope that you will share this message as well. If I find the author, I will be sure to come back and update this post. 

Let’s talk about hypocrisy. 

If you voted for Trump because of Hillary’s email “problem” but are not upset that the Trump administration is using a private email server and unsecured phones, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe Jesus was a persecuted refugee fleeing Herod, but support the ban on Syrian refugees, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe life begins at conception, but support defunding the countries number one source of prenatal care, planned parenthood, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe the mainstream media lies but believe Trump when he spouts verifiable lies, you are a hypocrite. 

If you dismiss the AP, Reuters or NPR as biased media but accept everything Fox news says, you are a hypocrite. 

If you think all life is sacred, but do not support reasonable gun control, you are a hypocrite. 

If you think children are the future, but support reducing funds for SNAP, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe in education, but dismiss evolution or climate change as hoaxes, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe in the sovereignty of the United States, but support forced incursions on Native American lands, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe that we need to drain the swamp of Washington but support Trump’s cabinet picks, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe in the Constitution, but support indiscriminate detainment and torture, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe our troops lives have worth, but support Trump’s claims to foreign countries natural resources, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe that unborn black babies lives matter, but black lives don’t matter, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe that we deserve life, liberty and happiness, but support taking away healthcare from millions of Americans, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe that the practice of your religion is more important than the practice of no religion or a different religion, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe in equal rights under the law, but don’t support marriage equality and non discrimination for LGBTQ Americans, you are a hypocrite. 

If you are glad that California or New York do not decide national policy for you, but insist on forcing your red state policies on others, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe in the first amendment, but call people who peacefully protest the President as hooligans, you are a hypocrite. 

If you are an American but think dissent is disrespectful, you are a hypocrite. 

If you think that anything that has happened over the last week is normal or acceptable, then you have not been paying attention.

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Viola Davis & Kerry Washington Launch Independent Production Companies, Partner with ABC

When the opportunities aren’t there, you have to go and create your own. I am so proud that Viola Davis and Kerry Washington are creating their own spaces and places. Davis and Washington are breaking through the glass ceilings within the entertainment industry, which will benefit generations for decades to come. Keep marching to your own beat and create your own opportunities. 

Reposted from Not Just a Girl In a Dress:

The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.” – Voila Davis

It looks like Viola Davis isn’t waiting for her chance to help the next generation of actresses. The “How To Get Away with Murder” star recently entered her production company – JuVee Productions – into a deal with ABC Studios to create projects for digital, streaming, broadcast and cable content.

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The company which Davis launched with her husband Julius Tennon is headed by Andrew Wang. Wang is the former vice president of scripted television development and production at Bravo and responsible for the network’s first scripted series, comedy “Odd Mom Out,” and the drama “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce”.

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Davis shared with Variety, “We started JuVee because we wanted to see narratives that reflected our multi-ethnic and multi-faceted culture. We wanted to be a part of classic storytelling, and we didn’t want to wait.”

2016-05-02_8-33-09The Emmy Award winner isn’t the only one making power moves to behind the camera. “Scandal” star Kerry Washington also announced her newly launched production company Simpson Street has also inked a deal to create projects for ABC Studios and ABC Signature.

2016-05-02_8-29-15Named for the street where her mom grew up in the Bronx, the company has already seen strong success from its first project – the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas HBO movie Confirmation.

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Washington told Deadline, “I believe strongly in the importance of having a seat at the table, which makes starting this production company thrilling for me. It’s an honor to be at a point in my career when I can help generate projects that that are exciting, necessary and truly reflect the world around us.”

Based in LA the company “aims to become the go-to creative hub where the next generation of filmmakers and artists have the space to craft dynamic stories spanning the broad spectrum of humanity.”

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The fact that both Viola Davis & Kerry Washington launched independent production companies and partnered with ABC is huge news. These women are total Bosses. Bravo to them for stepping into their power and helping to create more opportunities for women of color and also for working to create stories that are as diverse as the world we live in. Continue reading here.

Twitter’s Technical Foul

I’m a little confused by this one. I can’t understand why this image was considered sensitive media on Twitter. Of all the vile amount of crap that is not filtered on Twitter, I had to approve this loving image between parent and child.

Many minorities have started their own media outlets to support their visions, share their views, and portray the positive images that were lacking in mainstream media. For example, I created this blog after prompting from several individuals to provide another outlet for people who shared viewpoints and interests similar to mine. While we have progressed in mainstream media, we know that we still have a long way to go. We had national examples such as #OscarsSoWhite and Melissa Harris-Perry’s departure from MSNBC earlier this year.

Yet, we also know that there are smaller examples that we can see on a daily basis, and we all work together to combat the negative stereotypes. Throughout my timeline, my friends and I share positive images of our communities. Black men with their children. Latinas progressing through corporate America or breaking glass ceilings by founding their own businesses. Native American youth soaring high through their scholastic achievements.

We know about ALL of the positive aspects within our communities, such as the genuine love between mother and child. So I cannot understand why I had to approve this beautiful image that was attached to BonBon Break’s tweet.  The post was not labeled sensitive, the blog was not labeled sensitive, and I’m led to believe that hashtags (#race and #blacklivesmatter) are not labeled sensitive either. Just the image. I cannot understand why. I’m hoping Twitter will respond to my query, but  who knows…Until then, I will just say that Twitter made a technical foul.

 

President Barack Obama’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner Speech

Drops mic…Obama out. 🎤😎

Larry Wilmore’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner Speech

Thoughts??? Did Wilmore go too far, or did he just tell it like it is?

White House Correspondents’ Dinner 2016

So grateful for The Washington Post’s live updates of the White House Correspondents Dinner. I missed it so I’ll be one of those annoying people commenting about it on Monday. 

The Ugliness of Photoshopping 

Generally, I would be singing the praises of a mainstream magazine featuring a black actress, more specifically a brown-skinned actress, on the cover. I’m forever promoting the need for diversity within mainstream diversity. Yet, I was taken aback, when I saw the cover of ADWEEK featuring Kerry Washington. One Facebook poster said it perfectly, Kerry looked like a black Scarlett Johansson.

I was sick to my stomach. I wish more covers would show the true beauty of our stars. I understand Photoshopping, but not when the person no longer looks recognizable. Kerry Washington will always be beautiful because her inner beauty radiates all the way through. I hope one day that this need for Photoshopping will end. It creates an unrealistic perspective of beauty for our children. Let us celebrate our true beauty.
Be sure to read Kerry’s response and disbelief about not recognizing herself on posted Facebook.