Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Black History Month Hell - Two Giant Steps Back!

Please check out Seattle Slim's blog, Happy Nappy Head about this mess of a magazine cover. Why in the hell do they have a black history month issue in the first place? Why is it that we can always count on black folks to degrade out cultural and social history worse than anyone else! Damn!


tasha212 February 6, 2008 at 6:13 PM  

I saw this magazine in the store and couldn't believe my eyes. How are u going to have a black historty sticker posted next to a half-naked black woman? What does that have to do with black history? Absolutely nothing.

Seattle Slim February 6, 2008 at 6:29 PM  

Thanks so much for spreading the word sister. For a minute I thought I was going crazy for addressing it but I'm glad I'm not the only one outraged at this mess.

We've got to do better.

JJ February 6, 2008 at 7:50 PM  

I guess I'm going to play devil's advocate here...

It's a lad mag and classy and cultural currency aren't exactly their strong suit. But I guess for their perspective Black History Month isn't only about the MLK's and Soujourner Truth's but the Hip Hoppers and Video Girls as well...


It's like the MLK party a local club was throwing. When I saw the sign for it I was like, "Huh?"


Seattle Slim February 6, 2008 at 8:08 PM  

JJ you mention something that is indeed an excellent point.

When white kids paint their faces in black face, talking about they are celebrating MLK Day, there is outrage and they go underground and apologize, they are pariahs etc.

If we can't make Smooth Magazine accountable for its "coonery" then we have no business making others acceptable for theirs.

Miss Pinky February 6, 2008 at 9:41 PM  

And the words "great black hope" right next to her behind...smh.

The "look back" booty shot for Black History Month...just, wow.


KittyHummerKitty2 February 6, 2008 at 10:58 PM  

Great post Professor Tracey. I missed hearing your voice on WAOD podcast.You always make so much sense... you're the reason I listen. Will you please consider starting your own podcast.:-)

JJ February 6, 2008 at 11:09 PM  

I think that's a stretch Seattle Slim. A big stretch.

Anonymiss February 7, 2008 at 7:43 AM  

@ JJ

It's a Hip Hop-based men's mag so what you mentioned is what's in every single issue. It's always about Hip Hop music and video vixens. They just gave it the stupid Black History stamp cuz it's February.

BLKSeaGoat February 7, 2008 at 7:54 AM  


You make an EXCELLENT point. Black become so outraged when their debasement and degradation are at the hands of non-blacks, but turn a blind eye to our own foolishness.

Unless there's a very well written story about Sara Baartman in this magazine, there is no reason a black woman's ass should be plastered on the cover to commemorate black history.

wisdomteachesme February 7, 2008 at 8:29 AM  

it's going to be difficult-(but not impossible), to make someone see themselves for who they really are.
the people that create this mag and others like it are in a mindset where they do think of themselves as coons.
they may not say it that way-but their actions speak loudly! And if they have no knowledge about the history of being coons or acting like coons, then they probably think they "have arrived" in their greatness. it's like owning/renting-paying off, a hummer but you live in an apt.??

they have believed the lies they have been told-concerning who they are and what is acceptable behavior. for them this is great.

you can put a dress on a pig-put lipstick on the pig and even kiss it....won't make it a woman.

to create a stand against them will be a great start to educating them so that they will see how they are hurting themselves and our culture. but if they are not willing to accept the truth about who they were made to be...then all the talking and educating in the world-will not make them see the light.

i equate them with the white pron-semi-porn mags.
they are doing the same thing--for me it's about showing womyn in a dirty dark light--not just black women. but it's a dis-service to all womyn.

it's more about how they view themselves--their own self-image...

JJ February 7, 2008 at 7:08 PM  


Yeah..I recognize that. that was my point. They're thinking "Hey we're Black History too."

Naima February 7, 2008 at 10:05 PM  

I can't take it anymore between BET and Flavor of Love 3 now this. What the hell? I swear black people dig our own grave sometimes, I am assuming this magazine is being run by college graduates, they should know better than this or are they channeling their inner 15 boy that sees nothing wrong with this.
I know people blacks complain there aren't enough of us represented in the media, but this is worse than no image.
Not to mention Trina hasn't had a hit in like 10 years and her lace front is busted. I wouldn't expect them to put a fully clothed woman, but at least do a tasteful shot for at least this month

Lindiwe February 10, 2008 at 7:46 PM  

That beautiful body is an impulse buy... . and it is also the product of capitalism. . . even black marketers consider "us" (consumers) stupid. You buy it because it looks sexy, you don't read it because there's not a lot of "pictures".... but MONEY hit their bottom line . . . that counts more than our history.

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