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a fight will always get our attention: john stewart takes on cnbc and the cb/rihanna saga

dear readers,

a fight will always get our attention, won’t it?

take rihanna and chris brown, for example. folks who can’t pay attention in class to save their lives are riveted, detail by detail to this saga:

tmz leaked a picture of pummled rihanna! new pics of “chri-anna” tryna make good in diddy’s villa! ellen talked to diddy like she’s the police: why did you give them the keys to your house, thats my house i’ll give my keys to whomever i want! oprah raises the “dating violence” issue for the second time on her show yesterday! college workshops on domestic violence spring up around the nation! chris brown drops out of nickolodeon music awards show in response to outraged parents!, and now, rumors that rihanna and brown are in the studio working on a song together! about the challenges of love!

i can’t lie, fights get my attention too. especially when winning means something.

john stewart, of the daily show on comedy central, brought his verbal war with jim cramer to a head last night by bringing cramer onto last night’s show. jim cramer anchors “mad money,” a non-traditional, entertainment based financial news show on cable channel, CNBC. last night cramer came on the daily show and essentially admitted he had made some mistakes, missed some signs.

stewarts been critiquing financial cable channel, CNBC, for consistently missing the chance to tell its viewers the truth about wise investing and a collapsing economy. why call it news, asked stewart, when its real name is lies?

cramer and cnbc say stewart is a comedian and should stick to telling jokes.

stewart is a comedian. he is a smart comedian with a wildly successful premise: report on the media. some say stewart has no grounds to challenge the credibility of cnbc. i say, we all have that ground. but we don’t all have stewart’s platform.

look, there are three branches of government in this country. the judiciary, the executive branch, and the legislative branch. aka, the supreme court, the president, and the congress. but there’s a fourth branch called media. the modern day democracy relies on this fourth branch at least as much as its lauded three branches.

the u.s. civic narrative makes a big to-do about checks and balances. which simply means, that the court can check congress if congress is acting too bossy. congress can check the president if the prez is acting too bossy. and so on. but there are few, if any, meaningful checks and balances on the fourth branch, the media.

john stewart and comedy central are giving the public something we need, checks and balances on the media. one corporate media platform checking another sounds like a fair fight to me. social justice media watchdog groups like FAIR (fairness and accuracy in reporting) and free press do incredible work, but their reach is so limited, comparatively.

the fact is, no one person is responsible for the capitalisms trip and fall. ceo’s have been shitting marbles onto the smooth marble bank floor for years, pulsing with greed on their way to gimme, gimme more, gimme more. just like britney, the system was bound to trip and fall.

stay tuned for more from political poet,
roopa singh

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domestic/violence: why we care about chris brown and rihanna

dear readers,

there’s a movie playing in the theaters. its called, “america, superpower.” for a while, that movie wasn’t doing so well at the box office. its hero sucked and its war missions garnered less empathy than a well dressed panhandler on the subway. but that was the past. now the movie is blockbustering big bang style all across the globe. sold out audiences in every sector. there’s a brand new political hero, and the hopeless war missions have faded into the background. the economic suspense is rising. a working class sports team wins a breathtaking game. sparkly artists of all hues go home with shining awards.

i wonder, when a movie’s main selling point is societal violence, can it incorporate personal peace?

latest twist in the plot: domestic violence bloodies beautifully packaged, young r&b stars, chris brown and rihanna.

Rihanna Picture Taken By Los Angeles Police

Rihanna Picture Taken By Los Angeles Police

it was grammy night. the couple made it through a celebrity pre-party. chris brown probably hit rihanna repeatedly. it probably wasn’t the first time. within hours, the bubble gum pop star already had his doublemint advertising contract suspended. and rihanna missed out on performing with T.I at the grammys.

why are we riveted? because they are pop stars.

but why do we care? domestic violence hurts, splays, cyclically.

who hasn’t felt it? the rage that seeks a target, the white hot flash of harm, the bottomless well of depression no relationship could ever fill. nas says, you are who you are when no ones looking. so true. but sometimes you are who you are when the whole world’s looking.

ive heard grown women calling into hip hop radio station hot 97 and young women on the A train uptown talking about: “rihanna probably deserved it,” and “she needs to get over herself, chris brown is innocent.”

but international women’s day is around the corner and black history month is now (check out this associated press article, “time to end black history month?“) and “america, superpower” is in the midst of a plot twist that could use some context.

no woman deserves violence. no body deserves violence. fighting and war may be a part of our nature, but violence against women is a virus of epidemic proportions. physical violence shows on your skin. emotional violence drains on your soul. women hating women is like crabs in a bucket. shit, i’ve been there too. but now i’m steady climbing. keep on rihanna, i hope your climb gets as grounded as it is glitzy. maybe chris brown will get some support to come clean, get help, and back up off your target. because she is a human being too. or maybe he’ll be surrounded by yes men and women who’ll pat him on the back and keep him running on E. slum village says, “when the situation is tainted love is always free.”

still, i wonder, when a movie’s main selling point is societal violence, can it incorporate personal peace?

stay tuned for more from political poet: roopa singh.



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