Oct 28 2008
Common and a big smile from Maya Angelou at The Friars Club

The First Black President? The ‘Chocolate News’ Perspective

Common and Maya Angelou stopped for a picture at yesterday’s Benefit for Readers and Writers at The Friars Club in NYC. Whenever I see Maya Angelou, I can’t forget her firm support for Hillary Clinton during the primarys. She was swayed by Hillary’s experience and dedication to the ‘struggle.’ Both arguable points, but who, with a scrap of home training, would get in the face of someone that could easily be their own grandmama? Not to mention Maya Angelou’s earned spot in the cultural lexicon.

Clearly her lack of support wasn’t about race, but there are some people who argue that the 95% of the black vote Barack Obama will get on Nov 4th, shows how racist black people are: voting for the black man, because he’s tan. That’s laughable, because for the last 25 years the black vote has basically been ignored by Democratic candidates, because black people vote 95% for the Democratic candidate, no matter who is at the top of the ticket? This year that person happens to be a black man.

Sure, there is a secondary pride and third level history making aspect to it, but Hillary Clinton or pre-scandal John Edwards would have had no trouble getting the black vote.
On the other side,  there are white people that won’t vote for Barack, just because of his race. It evens out.

What’s all this talk about black anyway? Barack isn’t black.. Not Djimon Hounsu black!

Chocolate News: The First Black President

“The Republicans have an ex-prisoner. Whose running mate is a heat packing, mama of five, with a teenage knocked up baby’s mama. OH.. hellll no!”

☼ What's Your Opinion? ☼

1 Mimi Wed, Oct 29, 2008 - 5:27 pm

Thank you for pointing out the fact that most of the black population would be voting Democratic anyway and this time it happens to be a black guy.

OT-Riddle me this..Where’s Keyshawnta? I probably buchered her name but I’m an old school Whudat.com head, I miss her inserts.

2 Chris G. Wed, Oct 29, 2008 - 8:39 pm

True story - Keshawnta has been putting in work for the Democratic ticket since late ‘06. She checked in early August of this year with a Lauryn Hill story, but having been out of the loop for some time, I don’t think there will be any ‘old school’ Inserts on the way. wink

3 Leo UK Thu, Oct 30, 2008 - 6:50 am

Does she write for anybody else?
Not to say what you do isn’t great Chris, but she compliments the site. Like the way fried dumplings compliment Ackee and Saltfish!!! Great by themselves damn-amazing when they are together.

4 Mimi Thu, Oct 30, 2008 - 10:12 am

Thanks for replying Chris, and good for her!

Leo-Funny you put it like that, Ackee and Saltfish w/fried dumplings is one of my favorite dishes and I totally agree.

5 Tony Thu, Oct 30, 2008 - 2:23 pm

Great post!!! I agree with everything stated and could not have said it better myself.

I think a lot of us are reminded of Maya’s strong support for Hillary everytime we see her. But I also think that Obama is the person who can bridge these generation and racial gaps. If he were 100% white with the same philosophies, outlooks, and inspirational qualities I’d still be voting for him and he’d still be the best person to have ever run for president.

6 Steph Thu, Oct 30, 2008 - 2:57 pm

I’m an old Whudat head and I miss keshawnta as well…

On another note did anyone see the Obama Ad? Ive been trying to locate it on the net. Has anyone seen it?

7 Moe Sun, Nov 02, 2008 - 12:43 am

I agree with your post Chris, a lot of the black population does vote democrat the majority of the time.  However there is a great sense of pride to see the possibility of the first black president.  It is way past time for a change!

8 Nicole Tue, Nov 04, 2008 - 10:45 pm


9 To the People Wed, Nov 05, 2008 - 1:52 pm

Yes everyone OBAMA IS THE PRESIDENT!!! Now, lets not get above ourselves. Lets know that white cops are going to get whiter. White bosses are going to get bossier when it comes to us. White judges and prosecutors are going to “follow the law” when we are in court. What I am saying is be your very best at work and in the streets. Be your best in life because there are some whites in power that are going to really stick it to us now. Not that we shouldn’t be on our best at all times anyways but we are ALL going to be watched more closely now. THank you ALL who were smart enough to vote this country in the right direction. Much love and respect to you for that.

10 gtannis Thu, Dec 04, 2008 - 11:04 am

wonderful win