Day: February 3, 2009

Race Matters

GIMME FIVE: Best Black History Websites

February is Black History Month! No, not because it’s the shortest month of the year, but in observance of the birthdays of the great abolitionist and orator Fredrick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, who passed the Emancipation Proclamation which freed the slaves.

Here are Blindie’s top five black history websites:

A&E Television Networks’ website for the Biography channel offers up a wealth of facts, trivia, games, photos and videos in a fun, easy-to-search format. Check out the interactive timeline that spans from 1619, when Africans first arrived in America as slave labor, to the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States in 2009.

Another property of the A&E Television Networks that did an excellent job of providing black history information and highlighting key figures.

This informational website has a whole section dedicated to black history and offers articles and facts but with a lot less photos and no fun games or quizzes.

This site bills itself as “the largest online encyclopedia and social network dedicated to Black history and culture.” Don’t let the “submit your email address to enter the site” deter you from using the site -you can skip by additional requests for personal information.

Founded by Dr. Carter G. Woodsen in 1915, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History strove to undo mistruths about black people in America and promote their history with the start of Negro History Week which became Black History Month in the 1970s.

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Asia Feuds Race Matters

Disney’s Teen Queen Miley Cyrus Offends Asians With Racist Slanted Eyes Photo


Miley Cyrus, the teen who is quickly becoming a major pain in the ass, has matured from a too sexy too soon lolita (remember her semi-nude scandal) to ‘I am a racist country hick’ with the release of a photo of her slanting her eyes with a group of Caucasians surrounding an Asian male.

In a statement to TMZ, the Asian activists group OCA said the photo “is offensive to the Asian Pacific American community and sets a terrible example for her many young fans. This image falls within a long and unfortunate history of people mocking and denigrating individuals of Asian descent.”

Blindie also finds the image highly offensive and hopes Disney execs smack Cyrus so hard her eyes permanently slant!

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ObamaNation Video Virus

VIDEO VIRUS: President Barack Obama’s The District, the D.C. Version of MTV’s The City

If you’ve ever wondered how a D.C. version of MTV’s The City would be, you don’t have to wonder anymore!

Newsweek has produced a witty and beyond genius webisode of The District, where President Obama tracks his rise from Illinois Senator to the White House with phrases like ‘totally’ and ‘frenemies’ in VP Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

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Movies Zoe Saldana

Star Trek‘s Zoe Saldana Never Watched the Original Series But Says She’s a Trekkie Now

Star Trek beauty Zoe Saldana may be the lone female on J.J. Abram’s Enterprise, but she admits to not having watched the original series. Sorry Trekkies!

“I never saw that,” Saldana, who plays Uhura, said in a recent interview with “I was not a fan until now and I have so much admiration for what they did, and how much the series continues to grow after 45 years and I had the honor of meeting Nichelle Nichols.”

Of her meeting with Nichols, Saldana reveals that Nichols told her she named Uhura herself.

“I was able to sit down with her and she told me the whole story of how Uhura came to be and where they were going with her character,” Saldana said. “But it all fell into place the moment she walked into the door and auditioned for the part.”

As for the Uhura’s famous costume, Saldana said, “The moment everything came together from the hair, the costume, being on the set, and then you start to feel, ‘Okay, this is real. This is amazing and fun’.”

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