Monday, October 31, 2011

Music Video: 鄭融(Stephanie Cheng) - 小龍女

Asian Americans most bullied in US schools: study


WASHINGTON — Asian Americans endure far more bullying at US schools than members of other ethnic groups, with teenagers of the community three times as likely to face taunts on the Internet, new data shows.
Policymakers see a range of reasons for the harassment, including language barriers faced by some Asian American students and a spike in racial abuse following the September 11, 2001 attacks against children perceived as Muslim.
"This data is absolutely unacceptable and it must change. Our children have to be able to go to school free of fear," US Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday during a forum at the Center for American Progress think-tank.
The research, to be released on Saturday, found that 54 percent of Asian American teenagers said they were bullied in the classroom, sharply above the 31.3 percent of whites who reported being picked on.
The figure was 38.4 percent for African Americans and 34.3 percent for Hispanics, a government researcher involved in the data analysis told AFP. He requested anonymity because the data has not been made public.
The disparity was even more striking for cyber-bullying.
Some 62 percent of Asian Americans reported online harassment once or twice a month, compared with 18.1 percent of whites. The researcher said more study was needed on why the problem is so severe among Asian Americans.
The data comes from a 2009 survey supported by the US Justice Department and Education Department which interviewed some 6,500 students from ages 12 to 18. Asian Americans are generally defined as tracing ancestry to East Asia, the Indian subcontinent or the South Pacific.
Officials plan to announce the data during an event in New York on bullying as part of President Barack Obama's White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
New Jersey parent Shehnaz Abdeljaber, who will speak at the event, said she was shocked when she saw her son's middle school yearbook in which not only classmates but also a teacher wrote comments suggesting he was a terrorist.
Abdeljaber soon learned that her son had endured similar remarks at a younger age but had kept silent. She complained to the school principal but has since pushed for workshops on bullying that involve teachers and students.
"We need a more creative approach and more interaction with the youth, empowering them to do something rather than just going through the framework of authority," she said.
The Obama administration has put a priority on fighting bullying. In March, the president joined Facebook for an online anti-bullying conference, where he warned that social media was making the problem worse for many children.
Duncan, the education secretary, warned that bullying had serious effects as it can lead to mental and physical health problems including dependence on drugs or alcohol.
Duncan also voiced concern about high rates of bullying at schools against gay and lesbians, an issue that has come into greater focus since a spate of suicides last year among gay teens who were harassed.
"We're seeing folks who somehow seem a little different from the norm bearing the brunt," Duncan said.
"We're trying to shine a huge spotlight on this," he said.
A number of Asian countries have also wrestled with bullying.
Japan stepped up measures in 2006 after at least four youngsters killed themselves in a matter of days and the education minister said he had received an anonymous letter from a bullied student who was contemplating suicide.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Hollywood Racism: "2 Broke Girls"


When the networks were hyping their shows in July at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, CBS brass approached a number of critics (this one included) and made a point of talking up the disappointing sexism in NBC’s The Playboy Club and ABC’s Pan Am. You know, what a shame it was and how regrettable, in this day and age, both shows were. Despite being done in a mostly casual manner, the point was pretty clear: Are you guys going to hammer them over that or what?

Since I agreed about the sexism (and the fact both shows were bad), driving home the point wasn’t going to be an issue. However, I did mention that CBS might want to fix that, ahem, disappointing racism in 2 Broke Girls.
In life, there’s so much letdown for all of us. While The Playboy Club is dead, the vapid Pan Am flies on (a little lower each week, but still), 2 Broke Girls continues to trot out the character of Han Lee (Matthew Moy), the Korean immigrant who runs the dive diner where the two broke girls in question, Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) work.

Never mind that there’s already been a joke about him being Chinese, or that one joke had him changing his name to Bryce Lee so that the writers could get that Bruce Lee joke in – the writers being no strangers to lame and obvious punch lines – but each week Han’s broken English gets played like some sorry minstrel show (oh, yeah, there was that whole karaoke thing, which seemed like yet another reason to mock Han’s language and point out how funny the letter “r” sounds when you’re fresh off the boat).
In one episode, when Han got a new iPad, he said “Spread the words.” To which Max said, “Word.” And guess what Han did – step aside from the neon freight train of obviousness – he said “Word!” like it was a rap thing.
Every time Han gets to say something on 2 Broke Girls, the undercurrent is that it’s funny because it’s broken English. Plus he’s really short and geeky and non-sexual (there may have been other stereotypes to plop on top of him, but maybe creators Whitney Cummings and Michael Patrick King thought too much was enough, which would certainly stick with the general theme of the show). In any case, what CBS is doing every Monday night is trotting out one of the most regressive and stunning racist devices a network has produced in five or more seasons.

So, congratulations CBS. (Don’t worry, a follow up column on the sexism of Pan Am is on the way, in case you were worried).
Han’s head-shaking caricature almost let’s you forget that there’s also Oleg (Jonathan Kite) the Eastern European cook whose only role is to be lecherous and onerous.
In a TV world where the Irish and the Italians have all but given up getting pissed off about stereotypes, you have to wonder if people of Russian descent also figure to be heavy-accented thugs and goons for all of eternity. Certainly Asians aren’t making much progress getting the TV industry to move beyond stereotypes (much less cast them in roles).
There was also a scene in 2 Broke Girls where ex-society princess Caroline tries to haggle with a woman at Goodwill over the cost of a pair of shoes. “I can’t believe you tried to shoe her down.”
Oh, clever. A Jew joke. Wink-wink.

In the same episode, a Latina woman who was also at the Goodwill – and therefore must swear in Spansh when she gets angry, right? – says flippantly to Max: “You snooze, you lose, puta.
Oh, CBS, you’re so cute with all of this stuff.
Of course, to quarrel over race jokes on 2 Broke Girls is to miss a larger point – that its go-to jokes are mostly sexual. This is a show that has to have at least one vagina joke an episode. It’s not above turning "a wad of cash" in someone’s face into a joke about a wad of something else in someone’s face (again, if you didn’t see that coming five miles away, you’ve never watched 2 Broke Girls).
One episode focused on the stifling heat of New York and Max says, “Stop fighting it. Just give in to it. I don’t know why I’m quoting a rapist.” And the laugh track roars its approval.
Have there been rape jokes on Pan Am? Sexist what?

Every joke Oleg says is about sex, even if it’s about salami at first (see that train coming yet?) or his eyes widening when Christine puts finger in her mouth and closes her lips around it. “You just made it into Oleg’s spank bank,” Max tells her.
Man, 12-year-old boys must be eating this up, if 12-year-old boys know about CBS.
Lots of shows run on sex jokes and bodily functions. The trouble with 2 Broke Girls is that they’re all so incredibly obvious and juvenile that you wish Dennings and Behrs had better material to work with. The duo are the only reason to tune into 2 Broke Girls and even their comic timing and improved character development are making that a harder decision because the writing on the show is so woefully bad.
It’s probably too late to get CBS to do anything about the unfortunate racism in 2 Broke Girls – the time to send notes was during the pilot process, when the Han character should have been nixed without hesitation. And forget the show cutting back on its “that’s what she said” sexual joke simplicity. After all, CBS loves series where one theme gets hammered home relentlessly (fat jokes on Mike & Molly, nerd jokes on The Big Bang Theory, etc.).
There’s chemistry – and maybe even a whole show (preferably one without that stupid horse) that can be pulled from the considerable talents of Dennings and Behrs. But until that happens, 2 Broke Girls remains the most disappointing new sitcom of the fall, because unlike so many others it actually had potential but has squandered it away every week on cheap, predictable and unfunny jokes.
Consider that if you watch tonight. Or better yet, don’t watch.

Critics claim '2 Broke Girls' uses racial stereotypes

New CBS comedy series “2 Broke Girls” is attracting criticism for their portrayal of a Korean character and their alleged use of racial stereotypes.
The character of Korean immigrant Bryce (Han) Lee, as played by Matthew Moy, runs the diner where the “2 Broke Girls” (played by Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs) are employed. As we mentioned in our recap back in September, the only drawback to the series premiere was that Moy's character certainly "walked the line of turning into a stereotype."
CNN's Henry Hanks called it "truly disappointing to see this on an otherwise smart show," and other critics have since chimed in.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that “each week Han’s broken English gets played like some sorry minstrel show.” Questionable jokes include emphasizing Lee’s problems with pronunciation.
Blog Racebending observes that “Lee can’t wear his pants correctly, can’t speak English properly, and doesn’t understand the concept of holidays.”
And it’s not just Bryce Lee. “[T]he ensemble of stock ethnics gave me a migraine,” commented New York Magazine writer Emily Nussbaum of the show’s population.
HitFix reports that the show’s creators, Whitney Cummings (who also stars in “Whitney”), and “Sex and the City” writer Michael Patrick King, claim the diner is representative of the multi-ethnic neighborhood (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) it serves.
"By ethnic characters, I'd say the hipsters,” King said when the question of stereotypes came up during the Television Critics Association press tour. “And Max is sort of the lord and ruler of that diner, so she's going to take everybody down, the hipsters, the immigrants, the girls, and most importantly, herself."
As for the accusation that Bryce Lee is a stereotype, King and Cummings don’t see it. "There's a comic sweetness to him that's an innocence, and the fact he's an immigrant from Korea is part of his character," writer/producer/director King said, noting that the character will be rounded out as the season goes on.
“The character is not dumb,” Cummings added. “He just moved to the country six months ago. He literally doesn't know the language. That doesn't mean he's dumb. In the subsequent episodes, we're going to see how smart he truly is.”
King may be an equal opportunity offender. When asked if a joke about Stephen Hawking (who suffers from the motor neuron disease ALS) would stay in the show, King replied in the affirmative. "Yeah. I think it's funny," he said. “I'm sorry."
“2 Broke Girls” airs Mondays at 8:30 ET/PT on CBS.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Non-White students at Ohio University tired of racist halloween costumes


An awful lot of people agree with the infamous words of “Mean Girls” character Cady: “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” She could have gotten more agreement still by adding, “Halloween is the one night a year when people think it’s OK to dress in totally inappropriate and racist costumes.”
Ohio University student Sarah Williams says she was at a Halloween party last year when she snapped a picture of someone in black face. “It angers me and it’s unacceptable,” Williams said in an interview with on Monday. So she and some fellow students decided to do something about it—and they’ve captured national attention in the process.
“This is happening across the country. It’s not just here in Athens, Ohio,” says Williams, who is the president of a student group at Ohio University called Students Teaching About Racism in Society (STARS). The group, made up of 10 students, has created an educational campaign called “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” that juxtaposes images like the one Williams saw last year with an actual African-American student. It adds a simple statement: “This is not who I am, and this is not okay.”
The posters have already taken social media by storm, going viral on Tumblr and Facebook pages around the country. As of Monday evening, they had been shared more than 50,000 times online, according to Williams.
The posters will be passed out throughout the dorms on Ohio University’s Athens campus. The group’s Facebook page reports other schools, including Columbia University, are interested in distributing the campaign on their campuses, too.
STARS says their group’s guiding principle is based on the African principle “Each One Teach One”. Their mission statement on their website reads: “The purpose of STARS is to educate and facilitate discussion about all ism’s (racism, sexism, classism, etc.),  raise awareness about social justice, and promote racial harmony. Our job is to create a safe, non-threatening environment to allow participants to feel comfortable to express their feelings.”
STARS produced the campaign entirely on its own, with no funding from the school. But the campaign has made such a positive impression on students and faculty that the Division of Student Affairs stepped in to help pay for posters to get printed.
Controversy surrounding racially offensive Halloween costumes and theme parties have become  a routine part of the holiday on college campuses. Last fall, one Northwestern University dean went so far as to send an advance email to the whole student body, urging them to think carefully before getting decked out. “Halloween is unfortunately a time when the normal thoughtfulness and sensitivity of most NU students can be forgotten and some poor decisions are made,” wrote Burgwell Howard. In 2009, Northwestern had drawn unwanted national attention when party pics of two varsity athletes dressed in graphic black face made social media rounds.
Of course, the trend stretches past college campuses. The black-face costume of choice last year was Antoine Dodson, the young, poor black man who became a troubling Internet sensation after his outburst to a local news reporter covering his sister’s sexual assault. Memes circulated all year, in which producers morphed his screaming words into songs and audio clips. It was no surprise when, come Oct. 31, his Facebook page filled with pictures of white people in black face, wearing afro wigs and bandanas and making gang gestures.
In 2009, Target made headlines by selling an “illegal alien” costume that featured an orange jumpsuit and an alien mask. Kohls previously sold a “Ghetto Fab Wig.” rounded up these and other perennially popular racist costumes last year.
In short, costumes mocking people of color are an annual Halloween epidemic. Williams says STARS has a simple message for classmates planning to join the so-called fun again this year: “It’s not funny. STARS doesn’t believe that making a costume of a culture or race is funny. It only reinforces stereotypes.”
Williams, who’s black, plans on being Janelle Monae on Halloween.

admitted plagiarists Coldplay copied a Vietnamese singer

“We’re definitely good, but I don’t think you can say we’re that original,” he notes. “I regard us as being incredibly good plagiarists.”  Coldplay front man Chris Martin in a rolling stone magazine interview

This is the second time this year this plagiarising band is caught and accused of copying other people's songs  earlier this year he copied the rythm which is first used by Peter Allen in his song "I go to rio" this rythm which was covered by several artists including the secados in their song "el ritmo de la noche" link

This month the admitted plagiarists once again copied a Vietnamese Singer


Vietnamese Musician Likely to Sue Coldplay for Plagiarism

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Article from: Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese pop singer Tran Thu Ha or Ha Tran, currently living in the U.S., is working with her lawyer to explore the possibility of a plagiarism lawsuit against Rihanna and Coldplay.

Vietnamese pop singer Ha Tran and musician Thanh Phuong pictured at a music event in Vietnam in September, 2011. (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

The possible lawsuit came after their “Princess of China” song in the “Mylo Xyloto” album released on October 17 has been found to bear striking resemblance to her 2008 “Ra ngo tung kinh.”

Ha told Tien Phong newspaper: “If I sue them for plagiarism, it is like an ant fighting against an elephant. However, from my lawyer’s opinion, even if the resemblance is just a coincidence, we still have a case in court if analyses turn up considerable similarity between the two songs.”

According to Ha, the two songs have a similar mood, beats, and musical arrangement in the introduction piece.

Ha said it’s unbelievable that Coldplay have listened to her song. She ventured a hypothesis that the English band could have come across and listened to it on the Internet without really knowing who wrote it.

“I need to be careful if I want to sue someone. They will accuse me of seeking profit if I couldn’t give enough evidence,” she said.

There have also been comments on the resemblance between the vocal background style in her song “Ra ngo tung kinh” and that of African indigenous people’s music.

However, Ha Tran explained that she came up with the vocal style to use in the background music of the song “Ra ngo tung kinh,” which was arranged by local musician Thanh Phuong.

American music website ATRL was the first one to mention the resemblance.

One member shared a post called “Coldplay & Rihanna plagiarizing Vietnam music?” with the two music clips to compare, which has attracted six pages of comments.

Disputable copyright is not new to Coldplay, as the English band was sued by singer Joe Satriani for using a part of his “If I could fly” song for their Grammy-winning “Viva La Vida” in 2009.

In September the same year, they went to court in Los Angeles in the US again when their new music video “Strawberry Swing” was claimed to be a copy of the MV “Something Else” released one year earlier by singer Andy J. Gallagher.

Ha Tran's original version released in 2008

Coldplay's plagiarized version

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Music Video: Hitomi Shimatani - PASIO

Young Black Girl Missing, Ignored by Police and Media, While National Coverage of Lisa Irwin’s Disappearance Grows


You know life in America is screwed up when a headline like that sounds like it’s from The Onion, but it’s totally real.  Jezebel noted late on Friday that Jahessye Shockley, a 5-year-old black girl from Phoenix, has been missing since October 11, and her grandmother has been pleading for investigators and the media to pay more attention to her case.
It’s especially disconcerting that Shockley’s disappearance has been ignored when viewed in comparison with the coverage of missing baby, Lisa Irwin.  Even if you haven’t followed our posts on Irwin’s story, chances are you saw her face while getting groceries or gas this weekend, since “What Happened to Baby Lisa?” is the headline blaring on the front of this week’s People magazine underneath a photo of the 10-month-old.
An Amber Alert was issued for missing ‘Baby Lisa’ on October 4th, and since then her parents, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, have become suspects in her disappearance — at least in the mind of the public.  It was announced that Bradley and Irwin stopped cooperating with police on October 7th — right around the same time Bradley failed a lie detector test — and a few days later Bradley said she expected to be arrested in relation to Lisa’s alleged kidnapping.  On the 17th, People reported that Bradley was blackout drunk when her daughter went missing, and the very next day the couple hired a high-profile lawyer to represent them.  The lawyer, Joe Tacopina, put the kibosh on all media interviews with the couple.  Tacopina is famed for representing Joran van der Sloot in Peru, where van der Sloot confessed to killing 21-year-old Stephany Flores.
Bradley initially told police she put her baby Lisa to bed at 10:30 on October 3rd, but has since changed her story and said she put Lisa down at 6:40.  The baby is thought to have been abducted some time before 4 am, when Irwin came home and discovered her gone.  The couple claims that a window in their home had been tampered with and that their three cell phones were taken.  Earlier in the month, Strollerderby blogger Stephanie Precourt wondered:
Why didn’t anyone hear anything? The mom was asleep in another room as were her two older children. Was there no baby monitor? Were the three cell phones together? Because if someone were to take my cell phone in the night they’d have to come into my bedroom to find it. Also, if the dad was working at the time and discovered the child missing when he came home at 4 am, wouldn’t he have had his cell phone on him? How could it be taken? And hello it’s 2011 – can’t they trace cell phones to find exact locations?
We can ask all of these questions because we know so much about Lisa Irwin’s case.  The national media has been all over Baby Lisa’s disappearance since it happened.  The Kansas City Star reported last night that one of Irwin’s neighbor’s “saw a man carrying a baby in the neighborhood a few hours” before Lisa disappeared and that “another man has told reporters he saw a man walking with a baby about three miles from the Irwin home around 4 that morning.”
But what about Jahessye Shockley?  The Grio reports, “Glendale police believe Jahessye left the home through the front door but don’t know what happened next.  They have no suspects, evidence or promising leads despite search efforts that included more than 100 officers and volunteers canvassing the area within three miles of the girl’s home.”  No suspects, no evidence, no leads.  No information.  According to the Huffington Post, police have cleared nearly 700 tips and leads in Baby Lisa’s case.
It’s not just the media coverage of these two events that has been disparate, but the treatment of the parents involved as well.  The Grio notes, “Police say they have no reason to suspect anyone in Jahessye’s family in her disappearance, including her mother, Jerice Hunter,” and yet, “State Child Protective Services removed Hunter’s three other children from the home after Jahessye disappeared but have not said why.”
So Jerice Hunter is suspicious enough to have her other children removed from her home even though police do not believe she was involved, but Deborah Bradley, who has effectively stopped cooperating with police, was blackout drunk when her child was “abducted,” who has changed her story and has failed a lie detector test and who has been accused of being a con artist by a former best friend is fit to keep her other children in her care?
How do you explain that?  Racism.  Plain and simple.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pat Buchanan Promotes Book On "Pro-White" Radio Show

Pat is continuously  inciting racism and MSNBC still coddling this racist nazi, refusing to fire him


On Saturday night, Pat Buchanan appeared on the white nationalist radio program The Political Cesspool to promote his new book. During the nearly twenty-five minute interview, Buchanan attacked the country's increasing diversity and warned that America would face numerous problems when whites become a minority.
Buchanan has a long history marred by bigotry and hostility toward minorities. He recently released a new book, Suicide of a Superpower, which claims that America is disintegrating as whites lose their majority status. Buchanan also serves as a political analyst for MSNBC -- an affiliation that was mentioned by host James Edwards after the interview and on the program's website.
The Political Cesspool describes itself as representing "a philosophy that is pro-White ... We wish to revive the White birthrate above replacement level fertility and beyond to grow the percentage of Whites in the world relative to other races."
The Anti-Defamation League has criticized Edwards for having "white supremacist views" and interviewing "a variety of anti-Semites, white supremacists, Holocaust deniers, conspiracy theorists and anti-immigrant leaders." The Southern Poverty Law Center wrote in 2007 that The Political Cesspool host "has probably done more than any of his contemporaries on the American radical right to publicly promote neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers, raging anti-Semites and other extremists" and that his program "has become the primary radio nexus of hate in America."
The SPLC notes that The Political Cesspool's guest roster reads like a "Who's Who" of radical racists, with guests like "white supremacist" Sam Dickson; "white supremacist" Paul Fromm; anti-Semitic professor Kevin MacDonald; and "neo-Nazi activist April Gaede." Edwards has also hosted former KKK leader David Duke, of whom Edwards writes: "Contrary to the false image of a drooling 'racist' that the MSM would like to paint, David is a very thoughtful, intelligent, and gracious individual." Edwards adds that he counts the anti-Semitic Duke "as a friend" and "I can honestly tell you that there is not a single negative thing that I can say about the man."
Edwards posts his thoughts on The Political Cesspool's website about topics like:
  • Slavery. "For blacks in the Americas, slavery is the greatest thing that ever happened to them. Unfortunately, it's the worst thing that ever happened to white Americans." August 11, 2008.
  • LGBTs. "Fags"; "perverts"; "sodomites"; "Until 1973, the American Psychiatric Association rightly listed homosexuality as a mental illness. It still is, of course, just no longer an officially listed one. Political correctness took care of that." April 21, 2009; July 11, 2011; July 6, 2011
  • Jews. "I have no idea why so many people dislike Jews ... This appeared on Daily Kos yesterday. The author is Tim Wise, a well known Jewish anti-white activist. I'm reprinting it here, bad language and all, so people can get a glimpse into how the people who really run this country think. To put it bluntly, people like Tim Wise are filled with a venomous hatred of white people like you and me. And they run Washington, Wall Street, and the news and entertainment media." November 4, 2010.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.: "MLK's dream is our nightmare." February 9, 2011.
  • Whether "interracial marriage should be illegal": "Despite constant brainwashing and relentless media propaganda, there still remains a great number of people in Mississippi who adhere to the values of their parents. ... The media will predictably dismiss the voters of Mississippi as 'hicks' and 'rednecks,' but their opinion on this matter is perfectly legitimate." April 8, 2011. 
  • "Interracial sex." "One of the most popular movies right now is Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: 2, which is being marketed directly to teenage girls. It's been out about a week and has already grossed almost $25 million dollars. What's it about? White girls having sex with non-whites. Which is white genocide. ... Interracial sex is white genocide. Period." August 14, 2008.
  • Women in the military. "Women have many natural gifts that men don't have. A man, for instance, could never properly fill the vitally important maternal role that women (used to) play, but dressing up and pretending to be a soldier isn't what God had in mind for the fairer sex. How intimidating do you think it would be to see a platoon of homosexuals and women (and homosexual women) charging a bunker? Do you think we could have taken the beach at Normandy with an army like that? That's a serious question. The answer, of course, is no." September 21, 2011.
During the interview, Buchanan warned about the consequences of whites becoming a minority in America:
EDWARDS: Moving on to another aspect of your excellent new book, which I have a review copy right here on my desk in the studio, you write that white America is an endangered species. Pat, what's America going to look like if indeed whites do become extinct?
BUCHANAN: Well, I don't think whites are going to become extinct. But certainly not in the near future. But what is happening, as you see in California, where Americans of European descent are already a minority and that is true in Texas and it is true, I believe, there is one other, New Mexico and Hawaii. And in this decade, I think, six more states will pass the tipping point where whites become a minority.
I think the best way to understand what America will look like is to look at California today. I think that is pretty much what America will look like. The Hispanic population will be immense. A 150 -- excuse me, 135 million, according to the Census Bureau statistics, and if you look at California, the golden land, which used to have -- I mean everybody went there, it was paradise. The soldiers who went out to the Pacific came home, went through there, and then went out and made their homes. And what is happening out there, James, is that -- I mean, look at the bond ratings, it's at the lowest in the country. The taxes are enormously heavy, they're on the well-to-do and the successful. It is what they're doing in the country now and these folks are leaving the state and many of the poor, illegal immigrants, one-third of them head for California, you've got a black-brown war of the underclass going on in Los Angeles, according to Sheriff Lee Baca, in the gangs and in the prison, and of course the welfare state is bankrupting California. And they've got some of the highest taxes in the nation. So I think--this is what the country is going to look like.
Buchanan was asked later in the program by Edwards about his chapter on the "cult" of diversity:
EDWARDS: You know, when you talk about the cult of diversity in the book, and this is a follow-up to the topic that we're on, it seems as though the white politicos who are explicitly involved, they seem to work against their own group interests, rather than for them, as the minorities do. Again, this chapter that you write on the cult of diversity, I have to ask this question, why do white liberals remain entranced by diversity when the social and cultural effects of diversity are almost entirely negative for themselves and their children and grandchildren.
Buchanan replied: "Well, I think there's many people candidly who -- I've been asked on radio, that 'what is wrong if a -- I mean, why isn't it a really good thing when whites become a minority nationwide and we're all part of minorities?' And I say, you know, this thing, I mean, real problems are attendant to this" and cited "racial preferences and affirmative action." Buchanan added that white males are "really the ones who are the  victims of affirmative action, not the beneficiaries, and yet they're thirty percent of the country but they're seventy-five percent of the dead  and wounded coming back from Afghanistan. That's not a formula for social peace."
Buchanan also told Edwards that he thinks America will "be a Balkanized country, sort of a Tower of Babel" when whites are no longer in the racial majority.
Edwards complimented Buchanan throughout the interview, telling him that his book "is an epic. It's thicker than the Bible, and like the Good Book, there's not a wasted word in it." Edwards called Buchanan a "true hero" who inspired him to become politically active -- Edwards served as a delegate for Buchanan in 2000 -- and told his listeners that he wanted to see the book at number one on Amazon by the time the interview was over.
Buchanan's interview gained notice over the weekend among a certain segment of Buchanan's fan base. The white supremacist group Council of Conservative Citizens promoted the interview on its website. And the National Policy Institute, which the SPLC describes as a "white supremacist think tank," posted the interview on its NPI TV page.
It's extremely unlikely that Buchanan was unaware of the program's views when he appeared on the program. Media Matters, The Southern Poverty Law Center and The Anti-Defamation League criticized Buchanan for previously appearing on the program. Buchanan guested in 2006 and 2008. In a 2008 press release, ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said of Buchanan, "It's not as if he did this by accident." Foxman added, "Anyone who would have made inquiries into the nature of this program would have realized that it is an outlet for racism, anti-Semitism and hate."
At the conclusion of the interview, Edwards reminisced with Buchanan about "mutual friend[s]" Linda Muller (who runs and Marcus Epstein, who helped Buchanan with research on the book. Epstein, a writer and activist with a history of inflammatory statements about race and immigration, was previously arrested for attacking a woman with a "karate chop" and calling her the n-word.

Music Video: Hotcha - Vanilla

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Harmony Korine's Weird, Racist Ad for Fashion Designer Proenza Schouler


This short-film ad spot for designer Proenza Schouler is probably the most racist, disturbing, and bizarre thing I’ve seen in a long time.
Designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough took a trip through the southwest and came up with their fall line of clothing inspired, apparently, by Native Americans they had seen on the road.
Then they asked indie-filmmaker Harmony Korine – of Kids fame - to produce a short film promoting the new designs, and Korine came up with this:

Maybe it’s just me – maybe I just don’t get pretentious art-house avant garde indie films or something, but the whole thing creeps me out. I know a lot of Native Americans, and I would feel really uncomfortable watching this with them – I feel uncomfortable watching this anyways, and would even without the blatant racism.
This is the opposite of advertising. Not sure what you call it when a company sets out to chase customers away, but whatever it’s called this is it.

Pat Buchanan continues to preach racism. MSNBC still refuses to fire him


Pat Buchanan: Minorities Aren't "Bad For The Country," But...

October 18, 2011 3:31 pm ET by Solange Uwimana
Pat Buchanan doesn't think "minorities are bad for the country." At least that's what he claimed last night on Fox News. In an interview with Sean Hannity to discuss his new book, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?, Buchanan expanded on part of the book's premise, that America is "disintegrating" because "white America is an endangered species." Though he claimed that minorities aren't "bad for the country," the America of 2041 Buchanan sketched is one that is bankrupt economically, confounded by crime and lawlessness, and where English is a second language.
Here is Buchanan trying to explain the main points in the chapter of his book titled, "The End of White America":
HANNITY: I want you to explain it in your words 'cause I think people will interpret it, Pat -- is that, oh, so white America's going, so that means the end of America? Are you saying that minorities are bad for the country.
BUCHANAN: No, not at all. No, not at all. But the title is taken from the title of an article, cover article in Atlantic Magazine, exactly, "The End Of White America." What does it mean -- and the fellow wrote it about what does it mean for the culture? And so, I looked at it from what does it mean for the United States of America when white Americans in 2041 become a minority in the country along with Asians-American minority, African-Americans, and Hispanic-Americans. And you try to envisualize what's going to happen. And America's gonna look very much like California right now. And what does that mean?
California is bankrupt. It's bond rating is the lowest of any place. Los Angeles, half the people there don't speak English as -- in their own homes -- 5 million people. And you've got all the problems of crimes. You've got a black-brown war among the underclass, as one sheriff described it, in the prisons and in the gangs. And people are leaving California. And it's the old tax consumers are coming in.
Now, these are not bad or evil people. Even the ones who are illegal. They're coming to work, many of them. They're coming for a better life. But the truth is they are bankrupting the state of California because of that divide you mentioned between taxpayers and tax consumers. And what happens when all of America is like that, when every American city is like LA?
Buchanan added: "What California is today, America is in 2041 if we don't change course."

How else would one interpret those words if not: "[M]inorities are bad for the country" unless there are more white people?
Indeed, Buchanan goes even further later in the discussion, complaining:
BUCHANAN: Republicans can't win California today. It's not because the people are evil, but they are Democratic. They depend on government. They believe in government, and they vote for the party of government. When Texas goes the same way -- and whites are a minority in Texas -- when it becomes predominantly overwhelmingly Hispanic, it is going to become predominantly Democratic. That's the end of the Republican Party.
Buchanan concluded by suggesting "a moratorium on immigration." There's no clearer indication of what Buchanan thinks of minorities and immigrants than his remarks to Sean Hannity.
Buchanan has a long history of bigotry. He has been warning that America will become "a Third World country" since at least 1990 when he warned about the "Euro-Americans ... who founded the United States" becoming the minority.
And his call to end all immigration is something Buchanan has been calling for, for years, as well. In his 2006 book, State of Emergency, for example, Buchanan wrote:
  • "This [immigration] is an invasion, the greatest invasion in history." [p. 5]
  • "We are witnessing how nations perish. We are entered upon the final act of our civilization. The last scene is the deconstruction of the nations. The penultimate scene, now well underway, is the invasion unresisted." [p. 6]
  • "The first imperative is an immediate moratorium on all immigration, such as the one we imposed from 1924 to 1965. ... But even with a moratorium, success is not assured." [p. 250-251]
During the Fox News discussion, Buchanan said he named "The End of White America" chapter of his book after an Atlantic Magazine article. But the author of the Atlantic article of the same name arrived at a conclusion that was the exact opposite of Buchanan's. In the January/February 2009 issue of the magazine, Vassar College English professor Hua Hsu wrote:
This vision of the aggrieved white man lost in a world that no longer values him was given its most vivid expression in the 1993 film Falling Down. Michael Douglas plays Bill Foster, a downsized defense worker with a buzz cut and a pocket protector who rampages through a Los Angeles overrun by greedy Korean shop-owners and Hispanic gangsters, railing against the eclipse of the America he used to know. (The film came out just eight years before California became the nation's first majority-minority state.) Falling Down ends with a soulful police officer apprehending Foster on the Santa Monica Pier, at which point the middle-class vigilante asks, almost innocently: "I'm the bad guy?"
BUT THIS IS a nightmare vision. Of course most of America's Bill Fosters aren't the bad guys--just as civilization is not, in the words of Tom Buchanan, "going to pieces" and America is not, in the phrasing of Pat Buchanan, going "Third World." The coming white minority does not mean that the racial hierarchy of American culture will suddenly become inverted, as in 1995's White Man's Burden, an awful thought experiment of a film, starring John Travolta, that envisions an upside-down world in which whites are subjugated to their high-class black oppressors. There will be dislocations and resentments along the way, but the demographic shifts of the next 40 years are likely to reduce the power of racial hierarchies over everyone's lives, producing a culture that's more likely than any before to treat its inhabitants as individuals, rather than members of a caste or identity group.
Hsu concluded:
[W]e aspire to be post-racial, but we still live within the structures of privilege, injustice, and racial categorization that we inherited from an older order. We can talk about defining ourselves by lifestyle rather than skin color, but our lifestyle choices are still racially coded. We know, more or less, that race is a fiction that often does more harm than good, and yet it is something we cling to without fully understanding why -- as a social and legal fact, a vague sense of belonging and place that we make solid through culture and speech.
But maybe this is merely how it used to be -- maybe this is already an outdated way of looking at things. "You have a lot of young adults going into a more diverse world," Carter remarks. For the young Americans born in the 1980s and 1990s, culture is something to be taken apart and remade in their own image. "We came along in a generation that didn't have to follow that path of race," he goes on. "We saw something different." This moment was not the end of white America; it was not the end of anything. It was a bridge, and we crossed it.


Pat Buchanan: Blacks Have Lost The American Identity They Had During Segregation

October 19, 2011 6:11 pm ET by Eric Hananoki
During a radio appearance promoting his book, MSNBC analyst Pat Buchanan argued that blacks and whites were more unified during the 1950s than they are today. Buchanan argued that "what we had then, which was a sense of cultural and social one-ness, we were a people, that I think that is what's being lost." Buchanan added that while blacks considered themselves Americans first and foremost during the era of segregation, today they're using "hyphenated terms" like "African-American" to describe themselves.
Buchanan's remark came yesterday on the radio program of Mark Davis. Davis asked Buchanan to expand on his theory that, in Davis' words, "black Americans of 1960 were more woven into the fabric of the America of that time than many of today's black Americans are woven into the America of this time."
Buchanan replied that during the 1950s, blacks and whites "all had a common religion, we all worshiped the same God, we all went to schools where American literature was taught, the English language was our language, we all rooted for the same teams, we read the same newspapers, we listened to the same music. We were a people then. We were all Americans. Now I'm not saying segregation was good. But what I was saying, that did not prevent us from being one people."
Buchanan then said that blacks today have lost the American identity they had in the 1950s:
BUCHANAN: If you'd ask those black folks that are traveling abroad, "Who are you," "I am an American." That was their first identity in my judgment at that time. Clearly they were African-Americans, but we didn't use hyphenated terms in those days. And so I think what we had then, which was a sense of cultural and social one-ness, we were a people, that I think that is what's being lost. Across the divide now, people are calling names, they're not communicating, and I think it's really a tragedy and it could be a disaster for this country.

Buchanan painted a similar picture of the 1940s and 1950s in his 1988 book Right From The Beginning. In his chapter "Then and Now: A Tale of Two Cities," Buchanan wrote of his upbringing in segregated Washington D.C.: 
Any resemblance between this cosmopolitan capital and the sleepy Southern city where we grew up is coincidental. Segregation was a way of life in postwar Washington, but, unlike parts of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, which were little slices of Mississippi, Washington never belonged to the "mean South." The only genuine "racist" I ever knew was the father of a grammar-school classmate, a red-faced, black-haired Irishman  who kept a rack of rifles and shotguns in his dining room, and talked incessantly of "the niggers." His wife and kids, however, were the nicest of people, polar opposites.
Over the years, I have come to agree with a friend that "racism is an obsessive preoccupation with the subject of race. The racist sees everything in life, education and politics, from the standpoint of race. His viewpoint on everything is pervaded by his obsession." By that definition, racism is as prevalent in black America today as in white America. In the late 1940s and early '50s, however, race was never a preoccupation with us; we rarely thought about it.
There were no politics to polarize us then, to magnify every slight. The "Negroes" of Washington had their public schools, restaurants, bars, movie houses, playgrounds, and churches; and we had ours. Neither community could have been called rich.
We had no right to vote, when I was growing up, no elections. We were governed by three "commissioners," appointed by the President, and governed well. One of them, Walter Tobriner, was my father's good friend; he didn't need a limousine, but drove to work in his own car. The white public schools were run by one appointed commissioner, the black schools by another. And the schools ran well; the best of them were the equal of the Catholic schools.
In the 1950s, there were no food stamps or Medicaid payments or rent supplements. The relief agencies were the churches. But no one starved; no "homeless" froze to death, and no shake-down artist extorted millions out of the White House by threatening to starve himself to death; and everyone worked. Black teenage unemployment was 9 percent in 1948, today, it runs between 35 and 50 percent.
In 1950, the same bus that was jammed with white-collar workers in their snap-brim hats coming south from Kensington to Chevy Chase Circle, to catch the L-4 downtown, carried the "maids," the black cleaning ladies, back out to Kensington to work all day in the houses the white men had left an hour before. When it snowed, the kids at Blessed Sacrament would gather at the circle and barrage the "Boston Blackie" with snow balls as it rolled by, heading north out the two-lane road that was Connecticut Avenue. The white driver was always more outraged than his passengers, who laughed at the diversion from the day's drudgery provided by the little white boys.
Now the cleaning ladies in the affluent suburbs of Washington are Korean and Mexican and Salvadorean, and tens of thousands of Washington's black women and their children are second- and third-generation welfare clients. Supposedly, they are better off.
Buchanan, who just released his new book Suicide Of A Superpower, has a long history of bigotry and hostility toward minorities.
From the October 18 edition of WPAB's The Mark Davis Show:
DAVIS: There's a statement you made maybe three or four books back that I've quoted so much, so often, always with credit, because it makes people's eyebrows go way up, but they need to pause and understand it, and that is that the African-Americans, the black Americans of pre-Civil Rights Act America -- I mean, yes, it, was a country that had colored water fountains, and nobody is looking to go back to that, but the black Americans of 1960 were more woven into the fabric of the America of that time than many of today's black Americans are woven into the America of this time. What do you make of that?
BUCHANAN: You know, that's -- let me tell you, I grew up in Washington, D.C. I was in high school when Brown vs. The Board Of Education came down and I remember before it came down we had one black player on our football team, a Catholic team, and public high schools wouldn't play us. And we had to go up to Pennsylvania on these back roads and find teams that would play our school.
But you are right. In the 1950s, for example, Washington, D.C., was a segregated town. It wasn't Birmingham, Alabama, but it was segregated, clear and simple. But we all had a common religion, we all worshiped the same god, we all went to schools where American literature was taught, the English language was our language, we all rooted for the same teams, we read the same newspapers, we listened to the same music. We were a people then. We were all Americans.
Now I'm not saying segregation was good. But what I was saying, that did not prevent us from being one people. If you'd ask those black folks that are traveling abroad, "Who are you?" "I am an American." That was their first identity in my judgment at that time. Clearly they were African-Americans, but we didn't use hyphenated terms in those days. And so I think that what we had then, which was a sense of cultural and social one-ness, we were a people, that I think that is what is being lost. Across the divide now, people are calling names, they're not communicating, and I think it's really a tragedy and it could be a disaster for this country.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Music Video: Stephanie Cheng - Kiss Kiss Kiss

NYPD cop Michael Daragjati taped making racial slurs about black man; accused of false arrest


"I fried another n-----."
That's how racist NYPD cop Michael Daragjati described falsely charging  a black man with resisting arrest on Staten Island, authorities said Monday.
"Another n----- fried, no big deal," crowed  Daragjati, according to a transcript of a phone conversation  intercepted by the feds.
Daragjati, who is white, is charged with violating the unnamed man's civil rights by fabricating the charges because he mouthed off about being stopped and frisked by the cop last April.
The incident is believed to be racially-motivated because Daragjati used the n-word repeatedly in the monitored phone calls.
The complaint, unsealed in Brooklyn Federal Court, does not specify who was the target of the monitoring.
Daragjati, 32, was assisgned to plainclothes anti-crime patrol when he stopped the man  on Targee St. and rougly frisked him, the complaint states.
When the man complained about his treatment and asked for the cop's name and badge number, he was allowed to walk away. But  after he  shouted insults back at the officer,  Daragjati crossed  the street and cuffed  him.
Daragjati swore out a complaint in Staten Island Criminal Court falsely claiming the man had pushed and kicked him and "flail his arms" to prevent being arrested.
Several other officers had witnessed the arrest in which the man offered no resistence. The victim pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on the advice of his lawyer.
"The power to arrest...must be used fairly, responsibly and without bias," said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch. "Motivated by racial aniumus, the defendant allegedly abused this power and responsibility."
Daragjati was also charged with insurance fraud in connection with his off-duty snow removal business and the beatdown of a victim he suspected of stealing a piece of snowplow equipment.
NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly praised the feds' handling of the case.

another white woman held a racist sign at a slutwalk

Another privileged, sheltered white woman who never have to put up with the same racist stereotypes that women of colour have to go through decided to hold a racist poster. and like with the previous woman NONE of the white marchers find this sign insulting, racist and dehumanizing. proving once again that slutwalk is a subtle white racist movement where the leadership only consists of privilege white women, ignoring the stereotypes that are regularly directed at women of colour

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Music: Ronald Rubinel - Yoki

Kelly Rowland's 'Lay It On Me': Latest example of video copycatting


second time this week another hack is caught copying another music artist

Kelly's Rowland's new video for her single "Lay It On Me" is causing quite the buzz, but it's not the quite the chatter that the former Destiny's Child star way want.
Rowland's video is drawing comparisons to Bajan songstress Livvi Franc's 2009 hit "Now I'm That B*tch". Both videos feature the singers in skimpy outfits with shirtless, buff dudes in identical positions. But the most damning visual is the scene where Rowland and Franc are wrapped in tight PVC bands albeit in different colors.

Although Sarah Chatfield directed both videos, many are wondering if the blame should be on Rowland for swagger jacking or the director for providing the same video treatment to the two stars.
Rowland's sister in song Beyonce is also caught up in a video controversy of her own. Last week, the "Single Ladies" hit maker dropped the video for "Countdown" off of her newest album 4. Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker blasted the singer for ripping her moves from a 1983 dance piece she choreographed called "Rosas danst Rosas".
Now that two-thirds of destiny's children are embroiled in copycat scandals, the only person left unscathed is Michelle Williams. Watch out Tenitra!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Music Video: Sade - Cherish the day

Vybz Kartel promoting colourism by launching a skin bleaching product line


Awaiting trial on a charge of conspiracy to murder is not generally a good time to launch a new beauty product.
But when the products in question are skin-whiteners, you're probably used to the negative publicity.
Jamaican dancehall artist Vybz Kartel is launching his own range of men's cosmetics this month, which includes a variety of 'skin-brightening' items.

He has also been charged in connection with the murder of a promoter in Kingston in July - as well as for illegal possession of a firearm and some drugs-related offences.
The musician, who was nominated in the reggae artist of the year category at last year's MOBOs, has been an advocate of lightening your skin for a while now.
He originally claimed to use cake soap - a clothes-bleaching product - to lighten his skin, so that it was easier to see his tattoos.

But after the Jamaican manufacturer of the product, Blue Power Group, refuted his claims, Kartel explained that he actually used his own special concoction.
Soon his secret recipe will be available to buy.
Skin whitening has been a controversial - and very worrying - trend among women for decades. It has become so commonplace that some cosmetics firms have been accused of making their Indian and black models look paler in their campaigns.
Adverts starring both Beyonce and Freida Pinto have been affected.

But now men being encouraged to bleach their skin too.
Pale skin is seen by bleaching advocates as desirable as it is thought to imply wealth. Poorer people who work in the sunshine in hot countries on the fields get darker skin - which they might then choose to try and bleach.
As historian Elsa Goveia puts it, the structuring principle of Caribbean societies is 'the belief that the blacker you are the more inferior you are and the whiter you are the more superior you are.'
Clearly, this has very negative connotations on issues of race, and self confidence.
In defence of his controversial beauty regime, Vybz Kartel has explained that he sees lightening your skin as no different to straightening your hair or getting a tan.

In a statement to, the artist defended his use of cake soap, he said: 'When black women stop straightening their hair and wearing wigs and weaves, when white women stop getting lip and butt injections and implants … then I'll stop using the 'cake soap' and we'll all live naturally ever after.'
Jamaican health authorities see the matter a little differently.
Local doctors are dealing with increasing numbers of patients who have burnt their skin with black-market bleaching products.
The craze is so serious that in 2007 the Jamaican government ran a campaign called 'Don't Kill The Skin' to highlight the dangers of using the products.
Keysha Davis, editor of Blackhair magazine, thinks it is especially worrying that skin-lightening products are being endorsed by influential celebrities.

She told The Guardian: 'I think historically it has been black women who've had self-identity issues and so might use those products rather than black men.
'To hear that Vybz Kartel is putting out a skin lightening cream is quite disturbing, I feel, and quite sad.'
His products are launching in the Caribbean initially, but Vybz Kartel has high hopes for the moisturisers, fragrances and soaps. He told the Tribune: 'I wanna see them in Macy's and all other fine retailers worldwide.'
The musician's endorsements have not always gone to plan in the past, though. His brand of Daggering condoms had a reputation for splitting, and his Street Vybz Rum was deemed too expensive.
The DJ clearly has bigger worries than whether this range of cosmetics will sell or not, though. He has been charged in connection with the July murder of Barrington 'Bossie' Burton, a 27-year-old promoter in Kingston, Jamaica.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Beyoncé accused of 'stealing' dance moves in new video

second time this year she is accused of plagiarizing


A leading choreographer has accused Beyoncé of "stealing" dance moves, after the American singer launched her latest music video.
According to entertainment website, choreography in the video for Beyoncé's new single Countdown, released last week, shows a number of similarities with work by the Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Speaking to a Danish blog, De Keersmaeker said she had not been asked permission: "I didn't know anything about this. I'm not mad, but this is plagiarism."
Two routines in the video, which shows Beyoncé and her backing dancers in a number of disused buildings, have come under scrutiny. One creates a split-screen effect, with the singer looking to camera through a window on the left, while three female dancers perform a ballet routine in the background on the right. A remarkably similar effect and movements appear in De Keersmaeker's first work with her company, Rosas Danst Rosas. Another sequence strongly resembles choreography from Achterland, a filmed version of which won the Dance Screen award in 1994.
Beyoncé has not responded to the allegations, but her co-director, Adria Petty, has previously spoken about showing the singer footage of European contemporary dance for inspiration. She told MTV News: "I brought Beyoncé a number or references and we picked some out together. Most were German modern dance references, believe it or not." Petty said the process was "evolving [and] spontaneous".
It is the second time Beyoncé has been accused of plagiarism this year, after choreography and visual effects for her performance of Run the World (Girls) at the Billboard Music awards in May was likened to one by Lorella Cuccarini. In that instance, Beyoncé subsequently admitted having been inspired by Cuccarini.
De Keersmaeker has been a major force in contempoary dance for more than 30 years, creating work that has received critical acclaim and popular success around the world. In a 2009 profile, the Guardian's Sanjoy Roy described her as "a difficult choreographer with a popular following, a minimalist with a tendency to dramatise, a reiticent person with a lot to say".
De Keersmaeker continued: "What's rude is that they don't even bother about hiding it. They seem to think they could do it because it's a famous work … Am I honoured? Look I've seen local school kids doing this. That's a lot more beautiful."

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

music video: Kana Nishino - If

English Translation

If the rain had stopped
That day
I might surely have just walked past you
If the bus had arrived
At its usual time
I wouldn’t have met you

If that instant
Had been slightly different
We would have walked on separate paths of fate

I always want to watch
The same future together with you
Let’s look at the same stars
At the same spot
I wonder if I am present
In the future you imagine for yourself
I want to look up to
The same sky with the same feelings
Our ways of talking and acting
Are really similar
It’s like if we have always known each other
Mailing each other at the same time
Thinking about the same things
We might have been bound together by a red thread

We fit so well together, like if
It was decided by chance right from the start
I believe we are fated to be together

I wonder if I am present
In the future you imagine for yourself
I want to look up to
The same sky with the same feelings
I always want to watch
The same future together with you
Let’s look at the same stars
At the same spot
I wonder if I am present
In the future you imagine for yourself
I want to look up to
The same sky with the same feelings

So we may always walk
On the same path, hand in hand
Even on days filled with tears
And on sunny days
I always want to watch
The same future together with you
Let’s look at the same stars
At the same spot
I wonder if I am present
In the future you imagine for yourself
I want to look up to
The same sky with the same feelings

Racist, Colourist Vogue Magazine turned Rihanna white


The blonde wig may be throwing us off, but Rihanna is on the cover of British Vogue’s November 2011 issue and she’s looking much lighter.
It could be the actual lighting on set, it could be that we’ve gotten used to her wearing a fire engine-red wig, or it could be that someone forget to tell Vogue’s retoucher that Rihanna is in fact black.
What do think? Chime in the comments and help us figure it out.
Skin lightening in beauty magazines is an all too common practice. At this point it’s just a question of how severely a person will be lightened. ELLE did it to the most beautiful woman in the world most recently, they’ve transformed Gabourey Sidibe into a much lighter cover girl. L’Oreal whitewashed Beyonce, too.
There’s a thriving skin lightening beauty industry too and that one can be dangerous. In 2003, Dr. S. Allen Counter, a professor of neurophysiology and neurology at Harvard Medical School questioned why it was mostly women who were dealing with increased rates of mercury poisoning in places like Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and even in the Southwestern United States
In every case, clinical questioning revealed that the women had used skin-whitening creams — many for years. In other words, these women had tried so desperately to whiten their skin color that they had poisoned their bodies by applying mercury-based “beauty creams.”
Ninety percent of the women entering border clinics in Arizona with mercury poisoning were Mexican-American, and they like their Mexican counterparts had been using skin-whitening creams such as “Crema de Belleza-Manning,” which is manufactured in Mexico. These skin-whitening creams contain mercurous chloride, which is readily absorbed through the skin. Saudi, African, and Asian women were also using these skin-bleaching chemicals in a tragic attempt to change their appearance to that of white women.

Monday, October 10, 2011

music video: Mamiko Noto - Ichi Nuke

English Translation

Try to see
Look, there's someone missing
From the moment it was touched
It grows cold and turns into an empty shell

Being washed away
And it finally arrives
A healthy soul that melts away in reality

Here, this is the dream I weaved last night
Entangle it onto that little finger

One rotten thorn falls out

Hold your breath
Slowly one person is missing
You tremble in fear and
Turns into an empty shell

Behind that child
Who is crying and
Won't go home,
Is an endless darkness

The sin that was caught last night
Please pray for its imaginary fate
And use it

Here, this is the dream I weaved last night
Entangle it onto that little finger

The night causes one body to be missing

One person falls out