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Wednesday
Jan062010

The End of the Great Negro Superbowl (State of the Black Union Is Dead)

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.

More after the jump.

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.

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Reader Comments (44)

I'm actually glad to hear about this.....Tavis Smiley's State of the Black Union was repetitive, uncreative and reactionary. We off that in 2010.

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLoryn Wilson

Good riddance to bad muthafuggin' rubbish.

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSpinster

Tavis Smiley's State of the Black Union was a product of the same folks who continue to use marches as the 1st thing outta the toolbox. Candidate Obama's non-appearance was a signal for new thinking. I dunno if Tavis has that.

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKarenMW

I certainly take nothing away from legitimate attempts but it seemed near the end they were selling books and trying out their new funny negro rhyming lines for the year.

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSymphony

I'm doing a comment boycott on Smiley.

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Wise

Good riddance; certainly not losing any sleep over this one. TS is such a fake.

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermomonamission

I'd celebrate Smiley catching up with the rest of us on the relevance of his SOTBU except I fear this is foreshadowing for something far more ignant on Tavy "Make Money Beeoches" Tavs part.

I do wish him all the 'go away already' that my heart can dream of.

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe_A

follow the money.

since the corporations are cutting down sponsorships, Tavis couldn't get PAID, so that's why it's bye-bye Negro Super Bowl.

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrikyrah

I think there can still be something to the march. New jack activists may think its too antiquated but there is something to the visual of a lot of people ticked off enough to travel and let it be known they are pissed off. I guess its all in who does it. A march will get on the news before 45 comments from blog X.

It takes a combination of many tactics to be successful.

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSymphony

rikyrah's right. No subprime $$.

Thing is, his idle hands will be hawking Aruh Kelly's book.

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaJane Galt

Well well well well, what have we here. No more Negro Jamborees. What EVER will us po black folk do without that moochie-mouthded, lawn jockey to guide us through this cold white man's world.

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlack American Princess

For as much as I disagreed with Tavis's way of oftentimes childishly critiquing then Senator Obama while he was running for POTUS, I am equally NOT feeling the President right now, NOR am I feeling his watered-down health care bill he was hands OFF on and Friends in unions are also extremely mad, because they campaigned HARD for Obama, and now they find out their insurance costs via this weak health care bill will be privatized down the road and the president never really fought for a single-payer and didn't keep his word about the public option. Not only that, but we are being taken deeper into a war in Afghanistan AND the stimulus monies are going to be TAXED as well. I KNEW going in that it was going to take the President time to do what he wants to do, and I KNEW patience was warranted as well, because the POTUS was handed 'hell in a hand basket' thanks to Bush/Cheney and the Republicans and he HAS done some good pieces of legislation like the Ledbetter Bill. But he promised hope and change, and personally, I'm seeing very little of that. I'm seeing Wall Street get Fat and Happy again, and his foreclosure assistance program is doing VERY little for folks who are having trouble staying in their homes. Where is the leadership? He handed that health care bill off, and didn't really engage in it and as a result has NO public option--and competition--which is what MOST Americans wanted, and this health care bill IF signed is NOT that. I understand not getting all you want in a bill, and bills are like making sausage, but this health care bill is SO watered down and anti-union homes it's not funny.

Even having said all of what I said, I STILL I support the President, feel he CAN do better, and I PRAY that during his 2nd year in office he actually CHALLENGES the Republicans and stands FOR something and grows a stronger spine....I know people and have close friends who campaigned and voted for Obama and who called Tavis a hater (And Tavis did annoy me and he did come off sounding crazy at times) who are NOW not 'feeling' the president as they once did, and being the strong union folks they are, they LOATHE this health care bill, I don't blame them ONE bit. The insurance companies are gonna STAY fat and happy....

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLady_T_1981

I enjoyed these events and the discovery of some real talented Black folks that I was unaware of. It is sad to observe such contempt for TS but I guess that is part of the landscape envy and underdeveloped Black folks who only have the capacity to be negative..

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThrasher

Nooo, I need my who want's to be the next MLK Competition to laugh with...not at, but with.

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJP

The far left side of the Black political spectrum is losing its steam. The far right has won the battle of minds by redefining the left as well as Black people.

No one wants to hear about how oppressed they are when they are not exercising the political power they DO have...and at some point, the revolution has to stop. Then what?

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDon

Thrasher-it's not being negative...TS's "Welcome To The Revolution-I'm your host, Tavis Smiley" act was getting old...

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKellybee

YAY! Woo-hoo!!! I am so damn sick of Tavis "Don't usually know what the hell he is talking about... Acts like Black Folks are a Monolith" Smiley!!!! Now if we can get him off the Sunday am shows......

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdivaliscious11

I think that the WHITE corporate boys got tired of shoveling money at Travis.

I am still waiting for someone to tell me one single benefit the black communitiy received as a result of all of the blovating done by Travis and the other shills parading as representatives of black people.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersammy

SO much for Hope and Change.

We've got nothing but a bad health care bill and a LOT of empty promises made by a really weak President. Very few, of the campaign promises he kept making have NOT been kept. Well, Thank God I don't have to hear my Obama stan friends constantly telling me that President O is gonna get EVERYTHING done. They know NOW he isn't getting MUCH of anything done, and they're keeping their mouths SHUT now. Yep, so much for that Hope and Change Mr. President..

Well Tavis, my friends used to call you a hater but NOT anymore, because they see NOW that all that Hope and Change we were promised isn't amounting to a hill of BEANS!

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJocelyn_Shirley

most nigros are just mad at tavis because he dared to question obama after those nigros jumped on the obama bandwagon after they saw that the good white folk of iowa would support him.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbruthaman1

I don't understand how some of you are so hard on President Obama when he has only been in office for a year. He wants to make improvements but the republicans and some conservative demorcats fight him every time. Has anyone actually read the Health care bill that you can speak so ill of? Or are you just regurgitating what you have heard on the news?

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercosmicsistren

Thrasher, co-sign.
Symphony, co-sign


Many of us claim to be educated, but we conveniently ignore what allowed black people to achieve progress in the US. It was marching(in its many forms of expression), political awareness, education (includes knowledge of self, system, and the enemy) and rational white people.

No single approach brings about change

I'm far from a TS fan, but I do appreciate dialog that attempts to address issues.

The majority of you are hating on TS, and showing your hate via simplistic arguments.

1) If he held these discussions via non-sponsored venues, then all of you would've been complaining about how "ghetto" the venues were, or how awful and tacky the ambience was.

2) TS deserves to get paid if he provides a service. You guys are hinting that he's all about the money and not about black progress, but fail to use the same arguments about black churches.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIsiah Bradley

So much to say, after reading the posts here. Starting with the minor issue that is the topic of this blog: Tavis. Tavis is now and has always been all about Tavis. His plan to be the single voice of the Black community failed abysmally and he is angry because you all didn't read the memo announcing that he was the new leader. Truth is, we still don't have a new MLK. Jesse never did fill that role, having instead become -- as so many of them have -- yet another sucking at the breast of the big corporations. We never seem to learn the lesson so we continue to do what we've always done. Tavis has turned away many quality books, because they would have competed against his, yet is willing to pick up the ghostwritten crap like R. Kelly. My hope is the book tanks, because it deserves to. Unfortunately, folks like controversy, even when it's bad art, so it will probably sell.

As to the comments about the President: Do you people have a clue as to how the government works? Let me help: Law requires legislation. Legislation cannot be created by the President. If the President could simply decide what is law, we would then have the very government the tea partiers are lying about -- can you say communism? We have more to do,as in getting rid of those in Congress who are stopping change. I am of the belief that the President cannot evoke change without Congress helping him to do so. Congress is where legislation is created. Therefore I will be looking for an Al #Franken mentality to vote for in 2010 and going forward. We need representation that is genuinely for the people of this country not for partisan schoolyard games by a bunch of good ole'boys. Looking for quality of character, not party affiliation. (By the way,anyone in Congress and not for #HCR, I respectfully and publicly request that you relinquish your government-provided health insurance and buy your own out of your own pocket.) This is what you should be aiming for. One cannot approach real change with a McDonald's mentality. It won't be quick, it won't be cheap, but it won't leave you feeling unfulfilled, hungry, yet bloated an hour later.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterE_Joyce

@ Joscyln_shirly, Lady T and bruthaman

Facts are stuburn things so let me enlighten you:

President Obama's Record as of 11/15/9

Promises kept (54)
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/rulings/promise-kept/
Promises broken (7)
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/rulings/promise-broken/
Stalled (16)
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/rulings/stalled/
Compromises (14)
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/rulings/compromise/
In the Works (149)
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/rulings/in-the-works/
Overall Count
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/

Expecting for ALL of his promises to be kept in one year is truly astonishing. Nov. 4th 2008 we elected a President not Dictator in chief.
Looks to me like he is doing almost everything he said he would do in the campaign. He said that he wanted to change how Wahington was run which meant making members of congress, the house and the senate actualy do thier jobs. So that is why he let them take on the health care bill since they are law makers. The last time a President was hands on envolved in putting together a health care bill we didn't get one....remember Clintons attempt? The last 16 years gave us a presidents who created laws to get around or bullied members of congress and the senate so I can see why people assume President Obama is weak, since he isnt the bully we are use to having and don't need now. It takes a strong man to take on what he has to deal with day in and out. And if the President was weak we would not have a health care bill to complain about. Is it perfect no, but it is a darn good start. Medicare and Social security was no where what it is today when they were first introduced. over time it got better. And i'm sure that will be the same for this health care bill as well.
I digress we see and hear what we want to match our own reality.
Tavis Smily's SOBA was a good start but he didnt deveolp it to be a meeting of action so it became redundent and reactionary. Year after year people get tired of hearing about whats wrong when there are no plans put in motion to fix what ailes our community.
To find out now he is now producing a book for a pedafile only proves that he is only in it for the money.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterluvangel330

@ luvangel330 and E_Joyce - I love you!!1 Thank you for you comments.

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercosmicsistren
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