15.Feb – { FOREH x Leticia Hunt is NOT Playin’ }

I was scrolling IG and I came across the homegirl Chelsea’s IG – she was flexin’ EXTRA hard for the people.  What stood out the most to me was the beret she was rocking’ – I HAD to ask where she got it from.  She told me that her friend had her own brand.  I quickly followed her IG, and I wanted to share her with the world.  Another black brand, ran by a black woman with supreme excellence.  Enjoy.

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7.Feb – Tina Nagbare – :: On Theatre & Privilege ::

I love musicals. I don’t know how or when it started, but I love them deeply. I try to see a show (Broadway or local productions) at least once a year and even ventured out to my first opera a couple of years ago. To be honest, most of the productions I see have pretty diverse casts and/or purposely feature people of color (POCs) like The Color Purple, Hamilton, The Lion King, and Dreamgirls. So imagine how frustrating it is when each time I go to these shows I notice the audience is mostly White. Not all or only, but mostly… like 80%+ White. And I’m sure this observation is at least somewhat related to how much a theater ticket costs.
Last week I went to see the Broadway production of Aladdin and I saw a little White girl at the show with what I assume was a birthday crown who looked like she was around 7 or 8 years old. She was sitting in the front row with her family singing, dancing, & living her best life and I was genuinely happy for her because… why wouldn’t I be? I was doing the same because the show is amazing! During the intermission I tried to do a quick scan to see if there were other kids present and there were a lot (likely because it’s a Disney production) and I couldn’t help but notice that most of them (~85 to 90%) were White. And of the kids I saw who were POCs I didn’t see any that were Black or Brown. Maybe it was just the night that I went, but also… maybe it wasn’t.
Representation is important and Aladdin has an extremely diverse cast (from the lead actors to the company) and it frustrates me that so many kids of color won’t get to see or experience it outside of it’s cartoon form. And not only do they miss an opportunity to see people that look like them on stage, but they also lose early exposure to an artistic industry as a professional option for them. I’m not just talking about roles on the cast, there’s also stage managers/back office operations, the musicians (orchestra), makeup, costume design, set design, etc. that so many will miss out on simply because they haven’t had the opportunity to be exposed to it. Now let’s layer on top of that the knowledge that many schools in low-income neighborhoods are under-resourced/budget-strapped and arts and music programs are many times non-existent. Again, I’m not just referencing professional productions, many students are missing out on school productions as well which I’d argue are more important because school productions offer hands-on experience at producing a show.
To be fair, I’m mostly referencing Broadway productions and those tickets cost (in my experience) at least $50 per person. That isn’t a lot of money for me now (blessings on blessings), but definitely would have been for my family when I was younger especially if that number was multiplied by any number of my siblings plus the cost of transportation, etc. The theater is costly and time-consuming and those are 2 things low-income families often don’t have excessive amounts of. The fact that there is an economic barrier to such an inspiring and educational expedience truly makes me sad and I had that feeling earlier this week.
Maybe I’m frustrated because I love the theater and I believe it’s an experience everyone should have at least once – you should at least have a chance to reject it LOL And I’m not just referencing musicals (but seriously… who doesn’t love a sparkly, well-choreographed musical number??? WHO??) there are TONS of different genres of theater to experience. And just like we’re working to make sure every student has access to STEM education regardless of economic status, we shouldn’t be neglecting the arts either. The arts are one of the cultural pillars that document and carry forward our cultures, we need to make sure that we’re building the next generation of culture bearers that keep telling and producing amazing stories.

 

6.Feb – { Kenneth Writes to Let Mark Busters Know the Deal }

Hello gang.

It’s me, your local Henny enthusiast – checking in to let you know how I did for the NFL season and for the SB.

I had moments that I wanted to crack.  I mean – is it really that serious?  You damn skippy it is…and to think that NOT watching the NFL is just a minor inconvenience.  Imagine not taking the bus when that was your main mode of transportation.  I would think that the negros of this day would not stand for such discomfort to their flow.  The blatant and apparent continued support of the NFL during these times really showed me what was up.

Is it really that serious?  You damn skippy it is.

If you ever found yourself asking that question, or never giving it any thought, then you my friend are apart of the problem.  One can’t even be considered to be an extremist by NOT watching pro-football.  Dare I say that I would barely be able to grab a lot of you if there were talks of an insurrection.

Is escaping that serious?…Massah treat us good.  *stares at you as I wonder how you got to the point of being a content slave

The Super Bowl came on – and I was a guest in someone’s home…everyone was watching the Super Bowl.  I quietly went to my room and turned the television on – CRIMINAL MINDS it is.  The SB came and went – and when it was over…I was proud.  That i stood some ground.  There is much more ground to be stood, there are more rallies to be had – and on THIS month BLACK HISTORY MONTH of all of the MONTHs, colored folk around the country tuned in, sat, and cheered…as if there isn’t some overt racist agenda being displayed right before our very eyes.

Cheer on.

People ask me about my football team.  I tell them that I don’t have one.  I don’t support the NFL.  They typically look at me like “oh he’s one of those”

You damn skippy I’m one of those, and ya mama stank.

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20.Jan – Black in the City Podcast x Ep20 { Keeping Up with the Grammys } w/Josh & Khory

Makeda and Sierra are back – after not talking for seven days.  Take a peep into what they’re dishing out this week….I’m guessing it’s the Grammys but you never know with these two.  People this is Black Excellence in Black Woman form – get into it!

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20.Jan – New Dope Blog “Kay in Bloom”

A new blog is on the innanets – I’ve known Kay since i was a teenager – she’s a great friend and has something to say – so shut-up and go read it.

Kay can be quoted saying this about her blog “This, my friends, is a blog about the things I love and I’m passionate about: storytelling, fashion and beauty products in the following categories: ethical and sustainable fashion, Woman Owned business and most importantly, Black Owned business.

Visit the site link below!

www.kayinbloom.com

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