"put my fist up black power....!"
man, just when you thought it was safe...
FUNNY OR FOUL.. you be the judge...
Graphic by Gilberto Rosado
If you haven`t seen the cover of this month`s Vanity Fair magazine (Feb. 2003), you`ll be pleasantly surprised to see Salma Hayek on the cover, but that`s where the niceties end. In an advice column entitled "Ask Dame Edna", the author/comedian, Ms. Dame his/herself, replies to a letter with some of the most shameful racist remarks. The Dame`s insulting advice was enough to motivate writer Gilberto Rosado to start an email campaign to expose the magazine`s offensive column. We thought you might be interested in reading what the Dame thinks of Latinos and what the editors and Vanity Fair allowed to be published, so here you go:
"Dear Dame Edna,
I would very much like to learn a foreign language, preferably French or Italian, but every time I mention this, people tell me to learn Spanish instead. They say, "Everyone is going to be speaking Spanish in 10 years. George W. Bush speaks Spanish." Could this be true? Are we all going to have to speak Spanish?"
-Torn Romantic, Palm Beach
Forget Spanish. There`s nothing in that language worth reading except Don Quixote, and a quick listen to the CD of Man of La Mancha will take care of that. There was a poet named Garcia Lorca, but I`d leave him on the intellectual back burner if I were you. As for everyone`s speaking it, what twaddle! Who speaks it that you are really desperate to talk to? The help? Your leaf blower? Study French or German, where there are at least a few books worth reading, or, if you`re American, try English."
MiGente, we want you to use your power in numbers to tell Vanity Fair what you think of this columnist and her/his words. Send your letters to the editors at: firstname.lastname@example.org
oh yeah.. info
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Join Nebula Award-winner Octavia Butler for a discussion about her most recent novelette, "Amnesty."
Octavia Butler has had 11 novels published so far: Patternmaster, Mind of My Mind, Survivor, Kindred, Wild Seed, Clay's Ark, Dawn, Adulthood Rites, Imago, Parable of the Sower, and Parable of the Talents, as well as a collection of her shorter work, entitled Bloodchild. Her short story "Speech Sounds" won a Hugo Award in 1984, and "Bloodchild" won both the 1985 Hugo and the 1984 Nebula awards as best novelette. Parable of the Talents won the 1999 Nebula for best novel.
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speaking of Scifi
Osiris Takes Flight
The upcoming Matrix-themed animated short film The Final Flight of the Osiris will accompany the release of the upcoming Stephen King SF movie Dreamcatcher on March 21, Warner Brothers and Village Roadshow Pictures announced. Osiris is a nine-minute computer-generated short that serves as a prelude to the upcoming sequel film The Matrix Reloaded, which opens May 15.
Osiris is one of nine short films that make up The Animatrix, which delve further into the universe of The Matrix movies. The short-film series was conceived by Larry and Andy Wachowski, the brothers who created, wrote and directed the Matrix trilogy of films. The Wachowskis also wrote four of the nine Animatrix episodes, including Osiris, the studios announced.
Warner Home Video and Village Roadshow Pictures will release The Animatrix on DVD and VHS on June 3. The third Matrix movie, The Matrix Revolutions, opens in November. Four of the Animatrix shorts will be posted online at the official Web site, beginning Feb. 4.
i got this from capoeira.com . so for thoseof you who are curious....
http://ejmas.com/jcs/jcsart_thompson_1001.htm (Professor Robert Farris Thompson, of Yale University)
Here is a Mestre No interview:
http://www.blackbeltmag.com/archives/blackbelt/1964/mar64/capoeirabrazilian s/capoeirabrazilians.html - This is an article written for Black Belt magazine in 1964 by Mestre Pastinha himself.
http://ejmas.com/jcs/jcsart_rodrigues_0800.htm - This is another article from the Journal of Combative Sport which describes the various stories of capoeira`s origins and its historical development.