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Act like an ass, get to be in a movie telling women what’s wrong with them…

I think Steve Harvey is a great comedian.  And I think that his community work should be lauded. I also think something is seriously sad and lacking when you have thousands of women who look to that zoot suit wearing former adulterer to tell them how to get a man, especially when said pimp-dressed person has admitted that he writes books for women because there ain’t no money in writing them for men.

Alas, my people see fit to not only make Harvey’s trite brand of advice the center of a multi-million dollar brand, but they apparently want to see a movie based on his stupid bestseller Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man. If that wasn’t reason enough to make you reconsider donning that dashiki for this year’s Kwanzaa celebration, Chris Brown has been announced as one of the film’s stars.

Let me tell y’all something. I don’t believe that Brown should have been stripped of the opportunity to have a career once he completed his sentence following the 2009 assault on his then-girl. He has technically paid his debt to society, despite whatever his actions thereafter have said about his character. Let him sing, let him dance. But when you are talking about a story that is based on a book that was designed to help Black women find the love they deserve through the advice of a well-meaning (ahem) middle aged man who can say “I’ve seen and done some things, please learn from my experiences”…I just feel like you shouldn’t cast the 22-year-old who is just as famous for beating up the Black woman he was supposed to love only two years ago as he is for dancing. Not enough time has passed and this is (or should be) something very different from what Brown does with his mildly-misogynistic Hip-Hop-inspired Pop music.

But, alas, this is the sort of stuff y’all like. The question is: since I am quitting Colored life for good, what shall I do this year between December 26 and January 1 at the times that I would normally be lighting my kinara and cooking yams? Or am I not the only Black girl rubbed the wrong way by this?

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