Posts Tagged ‘Roots’


For the 4 nights, the History Channel has been showing the revamped and still traditional version of Roots. The still saga of Alex Haley’s novel that has been read by generations of folks. If you are so way younger than me, you might not know what I’m talking about. Go to the library, or Amazon, or B&N Bookstore to get the book. Oh while you’re at it, buy the DVD’s.

For the four nights, we’ve seen all four parts of this thing, and even though that this wasn’t the original that came out after the year of my birth, the story of parallels with Kunta Kinte, Kizzy, Chicken George and others had not left. Us older cats we know the story like clockwork. Many of us can relate in some sort of way of the heartbreak of slavery, being separated from families, and being shackled, branded, whipped, controlled and many other horrible actions. We already know. But some of us, needed a constant reminder that these words of “The Struggle Continues”.  Does that ring a bell?

Now there are those had to argue that this reboot is not necessary. No need for it. But then again there are those feel is necessary because when the original came out, you millennials weren’t born! Sorry to say it. But now since you’ve gotten your firepower and advice from us proud Generation X Folks, you also have to be advised of this stuff is.  Some of you probably got the message. But others, have you?

I really hope that this “Roots Reboot” or the second format has you on your thinking skills that it’s not all glamour and glitzy. Many of our people had through pain and discomfort and split up from the ashes. This is no romance novel! This is a lesson that probably needed to be retold to every generation of black folks. Like what our grandparents and your great great greats have done for years! Don’t trip on this.

Now I know that many don’t like the reboot. Particularly one individual in mind: Snoop Dogg. Don’t get me wrong, I may like some of his swagger, and his younger cousin Sasha Banks is a great Women’s Wrestler, but here is one thing I have to say that his “opinionated commentary”, was for the birds.

Look here, you got a guy here had females with dog collars on for a show, blunts, gang past, making porn for flicks, oh don’t forget that when Pac and Suge Knight were examined after Las Vegas, everyone was like 20 years ago: Snoop better watch himself! This was way after Death Row records was very examined. Even after Tupac’s death.

But his recent rant is about the Roots reboot, and making a statement of protest. And some are saying that he’s thinking what everyone is thinking. All over Facebook and Social Media, I see this alot: WE’RE TIRED OF SLAVE MOVIES!!!!

CALLOUT: I need to ask and excuse my French: Who in the hell is WE?!! WE Who?!

I’m not on this so called “we” bandwagon here.

And alot of folks went after Roland Martin the way he after Snoop. If you missed what he said, go on his Twitter Time Line, or his Facebook Page. And folks called him a Coon. Wow black folks. I think the reason being, because Roland told the truth. Speaking of that, check this. Please check this!

 

In the words of Homer Simpson: “And that is that.”

Or was it? Some of the critics had to pop off at the mouth. Again!

And all the folks kept talking about these Hidden Colors movies that came out. Personally, I have not seen not one Hidden Colors movie documentary or whatever you call it. From what I’ve heard, it supposed to be this real truth documentary about what the history books or religion, or historical aspects didn’t tell you growing up. Are there other Black documentaries that tell you that?

Everybody on Facebook and Instagram or Twitter  is like: “watch Hidden Colors!” Or “Hidden Colors is the truth!”

Really?

If Hidden Colors is supposed to be this “truth of black viewpoints”, and if so vital, who funds the movie rights? Who funds “Hidden Colors” to be this “truth teller?”  And if “Hidden Colors is so cool right now, where I can I find it on Cable or Satellite? Like IFC? or some Independent Channel? Or matter of fact, has the AMC or Marcus Theaters, Black Owned Theaters, or a Budget Theater ever have SHOWN “Hidden Colors?” Don’t worry I’ll wait! Bring it.

The way folks parading around Hidden Colors online like a mean switch off the tree. That to me is like I’m being forced to watch it. Don’t call me a hater! For all you “Hidden Colors” fanatics that thrive on the flicks, I have an open REAL challenge for you: Provide me a CLEAR, CONCISE, and REAL SUMMARY about why I should watch it. Don’t give all the ghetto/slang opinionated thoughts! I’m too grown for that. Be real about it. Beat by beat. That is your homework assignment!

Everybody in the Black Community is saying like:

We are tired of slave movies!

I don’t hear the Jewish folks saying they are tired of the Holocaust. What do they say? Never forget. Sound familiar? I don’t hear none of our Chinese brothers and sisters hollering at what happened in June of 1989. Let me paint a picture for this: Tiananmen Square. Remember that? When that protest happened, and that one dude got ran over by a tank in Beijing? Hmm…….no complaints about that being forgotten. Everyone else has had problems with some sort of human erradication has never forgotten the pain nor feeling about the incidents. Even though it has not happened to them per se.

But when it come to our Black Concerns of Slavery or Black Dilemma, we’ve been told to forget about it. Get over it. Or in this case with Snoop: “F-Roots!” “F-Slavery!” “We need to show the positive stuff of what is going on with our people now!” I hate to say with all due resepct to Calvin Broadus, although it’s vital we need to show our black folks all the positive stories, WE SHOULD NEVER FORGET WHAT GOT US HERE! EVEN if it’s lynchings, slavery, racism, sexism or many other isms that is indeed slavery related! Paritially in the mini series, there were some Africans that did captured the folks and put them on the ships. Bet folks didn’t see that.

Again: same slogan of complaint, “We are tired of slave movies!” Guess what I’m tired of? Let me count the ways.

  • I’m tired of folks whom look like me being the enemy.
  • I’m tired of black women at times saying that all black men at Sh…..You know I don’t use that word.
  • I’m tired of all the whining that most are getting out of Milwaukee because of the violence, but knowning that VIOLENCE IS EVERYWHERE!
  • And I’m definintely tired of the whining of those who keep voting up for the candidate of choice and complain!
  • I’m tired of folks especially telling black men to go to the Doctor! WE KNOW!
  • I’m tired of those who feel to have this “High School Attitude” that they think they are still fresh like high school. Won’t work honey!
  • I’m tired of the Extroverted folks ALWAYS getting on the case of the Introverted being quiet. And having to apologize for it.
  • I’m tired of white folks telling black folks to “get over it.” When the talk of slavery happens. WHY?
  • I’m tired of the almost 70% black women that are still single with a mean streak of saying there are no good black men.
  • I’m tired of folks telling black folks that we aren’t enough. WE ARE ENOUGH!
  • I’m tired of folks who pass up their lineage of history. Family History. Am I right black folks? We do it to ourselves sometimes!
  • I’m tired of companies passing up applicants whom got all the credentials the right way, then hired the young hot chick or dude with NO EXPERIENCE!
  • I’m tired of companies who don’t accept new talent but make it harder for those to apply!
  • I’m tired of companies that don’t retain as much for seasoned vets that wants to learn and become viable! Like learning new technology over 40 without being kicked off.
  • I’m tired of companies judging folks because of their credit reports!
  • I’m tired of these job developers telling folks “you better not come back here if you can’t find a job” like 2004. Remember that Milwaukee Urban League?!
  • I’m tired that single folks are getting the shock treatment of pressured being married.
  • I’m tired of the old school traditional folks, thinking that distance education doesn’t work. It worked for me!
  • I’m tired of looking at all the bad stats about Milwaukee on Facebook. Um, what is the solution?! I’ll wait!
  • I’m tired of folks who don’t vote.
  • I’m tired of Scott Walker and the republicans coming up with all these stupid laws to get us afraid.
  • I’m tired of companies that don’t hire, or train, or retain African-American workers.
  • I’m tired of the folks saying the chruch is full of hyprocrites. Have you checked your hangouts and jobs for hyprocrites? They got them too!
  • I’m tired of all these Carjackings in Milwaukee now. Everytime I hear about these stories, reminds me of my late cousin Adrian Drew being killed all over again!
  • I’m tired of these Animal Activists praising the memory of Harambe the Gorilla, but not the child that was not harmed.
  • I’m tired of all the talk and no bark!
  • I’m tired of all this stuff that single folks are lonely. We’re not!
  • I’m tired of phone numbers calling you and they are scamming your money!
  • I’m tired of folks whom should feel about looking at the movies that it’s all flashy.
  • I’m tired of all the mess that our schools/colleges are getting into.
  • I’m tired of all the mess that churches have to deal with. And I’m not talking about the what goes on the inside!
  • I’m tired of those who think that Black Lives Matter is a farce.
  • I’m tired of fake memes on social media that makes no sense. I went there!
  • I’m tired of all the mess that neighborhoods and cities that must deal with violence and break ins!
  • I’m tired what I can’t watch and read in my own home, but I’ll do it anyway.
  • I’m tired of collection agencies harrasing folks for money.
  • I’m tired of family members putting you down and thinking you’re sensitive!
  • And the lasting thing I’m tired of: no love for ourselves. Yeah I said it!

That is what I’m tired of!

Even the devil getting busy in our minds to corrupt our communites!

Shall I go on?

Like my mother used to say I’ll give you something to cry about! Many are tired of all the slave movies. But I’m tired too. Of something else. Learn that, Snoop fans.

Folks have been saying also: what about the movies before slavery? You all better get onboard. I’ll bet many have been saying that for a long time. Which is nothing new. And I’ll bet there is a director, or producer, or writer that is somewhat is getting ideas to write about someone from that era that was before slavery. So is this will make thousands happy? Or in this case, will this be satisfied? Or better yet will all those whom are VERY CONSCIOUS will finally put their MONEY where their mouths are to support?

I got five words for that: Put up or Shut up!

Got it?

Fa’ Shizzle!

 

 


 

Most have already are waiting to see Django Unchained which comes out on Christmas Day. I’m looking forward to see what else Quentin Tarantino has up his sleeve in terms of the “spaghetti western” action stuff he’s been making waves on. Yep. The Kill Bill movies were a classic with gore, but with Django, might be a different story. What does Django Unchained have to do with a legendary classic like Alex Haley’s Roots? In terms of Black History and facing issues that were still talking about? Again, I’ll wait until Christmas.

I want to tell every single American in this country this. If you haven’t  seen any of the Miniseries of Roots, it’s time to go the stores or the Amazons to get that series NOW! If you haven’t heard of Roots (not the music group The Roots) but ROOTS, you better pay attention. Not just because it’s a black movie. Actually, it does have a message in terms of struggle, sacrifice and also viewing a bad memory that continues to get exposure and talked about: Slavery. And also Struggle and  discrimination. If you have BET on your Cable or Satellite feeds, by now, you have been watching the mini series just now. If you’re on Twitter and tweeted about Roots and haven’t seen it, get on board. Right now. Ignore what the “critics” or the so-called comment tweets that have been blowing up, they don’t speak interests. What does speak interest is about the common issues that are really current even in the era of having a Black President. Yes, from the era of Kunta Kinte to the Chicken Georges, the New Generations of Roots Series’, and also the Queen movie, plus Mama Flora’s Family. There were parts of discrimination, being enslaved, blacks being called N****r alot from their white slave masters, lynchings and hangings, having them to showing their papers for proof (what does that remind you of, somethings like ID’s to vote perhaps? Or making folks forking over papers to see if they are “American?” I went there) black slave traders in working for the white slave masters, being able to see freedom after Lincoln, forcing their name changes to reflect civilized, and many other confronting issues of maintaining their stance of being black in America while facing continuously with the racism and having a barrier of injustice in which most civil rights leaders fought and busted down doors in which we, the black community must still continue to do!

Now why did I put “still continue to do?” Look around. I know the words, and sentences that might ring out, “oh we have a Black President now”, and this is on? I wouldn’t be surprised if President Obama would see this along with everyone else in the country. Even though that Roots is on during the Holiday Season, that doesn’t matter. What does matter that the issue of race in America is still an on-going topic. Now here is a question: What do Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Alex Haley’s Roots Series have in common? One story has a time setting in England in a fictional sense in which a old miser like Ebenezer Scrooge who never gave a care about those around him except his job, and had a reality check about his ways in order to change. The other was based on real events beginning in Africa and having the lives changed through oppression, discrimination and extortion. Plus, there was a reality check about lessons learned.  Also, in Roots, the late Alex Haley summarized that his predecessors who were brought here were slaves but also were at the beginning cusp of the Underground Railroad. And guess which well known holiday that occurred? Christmas Day.  Don’t believe me, go get the miniseries. Now I know why BET is showing this around the holiday. Not because of Django. Or if those weren’t so busy tweeting negativity on Twitter so much, maybe those should stop TWEETING negativity so in order to watch the darn series. The Generation before me get this. My Generation X folks should and better understand. But those now, who are messed up or those that think they know it all in a sense per say, better get on board! Stop the slouching pants and the Bands that make her dance stuff and get with the program. Stop saying that Black History Month is racist, or filled with this oppression or propaganda of 28 days in Februrary (sometimes 29 days) and really channel in what is this thing is supposed to be about. And many others including of the cant’s, wont’s and unable talks because our people (black folks, or African-Americans) have fought so hard and endured too many! And we, African-Americans better stop of being lost of who we are and what we should be! That’s right I said it. Even to those born after 1990. I see your game, but are you really playing it based on the history? If we can get crunk on TI’s new joint, why not get crunk on the history of our own people? I’m just saying. Crunk that!

Of all the things that are on BET right now, I’m glad that Roots is being shown on the channel. Yeah, after the Miniseries goes off, some of us will go back watching the Real Housewives of Atlanta or some other reality shows that most will find “trashful”. Or worrying about Lil’ Wayne’s new single, or when Psy might to the Gangham Style Dance on 106 & Park with Bow Wow,  or how many awards would 2 Chainz get in order to be the greatest since 2pac. Or voicing the liberties on Facebook in a private politics group. Or……. you get the idea. Yeah, America is a great nation. BUT…like the old saying goes. You never know were you’re going (and I say this to all folks)  until you know where you have been.  So yeah, Django Unchained is coming out. No doubt about it. Nothing against Jamie Foxx , Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, nor Kerry Washington. I like them all as actors blowing up in the game. And unlike Spike Lee, nothing against Quentin Tarantino doing his thing.  One more thing, about this beef between Spike and Quentin, this has been shown before, so it’s nothing new. But before that, review Roots first! Either on TV or the DVD’s. Like T.J. Holmes says: “You can go to bed now. But don’t sleep!”