30.Dec – { Less of a Movie Review & More of a Cultural Lesson inspired by The Monuments Men }

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I decided to leave this post in 2014. I’m not sure how many “movie reviews” I’ll do, but for the record…

 Disclaimer: I watch all movies with total and complete bias. As a Black, 1stGeneration African (Nigerian) Female (among other things) born and raised in the United States – this is my right and I own it.

As a history and art nerd I’ll admit I was excited about this film as soon as I saw the preview. And what’s not to love? George Clooney, men in uniforms, art – it’s basically my fantasy. But it only took about 20 minutes of the film for it to angerfrustrate me. “Why?” you may ask… because of the blatant hypocrisy.

Short synopsis: Based on actual events, during WWII an Allied group (Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program) goes throughout Europe tasked with finding and saving pieces of art and other culturally important items before their theft (Führermuseum) or destruction by Hitler.

Here’s my problem with it — you see Europeans ravaged their way across the “3rdworld” and in the process destroyed and stole the precious and valuable art works of many ethnic cultures – and didn’t give it a second thought. For example: My family is Edo – a cultural group in West Africa known for our proficiency in the arts. And not to brag, but like…. we’re really known for our art work and without knowing it you’ve probably seen it. My mother has many times told me the story of The Punitive Expedition of 1897. What was that you ask? 

In short… It was a British invasion of the Kingdom of Benin that resulted in the loss of most of our art which was either destroyed, looted or dispersed. The art that was looted and/or dispersed was then sold throughout Europe and Australia to pay for the invasion. (Also, that invasion would allow the British to colonize the land that they would later name Nigeria – giving me TWO reasons to hate the British.)

…and the art has yet to be returned despite us damn near begging for it back. So my excitement for this movie was quickly quelled because unlike the artifacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun (King Tut)  – our government doesn’t own our culturally important art that is currently being exhibited across the world. And then I started to think… it can’t just be us. I’m sure this has happened to many others and sadly it has.

(By the way if you’re wondering how I found this list… I merely Googled “stolen art” and the name of a country I knew had been colonized at some point in its history.)

Now I probably don’t need to detail the importance of heritage (food, art, music, dance, etc.) to a group of people in establishing and maintaining their history, identity, and sense of pride. This is why I have a huge issue with cultural appropriation. When one or a group of people create something out of their own lived experiences and from their own God-given creativity – they deserve to own it and be credited with its existence. Isn’t that the very purpose of our copywrite laws? The problem with us not having our art is not the concern of depriving the “greater good” (whatever the hell that means); the problem is that our decedents don’t get tosee the intelligence and creativity of their ancestors. They are being denied their inheritance so that white people in other countries can walk through a museum and view it at their leisure and THAT is not fair nor is it right. So here are entire cultures of people asking “When will you give it back?” and receiving no answer. THEN to add insult to injury…. it is STILL being paraded toured and exhibited around the world profiting everyone but us.

I’m not taking away from the actions of the Allied group depicted in this film at all – in any way, shape, or form. What they accomplished and their self-sacrifices to do so were heroic and self-less and indeed for the greater good. But *I* cannot ignore that the very same government has done nothing to restore the artifacts taken from ethnic groups across the globe and to this day continue to profit from them.

So for the record…. White folks illegally plundered artifacts from cultures all over the world and have generally refused to return them. Meanwhile, here they are now boasting in a film about their passion for saving and rescuing their own artifacts (they were all European art works) at the hands of one of their own during WWII and then returning them to their countries of origin. Hypocrisy at best. Racist at the very least.

And yes, I finished watching the film because – why not … I’d already started it. However I couldn’t really write a “movie review” for it because I couldn’t get past the fact that it was basically bulls**t to me. Art repatriation is still a thing and sadly POCs rarely get ours back.

But yea… check it out – you’ll probably learn something.

>> Coming Soon: An actual movie review on “Top 5” (maybe…. If I feel like it)

23.Dec { 25 Things That Need to Stay in 2014 }

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So…

The gang of writers at Kennethology got together via google docs, and made a very short and concise listing of things that we feel should stay in 2014.  Needless to say, this list is full of foolery – but we are definitely serious to say the least…and we feel very strongly about every bullet point, and will argue with you to the death regarding them as well….

Please, take this in….

From Kenneth:

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  • Can we leave Drake in 2014 – he needs to become an afterthought.
  • Creases in jeans – the fact that you would break out an ironing board, and prepare your jeans to be creased…and then actually crease them is beyond me.
  • Fox News – and all of those that actually support that foolery…sitting there allowing your psyche and subconscious to absorb such nonsense…i’d delete the whole lot of you – if most of you weren’t so low-key with your racial vices
  • booking info on instagram – chic gets over 1000 followers on IG… now she got clientele and is a model….no negress…you’re followed because your butt cheeks are out, and you’re prolly a THOT
  • hood negros wearing dreads – lets let the 90s vibe of dreads return, so i can grow them and not be associated with the Chief known as Keef.
  • Washington Redskins and all manner of appropriated culture.  The fact that his has to be said in 2014 is ridiculous.  YOU CAN’T DO WHAT YOU WANT AND THINK IT’S OK!
  • Baggy Suits – or anything that looks like what steve harvey might wear.  Get yo lazy tail to the tailor and get a proper suit, also box-set suit and shirt combos are no longer needed in the new year either.
  • Wiz Khalifa and all of his songs, sans “we dem boys” ..because I am indeed one of those boys.
  • Your wack resolutions that you’ll bombard us with on social media.  I applaud your positive outlook on the new year….wait….NO I DON’T – you could’ve start thinking like that 3 months ago…Don’t let a calendar date dictate your level of motivation for self-improvement.  Get your life together.  Geez.  And if I didn’t like the old you – a new you probably won’t be liked either. – go to sleep.

From Sydney:

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  • I want to leave Iggy Azalea in 2014. I’d rather go back and rid myself of her ancestors…but ya know, baby steps
  • Can we leave GMO warnings behind? My granny is 83…been eating all sorts of wrong shit for that long…she still here..ijs
  • THOTs…they are starting to take pride in this label and buy excessive amounts of blonde weave and KSwiss
  • all them little muffoccurs rapping who sound like they are part of the lollipop guild…but drink crack smoothies
  • I want to leave Bae in 2014…it was cute when like 5 of us said it in 1999…but this is just ridiculous…when half of your baes look like bears
  • Keurig Coffee Makers…you don’t even drink coffee…you just like the idea of it being cute…reminds of you of a fancy Easy Bake Oven…
  • Lacefronts: I wanted to leave these in 2012, but between Beyonce and Tyra Banks and Korean shops everywhere, you muffoccurs won’t let them burn.and die out..btw, they would burn very quickly…just saying…in case anyone wants to walk around with a book of matches.
  • Big booty hoes who ain’t Black…What’s the big damn deal about these mixed breed, opaque ass, ⅛ drop of blood ass chicks having big ol butts…Black women have had big asses for CENTURIES…but nobody was all salivatory about it…except Sir Mix A Lot…he might be a prophet.

From Tina:

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  • New Blacks. *looks at Pharrell and all who agree with him*
  • White Guilt  – No one needs your guilt – it doesn’t help anyone. We need your Anger, Action, and for you to be an Ally.
  • Cultural appropriation. See music (Iggy Azalea), films (Exodus movie), hair, dance, basically everything. Mainly because you all look stupid, but also because it’s rude and sometimes racist.
  • Satire News Sites – Because yall don’t know what they are or how to use them… you don’t deserve them.
  • Fkc boys. Say no to them. Every year I ask you all to leave them behind. EVERY.YEAR. I will continue until you listen.
  • Stupid questions. Yes there is such a thing. Especially when you are asking me for an answer that Google will gladly provide to you. All you have to do is ask her – Ms. Google has all of the information you could possibly need. Don’t ask me something you can Google – this policy is effective starting in Jan 1, 2015.
  • Men who rock cornrows. Not to be confused with locs… which… whew *fans self*. Sorry I got sidetracked. No more cornrows. The fact that this even needs to be said. In 2014. That I have to request that you stop this.
  • Ken’s horrible memory – This is unacceptable.  The staff is gonna get a pool together and get you one of those brain exercise games.  We want you to just…..remember better in 2015.

This post has been brought to you by the lovely staff at Kennethology.com – bringing you quality words for your life on the innanets since a couple of years ago.

– Kenneth

 

 

15.Dec – { Why Jay Cutler Can’t Be Great }

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so…

I’m sitting here listening to one of my haters (mike) as he mocks me, whilst i blog…he says that I need a deeper v-neck…because my moobs aren’t showing enough.  He’s such a pig…and my moobs aren’t nearly as big as they were about a week ago.

I gathered my manly things to watch a good football game.  Me and this couch and MNF…im chanting BEARDOWN and I’m ready to GO!  Mike got a growler but i haven’t had any of it yet….perhaps after this post i shall partake….anywho, on to the clown of the hour.

The game had been on for 2 minutes…and i had already starting thinking of the Blackhawks and Bulls…what the heezy is going on?

This cat Jay Cutler was out there throwing like Napolean Dynamite’s uncle.  I hadn’t had chest pains like this from watching a football game since watching Mr. Grossman toss the pigskin back in 2007.  Then he gets on national television with that douchy face that i just want to punch.  Why did he get that contract? Why is he our quarterback? I honestly cannot remember the last season where I was not interested in watching the Bears play…at all.  Honestly I had forgotten that they even had a game tonight, a couple of Saints fans on FB (unbeknownst to them) informed me that they were playing the Bears.  Jay Cutler is the sole reason I don’t want to watch them play…that, and the fact that the Bears defense is fundamentally non-existent.  I’m sure George Hallas is not happy about this.  Did we pick up Jared Allen? …Oh ok.

Jay Cutler can’t be great, because it is simply not in him to be great.  It is however, in him to be mediocre at best….and as of late – horrific.  I will say this – I am not watching another Bears game this season…that’s right, I’m on a Bearcott.  Sundays will be dedicated to listening to John P. Kee and writing, and whenever the Bears are playing, I’ll watch youtube clips of Ditka and stare at my Dick Butkus jersey…because this isn’t life, and I don’t have to put of with this misery.

– Kenneth