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Decorum Deficiency Disorder: Them Dresses Though… *Face Palm*

Let’s talk current events. Why… when there are so many more important things going on in the world worth discussing… is my Facebook feed full of posts about the dresses celebrities wore to their respective awards shows? Why are people really wasting energy asking entertainers to speak out about issues that have nothing to do with what we keep them around for: entertainment? Why are we looking to otherwise insignificant and irrelevant people for guidance on things that are very important and significant? Have we really become so… addicted to entertainment that we can’t even stand up for an issues without having to Kidding Meconsult our favorite sports personality or singer? Why the fuck should I care what Kobe Bryant has to say about what’s going on in Baltimore; are the heads of state in Baltimore big fans of his or something? How on God’s green Earth are Jennifer Lopez or Rihanna’s dresses going to make a difference in the economy or hell, just make my life better?

I can’t even begin to express my frustration at having to deviate from my time of mourning to remind you people that these people are just entertainers. We don’t pay them for their insight. We don’t pay them to teach our children right from wrong. They’re there to entertain us, and then move on with their lives, just as we are supposed to move on with ours. Just because we have access to random starlet No. 7’s life story in Wikipedia and her every thought on Twitter doesn’t mean that what she says or thinks should have any bearing on anything but her life. can she sing a song or play a role that helps to take my mind off my daily grind? Great! Then when she’s done, if she could just shut the fuck up and move on with her life, I’ll be more than happy to just move on with mine.

If you’re a parent concerned about the images your children see, do your damn job and censor that shit. Stop leaning on TV to raise and educate your kids. If you’re wondering why you have no control over your kid, or why they have no respect for your position of authority in your life, it’s because you’ve positioned yourself as little more than a food and entertainment dispenser. Let that sink in.

And before you start getting defensive, consider how many YouTube videos there are with kids jumping each other, angry rants delivered before a killing spree, youths having killed themselves because no one was there who could understand and help them through their struggle?

If you’re a socially conscious individual who for whatever reason believes that entertainers should weigh in on the issues… Stop. What happens when people like Kanye, Raven Simone, and Charles Barkley allow the truth of their perspective to ooze out of their mouths? You turn around and tell them to shut up. If you only want to hear what people have to say when they agree with you, then in addition to having a seat, you need to go back to elementary school where you were supposed to learn the lesson about people being different and having freedom of speech, and the right to their opinions. if you’re going to live in the land of butt hurt and salt, you should really just stick your own opinions. Do like the FOX News folks do and fabricate your own little world where the only truth that’s out there is yours. You want to hear a sport’s personality’s opinion on something? Ask Michael Jordan why he allows his sneakers to that probably cost 5 cents to manufacture cost $125 a pair. Ask him why, after the first death, did he not do something to protect his consumers… like making the sneakers more easily accessible to all youths by lowering the price. Why didn’t he make a public statement about that? Why wasn’t there a public outcry about his silence on something that actually was within his control? Oh, do we understand that he’s a businessman? Are we okay with his silence because he’s usually a really nice guy?

Ok, I think I’ve made my point. But just in case:
Even if original thought isn’t really a thing, and common sense isn’t common, its time we started thinking with our own brains instead of allowing the talking heads on TV to lead, control and distract us more than they already do. In short: Do More. Require Better… or shut the fuck up.

Burn Baltimore Burn!

Special Report: Baltimore is burning…again?

Now that you have some starter music, let’s do this.

Baltimore

So outside of the people who only associate the city with The Wire, most folks act as though it is just another place on the east coast. But this city has a long history of being a powderkeg. So first up we had the 1968 riots. Now obviously this was one of many riots following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luthor King Jr. Across the country these riots were not only responses to the assassination, they were also the boiling over of animous between the black community and the city which like now seems to be unable to care about the people who comprise the city. But let’s take the wayback machine even farther back. Because rioting in Baltimore isn’t just a black thing.

Your Media Coverage May Vary

Your Media Coverage May Vary

In 1812 America once again goes to war. During it Baltimore is a major flashpoint. Many members of the Democratic-Republican Party viewed opposition as treasonous or near-treasonous once war was declared. The Washington National Intelligencer wrote that, “WAR IS DECLARED, and every patriot heart must unite in its support… or die without due cause.” The Augusta Chronicle wrote that, “he who is not for us is against us.”[3]

This sentiment was especially strong in Baltimore, at the time a boomtown with a large population of recent French, Irish, and German immigrants who especially hated Britain. In early 1812, several riots took place, centering around the anti-war Federalist newspaper the Federal Republican. Its offices were destroyed by a mob. Local and city officials, all war hawks, expressed disapproval of the violence, but did little to stop it.[4] When the editors of Federal Republican tried to return, they were removed from protective custody in a jail by a mob, on the night of July 27, and tortured; one Revolutionary War veteran, James Lingan, died of his injuries. Opponents of the war then largely ceased to openly express their opposition in Baltimore.[5]

The Baltimore riots were the height of violent backlash during the war, whose popularity dropped through 1813 and 1814. However, after the war, when the Hartford Convention’s proceedings became public just after a peace treaty was signed with Britain, there was a longer-term backlash against the Federalist Party, which became associated with secession and treason. The party never regained national predominance, fielding its last Presidential candidate in 1816 and fading away entirely by the end of the 1820s.(source: Wikipedia)

Reality being what it is, Baltimore has more parts to play in history. That dangerous, disgusting, dark, they don’t like to see me bring it up history. Because in 1861 Baltimore is once again the setting for a riot, this time because the slavery loving, southern supporter, TRAITORS, who’s offspring would later take up there flag like the cowardly, yellow bellied, traitorious worthless piles of pig excrement they are, got mad about being drug into the war and rioted. It produced the first deaths by hostile action in the American Civil War. Check out the Baltimore Riot of 1861.

But we can move far ahead to just the last 3 years. Why? Because Baltimore, like Kansas City, St. Louis, Cleveland, Miami, NYC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Seattle, Denver, Memphis, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, and tons of small towns around the nation, is full of people having to sue the police department because they or a now dead relative was severely injuried or murdered at the hands of police officers. Baltimore itself came into 2014 with 5.7 million dollars in police brutality settlements and judgments to the very citizens that the police are supposed to serve and protect. You can read more HERE!

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Music Break:

So this piece has done the history bit, and some more music to help me transition to the next part of today’s special appearance. Let’s get into it. There is something to be said for the song above’s point. Same with the riots lately. Similar to when I previously spoke on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri this is beyond an issue of what, and about why? Why is this the only way to get society at large to pay attention to issues in various communities? Why is this the face most commonly shown? Why is the coverage of riots different depending on what they are for? Why is that difference so counter-intuitive? Why aren’t these so called pro black leaders out there giving actual solutions and helping make it less and less necessary for the violent outbursts that accompany these issues?

picvI know you caught that last bit. It was a shot on purpose. One thing I do on a semi-daily schedule is check out the people who claim to be super pro black, super pro working class, and of course defenders of all those considered minority and/or downtrodden. I also mean those sitting in ivory towers and penthouse suites. Because all of the social and political leadership is woefully deficient. You might notice your major hotep spouting pro black friends saying these are the best ways to get things done. I assure you as I always have, these people are stupid. They don’t see that perception is something to be countered at the same time as these more, insurrection like methods are used. For every time they shout to go ahead and burn it down, they just add one more person who might otherwise have reasonably agreed with the need for change to the camp of people calling folks animals and thugs on television.

You might also notice the more famous your friends, or all of the celebrities you talk to telling folks to calm down, and that these riots mean nothing positive. One of those people of course being Ray Lewis for some reason.

Am I the kind of person would doesn’t see the point Ray is trying to make? No. But I am the guy who sees the parts of his point that are wrong. What have I said over and over again? That you can’t just riot, you can’t just protest, that you have to do more than the people who came before you did. Why do I keep saying that? Because, and let’s get real for a moment I’m just talking about Black people, time has not been invested in taking the approach to things the other communities of color, and causes in America have.

The reason the Jewish community can send lawyers and community leaders at anti-semetic issues is because they put the equity in using those voices to speak for their community. The reason gays are able to get companies smeared by media outlets is because they put the equity into taking aim through courts and wallets speaking for them after they infiltrated all parts of corporate culture. The reason women have an easier time taking out sexists than black people do racists is the exact same thing. So now that we are in this place you have to be twice as smart about things. A line which I’m sure you heard from your parents and other older family and friends as a child. What do I mean? I mean we need celebrities who can talk like this.

Now most folks when they listen to this audio, attach to the end of the Tupac’s metaphorical discussion of Black America using a room with food in front of hungry people. What the deeper student should catch is that Tupac doesn’t say actually do the violence being said in the lyrics he comes up with contemporaneously. Why? Certainly the man who made yelling “Thuglife” popular had no problem being controversial. But he takes a moment and stop short of saying go break into everyone’s houses in order to say something profound. “What do you think someone is going to do? Ask?” puts a warning into the heart of the listener. What you should be fearing is not us coming to the door, but what ideas we’ve come up with for dealing with you. After all, you either are going to come out, or we are going to come in.

And you need that voice. You need a person striking fear intellectually into the those who are sitting in power. But one thing you never see footage of Tupac doing, is taking shots at the black leaders who are alive at the time. He is almost reverent about them and the sacrifices they have made. Why? Because he recognizes that you need those leaders who are still alive and available to be fighting the same war on a different front. One thing that often annoys me about those who have post-humously sainted Tupac is that they see him as who should have been leading all of Black America in the 90’s.

But what they miss is he realized he wasn’t built for it. So what did he do instead? He focused on the lane he could handle. Same here. Protestors, rioters, politicians, celebrities, and the average everyday person have their part to play. But it does no one, NO ONE, any good if all the voices out there don’t have a plan, and are focused on shouting down the other ones. Now I’ve gone very long today, but not odd at all I could gone on longer. This issue is just that complex. It is just…well…WORDS DON’T DO IT JUSTICE! Be safe out there in Baltimore and everywhere else.

– THE Ruthless Wonder

Words Don’t Do It Justice: YOU are Forty Thousand Strong on our 2nd Anniversary

Just a reminder where we started.

Just a reminder where we started.

Words Don’t Do It Justice

“It was all a dream.

I used read word up magazine.”

I could keep going with that, but really I don’t feel like quoting too much of anyone else today. So let me address this with the style most comforting.

When this all began it was an idea.

The thought that we could give the world something in this blog that would be read by our friends, maybe a few co-workers and classmates. And every once in a while I’d get to deal with the issues I have to face on a daily basis by just ranting into a text window for 30 minutes to an hour and let the world read. Certainly if we accomplished that I would have called this a successful idea and when the view dwindled I’d close it up and say I had a good time.

But that isn’t what you did. And I say that isn’t what YOU did, because it is true. You are the reason this fun time didn’t turn into just another thing I used to do. YOU made it worth it to find Rufus, Ronin, Roddo, Rebellionista, Realistic Royalty, Princess Devy, Reign, The Revanchist, The Radical Ref, Carl McPhail, Xion, Driving Misty, Rhapsodic, Reason, Kudo, Rhythmic Journey, Revolution In A Jar, causeandeffect88, Bami O, Render Verdicts, Ruminated Thoughts, Keith Labell, Smooth Phuzion, Bree the V, TEH Bobbo, and all the people who wanted to commit but just didn’t have the time to write, be on the podcast, contribute music, or be interviewed.

That wasn’t just me plodding through on my own. That was you reading. That was you sharing. That was YOU telling the world our little corner of the internet was worth checking out. in the first year we did 3500 views. In 2 years we have done 40,000! Because of all of you. And now things are possible that weren’t not long ago. YOU made this happen. People asked me when I started what I expected. They asked me what I wanted. I just wanted people to listen to my thoughts sometimes. It was so simple back then. Now? Now I want the sky and everything beyond. lol just kidding.

Now I want to give you more of what you come here for. So covering Gaming, and other topics, We’re proud to announce that Nine To Five Gamer will be joining us run by Bami O. Look for the official page as well as forums soon. You’re going to read pieces from many of our alumni writers. And that long-awaited revamp/update to the site. I can’t promise you we’ll turn into a Super Villain run Huffington Post by tomorrow. Heck I can’t even promise that by next year. But I can promise we will keep hitting these hot topics with our cold analysis. I can promise we are committed to giving you what you came here for. And I can promise you I WILL NEVER FORGET what drives Words Don’t Do It Justice. Because what drives us is YOU!

My humanity wants to cry by my Super Villainy is smiling too hard and is too excited. Thank you all. THANK YOU. Every super fan. Every random reader Every casual person who checked us out a few times or just once. THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THIS FROM ALL OF US! We couldn’t have done all this without you. Words Do Not Do YOU Justice!

– THE Ruthless Wonder

Words Don’t Do It Justice: Breaking News

Just a reminder where we started.

Just a reminder where we started.

Over the weekend we were very close to an amazing achievement.

On Monday it was so tantalizingly close I was thinking of dropping a post just to help push it over after the Holidays Don’t Do It Justice post.

But Tuesday Night after Posts from Ruminated Thoughts and of course from THE Ruthless Wonder reacting to the decision by the Darren Wilson Grand Jury, we hit a milestone that if I’m honest I didn’t expect until 2015.

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On Behalf of the Weekends Don’t Do It Justice Writers Reason, Kudo, Xion, and Lucremo.

On Behalf of the Words Don’t Do It Justice Guest Bloggers, The Justice League.

On Behalf of the Words Don’t Do It Justice Alumni writers

On Behalf of the Keith Labell and Smooth Phuzion who provide music for The WDDIJcast and The WRATH of Ruthless.

On Behalf of Reign, The Revanchist, Ruminated thoughts, and Ronin

And on Behalf of 314 Publishing, Imperial Dreams Productions, and WORDS DON’T DO IT JUSTICE

THE Ruthless Wonder is proud to announce that as of November 25th, 2014 Words Don’t Do It Justice has reached 9,200 views!

ALL Because of YOU!

ALL Because of YOU! Photo edit credit: JohnHenry Balsa

And we have you to thank.

Every one of you who shares us with you friends on facebook and your followers on twitter.

Every one of you who comes back even on days when no one has posted just to see if something is dropping.

Every one of you who has stuck by us since my very first post to this very day.

Thank you for being our superfans.

Thank you for believing in us.

Words do no do you justice.

 

I could say it a thousand times and it wouldn’t be enough. But I’ll say it one more time.

We love you all.

Thank you!

THANK YOU!

THANK YOU! Photo Edit Credit: Steven Cockrell

– YOUR Ruthless Wonder

Decorum Deficiency Disorder: Break Time

Best Friends & BodiesHave you ever been so tired and fed up with reality that you knew if you didn’t disconnect from reality, you’d be calling up your best friend to help you hide the bodies?

. . .

I eL-Oh-Vee-Ee LOVE the Legends of Zelda franchise. I recently went back to replay Majora’s Mask, spent 4 days stuck in the water temple/dungeon (friggin vortex of water with the gears and… anyway), but felt like a BOSS just because I finally acquired the Postman’s Hat… my fellow LoZ fans know my struggle…

F*ckin Skull Kid *will* catch my Hyrulian Fade.

F*ckin Skull Kid *will* catch my Hyrulian Fade.

So I’m in the middle of kicking ass and collecting rupees when I realized that I haven’t even finished Twilight Princess! And I haven’t even purchased the Wii U so I can get started on Hyrule Warriors… I mean… Holy smokes Bat Man! The game world is passing me by and I’m just happy to play my classic games. What’s up with that? Am I not a relatively young chick who enjoys video games, anime, the sciences, and all things nerdy? Have I not  collected consoles (that’s right PC elitists, hate me!) just in case I finally get the time to really immerse myself in my favorite childhood past-time? Am I allowing myself to get old? *Shudder* Never that.

And then I remember my days binge playing Prince of Persia and God of War, only to remember that I haven’t finished the last installments of those either! For SHAME! What’s a Lady Nerd to do?!? The only thing I could do…

So I started my own personal Supernatural marathon… because Sci-Fi and Awesome. I mean, I can’t just sit around playing old video games all day: I have a reputation to uphold. And damn it I’m grown! Who am I to make me feel some kind of way about playing old video games?!? Although, sitting here writing right now, that U.N. Squadron on the SNES is looking pretty under played. *Blows out cartridge*… Naw… I have work tomorrow, and that is a recipe for looking up in 6 hours because my alarm clock is going off and I still haven’t slept. FML reality is setting back in and I haven’t even turned the TV and NetFlix on.

By the way… Have any of you heard about the South Carolina cop lying out the filthiest part of his ass about how the unarmed Black man he shot last week stared him down and dove into his car for an imaginary gun before he even got out of his squad car. Karma forgive me, but if there’s a prison like OZ somewhere in SC, I hope they put him there.

Reality Bites & Break Time is Over.

The Letter Series: Dear Black People

We are not doing enough. We are not saving each other. We are not protecting our children. We are not acting intelligently. We are not doing enough.

My Facebook thread has been inundated with video clips, memes, news paper articles, and blog entries. The television in my living room is almost always on, and it is almost always on MSNBC. The people of MSNBC have been covering the Michael Brown story almost exclusively since it happened, with only brief breaks to cover the other happenings around the world. I have watched from the comfort of my home in suburbia. I have listened to the reports and ensuing conversations between my non-black coworkers in silence. I have watched my feed, from Ferguson to funny post and have been disappointed by the fact that people are more apt to lend their words and actions to spread awareness about ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) with buckets of ice and millions of dollars, while many haven’t even bothered to pay lip service to an issue that affects all of us.

Dear Black People

Black people, our plight may be unique to us in this nation, but we are not suffering it alone. We cannot continue to complain about “White Privilege” while failing to call our White friends out on their choosing to remain neutral. We cannot even begin to call our White friends out on their neutrality when we still have to tread lightly about our own position on the issue of race… a failure that I am also guilty of.

I’ll start:

I am Black. I am first generation American and I am thoroughly pissed the fuck off. I am tired of having to worry about how my Blackness will be received when I walk out of my home. I am exhausted from having to wonder if today will be the day I get a phone call about my brother having been gunned down by some ignorant fool with a gun. I am outraged that while this nation might have a Black man as its leader, Black people are still guilty until proven not that kind of Black. I am annoyed when my Blackness is questioned because I’m articulate, educated, and don’t care about hip-hop culture. I hate that my having obvious African ancestry automatically diminishes my legitimacy as an American. I am disgusted by the fact that anything negative I do will reflect poorly on my entire race, but nothing positive I do makes a significant enough difference in the public perception of what my being Black really means. I am disappointed in my fellow Black people for not requiring more and better of ourselves. I am dejected because in spite of all of my best efforts to prove the contrary; having graduated from college with limited debt, without adding to the masses of “fatherless” children, having worked my entire Black ass off to be a productive member of society… I will still be viewed as just another smart-mouthed black girl by those who don’t know me.

I am Black. I am Outraged… and I am ready to claim it.

Dear Black People:
It’s time we started taking personal responsibility for our role in our oppression. We cannot continue to be willing participants in our enslavement. Do more. Require better. And don’t stop moving forward.

The Return of Reign: My Reflection

That’s right, I’m still alive! It’s been a while and my how I have missed our little talks.

I’ve had a lot of time to think and contemplate on a lot of things… I’ve done a lot of introspection and reevaluated my dreams, goals and aspirations. I taken several steps toward knowing myself better, while simultaneously finding that I still have a lot to learn. Life has a funny way of forcing you to make forward movements when you just don’t see yourself being ready to make those steps on your own… I’ve learned and grown, and I’m going to keep harping on some of the same stuff because it doesn’t seem like the world has taken any movements forward with me.

Black Beauty 3

When I look at myself in the mirror, I can see all of my flaws and imperfections. Like everyone else, I can pick out things I wouldn’t mind changing (the scar/dark spot in the middle of my forehead, the brown spot that looks like my iris is overflowing…) but I see me. When I watch TV, I don’t see women who look or act like me, so it’s a wonder how I find beauty or acceptance in the mirror at all. I don’t have positive images of educated, classy ladies with dark skin and a full figure. The few images of women who might look like me are always portrayed as loud and obnoxious, under-educated, low-class, underprivileged, “baby mammas,” “rachet” hoes, “thots,” and all manner of female that I could never see myself or be OK with any child I’ve ever know aspiring to be like.

So by now I’m sure you’re wondering what brought this on. It certainly isn’t that I’ve watched an abundance of TV during my little blogging break, nor is it because some random non-black person said they remind me of absolutely no one because they’d never seen a Negro before… Nope. I’ve been reading what other people have to say about the issue and have been guilted into taking it to a personal level. Most recently, I read this, and I haven’t been able to shake the feeling that I’ve done myself a disservice by making a consorted effort to keep my inner angry Black girl away from my entertainment choices. Seriously, shame on me.

We do need more representation. Specifically, we need more positive representation. We need more well drawn characters in cartoons and anime. We need more “regular” people doing regular things, like doing a job, raising a family, and not having to have the requisite black/white conversation. We need more role models and super heroes that don’t involve sports single parenthood. We need to be acknowledged in more backgrounds than the inner city or Caribbean Islands. And for my sake, we need this representation to not come with a wink, a pat on the back, or extra publicity just because its the right kind of representation. Doing the right thing should be the kind of novelty that needs to be pointed out and congratulated. It shouldn’t be a novelty at all.

This week’s assignment: Look at yourself in the mirror, and reflect on who you see. Share your thoughts with the class.

Remember: Dig deep.