Lecture You Need to Watch: Dr. Barbara Sizemore’s “Black People Still Don’t Get It”

Credit: TransAtlantic Productions

Barbara Sizemore was an American teacher and researcher in the field of education. In 1973, she became the first African American woman to head the public school system in a major city

–TransAtlantic Productions

This lecture has been saved on my watch later list for years, maybe over 4. I’ve watched it multiple times and I’ve decided to start sharing some of my independent scholarly works including my scholarly work as a member of the City Colleges of Chicago and Governors State University. My independent works satisfy me more because it’s aligned with my passion.

We need to know (blacks, poor, indigenous peoples, etc.) that no one is coming to save us and we need to prepare those coming behind us for the real true world, and not the ideal world they teach us we will graduate into as we fake climb the ladder of success in capitalism and public systems.

Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. Please share this lecture with your people, they need to hear this.

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Vic Mensa “3 Years Sober” and a Identity Crisis Advocate? Let’s critically analyze.

Well well well. What do we have here? A video claiming to promote a statement about identity.

“The ‘3 Years Sober’ video is a statement about identity. I put on a confederate flag dress to be able to laugh at a symbol of hate, and played tug of war with Mike Pence over birth control. I had my face written on to get ahead of everything I know people will say about me and had a diner full of BBQ Becky’s call the police on me for using the women’s bathroom. I know some in hip hop culture will see this and say ‘Vic’s gay’ (which I’m not), whereas if I was white they’d just say ‘he’s a rockstar.’ 93PUNX is about being yourself, fuck what people think.”

– Vic Mensa

He’s an artist and rock star so I can understand he wanted to be extreme but the man wears eyeliner and polish outside of this video. No man should wear makeup unless he’s into something other than being a man. This is my opinion.

Vic Mensa wearing eyeliner.

Critically analyzing the video, I can see the political statement that he’s making wearing the dress but he’s promoting LGBTQIA identity, as the main character is a transsexual or a drag queen. Which that could in itself be an identity problem. Why is a cross dressing man wearing a confederate dress playing tug of war with Mike Pence for “his” birth control? I don’t know, it’s a bit weird knowing men don’t use that form of birth control even though in 2019, I’m pretty sure it’s possible since a lot of mean are changing sex, surgically opting out for a pussy and a pair of tits.

Who’s identity is he advocating for? Surely, not the “black” identity crisis he’s addressing , maybe it’s his own. In summary he looks like he’s trying to tell us he wants to come out the closet but he’s confused. If you suck dick Vic it’s cool, but regardless to how you try to defend your image in this one as a “punk rock” move, this video is politically gay. The fact that you named your group 93Punx is gay as fuck because a punk being where we from as you know is a pussy ass, soft mutherfucker even though google and dictionaries will say something slightly different; that’s our operating definition in the hood. That’s uncolored people hood term for themselves.

You want to talk about identity issues let’s speak on our own as indigenous peoples and how black’s identity has been stolen reducing them to merely subjects in law; and not persons who are living beings.

Mapping Global Media and Contra-Flow: Discussion

What is the global media landscape? How has it evolved over the past decades? What role has UNESCO played in the shaping of the global media landscape?

The global media landscape is the digital technology and aesthetics of the flow of media. It has evolved over the last decade by allowing the global and contra-flow of media to flow in different directions (export and import). This allows those who didn’t have access to other nations or target audience to expand their base or reach a larger audience. The UNESCO role, which is the mediator, has shaped the global media landscape. It helps to report information to the key players involved providing them with education for a better understanding of culture scientifically. I think that this allows all parties involved to make better decisions when it comes to the trading of communication and media commodities.

Who are the major media players (companies and countries)? What is meant by ‘subaltern’ contra-flows? Are these anti-hegemonic or pro-American? Why?

The major media players in terms of countries is United States, Europe, and Asia. The major media company players are CNN (US), ESPN (US),  Disney (US), Discovery (US), Hollywood (US), Google (US), BBC (Europe), CNBC (US), Wall Street Journal (US), Japanese Animation (Japan), etc.( Thussu, 12).

What is meant by “subaltern Contra-flows”, is an sub-alternate flow that flows culture from one place to another by a constituent from another region (Thussu,11-13) . For example, there are two  types of Contra-Flows: Transnational and Geo Cultural  (Thussu,12) . Transnational is a subaltern flow that consist of multi-vocal, multimedia, and multi-directional flows (Thussu,11-13).

According to the text, Thussu states that global media traffic isn’t just one way, even with the US at core. I think that this shows that the subaltern flows is anti-hegemonic even though they may be hybridized (Thussu,18-21). The goals of these subaltern flows is to create a flow that counters the dominant flows, giving the world audience a different perspective of culture and creativity (Thussu, 10-13).

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Salute To Women In Music 🎶 #ChicagoStyle

Meet the powerhouse of Chicago’s women in music and media at Complex 2010 Studios presented Chicago, May 9 located on Michigan Ave on 26th Street.

Kenya was the Keynote Speaker of the event and Elizabeth aka Lady E.I., the owner of Chicago Executives and Midwest Division Head of RO Management (a sub-label to Sony and Universal), was the presenters along with Next Showcase Chicago.

The Women In Media

Kenya M. Johnson

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“Kenya McGuire Johnson, is a Soul and Jazz practicing independent vocalist/ songwriter who also has a master of arts degree in counseling. Kenya’s recent album, My Own Skin (2015), hit #1 on the UK Soul Chart. Her music has also hit top 40 on the R&B Soul Billboard Charts as well as Top 50 on independent smooth jazz radio charts.  This unique combination of professional and personal artistic experience allows her to guide each client in developing various aspects of an artist’s journey (Creating Crimson).” She’s also the Director of NABFEME’s Chicago Network.

Joan Sullivan

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Senior Partner of Urban Ideas and Chief Executive Officer of Kingdom Records, Inc., has her hands in many imprints. Chicago Creed is one of her houses she shares in partnership with The Music Garage, and she shared her new venture with me, a studio opening soon in The Music Garage. Joan can help you with artist development and distribution. She can actually help you with more than that but this is great for starters.

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Morgan Mimosa

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I didn’t get to speak to her to know more about what she does, and understand why she was being saluted but from doing my research she has experience in the game. It’s always great to know your peers and people who can share great advice with you while you’re developing. Ms. Mimosa is one of those peers. I look forward to featuring more information about her in my circulation.

Ciara Martina

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Creator of Midwest Takeover, and there’s no slowing her down when it comes to creating platforms for artist to gain experience. I look at Ciara as the resume maker. Helping to promote artist and put them on stage to gain experience is her forte. She’s doing her first tour this year with Midwest Takeover, and her first stop is in Memphis.

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Ellandrea McKissack

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Writer, Producer, and Editor, to sum it all up. She has a documentary she’s working on , and I look forward to speaking with her soon about it to provide you with more insight. Currently, she’s an Associate Marketing Communications Consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Ivy Hall

Program Coordinator at DCASE (Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events for the City of Chicago); is helping the public get in tune with local and fresh talent. The requirements is to be professional and have a quality project to pitch to the team, a press kit (and if you need one of those let me know). I look forward to building with Ivy and getting insight on where she sees herself in the future and how she will continue to build her legacy in cultural affairs and events.

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Bree Specific

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“A millennial media personality, business woman, and producer. Bree started her media career as a Broadcast Journalist for a Chicago based media corporation, What’s The Word TV, where she interviewed some of the hottest names in hip hop and entertainment. She later evolved within radio as Producer of The Rickey Smiley Morning Show on Power 92 & on air personality. Outside of radio, Bree focuses on growing her brand within all aspects of business, media, and culture developing her YouTube series- Specific Sites., where she takes you on a Specific tour of the most creative events in Chicago. She has a boutique candle line, Specific Scents. Bree takes her Specifics to new lengths expanding her product across the Chicagoland area promoting positivity, awareness, and great influence (Breespecifc.com).” Make sure you check her out on the airwaves every Sunday on Power 92 from 11 A.M.-3 P.M.

Debra Rhodes

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“Program Director for WYCA 102.3 FM; She’s an experienced Program Director and has demonstrated history of working in the media production industry. Skilled in Event Planning, Press Releases, Community Outreach, Editing, and Public Speaking. She is a strong business development professional who graduated from Columbia College in Chicago (her LinkedIn). “

Tasha Clopton

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“Director of Media at Cosmopolitan Community Church; is
 insightful, creative and a talented media professional with over ten years of experience in print and broadcast journalism. She is seeking to shift from freelance to full-time journalism . She has been a Freelance writer and editor for online and print newsletters and magazines. She has experience as a director and technical director, video camera operator, on-camera reporter, and producer. She has exceptional communication, interpersonal and organizational skills. Her specialties are: editing, writing, directing, producing, media, talent escort; public relations, news, anchor, reporting, voice-overs (her LinkedIn) “

overall though…..

Information was shared on how to navigate your way in the industry, no matter what level you’re on. Most of the talk was geared towards development.
 I am happy I was in attendance exchanging energy with these women. The support I have for women in the industry works in my favor, and is a strong key in how I move. We must support each other. 
I wish I got to network with everyone in the room but you know how it is.


2019 Miss and Mrs America Nation; and Kids Multicultural Runway

Hyde Park, Chicago-Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. at the Lakeshore Cafe connected to the Laquinta Hotel, on the second floor was a pageant, 2019 Miss & Mrs. American Nation, & America Kids Multicultural Fashion Show, hosted by Mr. Ali & Queenie Amma , that you missed and need to be participating in next year.

(From left to right) Queenie Amma & Mr. Ali , hosting.

The Queens were sponsored with glam by Nasos Salon, helping create bold diversity glamour. Check out the gallery below! Everyone looked so beautiful and the children are showing off they had a blast during the experience.

Miss American Nation Gallery

All photos are courtesy of Miss & Mrs. American Nation

People were definitely hungry because soon as the smell of food hit the room people began going to get a plate while the Queens were walking. They had to be told to have some respect and give them their undivided attention. But that’s when you know for sure that the event is popping! After being entertained in a grand way, you need a snack in between.

There were singers but I wasn’t too much into the singing segment as I was the dance segment of the show. I loved the dancers ! They moved so effortlessly. The salsa dancers were my favorite, and GSU Dance Company was present in taken us to Hawaii through their voiceless wavy moves and subtle music of nature.

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Press play and listen 👂🏾 to Episode 2: THE UNBOTHERED SCHOLAR’s MARCH MADNESS ON WHITE FRIDAYS

What’s Up! It’s Your Highness 👸🏾 & Hood Specialist Checking In. Just like I promised, all the source content is included in this post. I told you that I would have the broadcast (podcast) back up with improvements. 

As we grow, the broadcast will get better. Thank you for your patience. 

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Here goes, BK Flow:

“Self Made” Billionaires

Self-Made Defined

According Webster dot com, Definition of self-made: made such by one’s own actions; especially having achieved success or prominence by one’s own efforts. First Known Use of self-made in 1555.

According to Dictionary Dot Com, also an adjective, means having succeeded in life unaided; made by oneself. Origin: First recorded in 1605–15.

Two Iconic Beauty Moguls

Kylie Jenner & iconic beauty brand mogul Pat McGrath are subjects that meet the public’s opinion of what self-made is, lets poll it! (Click their names for more on the background of the story)

King L Opinion, click here to check it out our dialogue in full.

Press Play: The Unbothered Scholar Podcast Episode 1

White Friday’s During March Madness I’ve been down to long to be a G; OK; so I’ve decided to drop something every Friday to circulate my voice and talents in the market. Today, I talked about the following subjects: BBB Challenge