Archive | February 2010

Venus Williams Struggles To Win The Mexican Open, She Collects Her 43rd WTA Tour Title.

Last night, Venus Williams won the Mexican Open  defeating the number sixtieth ranked Polona Hercog of Slovenia 2-6 6-2 -6-3.

However, clay is Venus worst surface, and she struggled she was pushed to three sets this week against   low ranked opponents. Venus is too talented to have to fight show so hard against these lightweights. Maybe Venus is getting old? Venus turns thirty in June and maybe her time is running out to win an eighth grand slam title?

For instance, Venus almost lost her quarterfinal match to Laura Pois Tio, she is the number 399 ranked player in the world.  Venus was down 1-5 in the final set before pulling out a 7-5 victory in the third set.

The Mexican Open is a tier three event, but Venus earned her 43rd WTA Tour title.

The Underachievers In Men’s Tennis Since 1990.

1. Marcelo Rios

2. David Nalbandian

3. Nikolay Davydenko

4. Andy Roddick

5. Novak Djokovic

6. Andy Murray

7. Petr Korda

8. Thomas Muster

9. Michael Chang

10. James Blake

Did Joannie Rochette of Canada Win The Bronze Medal Due To Nationalism, Racism, Pity, & Politics?

Yu-Na Kim of South Korea earned her gold medal. Her free skate was excellent, flawless, and wonderful. Kim is the Olympic champion, and the judges got that result right.

However, some critics on the Internet are suggesting that the judges are racists and they did not want an Asian female sweep of the Olympic medals in figure skating. I agree with this cogent assessment.

Since Joannie Rochette is a white Canadian woman, the judges made sure a white female slipped into third place to prevent an Asian sweep.

Can you imagine the faces of the white Canadian public if Kim, Mao Asada, and Miki Ando won all the Olympic medals in figure skating?

Does anyone  honestly think the white figure skating judges would allow Asian women to sweep the  medals? Can you imagine the outcry?

There is a subversive issue of racism here that needs to be explored. Black feminist bell hooks reminds us in her incendiary work  that “race matters”, and in women’s figure skating, “racism” was on full display last night.

It is obvious that the white women are not dominating  women’s figure skating anymore. The Asian women have taken over.

The Japanese women and the Korean woman, Kim, are the best female skaters in the world. They have the artistry, jumps, athleticism, and spins.

However,  the silver medallist Asada and Rochette did not skate perfectly. American Mirai Nagasu’s free skate was excellent. The  judges decided her skate was fourth best. Is this really fair? How can the general public take figure skating seriously when politics influences skating results?

Ando was robbed! She is the sexiest woman in figure skating, and she was treated very harshly by these judges.

I thought Ando of Japan deserved the silver medal. I saw her short program and I was shocked at the low marks she received. I also watched Ando’s free skate and she was excellent, yet she ends up in fifth place. Give me a break!

Ando is a graceful, talented, and beautiful skater, yet due to politics she was knocked off of the podium. I know very few people will defend Ando, but I feel I have to.

If  Rochette had skated a clean long program with no errors, then there would be nothing to dispute. But Rochette’s free skate was terrible; she was very sloppy, and her skating was not refined.

I think there are a couple of reasons why Rochette won the bronze medal.

First, obvious reason is that because Rochette’s mother died a few days ago, this clearly influenced the decision of the judges. Rochette won her medal due to pity and politics and that’s disgusting!

Secondly, Rochette won the bronze medal because the Winter Olympic Games are  in Canada. Rochette had an advantage over the other skaters because she is Canadian. To deny this would be lying.

The politics of nationalism are an important theme to the Rochette controversy. Rochette also played with the emotions of the Canadian public; she wanted the public to have sympathy and empathy for her.

Let’s be honest here. How do you criticize a young woman when her mother just died a few days ago? Maybe, Rochette’s dead mother deserves some credit for allowing her daughter to win a medal as well.

How can the Canadian media be objective without appearing insensitive?

Rochette’s sob story was perfect; she was in the right place at the right time.

The Canadian media don’t care about Rochette. All they care about is that Rochette won a medal to add to Canada’s medal count.

Canada has changed, and the aggressive attitude of the hostile Canadian media is just perfidious.

The truth is that when the Olympic Games take place in the home country of an athlete, this can sometimes have an influence on the figure-skating judges.

The Canadian crowd, of course, was on Rochette’s side. If the judges had not given Rochette a medal, the Canadian people would have been furious.

Is this what sport is about–feeling sorry for an athlete because of tragic circumstances?

Figure skating is a problematic sport because it is subjective. The results are based on other people’s opinions about a skater.

Thirdly, Rochette turned on the water works right after her short program.   A figure skater’s reaction after a performance is very important, and this can influence the judges.

After the short program, Rochette’s  tears worked to her advantage. Rochette wanted the judges to feel her pain and this obviously influenced the biased judging results.

Yes, it is very tragic that Rochette’s mother died, but this is the Winter Olympics. Rochette’s sad story was the feel-good sob story, and the television networks utilized this to garner television ratings.

Rochette’s tragedy allowed her to win the bronze medal. I believe it is very sad that Rochette’s mother is dead. However, I believe it is abhorrent that Ando and Nagasu were robbed!

Can  anyone imagine what would have happened if Rochette did not win a medal? I felt nauseated as the media  reiterated that Rochette’s mother died a million times during the CTV and NBC television broadcasts.

Yes, Rochette’s mother is dead, but figure skating is a sport. All the female figure skaters work hard, and they train for years for Olympic glory.

The Canadian media would be screaming at the top of their lungs if Rochette did not win a medal. The Canadian press should be screaming that Rochette won a bronze medal due to pity and politics.

Rochette did not earn this medal. This is a gross injustice and it discredits the sport of figure skating!

For example, after the short program both Rochette and Ando skated their programs and I thought Ando’s program was superior. Meanwhile, the judges give Rochette 71.36 points and Ando was well behind her with 64.76 points.

Ando’s face after the short program was priceless. She was shocked and she had every right to feel humiliated. Of course, Ando cannot criticize Rochette in the media because the press would rip her to shreds.

The bias for Rochette is pernicious and deleterious, and it is not fair to the other skaters.

The results of the competition just prove once again that opinions are more important than the facts in figure skating. Rochette utilized her tragedy to her  advantage and it is pathetic that the judges could not see through this.

Can The Haters Get A Life & Leave Whitney Houston Alone?

Whitney Houston has received negative reviews from some Australian fans after her performance in Brisbane. However, I also read some Australian newspapers and some  fans in Sydney Australia  fans say her singing was  solid.

Whitney was the first modern black female pop star to crossover and become a superstar. Now some people say Diana Ross achieved this before Houston but I disagree. Ross was successful in the Supremes but she had moderate success as a solo artist. Houston’s debut album was huge in the mid 1980s. Houston was popular in the African American community, mainstream America, and across the world. Houston opened the door for Beyonce, Rihanna, Mary J Blige, and Janet Jackson.

I am tired of the  haters picking on Whitney Houston.

Houston is a recovering drug addict, and it is obvious some fans don’t understand how serious drug addiction is.  Whitney is giving 110%, but  the drugs has affected her vocal cords. The jazz singer Billie Holiday  was a drug addict but I doubt Holiday received this kind of scorn and hatred.

Whitney is trying her best. Some people need to get a life I am serious! If people think Whitney is going to sound like she did twenty years ago when she was young they will be very disappointed. I feel sorry for the people that actually think Whitney can belt out “I Will Always Love You” and hit the high notes. Some fans need to return to the real world those days are over.

Whitney’s voice is lower and more husky because she is a smoker. Whitney is forty-six years old, she is healthy, but she is also a mature woman. Whitney’s voice was going to change anyway.

She is trying her best people need to lay off Whitney and let girlfriend sing!

Why Are First Wave Black Feminists Invisible?

Mainstream white feminism presents the image that Betty Friedan she is the leader of the modern feminist movement. Friedan”s 1963 book

“The Feminine Mystique”, ,is an  important historical document because she was presenting the fact that white middle class heterosexual women felt imprisoned in the home.

However, Friedan was also a homophobe, she said that lesbianism was  “the lavender menace”.  However, Friedan work obscured difference and ignored the issues of race and class.

Since the days of slavery in America, black women always had to work to support their families they did not have the luxury of being stay at home moms. In fact, the white middle class women Friedan’s book focuses on ignores the fact black women cleaned their houses and raised their children.

“The Feminine Mystique”, is a reminder of the legacy of  racism within the mainstream feminist movement against black women.

Meanwhile, the first wave black feminists tend to be ignored. For instance,  black women such as Ida B Wells Barnett she campaigned for black women’s rights. Barnett  realized that black women encounter multiple forms of oppressions in relation to their race, class, and gender. Barnett she was ahead of her time, she was a journalist and feminist. Barnett she campaigned against lynching in the United States and against the sexism of white and black men.

However, how many Women’s Studies courses talk about Ida B Wells Barnett and her work?

The Biggest Underachievers In Women’s Tennis Since 1990.

1.  Gabriela Sabatini

2. Elena Dementieva

3. Jana Novotna

4. Kim Clijsters

5.  Dinara Safina

6.Amelie Mauresmo

7. Jelena Jankovic

8. Dinara Safina

9. Svetlana Kuznetsova

10. Mary Joe Fernandez

UK Mirror Article: British, Punjabi, Stud, Jay Sean Talks About Sex & Relationships.

Jay Sean: Five minutes with a sex god

By Lyndsey Gilmour 21/02/2010

After his No1 hit Down, the Brit singer, 26, became a pin-up. He talks about his sex symbol status, keeping women happy in the sack and, er, good moisturising habits

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Have you ever had a fashion faux pas?
Once I went to a premiere and I think I was trying to be trendy by wearing this thin scarf, except it was really colourful and it looked bizarre. I hope nobody finds the photo. I’m really into fashion and don’t need people telling me what’s a trendy look because I don’t necessarily go for what’s in right now. I know skinny jeans are in fashion, but my legs will look stupid in them, so I wear things that suit me.

How vain are you?
I have a personal trainer for the gym. I mainly do weights but I run two or three times a week. It keeps you in a good mood. I’ve been cursed with fat kid syndrome, so when I go off a diet, I get fat. When I was young I was real chubby – there are pictures of me aged 17 where you wouldn’t recognise me, I had a beard that covered most of my face. I was basically big, fat and hairy!

Are you metrosexual?
I’m aware of the need to look after myself. I was in the Caribbean the other week and noticed that women look good after the age of 50 but men just get fat and bald. I use moisturiser in the day and at night I swear by The Art Of Shaving products because shaving can affect the way your skin looks. But it’s expensive.

Would you rather be complimented on your brains or your body?
In this industry, I find it refreshing when people say, ‘It’s nice to meet a pop star who is slightly intelligent.’ On that note, I’ll say body. Ha ha!

How would you rate your looks out of 10?
What would be an alright thing to say here? Eight? I’m happy. I often get complimented for my eyelashes.

What does a girl have to wear to get you going?
I have a serious thing about heels. If a girl is wearing a sexy pair of shoes, that will drive me bonkers. I’m very traditional – I’m a blokey-bloke who likes a sexy little girl to wear high, high heels. I’m not into tomboys.

How highly would your girlfriend rate you in the sack?
I think I’m pretty good actually. I’ve never had any complaints. I think if you are a giver – as long as you sort her out first – then you get no complaints. I’d say nine, but there is always room for improvement in any situation.

Ever joined the mile-high club?
No! I think that’s rubbish. I don’t want to have my arse squeezed against the toilet sink in a tiny plane. I can’t be bothered with all that.

Where is the strangest place you have done it?
There was one time I did it on a pier, it was quite nice actually – romantic, but I’m not going into details.

If you could look like another man, who would it be?
I was only thinking the other day that Rob Lowe is a good-looking bloke. He doesn’t get enough credit. Brad steals all the credit.

What’s the kinkiest bit of fan mail you’ve ever received?
I’ve had some weird things. I got a picture from a girl who had super-imposed a picture of herself next to me and then – here’s the best part – she put a baby in between us.

Have you ever had a rude dream about someone you shouldn’t have?
Sometimes I wake up in the morning and go, ‘Aaaaagh! What was I dreaming about her for?’ Like work people or girlfriends of friends – I’ve had loads like that.

What turns you on and off a girl?
A turn-on for me is a fun personality. I don’t care how fit you are, if you don’t have a nice personality I don’t care. I hate stuck-up girls.

Do you have a ‘cougar’ crush?
Salma Hayek has a great look. I guess she’s around 40. (She’s 43)

Is African Economist Dambisa Moyo’s Weave Hurting Her Message About African Emancipation From Neocolonialism?

Some Africans are very  upset that economist Dambisa Moyo is rocking a weave. Weave politics is a very important issue in the African Disapora.

Dambisa Moyo she is an intelligent, glamorous, Zambian born economist. I think it is wonderful that an African woman is speaking up about African economics and politics.

I respect Dambisa Moyo, her educational credentials cannot be disputed. Ms. Moyo is an expert on the topic of economics and that’s why I believe her book “Dead Aid” is a very important book.

Ms. Moyo’s accomplishments are very impressive, she has a doctorate degree in economics from Oxford University, she also holds a  MBA degree from Harvard. In addition, Ms. Moyo holds a MBA in finance and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from American University in Washington D.C.

For centuries, the social constructions of African womanhood has been very negative. African women have been dehumanized since slavery that they are not beautiful, sexually desirable, or feminine.

Of course, black women have challenged the racism, patriarchy, and misogyny. Black women  are beautiful, sexually desirable and feminine.

However, the discourse is,  black women must conform to whiteness in order to be palatable to the mainstream culture.

Weave politics is a very serious issue. For instance, a few years ago a white female Glamour Magazine editor criticized black women that wear the afro and other natural hair styles such as twists and braids.

Some black women have been fired from their jobs and encountered employment discrimination for not wearing weaves or getting perms to straighten their hair.

Black men we have it easy, we can just walk into a barber shop get a hair cut for twenty dollars and that’s it. For black women, hair is a controversial issue

and yes hair has an impact on the lives of black women and black families.

Some African women believe they must conform to Eurocentric standards of beauty in order to be successful in society. For instance, in the pop culture,  Tyra Banks,  Beyonce, Venus & Serena Williams, are examples of  beautiful black women yet they all wear weaves.

The question remains, why do black women wear weaves when they have their own “natural hair?”

The American pop star John Mayer’s racist and misogynist comments in Playboy Magazine about black women presents  a modern example of this  dehumanization of black women.

Mayer’s comments attempt to separate black women from their rightful place in femininity. The subliminal messages of Mayer’s comments are that white women are more feminine than black women.

Dambisa Moyo she criticizes white pop stars Madonna, Bono, and Bob Geldof as being  “white saviours”. She believes the white celebrities intentions for the African continent are  racist and not altruistic.

However, another point to consider is, isn’t Dambisa Moyo also dishonest?

Hair is an important symbol of what a person thinks of herself . A hair style is a  presentation, it is an image a person presents to the world.

However, I wonder if some of the complaints about Ms. Moyo’s weave are sexist? After all,  why are people paying close attention to Dambisa’s Moyo’s appearance? Should it matter that Dambisa Moyo wears a weave?

Ms. Moyo she wears this brown mop on her head yet it appears to me her mind is still colonized. For instance, Mary J Blige and Beyonce are hypocritical, they construct this image that they are  strong black women yet they wear blonde weaves.  Mary J Blige and Beyonce are conforming to Eurocentirc standards of beauty.  I feel that blonde weaves are not a good look on black women. I believe blonde weaves reinforce images that black women are conforming to white standards of beauty.

Now, for people who don’t know  “weave politics” I  suggest  you watch Chris Rock’s documentary “Good Hair.”

A weave is basically  hair, it can be “real hair” which is more expensive or “processed hair”.

A woman can purchase the weave from a store or  hair salon and a professional styles the hair to make the weave appear to appear authentic.

Some Africans, believe Ms. Moyo is very hypocritical, that her weave distrupts and blurs her polemical book. Some critics charge Ms. Moyo she is sending mixed messages.

For instance, in Dambisa Moyo’s book “Dead Aid”,she  says that African countries must become independent from the Occident.  Her argument is the Occidental countries should cut off foreign aid within ten years. According to Ms. Moyo, foreign aid does not allow African economies to grow and be independent from neocolonialism .

Ms. Moyo argues that foreign aid creates a cycle of dependency and allows corrupt African governments to obtain “free money.” Ms. Moyo believes the corrupt African countries are not developing the infrastructure within their own countries. For instance, foreign agencies are creating schools, providing health care, and education.

Ms. Moyo’s message is that paternalism, racism, and neocolonialism are the root cause for foreign aid. The Occident wants to keep African nations poor in order to maintain the revenue that African countries generate for their economies.

However, Ms. Moyo’s African critics charge she is a hypocrite, she is preaching to the world that Africans must become independent from Europeans yet Ms. Moyo conforms to Eurocentric standards of beauty.

Shouldn’t Ms. Moyo take her own advice and cut off her weave and wear a natural hairstyle? Did Ms. Moyo’s publicists or agents tell her that a weave is important to sell her book to a white audience?

I am not suggesting that Ms. Moyo should not wear the weave if this is the hair style she feels most comfortable with. However, I can also see the argument of  the African people they believe  Dambisa Moyo’s  appearance cannot be separated from her message.

Dutch Gold Medalist Sven Kramer Asks NBC Reporter “Are You Stupid?”

Last week, Sevn Kramer of the Netherlands, won the gold medal in the men’s speed skating competition. However, Kramer was furious when an NBC reporter asked him about his biography. Kramer snapped “are you stupid?” I can understand that Kramer  was upset but speed skating is more popular in Europe than in North America.

Last Night, I Read My Poetry At A Symposium For The First Time.

Although, my first book “You Don’t Know Me”, was published almost five years ago,last night was the first time I read my poetry to an audience.  A few weeks ago, during a heterosexualities lecture, the professor said there will be a symposium on campus  and the deadline to submit was on February 5th 2010.

The word “symposium”  originated from  ancient Greece and the word means a “drinking party”. Now in the modern era, academics, scholars, and artists, talk about their research and work to an audience.

I remember the cognitive behavioral therapy sessions group therapy from last fall and I told myself I have to do this. I want to be a successful poet and artist  I realize I got to “get out there” and learn to  perform in front of people. I can’t just submit poetry to magazines and get published.

Last night, I  conducted a presentation and read some poems to an audience.

My discussion was about the importance of confessional poetry. I write confessional poetry in the tradition of Anne Sexton and Syliva Plath.

I explained to the audience that I can’t just “write” a poem on the spot. My poetry emerges from my life experiences I have to “feel something” in order to write a poem.

Of course, I was a little bit nervous about reading my poems to an audience but I just told myself to try my best. I read five poems and I feel good. After the symposium,  I even got a certificate for presenting at the symposium!

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