Witty Wednesday-Sharpton vs. West

If you were like me, you missed the MSNBC special “A Stronger America: The Black Agenda” this past Sunday.  During the special, Rev. Al Sharpton, President of the National Action Network, and Dr. Cornel West, an author and college professor, had a heated debate about the Obama Administration.  To say the video has gone viral would be an understatement.

As I’ve said before, I’m not a big fan of Rev. Al.  I respect him and his opinion, but there’s a low chance I would go hear him speak or listen to him on the radio…if it were just him.  But he made some valid points on Sunday, as did Dr. West.  Both men are so passionate about their positions that no one, not even host Ed Schultz, could get a word in edgewise when it came to the discussion of the Obama Administration.  Dr. West feels as if the President has taken the African-American vote for granted but has not done anything significant to  support the community since he has taken office.  He also stated that Blacks shouldn’t automatically vote Democrat because party members are the lesser of two evils.  Rev. Sharpton believes that we should support the President in 2012.  He also reminded us all that President Obama cannot do everything on his own. 

Although the President still has an approval rating of 85% among African-Americans as of March 2011, that number is at an all-time low during his presidency.  I think it’s safe to say that Blacks are watching the President very closely.  We want to see results, and so far, I don’t think people are seeing what they were hoping to gain from Obama’s presidency.  I believe that the President is doing all he can, but as Sharpton said, he can’t do it alone.  This is when we need our leaders, whomever they may be, to come forward, devise an agenda, and set about making this country better for Blacks, especially our children.

What do you all think?  Who was right-Sharpton or West?  Going back to my post on Monday, do you believe that one or both of these men are our leaders?  Or should we look elsewhere?  Do you think their argument on Sunday was a poor display?  Or was it something that’s needed to get people involved?  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

This Week in the News

Happy Friday!  It seemed like this week FLEW by! So much is going on this weekend that I don’t know where to begin.  Actually, yes I do…

“Takers”, the new action packed drama starring Idris Elba, T.I., Chris Brown, Michael Ealy, Hayden Christensen, Paul Walker, and Zoe Saldana, comes out today!  Can I just say that I’m super-excited about this movie and have been waiting on all summer. I’ve heard nothing but great reviews about this movie, and I believe it’s going to have a record-making opening weekend.  Plus, it’s produced by Rainforest Films, which was started by two of my fellow Florida A&M Rattlers, Rob Hardy and Will Packer.  I’m sure I’ll give a review next week.  And no matter how much this seems like a guy movie with the chases and shooting and action, it’s definitely a chick flick with all the eye candy…

Tomorrow marks the 47th Anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.  And two very different groups are coming to DC and having two vastly different rallies.  First, Rev. Al Sharpton, nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner, and other civil rights advocates are hosting a rally at Dunbar High School in Northwest DC.  This event starts at 11 am, and participants will then march to the King memorial.  On the flip side of the coin, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and members of the Tea Party will have their own rally at the Lincoln Memorial.  Ironically, or maybe not, Dr. King’s niece Alveda King, will be in attendance at the Tea Party rally.  Ms. King was quoted as saying, “I’m speaking at the Glenn Beck rally because Glenn and I have had many conversations about faith, hope, and love.”  Ummmm, yeah, ok…that may be all well and good, but if I were Alveda, I’m not sure I could speak at anything being hosted by Glenn Beck, even if it wasn’t the anniversary of the March on Washington…

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend the ‘I Love Social Media” Happy Hour at Bar Dupont.  I went with my fellow blogger, soror, friend, and neighbor OriginalNajeema.  We were able to hear from two bloggers, @SepiaMutiny and @AmandaMogul, who shared their stories of blogging, social media, and how it positively changed their lives.  (I live tweeted and took pictures.)  I was able to speak with Anna aka SepiaMutiny after she spoke and share stories of how there’s not enough “brown” in the social media, and especially the blogging, world.  I also met some other great people and chatted it up with other artists and media gurus.

Once again, there’s tons of news I didn’t touch on, such as President Carter gets an imprisoned American in North Korea released, the Michael Jackson party at Club 9:30 in DC (the pop star would have been 52 on August 29), and the fact that DC is making preparations for the Beck rally….(Hmmmmm) and the Sharpton rally.  No matter your plans for the weekend, it seems that we have a lot to keep our eyes on.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!