The ladies over at What About Our Daughters slay me. And more importantly, they do it while shedding light on an underreported subject: African American women and girls. You know how Nancy Grace loves to devote hours of airtime to missing (white) girls and children? Did you know she does it while completely ignoring women of color who have gone missing? Well, WAOD blows the trumpet on injustice regularly. And they still manage to maintain their humor. They pretty much hit the nail on the head as to why I wouldn't watch CNN's 'Black in America' special even if I had cable:
Will Black women be misrepresented yet again? Will CNN try to pull an ESSENCE and depress the heck out of us all or try to prey on our paranoia? Will they scratch beneath the surface and go further than the epidermis or will we just hear the same pablum regurgitated in the tradition of NBC New's African American Women Where they Stand also known as "Black women it sucks to be you!" Or are Black people inherently difficult to please and all other networks should avoid trying to tell Black folks who they are? Man I miss Ed Bradley. Now HE would have put together a heck of a series on Black people and not just rehashed and reheated the panels from Tavis Smiley's State of the Black Folk's Union presented by Exxon Mobil, McDonald's and Rudy Ray's Rib Shack and Waffles.Seriously (also, Rudy Ray's Rib Shack and Waffles? *dead*). Because CNN ruins everything, it was inevitable that they'd do their best to ruin blackness. And as I've said time and time again, as there are no blacks who are also women, it's sure to have lots of hand-wringing about the endangered species: black men. If you catch it, let me know how awful it is. I refuse to subject myself to it (no matter how many chain e-mail messages I get from black people reminding me to WATCH CNN'S BLACK IN AMERICA SPECIAL TONIGHT). I don't care how cool Soledad O'Brien is, either. Bah.