Ahamefule J. Oluo
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Aug 29, 2013 Ahamefule J. Oluo commented on Horns of Sorrow.
@12. thanks for the blind contrarianism, that's what was missing in this conversation.

@13. This article is definitely abridged and oversimplified. History has exaggerated the east coast - west coast divide but that doesn't mean it wasn't real (the Pacific Jazz catalog vs. the Blue Note catalog of the early 50's is a good example of the coastal divide). There are a lot of generalizations here because the reality is that most people who will read this have no knowledge of these players or their historical context. Hopefully, by spinning an entertaining yarn based on fact, people will take more interest in these masters and maybe even listen to their music.
Aug 28, 2013 Ahamefule J. Oluo commented on Horns of Sorrow.
@3 Yeah. Woody Shaw is another tragic case. When I spoke to Charles I talked about Woody as well but I think it was left out for the sake of space. The 3 trumpet players featured in the article are my 3 personal favorite trumpet players, that may be why I put an emphasis on them. Woody Shaw was no less brilliant and no less heartbreaking.
Jul 29, 2011 Ahamefule J. Oluo commented on Concessions.
@7, let me guess, you are in the local film community and at one point you or one of your equally lame friends made a shitty local film and Lindy West pointed out the shit factor in said film (which is her job) and now you have dedicated your meaningless existence to attacking her every chance you can....sound accurate? Well, that is absolutely in no way pathetic and YOU ARE THE WINNER!
Jul 7, 2011 Ahamefule J. Oluo commented on My Father Is an African Immigrant and My Mother Is a White Girl from Kansas and I Am Not the President of the United States.
Thank you everyone for your kind words, I am glad you liked it.


@37 Just to clarify, both of my children are from my first marriage, they have the same mother and I have been raising them as the custodial parent since we divorced... I am not my father. And the "2 ex wives that I hate" on my website.. that is a joke....you know....in that series of jokes....that it was in the middle of. I don't hate them, I have a perfectly fine relationship with them. I just thought it was a funny juxtaposition.
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Jun 26, 2011 Ahamefule J. Oluo commented on Racist Queers.
@176 I will bring that up at the next black person meeting, you idiot. What you fail to grasp is that you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about "police your own", there are no "kinds" of people, there are just people. You choose to segregate, you choose to make things worse, I try to make things better, maybe you can bring some of these issues up at your next "horrible human being" meeting. I'm doing my part, if you don't want to do yours, I don't care, you are a sad, pathetic excuse for a person and I am done with you.
Jun 26, 2011 Ahamefule J. Oluo commented on Racist Queers.
Allow me to play devil’s advocate for a moment. The VAST majority of the advances made in the realm of medical engineering, technological invention, financial entrepeneurship and political legislation in the past 200 years or so was achieved by men…that is indisputable. The vast majority of those men were married and their wives took care of the domestic duties, cooked, cleaned, raised children, etc. So, you could make an argument (again, devil’s advocate) that it for the benefit of the world that women stay in the kitchen so that their more capable male counterparts take care of running the world (I mean, if women were capable, wouldn’t they have done it? You’re not going to blame “the man” for this, are you?). You could argue that women deserve to be treated as subservient to men (again, I don’t believe any of this).
Continuing this FALSE argument, the majority of prostitutes are women, so I guess by your logic, you cant blame men for treating women like prostitutes…I mean, if women didn’t want to treated like prostitutes then maybe so many women shouldn’t be prostitutes. I mean, you are arguing that it is ok to hate black people because it’s a numbers game and a higher percentage of black people commit crimes…so clearly, it is ok to view all women as prostitutes because a much higher percentage of them are prostitutes compared to their male counterparts…it’s a numbers game, right?
You and I know that none of that is true, there is no such thing as a more capable gender or race or ethnicity, people are people. You know that the historical and current 2nd class status of women (that is not my opinion of women, I am just acknowledging that is how they are treated by society as a whole) in this country is a RESULT of societal oppression, not a justification for it. You say that you ”hate black people” (verbatim), but that I, personally, do not deserve hatred…well here’s the thing, every black person is an individual person (crazy, huh?), just like every woman is a person…and because every black person also happens to be an individual person, they all deserve to be treated as such, to not be branded as this thing, this criminal, this deviant, before they have a chance to fulfill their potential. Of course you have a right to “hate black people”, but know, by doing so, you are making things worse, by advocating that viewpoint you are helping to continue a cycle.
How does equality happen? How does change happen? Lets take women for example, it takes strong women who stand up for their rights and lead by example, but that’s not enough. It also takes a shift in the mentality of our society, it takes everyone, men included, working to spread the OBVIOUS truth that women are not objects, women should not be the servants of men, women are equally capable and equally valuable…and the men that say “if women don’t want to be treated like whores, then they shouldn’t act like it” are an enemy of that progress, they are an enemy of making the world a better place.
It is the same situation for Black Americans, change certainly takes strong black people who stand up for their rights and lead by example (you said “start a website” or something…you realize there are thousands of websites made by black people aimed to make improvements in the black community, right?) , but again, that is not enough. It takes a simultaneous shift in the mentality of all Americans, including you, to push forward. So, of course you have a right to say you hate black people, but by doing so you are making a direct effort to inhibit progress and directly working to continue the issues that you are complaining about.
Jun 26, 2011 Ahamefule J. Oluo commented on Racist Queers.
@167, let me ask you one last question, I just want to make sure I understand your logic. I am a black man, I am a single father, I have had custody of my children since their mother and I divorced 6 years ago. She is white, she went years without seeing them and never paid a cent in child support. I have never been convicted of a crime in my life. I grew up poor, in the "black community", got a full scholarship to an elite private college and pay taxes every year... Now, If I understand correctly, you feel like I deserve to be hated because I happen to be black...I personally deserve to be despised as an individual human being?
Jun 23, 2011 Ahamefule J. Oluo commented on Racist Queers.
@123, let me just ask you, why did you feel the need to write your original comment? What was your motivation? Did you feel the need to make sure people knew it was ok to treat individuals poorly purely because of their race? Do you think you are helping to make the world better with your statements? I'm done disputing your absolutely insane and ignorant "reasoning", you are clearly beyond hope but luckily you are old and you will die soon. I just want to know why you felt your comments contributed anything to this conversation or the world as a whole...or is it possible that you are just a sad human being that, upon assessing the depressing mess that is their existence, looks for any excuse to make themselves feel superior to others??? I THINK WE HAVE A WINNER. I'm sure that will make you very happy in your few remaining years.
Jun 23, 2011 Ahamefule J. Oluo commented on Racist Queers.
@107. Wow, that's so nice of you pat your neighbors on the head like that...you condescending fuck. "Black society" is a reflection of society as a whole, it is a reflection of how "White society" treats "Black society". The problems within the black community do not occur in a vacuum....seriously, why am I wasting my time on you..You know what, go ahead, feel superior, keep your mindset, I don't give a shit....god, your grand-kids are going to hate you sooooo much.