TWiB! - Black Truths

My mother is very light skinned.

Upon glancing at my own complexion, you might not guess that I am the offspring of such a light-skinned black woman. If Harry Reid had met her at the right time he might have tried to get her to run for office. (Dead horse? Still-a-beating.) My mother really doesn't have any traces of a Negro dialect (We all know what he meant) although, on occasion, I'll hear her try to replicate one and it's tremendously funny. She sounds pretty much exactly the same as she does normally, but when she's getting "Black" she'll add a "girl" or "chile" to the mix. There was an incident when I was child when my mom was forced to curse someone out and she started her diatribe with "You sir, are an asshole." Hilarity and amazingly placed F words ensued.

Joyce Elaine White is a handful and has very strong opinions. Such strong opinions I took them to be facts.

Facts about Blackness.

I remember one particular trip to the barbershop when I was nine years old. My mom explained to the barber what style she thought would be best suited for her young Nubian prince (Yes. She absolutely, with zero hint of sarcasm, referred to me as that.) The barber upon examining my hair said "Aww, he got that good hair." My mother didn't respond at all. After we left the barbershop she pulled me aside and explained to me, in no uncertain terms, that the barber, who I thought had complimented me, was terribly misguided. She wanted me to know that there wasn't any such thing as "good hair." What he meant was that my hair was closer to straight, more like my White teachers at school. "This does not make your hair 'better' than people with curlier hair. That's how Black people's hair is naturally."

And that was that.

I didn't consider the concept again for years. Joyce Elaine White's explanation as to why the barber had said what he said and then why he was wrong made perfect sense. As an adult, when I found out that people still classified types of hair like that, and used it in order to put others or themselves down, I was dumbfounded. Its the '00s and people are still conforming to such antiquated thought processes? Next thing you know someone will come along and tell me that I "talk White" or something.

And it has happened. Numerous times.

I've heard it from Blacks, Whites, Asians, and Hispanics. I sound "White." When pressed on what they mean by such a statement I've heard every thing from "Black people don't talk like that" to "No, no, no, I'm just sayin' you sound smart."

It's the 21st century, folks.

I'm always shaking my head and gasping at what I deem to be an incredible amount of ignorance shown when categorizing folks. I judge because I'm constantly pondering "who thinks like this? Who still doesn't know that these ideas are not okay?" Hence the idea behind me writing "13 Black Truths." In an attempt to create a conversation (and also to head off any super-ignorant shit people might think it reasonable to say to me) I've compiled thirteen things that I sort of take for granted as being widely accepted and yet, in the year 2010, they still cause debate. The latest This Week in Blackness (Mini Edition) lays them out.

TWiB! Season 3 - Ep#5 "Whites Only B-Ball? Unlimited Corporate Spending? Both Reasonable."

I'm tired.

And no, it's not because my neighbors think it a GRAND idea to pace right over my bedroom at 3 a.m. in the morning. (Note: If my neighbors happen to be reading this, I do request that you stop. I own a samurai sword. #Truestory) I'm tired because there's only but so much outrage I can have in a 7 day period. I know, I know; I'm a black male and its a well-known fact that we are terribly angry and quite scary. (Grrrrrr! See? You were terrified.) With the myriad of ridiculousness going on in American politics and race, it's at the point that I can't even muster the energy to scare White women on the NYC Subway.

And really, what type of life is that to live?

So far this year I've barely made it to 10 a.m. EST each day before I have a mild conniption. If the morning news shows happen to fail me in causing a daily panic (forget what they're reporting on, just their ineptitude in the actual reporting is enough to raise my blood pressure) I am sure to receive a "Tweet" quoting some idiot in a position of influence that is guaranteed to have me muttering to myself. (Yes, muttering IS an attractive quality in a what I tell myself.) By the time the end of the week occurs I'm in some sort of rageless catatonic state; I'm able to converse with people, but it's probably way more about brunch (I really like brunch) than anything of substance. I'll occasionally have someone email toward the end of my 7 day indignance wear-down cycle with something completely rageworthy and I have little to offer. No snarky commentary. No camaraderie in our FIGHT against the powers that be...stupid. I just gloss over it and hope that I get another chance to see it when I've had my "Oh, Hell naw..." tanks refilled.

There's a saying: "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." Well, what if you were paying attention. So much so that you've plum run out of that outrage we were just talking about. Is there a Walmart for outrage? Somewhere I can pick up a huge 50-pack of "pissed off" to supplement my own naturally occurring anger? Perhaps I need to see a doctor on the matter. Otherwise I might be seen as someone who enjoys rants on Haiti's pact with the devil simply because I didn't throw a punch at my laptop when i saw the Robertson clip.

Luckily "This Week in Blackness" is written and shot toward the beginning of my cycle. Take a look and enjoy.

TWiB! Season 3 - Ep#4 - "Obama's USA...Still Can't have a Reasonable Conversation on Race..."

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The Brooklyn Comedy Company Proudly Presents Season 3, Episode 4 of "This Week in Blackness." On MLK Day, MSNBC had a discussion on race and host Elon James White did not want to miss it. He might have wished he missed it AFTERWARDS, but before hand? Really didn't want to miss it...

TWiB! Season 3 Ep#2 - "...on the word NEGRO."

The Brooklyn Comedy Company proudly presents the 2nd installment in season 3 of "This Week in Blackness." Host Elon James White (NewsOne, VH1, NPR) continues the new year with the brand new conversation over the word "Negro." With Harry Reid dropping it in closed door conversations and it appearing on the 2010 census. Is the word NEGRO back to its full glory? Watch one Guys take on it...

TWiB! Season 3 - Ep#1 - Keeping it Steele, son.

In the brand new season premiere of This Week in Blackness, Elon James White (VH1, NPR, Hufffington Post) comes back to start of 2010 gearing up for Republican National Chairman Michael Steele's New Book "Right Now: A 12 Step Program to defeat the Obama agenda." Plus White puts up a few theories on how to best explain Mr. Steele...

TWiB! Season 2 Ep#3 - This Week in White People F'ing up.

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In Episode 3 of the 2nd Season of "This Week in Blackness" Brooklyn Comedy Company's Elon James White discusses the Sarah Palin's sudden departure from politics and a possible new Black charismatic GOP Presidential hopeful.

TWiB! Season 2 Ep#2 - BET doesn't Care About Black People

If you were paying any attention to the "This Week in Blackness" Live Blog you realize that we here at "TWiB!" We'rent exactly in love with the 2009 BET Awards. Well, if anything can get Elon off his ass to shoot another episode it would HAVE to be this. The Brooklyn Comedy Company is proud to present episode 2 of season 2 of "This Week in Blackness." Enjoy.

(Any subscriptions and ratings of the video would be So appreciated - Since, well, we won't be seeing this on BET anytime soon hehe, I will be a starving artist FOREVER)

Tonight - LIVE BLOG of the BET Awards 2009.

Hey folks,

Tonight BET drops the BET Awards 2009 and...well...I'm betting theres going to be a lot going on. I a person who can just sit by when something may, in fact, call for great amounts of sarcasm. Please join us at This Week In Blackness 's live coverage (Starting @7:45pm) of the awards with Bassey Ikpi (HBO's Def Poetry Jam) and myself Elon  James White (VH1, Huffington Post).

It's "Black Star Power" Vs. "Black Snark Power." Sit back and enjoy!