Open Mic Night

Still in the middle of another interview while getting settled at the new job.

You guys were saying?


*sigh* I don't normally do this, but here goes

I saw this on my Facebook page today (apparently it was posted some time yesterday) and though I normally would just ignore something like this, I do want to state my side for the record since I was tagged.


At the Bar with Trish Doan

~ * Special Edition Post * ~

Trish Doan is the bassist for Kittie, a band I adored as a teenager.  It was an immeasurable honor and privilege to complete this interview with her on April 1st, 2014.

So, Trish…HUGE honor having you at my bar!!! What are you sippin’ on?

I'm honoured to be here! Well, it's currently a Wednesday afternoon, so I could go for a drink! I'll take a vodka/orange juice please.

A long time ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kittie alumna Fallon Bowman (twice, in fact).  Now, for those who are unfamiliar, what can you tell them about Kittie?

Well! Kittie is a four-woman metal band hailing from London, Ontario. We've put out six great records and done many tours around the world. Kittie consists of sisters Morgan and Mercedes Lander (singer-guitarist and drummer), Tara McLeod (lead guitarist) and myself (the bassist). Not only are we bandmates but also really great friends. I joined the band in 2005, departed in late 2007 but then rejoined in 2012.


The Bar Loves Supaman

In southeast Montana, thousands of miles from the birthplace of hip-hop, a man with the given name Christian Parrish Takes the Gun has been rapping to young people on the Crow Nation reservation. He calls himself Supaman, and he's been merging inner-city music with more local concerns for more than a dozen years.

"Native Americans grasp that culture of hip-hop because of the struggle," he says. "Hip-hop was talking about the ghetto life, poverty, crime, drugs, alcohol, teen pregnancy; all that crazy stuff that happens in the ghetto is similar to the reservation life. We can relate to that."

Supaman says he saw that crazy stuff as a kid. He says his parents were alcoholics and he spent lots of time in foster care before moving in with his grandfather. And for as long as he can remember hip-hop was playing in the background, like a soundtrack. When he was 24, Supaman decided it was time to make his own music.


"Please, no negative comments; it's my life"

(h/t Shequeta Applebum)
Okay so I was looking at this online dating site and came across this one guys profile that seemed interesting until I got to the last paragraph. The first sentence...( well y'all seen my movie*). It's the last sentence that has me like WTF??? Wasn't the entire purpose of Jim Crow to reinforce his first sentence??

*She's referring to The Takeover, FYI.

The discussion which follows is great.  One brotha points out: "I remember back on Yahoo Personals when I lived in NYC, I saw this one profile from a sista that seemed perfect until the last three paragraphs where she explained the reasons why she didn't date Black men and that was because Black men didn't 'go to college or do anything positive' in life.

"To this day, I wish I had saved that profile or taken a picture. LOL


Ebony Wilkerson is not Susan Smith

By now many of you have read about Ebony Wilkerson, the pregnant mom from South Carolina who drove herself and three children into the ocean.  Now, for those of you who are just now reading about this, everyone is alive and as well as they could be, and Wilkerson's bail has been set at $1.2 million.

Her children apparently rolled down the windows and called for help, and her 9-year-old went head to head with her for the steering wheel, so...mad props to the kids.  They deserve the Erica Pratt Award.  After they were rescued they flat-out told the cops she'd tried to kill them (I'm guessing to avoid any misunderstanding), and that she told them she was taking them to a better place so they needed to just close their eyes and go to sleep.

Mind you, I'm hearing the story from my boss and reading about it online, and my boss is telling me that on Twitter, folks were comparing Wilkerson to Susan Smith.  Immediately, I thought, Uh...no.  Smith packed her kids off into the car and let them roll into the lake while keeping her own ass on dry land.  She then blamed their disappearance on an imaginary black man.  Wilkerson, on the other hand, made sure have have a front row seat for her catastrophic decision.

Smith strikes me as being a scheming sociopath.  Wilkerson strikes me as being genuinely cray.

What do y'all think?


Wall of the Male Self

(h/t Shawn Harris)
A Republican state lawmaker apparently regrets an entire career of making vile comments about AIDS, LGBTQ people, women, abortion and rape.

Representative Lawrence Lockman of Maine was thrust into the national spotlight when blogger Mike Tipping posted a collection of offensive comments the first-term Republican has made through decades of extremist activism and advocacy. Maine Democrats called for his resignation Tuesday. He released a statement of regret (no, not an apology) the next day.

As director of the Pro Life Education Association in 1990, he was quoted as saying:

If a woman has [the right to abortion], why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t [in most cases] result in anyone’s death.
And this is why women hate talking to men about rape.


How many times do I have to tell you people it's not ignorance????

Lord, it's been a while since I've done one of these.

First, let me begin with a story.  Back when I worked in children's mental health, a young white girl was referred to me because she'd called a young black girl "nigger". These were kindergarteners, mind you.  Now, the principal explained to me that as it happened, the young black girl was a foster child whose temporary foster mother was white, and when that woman found out this happened, she marched right over to the white girl's mother's car, loudly knocked on the window and demanded, "Could you step out of the car, please?"

I'm telling you this story because a white mother of two adopted Asian daughters recently started a discussion about the shit people say to her and to her daughters.  She writes, "I have tried to explain to my daughters that people do not say these things to be mean, they say them out of ignorance, which is why I am sharing some of them. Words are powerful, they can become tools or weapons, choose to use them wisely."

She then presents several images of her daughters holding quotes of some of these verbal weapons, and I've borrowed just a few to illustrate my point:

Not my kids, so naturally...faces cropped out.


At the Bar with Jasmine Nichol

Patrons will recognize Miss Jasmine Nichol as the spitfire guest rapper from Tia Ferrera's single "Keep it Movin'". Miss Nichol is actually a chanteuse and songwriter in her own right, with a distinctive musical and visual style. It was a great opportunity to have her at the Bar.

Miz Jasmine…it is such a pleasure to have you at the Bar. What are you sippin’ on? 

Yes, thank you for having me. This bar is pretty dope, let me add :). I’m sipping’ on jamey x ginger. The perfect combo for a great evening. My alter ego Gypsy J comes alive in the night time.

I discovered your work while interviewing the beautiful Tia Ferrera. Once I heard you rap, I Googled you. From there I went to your site and from there your YouTube channel, where I sat in awe and watched one video after the other. How long have you been professional involved in music?

Wow, I love how you found me. Tia Ferrera and I are sisters at this point so I know her telling you guys about me was going to end in a dope experience. I’ve technically been in the industry since 2012, it’s 2014 now so it hasn’t been very long but I’ve been singing since I was 10 In high school I was in my school choir, Story & Song. We would singing an array of joints from broadway tunes to traditional latin music. It was amazing, this is when I started to learn my voice more and play with it in different ways.


By all means, let's bring race into it

Juror 8, who is African American, stated that she “never thought once, ’This is a black kid. This is a white guy.’” She said that the case “was about justice,” not race. When asked if race was a factor in the case, juror 4 said, “Sitting in that room, it was never presented that way.” To a certain extent, she is correct. The prosecution and the parents never discussed the huge elephant in the room, race. (Source)
Suppose a man kills his wife. During the investigation, the prosecution uncovers a laundry list of dropped domestic violence complaints filed by the deceased against the husband. The autopsy revealed fractures and a history of other "unexplained" injuries going back years.

Yet during the trial, neither the prosecution nor the jury bring up the couple's marital history. In fact, not one but two jurors say something to the effect of, "Not once did I think of the defendant of having abused his wife. All I could wonder was if he had just cause for killing her."
Although I commend jurors 4 and 8 for their commitment and fairness, I strongly reject the notion that this case was not about race. This case was about race on at least two levels. The first level is the actual crime. This case is about a racist white man who wanted to teach some young black “thugs” a lesson for not obeying his orders to turn their “thug music”. Such racial animus is further expressed in his jail letters complaining about thugs. The word “thug” is simply a more palatable word for nigger.

The second level is the verdict. Like the Trayvon Martin case, the Amadou Diallo case, the Sean Bell case, the Emmett Till case and countless other cases, the Michael Dunn case is yet another example of black man being murdered and denied justice, at least for now. If no one else was in that vehicle, Michael Dunn would be free today.

...Nonetheless, none of that matters. For some, including the three holdout jurors in this case, one white man’s testimony carries more weight than three young black men’s testimony. Unfortunately, when some white people are presented with narratives that conform to their racist stereotypes about young black men, logic is negated and discarded. If Jordan Davis was a white boy or white girl, no juror would believe Dunn’s lie about seeing a gun. Again, this case was all about race
Not only that, but if Davis and his friends had been a bunch of a white kids blasting their music - any music - Dunn would've never approached them to begin with.