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Culture, healing, politics and bullshit - Not necessarily in that order

The general, socio-political and very personal rantings and ravings of a hip hop head from the hood hustling for change... Of himself.

You all know me and are aware that I am unable to remain silent. At times to be silent is to lie. For silence can be interpreted as acquiescence.
—Miguel de Unamuno


Sunday, October 01, 2006

Minstrel Show, Parody or Just Plain Tragic?

Just thought I'd share, I'm sure you'll decide wisely...

UPDATE 1 - 10/01
henry gandolph posted a comment and suggested that I add a third option to the title of this post. Thanks Henry!

Something about a transvestite with 2 bad wigs swinging naked, dead e coli round' all them kids that just warms the cockles of my heart...

UPDATE 2 - 10/2
Now there was a conversation about it last week here, but I wanted to sit on this topic for a minute and hoping it would go away... Until I heard it on the radio.

Fry that chicken indeed baby.
(shakes head, walks away)

ADDED 10/02 - Ms. Peachez - "In The Tub"

ADDED 10/02 - Ms Peachez Goes To Cosmetology School

What the hell...

10/02/2006 About 2:35 in the morning.

I thought about the whole Ms Peachez phenomenon and how it's being perceived in other communities. After a little research I found that Peachez has a whole album of this stuff and is a pretty prominent hood figure in the greater Shreveport, LA area.

It seems that Ms Peachez is a spokesperson of some sorts (of course she has the support of the community helping business and all) for a lot of smaller black business, and the shops, tattoo parlors and beauty schools of the like are willing to pitch in and get on the bandwagon to drum up business, which leads me to this question:

Madea, Big Mama, Sheneneh, Wanda... Where is the line drawn?

And why is the 'Chain Hang Low' song an exact replica of 'Turkey In The Straw'?

We still doing the 'Toe Wap'?
Oh, snap that's no longer called the coon dance... It's 'Chicken Noodle Soup' dance.

With a soda on the side.


In this day and age it seems that we have no concept of history both triumphant and damaging and how our actions and the repercussions of them directly affects us. The saying about us not learning from our history being doomed to repeat it seems to hold true in some aspects in 2006 because once again, we've relinquished control of an art form that was transformed into a global phenom and then evolved into culture... A way of life to someone else.

And at this pace, technology will pump this version of modern day coonism into our homes at an alarming rate, thus...

Nah, fuck that. It starts at home. Hell, I had proper training. I also knew how rich we were by being taught about our culture. I also know the difference between entertainment and reality. For me, there is no blur. We must start by re-taking hip hop culture and making it easier to decipher what is and what isn't to the shorties. If not, hip hop goes the way of jazz and rock and roll - totally out of our hands and ineffective as an intergral part of our culture and current history.

You are watching modern day versions of Pat Boone and Elvis. You are watching the modern day version of the negro in blackface, hustling for that meal ticket. Don't fret, them coons are also writing screenplays and books as well. They also own terrabytes of space on webservers and can afford bandwidth.

It's up to us to decide what is and what isn't. Let's start here.

Where do you draw the line?


Anonymous said...

Interesting blog site.

When I asked my wife if she thought the piece was a minstrel show or parody she said she thought it was tragic.

You should have added tragedy to the list of choices.

The Brown Blogger said...

Okay... Will do.

Thanks for stoppinf by.

Ms_SoCal said...

Very tragic ... down right disgusting!

Gallis said...


Ok I'll be totally and completely honest. I ran the gamut of speechless disbelief to laughing my ass off and back again.

I think it was the Dr. Phil line that sent me over the edge, but overall I think I laughed more out of discomfort more than anything. Maybe that was their point? I dunno.

Brotha Buck said...

I've had at least four people in the last week ask me if I'd heard this song. I hadn't, until now. Hmm.

DivineLavender said...

Does she/he/it provide that fried chicken receipe?

I am kinda hungry!


Ya Hear Me??!!

Butchie said...

I'm not so sure how I feel about that video.

Anonymous said...

You're right ... it is (or at least should be) taught in the home. Our history is lost because we aren't passing it down or it wasn't passed down to us. Either way it's a tragedy.

Aly Cat 121 said...

Ahhh what "Big Business" does for money and what we do to get just a lil taste of it. This post reminds me of one of Dead Prez's songs. I think it's called "Hip Hop" and they talk about how far will we go to "get paid" and how much of ourselves is up for sale.

Frankly Tel*lie*vison, radio, entertainment are just forms to keep us unfocused and our minds off of what is really happening, like "supremcy by stealth" "world global domination" "war" . . . "afrikhan revolution" *ooppps dayum did I say that?*

brooklyn babe said...

"Driving Dirty..."
this is a blog-by to say HI!

You tube is a hot mess... no telling what could be up on there.

bK bABe

aquababie said...

frankly i hate this! this is not satire. it doesn't make me think. it makes me sad.

Anonymous said...

I cant stand the videos. They make us look so bad. I saw them last week and I was appalled. Its tragic. It really is. It hurts my heart that people can do this.