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As the next Presidential election draws nigh in November, the two most popular candidates, Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney have been paving the campaign trail. With election year comes slander, controversy and your occasional celebrity political rants. Politics met entertainment with the latest celebrity rant, coming from Nicki Minaj, in which she rapped in vote of Republican Mitt Romney. This was a shock to fans and celebrity bloggers everywhere, but Nicki is not the only popular African-American face that has shown favor to the GOP. Here is a list of some African-American celebrities who have supported or are affiliated with the Republican party:
LL Cool J
LL Cool J attended the Republican Convention in 2004 and has been a supporter of Republican New York governor George Pataki back in 2002. He has never officially stated his political party.
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Sure, we all know the major black republicans like Allen West, Artur Davisand Clarence Thomas. But some famous faces have managed to slip under the radar when it comes to their affiliation with the GOP. Even though the party’s presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, is capturing zero percent of the black vote, there are still a number of African Americans who align themselves with the Republicans.
Check out the surprising list on BlackVoices.com.
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A lot of celebrities who speak out about their political views are pretty liberal. After all, actors and musicians are typically creative- minded which tend to lean towards Liberal views. However, that doesn’t mean that all celebs are registered Democrats. There are actually more Republican supporters that you might think. Take a look at these 7 celebs who lean to the right.
So what’s the deal with Gloria Cain, wife of Republican candidate for president Herman Cain?
I ask this because yesterday I got a chance to watch a video of Gloria Cain’s interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News and was kind of perplexed by it. No not because of how uncomfortable and awkward Van Susteren looked trying to twist her hard face into a soft and sympathy-filled gaze, but at how uninformed and basically clueless Mrs. Cain had been at the alleged sexual exploits of her husband of more than 40 years.
Maybe it should come as a surprise. After all, Gloria has spent most of the 2012 presidential race far away from the national spotlight, avoiding the rallies, the debates and the blunders, only to now be put on the public stage to defend her husband against the accusations that he is a little too friendly with the ladies. And despite having her exasperated wife routine down, when asked about the first allegation of sexual harassment, she was completely dumbfounded.
Gloria contends that she “vaguely” remembers something about the allegations and that Herman did mention it to her — but he also told her that the charges were unfounded, so therefore she left it alone. Of course, he never mentioned that the allegations resulted in the National Restaurant Association, his former employer, having to payout a $45,000 settlement with the complainant. But it probably wouldn’t have mattered anyway, because with certain women there is nothing you can tell them about their husbands.
For the rest of the interview, Gloria gushed about how her Herman is the protector of women, who is so deeply, fundamentally “old school.” Then she told a wonderful story about his relationship with “a little Christian lady” in his office with whom he liked to chat regularly with about Bible verses. Her Herman is a good Christian man, which means his Christian values make him incapable of being the type to thrust a woman’s head, who is not his wife, into his crotch (as one woman alleges). No, in order to do that, “he would have to have a split personality,” Gloria said. Or is just multi-dimensioned like most humans.
At any rate, poor old-fashioned Gloria Cain. I mean, poor, poor docile yet likable — but certainly fragile — and definitely earnest, Gloria. Either she doesn’t know how much of a cad her husband allegedly is or has willfully turned a blind eye to some of the antisocial behaviors we have heard about Mr. Cain exhibiting thus far.
While watching the interview, I started thinking about this film I watched recently called “The Woman,” a radical feminist revenge horror flick, which tells the tale of a smiling chauvinist and psychopathic father and the women he keeps under his thumb. In the film the father captures and abducts a wild, Amazonian-type woman, who just happened to be bathing in a creek. The psycho dad then chains the feral woman up in the family storm cellar under the guise of “civilizing” her. But the reality is that he was subjecting this imprisoned woman to all sorts of torture, abuse and just flat out sexual assault. As horrible a monster as he was, nothing he did could have been achieved without the assistance of his suburban wife, who despite disapproving of keeping a woman prisoner in the basement, would still make meals and sew clothing for the feral woman so that her husbands could sexual abuse her more comfortably. Basically, the wife didn’t do anything to help the woman escape, even though she knew it was wrong. In short, she was complacent and by default was just as guilty as her psychopathic husband.
Now I’m not suggesting that Mrs. Cain is an enabler to her husbands alleged deviant behavior. Hell, I’m not even going to say that he is guilty – mainly because that might get me sued. However, when you are married to a man, who is both disrespectful and condescending towards women including the House Democratic leader, who he called “Princess Nancy” Pelosi; who referred to presidential rival Michele Bachmann as “tutti-frutti” ice cream; or who suggested that a pizza with vegetable toppings is not manly and should be considered a sissy pizza — then you don’t get to play the St. Herman card with people.
Sexual harassment allegations aside, your husband is a bit of a jerk, who makes xenophobic jokes about electrified fences and calls himself black walnut and cornbread to the delight of white audiences. And if we can all see that he is a bit of a jerk than I’m certain that you noticed it many, many moons ago.
Perhaps it is because she is the old-fashioned type, who stays at home with the kids while her husband labors at the office. Perhaps Cain is more chivalrous with his wife than he is with the general public. Which is another reason to dislike his decision to drag her out into the public to clean up her husband’s mess. Since when is a husband’s lack of discernment his wife’s responsibility?
Charing Ball is the author of the blog People, Places & Things.
Any time a woman comes forward to accuse a man of an inappropriate sexual act, she better be ready to defend everything she’s ever done in her entire life. Herman Cain’s latest sexual harassment accuser is no different. In this case though, the victim, Sharon Bialek, seemed to put this onus on herself when she admitted that she not only went out on a “date” with Cain, but also followed him into an office late at night alone after the intimate meeting. A female correspondent on Fox News had this to say about this Cain accuser:
I think if there’s any teachable moment in all of this, and we never talk about it, is that women shouldn’t put themselves in these positions. He’s a married man. What is she doing, what is he doing going for drinks, going back to his office, why are they in a car together?
That’s not a bad point. It doesn’t excuse Cain from supposedly trying to force her head towards his crotch (eww…) but it does make you question: is it ever OK to do “date-like” things with a married man? And I don’t mean your best friend who’s really like your brother and you know his wife and you all hang out together—I’m talking about the colleague, old flame, or married man at the gym that you wouldn’t wait a second before jumping into bed with if it weren’t for that ring on his finger.
Fortunately, I haven’t had too many run-ins with married men. I’m usually so busy asking questions like: why are you at the club pushing up on women when your wife is at home? Because of this, a married guy wouldn’t even try it. Recently, though, I was hanging out at the bar with a couple of guys and one of them mentioned some girl was coming. His friend said he didn’t care about any female coming, as he motioned to the ring on his finger. I was impressed.
Later he pulled out his phone and showed me pics of his wife and was bragging about her and I thought, “Aww he is so cute.” But after a while we got to talking more and more about their relationship and his track record of fidelity grew less and less and suddenly he was giving me his number and telling me to call him some time. I thought, “Hmm this is strange. Is this the ‘honesty is the new dishonesty’ policy?” Putting it all out there and letting the woman do as she pleases? I didn’t even feel comfortable taking down his number, which I did more out of shock and not wanting to be overtly rude. I knew I certainly would never call.
But I’ll admit, shamefully, that the thing that makes me steer clear of married men the most is karma. I do not want to be the woman sitting at home while my husband is out grinning in some 20-year-olds face and showing her my pics just because I thought it was cute to tempt some unhappily married man when I was young.
It can be an ego trip to be that woman who takes a man’s mind off of his problems at home. But if you know you won’t keep things strictly platonic, I’d say it’s best to skip the martinis and the dinners and the late night phone calls. The flesh is weak and Karma is a you know what. And it might sound old-fashioned, but if a woman is wiser and better able to keep herself out of these positions, she should.
Could Sharon Bialek have been that naive? I don’t know about you, but to me she looks like someone who has been around the block.
Have you ever found yourself in a compromising position with a married man? What’s your policy on doing non-platonic things with a married man? Drinks, dinner, dancing — what is the line? Do you take your chances or steer clear altogether?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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“I freed thousands of slaves, and could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves.” – Harriet Tubman
During an interview on Fox News last week, black Republican Congressman and GOP longshot, Allen West took to cable television to express his sentiments toward his people and their faithfulness to the Democratic Party. West accused Democrats of “taking black votes for granted” and compared prominent black leaders, such as Maxine Waters, Al Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson, to “plantation bosses” (or overseers). “So, I’m here as the modern-day Harriet Tubman to kind of lead people on the Underground Railroad away from the plantation and into a sense of sensibility,” he contended.
Now Mr. West may not be the most popular guy in many circles, surely not mine, and the plausibility of him snagging the Republican nomination is nil. So, whether or not he is the modern-day Harriet Tubman is a rhetorical question. However, the weight of the black vote is one worth exploring.
With the rate of unemployment climbing and monstrous corporations like Bank of American planning to lay thousands more off, poverty is a major concern as middle class is quickly becoming the new poor and the poor grow poorer. The whimpers of the impoverished are faint and have been overshadowed by partisan bickering, debt-ceiling ridiculousness and Tea Party-ing. Yet, despite these things, the black community continues to demonstrate unwavering support for Democrats and President O.
Upon criticizing President Obama and embarking on a nationwide “Poverty Tour,” Tavis Smiley and Cornel West have quickly become objects of ridicule. Radio show host Tom Joyner declared he would never work with Smiley again and alluded to the possibility of a Smiley/West “relationship.” Steve Harvey also used his widely syndicated morning show to voice his discontent, citing the tour as a hustle and labeling the duo poverty-pimping Uncle Toms.
We all know the issue is not Smiley’s (alleged) attempt to stay relevant or Harvey securing a spot in the rich-black-Obama-supporters inner circle. It’s the fact that black Americans have pledged their allegiance to the Democratic Party and expect one another to support President Obama regardless of whether or not we agree with his politics and performance thus far—which is ridiculous.
Florida congressman Rep. Allen West, the only Republican in the Congressional Black Caucus, had some choice words for Democrats after a CBC town hall held in Detroit on Tuesday. On Wednesday, West went on Fox News program “The O’Reilly Factor” and compared blacks in the Democratic party to slaves on a plantation. He went on to liken the black Democratic leadership to a bunch of overseers, and himself to a modern day Harriet Tubman seeking to lead African-Americans to political freedom. Citing the idea that Democrats take black voters for granted, West slammed the party with the underlying suggestion that Republicans have the answer. FoxNews.com reports:
“You have this 21st-century plantation that has been out there. Where the Democrat Party has forever taken the black vote for granted and you have established certain black leaders who are nothing more than the overseers of that plantation. And now the people on that plantation are upset because they’ve been disregarded, disrespected and their concerns are not cared about,” West said.
“So I’m here as the modern-day Harriet Tubman to kind of lead people on the underground railroad away from that plantation into a sense of sensibility.”
West said Democrats’ “social welfare policies” have failed.
These statements were made after much griping by those who attended the CBC town hall, where voters gathered to complain about the poor service President Obama has rendered to the black community. Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters responded by suggesting that the CBC agrees, and is only waiting for explicit permission from African-Americans to take the president to task over his failure to address our issues.
Waters told attendants of the Detroit town hall: “We’re getting tired, y’all…We want to give him every opportunity. But our people are hurting. The unemployment is unconscionable. … When you let us know it is time to let go, we’ll let go.” She referred to the fact that black unemployment stands at over 17% compared to the national average of about 9% — statistics often mentioned as proof that Obama has failed to help blacks.
While Rep. Waters does have a point about holding President Obama accountable for his actions (or lack thereof) regarding the black community, the CBC has never been the president’s friend. In fact, the Congressional Black Caucus famously supported Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign before Obama secured the nomination. Theirs has been a love-hate relationship ever since, and they have never acted as true allies. The CBC has unleashed a string of criticisms on the president since that time.
Thus, it’s hard to take one more CBC bad-mouthing of Obama seriously. It reeks of political posturing. While that’s the name of the game in DC, until all the political interests in Washington work together to create positive change for blacks (including the CBC), it amounts to empty posturing.
An African-American contingent of the Tea Party plans on protesting the NAACP this weekend during its 102nd convention. The historic civil rights group will host events at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 23-28 that will focus on issues like youth empowerment, and attract up to 12,000 daily participants. But members of BOND Action, a right-wing black organization, view this positive happening with dark suspicion. Rejecting as false the NAACP’s stated mission to operate as a multi-ethnic coalition fighting all discrimination, BOND sees it as exploitative to blacks. The Rev. Jesse L. Peterson, BOND’s leader, believes the NAACP encourages blacks to become dependent on social programs while using African-American’s resources to promote its own agenda. The Grio explains Peterson’s point of view in a new report:
On July 24th members of the South Central Los Angeles Tea Party and hundreds of others will rally against the NAACP in an event sponsored by Peterson’s organization BOND Action.
The “rally to expose the failed big government agenda and lies of the NAACP” will be held directly outside of the Los Angeles Convention Center, where the NAACP is holding it’s 102nd annual convention. [...]
Peterson cites several reasons for the rally and came up with the idea after learning of the convention’s location on his turf. Peterson says the NAACP lies by saying America is a racist society and holds black American’s down. [...]
“That’s’ the problem I have with the NAACP,” said Peterson in an exclusive interview with theGrio. “[They're] a political pawn of the liberal-elite, white, racist Democratic Party and not really for the people.”
He hopes black Americans (he views the term “African-American” as a “dumb” title and unpatriotic), stop supporting the NAACP financially and with their manpower. For decades, Peterson argues, the organization has supported left-wing policies, which have created dependency on government and destroyed black families and hurt race relations. Peterson also said the NAACP is not needed and until black people stop hating “the white man”, they won’t be free.
It is unclear what lies the NAACP is telling or how they are a pawn of the Democratic party, as Peterson attests. In response to Peterson’s accusations, the director of the NAACP’s Washington bureau, Hilary O. Shelton, told The Grio that his group is dedicated to non-partisan, colorblind approaches to creating equality. Shelton countered that:
“Reverend Peterson is clearly blaming the victim”, said Shelton. “The NAACP has challenged Americans at every level, whether it’s that local abusive chair, a racist segregationist school board, or whether it’s a state legislature and governor standing in the door house saying ‘segregation before, segregation now, and segregation forever’.”
Peterson responded to these assertions with his belief that that “the NAACP does not want black Americans to be free.”
The reverend is simply convinced that by reminding people of the past and conditioning blacks to believe this is a racist country, the NAACP turns African-Americans into drones who are unable to take responsibility for themselves. Then white people become the victims of our blame and hatred for circumstances that are caused by our moral failures. Seriously.
It’s hard to believe that it is not Rev. Peterson himself who has an alternate agenda, rather than the NAACP. The statements he makes to The Grio point to a disassociation from reality. At 62, he must have witnessed the pernicious effects of racism. As a reverend, he must hear of racism in his community from his flock as he attends to his followers. Accusing the NAACP of oppressing blacks and denying the existence of racism reeks of insanity — unless you look at the bigger picture.
What is the number one thing a black person gets when making such absurd statements as a conservative on a national platform? Attention. And Rev. Peterson is already on his way. Who had heard of him before today? Exactly.
Look at Herman Cain. He only has to open his mouth, say something revolting, and he will be featured on every political blog in the nation. Rep. Allen West is being hotly debated for saying horrible things about a female Democratic leader — after having faded in with the furniture of the House after his election. While this is not positive attention, it’s better than nothing. West has been thrust into the national spotlight again, and for a politician, this means everything. I would not call his move calculated, but it’s easy to see the pattern emerging.
Now we have Rev. Peterson. Super-conservative. Check. Black man. Check. Saying absurdly ridiculous things that offend the left and make white Republicans feel good. BINGO!
This is apparently the recipe for creating a black male Republican political star.
I expect the Rev. to announce his run for the presidency any day now. What will America do with two sound bite freaky, ultra-right, African-American, GOP contenders? A Cain vs. Peterson debate? Now that’s something I want to see. The subtitle can be: “Who will be this season’s Republican token coon?”
Michael Steele need not reapply.
By Jay Anderson
With more and more GOP candidates throwing their hat in the 2012 ring, silly season is officially underway. In an effort to prove who loves America the most and loves Obama the least, the 2012 presidential aspirants are figuratively elbowing each other out of the way as they jockey for position in early states like Iowa and New Hampshire. This brand of retail politics has already produced some absurd moments. Here are 11 of our favorites — so far. With this cast of characters, there are certainly going to be more.
1. Herman Cain Escapes “The Democratic Plantation”
By playing the “I’m not like the rest of those black folks” angle on the campaign trail, former pizza magnate Herman Cain has become a darling of the Tea Party set. He has also repeatedly trashed Obama’s biracial upbringing by stating that he could be the first “real Black President.” But it’s Cain’s oft-repeated “I left the Democratic plantation, and I ain’t goin’ back” line that really gets em’ riled up. And truly makes little sense.
(Los Angeles Times) — Herman Cain may have found the perfect way to get media attention Wednesday: call the real journalists “stupid” for believing the words that come out of his mouth, and deem the most popular faux journalist a racist for … being a comedian. Yesterday in a firehouse in Iowa City, Iowa, the deep-dish pizza eater began burning bridges with the press by using the curiously familiar technique (recently mastered by Newt “Any ad which quotes what I said Sunday is a falsehood” Gingrich) of denouncing journalists for actually writing down what the GOP presidential hopeful said. On June 6 in Pella, Iowa, Cain told an audience that if he were elected president he would warn Congress, “Don’t try to pass a 2,700-page bill.”