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Sports Exploitation

Sports Exploitation: Million Dollar Slaves

This is the third and final section within the topic of TV Imagery.  This discussion will focus on the trials, tribulations, and admiration of the Black athlete and how their treatment both positively and negatively impact the Black Community.

The 3 Questions

1. Do you believe Black athletes are exploited, why or why not?

2. Do you believe Black athletes have to be role models, particularly outside of the field of play, why or why not?

3. Should We petition great Black high school athletes to go to Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU)?

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The speed, power, agility, and stamina are the perfect traits one would look for in a hardworking slave…or athlete.  Often times, the difference between the two is as slight as the description used to define a good one.  I know, seems pretty dramatic.  But I ask you to consider how much money is made off the Black athlete.  How many jobs are dependent on the greatness of a Lebron James, or the skills of a Cam Newton.  How much colleges and universities benefit from the Zion Williams, with no guarantee of a future in his sought after profession on the field or in the classroom and yet the school will sell his jersey for $25 a head.  Does the Black community, in general, believe one of the only ways out of the desperation of poverty is the biological lottery?  Yes, the sports business can be a dirty game, but does this exploitation of the Black athlete add to the destruction of Our community?

Please write in and response to our 3 poll questions or post some questions that you would like to see asked.  These question and more were addressed on MONTH/DAY/YEAR during the discussion which is now airing on YouTube.

Trap Music

Trap Music: Drugs, Thugs, and Automobiles

Trap Music is the second section within the topic of TV Imagery. The focus of this discussion is centered on the perceptions, realities, and the impact of Hip-Hop culture in the Black Community.

The 3 Questions

1. What impact has Hip-Hop had on your life?

2. Is the current Hip-Hop culture toxic or has it always been toxic or is it the same as it ever was?

3. Does the Black community give Hip-Hop culture too much credit/blame for the current state of the Black community?

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Hip-Hop has become the language of the world.  It has the ability to give voice to political freedom fighters, disenfranchised youth, and the kid just trying to express themselves.  As positive as it can be, Hip -Hop is often portrayed as music for thugs and a thuggish lifestyle.  This portrayal becomes even more problematic when you realize the genesis of this genre was created by poor Black children looking for a way to express themselves in a none destructive way.  So why does both the Fox News follower and some older generation Black people agree that this culture is destructive to the Black Community?  As tired and unfair as this argument seems on the surface, there is something to be said about the glorification of some of the ills talked about in the music.  For every Fight the Power and Fuck the Police there is a Ten Crack Commandments or G’s Up Hoes Down.  So how can We as a community rectify this dichotomy in something so pivotal to Our daily lives? Is Hip-Hop culture, specifically the music, some how contributing to the destruction of Our community?

Please write in and response to our 3 poll questions or post some questions that you would like to see asked.  These question and more were addressed on MONTH/DAY/YEAR during the discussion which is now airing on YouTube.

TV Imagery: The Hollywood Shuffle

TV Imagery: The Hollywood Shuffle

TV Imagery:The Hollywood Shuffle is the first section within the topic of TV Imagery. This issue focuses on the stereotypical roles Black people tend to occupy in media such as news and entertainment such as TV and movies and how it impacts the Black Community.

The 3 Questions

1.Do you believe the news, entertainment, and social media coverage of the Black community is overly critical in your eyes? Why or why not?

2. Does a black actor/actress choice in a role diminish/uplift them in your eyes yes or no and why?

3. Is the impact and influence of TV imagery over stated in terms of its effect on the Black community?

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When we first created Black Advancement Inc. approximately six years ago, many of the groundbreaking and free spirited shows with Black leads and themes did not exist.  Think about that sentences, no less than six years ago there was no Atlanta, Insecure, Luke Cage, Blackish, or Get Out, Black Panther, or Girls Trip  etc.  Only recently have the executives of major studios believed in what We as a people already knew, We are an ingenious people with a wide breath and depth of experiences and stories that, while relatable to all, are uniquely Black.  Be that as it may, media overall continues to focus on all of the negative stereotypes applied to Black people as often as ever.  Turning tragic situations like the murder rate of a predominantly Black city into an indictment of Our humanity and using it to support the policies that helped create such situations in the first place….but I digress.  We are here to talk about the continued negative imagery We are subjected to in the hollywood shuffle and the news cycle and to see if this TV Imagery truly contributes to the destruction of Our community?

Please write in and response to our 3 poll questions or post some questions that you would like to see asked.  These question and more were addressed on MONTH/DAY/YEAR during the discussion which is now airing on YouTube.

Black on Black Crime

KaneBlack on Black Crime: Perceptions, Realities, and the Impact of Crime in the Black Community

Black on Black Crime is the fourth section within the topic of Justice or Just Us. The focus of this discussion is centered on the perceptions, realities, and the impact of Black on Black crime in the Black Community.

The 3 Questions

1. Does the Black Community make too many excuses for the criminal element within the Black Community, why or why not?

2. Do you feel that Black on Black crime is a ploy to make Blacks seem more dangerous or a big problem within the Black Community?

3. What do you feel is the biggest reason for Black on Black crime and what do you believe can be done to stop it?

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Every time there is an incident that garners the attention of the “Black leaders” and the nation, some news network trots out the token spokes person to speak on behalf of all of Us against a “conservative” that no matter the situation see the victim as the one to blame.  The argument continues with both sides hardening their positions and then the conservative panelist drops the ultimate trump card…  “Well, where is the outrage when Black people are killing Black people in these neighborhoods?”  We’ve all seen this play out over and over again and each time it becomes more and more frustrating, because not only do We get blamed for crime in general, but We also have to be perfect victims in order for people to believe that We deserve justice….but I will digress from that subject.  To be fair though, just because some talking head may have an agenda attached to their rhetoric doesn’t make what they have to say automatically false.  There are high rates of crime in Our community and lack of opportunity and in some cases a lack of outrage over the horrific conditions We have been subjected to generation after generation.  With that being the starting point, let’s discuss how much Black on Black crime is to blame for the destruction of our community?

Please write in and response to our 3 poll questions or post some questions that you would like to see asked.  These question and more were addressed on MONTH/DAY/YEAR during the discussion which is now airing on YouTube.

The OJ Effect

oj-simpson-case-Justice or Just Us: The OJ Effect

The OJ Effect is the third section in the discussion on Justice or Just Us topic. The focus of this discussion revolves around the impact the media plays on race and justice in America and how that positively or negatively impacts the Black Community.

The 3 Questions

1. Does the media make more of some incidents/crimes with a racial component then it should and why or why not?

2. Do you feel that the media shows Black crime suspects pictures on purpose, why or why not?

3. What do you most remember about the OJ trial and which over arching issue stood out the most to you concerning society at large?

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Why OJ some of you are asking?  Why would We name a section that has to do with the justice system and law enforcement include the likes of OJ Simpson?  The answer is simple, his first trial exposed everything wrong with the justice system.  We are not saying OJ did it, nor are we saying that the results of the jury were wrong.  However, the OJ trial brought out the dividing lines between rich justice vs poor justice, famous justice vs not famous justice, and black justice vs white justice. However, one of the unconscious effects of the OJ trial was the media coverage and how they played on peoples sensitivities and biases.  This type of media coverage has only been exacerbated by the politically leaning 24/7 news channels, and has helped to crystalize an environment of mistrust of one another and promote overarching assumptions about a situation before the facts are known. This unfortunately greatly impacts the Black Community due to the statistical representation of Us being accused and convicted of crimes.  Are the effects of the OJ trial assisting in the destruction of the Black community?

Please write in and response to our 3 poll questions or post some questions that you would like to see asked.  These question and more were addressed on MONTH/DAY/YEAR during the discussion which is now airing on YouTube.

Do Not Pass Go

Do Not Pass GoDo Not Pass Go: Prison and It’s Impact on the Black Community

Do Not Pass Go is the second topic in the  discussion on Justice or Just Us. The focus of this discussion is centered on the impact that prison has had on the Black Community and whether we can do anything to hinder it.

The 3 Questions

1. Does the Black Community benefit more than it suffers from the use of prisons in America as currently constituted, why or why not?

2. What do you feel is the biggest reason for such a disproportionate number of Blacks in Prison?

3. Is prison the new form of slavery?

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Monopoly is my favorite board game ever because of the competitiveness and tactics necessary to survive and thrive in it.  The game teaches you how to invest, how to take a financial lose, and that sometimes the wrong roll of the dice can land you in prison.  All games aside, going directly to jail has been a reality in the Black and impoverished communities for decades.  There are a myriad of theories and thoughts about why the pipeline from Our neighborhoods to prison exist, but the problem isn’t the how it’s the why!  Why does it seem like 25% of Our male population is destined for trouble with the law?  That means if you have 4 sons and you are Black, one of them is going to go to prison!!  Are We really that bad?  Are the rules really that strict?  Are We ever given the benefit of doubt?  Is the idea of the laws heavy handedness with Us to blame for the destruction of Black community?

Please write in and response to our 3 poll questions or post some questions that you would like to see asked.  These question and more were addressed on March 18, 2017 during the discussion which is now airing on YouTube.

Do Not Pass Go Part 1

Do Not Pass Go Part 2

Do Not Pass Go Part 3

 

Justice or Just Us?

Flithy Hands off MeJustice or Just Us?: Black People’s Contentious Relationship With Law Enforcement

Justice or Just Us is the namesake and first segment within the topic of Justice or Just Us. The focus of this discussion is centered on Black’s contentious relationship with the criminal justice system as a whole and how that impacts in the Black Community.

The 3 Questions

1. Does the Black Community have a legitimate beef with the criminal justice system as a whole (law enforcement, courts, etc.) or are the feelings of mistreatment exaggerated and or a figment of Our collective psyche?

2. Do you feel a heavy police presence in impoverished or predominantly Black Communities is necessary or a ploy against poor and Black people, why or why not?

3. How would you characterize your personal interactions with the justice system and what do you feel is the biggest problem with it?

FRONT STREET

Jaywalking….that’s the crime that got an unarmed black teenager killed by the police in Ferguson, Missouri.  People can slice it however they want to justify what happened, but in its most basic form, a child was killed for not walking across the street within a crosswalk.  The outrage over this and other similar situations has brought to the forefront the injustices faced by Black and poor communities since the end of slavery.  The dirty and unwritten truths believed in these communities is the entire system wants to destroy, defile, and disrupt any progress our possibility of progress for Black people and people in these impoverished communities.  But this line of thinking, even if justifiable, only leads to more questions and more confusion.  Is there a conspiracy against Black people from law enforcement?  Is there really a vested interest in seeing the poor population remain in dire situations? If not, why are police so quick to over police Black people and impoverished neighborhoods?  This line of thought is the starting point to a new way of addressing an issue as old as America and question as tough to answer as any that We currently pose.  With that being said, let’s discuss if the attitude of just Us is contributing to the destruction of the Black Community?

Please write in and response to our 3 poll questions or post some questions that you would like to see asked.  These question and more were addressed on 8/2/2014 during the discussion which is now airing on YouTube.

Justice or Just Us Part 1

Justice or Just Us Part 2

Justice or Just Us Part 3

Health Don’t Care

Life Support

Black Health:The Countless Epidemics that Plague the Black Community:  

The final installment of the Black Health topic focuses on the countless epidemics and how it effects the Black Community.

The 3 Questions

1. Why are Black people statistically at the bottom of so many health issues such as heart disease and prostate cancer?

2. Is our attitude towards our health generally positive or negative and why or why not?

3. What do you feel is the biggest health issue within the Black Community?

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PSA to all Black folks….We are dying.  Black peoples life expectancy is nearly 3 years less than Whites.  But why is that?  Why are we more likely to get cancer or heart disease or diabetes?  I honestly do not understand some of these statistics.  When I go to the gym, I see just as many of Us there as I see of any other race.  Everyone eats the same things all in all (fast food, soda, snacks etc).  So where does the separation come in?  The honest answer may be right in front of Us and as simple as this statement…maybe We can’t do the same things as others do.  May be We have to do more to ensure We don’t become another negative health number.  May be Our lack of knowledge on health contributes to the destruction of the Black Community?

Please write in and response to our 3 poll questions or post some questions that you would like to see asked.  These question and more will be addressed during the discussion found on YouTube beginning on  x/xx/20xx.

 

Sexploitation

SexBlack Health: Sexploitation –  The Impact of Sex on the Black Community

The third installment of the Black Health topic focuses on sex and how it effects the Black Community.

The 3 Questions

1. Do you feel Planned Parenthood hurts or helps the Black Community?

2. Do you feel that Black culture has become overly sexualized, why or why not?

3. Do you believe that the Black Community would get better results by promoting safe sex or abstinence?

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AIDS among other STD’s are growing fastest in the Black Community, specifically among Black women.  Blacks are among the leaders both in abortion rate and unintended pregnancies.  There are an alarming amount of Black men that engage in affairs, with a decent percentage of them engaged in these sexual activities with people of the same sex.  All of these issues have one thing in common…the act of sex.  Sex has grown to become one of the biggest factors of health in the Black Community in the past 25 years.  It can have an effect on everything from your education to your life expectancy.  Sex is complicated even for God, where in one way it is seen as a sin and another way  as a blessing. I believe this very same conflict of sex exist in the Black Community and has placed Us in a predicament.  Is sex contributing to the destruction of the Black Community?

Please write in and respond to our 3 poll questions or post some questions that you would like to see asked.  These questions and more will be addressed during the discussion found on YouTube beginning on  x/xx/20xx.

Slave Food

Soul FoodBlack Health: Slave Food – Soul Food or Leftovers 

The second installment of the Black Health topic focuses on the concept of soul food and how it effects the Black Community.

The 3 Questions

1. Is there something wrong with “Our” eating habits?

2. How much do you believe diet is responsible for Blacks over all health issues?

3. Why do we feel so connected and attached to our traditional foods i.e. soul food?

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One of my favorite shows, the Boondocks, had an episode in which they made fun of a recently relatively successful Black movie entitled “Soul Food.”  They playfully pointed out how the family got together every Sunday to cook and eat “soul food” and showed the dangerous consequences when they emphasized the death of the grandmother from complications of diabetes.  The ultimate irony was exhibited when they accurately depicted the family mourning her death by eating the same thing that gave her diabetes in the first place.  All jokes aside, Our traditional foods were derived from leftovers the slave owners and their families did not eat.  In essence we  made lemonade out of lemons.  Our will to survive gave Us what we now consider our stable foods such as chitlins, collard greens, and fried chicken.  Recently, rich and famous Blacks have began to become vegans and have abandon our traditional foods in the name of better health and longer lives.  Does soul food contribute to the destruction of the Black Community?

Please write in and respond to our 3 poll questions or post some questions that you would like to see asked.  These questions and more will be addressed during the discussion found on YouTube beginning on  x/xx/20xx.