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Move Over Barbie, There’s a Django Doll Now


Posted by Witch Hazel | Posted in Django Unchained, What's your call? | Posted on 09-01-2013

This Witch has had no time to check out Django Unchained yet. But, I have been following some of the chatter on the innawebs which has ranged from approval and outright glee about a black “superhero,” to disdain, dismay and disapproval of the entire storyline. So, I can’t and won’t comment on something I have not seen, but what is up with these slave-ish dolls?

Django Unchained Action Figures

The National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc. and the Weinstein Company have released a line of dolls…(okay, action figures) based on the characters from Quentin Tarantino’s film (which, by the way, was co-produced by Reginald Hudlin of House Party fame). The action figures even come with weapons and slave-era wardrobes and are being sold on Amazon. This isn’t Tarantino’s first foray into making a film set in a controversial era. Inglourious Basterds, anyone? Some supporters of the action figures say they’re good for children to develop healthy images of themselves, but critics, like the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, are calling for a national boycott.

So, weigh in below. What did you think of the movie? Are these action figures okay or do they bother you? What’s your call?

Image via NECA/Weinstein Company
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Brew Quotes: Alicia Keys Does Not Wreck Homes


Posted by Witch Hazel | Posted in alicia keys, Brew Quotes, What's your call? | Posted on 16-11-2012

Alicia Keys wants you homewrecker conspiracy theorists to know…

“[They – Mashonda & Swizz] were apart for some time before we ever got together…that doesn’t matter to those who take pleasure in trying to knock others down…there’s no need to fight what’s not true.

And, about her hubby, she says:

I’d never met a person where I could be fully myself…Swizz and I live in each other’s shadow. So we can occupy the same space and there is nothing but equality. There’s something really powerful about that.

Alicia talks more about her new album, “Girl on Fire,” which drops later this month in the new issue of Jet which hits stands next week.

Can we let the homewrecker thing go now? Or, has her image been tarnished for good?

What’s your call?

Image via Jet
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Does Scandal Exploit Black Women?


Posted by Witch Hazel | Posted in Brew Quotes, Scandal, What's your call? | Posted on 16-10-2012

If you follow us on Facebook and the Twitter, then you know the Witches shut everything down Thursday nights for ABC’s Scandal. Kerry Washington’s oddly mystifying lips, her crisp white coats and the twisted Huck, who just wants to get one more kill in before dinner, keep me watching. But, one author says the show plays to the worst in black female stereotypes.

Tom Burrell, a public relations industry vet and founder of the Burrell Communications Group, has worked for decades to uplift images of African Americans in the media. Burrell also wrote the book, “Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority.” In an interview with The Root, Burrell says Washington’s Scandal character, “Olivia Pope,” isn’t exactly the heroine that black women have been waiting for on TV. Burrell says…

I’ve got major problems with Scandal. It comes dressed up and masqueraded as something new, but Scandal is basically a continuing perpetuation of the stereotype of a black woman whose libido and sexual urges are so pronounced that even with an education and a great job, and all these other things, she can’t control herself. So, she’s basically a reincarnation of Bess from Porgy and Bess; she’s the female in Monster’s Ball; she’s the sexual predator and aggressor. It basically plays into the whole sexual stereotype of black women that’s been around from the very beginning, and that basically gives permission for them to be sexually exploited.

The Root: So, on balance, when it comes to the images of black women on the show, you believe the negative sexual stereotypes outweigh the positive things — like her intelligence, power and professionalism?

Burrell: Yes. The intelligence and professionalism let us go in under this pretext. But the message that is really being delivered is that no matter how much education you get and how much power you get, you’ve still got that “around the way girl” in you. It’s basically saying that black women are innately, inherently, hot to trot. He doesn’t seduce her. She seduces him.

So, what say you, Brewchies? Do you agree? Is “Olivia Pope” a reincarnation of an old stereotype, but with book smarts? Or, is she a complex character with flaws like most real people?

What’s your call? Weigh in below in the comment box!

Images via ABC
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Brew Politics: Shyne Is Not Feeling Hopey & Changey


Posted by Witch Hazel | Posted in Brew Politics, shyne, What's your call? | Posted on 12-10-2012

Prison must make you really delusional. Rapper Shyne Moses Michael Levi came out hard against President Barack Obama for not doing enough to free him from his exhile in Belize and bring him back to America. Shyne said “screw” Obama, called him “corny” and told MTV news that he’s rolling with Mitt Romney.
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Brew Tube: Eddie Long’s Wife Explains Why She Stayed


Posted by Witch Hazel | Posted in Bishop Eddie Long, Brew Tube, Vanessa Long, What's your call? | Posted on 09-09-2012

Bishop Eddie Long was in the middle of a “storm” last year after several young men came forward, claiming he engaged in some inappropriate behavior. The façade of the New Birth leader, father, man of God quickly came tumbling down after the sexual coercion charges came to light, costing him a lot of money in the process. During that time, his wife, Vanessa, dipped out and wanted a divorce. Then, she returned, opting to stay in her marriage, despite the claims that her husband had a thing for the menz. Now, video has surfaced of Mrs. Long explaining why she returned to her marriage.

Sometimes, it’s not a storm. Sometimes, it’s a lie. Sometimes, it’s some sh!t, plain and simple. Calling it a “storm” does not make it go down easier (pardon the pun). Anyway, I’m all for forgiveness (okay, most times), but are there some things that are unforgivable? Are there times in a relationship where you must forgive, but still pack your things and roll out?

Brewchies, what’s your call?

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