Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Earthquake! and More Black in America: The Menz

What I learned from the earthquake:

  • My energetic dancing probably didn't cause the shaking of the room I was in, much less the swaying of entire building.
  • KCAL 9 will continue to preempt The People's Court and its other daytime programming for hours on end for the sake of "Breaking News", even if their anchors have absolutely nothing to report. I think their reporters talked with whoever called in to the station for an hour, while continuously showing only a seismograph reading on the screen.
  • The Noticias on Univision were actually "A Su Lado" (By Your Side) after the earthquake. The reporters talked to people about their experiences. They also wanted to get the most accurate information for their viewers on how to stay safe. On the other hand, CNN's coverage looked like the network was hoping for something to explode at any moment.

What I learned from Black in America: "The Black Man":

  • 1 out of every 3 black men in America will have a criminal record in their lifetime.
  • Despite the converse statistic that 2 out of every 3 black men in America will not have a criminal record, the only black men worth interviewing 1) have come from the ghetto, 2) smoke crack, 3) dropped out of school, 4) flagrantly shirk their parental duties, 5) deserve to be in jail, and/or 6) are celebrities.
  • The (Christian) church is where all black folks go when they are down and out. This church almost always has a gospel choir and members in the pews who vigorously feel the spirit.
  • Black men don't want to be fathers to their children because black women have figured out how to successfully raise their children without deadbeat dads. If black women displayed a need for their baby daddies, then the black men would take responsibility.
  • Black men are also bad fathers because of slavery. I don't know why other ethnic communities have bad fathers among them. Maybe the Irish can blame it on the potato famine.
  • Spike Lee should stop complaining about the obvious racism in the entertainment industry because Martin from The Cosby Show says so.
  • If you are a light-skinned black man, you will become famous author, professor and minister. If you are the dark-skinned brother of that light-skinned black man, you will go to prison for life. That's where most black men end up anyway.
  • Local news programs and the rap industry perpetuate stereotypes about black men. CNN also repeatedly shows these negative images and has no notable black anchors except for the one charged with running this four-hour "report". But CNN isn't a local news channel. So it's okay?
  • If you are in an interracial relationship, the product of an interracial relationship, or the parent of someone in an interracial relationship, you have been adversely affected by that relationship in some way. And if you don't think so, Soledad will badger it out of you.
  • Intelligent, successful black men of all ages are accused of "acting white" by their peers. This is a phenomenon that happens only to black men, because while the white community (all of them) praises education, the black community scorns education. Most black men would rather be popular than smart. Smart white people are all popular. No women of any color, even black women, have this problem because women would rather be smart than popular.

At first I agreed the assessment of Black in America by Variety's Brian Lowry, via Blackonomy:

At times, "Black in America" seems like a Nickelodeon special for kids who have never met a black person -- aimed at an audience completely naive about the African-American experience. As a consequence, the four hours crawl by, drizzling out a hodge-podge of explanations and theories but failing to enhance understanding for either blacks or outside groups.

Then I thought about it, and I realized that the review was insulting . . . to Nickelodeon. I grew up with Nick News. Linda Ellerbee's 1992 interview with Magic Johnson educated the network's young audience about HIV and AIDS. Bill Frist could have learned something from this interview, too. Nick News later gave us "Mi America: A Celebration of Hispanic Culture" and "Do Something! Caring for the Kids of Katrina". While CNN gave us Wolf Blitzer's Situation Room unfortunate, yet accurate reporting of the 2005 hurricane.

Speaking of HIV and AIDS in the 90s, who knew Greg Louganis was still working . . . as an actor? (He's at 2:08.)

If his doppelgänger Mario Lopez still has a career, I think Mr. Louganis should, too.



Stephanie said...
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Bianca Reagan said...

I liked that particular episode. I liked this non-dream episode, too: Off to See the Wretched.

molecularshyness said...

I really tried to think of another black journalist on CNN. I could only think of that Larry guy who does sports.