Black Lives Do Not Matter To American Mainstream Media – 147 College Students Killed In Kenya

If 147 White college students had been murdered by terrorists anywhere in the world the mainstream media in the U.S. would treat that as breaking news and continue to cover that story for weeks on end.

There would be interviews with witnesses. There would be interviews with the families of the victims. Network anchors would fly to the location of the attack. Network newsmagazines such as ABC’s 20/20 and NBC’s Dateline would cover it.

But, when 147 Black college students at Garissa University in Kenya are murdered by terrorists (on 4/2/15) that story is barely covered. Black lives certainly don’t matter to American mainstream news outlets.

Read about the attack here

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Seven Things I know…

Here are 7 things I know to be true

01. If there were 200+ White girls kidnapped from anywhere on the planet the entire world would stop revolving

02. If there were 200+ White girls, of any nation, kidnapped anywhere on the planet the United States would send Special Forces troops to retrieve them and capture the kidnappers

03. Despite the media coverage, of late, the world doesn’t seem to get the magnitude of the horrific act of kidnapping 200+ school girls

04. The media was obsessed with the disappearance of a commercial airliner for weeks on end but after just a few days the coverage of the kidnapped school girls has already begun to decline

05. The men responsible for the kidnapping of 200+ school girls need to be captured and killed.

06. Nigeria needs a new government

07. More evil has been done in the name of religion than any other thing

 

Have I missed anything?

#bringbackourgirls

 

Flashback Friday: Conscious Rap

In the early 90s rap was conscious and most younger Black folks were feeling proud of their heritage. Faux African garb was hot and so was Malcolm X gear. Eventually gangsta rap came along and killed that vibe but, while it was happening, it was happening!

So, for today’s Flashback Friday here is some conscious rap that was hot the early 1990s.

Did you listen to conscious rap back in the day?
Did you wear Afrocentric hip hop gear?

Val’s Netflix Recommendations

So, as you may remember, I finally have Netflix. And, I have been really enjoying it. It is a wonderful alternative to way over-priced cable, which I haven’t had since 2008.

Anyway, I thought I would share some great films and docs I’ve seen on Netflix recently. I hope you will feel free to make some recommendations to me as well.

01. The World Unseen – This is a love story set in 1950’s South Africa. It stars the amazingly beautiful Sheetal Seth (above) and Lisa Ray. It follows two ethnically Indian, South African women as they deal with the restrictions and abuses of apartheid while developing a special friendship.

02. El Infierno – This is a Mexican gangster film with a lot of twists and turns. For some reason this film is marketed as a comedy but it is decidedly not. There are funny situations but this is a film about Narcos, Mexico’s political corruption and love. Warning, it is very violent. And the film is in Spanish so there are subtitles.

03. Carrier – This is a series about life on board a naval aircraft carrier. It follows a number of different sailors and aviators throughout their time at sea. The series is very honest and doesn’t pull any punches about life in the navy or on board a carrier. The series is definitely not a recruitment project.

04. ESPN Films: Unguarded – This documentary is part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series on different sports topics. This particular one is about former pro basketball player Chris Herren and his struggles with substance abuse. The feature documents his rise as a high school star and his troubled college and pro careers.

05. Religulous – I’m not really a Bill Maher fan. In fact I think most times he’s a somewhat racist idiot. But, he hits it out of the park in his documentary about questioning the worlds religions. Maher travels around the U.S. and world asking religious people, scholars and clergy about their faith, religious teachings and much more. If you are religious and are easily hurt by people who question religion and religious faith then this isn’t the doc for you. But, if you have an open mind and want to learn a thing or three about religion then this is a great doc to see.

I hope you get a chance to check out these films. If you do please let me know what you thought of them And, I hope you have some Netflix film recommendations for me as well.