Internalized Racism? Or a bad sense of humor?

Hey guys,

I hope you are all having a great week so far. Did any of you suffer from the Monday Blues? I did! And it was partly because the weather in Melbourne dropped from 30 degrees during the weekend to 17 degrees on Monday (well,more or less). It was rainy and cloudy and downright depressing! I need to get used to such inconsistencies in Melbourne.

And while we’re on the topic of inconsistencies (great segue huh *nudge nudge*), I’d like to talk about the unofficial Queen of inconsistencies,Raven-Symonè. If you guys are unfamiliar with the name and/work of Raven-Symonè, here it is in a nutshell – She first came into the limelight at the tender age of 3 when she was cast as Olivia Kendall on The Cosby Show.She then rose to prominence in the early 2000s with her own show on the Disney Channel called That’s So Raven in which she plays Raven Baxter, a psychic teenager who gets into a lot of sticky situations because of her visions. Apart from her comedic skills on television, she is also musically gifted and has released four studio albums – Here’s To New Dreams(1993), Undeniable (1999), This Is My Time(2004) and Raven-Symonè(2008). Her most recent works include guest starring on the hit TV series, Empire and joining the panel of the popular daytime talk show,The View in 2015.

For someone who has such a strong body of work to her credibility and experience being in the limelight, you’d think that Ms.Symonè would know better than to spew verbal diarrhea (to put it mildly) on national TV. And we could’ve forgiven her if it was just an accidental slip of the tongue, once. But that wasn’t the case with her.

Her most recent comment on The View sparked a lot of controversy and had the internet,especially #BlackTwiiter ablaze! Last Thursday, while on the discussion about a study on people who make racial assumptions based on names, she said that she is discriminatory and wouldn’t hire somebody with the name “Watermelondrea” !Tch tch. Even though she is trying to back-peddle from her original statement now (she recently said that she heard the name “Watermelondrea” on a viral video online and wasn’t targeting a particular race), I believe it is a little too late to redeem herself.

And I say this because, this isn’t the first time Ms.Symonè has said something in poor taste. Watch my YouTube video down below where I have made a list of things she has said in the past.

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SMH: Beyond Belief

Hello there good people,

Let me start by apologizing for not posting anything on Monday. I have been super busy of late, with both work and apartment hunting taking most of my time. I thought graduating from university would give me some more free time, but I guess not.

Anyways, without further ado, let me start off today’s article. My initial post was supposed to be something entirely different from what is written below. However, after typing down the first part of my article I felt that I should stick with just that and omit the rest of it. So I did.

And why have I titled it, ‘SMH: Beyond Belief’? Well, read on and you’ll know.

This morning I woke up to find out that, the most trending news article is that Jeremy Meeks – the internet dubbed ‘Hot Felon’– has signed a $30,000 modeling contract! What in the world!?

Jeremy Meeks

Here is a little background information on Meeks for those of you who don’t know who he is. Meeks is a convicted felon currently serving jail time in San Joaquin County Jail. He has against him, charges of weapons possession, gang membership and probation violation. He was recently pulled over by authorities and a search of his car yielded a 45 caliber semiautomatic handgun, ammunition and a small amount of marijuana.
Meeks shot to fame last month, when his mug shot went viral all over the internet. I stumbled upon his photo while surfing through Tumblr. Many memes have been created out of his mug-shot, with most of them replacing his plain white T-shirt with designer suits. If you read most of the comments surrounding his photo, you will notice that they are all about his “chiseled face and baby blue eyes”. And these are the features that his current agent, Gina Rodriguez, is cashing on. She believes that his past should not affect his bright future.

While I agree to some extent with that, I personally feel that unless Jeremy Meeks has really turned a new leaf and has decided to contribute positively to society in some way, he doesn’t deserve the recognition he is getting right now; especially when they are purely based on his looks.
But then again just by looking at Gina Rodriguez’s clientele, you can get a vague idea of this woman and why she represents those that she does. Fox News reported that Rodriguez has “guided the careers of Teen Mom-star-turned-porn-star Farrah Abraham, Nadya ‘Octomom’ Suleman, and most recently, V. Stiviano, the woman at the center of the Donald Sterling scandal.” And I’m sure that in each case she believes that the individual’s past should not affect their ‘bright’ future.

*Slow clap* for Ms. Rodriguez. Sigh!

If you ask me; if anyone deserves to gain recognition and modeling contracts it should be this guy.

Kyle Carpenter

Retired Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter.

Carpenter received the Medal of Honor – United States’ highest military honor- for trying to rescue a fellow Marine from a grenade thrown at them during a firefight in Afghanistan. In the process he lost his right eye and most of his teeth. His jaw and right arm were also shattered and he had to undergo several reconstructive surgeries.
Now this right here is a true a hero. I don’t understand how he hasn’t received as much attention as Meeks has! Is this really what today’s society has become? How has this man not received a $30,000 modeling contract?! I mean, look at him.
That right there is not only a very handsome man, but also a very courageous one.

I understand that the Fashion and Modeling industry is primarily concerned with physical appearances. And I’m not denying that Jeremy Meeks is an attractive dude. But by this very act, the industry sends out a message to many out there, that no matter what you do or how harmful you are to society, you will nonetheless be glorified if you simply LOOK GOOD.

And this is precisely why I titled the article, ‘SMH: Beyond Belief’.

So that was my rant for today. Let me know if you agree or disagree with my views. Also if you happened to come across similarly bizarre news stories, do let me know.

Till next time,
BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE