(Songstress: Jazmine Sullivan)
Remember when RnB was funky and made you want to get down? Jazmine Sullivan takes us back with her Missy Elliot-produced single, "Holdin' You Down (Goin' In Circles)."
Peep the homage to House Party toward the end.
1. I liked the idea of someone rejecting a social label and insisting upon defining himself.I talked a little bit about this before when discussing the Pashtuns from Afghanistan, whose sexual identities baffled American soldiers. There seems to be this idea among various peoples of color that gayness is a white thing, that it was forced upon slaves by their perverted white masters and it spread among African peoples like a disease.
2. I also understood his rejection to be coming from a place of deep and abiding shame: People of color can be some of the most homophobic people on the planet and I can completely understand a black man refusing to identify in a way that would alienate him from his tribe.
3. He not only perceived gayness as weak and unmanly, but he also perceived it as un-black.
Mehlman's crimes against his own people are motherfucking LEGION....We can be sure that GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans are positively drooling over the prospect of welcoming Mehlman onto their boards of directors. VOMIT.
I want to hear from Ken that he is sorry for being the architect of the 2004 Bush reelection campaign. I want to hear from Ken that he is sorry for his role in developing strategy that resulted in George W. Bush threatening to veto ENDA or any bill containing hate crimes laws. I want to hear from Ken that he is sorry for the pressing of two Federal Marriage Amendments as political tools. I want to hear from Ken that he is sorry for developing the 72-hour strategy, using homophobic churches to become political arms of the GOP before Election Day. And those state marriage amendments. I want to hear him apologize for every one of those, too.
And then there is one other little thing. You see, while you and I had the horrible feelings of being treated so poorly by our President, while teens were receiving the messaging 'gay is bad' giving them 'permission' to gay bash, while our rights were being stripped away state by state, Ken was out there laughing all the way to the bank. So, if Ken is really sorry, and he very well may be, then all he needs to do is sell his condo and donate the funds to the causes he worked against so hard for all those years. He's done a lot of damage to a lot of organizations, while making a lot of money. A LOT of money. It's time to put his money where his mouth is. Ken Mehlman is sitting in a $3,770,000.00 (that's $3.77 million) condo in Chelsea while we have lost our right to marry in almost 40 states.
THEN, and only then, should Mehlman be welcomed into our community.
I can't change the fact that I wasn't in this place personally when I was in politics, and I genuinely regret that. It was very hard, personally.
(Translation: Do you know how much fucking money I made by selling you dykes, fags and trannies down the river for the Bush administration? Shit! And all I had to do was keep my dick-riding activities on the hush? That was a small price to pay. And you activist bitches wanted mess with my money because of some tired fucking principles? Fuck you!)