For Black History Month we want to enlighten you on things you may not know and give you a sense of pride. We start off with Toussaint L’Ouverture. I am sure when you read your history book in school you have heard of the mighty Napoleon Bonaparte did you know the French leader was defeated and ran out of Haiti by Toussaint L’Ouverture was a former slave? That’s right Haiti who is poverty ridden now is a country founded by free slaves rising up against their oppressors and throwing them out. As an American you normally align Haiti with poverty and voodoo but the island nation is a beacon of hope of what can happen when you stick together and belive in your self-worth. L’Ouverture was betrayed by Bonaparte when he came to the negotiation table for Haiti’s independence and was taken into custody by the French and later died but what he set into motion not only gave Haiti its birth as a free country but also was the catalyst for the Louisiana Purchase. Read up on L”Ouverture here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toussaint_Louverture and tell us what you think about the Slave turned revolutionary in the comments or @mediamyxx @akireshenri and please learn YOUR history it’s not in book you read in school.
In celebration of Black History Month we will do a weekly history post on what blacks have brought to the table and talk about what we need to push us forward . We also will feature opinion pieces of the state of the black union. If you have something you want featured on the blog hit us in comments, on twitter (@mediamyxx @akireshenri) or in our email mediamyxx.gmail.com. It’s great to reflect on our amazing path but our future is what I am interested in , also if you are black and outside the US we want to hear your history and stories again just hit us up and let us know.
The day is finally here Red Tails the movie based on the mighty Tuskegee Airmen arrives in studios today and we are asking all to go see this movie. George Lucas of Star Wars and Indiana Jones fame took 40 years to get this movie made and now is the time to support the effort. Make sure you check your ticket stubs to reflect the movie and hit us on twitter , send us pictures of your stubs and let us know your opinion on the movie. We will have our first movie review this week of the movie. Follow us @mediamyxx and @akireshenri
As many across the US and the World reflect in honor of Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr we here at Mediamyxx would like to ask what do you think Dr. King would think about the state of the world today. While we don’t have white only restaurants, stores and dogs attacking blacks when they fellowship racism is just as alive today as it was then. When I was in junior high a mentor of mine told me desegregation in schools was the worst thing to ever happen. When he was in school they didn’t have a portion of the books, computers , or technology but they had teachers that loved them, believed in them, disciplined them and more importantly taught the values it took to survive. I thought of that statement again as I watched the Marva Collins story who took those same values to make sure children that were not being educated in overcrowded public schools found solace in her school no matter their economic background. We live in a state of denial where roses are red, violets are blue, and equality is a reality. Blacks, Hispanics, Asians and women are all treated fairly and the dish ran away with the spoon. What Dr King saw on the mountain top visually has come to pass, but the mindset is pretty much the same. I am reminded of this as I watch the hilarious yet spot on “Shit white girls say to black girls” video making the rounds on the internet and despite the progress we made we still do not view each other on equal playing fields. I related to so many of the quips particularly the , you are so smart and articulate remark. As a grown woman I am still hit with that one when dealing with non blacks. The new age bashing of Black women is our apparent inability to marry. Countless books, tv specials and male celebrity books all marketed to have black women lower our standards, self-esteem and play down your education and viola, your frog prince is on the way. Today is more than just a day off, it’s a day we can really take stock in where we want to go as the new century continues to progress. The world is becoming smaller, the long-term Super Powers are starting to lose their glare. It’s time to take the mountain top global and give Dr. King and Coretta the realization of his dream as he looks down from heaven.
We previously featured the previews for the upcoming movie Red Tails that is coming out January 20th. The cast of the film is on the promo trail and it landed at Tuskegee University to give a screening to the students at the school. I am happy to see a HBCU get the love in a time when you are lead to believe there is no need for them, however back on topic cast members Tristan Wilds and Elijah Kelly join in and learn popular dance “The Wobble”. Watch the video here and please go support this movie:
I litteraly jumped out of my seat when I saw the previews to this movie please join me in excitement for the upcoming Lucasfilms produced Red Tails . The movie is based off the story of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen as they fought bravely for our country during WWII despite blatant racism. Please watch these reviews and more importantly go see the movie.