Bill Burr and Abagond talk Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens (1913-1980), an American athlete and “the world’s fastest human”, won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. And he, a Black man, the grandson of slaves, did it at the Olympics held in Berlin, the heart of Nazi Germany. Hitler himself watched as Owens showed the world that Aryans were hardly the master race.
So begins Abagond's excellent post on Jesse Owens. It got me thinking about a clip I'd seen from Bill Burr also talking about Jesse Owens.

Now, I know Burr tends to leave a nasty aftertaste in some folks' mouths, and again...I don't fault anyone for it. Most of his work leaves me deeply concerned as well.

That all being said, here are the rules of engagement:
1) If you're going to join the discussion, you have to watch the clip from beginning to end.  Burr doesn't talk about Jesse right away; he lays a foundation first before building up to him.

2) If you don't want to watch the clip, fine. Try to just lurk on this one because nothing's more irritating than conversing with someone who hasn't brought themselves fully up to speed on a subject.

3) Needless to say, give Abagond's post a gander.


Tagaq has a new album, Tagaq has new album!!!

(h/t Jules)

And y'all already know how the Bar loves the hell out of Inuk singer Tagaq.

This post originally was due a while back, shortly after the album actually dropped.  Here is the trailer for Animism, set to an excerpt from the track "Umingmak".

And to my delight, there's a longer version, set to the track "Tungijuq" (it's the official music video).


The Bar thanks its Selo & Inya fans

Artwork by Jules Nguyễn
We've experienced a sudden burst in sales of this series, and in gratitude to our fans we've got a couple of special treats.

For starters, all three currently released books are on sale at Amazon.com for $2.99 until Book 4 is released.

Secondly, here's the prologue to Book 4, Painted Face Woman.

Prologue: The Chieftain's Daughter

In Obasan Village, the local pleasure palace was considered a very exclusive school for the daughters of wealthy men. There, day after day, they learned about beauty, music, and dance. Those who excelled in memorization and performance were taught the ancient art of storytelling and held an exulted rank.

The girls from were from common families; their fathers were typically merchants who specialized in silk, gold, precious stones, and wine. If an incense, linen, candle or perfume merchant was particularly successful, their daughter might attend. These girls were usually from the city; in the village, it was traditional for people to make these products themselves, and thus such merchants could only prosper in the city. Being from the city was what gave these girls status; they were usually the most fashionable and had all the best gossip about the noble and royal families.

So one can imagine their surprise when they heard a chieftain’s daughter had not only enrolled, but paid the first year’s fees in full.

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Cound the Fail: Casting Calls for Women

So Leo Princess shared with me this appalling collection of casting calls for women, and while you can click on the link to see all 30, here are a chosen few:


Cameroonian Men March Against Boko Haram...in High-Heeled Shoes

Ladies and gentlemen of the bar, meet the African male womanists of the 21st Century:

In an attempt to bring to the forefront of public consciousness the plight of the 270 Nigerian Chibok Schoolgirls abducted by the extremist Boko Haram sect some two months ago, and as part of activities to mark this year’s Father’s Day in Cameroon, men from all tribes and backgrounds would converge on Bamenda city on Saturday July 5, 2014, to walk on women’s high heel shoes for a distance of 1.2km, an equivalent of a mile, in protest against the physical, psychological, and mental torture being meted on the captured female students, and an urgent call to action by the international community.

The ‘Men in Women’s High Heel Shoes’ protest march called for by A Common Future,* a leading Bamenda-based organization working with men and boys to end violence against women, will act like a booster to the efforts already being undertaken on its side by the Cameroon government and elite forces to discourage the sect from using Cameroon soil as a hideout.

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*Their slogan is "Men of quality do not fear equality"

For the Tom Felton fans.....

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Ladies of the Club, We Have Blasian Love

TNT really does know drama. I'm really digging this show, mainly because of the cast and not because of the plot. I mean we've got:

Nicole Ari Parker


Bill Burr on Gold-Diggers

I'm often on the fence about Bill Burr because way too many of his fans appear to be crazy, bitter, angry MRA-types who post his videos to promote their sites.

As a performer, I find he lacks presence in some ways; he doesn't really command the stage and his timing can be somewhat off.

But as a comedian, as a social observer ridiculing, questioning, and dissecting what he sees, he does have some major flashes of brilliance.

I've watched this clip a thousand times because I get what he's saying. I've often asked some of the same questions, and I feel POC in general can grasp a lot of what this man is saying. Bill Burr is a Socratic comedian. His comedy is mainly question-based; he offers up opinions, of course, but the great strength in his routines is his constant questioning.


The Other Side of the Argument

I love comedians. Comedians are like griots; they keep us abreast of current events and they provide commentary.  They also remind of society of important people, events, and facts that are quickly forgotten.

Sommore is one my absolute favorites; love, love, love this woman and simply worship her style, both fashion and comedic. I recently watched a video of hers on YouTube and she got me thinking about hip hop in another way (some of y'all might want to brace for language).

Here's where I agree with Miz Sommore:
1) I'm down for black millionaires. Bring on the black millionaires and billionaires, by all means...so long as they then take those millions and billions and do some productive shit for black people.

2) Damn, straight it's a fantasy. This is what trips people up a lot when it comes to commercial rap. It's a fantasy. Even for the rappers themselves it's a fantasy; most of them can't even afford to do the stuff they're rapping about.


Operation: Lollipop...Huh?

By now some of you have read about "Operation: Lollipop", in which white male trolls from some ratchest-ass website for MRAs and PUAs posed as several women and started creating havoc in feminist circles.  Okay...LaQueeta Jones flashback.

What had me raising my eyebrow, though, was that many of them posed as "sassy" black women.
Though pretending to be a woman to harass other women is troubling enough, even more worrisome is the coordinated attack against Black women. The men of “Operation: Lollipop” that have assumed identities—some even of “sassy” Black women—show they don’t just hate women, but are particularly disturbed and loathsome of empowered, outspoken Black women.

Thankfully, Black women on Twitter are undeterred by this latest assault, fighting back vigorously while vowing to continuing to build diverse coalitions that will affect change
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To give y'all some perspective, while browsing the comments on Clutch Magazine, the first line of this one jumped right out at me:

Exactly.  How the hell did black women get caught in this crossfire?  Like, when I think of MRA- and PUA-type guys, I think of hordes of Elliot Rodgers sitting at their computers all day bitching at the fact that the hot blondes they want don't want them back.  And when that gets old, the really creepy ones start talking about exploiting going to countries like Thailand to find a wife.