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Originally posted by ricomsmith77 at "Viewpoint" A Weekly Video Commentary from THE NEWS HIPSTER (Episode 1)
Originally posted by ricomsmith77 at "Viewpoint" A Weekly Video Commentary from THE NEWS HIPSTER (Episode 1)
This Weeks Topic: "Is it time to change the way we vote?"

For those who are curious as to why I think that we should change our laws to make voting much easier, should be reminded of what the Voting Rights Act of 1965 states:

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Originally posted by ricomsmith77 at "2 Steps Forward, or 2 Steps Back: How Can Opposites Attract?"
Before I get started on this article, I thought it was would be nice to start off with a little song......

........Check out this video first, and then read the rest of the blog afterwards.......or listen while you read! :-)

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Originally posted by ricomsmith77 at "The Poll Trolls: How the Democrats REALLY Lost the Midterms"
I admit that I watch way too much news and internet media.  I especially watch WAAAAY too much MSNBC on a daily basis. I admit that I drink too way much coffee and smoke way too much weed......ok not really not that much!  I also admit.....that I was wrong about this year's midterm election results.  I admit that I had more confidence in the Democratic electorate to get out and vote this year, and that they would win the races they were supposed to.  I admit I was wrong.........REALLY wrong!

But I have to admit I was right about one thing:  The elections were fixed in the GOP's favor due to the Poll Trolls. Oh yes, they are REAL.....and the reason the Democrats lost the midterms this year.


Who are the Poll Trolls you say?  Well simply put, they are the one's who have seeked out to suppress voting in certain states around the country.  These are the same people who go out screaming that there is a voter fraud problem going on and they are the ones who can fix it.  But if anyone has been paying attention like I have, then you should have already figured out that this is called Reverse Psychology.....a technique involving the advocacy of a belief or behavior that is opposite to the one desired, with the expectation that this approach will encourage the subject of the persuasion to do what actually is desired: the opposite of what is suggested.  Yes, that definition is straight out of Wikipedia, in case you were wondering.  Meaning, they tell everyone that the Democrats are committing voter fraud, but it's really the GOP thats been doing it all along.


See, those damn trolls are clever.  They know how to scare the devil out of the general public......they've been doing it for YEARS.  They go on their public forum, called FOX NEWS, and spread their trollish agenda through their minions on a daily basis.  AND, they've gotten smarter too.  They've figured out how to use social media to their advantage, which is something they didn't really take advantage of much during the 2008 elections, but started to catch on during the 2012 cycle.  They knew the map was starting the change in the Democrats favor because the general population was becoming more informed.  And that is POISON to a troll......more informed people = more democratic voters = GOP go bye bye!

So enter voter suppression laws, and voter ID laws, and early voting restrictions, and gerrymandered districts....

.....and POOF!!  The GOP wins the midterms, and the Democrats get shipped back to the Chocolate Factory with a defective item......Obama chocked full of nuts!!


Now yes, I know the Democrats are as much to blame for not actually showing up to vote this year.  In general, midterms don't usually have high turnout.  Most people only vote during the presidential years, so it's hard for local and state election officials to get everyone enthusicatic about standing in a long line to vote.  Unless the people running are getting lots of media attention, most Democrats just don't really care enough to bother, whereas the opposite is true for the GOP.  The GOP have understood for years how important the midterm elections can be because if they want to gain power, they have to win locally.  They will pour millions of dollars and run thousands of ad campaigns to influence the voters to their agenda.....or lack thereof.  Either way...it works!

And the Democrats got a harsh, HARSH reality of what that looks like this time around......


......and the Poll Trolls will be watching again, in 2016!
Originally posted by ricomsmith77 at "The Democrats Kicked Their ASSet....And Lost!"
One after one, they fell like dominoes on a table.  I’ve heard of political “waves” before, but what I was witnessing on this Election night was worse than watching my beloved Georgia Bulldawgs get blown away by the Florida Gators last weekend…….only I knew this was bigger than college football.
They had been saying it all along: The GOP is going to take control of the Senate during this midterm cycle.  The Democrats were going to lose seats in the House of Representatives.  They were right.  But what really happened was something that no one, not even Faux News (Fox News) saw coming.  You see, the GOP decided to make this midterm cycle all about one person…….Obama.  They figured that instead of running against the person they were ACTUALLY running against on the ticket, they would take advantage of the President’s unpopularity and pounce, like a bunch of wildcats in heat.  And it worked…….resoundly! They took full control of the US Senate, picked up more House seats, AND, they even won some Governor’s races in blue states……Illinois and Maryland.  To put it bluntly and candidly, the GOP didn’t just beat the Democrats….they kicked their ass.


So what the hell really happened?  It’s quite simple really:  The Democrats completely underestimated the voters and did not embrace the President…….at all!!  They can go ahead and try and blame Obama for losing control of Congress, but it was the Democrats that lost control of the message that was sent out during the 2008 and 2012 election cycle.  They made a decision to run away from the President because they were afraid to be seen with the first African-American to hold that office.  They were afraid to be put in an advertisement that might be used against them in states where Obama is really unpopular.  They were afraid of the GOP and their base.  They were afraid.  And it backfired.  And now Obama can sit back in the Oval Office and laugh at them for being such “jackasses” for not letting him be more involved.  I mean, he’s done this before…..quite well in fact!  But, you can also say that Obama himself didn’t really try to assert himself more into the races as he should have.  He could have gone to every state that had close, contested races and stumped for all the candidates in play.  However, they told him, “No thanks, Mr. President….we got this!”

The results of their stupidity should be noted at this point.


Here’s the ironic part…..this is funny, you’ll like this one:

After realizing that they might need a little help to get over the top, considering the latest polls were giving the GOP an advantage or gaining ground on them in key states:  Georgia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Iowa, Louisiana, and a few others, the Democrats did something quite bold…….and really stupid:  They went to the African-American community for help to win their elections.
Did they really go there?  Did they really try to ask for help from a group of people, who are still STRONG supporters of Obama, and think it was going to work?  There are a lot of adjectives you can insert here “_______” to describe the Democrats and what they were thinking on this one.  But I can say this:  no one thought it was going to be THIS bad!  They underestimated, not only the GOP, but the electorate themselves.  The underestimated the intelligence of their own base, the Democrats, and they didn’t use the ONE PERSON who has brought them together TWICE in mass quantities.  The fact that President Obama’s approval rating across the country is low, is a reflection of mood of how people feel about government in general.  Obama’s approval rating is higher than anyone in Washington DC right now……that includes everyone in Congress AND the Supreme Court.  He may not be running on high octane like he was when he was first elected, but he has managed to stay above everyone in DC his entire presidency so far.   He more than likely would  have made a difference in most states, but the Democrats misplayed the race card. They decided to keep him as far away as possible, but still ask the black community to vote for them……as if MSNBC and Facebook somehow doesn’t exist anymore.  *Smacks hand on head!*

To be fair, the GOP had a much better game plan this time around.  Their ground game was improved and they spent TONS of money in certain elections that mattered.  But the most obvious reason the GOP won so big was the very reason the Democrats lost so big………President Obama.

The Democrats tried to run away, but the GOP pounced that ass!


The irony is quite amusing actually.

I expect there is a lesson to be learned from all this somewhere.  The Democrats will be doing the blame game for a while, which is always expected after a beat down like that.  What they really need to do is some soul searching.  They need to go back to the message that got them into to power in the first place, and stop worrying about the polls so much.   They need to stop running away from the things that have been working, and start owning up to them. They need to do what the GOP does so well against them…
….not be afraid to use their best ASSet.

Survey on Relationships

Hey Everyone,

I am a psych student at the University of Florida. I'm doing a study on our attitudes toward relationships. I've posted the survey around, but my demographics are skewed with 91% of the participants being white. I was able to post it on my facebook page and got some of my family members to take it, but I need more black participants.

It should only take 2-3 minutes. You have to read a short scenario and then answer some multiple choice questions about it. There are no right or wrong answers, so you can answer in whatever way you think is best. I would also love some advice on other sites outside of LJ or communities with LJ where this could be posted.

Thank you in advance! I really appreciate anyone that completes the survey! :-)

Survey Link: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bHNYi2IyCYazlm5


I found this video on my daughter's cell phone in her office this morning after she stopped answering my calls last night. She is missing. I pray she is out there and alive somewhere.

The CDC is a dangerous place to work. Please share, get the word out, these infected monsters must be caught and stopped!!

They gotta be stopped. Sarah's a brilliant young woman and she didn't deserve this. People thought she was crazy but her curse was that she just knew too much.

Please help. Please pray. Please share. I'm begging you.

*blows the dust off the comm*

So are we gonna get things happening here again or not? =)


Steps over tumbleweed.

Where yall at Blackfolk?

Newly Discovered Octavia Butler Stories

There are two newly discovered short stories by none other than THE Octavia E. Butler


You can buy the ebook on amazon for less than $4.00
Given the dividend marriage pays, I am really ambivalent about this trend myself.  Further, that parent is almost as likely to be the father as the mother, which is new and recent (last half decade or so).

What do you think about this trend?  
i've finally reached a place in my life where i can get writing regularly and part of that is discovering the world of indie publishing.  i am curious, if anyone's around, what lj blackfolk think about it.  i remember a lot of fandom of color debate about gatekeeping issues in traditional publishing and a lot of talk about chromatic presses, but nothing came of any of it, as far as i recall.

but out there in self-publishing land, black housewives are making mad cash writing ebooks with afro-typic black women on the covers and it's such a contrast of vigor to the rounds of lamenting i still see when i peep at speculative fiction writers of colors' blogs.

so the floor's open, if anyone's out there during this slow holiday time.  amazing opportunity or another hurdle?  i obviously see it as the former.  

Despite the struggles and sacrifices, systemic discrimination, entrenched racism and electoral fraud exist to the present moment, but most of us have been brainwashed into believing the Civil Rights movement brought freedom, liberty and democracy to Black America. Because the old propaganda tricks which have been used to delude the U.S. masses throughout the history of the country are still employed to this day. Blacks are forced to engage in a relentless exercise of psychological warfare with those who insist on creating a white savior pathos, from Jesus to Tarzan. And sometimes Blacks lose the battle and themselves. That is why I write about race.

I don’t write about race to disparage whites or to pour salt on old wounds. I am deeply aware of the contributions whites have made and many still make in order to secure the fundamental rights of others.  There have always been those who played a prominent, active, supportive and moral role. I needed to make the acknowledgement because I write about race, unapologetically, historically and realistically.

I write about race because it shaped our founding and is the heartbeat of this nation. The election of Barack Obama struck at the very foundations of the racial impulses and offenses which are a part of our nation's DNA.

I write about race because whites who make the headlines and the newscasts are those who resist civil rights most blatantly and aggressively.

I write so racist fools like Richard Cohen don’t simply get a free pass to be insulting and insinuating just because they can.

I write about race because of my grandson, who constantly searches for an image of himself and at just seven years old, has already decided that his country is hate-filled and intolerant.

I write about race for him and anyone else who can confront truth and honesty about who and why we are.

name change please?

Just encountered this community and was baffled by the name. Presumably this is some sort of common African-Americanism.

I would like to suggest a name change to "AfricanDiaspora". Feel free to comment/discuss.

Sep. 22nd, 2013

Well here's my attempt to awake blackfolk from its slumbers.

Here in Australia it's Grand Final time, where our two major football codes are having their equivalent to the Super Bowl (it's always on the last weekend in September).

For the first time ever the Fremantle Dockers, a team out of Western Australia, has made it. I fully expect Melbourne to be swamped with purple people from out west this time next week.

And though I can't say for sure this is a first, they have on their team what I'm fairly certain is the only (mixed race) African-American in the entire league.

Zac Clarke is actually from Melbourne, black dad, white (Australian) mom.

And a bit of trivia: I don't follow the football too closely until the end of the season when it gets exciting, so I don't have a team. But my favorite player is Harry O'Brien from the Collingwood Magpies, who's very vocal about the racism, sexism, and homophobia found in his sport. It's very unusual, particularly on that last count. He's also easy on the eyes. My co-worker's next door neighbor here is a documentary filmmaker originally from New York named Jeff Daniels who's doing a film on him.

"Publicly, there have been statements of support, but privately, in many locker rooms, footy boardrooms and newspaper offices, he will continue to be portrayed as an eccentric dissident.
It is the only way that the hairy-chested footy culture knows how to deal with an enlightened human being who dares to challenge the conventional wisdom of their world."


O'Brien battling depression, suicide issues...

Daniels had previously done a doco on the plight of Chinese Uighurs, and Beijing felt so strongly about censoring the film, they hacked into the Melbourne International Film Festival's website and changed the dates and times for the viewings so people couldn't go. It made international headlines.

Director says film censorship backfired.


Help me become a math teacher!

A few years ago, my family staged an intervention to convince me it was time for me to go back to school. I got a full scholarship to college when I was 16, but left at 18 to take care of my family (mother and nephews). My mother has passed and the boys are now grown, healthy, and productive. I've wanted to be a teacher since I was 12, and I'm only a few semesters away from getting my certification (I've applied to graduate in December of 2014). I was awarded a scholarship to Mount St. Mary's College in L.A. I raised the funds to get out here from Maryland, but now I need a car to complete my participant observation and student teaching requirements. Please donate to and/or share my IndieGoGo campaign to help me complete the final steps in achieving my dream. Thanks a lot!

Ebony Magazine

The September edition of Ebony magazine features 4 different covers each with the headline: We Are Trayvon. The first cover features Martin’s family–Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin and their son Jahvaris Fulton. Three others versions feature prominent AA men and their sons wearing a grey hoodie: director Spike Lee and his son, Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade with his sons, and actor Boris Kodjoe and his son.

Yes, there are people who were making snarky comments in the press and there was a false story floated that Tea Party members were going to boycott the issue. *A false story people*. But I dont care about that.None of this is about that.

I just wanted to post this because of the power of the image. I have a beautiful nephew who is only a few years younger than Trayvon Martin.

And he owns a hoodie.


Nairobi Dev School

Saw this on Geek Feminism: Martha Chumo, a Kenyan girl who couldn't get to the US to go to Hacker School, decided to start a school in Nairobi for East African software developers. She's trying to raise $50k to get the school off the ground, so maybe think about donating and/or linking it around :)

Get Paid To Be Social

Originally posted by tillery36 at post
“To try is to invite uncertainty. Where confidence goes, success usually follows.”

Did you hear the critical news?

Now you can share videos on FaceBook
& YouTube and get paid for it!

Click me to get started:


Dead Giveaway - a teachable moment?

How can a song be so problematic yet so catchy? Also *dead* at the link to the cover song at the end.

This story has been covered on various NPR stations over the last couple of days, not so much focused on the rescued women but the politics of presenting/ portraying the hero in the media has sparked discussions of race and class. So much to say about this. What are your thoughts on the coverage/ subsequent internet meme-ification?

Black women and uterine fibroids

I'm about to be tested for this so I thought I'd post this in case some people have similar symptoms. African-American women are three times more likely than other ethnicities to have them.

What are uterine fibroids?

From the government

And don't worry if you have your hair permed...

But there is positive coorelation with child abuse before the age of 11

Foul Language on the Bus

I was riding the bus today and a bunch of young black guys (25 years old and younger, I believe) were ranting about life. That was fine, but their language was so horrendous. "Bitch" this and "Nigga" that and "shit" this. They went on and on, getting louder and louder, until the conversation turned to how they never wanted to "bang basic bitches" and instead, would turn to teachers and deans and school counselors. Yeah, that was an actual conversation.

Normally I'm immune to this kind of language, but near the front of the bus, a little girl (maybe about five or six) sat with her father. I gave eye-rolls to the dad, and he seemed to understand that I didn't approve of the language, but the little girl...just the look on her face. At first I thought she was oblivious to it all, but as the language got worse and the situations more graphic, I could tell she knew it was "bad."

I was torn between checking these guys and my fear of being attacked, verbally or physically. At the end of it, I felt slightly abnormal and disappointed with myself. This little black girl, who basically is new to the world, was assaulted by a bunch of young black men. Why? They saw her. The knew she was there. They had an entire conversation about how women in Chicago get "split" from ear to ear in gang violence. As a positive.

What would you have done in this situation?

Educationally Yoked?

I posted this question earlier today on my facebook page and it made for interesting discussion but I'm curious to know what Blackfolk think:

Over the last few days, I keep running across these articles that suggest that women with higher ed degrees basically 'belong' with men with degrees. One of them went so far as to say that a woman with a degree would be "bored" with a man without some higher learning. How important is being equally educated? Is making a big deal out of it (or a conscious decision to make it a dating/marriage requirement) a cultural thing?

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Extra extra friendly zoo

Close Encounters An Outdoor // Nature Blog

Go cheek to whisker at Argentina’s Lujan Zoo

The wisdom—and track record—of the zoo is hotly debated

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Many of the animals here are former illegal house pets that are given to the zoo after outgrowing their homes. Image by Zoo De Lujan

With the weather getting warmer, it’s time to get back outside and reconnect with the wildlife—and no place will let you get closer to the wildest of wild things than Lujan Zoo in Argentina. Located just outside Buenos Aires, Lujan Zoo provides zoogoers the opportunity to bottle feed a bear, cuddle a tiger, or rub noses with a lion, and, if these pictures are accurate, walk away un-mauled. While many visitors assert the animals are clearly drugged, the zoo insists the tameness is entirely natural, a product of raising each cub from birth and teaching them to be calm, permissive, and uninterested in eating humans.

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Would you all go here or do you think it's a front for the United Animal Federation? IDK I might pet the lion. tiger, or bear, but no way in hell would I feed it from my mouth or sit my toddler down with a bunch of cubs. Yes, they are adorable and cuddly but just one of them is as big as the baby.

The Trouble With 'Borrowing' Black Music

Huff Po had an interesting discussion today on Justin Timberlake's latest album success. Watch it here.
Thoughts on whether you agree with the idea posed in the discussion that being white and doing 'black music' takes away from black artists like it did 50 years ago?


Y'all See This?

I can't remember if this was ever posted here or not, but that Dear White People trailer won the IndieWire/Tribeca Film Festival's Project of the Year.

Original Video:

How do you think this would fare as an actual short/full-length film?

23 and me update

they got rid of the ancestry painting and replaced it with a more expanded ancestry composition.
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Have you seen this photo series?

"Because of them, we can"


and a favorite...

Continue On

So glad to see so many of you still here! I agree, we need to get the ball rolling again, even if it is just to reconnect on a social level.

There was a point when I would have said that I "moved on" from LJ. But I never have. I download it on every new piece of tech I have. I haven't outgrown it, nor you as we have all merely grown UP together and continue to grow!

In a way, I love that Blackfolk served it's purpose for me. And I realize that my purpose for it was extremely different than maybe a lot of other purposes. And I think that's what made it great, and made it so widespread. That it was just a platform. A trunk for many different branches to sprout from. Well the leaves are gone and some branches are cracked and broken. But the Trunk is still solid and strong. Blackfolk will continue to be everything I need it to be, everything YOU need it to be, and everything WE make it. Post about whatever you like; We're still here reading.



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