22. Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake Took Home NAACP Image Awards
It’s one thing for Kendrick to not when a Grammy. It’s another thing when Thicke and Timberlake outrank countless artists of A-A descent when it comes to winning a NAACP Image Award.
23. Mayor Chokwe Lumumba Dies
You may not care too much about the mayor of a city like Jackson, MS. But here’s why he’s important: he’s the first Black radical to become mayor of a capital city in this country. And guess what, it was working. Of course, since we’re in the worst Black History Month ever, he suddenly passed away only seven months into his tenure.
24. NFL’s N-word Policy And Its Controversy
Whether this is a byproduct of the Richie Incognito-Dolphins situation or a move to prep football players and fans for other slurs that may come with the arrival of Michael Sam, it feels a.) overdue but b.) almost impossible to police.
25. Fake Outrage Over Pharrell’s G I R L Album Cover
Pharrell is just about the most famous musician around, which means it’s the perfect time to find something wrong with him. This is where Cocoa Butter Twitter comes in. Led by dream hampton riding her steed of contempt, Yassss Twitter, embarked on a rampage against the cover to G I R L. Why? Because the women weren’t Black enough. Even though two of the women on the cover looked like they could pass.
What resulted was a day long embarrassment that made the rest of the mythical Black Twitter want to put paper bags over their heads.
This is why we can’t have nice things.
26. Rick Ross Is Still Rick Ross
Rozay had a pretty typical Rick Ross-y Black History Month. First he made up the word “misconfusion” then he compared his success to Trayvon Martin:
“Trayvon Martin, I’m never missing my target
B*tch ni**as hating, tell me it’s what I’m parking”
Even though he managed to explain it away (sort of) just…Ugh. Make it stop. Please.
27. Paula Deen Compares Herself To Michael Sam
In addition to gratuitous amounts of butter, Paula Deen just can’t seem to keep her crusty ass foot out of her mouth. In an interview with People Magazine, the Mrs. Claus doppleganger compared her current attempt to climb back into the public’s good graces to Michael Sam, who could potentially be the first openly gay NFL player.
Deen stated that “I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name. It’s like that black football player who recently came out. He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’ I know exactly what he’s saying.” If you remember, Deen lost endorsements and her television show last year after, while being deposed for a lawsuit in which her former employees claimed she fostered an environment of racism and abuse in the workplace, she admitted to having used racial slurs in the past. Good thing she’s grown up and can now find common ground with that black gay guy.
28. Darren Sharper And His Rape Cases
There is mounting evidence pointing to the conclusion that former NFL player Darren Sharper is a brutal rapist. So far, eight women have come forward, each with similar stories of being drugged then raped while unconscious. The fact that Darren Sharper was on television, had money, and wasn’t ugly does not preclude him from being a sick S.O.B. Before anyone makes this terrible argument again, a reminder: Rape is not about sex.
Continuing to trot out the argument that because of who he was, he didn’t “have” to rape women only perpetuates the myth that rapists are slack jawed bogeymen who spring from the bushes and attack. Again, rape is not sex. It is an act of violence, whose perpetrators derive satisfaction from power and control. We’ll find out soon enough if the evidence proves Sharper’s guilt, but these are serious charges that should not be ignored.