♣ We Can Do Better All By Ourselves ♣
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
DETROIT — It has been just over a month since I last checked in with you guys in the bloggosphere. For that, I sincerely apologize. But now that I’m back, I’m here to put a foot up the ass of someone who has been dodging it for a long time. That man is Tyler Perry. I know what you’re probably thinking: “But Jay, his movies are so touching and uplifting and they have a really valid, positive message that everyone can relate to.” The problem is, while that may be true, I can never seem to get to the proverbial “knowing is half the battle” moment in any of his televised/motion picture fecal matter because I’m too busy being assailed and bombarded by just about every modern negative black stereotype you can think of, with the ringmaster of this circus loudly prancing around like a taller, lighter, slightly younger version of Flavor Flav wearing your Grandmother’s Dress and a wig instead of a Viking helmet and a clock.
Continue reading Doing The Right Thing: My Beef w/Tyler Perry…
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — In the wake of the bloggage I just dropped a couple of days ago about last week’s a-hole all-star game with Congressman Joe, Kanye, and Serena (and lost in all that was the rather infamous United States Championship Worthy A-Hole Speech given by Michael Jordan as he entered the Basketball Hall of Fame) got me to thinking about a blog I wrote in August of 2007 about the degeneration of our standards. This, along with a rather disturbing conversation I recently had where two young women were trying to convince me that there are points in time when it’s cool for a man to hit a woman (a la Chris Brown & Rihanna), made me dip back into the archives and drop it on you first timers here on JSC. It was a two-part blog series, where the first dealt with women, and the second dealt with Men. Just as I did back then, I’m leading off with the ladies first. Remember, this was written two years ago, thus explaining the references to the then yet-to-air Flavor of Love 3 and the infamously controversial and short-lived BET show Hot Ghetto Mess. So without further ado, from 8/30/2007, let’s get it together people and start aiming a lot higher!
Continue reading JSC Throwback: Whatever Happened To Standards (Part I: Women)
♦ Can Detroit be Number 1 In Something Positive For Once? ♦
“Detroit turned out to be heaven, but it also turned out to be hell.”
— Marvin Gaye
DETROIT — As far back as I can remember, this city has been associated with some of the most negative aspects of American society. Detroit seems to routinely top the list on such wonderful categories as Poverty, Crime, Blight, High School Dropout Rates, Pollution, Obesity, and most recently Unemployment. However, over the last 30 years, if there was one title that this city has held more than “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair has been world champion, it’s the title of “Murder Capital” of the United States. Even though there have been points when other cities have held at least a share of the title (Chicago, St. Louis, Miami, Washington, D.C., Houston, Gary, Indiana, and Flint), more often than not, the leader in the clubhouse of kills is Detroit.
Continue reading Killa Season: Detroit’s Murder City Blues