Thursday, July 29, 2010

Obama talks race, pop culture on 'The View'

By JULIE PACE, Associated Press Writer Julie Pace, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 56 mins ago

NEW YORK – President Barack Obama said Thursday that the racial firestorm that led to the ouster of a black Agriculture Department official was a "phony controversy" generated by the media. He said his administration overreacted by forcing her out.
In an interview on ABC's daytime talk show "The View," Obama said the forced resignation of Shirley Sherrod shows racial tensions still exist in America.
"There are still inequalities out there. There's still discrimination out there," Obama said. "But we've made progress."
Sherrod was forced to resign after a conservative website posted an edited video of her speaking about race. Sherrod said the video took her remarks out of context. When her full remarks were discovered, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack apologized and offered Sherrod a new job at the department.
Obama pinned much of the blame for the incident on a media culture that he said seeks out conflict and doesn't always get the facts right. But he added, "A lot of people overreacted, including people in my administration."
The Sherrod incident added another wrinkle to an administration already burdened by the slow pace of the economic recovery, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the Gulf oil spill. While acknowledging that the country has gone through a tough stretch since he took office, Obama said he remains optimistic about the direction the U.S. is headed.

"What has been satisfying is just seeing how resilient the American people are," he said.
Obama's interview with "The View" was the first appearance on a daytime talk show by a sitting president. The wide-ranging interview also dipped into Obama's knowledge of pop culture, an area he showed some proficiency, admitting that he knows actress Lindsey Lohan is in jail.
But he skirted a question about whether actor Mel Gibson should go to anger management classes, joking that he'd rather answer a question about the war in Afghanistan. And when asked about "Snooki," a character on the MTV reality show "Jersey Shore," Obama pleaded ignorance.

"Nobody wants to send me the real juicy stuff," he said. "It's all very official."

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Cast of Race


What Is Race About?

Race is about three lawyers—two partners, one African-American, one white, and their young, African-American law clerk—who are deciding whether or not to take the case of wealthy white man accused of raping an African-American woman. The play, like the case, is not open and shut. Shame, guilt, class, sex, lies and, of course, race, are all provocatively stirred together in this fast-paced show that will probably leave theatergoers dissecting and discussing it long after the curtain goes down. As the playwright wrote in a recent essay about his work, “Race, like sex, is a subject on which it is near impossible to tell the truth.” Audience members will undoubtedly bring their own set of judgments and preconceptions into this work that delves into a most complicated and fraught subject.

Should I See It?

What Is Race Like?

If you like the quick banter of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, the gloves-off approach of Speed the Plow and the provocative subject matter of Oleanna, you will enjoy all three in Race. Mamet is doing what he does best with this show: choosing an incendiary topic and asking more questions than he answers. Is this the most incendiary show of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright? That’s debatable, but it does seem that he’s found a new four-letter word in Race

Monday, July 26, 2010

July 26, 2010. We have no idea how this dude managed to PULL THIS OFF . . . but, Halle Berry's babys father Gabriel has a new job, as his own daughter's NANNY!! (Or Manny)

Word is that Halle is going to be shooting a new movie in South Africa. And that instead of paying a stranger to watch her child while she's on set. She's reportedly PAYING to have her babys father FLOWN to South Africa Africa. Halle's also paying for dude's accommodations, food, and giving him a salary on top of that.

How can you pay your baby's father to take his own child? Don't ruin the white guy's inage Gab! Get yourself together!
Sincerely, Helen Willis, The Zebress

Jessica White and Sean Penn


Everybody's loving the models these days. Sean Penn and his model girlfriend Jessica were spotted relaxing in the sun at a friends party.

Paps on the scene say Penn, much to the surprise of Jessica who shrieked, jumped off the second floor balcony and into the pool to make his aquatic entry. Later, he caught a quick glance as Jess tried to bend over and towel off. Playa playa....
And the two wined and dined at the Gramercy Park hotel in NY recently according to the Post:
Is model Jessica White back together with Sean Penn? The two were recently spotted having drinks with friends at the Gramercy Park Hotel's Rose Bar. "They kissed, sat close and ignored everyone," said an onlooker. The next night -- after Jessica was filmed for a documentary on her life at the launch party for men's clothing line Tween -- the duo had dinner with Spike Lee, his wife and others on the Upper East Side. "She mentioned she was back on with 'her man,' on- and off-camera," said a source at the party. Penn's rep said, "It's not true" they were dating again.
Obviously Sean's rep didn't get the memo. This along with her latest comments on last week's episode of "The T.O. Show" saying she's ready for a real relationship and a baby...methinks she's ready to get serious....

Pics via SPLASH

Some asked what she sees in him? After a while, the most important thing becomes how he treats you.

Helen willis, The Zebress

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Black Candidate Wants to Be Called 'B' Word on Ballot
Thursday, July 22, 2010

While most women take offense at being called the "B" word, Milwaukee City Council candidate Ieshuh Griffin (pictured) embraces it, and wants it put on a ballot, reports the Associated Press. To be exact, Griffin, an Independent running for a seat in the state's Assembly, wants the phrase "NOT the Whiteman's b-tch" placed next to her name on the ballot.
But the Wisconsin election oversight board was not in agreement last night as they voted against the phrase, calling it racially charged. Griffin argued her case in front of the board's five White judges, and called the phrase "freedom of expression." "It's not a racial slur. It's not a slur," she said. "I'm not making a derogatory statement to a group of people or an ethnic group." Currently working as a community activist, Griffin argued that her the term is one her "constituents identify with."
All candidates in Wisconsin are allowed to use five words to describe themselves that will be placed next to their names on the ballot. The phrase cannot be perjorative, profane or discriminatory. Griffin has threatened to take her case to the Supreme Court.

What do you think? Freedom of expression or offensive?

Read more:

I'm just sayin'

by The CNN Wire Staff

The Republicans claim they're worried about the deficit, but they're really just "trying to make the president fail at any cost," said Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Washington. The Republicans have "held displaced workers as hostages" to their political agenda, he added.

Republicans "couldn't care less" about unemployed workers, McDermott said. "The American people will remember. ... The voters are not stupid."

I'm just sayin', I agree, what do you think? Do you think the Reps want Pres.Obama to fail at all costs?
Sincerely, Helen Willis, The Zebress

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Interracial Marriage More Common Than Ever, but Black Women Still Lag


In 1967, the boundaries were still very black and white. The film "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," about an interracial couple and their parents' angst, was considered groundbreaking.

Americans are more likely than ever to wed outside their racial or ethnic group. Fast forward four decades and you don't have to look to the big screen to see interracial couples. You can see the beginnings of a melting pot everywhere -- just look at celebrity couples like Seal and Heidi Klum , or Tony Parker and Eva Longoria.
And new study by the Pew Research Center found that one in six new marriages in the U.S. are interracial relationships. That makes the United States one of the most colorblind countries when it comes to saying "I do," second only to Brazil.
"The surprising thing here is how much demographic and social change has occurred over a short time. Intermarriage was a taboo and illegal. That's a big change in a very small amount of time," said Paul Taylor, Executive Vice President of the Pew Research Center. Based on the latest census data, the study showed record highs: 26 percent of Hispanics, 31 percent of Asians, 16 percent of Blacks and nine percent of Whites all married outside their race.

"I think the racial barriers have almost, have blurred to the extent of almost being socially insignificant," said Professor Rick Banks of Stanford Law School.
Rates of interracial marriage among Asians and Hispanics remained steady, but there was a substantial change among black Americans, especially black men.
"In 2008, 22 percent of all black male newlyweds married a non-black," said Taylor.

Black Women Left Out

Only 9 percent of black women, on the other hand, married outside their race, making them the least likely of any race or gender to marry outside their race and the least likely to get married at all.
"We have a saying called 'the black girl curse,'" said Chato Waters, a single black woman. "A lot of our white friends are married by 25, happily married with kids by 27, and we're like, what's the deal with the 'bee gees' -- that's 'black girls.'

Pew Study: One in Six Marriages Interracial

When ABC News spoke with one group of black women the consensus was that they want to get married, and their preference was to marry a black man. But the pool of eligible bachelors has dwindled. And even though these women are willing to marry men of other races, they told us their options are more limited.

Katie Couric Notebook on Interracial Marriage

In 1958, Virginia police barged into the bedroom of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, and arrested them for being married.
The judge ruled that God put different races on separate continents for a reason. But the Supreme Court disagreed, overturning the decision in 1967and ending such laws for good.
These days, nearly 15 percent of U.S. marriages are interracial, up from 7 percent in 1980, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.
Interestingly, black men are more than twice as likely to marry outside their race than black women. And the same is true for Asian women compared to Asian men.
Those gender disparities show there are still social norms at play. More than 60 percent of Americans are fine with intermarriage - but that means 40 percent are not.
This country has long been a melting pot of races, religions and ethnicities. The natural progression are families who look more like a Benetton ad than the Cleavers photo album.
That's a page from my notebook.

 Katie Couric, CBS News.

Interracial marriages at an all-time high, study says

By Stephanie Chen, CNN

(CNN) -- The first time Priya Merrill, who is Indian, brought her white boyfriend home for Thanksgiving in 2007, the dinner was uncomfortable and confusing. She still remembers her family asking if Andrew was the bartender or a family photographer.

The couple married last August, and her Indian family has warmed up to her husband despite their racial differences.
"I think we get the best of both cultures," said Merrill, 27, of New York. She added, "Sometimes I just forget that we're interracial. I don't really think about it."
Asian. White. Black. Hispanic. Do race and ethnicity matter when it comes to marriage?
Apparently, race is mattering less these days, say researchers at the Pew Research Center, who report that nearly one out of seven new marriages in the U.S. is interracial or interethnic. The report released Friday, which interviewed couples married for less than a year, found racial lines are blurring as more people choose to marry outside their race.
"From what we can tell, this is the highest [percentage of interracial marriage] it has ever been," said Jeffrey Passel, a senior demographer for the Pew Research Center.

He said interracial marriages have soared since the 1980s. About 6.8 percent of newly married couples reported marrying outside their race or ethnicity in 1980. That figure jumped to about 14.6 percent in the Pew report released this week, which surveyed newlyweds in 2008.
From what we can tell, this is the highest [level of interracial marriage] it has ever been.
--Jeffrey Passel, Pew senior demographer

Couples pushing racial boundaries have become commonplace in the U.S., a trend that is also noticeable in Hollywood and politics. President Obama is the product of a black father from Africa and a white mother from Kansas. Supermodel Heidi Klum, who is white, married Seal, a British singer who is black.
But not everyone is willing to accept mixed-race marriages. A Louisiana justice of the peace resigned late last year after refusing to marry an interracial couple.
However, studies show that support for interracial marriages is stronger than in the past, especially among the Millennial generation. Among 18- to 29-year-olds, about 85 percent accept interracial marriages, according to a Pew study published in February. Scholars say interracial marriages are important to examine because they can be a barometer for race relations and cultural assimilation.
Today's growing acceptance of interracial marriages is a contrast to the overwhelming attitudes 50 years ago that such marriage was wrong -- and even illegal. During most of U.S. history, interracial marriages have been banned or considered taboo, sociologists say.
In 1958, a woman of black and Native American descent named Mildred Jeter had married a white man, Richard Loving. The couple married in Washington, D.C., instead of their home state of Virginia, where state laws outlawed interracial marriages. The couple was arrested by police. Their case made its way to the Supreme Court in the case Loving vs. Virginia in 1967, where the justices unanimously ruled that laws banning interracial marriages were unconstitutional.
In the decades after the court's ruling, the U.S. population has been changed by an unprecedented influx of immigrants. The growing numbers of immigrants, said Pew researchers, is partially responsible for the increase in interracial marriages.
The Pew Center study released Friday found that marrying outside of one's race or ethnicity is most common among Asians and Hispanics, two immigrant groups that have grown tremendously. About 30 percent of Asian newlyweds in the study married outside of their race, and about a quarter of Hispanic newlyweds reported marrying someone of another race.
David Chen, 26, of Dallas, Texas, is Taiwanese. He is planning a wedding with his fiancee, Sylvia Duran, 26, who is Mexican. He says race isn't an issue, but parts of their culture do play a role in their relationship. They will probably have a traditional Chinese tea ceremony at their wedding.
"The thing that we really focus on is our values and family values," instead of their race, he said. "We both like hard work, and we really put a focus on education."
The African-American population also saw increases in interracial marriage, with the number of blacks participating in such marriages roughly tripling since 1980, the study said. About 16 percent of African-Americans overall are in an interracial marriage, but researchers point out a gender difference: It's more common for black men to marry outside of their race than for black women.
The gender difference was the reverse in the Asian population surveyed. Twice as many newlywed Asian women, about 40 percent, were married outside their race, compared with Asian men, at about 20 percent.
"We are seeing an increasingly multiracial and multiethnic country," said Andrew Cherlin, professor of public policy and sociology at Johns Hopkins University. "The change in our population is bringing more people into contact with others who aren't like them."
The Pew Center also found education and residency affected whether people married interracially, with college-educated adults being more likely to do so. More people who live in the West marry outside their race than do people in the Midwest and South, the survey found.
Cherlin explained why education has helped bridge various races and ethnic groups: With more minorities attending college, education, rather than race, becomes a common thread holding couples together.
"If I'm a college graduate, I am going to marry another graduate," Cherlin said. "It's of secondary importance if that person is my race."
We are seeing an increasingly multiracial and multiethnic country.
-Andrew Cherlin, professor at Johns Hopkins University

Technology is also making it easier for people to date outside their races, said Sam Yagan, who founded, a free Internet dating site. He said his site, which receives 4 million unique visitors a month, has seen many interracial relationships result from people using its services.
Adriano Schultz, 26, who was born in Brazil and identifies himself as having a "mixed ethnicity," met his wife, Teresa, who is white, through the site in 2006. A year later, the couple married.
"I don't feel as if ethnicity for us was a big issue," said Schultz, of Indiana. "It was more about personalities and having things in common that really drove us together."
Yagan attributes the increase in interracial relationships to the Internet, which makes it easier to connect with someone of a different race. People who live in a community where race is an issue can meet someone of another race more privately, than say, instead of having to start their relationship in a public setting.
"You don't have to worry about what your friends are going to think," he said. "You can build the early parts of the relationship."

Thursday, July 1, 2010

2 black women (O &

2 black women (O & Bey) top the Forbes richest celebrity list! They'd just better leave room for me!