Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Why can't Colin Kaepernick and Brandon Marshall protest

Nina Monroe was under the distinct impression that this was America.  Why are people so irate about these peaceful demonstrations by athletes.  Aren't we allowed to passionately express how we feel about social inequality in a peaceful manner.  These athletes have stated clearly they are not against America or the flag so why are people taking it there,  Is it because of who they are, they are not out there burning flags or spewing hate towards America.  They are simply taking a knee during the National Anthem.  An anthem that is not even sang in its entirety.  The challenge for all the people who have made negative comments, burned jerseys, or taken away endorsements.  The challenge is for you to read the National Anthem in its entirety.  Find out about the beliefs of the man who wrote it and then ask yourselves is this what OUR America believes in now in 2016.  NOT saying we should all be in protest of the National Anthem, just saying  base your opinions in knowledge not ignorance.  It is simply ignorant to try and say how people should protest just because that's how YOU would protest.  There is no malice in what they are doing, they are simply expressing their rights to stand up for what they believe in.  Would Nina Monroe protest this way, probably not but they have a right to feel how they feel and express their frustrations in this manner.

Why is the media drawing so much attention to this, is it because of who they are?  The klu klux klan can protest on the steps of every capital building across the Nation and you would never hear about it.  But let an athlete, who loves his country but hates the injustice, take a knee and it's front page news for weeks.  If you really educate yourself and realize that a lot of the traditions America was founded on were founded during a time when the Nation was immersed in slavery.  This is not taught in history classes in America   Maybe this is why people don't have a realistic education in the true history of America.  This could be the the reason why we are seeing this reaction to what these athletes are doing, which is their absolute right, in AMERICA.  There is no doubt about it, racism is still alive and well, social injustice is still alive and well.  What these athletes are doing should not take the focus away from WHY they are doing it.  It's been spun to distract us from the real issue, do not be fooled and do not lose focus.  These issues are real and people should be able to peacefully protest as well as take action to make sure that all Americans are treated equally and justly in all situations.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Beyonce criticized while Donald Trump gets a pass........

Because I am a busy person and not a professional blogger I have remained silent on soooooo many issues.  Things that I have had opinions about but have chosen to hold my tongue, but on this I cannot!  Donald Trump has been saying the most denigrating, disrespectful, bigoted things about so many people but he has gotten a pass.  A pass why......because in 2015/2016 racism is still very much alive.  It is buried deep in the hand shakes and the congratulations and the thank yous but it is there non-the-less.  It is there and they want to keep it in the background but real recognizes real, we see it for what it is.  A hidden taboo that no one wants to believe still exists 400 years later.  They keep it hidden and the minute we, minorities, express our love for who we are, who our ancestors were, what we have become.  As soon as we express that love, mind you we don't denigrate anyone else, but as soon as we express the love for who we are, who our ancestors were, embrace our culture, we are condemned and called racist.

There is nothing racist in what Beyonce did at half time during Superbowl 50, she simply embraced her love for being black, African American, or whatever they call us now because they don't consider us Americans, still, now, in 2016.  She embraced her love for who she is and that was called racist.  Really, do your research and realize what we as a people suffered for 400 years and then get back to me.  We are not allowed to embrace who we are but Donald Trump, out on the campaign trail running for president can spew the most hateful bigoted words and he gets a pass.  American people your true colors are showing, be careful because America is in every since of the word a melting pot.  Don't let those colors shine so bright because we see you, not just black people but minorities all across the nation.  You are happy as long as we are submissive, complacent, and allow you to have control.  But this is not your world, a higher power controls this and your inadequacies should not mean the oppression of others.  Get over yourselves and embrace the power of artistic expression and really acknowledge the fact that while Beyonce's message was a message of self awareness and empowerment.  Donald Trump's expression has been bigotry at it's finest, he has been given a pass because he is a white rich male in America and the words he has spewed against minorities and women have been deplorable but yet he gets a pass.

Beyonce has not disrespected one person in Formation or during the halftime show but she is boycotted.........really because she embraced who she is and believes like so many of us that all people should be treated the same, with respect and dignity.  In 2016 minorities still have to express ourselves and have to believe in ourselves because people so like Mr. Giuliani believe that us embracing our blackness means disrespecting other races and cultures and that is just not true.  He showed his ignorance and so have others who don't understand or are uneducated to what is really being proclaimed.  We forgive you for that but we ask you to take another look.  Minorities don't dislike cops or white people, minorities dislike injustice, intolerance, ignorance, and anyone who believes we cannot express ourselves because we are other than white, not black but other than white.  So I implore you all, get educate, know American history and understand what the artist or anyone is trying to express before you judge, living in that ivory castle that you have lived in for hundreds of thousands of years.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Janet Jackson - "No Sleeep" (Audio Stream)

Janet, Ms. Jackson.........You Know The Rest

Janet Jackson has resurfaced from her self-imposed hiatus with new music and a new tour.  Fans and media alike are excited for the return of Ms. Jackson, as many have wondered where she has been and what she has been doing.  Janet is married now so we can assume that she took time off to enjoy life with her husband.  However we cannot forget that before she was married, Janet slowly began pulling away from the public eye after her brother Michael died in 2009.  Whatever the reason, we are glad she is back and we would love to know what you all think about the new song and upcoming tour!  Janet's Unbreakable tour kicks off in Vancouver August 31st and wraps in Hawaii November 12th.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Best of 2014

We're going to keep it positive because we could go into the best Twitter beefs of 2014 but that would be so declasse!  We only want to point out our highlights of 2014, sorry if you expected the norm.  I could say that best album of the year for 2014 was U2  'Songs of Innocence' but no.  Don't get us wrong U2 had a great album but we here at Nina Monroe loved 'Strut' by Lenny Kravitz and we also liked 'Ghost Stories' by Coldplay.  

The best movie of 2014, they don't make movies like they used to but if we had to choose we would go with Maleficent, I mean it's Angelina Jolie what are you going to do?!?  Seriously there were a lot of great movies for 2014, like Gone Girl, 300, Rise of an Empire, Ride Along, The Equalizer...... The list goes on and on but Maleficent has to be our pick just because we love the gory fairy tales!  Best new television series of 2014 has to be 'How To Get Away With Murder.'  You just didn't expect any of it and it kept you on the edge of your seat, how are they going to keep the series going after that explosive season?!?

Best dressed of 2014, we have to go with Beyonce just because of that white Michael Costello gown at the 2014 Grammy's.  But let's face it she killed it all year and the instagram was insane so yes Bey is the taker for 2014 Best Dressed.  Our favorite celebrity over at Nina Monroe for 2014 was Beyonce.  I mean even when she has nothing coming out she stays fabulous and that 'On the Run Tour' was crazy so she wins 2014 hands down!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

What Did We Really Expect From Lifetime's Aaliyah Biopic

First let me start by saying no one cast for the movie would have done Aaliyah justice.  I don't know where you would find anyone who embodied that magic that lived within her, let alone come close to resembling her.  Aaliyah had a look, sound, and movement that was all her own, designed specifically for her, it can never be duplicated.  With that being said, the movie was a Lifetime movie and typical of what you would expect to see from a Lifetime movie.  The Twitterverse was set on fire last night when the movie aired and I noticed in particular that people were uneasy about the casting.  As I stated before no one could have done Ms. Aaliyah Dana Haughton justice. But let's think about it, how often do they get it right with casting biopics that are made for television, occasionally but not often right.  Sometimes they get it right but often times the person never really looks the way we think they should look or how we remember them looking.  Now had the movie gone to the big screen, well the money is there and that is way more times than not they get it right.  

Many people were tweeting that the movie should have gone to the big screen.  I can agree with that but when biopics hit the big screen you know that whoever wrote that script dug up the dirt for the movie.  It's usually done tastefully but do we really think Aaliyah's family would want that for her.  The movies that hit the big screen are usually backed by the family or someone with close ties to the dearly departed.  Without the backing of the family I don't see how any biopic of Aaliyah would be successful.  The family has always been against a movie about her life so for that reason this is what you get, a straight to television Lifetime original.  No disrespect intended but for those of us who watch Lifetime originals religiously, the actors are not always the best and the scripts are sometimes subpar but its Lifetime what did the audience really expect.

P.S. Alexandra Shipp is a talented young actress and we hope that the criticism from the movie does not dissuade her in her future endeavors.


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