Social awareness: people you should follow on Twitter

The “Be Good.” Twitter list has been difficult to build, but I have added new members that deserve to be noted here. If you’re interested in beefing up your timeline with some informative tweets, check out these profiles.

Twitter icon for Adam Jackson or @SmartBlackMan. black background, light bulb, "smart black man" on red,black,green stripes

Adam Jackson @SmartBlackMan Founder of SmartBlackMan.com. VP of @LBSBaltimore. Dedicated to justice, freedom and peace. Black Nationalist. Born/Raised/Live in BMore.

Twitter icon for Real Time LA Riots or @RealTimeLARiots.

Real Time LA Riots @RealTimeLARiots 20 years later: Livetweeting the Los Angeles Riots as they happened on this date and time in 1992. Account powered by@NBCLA.

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Twitter icon for Anti Consumerism or @ANTIconsumerism

Anti Consumerism @ANTIconsumerism Consumerism destroys human beings psychologically, emotionally and spiritually; it creates a self-destructive society bent on consuming everything in its path.

Two more…

How do we remove negative black stereotypes from movies and television? Dr. Mark Sullivan reveals two small victories that helped black people in the media.

This is the fourth of a five-part interview about the racist media portrayals of African Americans. Dr. Mark Sullivan, an adjunct professor at Towson University, teaches a class called Mass Media and Society.

The previous segment ended with Sullivan saying, “In successful shows that the producers, the networks, so far and so forth are never going to change [media depictions of African Americans] as long as they remain successful. And they’re going to continue to be perpetuated.”

I asked Sullivan what it would take to change that, and he tells two stories two small victories that assisted African Americans in media.

The best quotes:

The Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence: exploited and objectified both as Katniss and as herself

Katniss Everdeen is a participant in the Hunger Games.

In preparation for the televised competition, she is taken into custody by publicity professionals. Her body hair is waxed off. Her hair is styled. Her face is redesigned with make-up. Her body is dressed in a red, form-fitting dress that emits flames when she spins in a circle. She is paraded in front of spectators.

Katniss Everdeen, character of The Hunger Games played by Jennifer Lawrence, sits very stiffly with great posture in a big white chair on a stage in a form-fitting red dress

(photo compliments of mockingjay.net)

Jennifer Lawrence is an actress in The Hunger Games.

In preparation for the movie release, she is taken into custody by publicity professionals. Her body hair is waxed or airbrushed off. Her hair is styled. Her face is redesigned with make-up. Her body is dressed in a gold, low-cut shirt that emits sparkle when she presses her arms together to create visible cleavage. She is placed in front of check-out line guests.

A major theme in The Hunger Games movie is this idea of exploitation and objectification for ratings and viewership.

Need more parallels?

The health lesson I learned from Burn Notice

scene from the tv show Burn notice. two men standing in a kitchen. man on left, Sam, is a little chubby wearing a Hawaiian shirt with a large tub of fried chicken on the counter in front of him. man on right, Michael, is shirtless and very muscular and fit and is eating a cup of yogurt

(photo compliments of Netflix.com from Burn Notice: Season 1, Ep. 11)

Michael Westen is obsessed with yogurt. In every episode of Burn Notice, he eats a cup of yogurt, opens the fridge to reveal that it’s filled with only yogurt, or Sam escapes a weird conversation with Fiona by slipping out to get some more yogurt for Michael.

What is that about?

Well, Michael Westen is cut (see photo). And yogurt is a super food.

I’ve talked about the general foods that fuel fat loss, but let’s highlight yogurt.

Women’s Health magazine boasts on its list of the 12 Best Foods for Your Abs that fat-free or low-fat dairy, like yogurt, builds strong bones and fires up weight loss. It also fights osteoporosis, obesity, high blood pressure and cancer.

How do you lose 81% more abdominal fat?

Racism in the Elevator

An older White lady stands in an elevator, two large Black men step in with her. She steps backward and noticeably tightens the grip on her purse.

The two Black men see this, look at each other and start laughing hysterically.

The next day, the woman receives a note that says:

Thanks for the best laugh we’ve had in years.

Sincerely,

Michael Jordon and Charles Barkley

This story’s authenticity is highly debatable. But Professor John Bullock told it to my Urban Government and Politics class a few weeks ago. Then I saw this hilarious video on YouTube.com by Reckless Tortuga.

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Racism is over now that America elected a Black president. Right? Mark Sullivan discusses the effects of Obama’s election.

This is the third part of a five-part series. Dr. Mark Sullivan, an adjunct professor at Towson University who teaches a class called Mass Media and Society, delves into the issue of the negative black stereotypes that are reinforced, and the impact of their media portrayals.

This segment comments on whether President Obama’s election has allowed more racism in America, how much “Black blood” a person has to have to be “Black enough,” how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go in the fight against racism, and that the current depictions of Black people in media are reinforced by their success.

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The best quotes:

Did everyone ignore the words in John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change?”

Granted, “Waiting on the World to Change” isn’t a revolutionary song, but John Mayer is commenting on negative aspects of our society. This song is still playing in department stores and convenience stores across America even though it was released in 2006. You’d be hard pressed to find a person that has never heard this song before.

And yet no one seems to notice that his lyrics include comments like “Now we see everything that’s going wrong/ With the world and those who lead it,” “Cause when they own the information, oh/ They can bend it all they want,” “It’s hard to beat the system,” “We just know that the fight ain’t fair,” “One day our generation/ Is gonna rule the population/ So we keep on waiting/ Waiting on the world to change.”

Again, it’s a mild commentary. But how many people know all of the words to this song? And how many people realize what they’re singing?

A great case of hearing v. listening.

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