Monday, August 18, 2008

"Black is not only Beautiful But..."

I like many others have been preoccupied by the media with subjects, opinions, accusations and curiosities of the African American or Black sociological culture. Recently, I have even seen old movies resurface on just about anything that will better enlighten other ethnic groups on the subject. They give a "standing on the outside looking in" prospective on the everyday life of the African American. Almost every talk show, major television newwork special, professional panal discussions, etc. are putting it on out there. Why Now? I have my thoughts why we (blacks) are so closely analyzed at this particular time in history. I think it is a good thing to come out of darkness into the marvolous light about anything. I am just so surprised how until now, there was no initiative.

I was reading a couple of articles in my issue of Jet magazine. I came upon a headline in the communication's section entitled "CNN's Black America Report Sets Viewing Records". It goes on to say that the documentary series "Black in America" was the highest rated program in its time slot. It aired two nights "The Black Man" and "The Black Woman & Family" with over 2.6 million viewers both nights. The article did not say black viewers only. Another article: "Vogue Italia Goes Black" informs Jet readers that Vogue released an all black issue in July for the first time EVER. Featuring black related subjects, only black models, they even included an article on Ebony magazine. It sold out in the United States and England in less than 72 hours. It went back for reprint for 30,000 copies for U.S., 20,000 for Italy and 10,000 for Britain. Am I the only one amazed by this?

For some reason, NOW our diversities must be made clear. Is it because "if I am to follow you, take instructions from or let you have authority over me, I've got to completely understand you? Isn't the character of a human being and individual enough? I was young when President Kennedy campaigned. For some reason I was intensely interested for my age. I don't remember documentaries made of his ethnicity (an Irishmen) or religion (Catholic). As a people we wanted to know if he was going to be sensitive to the issues at hand. We had some serious "Negro" issues and problems in that day. We had to trust blindly that he was the candidate that could best serve the entire american society and not put blacks on the back burner. One thing I do remember. Hearing the opinions of our Pastors, Elders and seniors of the black community. They were concerned that whomever was to take office in our government, had to be saved. A person that was filled with the fear of God and would head this nation in a manner that would reflect Christian beliefs.

So, what I have heard, read and seen lately,"Black is not only Beautiful but Profitable"

This is my "two cents worth" I'd like to get yours. Be Blessed.


Pastor Kevin L. Pullam said...

Well... I have to say that I totally agree. It's amazing that we are witnessing a time in our history where the world is "coming into it's own." I believe that, just now, the world has captured this intrigue with the African/Negro/Black culture and experience. I believe it has been a long time coming, but they are finally looking past the pigmentation and finding a peculiar people, royal preisthood and holy nation. I believe this accounts for how frantically they are consuming information and documentaries about our past, present and future. They ultimately realize that we are a force that cannot be denied. We've always known our inner and outer beauty. It's glad to know now that others are beginning to realize it too.

Pastor Andre' A. McGhee said...

This is a great post. You are to be commended for tackling such a critical subject. I appreciate your candor and cherish your wisdom.

Pastor Lance A. Mann said...

Awesome post Mother! What this tells us is that when it comes to black in America, we are looked upon as consumers and not owners of anything. I would surmise that this is probably as much our fault as it is theirs. We are the only group of people who have no concept of savings but we are the first to be in line whenever a store puts up a sale sign. We equate wealth with things that depreciate in value like cars, clothes and jewelery, while others equate it with things that appreciate like homes and stocks and 401K. If you look at advertisers, they put more store ads during commercials where black people watch infinitely more than others.

All of this says to us, if we are going to raise the economic standard of black people in America, we must move ourselves via our thought processes from consumer to owner and fast.

P.S. The vote comment on Avery Minor's blog was hilarious. You are very funny!


Vietta P's Two Cents Worth said...

Thank you my Son, Pastor Lance. I whole heartedly agree with every word you said. My husband and I have this conversation all the time. We even noticed the "type" of stores that are erected in predominantly African American communities.

Who, and how do we educate our people to become savers & owners and not consumers? I venture to say it has to start VERY early with our children because even my youngest grandchild (19 month old Kaden) knows the pleasures that money can buy.

Happy you stopped by. Thanks.

About the vote comment. I thought somebody needed to do it :-)


Pastor W.L. Pullam said...

A great post my sister. Very insightful, thoughtful and enlightning.We are definitely a force to be reckoned with and the whole world appears to be finally (and reluctantly) "getting it." said... profane Sister. It is ashame that people are just now knowing what some of us have know for years. But you know that ignorance has been part of society since the being of time. And if people would stop look, listen, and learn this would not be a phenomenon to them. Just keep praying that not only white america but america period will start looking at people as people and different or less than themselves.
Ada E. Thompson

Keith D. Witherspoon said...

Great Post Mother!! I declined the nomination to interpret that jibberish on Pastor Lance's blog!!

Vietta P's Two Cents Worth said...

Doc. Spoon, as good as my Sons are. I don't think even they could interpret that. I am (just like a woman) VERY curious to what all that was about.

Thanks for stopping by.

shauna n. mcconley said...

Hi Nana!!
What a very deep insight! Well said!! I agree with everyone else, there is way more to who we are than whats on the outside. We are very intellectual people who have been abundantly blessesd(still to this day) by God over the years to endure and overcome many hardships. It is time someone recognizes us for who we truly are deep inside and for the many positive strides we have and will contribute to society

Pastor Kraig L. Pullam said...

This is particularly interesting and timely.