Thursday, September 29, 2011

To SAG or Not-to-SAG....That is the Question?!

Ok I got something to say! AND since this is my own platform, I guess I can say it! It has come to my attention that our community “the black community” has lost its damn mind… 

Saggin!? Am I the only one who knows the origin of this ridiculous “trend” fashion expose? While it is unknown whether the base allegations that “saggin” originated & represents ones availability for sex in the prision systems, there is no doubt it did indeed begin in the Prison Systems. In prison a man may not have the use of a belt. So, many inmates were forced to wear clothing that did not fit properly. It was not a fashion style for them…it was yet another way to degrade them while incarcerated. And can you believe this “penguin walkin trend” has been around for 20 years now!? WTF?

I recently got into a bit of a repartee with another young man about whether this is a battle we “old heads” should fight? He believed we should move on to other more serious battles (although when I asked I did not get an answer as to which battles those might be)? In my opinion this is exactly the battle we as “African-Americans” should be having? Anytime a large majority of our community decides that modeling their appearance after “prison inmates” is cool and fashionable…..we have a DEADLY Problem. It is killing our self-respect & self-worth! Surely, there are better things to model a fashion trend after? Hey, I know… Let’s bring back the classic turn of the century “Black FACE” as a fashionable ideological statement! HELL, why not? If we’re going to degrade ourselves BY OURSELVES we might as well go ALLLLLLLL the way in. After all there bigger fish to fry….right?

I love what the President (you remember him…the first African-American President) had to say about the matter on MTVlaws banning the practice of wearing low-slung pants that expose one's underwear were "a waste of time". However, he did follow that up with the statement: "Having said that, brothers should pull up their pants. You are walking by your mother, your grandmother, your underwear is showing. What's wrong with that? Come on. Some people might not want to see your underwear. I’m one of them. Well, it may be a waste of time but several states are beginning to enact said laws. States like Florida, Georgia, Michigan, & Louisiana have all put fines in place to help deter the practice. Now I’m no fool (at least not usually). I know the more we talk about it and complain about it, the more those misguided young men are going to continue (Just like Rock n Roll).

So, how does it stop? Sorry, it doesn’t! L  One thing I know very well…if you begin a stupid trend in the black community, IT NEVER GOES AWAY!!! Hell the “N” word began as a negative slur against African-Americans at the turn of the 20th Century. We then adopted it as a “trend” and presto…it’s here to stay. Then we spend YEARS explaining how “it’s not a negative anymore because we’ve taken the connotation out of the word? Really? Now, what you’ve done is what you’re doing right now! You’re allowing others to degrade you to the point that you VOLUNTEER to adopt the degradation into your culture to ensure it never leaves there and in the end YOU WILL PERISH!

Is this a battle we should fight? I leave that up to you to decide. But remember this….no other culture on the face of the EARTH degrades themselves as much as the African-American male and female! Yes, WE who are the ancestors of Kemet and all the knowledge of the World. We are so lost we don’t know we’re lost! Stop fighting their wars and begin fighting OUR WAR! Our enemy is not other cultures, races or even drugs. Our enemy is IGNORANCE! AND HE IS WINNING…

P.S…..Saggin backwards, spells NIGGAS…..just sayin?

P.S.S.  You want to stop “Saggin”??? WOMEN, the power is all yours! Yep, I said it. Men, may wear fashion trends because they think it’s cool or has “swag”. However, if a women (especially one your with) tells you it’s hideous and you won’t be around me, with me and certainly not IN ME dressed like that…. MEN WOULD STOP THIS SHIT TODAY…. Just sayin?

Milano flascucci~

Monday, September 5, 2011

Who knew??? Adidias vs. Puma (friend or foe)?

First off, I’m 44 years old and a self acclaimed well read writer. However, my 16 y/o daughter brought to my attention a "should be known" fact. 

Let me begin by saying I grew up the age of Run DMC and the American shoe (at least I thought) Adidias! Now, I'm a huge Puma fan (my comfort, stylish shoe of choice at least nowadays). What I did not know was that the two founders of both companies were brothers.

Adolph and Rudolf Dassler are the creators of  Adidas (named for Founder AdiDassler) & Puma (by his brother Rudolf). The shoe companies began their roots dating back to pre-WWII. In fact, I was totally shocked to discover that they were the first to offer a “sponsorship” to a black athlete.

In 1936 during the Summer Olympics (held in Berlin, Germany), the brothers urged legendary Jesse Owens to wear their shoe. Now, I’m not sure if it was the shoes but Mr. Owens went on to win 4 Gold Medals that year.

This is where the story gets a bit tricky. Both brothers were members of the Nazi Party during the war. Although many have written that it was Rudolf that was the more vigilant towards its beliefs, I certainly don’t see the connection with supporting a black athlete from the US who’s competing in Germany against German Athletes. Then, in just a few short years join a party that hates everything not pure Anglo-Saxon (which by the way is even more bizarre since Hitler was not…pure blood Anglo).

 Fast forward 50 years, a black rap group put Adidias on the mainstream map and the other company Puma cut its teeth as a very reputable “football” (we call it soccer) shoe which is played by many ethnically based countries like Kenya, Uruguay, France, Brazil, Japan to name a few. Both companies have been highly supported in our African-American communities! 

So which is it?

Are both companies spin-offs from an old Nazi regime and now are being funded by billions of African-American dollars annually or are we merely giving thanks to founders who believed in and supported the “Negro” man long before it was fashionable by Nike & Converse?

At any rate let me know what you think and big thanks to my teenager Shaunsey King for bringing this quandary to mind!!

Milano Flascucci~