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The New FUBU

Fuck Us, By Us: Or a Look at the New Blackish Representation on TV
Black-ish opens with a intro montage to Kanye West’s JESUS WALKS. 
and this quote:

:06 “This drooling, pigment-challenged mixed-race woman is my wife, Rainbow.” HE IS TALKING ABOUT DIANA ROSS’S DAUGHTER.

:08 “…and despite what she looks like right now, she’s a doctor.”
This is not the Cosby Show. Because no matter how patriarchal that show may have been at times (and I don’t necessarily even believe that to be a negative element of the show except that I know every 80’s and 90’s show has some fucked up shit in it that wouldn’t pass the hyper-reflexive recap threshold for subliminal messaging that exists test today. {I’m certainly glad there weren’t morning after recaps of FRIENDS}.), Cliff would never disparage Claire to the audience. 
Also, female doctors (anybody??) have to be pretty, even when they sleep? Thanks, #IWokeUpLikeThis. 

:32 We get a full family portrait, Modern Family style. No, I mean literally. It’s an after effects gimmick.

Husband, Wife, 4 Kids (not named), and Pops (His Dad). He grew up in the ‘hood and promised to work his way out of there, and now he lives in Beverly Hills.  It’s FRESH PRINCE meets SANFORD AND SONS, but wait, that was also the premise of FRESH PRINCE. Maybe this will be ok after all?
:42 First name drop of the American Dream. We see a closet full of sneakers and the idea that this wealthy lifestyle probably wasn’t dreamt of where “he’s from.” even though it’s basically just a well-lit excerpt from CRIBS, a show designed to sell this exact version of the American Dream to anyone who has access to cable.
Also, instead of grabbing any pair of about 40 Jordans or Air Force Ones, the next shot is of him in his (brand new) Chuck Taylors. STREET CRED!
Or…”jungle cred”? because now we’re getting a super-satirical set piece where a Hollywood Tour of Star Homes bus is pointing out the “mythical and majestic black family out of its natural habitat but still thriving”. What the literal Fuck? I know it’s a joke. But why isn’t it funny? 
1:07 Finally! It’s been a (literal) hot minute. I was starting to think we wouldn’t get a monologue about how black culture has been co-opted and renamed “Urban”. But here it is.
He’s (I don’t think we’ve gotten his name yet) swiping an iPad and lamenting that the biggest stars of the Urban World— and black culture— are Justin TImberlake and Robin Thicke (music), Kim Kardashian (butts), and Asian guys (dancing). It’s notable because we don’t know how to feel about the progress of Black culture not being marginalized or sterotyped, but we also don’t want it to be diversified or more widely accepted in the mainstream. 
Maybe this show is throwing a lot of hard issues at us fast. In case we can’t keep up, here’s some voice over recapping that exact point: “Come on! Big butts, R&B, and dancing? Those were the Black man’s go-to’s.” 
1:27 He’s not complaining. Definitely not. He loves his life, even if it’s hard being a successful black man. But after a flashback to yesterday when a woman stole his parking space and flicked him off, he does kinda sorta miss the social fluidity and respect he got as a “big scary black man”. 
Because this never happened in the good ole days.
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2:22 He’s up for a promotion for SVP (of whatever company he works for). All we know for sure is that it’s not “that Black firm” that wanted to hire him and that, according to Pops “would’ve made him president 5 years ago.”
Rainbow chimes in to point out that President of the Black firm would be half the money he’ll make as VP at the non-black firm. Which on HBO might be dialogue that stews with the viewers. But on ABC it sets up Pops’s punchline about the “negro inflation tax”. 
Anthony Anderson claims that it means more to be the 1st Black VP at Stevens and Leto (1st clue!) because he’s breaking down barriers. But his doctor wife chimes in to assure everyone that breaking down barriers is only equally as important as the paycheck. 
Just so we’re clear. 
So basically, this Black female doctor— she’s in scrubs, so probably a surgeon?— only cares about money and not the years of hard work, discipline, and professionalism it takes to accomplish your dreams. Great.
2:55 Rainbow, again, says, “Just to be sure, there is a salary increase, right?” Uggh. 
3:00 Father/Son handshake that inspires revulsion from Pops. “I can’t believe I marched on Washington and fought for this country to watch you do that mess. 
But he didn’t! He actually shot himself in the foot to get out of the Army and happened to be in DC for an Isley Brothers concert. So handshake is OK! Phew.
1st Guess: Lots more handshakes to come.
3:43 But just when we thought we had a healthy father-son relationship to contrast with the older dyad, we see Anthony Anderson driving his son to school early so he can get extra work in before try-outs. Assuming he means basketball, he gives him some generic free throw advice before the son breaks it to him that he’s actually trying out for field hockey. 
Instead of applying the same sort of boundary-breaking enthusiasm he’s applied to his own career towards what must be a huge racial divide in the sport, Anthony Anderson shrieks, “Field hockey?!? Isn’t that a woman’s sport?”
There is one funny joke in the field hockey vs. basketball bit that lasts for 2 minutes. 
Son: “A lot of people think it’s for girls.”
Father: “A lot of people don’t think about field hockey at all.”
I’m just putting this out there— I WANT TO LIVE BLOG BLACK-ISH for VULTURE. or REFINERY 29. or BITCH FLICKS. or anyone else who is also offended by this show as a woman, a person of color, or a fan of THE COSBY SHOW.
englishmajorhumor:

threepanelbookreview:

A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN by Virginia Woolf. Reprinted in the Summer 2013 issue of The Nashville Review.




Happy birthday, Virginia Woolf!

englishmajorhumor:

threepanelbookreview:

A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN by Virginia Woolf. Reprinted in the Summer 2013 issue of The Nashville Review.

Happy birthday, Virginia Woolf!

(via mrscadillac)

Section II :: It Just Got Better: Section II Water Cooler: There’s no Auto-Complete Truth

sectioniiblog:

The UN Women campaign from Ogilvy and Mather uses Google to show how gender inequality is a global condition. According to the Creative Director Christopher Hunt, the campaign, “…show(s) the results of genuine searches, highlighting popular opinions across the worldwide web.” These…

If you’re willing to submit a photo of you and a blank, I’ll be eternally grateful. 

sectioniiblog:

So far at least one member of Section II team is dressed as an Orange is the New Black member…Happy Halloween! xo sii

<3 
This made me like Halloween. 

sectioniiblog:

So far at least one member of Section II team is dressed as an Orange is the New Black member…Happy Halloween! xo sii

<3 

This made me like Halloween. 

popculturebrain:

Watch a Promo for Sarah Silverman’s New HBO Special | Splitsider

Section II :: It Just Got Better: Like to Wrestle? : An episode from Pre-Code Hollywood

sectioniiblog:

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The namesake of the organization sponsoring this post refers to Section II, point four, of the Motion Picture Production Code. These censorship guidelines were designed to protect the public from degrading influences. Section II point four specifically forbids the portrayal of “sex perversion…

Hot off the presses!

Section II :: It Just Got Better: Hey there new followers!

sectioniiblog:

We really appreciate you finding your way to us and clicking that follow button! To give you a short run down on Section II: we are a Benefit Corporation dedicated to improving the representation of lesbians in popular culture.

Next month we are pitching our product to investors and we want to…

I would really appreciate it if you’d head over to Section II’s Tumblr and follow along as we start this new company specifically dedicated to improving lesbian representation in popular culture. 

Section II :: It Just Got Better: Section II Water Cooler: Hello World!

sectioniiblog:

Section II of the Motion Picture Production Code dealt with the portrayal of Sex on-screen throughout the 38-year span of Industry Moral Censorship and outlawed lesbian characters in film. We are reclaiming our namesake and creating a destination platform and brand dedicated to the increased and…

I’m blogging!!

sectioniiblog:

We can fix this.

Just another day at work. 

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We can fix this.

Just another day at work. 

Allie in Wonderland turned 4 today!

Allie in Wonderland turned 4 today!

The New FUBU

Fuck Us, By Us: Or a Look at the New Blackish Representation on TV
Black-ish opens with a intro montage to Kanye West’s JESUS WALKS. 
and this quote:

:06 “This drooling, pigment-challenged mixed-race woman is my wife, Rainbow.” HE IS TALKING ABOUT DIANA ROSS’S DAUGHTER.

:08 “…and despite what she looks like right now, she’s a doctor.”
This is not the Cosby Show. Because no matter how patriarchal that show may have been at times (and I don’t necessarily even believe that to be a negative element of the show except that I know every 80’s and 90’s show has some fucked up shit in it that wouldn’t pass the hyper-reflexive recap threshold for subliminal messaging that exists test today. {I’m certainly glad there weren’t morning after recaps of FRIENDS}.), Cliff would never disparage Claire to the audience. 
Also, female doctors (anybody??) have to be pretty, even when they sleep? Thanks, #IWokeUpLikeThis. 

:32 We get a full family portrait, Modern Family style. No, I mean literally. It’s an after effects gimmick.

Husband, Wife, 4 Kids (not named), and Pops (His Dad). He grew up in the ‘hood and promised to work his way out of there, and now he lives in Beverly Hills.  It’s FRESH PRINCE meets SANFORD AND SONS, but wait, that was also the premise of FRESH PRINCE. Maybe this will be ok after all?
:42 First name drop of the American Dream. We see a closet full of sneakers and the idea that this wealthy lifestyle probably wasn’t dreamt of where “he’s from.” even though it’s basically just a well-lit excerpt from CRIBS, a show designed to sell this exact version of the American Dream to anyone who has access to cable.
Also, instead of grabbing any pair of about 40 Jordans or Air Force Ones, the next shot is of him in his (brand new) Chuck Taylors. STREET CRED!
Or…”jungle cred”? because now we’re getting a super-satirical set piece where a Hollywood Tour of Star Homes bus is pointing out the “mythical and majestic black family out of its natural habitat but still thriving”. What the literal Fuck? I know it’s a joke. But why isn’t it funny? 
1:07 Finally! It’s been a (literal) hot minute. I was starting to think we wouldn’t get a monologue about how black culture has been co-opted and renamed “Urban”. But here it is.
He’s (I don’t think we’ve gotten his name yet) swiping an iPad and lamenting that the biggest stars of the Urban World— and black culture— are Justin TImberlake and Robin Thicke (music), Kim Kardashian (butts), and Asian guys (dancing). It’s notable because we don’t know how to feel about the progress of Black culture not being marginalized or sterotyped, but we also don’t want it to be diversified or more widely accepted in the mainstream. 
Maybe this show is throwing a lot of hard issues at us fast. In case we can’t keep up, here’s some voice over recapping that exact point: “Come on! Big butts, R&B, and dancing? Those were the Black man’s go-to’s.” 
1:27 He’s not complaining. Definitely not. He loves his life, even if it’s hard being a successful black man. But after a flashback to yesterday when a woman stole his parking space and flicked him off, he does kinda sorta miss the social fluidity and respect he got as a “big scary black man”. 
Because this never happened in the good ole days.
Inline image 1
2:22 He’s up for a promotion for SVP (of whatever company he works for). All we know for sure is that it’s not “that Black firm” that wanted to hire him and that, according to Pops “would’ve made him president 5 years ago.”
Rainbow chimes in to point out that President of the Black firm would be half the money he’ll make as VP at the non-black firm. Which on HBO might be dialogue that stews with the viewers. But on ABC it sets up Pops’s punchline about the “negro inflation tax”. 
Anthony Anderson claims that it means more to be the 1st Black VP at Stevens and Leto (1st clue!) because he’s breaking down barriers. But his doctor wife chimes in to assure everyone that breaking down barriers is only equally as important as the paycheck. 
Just so we’re clear. 
So basically, this Black female doctor— she’s in scrubs, so probably a surgeon?— only cares about money and not the years of hard work, discipline, and professionalism it takes to accomplish your dreams. Great.
2:55 Rainbow, again, says, “Just to be sure, there is a salary increase, right?” Uggh. 
3:00 Father/Son handshake that inspires revulsion from Pops. “I can’t believe I marched on Washington and fought for this country to watch you do that mess. 
But he didn’t! He actually shot himself in the foot to get out of the Army and happened to be in DC for an Isley Brothers concert. So handshake is OK! Phew.
1st Guess: Lots more handshakes to come.
3:43 But just when we thought we had a healthy father-son relationship to contrast with the older dyad, we see Anthony Anderson driving his son to school early so he can get extra work in before try-outs. Assuming he means basketball, he gives him some generic free throw advice before the son breaks it to him that he’s actually trying out for field hockey. 
Instead of applying the same sort of boundary-breaking enthusiasm he’s applied to his own career towards what must be a huge racial divide in the sport, Anthony Anderson shrieks, “Field hockey?!? Isn’t that a woman’s sport?”
There is one funny joke in the field hockey vs. basketball bit that lasts for 2 minutes. 
Son: “A lot of people think it’s for girls.”
Father: “A lot of people don’t think about field hockey at all.”
I’m just putting this out there— I WANT TO LIVE BLOG BLACK-ISH for VULTURE. or REFINERY 29. or BITCH FLICKS. or anyone else who is also offended by this show as a woman, a person of color, or a fan of THE COSBY SHOW.
englishmajorhumor:

threepanelbookreview:

A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN by Virginia Woolf. Reprinted in the Summer 2013 issue of The Nashville Review.




Happy birthday, Virginia Woolf!

englishmajorhumor:

threepanelbookreview:

A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN by Virginia Woolf. Reprinted in the Summer 2013 issue of The Nashville Review.

Happy birthday, Virginia Woolf!

(via mrscadillac)

Section II :: It Just Got Better: Section II Water Cooler: There’s no Auto-Complete Truth

sectioniiblog:

The UN Women campaign from Ogilvy and Mather uses Google to show how gender inequality is a global condition. According to the Creative Director Christopher Hunt, the campaign, “…show(s) the results of genuine searches, highlighting popular opinions across the worldwide web.” These…

If you’re willing to submit a photo of you and a blank, I’ll be eternally grateful. 

sectioniiblog:

So far at least one member of Section II team is dressed as an Orange is the New Black member…Happy Halloween! xo sii

&lt;3 
This made me like Halloween. 

sectioniiblog:

So far at least one member of Section II team is dressed as an Orange is the New Black member…Happy Halloween! xo sii

<3 

This made me like Halloween. 

popculturebrain:

Watch a Promo for Sarah Silverman’s New HBO Special | Splitsider

Section II :: It Just Got Better: Like to Wrestle? : An episode from Pre-Code Hollywood

sectioniiblog:

image

The namesake of the organization sponsoring this post refers to Section II, point four, of the Motion Picture Production Code. These censorship guidelines were designed to protect the public from degrading influences. Section II point four specifically forbids the portrayal of “sex perversion…

Hot off the presses!

Section II :: It Just Got Better: Hey there new followers!

sectioniiblog:

We really appreciate you finding your way to us and clicking that follow button! To give you a short run down on Section II: we are a Benefit Corporation dedicated to improving the representation of lesbians in popular culture.

Next month we are pitching our product to investors and we want to…

I would really appreciate it if you’d head over to Section II’s Tumblr and follow along as we start this new company specifically dedicated to improving lesbian representation in popular culture. 

Section II :: It Just Got Better: Section II Water Cooler: Hello World!

sectioniiblog:

Section II of the Motion Picture Production Code dealt with the portrayal of Sex on-screen throughout the 38-year span of Industry Moral Censorship and outlawed lesbian characters in film. We are reclaiming our namesake and creating a destination platform and brand dedicated to the increased and…

I’m blogging!!

sectioniiblog:

We can fix this.

Just another day at work. 

sectioniiblog:

We can fix this.

Just another day at work. 

Allie in Wonderland turned 4 today!

Allie in Wonderland turned 4 today!

The New FUBU

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