Goodbye 2012: The 25 Biggest Fashion, Music, Sports Stories of the Year

Posted in Uncategorized on December 24, 2012 by beneaththeunderdog

Well we all dodged the Mayan’s bad calendar making and it’s time to look at the year in review.  It was hard to pare this list down to 25 memorable moments.  If you don’t like my list well tough…go make your own.  2012 was full of fun, the funny, the sad, and sadness.  Here are my top 25.  Enjoy.

SOCIAL MEDIA TITANS

1.  Kate Upton and the Cat Daddy Dance(close to 80 million views on Youtube)

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Kate Upton has had quite a year.  She scored the coveted cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and appeared as a bikini clad nun in The Three Stooges movie.  While on a photo shoot earlier this year Ms. Upton (Kate if you’re nasty) took a break in between shoots to film this 24 second piece of heaven. Looped twice this video is 1:01.. and is the sexiest video you’ll ever see where the actress who is clothed.

2.  Kanye West Started the New Year Off With A …Well It Was Bizarre(Nearly 6 million followers on Twitter)

Yeezy must have been bored in London on the morning of January 5 because he suddenly…unexpectedly found the urge to tweet… and Tweet.. and TWEET.  For nearly two hours Ye tweeted on topics that ranged from his evolving fashion line, to his mother, to forming a think tank on education to … You name it he mentioned it.  Just as suddenly as the barrage began it ended after nearly 90 tweets.  I hope he was high or drunk because that ish was cray.

3.  Facebook Shows Its’ Privates,

by becoming a publicly traded entity.  There were high hopes for the social media giant, but concerns about advertising ability and doubts about the real number of users(some users have multiple pages) the stock suffered early on before plateauing later in the year.  Have no fear though, Zucks is far from going to the welfare line.

4.  Gagnam-mania(Youtube record +1 billion views)

Damn you Psy.  This annoying song swept the world.  We welcomed this ‘man’ into our country and the song on our airwaves.  Then the truth came out.  Psy was really a woman?  No.  Back in 2004, in a bit of a protest Psy sang(using that term very, very loosely) anti-American lyrics wishing for the deathsof our soldiers.  America responded to the 2004 lyrics like they did to the Gagnam lyrics.  Equally unimpressed and undeterred they continued dancing to the newest worldwide dance phenomenon. Oppan Gagnam Style!

Break-Ups, Make-Ups, and Kids

5.  Chriahhna reunites… I think…

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After the ass whooping heard ’round the world no one ever thought there was a chance that these two would ever reunite.  Well time, and new albums that need to be sold, heals all wounds.  The two have been not-so-subliminally sending love letters to each other via Twitter and have been seen not-so-inconspicuously canoodling every place where rich, under-talented, over-rewarded pop stars hang out.  I hope, for both of their sakes, that he leaves the punching and biting in the gym and on the video games this time around.

6.  Negative Ghost Rider:  This Tom-Kat Is Dead

Couch jumpers around the world cried after Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes announced their split.  They never seemed right together anyway(Chicks should never date dudes who are way… WAY shorter than they are).  Rumors of Scientology involvement abound but I think she just lost that lovin’ feeling.(I know…I know…)

7.  The Second Coming of… No, It’s Just Blu Ivy

NEW PHOTO: Beyonce's Baby Blue Ivy Sporting An Afro - Too Cute!

I can not recall a baby coming into the world with more fan fare.  Frankly, because I really don’t care(as long as I’m not the father).  Blu Ivy thwarted every attempt from the paparazzi until new parents Bey Z released a series of pictures a few weeks after Blu’s birth.  The collective sigh you heard was when we all realized that Blu had no resemblance to her father.

8.  Twihards Lose Their Camelot: Kristen Stewart Gets Caught Up

Kristen Stewart must have bored of Robert Pattinson’s overt moodiness because she cheated on him…outside… for all the world to see.  Stewart was caught grinding her the director of her new film, Snow White, while on location.  After the release of the pictures, she denied anyways before issuing a ‘heartfelt’ apology which Pattison immediately shunned.  Teenage girls everywhere cried foul.  the rest of the world rolled their eyes.

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

9. Newtown

Rarely do we see tragedy of a this magnitude in this country.  A gunman, who I refuse to name, entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and killed 26 people; twenty were children ages 6-7 years old.  The shock waves are still rolling through the country and show no signs of subsiding any time soon.

10.  Trayvon

PHOTO: Trayvon Martin, 17, was fatally shot by neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman.

George Zimmerman saw Trayvon Martin as a threat and killed him.  When police arrived on the scene they found a gun on the ground along with Trayvon, who had iced tea and Skittles in his pockets.  Those are the only indisputable facts.  The rest is fogged by race, Stand Your Ground, and inept police work.  The trial starts in June.  The debate is still ongoing.

11. Zombiemania- The Zombies Are Coming Part I

Rudy Eugene was a normal American at some point.  When cops found his on the side of a Florida highway what they found would make Alfred Hitchcock blush.  Eugene was crouched and grunting as he tore chunks of flesh from his victims face.  He continued feeding even after the first two shots from the police’s guns tore through his body.  Bath salts entered the lexicon and over the next few weeks cases of cannibalism swept the nation.  Coincidentally garlic sales increased.

12.  ….and the Academy Award goes to…. Tony Farmer!!!!

Kids…don’t do crack.  More importantly, don’t kick, punch and drag your girlfriend by her hair.  Tony Farmer forgot that lesson.  The highly recruited high school basketball player felt it was a good idea to attack and scourge his ex-girlfriend in full view of security cameras.  If that wasn’t enough he continued to intimidate her via text after a protective order was granted against him.  During sentencing, Farmer was overcome with emotion and fainted thinking he’d been sentenced to seven years in prison.  His concurrent sentence means he’ll be out in three.

13.  JS… The Reason Child Rape Should Be Eligible For The Death Penalty

The former defensive coordinator of Penn State was convicted on 45 of the 48 counts levied against him.  This POS will hopefully spend the rest of his natural life behind bars.

GONE TOO SOON….

14.  Whitney Houston

Like so many of our pop stars, Whitney’s life had become tabloid fodder.  Rambling interviews, odd public behavior, and canceled tour dates had taken a toll of Whitney’s public persona.  Drug and alcohol abuse rumors dogged her until the day of her death.  Whitney was found by a member of her entourage unresponsive in a bathtub in a hotel where she was preparing to sing as part of her latest comeback attempt.  Fittingly, she died on the evening before the Grammys.  The music industry had the first chance to publicly say goodbye to the Queen of Pop.

15.  Joe Pa

Nobody rocked the birth control glasses with more gusto and success than Joe Paterno.  He served as head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions for the better part of 50 years.  He survived as an icon coach at State College through slumps in recruiting and wins and kept the program largely relevant for most of his career.  It is this icon status that blurred his vision when he decided, according to reports, to turn a blind eye to child rape charges against one of his coaches.  JoePa was fired in November 2011 and died in January of this year.

16.  Don Cornelius

Arguably the greatest host in the history of television, Don Cornelius provided America with a heavy dose of funk, hip hop, R&B, disco, and rock on a weekly basis via the hippest ride on television, Soul Train.  The format was simple:  A big stage where the hottest stars performed their hit singles(often times lip synching), where young people were showcased wearing the latest fashions while performing the dances that would be seen in the clubs later that evening.  Soul Train was a tour de force during its heyday hosting legend like The Jacksons, James Brown, and Billy Idol(yes… Billy Idol).  Cornelius died in February from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound.  Sad end for a true legend.

Pop Culture

17.  Call Me Maybe… Blame Canada

Justin Bieber makes me sick.  He’s dating one of the cutest girls from Hollywood, he has more money  than Oprah(not true), and he’s responsible for the biggest out-of-nowhere hit of the year.  Kind of.  During a trip home to sunny, warm Canada(not true…the sunny warm part) the Biebs and gal pal Selena Gomez heard Carly Rae Jepsen’s catchy tune on the radio.  They loved it so much they tweeted about it and the rest is history.  It will be hard to find a song that had heavier rotation than Call Me Maybe this year.  Thanks Bieber.  Next time keep your Twitter to yourself.

18.  Honey Boo Boo… The Zombies Are Coming Part II

Rarely does a show that is shot in America, using American characters that speak English need subtitles.  Honey Boo Boo bucks that trend.  Speaking with a deep country accent and fueled by Mountain Dew and ‘go-go juice’, Honey Boo Boo has been jibber-jabbering and gyrating on the television screen on her weekly show.  Boo Boo(Alana Thompson) was discovered on another show that featured kids who took part in pageants, and she’s been annoying everyone ever since.  After watching this show and hearing the mindless interactions of the family I pray that someone will come and bite me, kill me, and eat my brains.  Please?!!!

19.  Rolling in the Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep.  Adele Arrives.

Stealing Taylor Swift’s recipe for songwriting(dating a boy and then finding snazzy ways to rhyme your heart ache and pain melodically) Adele’s heart wrenching odes to loves past catapulted her to stardom.  Her latest album, 21, garnered her critical acclaim and box office success going double platinum in near record time.  Adele also earned 5 Grammys including album of the year.  On a side note, if I hear Rolling in the Deep again..ever.. I will go crazy.

20.  Who Knew That Grey Was So Versatile?  The 50 Shades Phenomenon

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Rarely, has bad writing been received with so much fanfare(present blog being the exception).  Author E.L. James created the BDSM series after posting the books episodically on a website.  What followed was a feeding frenzy, mostly by women, clamoring for more from James  who wrote of the nasty and violent sexual escapades of Ana and Christian.   I’ve got to be honest, I was intrigued.  I never knew that so many women fantasized about whips and ball gags.  Then again, when has any man known what women really want?

21.  Gabby Douglas and Michael Phelps

Without a doubt these two athletes were the stars of the Games.    Gabby is the first African-American to win and medal in the individual all round gymnastics competition.  Other stories threatened to overshadow her accomplishments(her hair, and whether her dad is a deadbeat) but she handled the spotlight with grace and style and won over the hearts of America.  Phelps didn’t match his outburst of the ’08 games, but he did manage to win his 19th medal, which is the record by any individual.

Politics and News

22.  GOP Has the Worst Year Ever

The Republicans were poised to sweep everything this year.  The president’s popularity was down.  There was 0 momentum being built by the progressives.  The economy was in the tanks and jobs were disappearing as fast as the panties of starlets who were getting out of cars where paparazzi lenses were trained on their crotches.  So what does a party do when the game is handed to them on a silver platter?  That’s right, they fumble.  First, they struggled to define what rape is; one GOP infamously quipping about legitimate rape, while another claimed that pregnancy from rape was a blessing from God.  There were more shenanigans which leads us to…

23.  The Empty Chair

We all have that old person in our family who’s a bit out of it.  Sometimes they are  lucid and sometimes they may say or do something that reminds us of the old days.  But mostly they are awkward and somewhat scary.  Well, if this doesn’t ring a bell then let me introduce you to Clint Eastwood.  The secret GOP convention speaker was never vetted or prepped and what ensued will go down in history.. the bad side of history.  Eastwood rambled on and on and on in a sometimes incoherent soliloquy that left the crowd confused and the GOP organizers scrambling for an excuse.  Eastwood’s  conversation with an empty chair (supposedly holding Obama or Obama’s ghost) was part humor, part scary, and all weird.  Time for granddad to take his meds.  But there were even more shenanigans which leads us to…

24.  Can I Have a Mulligan?  The 47% Debacle

You ever talk ish about someone just to turn around and they were there listening the whole time?  Mitt Romney knows.  Speaking to a group of supporters and fundraisers Romney thought he was safe amongst friend.  Little did he know someone had stashed a video camera on the buffet table and the rest is political history.  Romney’s infamous “47 percent” remark — referring to the vast swath of the electorate who Romney felt he had no chance of attracting, because of the fact they paid no federal income tax..and didn’t want to work…and wanted the government to take care of them was in fact galvanized by his remarks.  They showed their will in November.

25.  Yes Sir, I’ll Have Another.  The Hip Hop Presidents Wins Reelection

Barack Obama won reelection again this year.  He overcame a lackluster first debate, bad jobs numbers, a sluggish economy, and Biden’s ‘malarkey’ remarks to again win the top election garnering 50%+ of the popular vote.  Don’t cheer for him just yet.  He still has to try to solidify his legacy while working with a GOP plagued Congress that seems more bent on destroying that legacy even if it costs Americans money, jobs and health care.

 

Wonderfully Ordinary

Posted in parenting, personal, Uncategorized on October 22, 2012 by beneaththeunderdog

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The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.– George Eliot

It’s early fall and it’s time for the end of the first series of the myriad activities that consume our kids.  I’ve spent the better part of this morning listening to a coworker whine about  having a 6 year old kid signed up for soccer and t-ball.  Each sport has at least one practice and one game a week.  It’s a rather tame schedule until one considers that he also has a four year old son who has a budding interest in soccer, and a two year son who loves to throw all kinds of things(including his food).  Oh yea, and the plans to enroll the oldest two in Japanese classes and the martial arts classes currently being vetted.  He and his wife each work at least 40 hours a week.  Then there are the orthodontists visits and carpool duty and playdates and  housework and yardwork.

There is something completely troubling about this to me.

I’m sitting here in my living room enjoying lunch and down time as part of a  self-imposed sabbatical from anything that resembles work or responsibility.  On the south side of my apartment I have a view of a lazy lake where people take their boats and kayaks and canoes on drowsy voyages to… somewhere.  To the north I can see the normal hustle and bustle that usually slams along down Ocean View Avenue; most cars going well above the prescribed 35 mph speed limit.

It is a tale of two worlds.  One world in hyper drive and the other at the mercy of the pace of the gentle low tide current.  Worlds seperated only by an acre and a half.

People can be likely divided.  There are those who are seem perfectly content with going along in life  winding up wherever the wind blows them like some seed from a dandelion head.  Then there are those who are inexorably driven by some unseen yet unrelenting force to go faster..farther.. achieve more… now.

What drives these people?  What makes them drive their kids to seemingly achieve more… more …. MORE… NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!?

I’ve been thinking a lot about the ordinary and extraoradinary lately.  Is there any room for the kid – or adult- who enjoys a pickup game of basketball  but is far from being an NBA lottery pick with an eight figure shoe deal, who will be a good citizen and parent and friend, but won’t set the world on fire otherwise?

Let me start off by saying, in the spirit of full dislosure, that I do not have any children.  I want children one day, but there is a certain part of me that dreads the idea of bringing an innocent being into such a tepid, fickle, and unoriginal world.  But, I digress; I was talking about ordinary in respects to the kids.

Most times, I find, from the second a child is born he’s told how special and beautiful and exceptional he is.  To me, it’s the start of unconsciously conditioning a child to value style over substance; or to covet accolades more than real achievement.  Why aren’t parents teaching their kids the value of character and hard work, while also giving their kids the straight truth: that their lives, no matter how well meaning they are, will probably be spent in relative obscurity and normalcy.

There I said it.  Most of you will have very normal…very average kids.  Hell, most of you will lead average lives. 

The scandal.

When did being ordinary become such a bad thing?  What seperates the extraordinary from the seeming ne’er-do-wells?  Most often the answer is mere chance. 

Would Michael Jordan be a household name if he hadn’t been cut from his high school team?  Would Mozart be a timeless icon if his dad had pushed him to learn the tuba instead of the piano?  Would Einstein be legendary if he had not been commisioned to manipulate the atom?

The answer to all of those questions is simply no.  They were just like us.  Good at what we do, but waiting on an opportunity to be more.  For the large, vast majority who never get that opportunity or squander them as they come along are we failures?

The answer to most of us who live and exist in this Pimp My Ride/Cribs/Reality Show Celebrity society the answer is yes.  So, while we wait for that watershed moment to happen that promises fame and fourtune, we try to create a world where people think we’re sought after and needed. 

The business of busyness is real, and it is affecting and swallowing us whole.  What’s worse is that we feed our kids this notion that if they are do things like…being a teenager then they are falling behind their peers.

There was a time in my life where I was poor of everything but youth.  I used to buy little date books and fantasize about being the type of man who would actually need to use one. I would write things in it that I already knew in my head just because I thought that people who were worth something used those sorts of things.   I remember now the boy that dreamed he was something more than a guy trying to find his way as a Marine, a cable installer, an electronics technician, a shipyard worker, until I finally learned to be comfortable with myself in the space I occupied.  I will never give up on my dreams, but Ialso decided a long time ago to not be consumed or defined by them. It was a selfish life I lived when I was poor of everything. At least today I can say it is only money that I am poor of.

11 Things Mom or School Should Have Taught Me About Sex

Posted in African American Interests, marriage, personal, relationships, sex on June 27, 2012 by beneaththeunderdog

Sex.  The mere mention of the word in some circles can cause reactions measuring from sheer embarrassment to utter anger.  Sex education brings on a similar myriad of emotions.  Sex education, though, is becoming a more integral part of adolescence with the  number of sexually active teens rising every year.  Leaving your kids to learn from their big brothers or porn can lead to the passing on of myths and worse, misinformation.  For me, there were many things that didn’t become clear to me until  I was well into my twenties. 

1.  Masturbation is awesome!

Think of the problems that could be avoided if teens were simply told it was alright to have a self-love party whenever they felt like it?  No, it will not make your eyes cross.  No, it will not make you stutter.  No, God will not send you to hell for it.  It amazes me the number of women that I’ve been with(trust me it’s not that big of a number) who know less about their own anatomy than I do.  It’s equally amazing the number of moms who do not know how to explain to their sons proper hygiene of their, the sons, parts.  We have a generation of ignorant adults who are charged with teaching their children the right and wrong things to do with their bodies.  Think of the frustrations and confusion that could have been alleviated if our parents had taught us that it was ok to explore our bodies in safe ways.  We should all be familiar with our bodies and how it works and there is nothing shameful about that.

2.  Manhood is amalgamous.

So often young men think that manhood equals vast amounts of bravado and machismo… and little else.  The truth is that being a man is a complex ballet.  The most important thing is to find your niche… not someone else’s idea or caricature of what manhood is.  The greatest men on this planet were the most unassuming.

3.  Sexuality does not fit into a box.

Sexuality isn’t some flawless computer program that never has glitches.  If you see a man/woman walking down the street and notice how attractive they are, that doesn’t mean you want to do something with them, and that does not mean you are batting for the other team.  You can be as straight as an arrow while admitting another man or woman is attractive.  Being comfortable with yourself is a sign of strength.  Besides being hyper active about being ‘not gay’ is not a good look.

4.  Skin is the largest sexual organ. 

Hug your partner while fully clothed.  Take your shirts off and hug again.  There’s just something qualitatively different about pressing naked flesh together.  Touch has the psychological effect of helping people feel loved, happy, accepted, calm and reassured; all elements that are important in a happy and healthy sexual relationship.  Too often sex is limited to the skin that creates our sex organs.  When is the last time you touched or kissed you partner behind their knee.   Have you ever kissed their elbow.  Behind their ear.  Too often we get hurried into getting to the penetration, when simply slowing down and caressing can heighten and prolong the pleasure.

5. Pee after sex.

You ever wake up after sex and feel needles and pins jabbing your bladder?  You ever piss fire or knives after sex?  Having sex introduces bacteria to normally sterile places.  Peeing flushes those bacteria away, lessening your chances of painful urinary tract infections.

6.  Sex comes with feelings. 

Sex is not without its pitfalls.  Try as most might, it is almost impossible to have sex with someone without having feelings or expectations afterwards.  Know this going in.  Understand too your level of feelings that may result may not be equal to those of your partner.  So be prepared for rejection.  The best solution to this problem is to be sure you both have mutual feelings and goals prior to having sex. 

7.  Toys are ok–required.

Sex toys are not evil…or trashy… or abnormal.  Sex toys cover a broad spectrum of items that are designed to enhance physical pleasure.  If it feels good, use it.  If in a relationship never substitute a toys for your partner.  Always remember to focus on giving and not taking, and the use of toys will never be a problem in a relationship.  The idea is to achieve sexual and emotional intimacy.  If a toy does that for you, GO FOR IT!

8.  Talking during sex is ok.

Telling your partner what excites you is ok.  If you do not communicate the  chances of you having awful, boring, or uninspired sex is increases exponentially.  Never be ashamed to be honest about what pleases you…no matter how weird you think it may be.  You’ll never get what you want and you’ll spend more time complaining to your friends about how weak your sex life is.

9.  70-80% of women cannot orgasm through sexual intercourse alone.

This is a simple fact that is missed by both sexes.  Women are often moved to feel inadequate and fake it.  Men often feel like failures who can’t please their woman.  There are other ways to help women reach orgasm.  She is/you are not defective.

10.  Orgasm is not the end of sex.

Orgasm is not the  ‘end’ of sex but its resolution.  Obsessive concentration on reaching climax obscures whatever else there is to be enjoyed sexually.  The ultimate goal should be pleasure and intimacy.  Orgasm is not a must every time.

11.  Real people have hair.

Porn and pop culture leads us to believe that in order to be proper and sexy one must be hairless from the eyebrows down.  This is not true.  Most people have hair ‘down there’ and it does not mean they’re lacking in hygiene, discretion, or love.  It just means they are happy with their natural, normal state.

Suspicious

Posted in African American Interests, brutality, civil rights, personal, police on March 20, 2012 by beneaththeunderdog

Suspicious.  It is a state of mind and being that I have endured since birth.  Trayvon Martin should have known better, because he too has been Suspicious since before he was conscious of such a word.  Suspicious is as American as ‘terrorist fist bump’, ‘keep the border to Mexico closed’, apple pie, ‘blah people’… it is entrenched in the lexicon of this country.

For all of you who are upset that Trayvon is dead, I apologize on his behalf.  It is not as if he was born with every advantage of say.. a non-suspicious person.  If he had chances are he would have never been seen as suspicious for merely walking down a street.  Or walking near a non-suspicious woman with a purse.  Or reaching for his wallet.  Or being a cop making an arrest while having his gun out of his holster.  Maybe the taxi company or pizza company would have come to his neighborhood without hesitation.

He should have known better.

Suspicious people everywhere are not surprised by Trayvon’s case.  Even hearing him beg for help does not really stir the soul.  Afterall, Suspicious people have been running from Non-Suspicous people with guns since America, the land for all people who have been bestowed inalienable rights, was founded.  The sad part…the scary part is before the year is out Trayvon will be a memory because a few more Suspicious people will have been disposed of in similar ways for even more Suspicious reasons.

It is funny.  Just a couple of weeks ago Non-Suspicious people were up-in-arms over the brutality of Joseph Kony.  They wanted heads.  Before that it was bin Laden.  Ahmadinejad.  Qadhafi.  Hussein.  All men of Suspicion.  All dead or being hunted.

Ask yourself,  who killed Trayvon?  Who beat Rodney King?  Who shot Eleanor Bumpurs?  Who killed Amadou Diallo?  Who killed Emmit Till?  Why are these vigilantes.. these thugs who live right here at home and in our neighborhoods not afforded the same lights, stature, media attention and venom as our Suspicious brothers from Africa?  Why are they not infamous?  Are domestic terrorists not a more direct obstacle to the everyday way American life?

This post is dedicated to Trayvon Martin, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Oscar Grant,Ousmane Zongo and all others who have been or will be victimized simply for being Suspicious in America.

Fear Is The Greatest Enemy Of Feminism

Posted in African American Interests, feminism, relationships, Uncategorized on March 18, 2012 by beneaththeunderdog

“So de white man throw down de load and tell de nigger man tuh pick it up. He pick it up because he have to, but he don’t tote it. He hand it to his womenfolks. De nigger woman is de mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see.”    Zora Neale Hurston  “Their Eyes Were Watching God”

As a black man, my relationship with feminism is an odd one.

Let me qualify that.  It frustrates me that whenever I try to understand a subject or to explain it I do so through the lens of being a black man. In other words, I find it difficult to vet myself as a human without attaching my color.  In this instance my experiences are seen through a certain lens and perspective.

That perspective and lens is the examination of the relationship between right and wrong, rich and poor etc.  My quest is to just be… to just exist in a system and a world that wants me to emote under the veil of color blindness, while the rules never allow me to forget that I am Black.  So in an attempt to embrace alienation while simultaneously trying to eliminate it, from now on when I say ‘as a man’  I’m including all factors.  Most important for me, being Black.

This brings me back to my relationship with feminism.  I grew up with all types of men who never cared to  amalgamate how their words and deeds equalled to repression.  They were men, and their fathers taught them the lessons that had been passed down.  Most knew they were wrong  in action and deed, but they all seemed to pre-occupied or lacked the personal courage to be the impetus for change.

Luckily, through world travel and being a Marine, I have learned to strike down the stereotypes and unproven fears that serve to stymie the progress of women.  Women are just as much our equal.  Even though they make less money than we do and have to work twice as hard as men to prove their mettle.

My brothers, friends and family members, continue to rebuff my renaissance ideas about women and their, women’s, relegated place in society.  I can not blame them.  I used to be one of them.  The idea is as old as time.

There is, I think, a deeper reason for men who shun feminism as some hyper-liberal form of women wanting to be men.  I think it is rooted in the survival instinct of all of those who have the latter chromosome.  It is this:  if women have every right, advantage and privilege that men enjoy, what trump card will we hold when all factors are made equal?  It is this need for dichotomies, no matter how false or sopho-moronic, that helps them control the arguments which usually disintegrates into marathon bitching and moaning sessions.

It is a shame.  Too many people fail to realize that if all people were treated as equal then the quality of life on this planet would increase.  Not kings.  Not bitches.  Not dummies.  Just human beings.  Simply being born without a penis should hold no  disadvantages for women save for the ability to stand up and pee.

Women, not just black women, are the mules of the world.  They carry our  expectations, shortcomings, requirements, ridicule, and failures on their back. Most women never complain.  The too have been brainwashed by the old guard of men who have done the work to poison the sown seeds of prosperity  it is high time that someone spoke up for these unsung heroes.

What Exactly is Wife Material?

Posted in African American Interests, mariage, relationships, Uncategorized on March 17, 2012 by beneaththeunderdog

Stop me if you’ve heard this before.  Man meets woman.  They fall in love.  They move in together.  They pick drapes and plates.  They get engaged.  She’s thrilled and he’s just ok.  They are still engaged.  Still engaged.  Still engaged.  Still engaged.  Man calls off engagement and leaves woman and all she has left is ugly drapes and brittle plates.  Man finds new girlfriend, impregnate her and marries her right away.

This scenario plays itself out all the time.  To the great pain and mental detriment of women the world over, men seem to be leaving seemingly happy and ‘perfect’ existences in favor of other pastures.  Often time the women that the men were with initially are decidedly more attractive.  So what gives?  What makes a woman more desirable than another?  Are men actually shallow creatures?  What exactly is wife material?

A few answers can be found by looking at the studies of scientists and sociologists.  In a British study 3,500 men were asked about their fiancée only 20% used words such as ‘sexy’ or ‘gorgeous’.  The others focussed on their girlfriend’s personalities.  This suggests, that by and large, that a woman who is naturally beautiful is at a distinct and quite measurable disadvantage when it comes to marriageability.  Men seemingly prefer substance over status when it comes to marriage and the women they prefer to have children with.

 

Further evidence can be seen through studies about choosing a mate.  Women seem to base their decisions on a mate on a loss vs reward threshold.  Women, according to the study, choose a man based on his looks, next to her looks and the chances that she can lose him to another woman.  So a man must fit between a tolerable high/low scale to even have a chance.  A man, on the other hand, has a broader range.  He is more likely to date or mate with less desirable and less attractive women.  It is proven that during dating cycles men care more about a woman’s face, but her body type is more important when it comes to marriage.  So all of you women who are searching for a husband better throw away that M.A.C. makeup and pick up a taebo class or two.

Polling the men who work with me I found five universal traits that men are looking for:

  • Can You Burn?  Yes this is 2012 before you say anything.  Men do still expect a woman to perform traditional duties such as cook.  Most men have ben pampered by the women in their lives so a woman who can’t or won’t cook is at a distinct disadvantage when encountering a man like this.
  • Do You Like Family?  Men do not want to bring women into their lives who are going to cause friction with his own family. Equally troubling are women with daddy/mommy issues who are estranged from or engaged in battle with her own family.  Men want a seamless transition whenever it is time to blend the groups.  Also, men want their own family; a drama free, and happy family.
  • Are You a Go Getter?  Do yo want things out of life or are you happy with the level you are at now?  If you have no goals, then how can you dream with your man?   Real men do not want to be babysitters or dads to their girlfriends.
  • Do You Upgrade Me?  Being equally yoked is important.  Being equally invested in the overall happiness, direction, and health of the relationship is important.  You love him and he will love you back.
  • Will You Age Like Wine or Vinegar?  Do you have that ‘everything’ for all time’ quality?  Is this love or lust?  Can I see us rocking on the porch drinking ice tea when we are old?  Are you graceful?  This part you can not fake.  It will be obvious to both of you.

There are no sure-fire ways to get and keep a man.  Ultimately if he is going to stay he is going to stay.  Knowing the secrets will give you an advantage over your competition.  Men are seemingly simple creatures, but inside stirs a lot of emotion.  It is up to you to make him want you.  Afterall, we don’t know better.

Tao of a Redskins Fan

Posted in Uncategorized on March 16, 2012 by beneaththeunderdog

There are titles that one can say are callings.  There are things that people are just born to be; tasks that they are born to perform.  Burdens that they are born to carry.  These things…the titles or burdens aren’t scribbled on construction paper in the kindergartens in America.  How many times have you heard a kid say they wanted to be a priest?  United States Marine?  Used Car Salesman?  It just doesn’t happen.

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I hold such a title: Redskins fan.  See, if that didn’t illicit any kind of tingle in your spine there definitely was scorn, embarrassment, laughter or pity.  Maybe all of those things flashed inside your mind.  It, being an undying and unapologetic Redskins fan, is a cross to bare.  But I do it everyday.  I wear my ‘skins hat with pride and defend them vigorously from all naysayers.  Men… women… the erogenous zones mean nothing.  If you criticize any one of my burgundy and gold brothers you will feel my verbal wrath.  Small children…babies.  no one is safe from my verbal sword.

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Every year a stupor..a lethargy washes over me around March-April.  The Redskins usually do just enough to win the preseason Super Bowl.  We sign all of the sexy and splashy free agents.  We welcome our new players with the greatest pomp and circumstance.  Then September rolls around  and our annual marathon of doing enough to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory begins.    Up by 5 with under 4 minutes to go?  Why not throw an interception on our own end and build an unfettered pathway for them to their end zone.

Get knocked down on a play?  No worries, just lay down on the field as the quarterback weaves his way around you on his way to the end zone.  You are a Redskin, and over the last 20 years we have perfected the art of nothingness and you better do your part to preserve our history.

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It’s March and as usual we are making a splash.  A blockbuster deal to get our next franchise quarterback.  Heath Shuler comes to mind.  We’ve signed a great wide receiver to catch the passes from our new savior.  He will not be like Michael Westbrook… hopefully.  We have a surefire hall of fame coach.  Forget the Steve Spurrier experiment.  I am ready to go.  September can not get here fast enough.  I just hope we signed another ortho doctor to help with the carnage of broken limbs and shredded ligaments that will ensure our 26th consecutive season of mediocrity.  Go Skins!

Things could be worse.  We could have the Steelers cheerleaders.

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