Friday, July 11, 2008

Kevin Powell Should Try Campaigning Instead Of Counting On Dave Chapelle

Kevin Powell got burned by comedian Dave Chapelle, who failed to show up for a scheduled campaign fundraiser for Powell's bid for Congress. Earth to Kevin Powell, if you can't get people to contribute $75 to support your campaign without promising a performance by flaky Dave Chapelle, may you need to reconsider if you have the support to run for office in the first place.

And instead of bashing his mama with his poetry on The Huffington Post, (Powell and Rebecca Walker should get together for a "It Will Always Be Your Fault Ma" book tour) maybe he ought to try good old fashioned hard work, it's called campaigning!

Raise money by talking about the issues you stand for and how you are going to make change. What the hell does Dave Chapelle have to do with your campaign? He doesn't even live in New York. Be a politician, not a promoter.


Anonymiss July 11, 2008 at 9:37 AM  

I don't think entertainers should be used as a selling point but many Americans are feeble-minded enough to be swayed by them rather than try to think for themselves.

You think he was bashing his mom? I read the poem as someone accepting his mom for all of her complexities and having an understanding for why she's a broken woman.

Naima July 11, 2008 at 9:57 AM  

To be fair Kevin Powell is running against a powerful Democratic establishment in NYC and I don't think is district is very wealthy, so maybe he is not getting many donations. But he is not the only politician to have a celebrity fund raiser, remeber the Clintons and Babara Streishand, and the Obama's have a lot of celebrity support too.
But Dave Chapell was a bad choice, he is flakey and he is not funny w/o the help of his writing partner. Thats why we haven't heard from him since he left his show.

Professor Tracey July 11, 2008 at 10:02 AM  

Anonymiss -

He's been writing and re-writing that same kind of poem about his mother for over 20 years, from the days he was on the Real World. And I don't see the point of putting that poem on The Huffington Post. That's a political news site, not a emotional recovery site.

And she has no access to defend herself from his very public confessions. How fair is that? We only have his side that she is a "broken woman." She may not view herself that way.

Anonymiss July 11, 2008 at 10:58 AM  

Prof. Tracey,
Are you against ppl that air out their parents or are you against ppl that air out their (Black) moms?

I've noticed in our community that it's much easier to accept a shitty Black mother than it is to accept a shitty Black father. I don't wanna assume anything about you so I'd rather see where your head is at.

Professor Tracey July 11, 2008 at 3:44 PM  

Anonymiss -

I just believe that as a middle-aged adult, there comes a time to move on from your parents failures. And I don't believe in double decade public floggings that are only told from one side.

And it's not easier in our community to accept bad mothers, it's usually the mother that sticks around. It's a lot easier to be mad at the parent that actually stays to raise you, then the parent that disappears completely. Kevin Powell has been kicking his mama around for years, but rarely a word about his father who was completely in the wind. Funny that.

Mothers are human beings too. Don't they have frustrations and pain too? Kids focus on how the father has left them, but forget that that their mother lost a husband. Sometimes that affects parenting. As does the racism and sexism that black women face in America.

I wonder how we would feel if more of these bad black mothers did what bad black fathers do, disappear and completely abandon their children. We are really hard on any woman that does that.

And I wish someone would explain to me the benefit of airing out your mother's failures in the public eye? How did it change anything or fix anything?

Don July 12, 2008 at 2:12 AM  

When I originally read that Powell was considering throwing his hat into the political arena I felt it made perfect sense -- he's always come across as being an activist.

Then I saw where he hooked his hopes to Dave Chapelle. And I'm thinking, "Dave Chappelle..."


Anonymiss July 12, 2008 at 3:27 PM  

Prof. Tracey,
I'll reply via e-mail.

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