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BN-W eNewsletter #60

Posted in: eNews 2006
By BN-W
Apr 2, 2006 - 2:09:23 PM

FILM(S) MONITORED
INSIDE MAN
ATL


“Inside Man” and “ATL” both used nigger/nigga.   “Inside Man” even threw “spic” in the mix.   We were curious as to why there were direct references to Jews in some reviews (i.e., “[Spike Lee] still reserves his worst bile for Jewish characters” [New York Daily News] and “I can see all the studio heads reaching for their phones when they realize the movie’s real bad guy was once beastly to the Jews:   Spike—wassup, dog!   Have I got a project for you” [ New York magazine]).   That was quickly resolved when we realized there was a whole Nazi/Jewish holocaust theme going on, which probably explains why this average movie really got such a thumbs up from the critics.   There was also a scene where the supposedly hip and slang talking Black kid is playing a racist video game called Kill Dat Nigga – oddly enough the Clive Owen character tells the kid he shouldn’t play it, while the kid’s father who obviously purchased the game for him says nothing while his son plays this violent and foul-mouthed game all day long.   Is that a subtle message someone’s trying to get out?

“ATL,” which was produced by a popular music video director, seems to have – as someone said to us – more booty shots than BET’s Uncut as well as a no-holds-barred relationship with use of the N-word throughout the film.   The lead actor and rapper Tip (T.I.) Harris had this to say about Will Smith, who’s one of the producers of this film, in the 4/7/06 edition of Entertainment Weekly magazine:   “He’s a real nigga.   He’s from the hood and still has good niggas around him.”   Now, doesn’t that just make everyone want to run out and see this movie?   Not!

Following are two inevitable outcomes that were just a matter of time – and it’s certain to increase if more Blacks (young and old) don’t wise up.   These stories involve court cases where the defendants clearly use nigger/nigga as a racial epithet but then try to claim they were using it in a “hip-hop” way.   Yeah, right!   One even gives a nice breakdown of the effectiveness of hip-hop:   “Yeah, I wore my bling.   And all the CDs in the car were hip hop – 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Biggie, Ja Rule, Mobb Deep.   Every song, every track, on every album all you hear day and night is ‘n---a this, n---a that.”   Like we’ve been saying all along, these folks follow everything Blacks do for better or for worse – especially the Blacks who obviously have no clue about their history.   In one of these articles, journalist Farai Chideya effectively described the N-word this way:   “the all-American trump card, the nuclear bomb of racial epithets.”   Here are the articles:

Nicholas Minucci [Howard Beach]:
or
http://playahata.com/hatablog/?p=1400

Phillip Martinez [ Denver]:
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_3593723

We haven’t shared any N-word articles recently, but below are some links to excellent stories written on the word, most of which were sent to us by BN-W readers.   Before getting to those, however, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, who wrote The Isis Papers, offers this description as her functional definition of the word:   “Any and all use of the word, “Nigger(s),” whether it is used by a White person or a Black person (or shade of black), no matter in what context or in what-so-ever tone of voice, translates into the following statement:   ‘Consciously or subconsciously, I am helping to maintain the local, national, global system of Racism (White Supremacy).’”   Here is the link to this quote from the Welsing Institute Web site:

Deborah Mathis:
Commentary: Instead of Co-Opting the N-Word,
Let's Give it Back to the Racists Who Value It

Diogenes Rodriguez:
http://www.blackelectorate.com/articles.asp?ID=426

Tanya Schneider:
http://www.daveyd.com/nword.html
or
http://www.toptags.com/aama/voices/commentary/nword.htm

M. Quinn:
http://www.thenoyse.com/editorials/n_word.php

As we mentioned in BN-W #54 the conclusion of Part II:   Black-Jewish Relations will be included with the Winter 2006 Music Monitor.   As we also stated, we’ve got a lot of information, and, for that reason, until Part II comes out, we’ll be filtering stuff to you so it won’t be too overwhelming in the buildup to Part II’s conclusions.   Refer to BN-W #53/54 if you need a repeat of our feelings on the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).   

We’re touching a little on education with general articles from the Black Commentator, Amsterdam News, and the Final Call.   The Black New Yorkers for Educational Excellence is a site that was started due to outrage “about our public education system being transformed into a racist mis-education system.”   Members of the organization have specific issues with the way education is being taught in New York City public schools, including conscious elimination of Afrocentric and multicultural curriculum in the name of “teaching to the standards,” special effort to bring people from the corporate world into the system as teachers with no special effort to recruit Blacks, and the Mayor of New York City placing a White male noneducator to oversee the public schools.   [There’s more below on Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NYC’s Schools Chancellor Joel Klein (who formerly worked for the music giant Bertelsmann Inc. and his wife Nicole Seligman who currently works for Sony Corporation of America), and United Federation of Teachers (UFT) President Randi Weingarten.]   The connections here are not only personal, cultural, ethnic, and religious – but professional as well.   These are key people who have a background in business – and music in particular.   Mix that background and what is represented through the negative imagery that’s been reflected over the past 10-plus years through the entertainment industry with overseeing a public school education system as large as New York City’s, you will not only certainly understand the need for an organization such as the Black New Yorkers for Educational Excellence but you will understand WHY our students education gets steered in a decidedly de facto one-dimensional direction.

Black New Yorkers for Educational Excellence:
http://www.bnyee.org/

Black Commentator – Public Education 101:

Autumn Ashante 1:

Autumn Ashante 2:

New York City Department of Education/Board of Education

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg:
http://www.nndb.com/people/099/000026021/

NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein:

Nicole Seligman 1 (wife of Klein and Sony Corporation of America executive):

Nicole Seligman 2

Nicole Seligman 3

UFT President Randi Weingarten:

Administrative Organization of the DOE:

Organizational Chart of the DOE:

Below are several links to The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, which is the Working Paper of two University of Chicago and Harvard University faculty members.   This document is being attacked by the ADL and similar organizations as being – go ahead and take a guess – yep, you’ve got it!   Anti-Semitic.   Due to its content, the power of the pro-Israeli lobby, and media ownership, it’s not expected to get published in any U.S.-based publication and most of the prominent media are doing their expectant role of negatively downplaying the paper as well as giving it little to no coverage.   But here are a few links to access it and read it for yourself.

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=891198

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/mear01_.html

Another situation regarding this topic of Israel is the Rachel Corrie story.   Corrie is the young woman who was bulldozed over and murdered by Israeli soldiers when she tried to save the home of a Palestinian family in March 2003.   A play about her experiences was supposed to be held at the New York Theatre Workshop, but the show was suddenly and “mysteriously” cancelled (or “postponed indefinitely”) for various reasons, some of which include “Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s coma, the election of Hamas, the circumstances of Rachel Corrie’s death, the ‘symbolism’ of her tale.”   Below are links that include interviews with theatre representatives, Corrie’s parents, and some of Rachel’s own words, where she references “international White person privilege,” “bulldozers come and take out people’s vegetable farms and gardens,” “overwhelming evidence of the willful destruction of their lives,” “the situation…constitutes a somewhat gradual – often hidden, but nevertheless massive – removal and destruction of the ability of a particular group of people to survive,” “the assassinations, rocket attacks and shooting of children are atrocities,” “chronic, insidious genocide and I’m…questioning my fundamental belief in the goodness of human nature,” and “I am in the midst of a genocide which I am also indirectly supporting, and for which my government is largely responsible.”   And these are only a few of “Rachel’s words”……

Debate Over Play:

Corrie’s Parents:

Aljazeera – Rachel’s Words:

Critical Concern and Rachelswords.org:
http://www.criticalconcern.com/rachelcorrie.html
http://www.rachelswords.org/
http://www.rachelswords.org/resources/rachels-emails/

Some of you may wonder, who cares about the Palestinians because they can’t stand Black people?   We definitely realize and understand the long history of prejudice that Arabs have against Black folk.   But the last two topics tie-in perfectly with the history of Blacks and Jews and you’ll see the connection with the control and behavior patterns that Jews exhibited during the African slave trade and how those patterns continue to exist with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when you read the books and sources in BN-W’s Part II:   Black-Jewish Relations.   It’s an interesting cycle.

If you missed any other BN-W monitors, just send an e-mail to bannword2@yahoo.com and request that it be sent to you.   As always, we highly encourage you to see these films for yourself and, if applicable, make your own judgment call on the N-word usage – appropriate/inappropriate? necessary/unnecessary? sensible/nonsensical? does it add to or take away from the film’s concept? does the N-word have to be used at all? is there a valid reason for doing so? is it mandatory for the scene(s) to be effective? what are the circumstances/situation that necessitate any use of the word? is it just thrown in for humor, fear, crime, insult? are other culturally insulting slang terms used as much as the N-word in the film?   Lots of questions and a whole lot of reasons to wonder what’s the real purpose and thought process behind why these entertainers, writers, directors, producers, executive producers, distributors, and studios/studio heads and executives give the “greenlight” for these crews to liberally use (or allow to be used) the N-word.

FEATURE FILM(S) :

I N S I D E   M A N

[Release Date:   3/24/06]

Starring Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster ; screenplay written by Russell Gewirtz; directed by Spike Lee; produced by Brian Grazer; executive produced by Daniel M. Rosenberg, Jon Kilik, Karen Kehela Sherwood, Kim Roth; studio – Universal Pictures
 

NONE [0]

LOW TO EXCESSIVE [1+]

 

XXXXX

NOTE :   This film tries to have twists and turns, but too many questions are left unanswered – you’re left with one too many whys.

A T L

[Release Date:   3/31/06]

Starring Tip “T.I.” Harris, Keith David ; screenplay written by Tina Gordon Chism; directed by Chris Robinson; produced by James Lassiter, Will Smith, Jody Gerson, Dallas Austin; executive produced by Timothy M. Bourne, Tionne Watkins; studio – Warner Bros. Pictures
 

NONE [0]

LOW TO EXCESSIVE [1+]

 

XXXXX

NOTE :   Overdose of supposed ghetto living, too much booty, too much N-word, and too much is overdone from the weaves to much of the acting.

 

BN-W Monitor Coming Soon:  “Phat Girlz” [Mo’Nique]; “Waist Deep” [Tyrese Gibson]; “Idlewild” [Andre Benjamin, Antwan Patton]; “Akeelah and the Bee” [Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett]

Also Coming :   Part II:   Black-Jewish Relations; Winter 2006 Music Monitor; Spring 2006 Music Monitor; Summer 2006 Music Monitor

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