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OH RLY!?!?!!!!!!!! HMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmm

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When screenwriter John Ridley accepted his Oscar Sunday night for “12 Years a Slave,” #BlackTwitter collectively exhaled and staccato cheers of “Yaaasss!” and “Get it!” and “BOOM!” swiftly flooded timelines.

This was before Ridley’s venomous 2006 Esquire tirade, “The Manifesto of Ascendancy for the Modern American Brotha Man” resurfaced, effectively halting the applause.

Laden with condescension and animosity, Ridley’s “manifesto” is exactly what one would expect from its title — arrogant, disingenuous, patronizing. Masquerading as a call-to-arms for Black Americans, it is nothing more than a calculated attempt to distance himself from his own Blackness while castigating “Brotha Mans” who dare to sully him by association with the stench of poverty and laziness — as if these qualities and conditions are solely reserved for Black people.

Ridley wrote, in part:

LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT Brotha ManS, the oppressed minority within our minority. Always down. Always out. Always complaining that they can’t catch a break. Notoriously poor about doing for themselves. Constantly in need of a leader but unable to follow in any direction that’s navigated by hard work, self-reliance. And though they spliff and drink and procreate their way onto welfare doles and WIC lines, Brotha Mans will tell you their state of being is no fault of their own. They are not responsible for their nearly 5 percent incarceration rate and their 9.2 percent unemployment rate. Not responsible for the 11.8 percent rate at which they drop out of high school. For the 69.3 percent of births they create out of wedlock.

If we as a race could win the centuries-long war against institutionalized racism, why is it that so many of us cannot secure the advantage after decades of freedom?

I feel you, Steve McQueen. I wouldn’t have clapped for him either.

What kind of Black man mentions incarceration rates without mentioning the Prison Industrial Complex?

What kind of Black man mentions drop-out rates without mentioning the closing of already inadequate public schools in Black communities?

What kind of Black man mentions unemployment rates without mentioning the disparities in White and Black employment or the wage gap that persists despite tepid calls from politicians for equality?

What kind of Black man mentions lack of collective Black wealth without mentioning that the United States stole an estimated $100 trillion dollars for 222,505,049 hours of forced labor between 1619 and 1865?

What kind of Black man employs antiquated terms such as “out-of wedlock” without mentioning the percentage of Black girls raped before the age of eighteen or that families don’t always come in heteronormative and patriarchal packages?

What kind of Black man can look himself in the eye and pretend that Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome isn’t real, that The New Jim Crow doesn’t exist and that institutionalized racism is a thing of the past? By tailoring his words to suit the affluent, white readers who peruse the pages of Esquire, Ridley’s essay can best be summarized as follows: “Please, Mr. White Man, sir, let me define ‘Brotha Man.’ I’ll do the work for you, just let me join your club.”

Ridley’s quest for white validation concludes with him heaping praise upon the shoulders of former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice — two of the clearest examples of cosmetic diversity in modern politics. But individual achievement is not collective uplift, and tokenism is not diversity. Instead of speaking that truth, though, Ridley would rather whimper at the window of the Big House (or the pages of Esquire) begging to tap-dance for his supper.

This, though, was the man entrusted to shape a historical narrative about slavery, perseverance and triumph. Solomon Northup became an abolitionist who risked his life to free others still bound by slavery. Ridley had a different vision, whereupon Solomon’s story ended when he was saved by white men. His story ended when he jumped into the back of the carriage, leaving behind the filth and grime of the “Brotha Mans” on the plantation — each mile putting more distance between him and the unrelenting carnage. For Ridley, once Northup was safely ensconced in the bosom of respectability, it was time for the credits to roll.

Other than the soul-gouging performance of Lupita Nyong’o, I was not deeply moved by the film. I was disgusted with the portrayal of Northup as a “good Negro,” one who could speak and dress so well as if he were a well-trained, beloved pet who should be grateful for his freedom.

Every single scene prior to his capture was shaped to suggest that he was not only above the situation in which he would later find himself but the Black people in chains alongside him. That kind of love letter to assimilation has never appealed to me.

As I wrote in a Facebook post on December 6, 2013:

I think so many people were distraught about [the film] because it let a lot of elitist, far removed from the Deep South Black folk know that they were still considered slaves… It wasn’t so much the slavery aspect that had some people traumatized; it was, “Gosh, he was minding his business in civilized society and they turned him into a slave. That shouldn’t happen to that kind of Black people.”

Once I read Ridley’s “manifesto,” my feelings about the film were immediately vindicated. How could it not have murky undercurrents of respectability politics when the screenwriter is so full of hatred for his own people? Newsflash, Mr. Ridley: Do not think for one moment that Esquire republished your “manifesto” post-historic win without at least some strategic thinking. You think they’d let a “Brotha Man” shine for 24 hours? You don’t get to redefine a word carved from the foundation of racism and oppression with the desperate hope that you can avoid the label.

To white racists, we’re all “Brotha Mans.”

When Michael Dunn killed Jordan Davis, he saw a “Brotha Man.” When George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, he saw a “Brotha Man.” When Theodore Wafer killed Renisha McBride he saw a “Brotha Man.” And despite your asinine, blanket defense of law enforcement, Oscar Grant, Wendall Allen and Jonathan Ferrell were all innocent and unarmed. When right-wingers call the President and First Lady of these United States “monkeys,” despite their conservative boot-strap speeches, what they’re really saying is “Brotha Man.”

You cannot walk, talk, dress or politic your way out of your skin. Your poisonous rhetoric didn’t give you a white pass then and your shiny new Oscar doesn’t give you one now.

Maybe you should write that down.





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Originally posted by PurplePhase PurplePhase wrote:

interesting.


Ellen Doesn't Own Famous Oscar Photo ... Guess Who Does


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Ellen DeGeneres does NOT own the picture that broke Twitter ... unless he signed his rights away, the owner of the famous Oscar pic is BRADLEY COOPER.

Here's the way it works ... the person who owns the now-famous photo is the person who actually took it ... NOT the person who owns the camera or organized the shoot. 

Cooper was the snapper ... so it's his.

And even if Ellen signed her rights over to the Academy when she signed her hosting gig, the Academy would have no rights to the photo, because Ellen can't transfer what isn't hers.

So unless Bradley signed his rights away to the Academy, he's the copyright owner.  Any use of the pic without his permission is a violation of the copyright.

He seemed down with tweeting it out, so Ellen is cool.  But any use of the pic on TV shows -- including hers -- would only be kosher with Bradley's blessing.  And he'd own the rights to any reproduction.

It all translates into cash.  It could come in handy if that "Hangover" money runs out.


i read ALL OF WHO POSED IN THAT PIC own the rights...that is what i had read...idk..just relaying the message...so don't come at me...lol
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Originally posted by Alias_Avi Alias_Avi wrote:

OH RLY!?!?!!!!!!!! HMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmm

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               <h1>OSCAR WINNING SCREENWRITER JOHN RIDLEY’S N***ER PROBLEM</h1>
               <div ="credit">by xoJane

Ridley wrote, in part:


LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT Brotha ManS, the oppressed
minority within our minority. Always down. Always out. Always
complaining that they can’t catch a break. Notoriously poor about doing
for themselves. Constantly in need of a leader but unable to follow in
any direction that’s navigated by hard work, self-reliance. And though
they spliff and drink and procreate their way onto welfare doles and WIC
lines, Brotha Mans will tell you their state of being is no fault of their
own. They are not responsible for their nearly 5 percent incarceration
rate and their 9.2 percent unemployment rate. Not responsible for the
11.8 percent rate at which they drop out of high school. For the 69.3
percent of births they create out of wedlock.



What kind of Black man mentions incarceration rates without mentioning the Prison Industrial Complex?


What kind of Black man mentions drop-out rates without mentioning the
closing of already inadequate public schools in Black communities?


What kind of Black man mentions unemployment rates without mentioning
the disparities in White and Black employment or the wage gap that
persists despite tepid calls from politicians for equality?


What kind of Black man mentions lack of collective Black wealth
without mentioning that the United States stole an estimated $100
trillion dollars for 222,505,049 hours of forced labor between 1619 and
1865?


What kind of Black man employs antiquated terms such as “out-of
wedlock” without mentioning the percentage of Black girls raped before
the age of eighteen or that families don’t always come in
heteronormative and patriarchal packages?


What kind of Black man can look himself in the eye and pretend that
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome isn’t real, that The New Jim Crow doesn’t
exist and that institutionalized racism is a thing of the past? By
tailoring his words to suit the affluent, white readers who peruse the
pages of Esquire, Ridley’s essay can best be summarized as follows:
“Please, Mr. White Man, sir, let me define ‘Brotha Man.’ I’ll do the work
for you, just let me join your club.”


Ridley’s quest for white validation concludes with him heaping praise
upon the shoulders of former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and
Condoleezza Rice — two of the clearest examples of cosmetic diversity in
modern politics. But individual achievement is not collective uplift,
and tokenism is not diversity. Instead of speaking that truth, though,
Ridley would rather whimper at the window of the Big House (or the pages
of Esquire) begging to tap-dance for his supper.







again sounds like some of the posters on here

especially past posts made by non african americans
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So happy for luptia for taking the spotlight off all the black men involved in that film. Disgraceful.
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precious looked good
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Originally posted by DiorShowGirl DiorShowGirl wrote:


i read ALL OF WHO POSED IN THAT PIC own the rights...that is what i had read...idk..just relaying the message...so don't come at me...lol


that's what I would have thought too. That's why I found this interesting.. I'm wondering if that applies to all pictures taken like that. Like if I hand someone my phone to take a pix of us, do they own the pix?? That's basically what Ellen did with Bradley.

 Sounds strange. Hopefully what you heard was right.

eta: I wonder if ownership reverted to Bradley because it has something to do with all of them being famous/public figures.  Since people snap pix of   celebs  all the  time, but the celeb doesn't own that pix.



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Originally posted by coconess coconess wrote:

precious looked good


LOL, Gabby looked better than usual. But let's be real here, that woman never looks GOOD. *running at a fast pace right now*
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Originally posted by JoliePoufiasse JoliePoufiasse wrote:

Originally posted by coconess coconess wrote:

precious looked good


LOL, Gabby looked better than usual. But let's be real here, that woman never looks GOOD. *running at a fast pace right now*
 
I said it the first time i saw her and i'll say it now, precious needs to lose 185 lbs and she would be great...gabby why dont you wanna be greatCry
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