Columnist Fri, 26 May 2017 15:04:30 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb 'America, Wake Up!': Glorifying and Glamourizing Transexuality in the United States

On any given day after hopping on the metro subway into Washington, DC, you may probably see something or someone perceived by most individuals as odd, bizarre, perverse or even abominable.

He or 'she' may even receive stares, frowns, or outright nasty comments from other commuters. We have several colloquial terms for this type of individual: a 'Shim', a 'He-She', or a 'Trannie'. Western society refers to such people as transexuals or individuals who were born one gender and elect to transform themselves into the opposite gender. From Boston to Bangkok, people living as transexuals are everywhere. Usually operating from the bowels of society, men with slender, de-masculinized (in some cases) faces disguise themselves as women under a cloud of make-up and a laundry list of elective cosmetic surgeries a mile long. An emerging trend among these 'gender-shifters' are that naturally born women-through the use of testosterone supplements-have transformed themselves into beard-having men. Even as bizarre and backwards as this trend is, the most ridiculous aspect to this issue is that Hollywood embraces  and even praises these individuals for whatever reason.


Take for instance the recent news about the former Olympian, Bruce Jenner, openly coming out on a prime-time interview to say that he now considers himself  ' "to be a woman." ' Most may recognize Bruce Jenner as the reality television star from 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians'. As a step-father to the infamous 'film star', Kim Kardashian, Jenner was used to surrounding himself with women. Little did anyone consider that he would one day like to become one. During the interview, he mentioned to Diane Sawyer how much love and support he was receiving from his family including his first wife and all of his children. As I glanced at my television screen during the premier of this live interview, I was shocked. Shuddering and disillusioned by what Hollywood is selling the next generation, it was hard to perceive how children of these days could possibly understand the true nature of God's intention for man and woman.  Half-way through the interview, I felt like I was watching a train-wreck. You know the feeling that you can only get when you are viewing something that is almost so tragic that you would like to turn away but it is so controversial that you continue watching? Well, I witnessed the segment until its end and started wondering how such immorality could become acceptable and mainstream. I began to ponder to myself, in less than 300 years how could a country founded on Christian morals and family values transition into Babylon?


The reason is simple. America has now become a godless country in which liberties are limitless even when they infringe on the rights of others. Truly, this is a sign of the times that spells doom for a country that was once termed, 'The Superpower of the World.' Those who may not agree with my opinion are free to continue to observe the downward spiral that lawlessness is driving America towards. The normalization of transexuality is just one more fuel to a nation under fire that is headed in the direction of imminent destruction.

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Mainstream America (Part I): The Speculation & Phenomenon of Bi-racial Romance

'Black is beautiful.' We hear it so often that it must be true. But it is? How often is the phrase, 'White is beautiful' ever utilized in contemporary times? Perhaps somethings are better left unsaid even when the status quo promotes it. Everything in the United States emphasizes the beauty of White Americans particularly that of the most advantaged race of women on earth; White women.

This is by no means the typical article written by a Black woman bashing everything that White women stand for when it comes to beauty, feminism and sexuality. This is simply an expression of the truth and a compilation of experiences of women-both Black and White. As I recall one of my best friends utter the adage, ' "Once you go black you never go back" ' I consider the rationale behind her firm belief in this statement. In the past, I laughed this phrase off as a testament to the virility of Black men all over the world.

Most of the time, this utterance would be followed up by a White friend's personal tale of one late night or recurrent trysts with a man described to be nothing short of Idris Elba or Denzel Washington. While my other Black or African female friends would keep silence in defiance or sheer horror at the vulgarity spoken from this White woman's mouth regarding their own Black 'brothers', I remained intrigued by tales recanted with such passion and desire. My fascination behind these tales had nothing to do with the vulgar or raunchy nature in which they were told. My interests in my White female friend's tales about the Black men that they had dated was more about why they sought out Black men in the first place.

In my mind, I had eventually resolved that they enjoyed the challenge of dating someone vastly different from the Middle America culture that many of my White female friends had grown up in and been limited to prior to becoming independent from their families. Visualize a young White women in her college years encountering a young Black man who has psychologically grown tired of the homogenous environment that he too was raised in. Put these two individuals together and you generate excitement, wonder, and not to mention the thrill of committing a controversial taboo. Risk and adventure fuel most of the experimental bi-racial relationships that I have witnessed between White women and Black men during my college years.

The Black men in these circumstances were commonly called, 'traitors to the race' while the White women were usually granted dubious compliments or derogatory insults (by White men and Black women, alike). However, I don't believe interracial dating to be all that serious or detrimental to the future relationship that one may hold with his or her spouse regardless of what race or ethnic group they descend from. At the risk of offending my Black female audience members, I will say that White women are not after Black men because of any uncontrollable lustful desires or an unquenchable need to be greedy when it comes to their dating pools. Simply put, White women like any other woman wants to explore her surroundings and gain an understanding of various peoples and places. One of the easiest ways that White women find to immerse themselves in a culture they admire is to develop a close and intimate relationship with a member of that ethnic group. This explanation is similar for Black men but specific to African men who have recently travelled to the United States and desire to gain a better understanding of American life.

How can you then blame individuals for their personal preferences in dating at one particular moment or phase in their lives? I honestly do not believe you can. So the next time you would like to place judgement on a bi-racial couple just for existing, consider the fact that world is becoming a smaller place and that many cultures no longer emphasize on the residual stigma of racial superiority nor the need to be forever homogenized or 'racially pure.'

In this modern world, variety has truly become the spice of life especially when it comes to the blending of cultures, ethnic groups and traditions.


- C.C. Wonders

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A couple of weeks back, I came across a news story that halted me in my tracks.

An 18 year old college student by the name of Miriam Weeks (also known as Belle Knox) brazenly admitted to starring in over 25 pornographic films in order to pay for her $ 45, 000 yearly tuition. Much more, the young woman defends the right to do so as a means of assuring that her school fees are met. In a recent interview with Fox News, Weeks stated that ‘“[she] has made enough to pay for this year.”’ 

In addition to being a freshman student at Duke University, a top ten nationally-ranked University in the United States, and a porn star, Weeks also dances for a strip club in the state of North Carolina. However effective her work in the sex industry has been towards affording her university tuition, there has been a major backlash among her fellow students on campus. She faces constant death threats and harassment from both men and women. In particular, women tend to insult her for sexually objectifying herself. Thus far, Weeks has been interviewed by leading television networks and has appeared on popular daytime television shows such as ‘The View.’ She continues to share her story, thus generating greater exposure to her ‘cause’ and a larger audience to witness her ‘work ethic.’

There is only one word to describe this young woman’s actions in relation to her perceived interest in obtaining a higher education- DISGUSTING. In my opinion, Miriam Weeks is a poorly, misguided young woman who compensates her personal insecurities and psychological afflictions by gaining ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ attention through pornography. The shame her parents feel must be embarrassing and partially devastating, especially since this young woman bares no shame or remorse for her lack of human integrity.

I cannot and will not defend or excuse the behavior of a young woman who decides at an early age that she would rather be treated like a piece of meat than a feminine creature. Still, I see Weeks’ story and realize that she is not the problem. Weeks’ is merely a manifestation of what contemporary society is selling young women concerning their sexuality. It is as if today’s world suggests that in order to be considered attractive in the public eye, you have to be boundless and promiscuous. Let’s revisit a few of our most popular female celebrities to see if their ‘chasteness’ holds weight against sexual immorality. Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Miley Cyrus (to name a few) are more renowned for their sexually exploitative behaviors and their shelves of various men than their actual talents. If these ladies are role models to millions of young women, how can we reasonably expect women to uphold the values of prudence and chastity? 

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Five Most Common Stereotypes of Black Women In America

Turn on the Television. While you are scanning through channels with the remote, chances are you will catch a glimpse of either a television show depicting

Black American women misbehaving or taking off their clothes. You may get lucky and witness both actions occurring simultaneously. If you have ever watched popular Black American movies and  television shows such as Waiting to Exhale, Girlfriends, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Game, or Player's Club  than I need no further illustration of the vivid scenes portrayed in these media programs.


However for those that have not witnessed such programming, I will sum them up in a couple of words: licentious, provocative, melodramatic, controversial but above all, ignorant.


Media portrayal of black women and the opinions held by other racial groups about black women and their male counterparts alike have inspired this comprehensive list of the five most common (negative) stereotypes of black women in America.



1.) Black women are overtly promiscuous beings that crave sex


The first stereotype was strategically chosen as  numero uno as a growing number of Black American men and African men have begun to view their women in this light. I have justifiably used the word 'their' as its possessive  property insinuates that Black American women in America are the counterparts of not only Black American ('Akata') men but also African men as well. One of the major factors in African men over-sexualizing  Black American women is the lack of identity and therefore, estrangement of the Black American woman. African men have a tendency to treat African-born women with greater respect when it comes to their femininity and sexuality. Such treatment is derived from the high-esteem in which African men hold their mothers and sisters in and commonly liken other African women to. This is contrary to their views about Black American women being 'loose, cheap and easy'- an opinion supported by media portrayals of Black American women as exotic dancers, prostitutes, or happily-single promiscuous ladies.



2.) Black women are assertive beings with bad attitudes


All the neck-snapping in the world cannot persuade an individual knowledgeable enough about Black culture to conclude that ALL black women are overly assertive and aggressive creatures with nasty attitudes. Just as Whites, Latinos, Asians and Africans, Black American women are products of their environment. If they are raised by kind parents, they can become products of kindness and warmth with positive, loving attitudes. A poor attitude in not a chronic condition which all black women must succumb to.


3.) Black women are bonafide 'Golddiggers'


In the United States, it is very often that the few black women who do end up with ambitious, affluent men are referred to as 'golddiggers'. A golddigger is a pejorative term for a woman thought to gain interest in any man, whether young or old, who can benefit her financially. A black woman who is fortunate enough to maintain a relationship with a successful man is demonized for doing so while women of other cultures and races openly admit to ' searching for a man who can provide.'


4.) Black women never get married


Ironically enough, shows like  The Real housewives of Atlanta  falsely advertise the content of their programming through the use of the word 'housewives'.  While the majority of the female cast of the television show are divorcees or soon to obtain that title. The sad reality is that many successful, beautiful black women remain unmarried even though they continue the voyage towards finding Mr. Right. Based on the low statistics of marriage in Black America, it is the duty of entertainment to produce inspiring programs which uphold the institution of marriage in the Black community void of perpetuating the stereotype of the 'forever single Black American woman'.



5.) Black women are destined to play the  'Baby Mama' role


Last but not least of the stereotypes. Added to the plight of the Black American woman is the high probability of bearing children outside of matrimony. Although western society no longer frowns upon such a scenario as it once did, there are still many societal implications to our modern-day definition of the nuclear family.  The disconcerting thing about the 'baby mama' title is that the major misconception is that these Black American women were somehow underserving of the more gracious title of 'wife.' I believe that this is a grave fallacy plaguing the Black community. Nonetheless, this stereotype is apparent almost every single day particularly among teen mothers.



Our discussion about the five most common stereotypes is merely the beginning of a dialogue that we must engage in with members of the Black American and African communities. The greatest travesty is that these images depicting Black American women being anything less than beautiful descendants of our own African heritage is something that is widespread across continents thanks to mainstream media and entertainment. Disturbingly enough, I have even started to see some of these stereotypes about Black American women being glamourized among iconic figures in Nollywood films. In the very least, we should deter these stereotypes from becoming commonplace in our homes and begin to counter western media images by depicting both Black American and African women as paragons of beauty as well as women of high-esteem and integrity. Let us always remember to praise the accomplishments of ambitious black women who have shown us that women are competent, capable beings and avoid negative categorization of all women particularly our own sisters.




A first generation born Nigerian-American, C.C. is inspired by her love for family, culture, and a strong passion for writing. As an avid reader from day one, she is most inspired by texts like Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, John Grisham's The Confession and The Holy Bible. Her future aspirations include further developing her career in writing and journalism as well as establishing policy reforms for greater healthcare infrastructure in Nigeria and abroad. C.C. currently resides in the Washington DC Metropolitan area within the United States. 




- C.C. Wonders 




]]> (Super User) Columnist Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:24:05 +0000
Helping Flood Victims

In Nigeria right now, an estimated 1 million victims of the worst floods in 52 years are searching for hope. Hundreds of thousands have lost their homes, drinking

water is filthy and contaminated, and food is scarce. One look at the devastating images of men and women walking through brown water up to their chests, watching TV footages of children without shelter, is not only pathetic but scary also. 

It is time we come out to show how much we care, Initiative for Development, Empowerment and Absolute Stability, IDEAS an NGO founded by me is ready to partner with all other agencies to provide relief materials and help in rehabilitating displaced men, women and children. 

According to experts forecast, the rising water will continue, which means, more mass displacement, more mass deaths, and mass hunger. 

Let us all come out and lend a helping hand to the needy at this time. 

I dedicate this month’s column to the displaced and flood victim across the country. 

Join me next month, when I roll out the maiden edition of my column in PSN. 

Take care 

Jeniffer Eliogu

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