Video Fab: Plies & Jamie Foxx+Trey Songz
Jul 24 | by Natasha
Here's Plies' new video for "Please Excuse My Hands" ft. Jamie Foxx.
Check it. And why are all of Plies' tracks better without him on it?
And here's Trey Songz new vid for "Missin' You":
I know some chicks that are about to lose their minds.
1. Food for thought: I am thoroughly disappointed in last night's much anticipated "Blacks in America" report on CNN. I have several reasons why but the main one is that while 98% of the show only talked about stuggles, the "poor" and impoverished blacks, negative aspects of the black community like rampant diseases and horrible health, and the lack of black families. But I'm even more disappointed that this show was supposed to cast light on the state of Black America right now. Both achievements AND struggles--as its description read. Once again, Black America was made out to be simply a disease ridden, impoverished, uneducated, welfare driven, teen pregnancy ridden, broken family having community. So when our children and teens and young adults watch this show, as well as anyone who is interested in making a change, they really have no positive examples showcased to them via a documentary of this multitude. So where would change even have a place to start? People deserve to see the incredible things the black community has to offer as well for inspiration and just to know it is possible. And I'm going to try my hardest not to chalk this up to the typical media's willingness to play into and reinforce stereotypes. That makes me incredibly sad and I expected more from the journalistic entity that is CNN. Clearly a dumb move on my part. I will not be watching tomorrow's episode which will focus on the black man since this documentary's focus on black women and the family was so utterly negatively driven that I'm scared to see what they're going to do to the black man. And I have no interest in watching the struggles that I already know about for 2 hours.
There are entirely too many examples of Black Americans doing incredibly fabulous and world changing things for ALL of that to be ignored. While only 33% of black Americans are classified as "poor" or impoverished, they used 98% of the program to show that minority. The only positives were the expert opinions given by a couple of black scientists and socially conscious persons. This program was not a true depiction of the state of Black America and I personally know far too many successful and healthy people who prove that. It's all about balance and proportion. And CNN provided none of that. Thanks anyway CNN. Just had to get that off my chest...
UPDATE: Here's an e-mail conversation I had with someone earlier today that explains my point (and the other person's point) and bottom line from a different perspective:
As long as we have the critical problems that were illustrated on CNN, we have NO right to brag about our so called accomplishments. The people that have succeeded once believed that if you were not part of the solution you ARE part of the problem. I'm not sure that is the case any longer.
Black American should be vilified not glorified for our plight because we are the only group besides our white cousins that have such gross socio-economic disparities in our community. And we've been here longer than all the other immigrants.
CNN was holding a mirror up to the community. They cannot be blamed because some of us did not like what we saw. It should challenge us to correct the inequities not whine about them being exposed.
Soledad has a lot of courage for anchoring the CNN program. She is in effect owning her heritage-the good and the bad. We should all take a cue from her and become part of the solution.
So what you're saying is, we shouldn't glorify anything good in the black community until we have a perfect community with not one problem in it? That sounds completely illogical and unrealistic. And did you ever stop and think that a solution to the problem IS showcasing those who are doing well and those who have made it so that they can give their story and in turn inspire and provide a map for others to do the same? One of the main reasons why our 14-18 year olds drop out, don't attend college, have teen pregnancies, don't dream big, etc. is because THEY HAVE NO EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW. And they never will if the ONLY thing we keep showcasing is the problem. Clearly, showing the problem every week in a differnet documentary isn't working because it's all we've ever done since the civil rights era. And what has changed? Nothing. So how about a new approach...or at least a sprinkle of a new approach. You can't do the same thing over and over again and expect different results.
Simply TALKING about and POINTING OUT problems doesn't SOLVE problems either. And maybe dipping into the lives of those who are successful and putting on display their journey from struggle to success COULD solve the problem. And please don't forget that that entire 2 hour documentary shocasing ONLY struggles--33% of our black community fit the category of "poor" and "struggling". So if you're going to have a program showcasing the state of black america, at least do it in proportion.
That's all I'm saying.
2. Disney is releasing a compilation cd with several R&B artists remaking Disney Classics. Beyonce has been chosen to sing “Part Of Your World” from Disney’s classic movie The Little Mermaid for their compilation CD which will be released this September. Also singing other Disney hits will include Rihanna and Chris Brown (Aladdin) “A Whole New World”, Pussycat Dolls (Hercules) “I Won’t Say (I’m In Love)”, and Alicia Keys (Mulan) “Reflection” plus many more. I put 5 on it Regina Belle is extra pissy right now about Rih Rih taking her ish.
And here's Trey Songz new vid for "Missin' You":
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