Monthly Archives: December 2007

More on Obama’s tricky ‘postracial’ political dance.

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“A black candidate doesn’t want to look like he’s only a black candidate,” the Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights activist, who ran for president in 2004, said in an interview about Mr. Obama. “If he overidentifies with Sharpton, he looks like he’s only a black candidate. A white candidate reaches out to a Sharpton and looks like they have the ability to reach out. It looks like they’re presidential. That’s the dichotomy.” [NYT]

Benazir Bhutto is dead.

The details surrounding the assassination of Benazir Bhutto are still murky. A former Bhutto aide said that officials charged with her government were “dismissive” about her security requests. NPR said she was aware of the risks, but wanted to campaign anyway.

The presidential candidates here are already offering up their perfunctory condolences; Slate’s John Dickerson says they’re campaigns are “trying to muscle in on the news cycle” about a week out from the caucuses.

Oprah feels the fallout from her Obama endorsement.

We kinda called this a month ago: Oprah has pissed off some of her fans by endorsing Obama.

What we (naively) didn’t call: they’re mad at her for endorsement because they say it’s just because he’s black. (C’mon, white folks. Really? Ugh.)

Oh, yeah. Oprah’s homie Maya Angelou endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Also, she likes Butterfingers.

(If someone can find the original video of the original SNL sketch with David Alan Grier, I will be forever in your debt. I’ve been looking for it for years.)

Texas wants capital punishment all to itself.

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It was mostly symbolic: New Jersey hasn’t actually executed someone it’s sentenced to death in more than forty years. But its decision to repeal the death penalty last week was still a seismic political event. The decision emboldened anti-death penalty lawmakers in other states like Nebraska and Maryland. (Four other states where the death penalty is legal haven’t executed anyone in decades.)

Into the breach steps Texas. A story in yesterday’s New York Times says that as a de facto moratorium on executions has become the rule in many states, The Lone Star State is now responsible for 60% of all executions in the United States, at about 23 a year. David R. Dow, a law professor in the article said that in the near future Texas will account for almost all of the executions in the country.

(On The Media takes a look at how the press covers executions in a state that averages two a month. Short answer: with increasing editorial and public disinterest.)

Is Malcolm Mays the next John Singleton (except, you know, good)?

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Some high rollers at Sony thought so much of Michael Mays, a filmmaker from one of L.A.’s roughest neighborhoods, that they donated $25,000 worth of film for his next movie, “Trouble.” He hopes to have “Trouble” wrapped by February when he turns eighteen. [NYT]

I wanna see this when it drops to see what all the fuss is about.

(Did anyone in L.A. see his first short, “Open Door”?)

But when will Vibe and Right On weigh in?

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Bossip (recent headlines: Is Common Hittin’ Kerry Washington? and Exclusive: John Legend is Banging Another Model) is throwing its presidential endorsement behind Obama. (To be fair, it’s not like political discourse in this country is a long way from scribbling wise on photos.)

Their rationale?

It is a mistake for some of our people to have the view that Barack Obama won’t be elected because he is Black. Why set artificial limits on what someone can do? What do we have to lose if we test this out? Barack Obama has the courage to run in the face of racial threats on his life. Colin Powell was scared.

We don’t support Obama because white folks are crazy about him. We support him because he is the best candidate that represents our interests, understands the plight of poor people, and brings fresh ideas to the table.

Oh, snap! They called Colin Powell a bitch!

Um, anyway. Good for Obama, we guess.

Mitt, Mitt, Mitt. Why do you make it so hard for me to love you?

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So Mitt Romney, after being questioned as to whether his pops really marched with MLK, said that he meant they did so “in a figurative sense.”

Said dNA over @ J&J: “Romney’s campaign is also saying that reports of Romney being with Salt-and-Pepa and Heavy D up in the Limousine were also not meant to be taken literally.”