7.25.2016

Karen Chen, #Represent


Previously

The Bar Loves Nathan Chen (no relation)

If you haven't already, stop by Nathan Chen's GoFundMe page on your next pay day and show the dude some love.  I want him to go the 2018 Olympics, land his quads, and snatch the gold.  Not the silver, not the bronze - the gold.

While you're showing Nathan some love, do the same for your girl Starr Andrews.  Some of you remember when she was a tiny human and did an incredible routine to Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair"; that video has garnered 40 million views thus far. Starr's now a teenager with her eye on Olympic gold in 2018 and 2022.  And since she's the only African American skater with an actual shot, I want her to snatch *clap* that *clap* gold.

In case you didn't get the memo, tonight's theme at the Bar is Melanin on Ice.  *sips vodka and ginger ale*

I stumbled across Karen Chen by accident; I was searching for a specific competition, and noticed there was abundant footage and focus on the White girls, but not the girls with Asian-sounding names in this listing.  The minute I saw "Karen Chen", I automatically starting searching for her videos.

Hip Hop Griots: Rapsody



7.24.2016

Hip Hop Griots: Lupe Fiasco


***Inaugural Post***


7.23.2016

What did I SAY about the Brown girls????

L to R: Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Simone Biles

Previously

But What about the Brown Girls?

If you're not paying attention to elite artistic gymnastics right now...I don't know what you're doing with your life.  2016 is not only the Blackest year ever, it's the Brownest.

Follow along, good people.

America is sending the Dream Team to the 2016 Olympics in Rio, which just so happens to include history-making Olympian Gabby Douglas, the inimitable Simone Biles herself, and senior newcomer Laurie Hernandez.

I know y'all remember Laurie Hernandez.

7.17.2016

The Bar Loves #BlackAndSexyTV


I love Netflix.  I love Hulu.  I love a few things about HBONow.   But there's something depressing, exhausting even, about looking for something to watch on the weekends and seeing a seemingly endless sea of White faces.

Thank the gods for Black & Sexy TV.  Originally a crowd-funded labor of love on YouTube, it is now a Chromecast-compatible streaming app with a fully stocked treasure trove of independently-produced Black shows and films.  Usually priced at $6.99/month, they're currently offering a free 2-week trial and 25% off the the first free months.

Needless to say, I've signed up.

I've picked where I left off back on YouTube, and that's with Hello Cupid.  But I'm looking forward to watching everything.  I'm so proud of the quality of media that I could cry - from the writing to the casting to the wardrobe to the music to the lighting to the directing and editing....  I can't wait to binge-watch and review and fangirl in the months to come.

If you've already got a subscription, let me know what you're watching and what you think!  If not, sign up!  This is a Black-owned business providing some desperately needed content, and they need our support.

7.09.2016

Elayna Monts Returns to the Bar (Guest Post)

Previously

A Mother's Fear
Seriously White Women...We're Really Not Jealous

**SPOILER ALERT**

NOT ALL OF MY FRIENDS WILL AGREE WITH WHAT I AM ABOUT TO SAY. IN FACT, SOME OF YOU MAY UNFRIEND ME, BUT I HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING WITH THIS FOR SOME TIME NOW AND I HAVE TO PUT MY WORDS OUT THERE AND LET THE CHIPS FALL WHERE THEY MAY.

The Subject: Black Lives Matter

I will begin by saying that this is not a rant against police. We all know how difficult enforcing our laws is. We should also all know how important it is to do the right thing, the right way, and all be subject to the same laws that govern our country.

Now, I know that many of my Caucasian friends and Caucasians in general counter Black Lives Matter with All Lives Matter and while they do so with passion and strong belief, I believe that that declaration is irrelevant. I say this because it’s easy to use that response. It’s more difficult to understand the root of the Black Lives Matter issues unless and/or until we can walk in the shoes of those who are being persecuted, beat down, run over, shot at and killed.

7.02.2016

The Bar Loves Nathan Chen


As I was saying on the Black Girls Club, I love spending my weekend mornings watching figure skating videos.  Normally, I focus on the ladies, and the Brown girls in particular, because while many of us love figure skating, the sport tends to not love us back.

And it's not just the gals; I noticed this tendency again when I recently happened by upon the now 17-year-old American skater Nathan Chen.  Nathan is the only competitive skater in the world - not the youngest, not the only American, but the only competitive skater in the world - who can land four clean quad jumps in a free skate.  Translation for the lay people: this guy can do four jumps in which his body does four ("quadruple") full rotations in the air and then he lands on one foot without problem.

...No, seriously.

6.25.2016

The Bar Loves Suld


So Jules posted a vid by Suld, a Mongolian folk metal band from China.  They combine throat singing and traditional Mongolian instruments with a hard rock sound, and after hearing two tracks, I promptly bought the whole damn album.




I can't wait to bump this in my car, y'all.

6.18.2016

Lawd, They Done Killed Poussey (#OITNB)


Y'all...I don't know how I got mixed up with this show.  I recall I initially disliked Orange is the New Black, but somehow I got sucked in and got attached to a lot of actresses.  One of them being, of course, the phenomenal Samira Wiley as Poussey.

Lawd...it's the end of the Season 4, and they done killed Poussey.
Poussey’s death nods toward several high-profile killings of black Americans by those in law enforcement, as well as the aftermath of those deaths. Poussey is restrained and suffocated, like Eric Garner in New York City. Her body is left on the floor for hours and hours, like Michael Brown in Ferguson.

And when the prison’s statement to the press on Poussey’s death chooses to focus on Bayley’s innocence, rather than what he did, all of the women in the prison storm out of their dorms in outrage, with Poussey’s best friend, Taystee (Danielle Brooks), screaming in anguish that they didn’t even "say her name" — the same rallying cry that emerged after Sandra Bland died while in Texas police custody.

Even outside these very obvious markers, Orange Is the New Black makes a point of showing exactly how screwed up the system is, and how little say those in custody, especially people of color, have when it comes to wrongful deaths.
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Bar Patrons, I'mma need a few drinks to even begin to recover from this.