Oh My God ! Its Venus Again
Venus is back with another Pod Cast click here only if you want to hear cool
Global Teens Growing
to “Brand America”
Over at Adbusters. Org they featured an article on how there seems to be a great ambivalence towards America among global teens.
While none of this spells out-and-out doom for US brands, being forced to stop drinking from the poisoned well has left marketers scrambling to uncover new formulas for generating teen cool…more
The Influence of Positive Black Women
I found these comments at Teen Voice and it was incredible to hear what young sisters had to say about themselves as defined by their feelings not the media’s negative bull_ _ _ _!
Collage by Gladys Fashote, 14, Massachusetts Sable Bing, 17 Georgia
Black women are more than just attitudes, sexual visions, and the loud mouths the media makes us out to be. Some people may think that finding respectable black women in the media is like searching for a needle in a haystack, but there are black women in this industry who stand by their morals and who hold important positions in our communities. Some of these women take into consideration that young women, especially teenagers, may watch them and they try their best to show responsibility, honesty, respect, and positive leadership.
Monica Kaufman is an example of a distinguished black woman in the media. She is a news anchor in Atlanta, Georgia with WSB-TV Channel 2 and also does television specials. Kaufman is an encouraging figure in the media and she gives black teen women hope that they can achieve any goal that they set.
Many women in the music industry wear skimpy clothes and use the motto “sex sells.” Unlike the majority, Alicia Keys stands out without having to use sex to sell an album. She relies on her talent and shows teens that using sex appeal is not the only way to make it in the music industry. Keys also helps the community by contributing to a national AIDS campaign to create awareness about the virus. She inspires teen women to feel comfortable without feeling pressured to have sex and to use their mind to attain success.
Another woman of color who is not only successful in the media, but also gives back to the community is Oprah Winfrey. Long-time talk show host and one of the richest people in America, Winfrey helps people around the world with her Angel Network. Winfrey also pays for the education of 200 scholars at Morehouse University in Atlanta, Georgia. She inspires teens and gives them the will to accomplish any goal with a lot of hard work and overcoming the negative attitudes of others.
Monica Kaufman, Alicia Keys, and Oprah Winfrey are examples of women in the media who follow their moral standards and deliver a positive image to audiences across
Black Women are Dignified
Nneka Obiekwe, 15
Black women are dignified, family oriented, intelligent, and rooted in their faith, but they are not always portrayed this way in the media. When thinking about black women in the media, one would imagine the women who choose to trade in their names for the label “video ho” in order to get a spot in front of the camera. They have no identity, and they suggest that their only skill is to shake their butts and flaunt their bodies. These girls bring shame upon themselves and black women. Yet, they supposedly reflect black women. The public has a natural inclination to take notice of the negative, rather than the positive. One bad move can ruin the reputation of an otherwise successful career, or in this case, an otherwise positive group of people.
We have very strong and influential leaders in the black community who make me proud to say that I am a black female. These women should be a prominent reflection of our black women, but their message—that beauty is not just skin deep and that intelligence can be sexy—is often overshadowed by the video girls who send a more glamorous message, which suggests black women use sex appeal as a tool to get men, cars, and clothing. These video girls are the women who do whatever it takes to get their fifteen seconds of fame. Nevertheless, the true message sent by these actions is that by compromising self-respect and dignity, you can receive negative attention and serve as the models of what most black teens don’t want to be.
Black Women Negativity
Briana Williams, 13
Over the years our people have changed,
from the way we dress to the way we say our names.
Black women have come so far,
from being mistreated to becoming doctors.
There are so many black women today trying to be something in life,
yet, some of them make money the wrong way and don’t do what’s right.
Our people are misjudged because of the negative images they see on TV,
and so now positive people are suffering because they know others won’t want to see
how much we can do in life,
how much we can become.
We want to show others that we are the ones
who deal with our fellow sistas who dance on TV
next to unknown men and women,
to earn a quick dollar,
So I try to holler out to my fellow sistas who want a bit of money and fame,
nothing is wrong with happiness,
but you don’t need a weave in your hair,
you don’t need to shake that thing like your mama taught you,
in front of men who won’t care about you.
You don’t need to be ghetto fabulous.
Instead, do what comes naturally
because, my sistas, you have already worked too hard to blow away your dreams.