Why we Make Dumb People Famous…

In the middle of meetings and other important tasks that filled my day, I caught wind of some Twitter beef between a few popular rappers and media personalities. I can’t say I read enough of the tweets to know what happened but I have a few observations.

We make really dumb people famous. I was trying put my finger on why and it occurred to me that smart people are far too complex to be discussed through the lens of isolated  social media posts. Think about it. It only takes one quote from Donald Trump, Stacey Dash, Raven Symone, etc. to sum up their depth. They aren’t scholars or celebrated thinkers. They’ve not written any books worth reading and probably haven’t read any either.

we choose to make heros and persons of influence out of people who don’t make us think too hard in order to understand them. Even intellectually savvy artists are forced to dumb down their work to be accepted by popular culture.

so… Here’s my challenge to whoever is still reading.nstudy someone complex. Invest some time in an intellectual you respect. Read them. Watch them. Emulate if you want. But, let’s stop promoting ignorant people more than we promote brilliancy.

A Good Read [For Kids]

At a baby shower I attended, the gift everyone wanted to learn more about was Innosanto Nagara’s “A is for Activist!” It’s a book about issues that should be important to all of us, no matter what our politics or religious perspectives. It’s a great way to teach our kids to LOVE early. You can learn more about the book on its website! This book inspired me. We don’t have to EVER give basic gifts. We can find empowering gifts for our children to keep and cherish.cover.jpg

[Pix] Oprah Stuns in Harper’s Bazaar

 

One of the things that I have been enjoying about Oprah lately is that she knows that she has to work SMARTER than she used to with the show and magazine! Owning a network is no light task. Oprah has had to change her strategy, staff and often, the way she looks! Yet and still, she is still holding us down! Love her! Here are a few snippets from the interview:

On what’s missing on OWN:

“What was missing from OWN was me. It required my full-on energy. You know, this past year has been challenging, but it’s also been one of the greatest experiences for me getting to know me. What do you do when you don’t have the wind at your back?”

On being a brand:

“Every decision that I ever made came from the heart of me, and that’s what created the brand, you know? I used to resist this whole idea of being a brand. Because I was like, I’m not a brand, I’m just a person. But now I accept that. It’s everything that I value.”

 

Katherine Jackson Releasing Book about MJ 6/21/10

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ESSENCE: Katherine Jackson will release a new coffee table book to coincide with the one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson‘s death. The coffee table tome “Never Can Say Goodbye” goes on sale tomorrow and features personal photos from Mrs. Jackson’s collection as well as her thoughts of her superstar son. The book is only available at jacksonsecretvault.com.

Mrs. Jackson recently told the Daily Mirror that Michael’s children were well adjusted but had no friends, reports TMZ. “They don’t have any friends. They don’t go to school, they have private lessons at home — but that will change in September, when they are due to enroll at private college,” she said.

Michael’s daughter Paris has also built a shrine to her father says her grandmother. “Paris went into a closet and she brought out seven or eight pictures of Michael, and she told me, ‘No, I want daddy hanging in my room’. So she goes to bed looking at him and wakes up looking at him. She said, ‘I always want to be able to see him.'”

“Never Can Say Goodbye” goes on sale tomorrow, Monday June 21st.

Read more: http://www.essence.com/entertainment/hot_topics/katherine_jackson_book_on_michael_jackson.php#ixzz0rQnwbun7

Michelle Obama Celebrates Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

AP Reports: WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday Tuesday by reading “The Cat in the Hat” to a group of children wearing red-and-white-striped stovepipe hats like the book’s main character.

Mrs. Obama helped kick off the National Education Association’s 13th annual “Read Across America” celebration at the Library of Congress. The event marked the day that Dr. Seuss, or Theodor Seuss Geisel, would have turned 106.

“Do you know the president of the United States reads all the time,” Mrs. Obama told a group of more than 200 students from elementary schools in Washington and Arlington, Va. “Our girls at home read every single night.”

The first lady said that her daughters, Sasha and Malia, are allowed to stay up 30 minutes later if they are reading.

Some of the first family’s favorite children’s books are “Horton Hatches the Egg,” by Dr. Seuss and “Where the Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak, Mrs. Obama said in response to one of the children’s questions.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan also read “Horton Hears a Who!”

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel led the children in a rhyming pledge to read every day. It began: “I promise to read each day and each night. I know it’s the key to growing up right.”

On Monday President Barack Obama proclaimed March 2 Read Across America Day. {Source}