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Re: My dad's barbershop -- and personal responsibility

Empty Purnata ·
Amen Isome, Frenchy, Nmaginate and MidLifeMan! Kneegrows like this are all about how they can best dyck-ride on the White man to "success" (popularity among White status-quo defenders), and how they can best distance themselves from the "angry cage-rattling Black people". Sellouts all of them. I hate them, seriously. Damn them all to hell.
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Re: King Kong, The Movie

Ms_secondhalf ·
I thought this movie was beyond silly... and I'm sorry, but I don't see the 'emasculated black man' thing. I understand the concept but I'm not sure I buy into it. We have to deal with far more overt manifestations of racism than those found in a movie. It's just a movie, folks.... Be that as it may, on with my review: The actors were fine -- I'm a fan of both Naomi Watts and Jack Black. But the film was wayyy over the top. The scene with the giant insects was totally unnecessary; the scenes...
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Re: Brokeback Mountain

FireFly ·
hi, this has just opened here. I'm not a huge fan of Heath (people know him here for his role in Ned Kelly) but I'm curious about this role. I like when actors are brave enough to do something a bit risque or different. I did like Donnie Darko... it became a huge cult film over here. That bunny was scarey! .
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Re: King Kong, The Movie

4YAINFO ·
The black character called "Hayes" was thrown in to the movie to "balance" the scences of so-called "the blood-thirsty savages".
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Re: King Kong, The Movie

Rowe ·
I told you it was some mess. I don't know why, considering indigeous groups are becoming more "Americanized" than Americans, White film directors continue to portray them in this way. They are racist, that's why. You should have took your money and spent it on something to eat.
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Re: "If the KKK opposes gay marriage, I would ride with them."

Black Viking ·
AMEN! What I would really like is for conservatives to explain is what exactly gays are taking from me if they get married. I have a position on many contravertial issues, but they all have one thing in common. They directly, or at least indirectly, affect me. If this minister is willing to sell his soul to the Klan just to suppress someone that has nothing to do with him, I say why wait for thier approval? Grab a sheet, burn a cross, and get on with it!
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Re: The name of our moon?

FireFly ·
I just scanned through your list. I'm more interested in the non-fiction list, some classics, and some interesting new ones to follow up thanks. I had to buy a(nother) darn bookcase a few weeks back to fit all 2005's book purchases in and it's full already. I'm sure this will create protest but when it comes to sci-fi, I can't go past the film Existenz. .
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Re: The name of our moon?

umbrarchist ·
I haven't seen ExistenZ so I don't know if it meets my qualifications for science fiction or suggested science fiction. Many people, myself included, do not consider STAR WARS to be science fiction. I call it space opera, being on the same level with Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. The Abyss: Special Edition is just about the best science fiction movie I know of The movie version falls kind of flat at the end. It is closely followed by 2001. The trouble with 2001 is the people aren't very warm...
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Re: Million Dollar Baby

FireFly ·
I think there was another discussion thread about this film way back on this board. I really like Hilary Swank as an actor so i will see anything that she is in. I think the boxing chick was Jamaican, but anyhoo... I agree. More black hats vs white hats, ho-humm. Seems even Clint couldn't quite make the break from Hollywood stereotypical scriptwriting in places. A great film with Hilary Swank is INSOMNIA, with Robin Williams as Mr Evil himself. Excellent acting, excellent story, set in Alaska.
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Re: Some sobering statistics on poverty

Pace Tua ·
Unfortunately, these numbers and what they mean have become "normalized", in the sense put forward by Edward Herman in his book "Triumph of the Market". It can only be so, as capitalism panders to the uncontrolled greed and self-interest of the few. These statistics have to be accepted, normalized or else people would realize something is wrong and this is a threat to capitalist culture. And there is a method to all this as well. One of the cornerstones is to promote the banality of evil.
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Re: Million Dollar Baby

FireFly ·
If he hasn't already, Spike Lee should write a film FOR Morgan Freeman. Some kind of bio-story... not about anyone necessarily famous, but about one man's journey. A non-Hollywood type screen adaptation of the true story/novel Life Is Good immediately comes to mind. Just the right actor, just the right age. Do it, Spike!
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Re: "?Who Choses Whom?"

Max ·
Art_gurl said: "who chooses who is largely irrelevant when most men desire an ongoing choice of a smorgasboard selection." ----------------------- AMEN TO THAT SISTER! Lusting after the vast selection of women is one thing...getting them to comply is another matter entirely. Besides, men earned the right to have a smorgasboard, since we tend to be more proactive in the dating arena by taking initiative, attempting to be entertaining and conversating with you women just to get a "sniff". Most...
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Re: The Word ["Amen"]

Fine ·
How many would still say amen at the end of prayers if they knew the word is of/from the "african" God "Aten" "Aton".
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Re: The Word ["Amen"]

Melesi ·
How many use it knowing that it means no such thing? The origin of "Amen" is "Amman," not "Amen" or Amun."
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Re: The Greatness of Spike Lee

FireFly ·
well my suggestion - noted elsewhere - is he should do a film adaptation of Life is So Good a story of George Dawson's life, starring Morgan Freeman. Not an idle suggestion... I think it would be massive. I'd like to see Morgan in a more solid narrative role. My boo criticises Spike for not doing a historical drama. Perhaps, Spike is a contemporary filmmaker. Perhaps it's a good idea to open up to the forum to discuss both the type of film people on this forum would LIKE and PAY to go and...
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Re: The Word ["Amen"]

Fine ·
1353BC It was Amenhotep IV/(Akhenaton) 'who' introduced the concept of Aton as the Only God in Kemet hence the word Amen-- http://home.acceleration.net/clark/papervu/timeline.htm
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Re: The Greatness of Spike Lee

HonestBrother ·
"4 Little Girls" is great (and extremely difficult to watch at times). Another recent work by Spike is "A Huey P. Newton Story". This is fantastic! It stars Roger Guenveur Smith (Smiley from "Do the Right Thing") in a one man show. You can get info and purchase the DVD at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000EMYBQ/qid=1137806...07846&s=dvd&v=glance Editorial Reviews Product Description: A Huey P. Newton Story is an intimate portrait of Huey P. Newton, the late co-founder of the...
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Re: Black Unity: Moving Beyond The RHETORIC

Empty Purnata ·
NOW THIS IS KEY RIGHT HERE. I'm glad that you posted this, Nmag. Now these are things which harm Black Unity in America more than anything else (I would also add those who view quick monetary gain through illegal activity as "acceptable" to the dis-unity list). For Black Unity to be achieved, we also need more communal ethic with Black Businesses. Many Black Businesses operate just like White Businesses and just do business with whoever the highest bidder is (so in the end, it doesn't help...
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Re: Cathy Freeman goes bush...

FireFly ·
I found this story about the making of the series. Freeman and Mailman go bush Issue 95 By Erin McWhirter, TV Writer NATIONAL, Jan 19, 2005: It takes a lot to make Olympic gold medallist Catherine Freeman cry. Throughout her life the sports star has been through the devastation of losing big races and other personal dramas, but she rarely cries. However, a recent road trip with actress and pal Deborah Mailman changed all that. In an instant, the city slickers who spent seven weeks travelling...
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Re: PBS: African American Lives

Faheem ·
PBS TO OFFER SPECIAL PROGRAMMING FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH February 1 – February 28, 2006 Alexandria, VA - January 25, 2006 - From history to culture to drama to independent film, PBS features year-round programming both created by and about African Americans. In honor of Black History Month, PBS will broadcast a variety of new and encore presentations that celebrate the rich history of African Americans. The centerpiece for this month of special programs is a four-hour series by Henry Louis...
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Re: Help for arthritis?

folobatuyi ·
Hey Frenchy, The first question I have is what type of arthritis does your mom has? From the description you gave, it sounds like rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as opposed to osteoarthritis (OA)(aka degenerative/wear-and tear related arthritis). It is important to know the difference as the treatment for the two are different. Were the monthly shots corticosteriods, plaquenil or methotraxate? I am not sure why the shots are being stopped. Hopefully, the new doctor is a board certified...
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Re: Good night, and Good Luck

work4rymes ·
Im going to go see this movie today. I would think Clooney made the film to comment about what is going on now with the "war on terrorism" and the Bush administration, because of his past political statements. Any one who has seen this film feel that is what he is doing? If so how does it affect the film as a whole?
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Re: Good night, and Good Luck

FireFly ·
Look forward to hearing your review work4rymes Yes the film is an obvious parallel to what is happening today, but it is set firmly and convincingly in the 1950's. Rather than 'hitting everyone over the head' with his message, Clooney chooses to tell his story via the newsteam at CBS and in particular on air broadcaster Edward Murrow. I think the film was made more for those of us who weren't around in the McCarthy era, to prompt discussion and further reading. I don't think there was time...
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Re: Good night, and Good Luck

FireFly ·
I must mention the music - again. I think it's divine . "Dianne Reeves's cool contralto, fronted by a quicksilver combo featuring saxophonist Matt Catingub and pianist Peter Martin, provides the flowing jazz soundtrack to George Clooney's 1950s, film." .
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Re: games black men play

Black Viking ·
Yeah... at least "Brad" is single. What's your excuse taffy? AMEN!!! Can I get a witness up in here?!!!
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Re: A film suggesting African Americans' embracing slavery - Manderlay

HonestBrother ·
Nayo, have you seen any of von Trier's previous films? "Breaking Waves", "Dancer In The Dark", but especially "Dogville"? They're ALL - in different ways - very troubling. I really enjoyed Dogville. No I haven't heard about the new film but I'd love to see it now that I have.
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Re: A film suggesting African Americans' embracing slavery - Manderlay

nayo ·
Yes, I have seen Dogville, Nicole Kidman was very good in this. Von triers attempt to twist the hegelian 'slave-master; dynamic is weirdly entertaining. His use of 'rape' as the methodology for the transformation of an independent consciousness, into a(n) dependent/interdependent consciousness is, different, But is'nt that what happened to the African, the rape of one people, powerfully and completely by another?
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Re: New Black Conservative Website

Empty Purnata ·
Amen! But of course, buck-dancing Kneegroids is all for it!
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Re: Teacher suspended for ten days, after calling student Nigga!

Nmaginate ·
Okay, let's see you do some street-corner comedy doing the same thing. But, as I have to tell people coming from lame angles like yours pretty often... you SELF-FUCKED (i.e. CONTRADICTED yourself). Here you are betraying what you said before in order for your CIRCULAR REASONING to work. You said: Put simply... whatever the two parties involved in conversation perceive the meaning of a word to be, that's what the word means in that conversation. To which I countered: Obviously, the meaning...
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Re: A MUST SEE MOVIE

FireFly ·
This looks really interesting. What's the story, are they looking for a distributor? I hope it makes it to Australia. Is the whole film sub-titled? I've started learning Portugese - but not enough to have understood any of the film trailer, lol. It looks pretty interesting though, and the music sounds great! I've seen Fernando Meirelles' City of God and his other film The Constant Gardener . Each were very different styles. .
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Re: Conservatism and African America

Constructive Feedback (Guest) ·
Funny how you wouldn't answer the very question that I put forth with regard to left-wing progressivism in our community AMONG BLACK PEOPLE. Here is my shot: The Black community has traditionally been bound by CULTURAL PRECEDENT. For the longest you had a mother and grandmother who warned against "Shacking" and who could read the character of a "date" that you brought home the very first time they met them. Economically, prior to our forefathers moving North we worked the land. There was a...
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Re: Jerry Rice vs. Michael Jordan

Max ·
AMEN Donna! ...And since you brought it up, yes he is sexy...don't get me wrong, I'm straight, but there were times when MJ was so phenominal & surreal on the court that even I would questioned my own sexuality...he's that damn good!!
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Re: Heather Headley or India Arie?

nayo ·
India.Arie. However,'He Is', is awesome! I first heard it in the film, 'Breaking All The Rules'. The movie was goofie, ,but love that song. However, India.Arie, is special to me.
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Re: Terrence Howard's "Pimp or Be Pimped" Moment

Yemaya ·
He took the role in the film..... It shows that black actors should be careful in choosing the roles that they accept.
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Re: Terrence Howard's "Pimp or Be Pimped" Moment

Huey ·
What??? Just because Jamie Foxx played Ray Charles and won doesn't mean... I'm glad Terrence didn't do it either. He's under no obligation to do so. That's like asking Richard Roundtree to sing the "Theme from 'Shaft'".
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Re: Terrence Howard's "Pimp or Be Pimped" Moment

Yemaya ·
How many times did Jamie Foxx sing "Georgia" outside of the film role he played?? I'm not saying he should sing the song, I'm saying if you play the role of a pimp, you can expect BS like that to come your way. And frankly I'm tired of roles like this being nominated as outstanding by the Academy. I recall Denzel, after many playing outstanding roles, getting an Oscar for "Training Day" where he plays a crooked cop who commits all sorts of crimes. I'll just say we'll agree to disagree on...
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Re: Terrence Howard's "Pimp or Be Pimped" Moment

HonestBrother ·
It was a role after all ... I think he played it well... it was very nuanced... But he's not obligated to continue this role at the Oscars... The movie was so good that there is a danger it will contribute to normalizing the pimp "lifestyle" (i.e., making it appear acceptable)... So I think the decision not to perform this song at the Oscars is a way to say "No ... it was enough to play this role in a movie - as art - but I'm not going to live it beyond the screen or promote the idea that...
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Re: Terrence Howard's "Pimp or Be Pimped" Moment

Black Viking ·
I personally don't believe it's the roles themselves that win awards. Denzel had many stunning preformances, but Training Day was definately one of his best, IMO, because he absolutely nailed it. It also has to do with how broad an audience the film reaches. Denzel's preformance in Malcolm X was also one of his best, but how many people saw it outside of the Black community?
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Re: "Church Of The Spread Legs"

Frenchy ·
Let the church say, "Amen!" Completely agree with the article and the writer's frustration. Men seem to pride themselves on holding back emotionally for as long as possible, even when their feelings are otherwise. My male friends will scream and cry and stress over a woman, but all of a sudden get cold as ice and "whatevah" as soon as she's present or when around other men they don't know well. Everybody wants to worship, but nobody wants to tithe. Where is the offering? A lot of y'all are...
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Re: I'm In Love With A Stripper?

xxGAMBITxx ·
Amen to that! 93.1 WZAK...Saved my eardrums many a morning.
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Re: Tsotsi

FireFly ·
So now it's a film as well...Cool! You might be interested in this review of the Tsotsi , the book written by Anthol Fugard , I read 2 days ago. I don't think reading this appraisal of the book story line will necessarily ruin the film by 'spelling it out' - in fact I think it makes it even more spell-binding. Review by Malcolm Knox, the Herald's literary editor. Tsotsi South African Athol Fugard, now 73, has always regarded himself as a dramatist rather than a novelist and it was due to his...
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Re: One Man Battling the Democratic Party

1milehi ·
http://adeebafolami.com/archives/2006/perryman2.html
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Re: 16 Blocks

FireFly ·
I haven't seen much of Mosh Def the actor, only in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy which bombed in America - he was a good choice for the role. I'll add 16 Blocks to my list - I don't usually bother seeing any film with Bruce Willis in it.
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Re: Ogou's Iron or Jesus' Irony

HonestBrother ·
Melesi, Perhaps the method that the Pentecostal preacher was using communicated a message that HE did not understand.... The method - the style of the black preacher - being a gift of the ancestors that we've retained but whose purpose - for Divine communication - * we * fail to understand because of our cultural alienation from Africa... I'm reminded of the film The Gods Must Be Crazy - where the cultures are now reversed: we're the 'primitives' making sounds we do not understand... Message...
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Re: Ogou's Iron or Jesus' Irony

kresge ·
HB, That is exactly the authors point. Western culture tends to be logocentric, but that is not universal. That is just one dimension of communication and transmission of information. As I said, I came across this article some time ago in my research. One of the things that people who study religion are doing more of are analysing not just words (doctrine, dogma, theology) but practice, space, and the body. Thus, while the preacher was saying one thing, his body (voice, movement, etc)...
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Re: Ogou's Iron or Jesus' Irony

Oshun Auset ·
Thanks for explaining it to those who refuse to understand.
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Re: What About Amistad?

4YAINFO ·
A damn wretching film: the slave-ship scene was harrowing along the with legal runarounds they had to go through to obtain release.
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Re: What About Amistad?

FireFly ·
I hadn't heard of this film before so I went and hired it DVD. Here are my thoughts on the story telling and its impact. I found it a very compelling and well-crafted film and insight into the living, breathing hell of human captives and their being seen in terms of 'cargo' with disputed 'ownership'. It reminds me of one of the central ideas of Jarrod Diamond's 'Guns, Germs and Steel' - where would the whites have been without their guns? I don't think anyone - white or black - can fully...
 
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