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Here We Go Again: Taye Diggs Rejects Labeling Son As “Black,” Prefers “Mixed”

African American actor Taye Diggs has a 6 year-old son with ex-wife Idina Menzel who is of Eastern European and Jewish descent. Diggs recently said in an interview with theGrio that he does not like to label his son as black but prefers calling him “mixed.” “When you [describe biracial kids as black], you risk disrespecting that one half of who you are and that’s my fear. I don’t want my son to be in a situation where he calls himself black and everyone thinks he has a black mom and a black dad, and then they see a white mother,
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Quincy Jones on Michael Jackson’s Skin: ‘He Obviously Didn’t Want to be Black’

michaelquincy-apphoto In a Q&A with Details magazine, Quincy Jones, a close confidant of Michael Jackson, unleashes very frank opinions about the late King of Pop, specifically his battle with his skin color and appearance: Q: You were there to witness the strange evolution in Michael's appearance. Did you ever step in and saying anything about it? A: Oh, we talked about it all the time. But he'd come up with, "Man, I promise you I have this disease," and so forth, and "I have a blister on my lungs," and all that kind of b.s. It's hard, because Michael's a Virgo, man—he's very set in his ways. You can't talk him out of it. Chemical peels and all that stuff. Q: Did you believe him about the disease? A: I don't believe in any of that bullshit, no. No. Never. I've been around junkies and stuff all my life. I've heard every excuse. It's like smokers—"I only smoke when I drink" and all that stuff. But it's bullshit. You're justifying something that's destructive to your existence. It's crazy. I mean, I came up with Ray Charles, man. You know, nobody gonna pull no wool over my eyes. He did heroin 20 years! Come on. And black coffee and gin for 40 years. But when he called me to come over to see him when he was in the hospital on his way out, man, he had emphysema, hepatitis C, cirrhosis of the liver, and five malignant tumors. Please, man! I've been around this all my life. So it's hard for somebody to pull the wool over my eyes. But when somebody's hell-bent on it, you can't stop 'em. Q: But it must've been so disturbing to see Michael's face turn into what it turned into. A: It's ridiculous, man! Chemical peels and all of it. And I don't understand it. But he obviously didn't want to be black. Q: Is that what it was? A: Well, what do you think? You see his kids? Q: Did you ever discuss it? Did you ever ask, "Michael, don't you want to be a black man?" A: No, no, no, please. That's not the way you do it. Q: But he was beautiful before? A: Man, he was the most gorgeous guy. Q: But he seemed to have some deep-seated issue with how he looked? A: Well, that comes about a certain way. I'm not sure how it happens. I'm just a musician and a record producer. I'm not a psychiatrist. I don't understand all that stuff. We all got problems. But there's a great book out called Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart. Did you see that? That book says the statute of limitations has expired on all childhood traumas. Get your stuff together and get on with your life, man. Stop whinin' about what's wrong, because everybody's had a rough time, in one way or another.
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Katt Williams on Obama: ‘If You Was Ever Going to Vote for a N****, This is the N**** to Vote For!’

Comedian Katt Williams has a new video out on YouTube called "Date A President," where he likens the presidency to dating. "I feel like didn't we just get out of a fucked up relationship? Maybe we don't need a President right now," Williams says. "Can we be single as a country for a while? And maybe date a President? See how that works out for a couple of months." But after all the zingers and punchlines, Williams says of Barack Obama (even though he believes no one should vote on race), "If you was ever going to vote for a n***, this is the n**** to vote for! Right here, this is the one. Yes, absolutely!"
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Ga Ga: 90210‘s Jessica Lucas, The CW’s Latest Ambiguous Ethnic Girl

Three weeks ago, Jessica Lucas made her sassy debut on The CW's remake of 90210, where not only did she trade witty banter with the hot lit teacher, but she revealed herself as an undercover cop--and another dose of ethnic ambiguity on primetime TV. Lucas, who is best known for running around New York in that nauseous hit Cloverfield, is reportedly half Pakistani and half black. But like Gossip Girl's Jessica Szohr who came before her, there's no mention of her background on the show, where she plays new transfer student-drug agent Kimberly MacIntyre. While the 23-year-old's resume boasts the best credits a scream queen can have, Blindie hopes this hot dash of sass will stick around West Beverly High--hopefully exploring the undeniable chemistry she has with Ryan Eggold (aka: the Hot Lit Teacher).
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ObamaNation: Poll Says One-Third of White Democrats See Blacks as ‘Lazy’ or ‘Violent’

If the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll, Barack Obama could lose the race because one-third of white Democrats "harbor negative views toward blacks." Calling blacks "lazy," "violent" or responsible for their own troubles, 40 percent of all white Americans hold at least a partly negative view toward blacks. "There are a lot fewer bigots than there were 50 years ago, but that doesn't mean there's only a few bigots," said Stanford political scientist Paul Sniderman who helped analyze the survey. Twenty percent of all whites felt the word "violent" strongly applied to blacks when present with a list of positive and negative adjectives. Among other words, 22 percent agreed with "boastful," 29 percent "complaining," 13 percent "lazy" and 11 percent "irresponsible." Although this prejudiced group isn't as large as the non-prejudiced group, this percentage could still cost Obama the White House--and all we'll have for the next four years is a flip-flopping, character-warping President and his gun-wielding, moose-hunting, inexperienced VP.
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Confessions of an ObamaVoter: McCain vs. Obama in the Ultimate Convention Speech Off

The nomination acceptance speeches for both Barack Obama & John McCain were telling moments for their race for the White House. Obama shattered expectations with an oratory masterpiece, while McCain managed to survive the night with the support of two crutches: his POW biography and sassy VP pick Sarah Palin. When Obama's moment came, he wiped the GOP's character attacks of him off the map: Celebrity? Patriotism? Toughness? All arguments revealed to be nothing more than child’s play--the retorts in this speech were so delicious!!! After a solid Joe Biden VP pick, a successful DNC, and Obama’s game changing speech, the Republicans had to make a desperate move in order to compete…that’s where VP pick Sarah Palin came in. This pro-life, moose hunting, hockey mom-ing, miss congeniality-winning, right wing firecracker came out with venom for Obama, electrifying her base with an effective, substance free, biting performance. She gave the cowboy hat-wearing GOPs an early climax at the convention...and McCain put them to sleep afterwards. (Click in for ENTIRE column!!!)
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ObamaNation: New York Magazine Covers Race in Barack’s Presidential Campaign

Covering "The Impossible Conversation," New York magazine analyzes the racial climate and politics surrounding the historical Barack Obama presidential campaign. "Obama, after all, isn’t having trouble with African-American voters or Hispanic voters or young voters. Where he’s lagging is among white voters, and with older ones in particular," John Heilemann boldly writes. "Call me crazy, but isn’t it possible, just possible, that Obama’s lead is being inhibited by the fact that he is, you know, black?" In another article, "Black & Blacker," Vanessa Grigoriadis writes about the racial politics of the Obama marriage. "She’s a type we’ve rarely seen in the public eye, a well-educated woman who is a dedicated mother, successful in her career, and happens to be black," Grigoriadis observes. "This has created confusion for some people, who seem desperate to find a negative quality in her: She’s too big, too masculine, too much like a drag queen." Although Obama isn't running on the platform of being black (he's a multi-tiered human being, for chrissake, who grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia and is of Kenyan, African-American, and Caucasian descent), Blindie applauds the magazine for dedicating an entire issue to race. Blindie particularly loves the article, "ObamaKids," where the writer John McWhorter says, "If Obama becomes president, there will be a shift in the conception of race in this country that neither side in the culture wars can control. It’s all about youth. Think about it. If Obama is elected to two terms, an entire generation of 10-year-olds will come of age having been barely aware of anyone other than a black man in the White House."
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Here We Go Again: Taye Diggs Rejects Labeling Son As “Black,” Prefers “Mixed”

African American actor Taye Diggs has a 6 year-old son with ex-wife Idina Menzel who is of Eastern European and Jewish descent. Diggs recently said in an interview with theGrio that he does not like to label his son as black but prefers calling him “mixed.” “When you [describe biracial kids as black], you risk disrespecting that one half of who you are and that’s my fear. I don’t want my son to be in a situation where he calls himself black and everyone thinks he has a black mom and a black dad, and then they see a white mother,
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Quincy Jones on Michael Jackson’s Skin: ‘He Obviously Didn’t Want to be Black’

michaelquincy-apphoto In a Q&A with Details magazine, Quincy Jones, a close confidant of Michael Jackson, unleashes very frank opinions about the late King of Pop, specifically his battle with his skin color and appearance: Q: You were there to witness the strange evolution in Michael's appearance. Did you ever step in and saying anything about it? A: Oh, we talked about it all the time. But he'd come up with, "Man, I promise you I have this disease," and so forth, and "I have a blister on my lungs," and all that kind of b.s. It's hard, because Michael's a Virgo, man—he's very set in his ways. You can't talk him out of it. Chemical peels and all that stuff. Q: Did you believe him about the disease? A: I don't believe in any of that bullshit, no. No. Never. I've been around junkies and stuff all my life. I've heard every excuse. It's like smokers—"I only smoke when I drink" and all that stuff. But it's bullshit. You're justifying something that's destructive to your existence. It's crazy. I mean, I came up with Ray Charles, man. You know, nobody gonna pull no wool over my eyes. He did heroin 20 years! Come on. And black coffee and gin for 40 years. But when he called me to come over to see him when he was in the hospital on his way out, man, he had emphysema, hepatitis C, cirrhosis of the liver, and five malignant tumors. Please, man! I've been around this all my life. So it's hard for somebody to pull the wool over my eyes. But when somebody's hell-bent on it, you can't stop 'em. Q: But it must've been so disturbing to see Michael's face turn into what it turned into. A: It's ridiculous, man! Chemical peels and all of it. And I don't understand it. But he obviously didn't want to be black. Q: Is that what it was? A: Well, what do you think? You see his kids? Q: Did you ever discuss it? Did you ever ask, "Michael, don't you want to be a black man?" A: No, no, no, please. That's not the way you do it. Q: But he was beautiful before? A: Man, he was the most gorgeous guy. Q: But he seemed to have some deep-seated issue with how he looked? A: Well, that comes about a certain way. I'm not sure how it happens. I'm just a musician and a record producer. I'm not a psychiatrist. I don't understand all that stuff. We all got problems. But there's a great book out called Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart. Did you see that? That book says the statute of limitations has expired on all childhood traumas. Get your stuff together and get on with your life, man. Stop whinin' about what's wrong, because everybody's had a rough time, in one way or another.
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Katt Williams on Obama: ‘If You Was Ever Going to Vote for a N****, This is the N**** to Vote For!’

Comedian Katt Williams has a new video out on YouTube called "Date A President," where he likens the presidency to dating. "I feel like didn't we just get out of a fucked up relationship? Maybe we don't need a President right now," Williams says. "Can we be single as a country for a while? And maybe date a President? See how that works out for a couple of months." But after all the zingers and punchlines, Williams says of Barack Obama (even though he believes no one should vote on race), "If you was ever going to vote for a n***, this is the n**** to vote for! Right here, this is the one. Yes, absolutely!"
Read More

Ga Ga: 90210‘s Jessica Lucas, The CW’s Latest Ambiguous Ethnic Girl

Three weeks ago, Jessica Lucas made her sassy debut on The CW's remake of 90210, where not only did she trade witty banter with the hot lit teacher, but she revealed herself as an undercover cop--and another dose of ethnic ambiguity on primetime TV. Lucas, who is best known for running around New York in that nauseous hit Cloverfield, is reportedly half Pakistani and half black. But like Gossip Girl's Jessica Szohr who came before her, there's no mention of her background on the show, where she plays new transfer student-drug agent Kimberly MacIntyre. While the 23-year-old's resume boasts the best credits a scream queen can have, Blindie hopes this hot dash of sass will stick around West Beverly High--hopefully exploring the undeniable chemistry she has with Ryan Eggold (aka: the Hot Lit Teacher).
Read More

ObamaNation: Poll Says One-Third of White Democrats See Blacks as ‘Lazy’ or ‘Violent’

If the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll, Barack Obama could lose the race because one-third of white Democrats "harbor negative views toward blacks." Calling blacks "lazy," "violent" or responsible for their own troubles, 40 percent of all white Americans hold at least a partly negative view toward blacks. "There are a lot fewer bigots than there were 50 years ago, but that doesn't mean there's only a few bigots," said Stanford political scientist Paul Sniderman who helped analyze the survey. Twenty percent of all whites felt the word "violent" strongly applied to blacks when present with a list of positive and negative adjectives. Among other words, 22 percent agreed with "boastful," 29 percent "complaining," 13 percent "lazy" and 11 percent "irresponsible." Although this prejudiced group isn't as large as the non-prejudiced group, this percentage could still cost Obama the White House--and all we'll have for the next four years is a flip-flopping, character-warping President and his gun-wielding, moose-hunting, inexperienced VP.
Read More

Confessions of an ObamaVoter: McCain vs. Obama in the Ultimate Convention Speech Off

The nomination acceptance speeches for both Barack Obama & John McCain were telling moments for their race for the White House. Obama shattered expectations with an oratory masterpiece, while McCain managed to survive the night with the support of two crutches: his POW biography and sassy VP pick Sarah Palin. When Obama's moment came, he wiped the GOP's character attacks of him off the map: Celebrity? Patriotism? Toughness? All arguments revealed to be nothing more than child’s play--the retorts in this speech were so delicious!!! After a solid Joe Biden VP pick, a successful DNC, and Obama’s game changing speech, the Republicans had to make a desperate move in order to compete…that’s where VP pick Sarah Palin came in. This pro-life, moose hunting, hockey mom-ing, miss congeniality-winning, right wing firecracker came out with venom for Obama, electrifying her base with an effective, substance free, biting performance. She gave the cowboy hat-wearing GOPs an early climax at the convention...and McCain put them to sleep afterwards. (Click in for ENTIRE column!!!)
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ObamaNation: New York Magazine Covers Race in Barack’s Presidential Campaign

Covering "The Impossible Conversation," New York magazine analyzes the racial climate and politics surrounding the historical Barack Obama presidential campaign. "Obama, after all, isn’t having trouble with African-American voters or Hispanic voters or young voters. Where he’s lagging is among white voters, and with older ones in particular," John Heilemann boldly writes. "Call me crazy, but isn’t it possible, just possible, that Obama’s lead is being inhibited by the fact that he is, you know, black?" In another article, "Black & Blacker," Vanessa Grigoriadis writes about the racial politics of the Obama marriage. "She’s a type we’ve rarely seen in the public eye, a well-educated woman who is a dedicated mother, successful in her career, and happens to be black," Grigoriadis observes. "This has created confusion for some people, who seem desperate to find a negative quality in her: She’s too big, too masculine, too much like a drag queen." Although Obama isn't running on the platform of being black (he's a multi-tiered human being, for chrissake, who grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia and is of Kenyan, African-American, and Caucasian descent), Blindie applauds the magazine for dedicating an entire issue to race. Blindie particularly loves the article, "ObamaKids," where the writer John McWhorter says, "If Obama becomes president, there will be a shift in the conception of race in this country that neither side in the culture wars can control. It’s all about youth. Think about it. If Obama is elected to two terms, an entire generation of 10-year-olds will come of age having been barely aware of anyone other than a black man in the White House."
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