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Thursday, October 11, 2007

WTF?.....Volume 10

Unrelated to black cinema, but interesting just the same.

An update from Crunk And Disorderly:

A local DJ and party promoter retreated Thursday from a plan to sponsor a bash that would let "light-skinned" black women into a downtown club for free.

But the "Light Skin Libra Birthday Bash" at Club APT on Woodward Avenue turned out to be a bashing -- of promoter Ulysses "DJ Lish" Barnes after word of the unusual party spread on the Internet.

"I made a mistake," Barnes said. "I didn't think there would be a backlash."Barnes, who said he's been a party promoter for six years, canceled the event.He said he has gotten angry calls and e-mails from around the country about the party."I didn't mean to offend anyone," he said. "I had planned a party for other shades (of black women). We were going to take a shade of color each week. Next week was going to be a party for 'Sexy Chocolate' and the week after that 'Sexy Caramel.' "Barnes is African-American and describes himself as "dark skinned."

The issue of skin color is an often painful and emotional among African-Americans. The history of slavery and the resulting legacy of intra-racial segregation have sometimes pitted darker-skinned and lighter-skinned blacks against one another.

From I.W.: Suuuuure he planned other parties for other skin tones.


justjudith said...

mmkay, that's particularly messed up. so what happens if you're not light skinned? it's like a party from 1907.

Wanda said...

i wonder if they do the paperbag test at the door. I hope women didn't put this together.

Michelle said...

This is just wrong and stupid.

Invisible Woman said...

As on who is on the borderline of the paperbag, I have to wonder...would I make it? Certainly not after spending time on the is ridiculous that a darker woman would have to wonder if she could get in, or if she would have to pay. What kind of s__t is that? 1907 indeed.

straight fom the peanut gallrey said...

Oh boy he shoulda known betta than that!Lmao,I know my black ass wouldnt make it in, paperbag or not.It was just a bit foul though,he should know how touchy that subject is.

Anonymous said...

This is just the dumbest idea I have ever heard
it's sending us back 300 hundred years.

belledame222 said...

yeah, i was gonna say, what's the cutoff? -do- they use a paper bag?

echt. dude, you know, maybe take a tip from the gay circuit: a "White Party" means what you WEAR...

Invisible Woman said...

just a stupid idea from conception.