Mr. Accountability, Tavis Smiley, is ending the Great Negro Superbowl ... I'm mean ... his annual event, State of the Black Union because he's got better things to do. I mean, really. You can just save yourself the trouble and go to the library and check out some Cornel West for free. Heck, if you want to hear Michael Eric Dyson bloviate, just turn on a radio or something. You don't need SOTBU to be told what's wrong with you, as a people, nowadays. Hell, I'll tell you for FREE! (Insert: READ THIS BLOG! plug here.)
Does this mean he takes back all that stuff about how Obama NEEDED to attend Smiley's "State of the Black Union" in 2008, because it sounds like me Tavis is saying his own event had lost all relevance.
From the Washington Post:
Smiley also said that, unlike a decade ago, black issues now are being addressed by numerous other media outlets, commentators and bloggers.
The State of the Black Union "doesn't have the premium that it used to have - and that's a good thing," Smiley told The Associated Press.
Of course, Tavis says he's quitting SOTBU because he wants to focus more on his publishing company. (Gotta sell them R. Kelly memoirs, yo! Gotta be accountable to that dollah, dollah bill, ya'll! C.R.E.A.M! Get da money!)
I wish him all the "not" well and unsuccessfulness in that endeavour.