An update to a post that obviously was so much more.
In April 2013, as politics and pop culture collided, while twitter and face book joined in as seeds of change for me. There were several side stories,which did not make it to TV,but were In full effect. That night as people praised laughed danced tweeted positive things, no one knew about the two young men who possibly were in the wrong place at an undesirable hour. In what appears to be a related story about segregation and proms, we find out that two years earlier one young black man #JustinPatterson was shot dead the other traumatized for what seems to be the senseless death of his friend on January 29 2011. The story is one that hurts, makes me mad that this was apparently hidden by the media; it definitely became a side story possibly swept under a damn rug by law enforcement and brings to mind what happens when young black men are confronted or treated as threats.
The real story was being brought to light while surfing the TV. I found MPH talking to a writer about a story that actually started in 2009 about segregation, southern proms and inclusion ending with a related narration about an unnecessary death of yet another young black man in 2011 by an old white man . If that isn’t not enough, this splintered reality includes a young black man/police officer struggling to become a sheriff in what becomes an obvious evolution story of 3 steps backward or 21st Century jim crow and one step forward beginning in 2013
Please tune into HBO May 18, 2015 and Watch Southern Rites: The Heartbreaking Story of Justin Patterson’s Death
My first knowledge of this particular story about southern ties proms and segregation was April 2013 … below is my elation post while watching the White House correspondence dinner online
My first thought was outrage and sadness as we see certain states in the south regressing on so many levels, then the story about how these young kids made a choice to close the racial divide, got organized raised money for a prom apparently open to all and helped by many outside the rural community. It also led to Leaders of the Georgia N.A.A.C.P. calling for the state to ban segregated proms and brought back memories of 2009, when Morgan Freeman funded the first racially integrated prom in Charleston, MI.
Anyway, the highlight of my night started out with PBO stepping onto the stage with a new Presidential intro to DJ Khalid’s, All I do is Win and his dance while WHCD president, Ed henry and fellow FOX employees watched on. Then again, PBO’s whole dialogue was hilarious got a huge bounce with a lot of photos; except c-span.org decided NOT to show his magazine cover. We all wait for that to be leaked.
Apparently, the White House Correspondent Dinner has been going on for years but its popularity only started in 1993 and from then on, sold out. The crowd of 2700 came to see Mrs. and President Obama, Conan and raise a whole lot of money for future Journalists. The main complaint was that Hollywood seemed to outnumber the Correspondents on the Red Carpet. I have to say watching them eat for 2 hours before the good stuff started was odd and ok you got a ticket to the #NerdProm, but there is a whole lot more room for improvement. If you were on your couch watching, something definitely was upsetting Gov. Chris Christie because cameras kept panning over to his table, maybe he didn’t know that it was supposed to be a night of jabs, juicy comments and lots of money donated for student scholarships … who knows exactly why Gov. Christie had that look. I don’t know about you but the WHCD was a good time of funny. Those of us who not only support PBO see a funnier, more confident, less stressed out President working his 2nd term who says what’s on his mind more and the #NerdProm was just one example .
As for the integrated Prom night in Georgia, let’s face it; proms in the future are questionable but things are looking up in some parts of the rural south… at least in Wilcox County. In response to requests to desegregate, the Wilcox County school board plans to vote this spring on making future proms official school events, which would prohibit racial segregation.
The White House Correspondent Dinner, was a night when entertainers and politicians switched places… where the red carpet became a place to pose with various people… clearly stars in their own worlds each seeing someone from the others life and wanting photos.