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This is such an important piece of work that these females are producing. Comedy is a fantastic avenue to bring attention to social issues as so many male comics - the better ones - have done. When George Carlin and Richard Pryor tackled tough subjects for their audiences, they were equally shunned and applauded, but they were noticed. Their routines are legendary now and revered. These females should be given the same attention by critiquing and gaining a lot of press whenever they present their work. They are cutting-edge wonderful and deserve a lot more focus on larger stages and arenas (dare I say a regular spot on Comedy Central?) There's hella more room on tv than simply having Mindy Kalling's presence and the constant self deprecation that has become the common landscape for female comics. (Note: Don't get me wrong: I love me some Mindy, but she's only as 'cutting-edge' as mainstream tv allows her to be. It's not that long ago that Margaret Cho tried similar topics and was quickly booted from this male dominated avenue - so I applaud the shit out of her work).
There's this ridiculous standard of half-glass-emptiness about female comics and what the public either desires or can tolerate. Comedy clubs won't book more than like one female comic on the same bill or allow them to be hired more than one time a month - or year. The club owners claim that they won't fill the seats like male comics do. It's the same old boy's mentality that keeps the culture as small minded as Lakshminarayanan makes fun of when she dares to cover the topic of attending M.I.T. The culture-at-large will not heal without allowing their type of brave material to shake things up. It's kinda that simple. 'The Formula' is one cure for this ill we all suffer from: misogyny. It is the leading cause of death for all of us socially, psychically, and for many females - literally.
Thank you for writing this piece Sam Levin! Good on you for taking notice as well as *getting it*.
Bravo. Eat your heart out, Starbucks. This is how it's done.
We got profiled like that all the time in Sacramento. I hated it because intuitively, I knew that it was not the city as much as ignorant people who came to the city from places void of black presence, who may have been mistaken that Sacramento would be also. But it is not. My advice is that you never travel to anywhere hoping that you will only have to deal with your own reflection.
Misunderstanding...the misunderstanding is that you cant make assumptions and act anyway that you please- thought he was selling something... why was that , i heard no mention that he had some sort of merchandise in hand. It must be nice to not have to even consider that someone is treating you a specific way because you are Black.
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Same way I felt when I moved back to Adams Point in Oakland after being in Atlanta from 2000 to 2010. Man how the flavor has changed but o well I'm here to stay. "Unapologetically Black"
I was thinking about going and trying hypnotherapy to break some bad habits. I like the idea of going deep into your consciousness and trying to fix the problem. Planting ideas is a great way to get people motivated to change. http://www.habitbreakers.co.nz/
It's sad to see adults using children for their own political gain & teaching dishonesty in the process. (smh)
I think this is absolutely brilliant. I am not black, but I told my granddaughter about this troupe and she wants to be a Radical Brownie, too.
Looks like peeps consider a brown/black point of view to be deviant. That means, deviating from the "real" way of looking at things. That means, guess, whose point of view is "real?"
Michael Brown was accosted . . . accused . . . attacked . . . because he was tall? because he was named Michael? because he was 18? because his stepfather loved him? because he was wearing a shirt? because he was walking? Come on, think of something that doesn't start with "b."
This is awesome!!!! Much needed!!!!
Scouting in the US has a lot to atone for. I certainly welcome alternative scouting movements like the Radical Brownies, that break with the past. I understand the idea behind this approach, but prefer a traditional scouting program that is inclusive and co-ed. Gender segregated scouting is increasingly rare around the world, and should be here as well. EBE should do a profile of the 23rd Oaklanders scout group, the biggest/strongest BPSA group in California.
@Dom Woganowski - you mean like these kids? http://pixshark.com/school-children-prayer-images.htm
So when is the unit on "Radical Abortion" the decimation of 11% of the black population? Or how about the "Radical Truth" unit where statistics about how many blacks are victimized by blacks versus how many are victimized by white police officers! This is a disgrace and I hope the Girl Scouts of America use the full force of the law to prevent the use of their name "brownies" and their uniforms by this group of hate and division. The sad truth is though that the GSA is so progressively liberal they'll fall into the 'white guilt' BS and allow this garbage to continue.
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