New York’s Long Island weekly newspaper, Smithtown Messenger, published a photo spread entitled “Before and After” of the past five presidential couples and the Obamas at the beginning and end of their respective presidential terms. The piece would’ve been clever had not the paper chosen to depict the Obamas “after” as Esther (LaWanda Pages) and Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) from the early 1970s sitcom Sanford and Son.
After accusations of racism, publisher Phillip Sciarello defended the piece as satire but said the newspaper would run a retraction in its next edition.
The NAACP’s Long Island regional director Tracey Edwards described the piece as “despicable and disrespectful. If this was intended as satire, it misses the mark.”
Hazel N. Dukes, president of the state NAACP conference said in a statement on Wednesday, “it is simply shocking and outrageous that such a blatantly racist ad would run in any paper, much less an official paper of Suffolk County,” Dukes said. “New Yorkers of all races and ethnicity are disgusted by it and reject it.”
If satire is meant to be witty, even ironic, or at least exaggerate a bit of truth, Blindie thinks that the Smithtown Messenger definitely missed the mark -Esther is not Fred Sanford’s wife but his bickering sister-in-law and the only similarities between them and the Obamas is their race. The satire relies upon the stereotype that black people are of a depressed economic class, bicker frequently, and are generally comedic because of that.
Don’t let the name fool you, this independent short is less about romance and more about urban gentrification. Two people ruminate over a recent stabbing in one of those typical conversations where a local tries to scare a newbie with tales of the neighborhoods criminal past, complete with references to rap songs and mayhem in a third world country.
Written and directed by Neil Drumming and starring Gbenga Akinnagbe and Sofia Regan, Romantic was produced on a shoe-string budget. Shot on HD with a Canon HV30 in a studio, the short makes use of some creative production by subbing actual urban streets for a green screen backdrop and some photography of stereotpical Brooklyn shots -brownstones, graffiti, bodegas, and of course a liquor store.
Either you’re outraged to hear that President Barack Obama is busy calling Tiger Woods to console him during his time of sexual scandal instead of fixing the healthcare plan OR you can sniff out media hype a mile away.
Apparently the rumor that Obama “made a personal call to offer encouragement” to Woods, has been traced back to Golf Digest, as reported by VanityFair.com, don’t worry it’s been expunged already (ah, the convenience of online reporting), but not before a ton of blogs ran with the story, including PerezHilton.com.
Latest rumor has it, Bill Clinton called Tiger. Now that we can believe -the man has been known to make bad choices, and even People.com ran with that story!
Check out this quirky video for new artist Bousal. Produced by Etop “Segaffi” Akpabio, the video makes use of hand-drawn and digital images, computer graphics and evokes a style reminiscent of an MTV promo video.
The latest Old Spice commercial featuring a very cute, deep-voiced, ex-football player, tickets to that thing you love, a beach, and a horse is an internet sensation.
While the grandfather-reminiscent, musky-scented bodywash probably won’t make your man appear manlier, it is amassing over 3 million hits on Youtube, and launching the actor Isaiah Mustafa into the pop culture lexicon. The Early Show on CBS even got in on the viral video action and had the first sit-down with the actor.
Sade conveniently dropped her new album in time for the Valentine’s day weekend and it quickly shot up the Billboard charts to #1 where it has remained for two weeks. Is anyone surprised? Not us. Helen Folasade Adu’s voice is just as sultry and rich as when she debuted as Sade in 1984, and her songs are timeless ballads of love and heartbreak. Buy it. Download it. Listen to it.
Independent filmmaker Mai Iskander delves into the lives of three teenage trash collectors living in Egypt. Known as the Zaballeen (Arabic for garbage people) Adham (17), Osama (16), and Nabil (18) are faced with life-changing choices as the city seeks to replace them with a multinational garbage disposal company.
Iskander reveals the touching stories of these three boys and reveals the hidden world of Cairo’s Zaballeen, who for generations have collected the city’s garbage.
Winner of 17 awards, including the Jury Prize at the Dubai International film festival and Best Documentary at South by Southwest, Garbage Dreams has been held over at the IFC theater in New York for a second wee until January 26th.
Dreams sheds light on the people that make a living on the by-products of our disposable world.