In Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon, a painting from the 16th century offers an early depiction of the connection between Blacks and Jews. The anonymous artist captured a typical scene in the busy port city, but careful examination by an art curator in Baltimore revealed an overlooked instance showing the connection between the races, writes the Jewish Daily Forward.
Joaneath Spicer, the James A. Murnaghan curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art at the Walters Art Museum, was working on a catalog for “Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe” exhibit, when she noticed the heavy presence of Jews in the painting. The photo shows two Jewish policemen seemingly hauling off an African man to jail.
“I was really unaware of the presence of so many Jews in this painting until I began to blow up details of a photo in preparation for installing the work,” shared Spicer. “This is the only image I know of — certainly painting from this period that purports to show Jews from life.”
Blacks and Jews lived in joined neighborhoods near the port, which at the time was considered the poor part of the city. Jews held African slaves in some homes, but were said to treat their servants with respect. Additionally, as written in the Forward piece, children of African slaves were born free and rose to prominence in the coastal European country.
Spicer was careful not to compare slavery in the 1500s in Europe to the ugly occurrences across the seas in the Americas. “The fact that at the beginning of this period most of the slaves were White does go a long way,” she added.
The exhibit runs at the Walters Art Museum until Jan. 21 before heading to the Princeton University Art Museum.
Damon Young lists the aggravating online behaviors and trends that should have been left back in 2012
2013 marks the 15th full year that I’ve been “aware of” and engaged with the internet. In that time, I’ve detected many different types of consistent internet behavior, and I’m old enough to be annoyed by more than a few of them. As we enter the new year, here are 10 uber-annoying online habits, behaviors that I hope we can leave behind in 2013.
1. Leaving Comments to Say You Don’t Care About an Article: To the geniuses who feel that the best way to prove they don’t care about a subject is to click on an article about it, read the article, log in to leave a comment, and write, edit, and rewrite a 100 word long paragraph explaining exactly why they don’t care about the subject…we know you care.
2. Asking Social Media Instead of Asking Google: The folks who ask social media questions that could be answered by Google are the baby birds of the internet. It’s not enough to find food for them. They expect you to break it down, chew it, and spit it into their mouths.
3. Outrage Trolling: I’d believe you were really that “outraged” about that song that rapper made about light-skinned Black women if you weren’t just as “angry” yesterday about that article about hair you read on that blog yesterday or if you weren’t just as “furious” the day before that about that statement some politician made about grapefruit. And, I’d still be willing to give you the benefit of the doubt if this “anger” about subjects you really don’t give a damn about didn’t seem to provide you with so much joy.
4. Announcing that you’re “leaving” Facebook or Twitter or Linkedin or Tumblr or the Dungeons and Dragons Cheat Code Message Board or…:We get it: just leaving without an announcement won’t provide you the real reason for said announcement: to give yourself an opportunity to explain why you’re leaving when people inevitability ask you why you’re leaving. However, we don’t care. Goodbye!
5. Amateur “Twerk” Videos : Admittedly, these videos of very acrobatic young women with legions of time on their hands dancing in their kitchens were very, um, cool to look at when I was younger, but watching them now does nothing but prompt questions such as “Why does it look like you haven’t washed a dish since 2003?” and “Why is the cat sleeping on the bread?”
6. Internet Threats Spawned by Internet Beef: You’re sitting in a cubicle farm in an office building in Albany, New York. He’s in a moldy basement apartment located under a Starbucks in Austin, Texas. Why are you two threatening to smack each other the next time you see each other on the streets?
7. Hipsters Performing Genre-Switching Remakes of Hip-Hop Songs: It was kind of cute and cool the first time I saw those three White chicks sing an acoustic version of “Gin and Juice.” It was even still cute and cool the 21st time I saw something like that. But, after the 121st time, I think it’s safe to say that the thrill is gone. Irony schmirony. Get your LOLz elsewhere.
8. The Willie Lynch Letter: Stop quoting it every time a new reality show is debuted on Vh1 and repeat after me: The Willie Lynch letter is a hoax. The Willie Lynch letter is a hoax. The Willie Lynch letter is a hoax. The Willie Lynch letter is a hoax. The Willie Lynch letter is a hoax.
9. Referring to Yourself as “the Black ***fill in the blank***”: The most annoying part of this habit is that it always seems to be the same five or six White people whose names are dropped (ie: the Black Carrie Bradshaw, the Black Charlie Sheen, the Black Bill Gates, etc). I wouldn’t mind it as much if there were some Black Bea Arthurs, Black Bruce Springsteens or Black King Henry VIIIs thrown around as well. If you’re not gonna be creative, at least be creative.
10. Commenting on Articles You Haven’t Read: The granddaddy of them all, people crafting opinions and leaving passionate comments on articles after only skimming the title is perhaps the most annoying internet behavior of all. Nevermind the fact that the article may actually contain a compelling argument that could make you reconsider your opinion, the title said something you disagree (or agree) with, and you use this as an opportunity to remind everyone you skipped reading comprehension in high school. When writers and publications share stories via social media, they aren’t inviting you to a hearty discussion about what you ASSume the article is about…they want you to read it and then leave a comment. In that order, always and forever, amen.
The film “OMG, That’s So Ghetto” will explore the present-day use of the word ghetto while also shedding light on the history of ghettos in the United States.
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Holocaust survivors, beat cops and reporters, drug dealers, community leaders, activists, writers and even teenagers have one thing in common in this film – a relationship with and an interpretation of the word “ghetto”. This film will depict the director’s tour of the country, asking a myriad of individuals about what the word ghetto means to them. “OMG, That’s So Ghetto” is in the fundraising stages and needs to raise $64,000 in order to finish filming. This film will explore the present-day use of the word ghetto while also shedding light on the history of ghettos in the United States.
“Where did the word originate?” “How did ghettos in the United States form?”
“When did the word become an adjective?” When used, are there undertones signifying race and class differences? How do we remedy the epidemic of the ghettos here in America?
Questions like these will be asked and answered in the film. The film will also feature the lives of individuals affected by the ghetto, both in America and even those who have had experiences with Jewish ghettos in Europe during the Holocaust.
This film aims to challenge stereotypes, highlighting how the poor and underprivileged are viewed and spoken of in this country. The film needs to raise $64,000 and is using the popular crowd-funding site, Kickstarter to do so
(http://kck.st/S6PAf8). Time is of the essence as the Kickstarter campaign has less than 25 days left, and if the goal is not met, the film will not receive ANY of the funds raised thus far.
Surprisingly, this topic remains unexplored in the cinematic world and the impact that this film will have on the way we view ghettos in America is imperative. Click the link and watch the trailer, and be inspired to join in on the journey and help make this film a reality. Help explore what ghetto means to America and join the ghetto reformation movement.
Xposé Films is a production company based in Los Angeles, Calif. seeking to make films that expose and challenge the thoughts and attitudes of the heart and mind towards various issues facing us in today’s world.
For more information or to contact OnTay for an interview, please contact Lorena Ventura at (424) 224-2115 or email at [email protected]
The late Manute Bol, Sudanese-born NBA player and activist, has apparently passed on his b-ball DNA to his son, Bol Bol (pictured above). The seventh grader, who stands at 6-foot-5, is already demonstrating brow-raising skills on the hardwood, The Washington Post.
Bol Bol, who attends middle school in Kansas, was the subject of a video which highlights his not-so-novice playing skills as a young baller that was put together by YouTube user CityLeagueHoops TV. There is also a scouting report on the younger Bol that casts him among the top 5 prospects in the 2018 class.
Bol Bol’s father, who stood at 7-foot-7, was one of the tallest players to ever hit the courts in the NBA. Though he was not an offensive force, Bol sharpened his shot-blocking abilities and was a dependable defensive threat in the middle of the paint.
He died two years ago at the young age of 47 from kidney failure and complications from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a life-threatening skin condition.
New York — Jay-Z (pictured) is live streaming the last of his eight concerts at New York City’s Barclays Center for the launch of his new YouTubechannel.
The rapper announced during his performance Thursday at the new Brooklyn sports arena that he will be live streamed on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time. He says it’ll air on his new Life and Times channel.
Jay-Z’s new channel is part of an original programming initiative by YouTube, owned by Mountain View, Calif.-based Google Inc. Life and Times promises a lineup of “in depth lifestyle pieces” based on the tastes and interests of Jay-Z.
The rapper is christening the Barclays Center with a week-long series of shows. The arena is the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, of which Jay-Z is a minority owner.
Hip-Hop veteran, Queen Latifah, weighed in on the witch’s brew stirring on “American Idol” when she paid a visit to “Anderson Live” to chat with host Anderson Cooper.
As previously reported by NewsOne, diva Mariah Carey and newcomer Nicki Minaj had an altercation that led to the show’s auditions being canceled for the day, and accusations by Carey that Minaj threatened to shoot her.
While Latifah said that she would “never take sides in ignorance,” she also made it clear — in a nice way — that Minaj needed to get her status up before trying to disrespect someone with as much longevity and clout as Mariah Carey.
As we previously reported, after Carey called into “The View” to tell Barbara Walters that Minaj called her a “bi*ch” and threatened to shoot her, the “Beez In The Trap” rapper took it to the tweets:
Whether the conflict is for ratings or genuine, it’s extremely sad to see two accomplished, professional Black women come to verbal blows for the world’s entertainment. We have reality television for that.
Keep it classy, ladies.
On the Friday, October 5th edition of the nationally syndicated talk show,“KATIE,”(check local listings, www.katiecouric.com), host Katie Couric sits down with Pamela and Robert Champion, the parents of drum major Robert Champion for an exclusive interview just days before members of the renowned Florida A&M marching band go on trial for the hazing death of their son. Actor and motivational speaker, Hill Harper also joined Couric to talk about hazing that continues to grow on campuses across America despite the recent tragedies. Champion was beaten in the dark on a bus after a football game, ultimately leading to his death a year ago. To get a sense of what happened on the night he died, Harper went into the field to speak with two of Robert’s former band mates, one of whom faces trial next week.
Sound bites from the episode:
ROBERT’S MOTHER SAYS HE WASN’T THE HAZING TYPE
KC: Did he talk to either of you all about this hazing ritual that involved I guess the whole percussion section of the band, this crossing Bus C. Did he ever mention anything about that to either of you all?
PC and RC: No.
KC: So you knew nothing that he– because apparently he wasn’t very enthusiastic about it, but then he decided in order to win the respect of the other members of the band, he would go ahead and do this.
PC: Well I can’t agree to that because Robert has made it this far and it’s just kind of hard to believe that at this particular time he felt like he needed to gain the respect. You have to know Robert, and he was never the kind of a person that felt like he had to get the approval in spite of. I mean, you’re talking about a child that would march around in the driveway with a broom stick, out in the open where everybody could see him, and his sisters would make fun of him, but he didn’t care because it was what he wanted to do.
IGNORING THE ISSUE / A FOUNDATION TO STOP HAZING
KC: You started your own organization in response to Robert’s death.
PC: That’s correct.
KC: What do you hope to accomplish with that Pamela?
PC: I hope to eradicate hazing all together. The whole purpose of the foundation is to do what Robert was about – against hazing – so much so that we know of students that he talked to and encouraged them not to do this. So that’s something he started and it’s up to me to finish. And the whole purpose of that foundation is to end hazing as we know it today, because it’s clearly, it’s not just a FAMU thing, it’s not just my thing, it’s in every university, every school, anything in the educational system is there. So the whole thing is to get rid of that mentality.