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Your Black Global: Dr. Susan Rice Reportedly Next U.S. Ambassador To UN

November 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Several news agencies are reporting that former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs under Bill Clinton, Dr. Susan Rice (no relations to the other Dr. Rice), is a top contender for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, under the next administration. This is somewhat ironic because Dr. Susan Rice, like the present Secretary of state, shares some foreign policy views that pose a threat to Obama’s message of dialogue, negotiation, and diplomacy — even with regard to the UN. In a 2008 Washington Post Op-Ed, Dr. Rice suggested that:

The United States, preferably with NATO involvement and African political support, would strike Sudanese airfields, aircraft and other military assets. It could blockade Port Sudan, through which Sudan’s oil exports flow. Then U.N. troops would deploy — by force, if necessary, with U.S. and NATO backing.

If the United States fails to gain U.N. support, we should act without it. Impossible? No.

Dr. Rice’s rhetoric is very much regrettable at a time when Africom poses a lethal threat to Africa’s sovereignty. The implications of her statements are sobering, and frightening. A selection of Dr. Rice, as Ambassador, is simply a further reminder of the work ahead of those who value the humanity of African brothers and sisters:

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Your Black Politics: Obama Grilled On Cabinet Appointments & ‘Change’ Promise

November 26, 2008 Leave a comment

CNN’s Ed Henry does what few reporters are courageous enough to do: Question President-Elect Obama over his recycling of Clinton alumni/alumnae. Obama concludes, however, that despite concerns about the old faces roaming around him, “… the vision for change comes… from me. That’s my job, to provide a vision in terms of where we are going and to make sure then that my team is implementing [that vision]”:

Your Black Politics: Does Bill Clinton Sincerely Support Obama?

October 31, 2008 Leave a comment

So the first and last episode of the Barack and Bill Show took place last night in Kissimmee, Florida, with some 35,000 regular people in attendance.

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But beyond the histrionics, the substance of his speech was formulaic, a gussied-up set of cookie-cutter talking points. The four reasons he cited for supporting Obama — his philosophy, his policies, his decision-making ability, and his capacity as a chief executive — could have been applied to any nominee of his party; there wasn’t a single warm personal anecdote or characterological insight (both specialties of Clinton’s when he’s speaking about someone he actually, you know, likes) […]

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Your Black Politics: “First Black President” Confronts Reality: Will Black Folks Follow Suit?

October 3, 2008 Leave a comment

By: Tolu Olorunda

Staff Writer – YourBlackWorld.com

“I tell you this much, it’s up to every one of you/

Learn from the past or the future will punish you/

Power flows to those who remember/”

– Hip-Hop artist and philosopher, Canibus, in his 2002 album, Mic Club: The Curriculum.

Perhaps at this very moment, Grand-Author, Toni Morrison, is recanting her 1998 words, suggesting that Bill Clinton was the embodiment of the “first black president,” because he displayed “almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald’s-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas.” For what good is it to be an esteemed culture critic, and have the memories of an ill-conceived statement lurking behind your every mention and declaration. But upon a moments’ reflection, Ms. Morrison is merely a mirror-image of the heartfelt conviction of millions of Black folks who, having being mesmerized by the allure of a president who went the extra mile in rendering unfulfillable promises, had become emotionally overdosed and dwarfed by political immaturity. One thing is for certain however: 99% of the Black population which believed Bill “Bubba” Clinton to be the first black president holds no such sentiment anymore. With Barack Obama’s emergence as the new Messiah, most of those Black voters have little need for the “counterfeit” Black president, when the possibility of a “real” Black president is more tangible than ever before…

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Your Black Celebrities: Chris Rock ‘Brings The Pain’ In ‘Kill The Messenger’

September 28, 2008 Leave a comment

Chris Rock is smoking-hot. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world last spring. During his ongoing “The No Apologies Tour,” he set a Guinness world record by playing to 15,900 people, the largest stand-up comedy performance in British history.

And his fifth HBO special, “Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger,” premieres tonight, featuring footage from performances in South Africa, London and New York. Talking from his home in an exclusive New Jersey town, while he finds “Franklin” on TV for one of his daughters, Rock, 43, reflects on this special, politics and his career.

Q. Do you do the same act for every show?

A. I definitely vary it and try to figure out something with where you are at. If I was in Detroit, I’d figure out a Kwame Kilpatrick (who recently resigned as mayor of Detroit) angle. As soon as I check into the hotel, I make sure they have all the papers. And I watch the local news. It is kind of the same show; it’s like a singer changing a line in the song.

Q. Why tape the HBO show over three nights in three places?

A. If you close your eyes, it will play like one show; you will never know the difference. My stuff works all over the world – it’s not just me. People laugh at the same things all over the world.

Q. Overseas they know who our political leaders are and seem more tuned in to American news than we are with other parts of the world. Is this your experience?

A. They know who Dick Cheney is. We don’t know who replaced Tony Blair. Forget the second guy; we don’t know who the first guy is – those of us who even know who Tony Blair is.

Q. As an early Obama supporter, do you think he’s a definite?

A. This could be like the New England Patriots. The New England Patriots should be a lesson to all about being overconfident…

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Your Black News: FOX News Compares Rev. Wright To David Duke

September 25, 2008 Leave a comment

FOX News’s Greta Van Susteren – the Journalism equivalent of Gov. Sarah Palin – made an insinuation a couple of nights ago that, at the very least, compares Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright to a man who has openly advocated for the lynching and castration of Black people. In an attempt to ask former president Bill Clinton a “tough question” (perhaps Fair & Balanced), the FOX News tabloid queen took time out from her Caylee Anthony marathon stalk-fest to query:

What is the difference between an association with someone like David Duke and someone like Reverend Wright?”

Bill Clinton, unable to comprehend the effrontery and packaged acidic stupidity, paused for a few seconds before attempting to answer the question. David Duke, as most are aware, is a Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, who made headlines last year when he arose in defense of the nooses hung on the infamous tree in Jena, La. Most human beings would find it immensely difficult to stomach such insinuation by FOX News; but coming from a network which, on Friday Sept. 18, 2008, found it refreshing to suggest that “loaning to minorities and risky folks is a disaster,” nothing, even such as morally-repugnant as Susteren’s statement, should come off as shocking. FOX News = The High Cost Of Low Standards. A leopard indeed, does not change it’s spots:

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Your Black Politics: Bill Clinton To Help Obama Win “The Cracker Vote”

September 24, 2008 Leave a comment

When Barack Obama described Bill Clinton as an asset to any democratic politician’s campaign, I’m not sure this was precisely what he meant:

In an interview with CNN’s Larry King airing tonight, Bill Clinton offered a slightly unusual reason for postponing his campaigning for Obama: The Jewish high holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, which he’s not known to observe.

“When [the Clinton Global Initiative] is over, and after the Jewish holidays, which follow close on it, I intend to go to Florida, to Ohio, to northeast Pennsylvania, and to Nevada at a minimum,” he said. “I may do events in Arkansas depending on what the Democratic Party does down there. And I’ve agreed to do some fundraising for them in California and New York.”

“Are you kind of feeling Jewish that you’re waiting until after the Jewish holidays?” King asked, according to a CNN transcript.

“No. But I think it would be — if we’re trying to win in Florida, it may be that,” Clinton began, before discussing his real Florida target: “You know, they think that because of who I am and where my politic[al] base has traditionally been, they may want me to go sort of hustle up what Lawton Chiles used to call the ‘cracker vote’ there.”

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