Spike Lee is an innovator. His propensity to color outside of the lines and still produce art worthy of praise and consideration speaks to his talent, his foresight, and his creativity. The actor, producer, director and filmmaker has been around for decades, often facing harsh criticism for his work. Now, in 2017, Spike has blessed us with a re-imagining of his classic film, She’s Gotta Have It. With a Spike Lee Joint, you can expect nothing less than shocking, thought-provoking, realness. But most importantly, you can expect a good discussion. This project is no different.
Gabby Douglas, 21-year old Olympian and Gold medalist, has always had a soft spot in Black America’s heart. She’s young, gifted, (Black), and poppin’ so that’s pretty much all we needed to get on board. Throughout her career she has faced a lot of criticism particularly about the way she looks. Her hair has been a topic of discussion on many occasions, especially on social media. Many white Twitter users attacked Gabby during the Olympics when she didn’t put her hand over her heart during the National Anthem. But in typical Black people fashion, we rushed to her defense, most of us banding together to build a protective shield around her. We were rooting for her, and hoping she’d ultimately kick ass at the Olympics, which she did.
I think it’s fair to say that we were all pretty shocked this year when over 40 women came forward with rape allegations against one of America’s most beloved comedians, and friend in our head-Bill Cosby. Before the allegations, most of us viewed Cosby as a father-like figure, an uncle, a pal…a play cousin. I mean after all, he was a funny guy who wore every ugly sweater our dads wished we’d never bought them, and all he ever wanted to do was eat a nice, tasty submarine sandwich on the comfort of his own couch. He made funny faces, did commercials for Jell-O pudding, and was so nice to all of his kids on The Cosby Show…I mean, REALLY, you’d have to be a monster not to like the guy.
But now, 30 years since the launch of The Cosby Show, and in the wake of some very serious allegations, we’re being forced to distance ourselves from the character we know and love, Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, and take a really hard look at the man behind it all-Dr. William H. Cosby.
Amber Rose has been called her share of the “S” word. You know? SLUT. That four letter word that no woman ever really wants to be called. But you see, Amber, who has a reputation for taking life by the horns and riding that motherf*cker til the wheels fall off, is taking the “S” word back. She’s standing up for women’s rights and speaking out against rape culture with her upcoming Slut Walk scheduled for October 3rd.
Let’s give a hand clap for the state of New York. They’ve decided that enough is enough, and they want to make it clear that if you’ve committed an act of sexual assault, then there will be consequences for your actions…INCLUDING having it added to your transcript.
Some days I wonder what I did in my past life to deserve living amongst certain people. Today is one of those days. So, I was on Twitter fake minding my business, and I was slapped in the face with the most ridiculous Twitter campaign since the Baltimore police blunder. It appears that today on Twitter, we are thanking men for keeping their hands to themselves and their penises in their pants.