Making Don Imus’ pay day

“Damn, E, they tried to fade you on ‘Dre Day.’ But ‘Dre Day’ only made Eazy’s pay day.” – The late, great, Eazy E

A story in this week’s Newsweek suggests that 2007 may go down in history as the year black women said, “Enough is enough,” but I don’t know. Neither of the great victories cited in the piece is really all that great, if you think about it.

Last week, Anucha Browne Sanders, an executive with Madison Square Garden, managed to take some TI with the New York Knicks for $11 million, but you get the idea that he’s not sweating it too hard. The day after the verdict was announced, he was giving Isaiah Thomas a free ride on his private plane on some bros before hoes shit. Nullus?

So Isaiah might not even lose his job, despite the fact that he was hardly competent in the first place. If anything, this may have worked out well for him. And the fact alone that James Dolan can afford to own and operate a private plane suggests to me that he’ll manage to survive having to shell out $11 million.

Similarly, it was announced the other day that Don Imus is close to finalizing a deal that could have him back on the air as soon as this December. And since he already managed to stick CBS for $20 million this summer for firing him over such bullshit, this may actually work out in his favor.

It’s yet to be announced how much he’ll receive to return to the air, but his old deal with CBS was worth $40 million, of which he received at least $20 million. So if his new deal is worth half as much as his old deal, he will have actually profited from calling a black woman a nappy headed ho. Just like Snoop Dogg.

And since the media’s attention has long since shifted to the Jena Six and any number of other silly contentious race issues, it’s not like there’s a whole lot Al Sharpton can do. Otherwise I’m sure he would have tried that shit already. But I saw him on TV the other day, like, “He may be coming back to radio and more money than ever, but now he’ll have to watch what he says!”

Pshaw!

Face it, Al (and TPAR, for that matter), you lost. All you did was give the guy an undeserved summer-long paid vacation, as if he was a school teacher. And now probably more people than ever are going to listen to him, just because you kept his name in the papers all year with this bullshit. Meanwhile, I’m at a loss for how the state of black women in this country has been improved.

If there’s a lesson to be learned here, and I’m speaking primarily to the ladies here (all three of you), it’s that the best way to get someone to like you is to work on making yourself more likable. Sure, you can find ways to use the law to take a man for all he’s worth, but what’s that gonna prove? You’ve got most of the money already.

Indeed, the real story of 2007 is that it may gone down in history as the year that black women finally edged themselves completely out of the mainstream. I mean, with these awful Tyler Perry movies, and the ridonkulous spread of AIDS, and them taking mad people to court just for looking at them wrong, who would even want to bother at this point?

  • og bobby j

    i believe snoop said it best….”we dont love dem hoes”

    lol @ TPAR for being called out on taking that L

  • travelinprophet

    you are really an interesting person. just strange

  • rich arte

    what the hell was this post about?

  • JAYSTONE

    man fuck imus.this does not make sense cuz i dont get what you are talking about.i hope TPAR get you on this.ok BOL i want to know what will be your reaction if XXL fire you for being overweight.will you sue them..

  • Fire

    “Face it, Al (and TPAR, for that matter), you lost. All you did was give the guy an undeserved summer-long paid vacation, as if he was a school teacher. And now probably more people than ever are going to listen to him, just because you kept his name in the papers all year with this bullshit. Meanwhile, I’m at a loss for how the state of black women in this country has been improved.”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Truth. Makes me think of the saying that any publicity is good publicity. And nothing important managed to get solved. We as a whole need to stop dividing each other over things like race and gender.

  • Around and Around

    Dam Bol wtf did you mother do to you?

  • http://www.xxlmag.com EReal

    Wow, you wrote that whole post just to jab TPAR… (NULLUS)

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  • these posts are racist

    >>>”Face it, Al (and TPAR, for that matter), you lost.”

    Byron, this does not offend me. Do I really think Don Imus losing his job would result in justice for black people in America? I’m not sure what it would take to “win”. To make up for slavery, jim crow and current racial and econmic/classic oppression? A win is not in the realm of reality.

    Does this mean we should stop speaking out against bigotry? No.

    I never made this about Imus, you did. I simply defended the right of those protesting this bigot to speak out against him. I don’t think he should be killed, jailed or forbidden to work. Whatever was in his contract that allowed him to recoup whatever millions he got from his former employer is inconsequential to whether or not acitivists can speak out against him when he makes bigoted and racist statments on air.

    Amazing, BOL continues his fight for a “wealthy white man’s rights”.

    As far as the Isaiah incident, I’m not even sure what your point is? There’s a law that says if an employer fires someone for making a good faith sexual/racial harassment complaint, they are entitled to sue. The jury found in her favor…What’s your point?

  • Raised under Reagan

    Around and Around Says:

    October 9th, 2007 at 1:29 pm
    Dam Bol wtf did you mother do to you?
    ^^^^^^^

    LOL!!! You know it was some weird ass, “I gonna beat cause you to dark, shit.” Or she hit him in the crack of his ass, with a wire hanger on some ‘Mommy Dearest’ in technicolor…. weirdness. LOL!!

  • LowEndofDaChi

    Damn Bol, have you loved or been loved by any black woman?

    “If there’s a lesson to be learned here, and I’m speaking primarily to the ladies here (all three of you), it’s that the best way to get someone to like you is to work on making yourself more likable.”

    While the quote above is true in some instances, it doesn’t cover black women in all situations across the board, Bol. Let’s be realistic here, alot of black women have to deal with being called a bitch or a hoe when they refuse to give some random loser on the street the time of day. But I guess you’ve never witnessed that or don’t see anything wrong with that, do you? Or maybe its their fault for being attractive maybe?

    Your one size fits all solution doesn’t do much to help black women either, does it?

  • Bruce

    Get a life an attend to your own problems. Don Imus slips and you jump. If you helped out your own people there would be less problems.

    Black people are not being misused by White people. They are destroying themselves.

    If you think your being discriminated against there are laws. But the law does not apply to the return of Don Imus. Follow your Snoop Dogs and rappers who only have negative things to say about Women. You will always be on the bottom.

    Raise yourself up. Stop listening to Sharpton and Jackson. You have voices. Use them.

  • Dee

    Bol, I liked your blog – not because I think we women shouldn’t get pissed when we’re being insulted :), but because Imus shouldn’t be such a huge focus. He made a stupid and mean comment while trying to be funny (what comedian doesn’t?) and he apologized profusely. It really burns me that the Sharptons of the world try to stir up racial animosity over every little thing. All comedians (of all ethnic backgrounds) make fun of others – I think if we could all lighten up and not take the bait to make it a federal case and thus repeat the ill-advised comment millions of times in the media, we’d be way better off. There are much worse commentators on the air than Imus, such as the right-wingers who say racist things and really mean it. He didn’t.

  • May

    If there’s a lesson to be learned here, and I’m speaking primarily to the ladies here (all three of you), it’s that the best way to get someone to like you is to work on making yourself more likable. Sure, you can find ways to use the law to take a man for all he’s worth, but what’s that gonna prove? You’ve got most of the money already.

    ^^^Damn, Bol! Can’t a lady stand up for herself? To send a message that she’s not going to endure his behavior? She has the right to do that. Even if he’s not gonna sweat it, that doesn’t matter. The point is, she’s standing up for herself. That’s the way I see it.

    As for the Don Imus sh*t, I knew he was gonna be back on the air sometime in the future. It doesn’t surprise me in the least. Sh*t, I’m not even angry.

    *snorts, smirks, shrugs shoulders* That’s just way things are. Nothing’s gonna change.

    *sigh*

  • http://rizzleworld.blogspot.com/ allnice

    I don’t have a problem with black women getting paid. If they can find a way to sue men for millions, write scandalous books, and get into colleges more than bros then more power to them. I can’t hate on them for getting their money right. But personally, I won’t mess with a sister seriously because she wants to be my competition. Getting with a black chick nowadays is like sleeping with the enemy.

    Frankly, I think black women just want to ether all bros. They are jealous because bros can do what they want. Even though we are getting killed and sent to prison like it’s going out of style, bros are still making a name for themselves and getting that paper. I think black chicks want to see all the bros get locked up despite their supposed attempts at find a “real” black dude because if bros weren’t locked up these broads wouldn’t be able to eat up all the jobs and college spots.

    Despite all of their arrogance and bravado, black chicks still have to promote themselves to get any jig’s attention. Just the other day, this Harvard grad buppie tried her best to holla at the click, but we are all too busy making this paper to get stuck with some obnoxious ivy league broad. These broads just don’t get it or something man. If you gonna focus on your paper, then do that, but don’t try to come at a bro sideways on some let’s get together nonsense. These broads need to learn to play the game correctly or fall back.

  • geico lizard

    you are right with this post and also alot of black women think marrying white guys is the answer but the white man/black woman divorce is the highest percentage of divorces so your post is dead on because black women have to stop celebrating this small battles and try winning the war. oprah didnt jump on any of those situations except rutgers when it was over and as far as jena 6 oprah wants to see how it plays out then maybe she will get involved.

  • Silas

    I love how imus sais its ok cus they say it in rap song. Nigga, wheres your cd? is you a rapper? no nigga, you some creepy ass white radio personality,
    who looks like a werewolf that only half turned.
    he needs to shut his mouth, and someone needs to catch him in a drive-by.

  • sleep

    Bol was ur ghostwritter sick. Cause this post sucked for the first time in 2 weeks. And respect the black numbian princesses they are the earth. Even superhead and the i luv new york chick

  • http://xxlmag.com kane corleone

    On some serious shit ALLNICE I just read what you posted cuz and you sir need to come out the muthfuckin closet,REALSPIT.Sleepin with the enemy ,a chick being jealous of a dude that shit sounds like your in competition with a chick so you can spend more time with the bros,or shit I could be readin it wrong

  • drydock

    Bol still can’t get over the fact that in the American workplace you can get fired for verbally tossing around the n-word or nappy headed hoe or what have you. While I’m not totally sure about the psycho-sexual motivations for Bol’s war against black women (can we get his mother to comment here?) the fact that people push back against various indignities seems shocking to him.

  • Rich

    Byron: Imus will return & he is a good man. Expect Imus to be an open & brutally honest about his actions & the actions of so-called spokespeople of the Black community. He is no stranger to controversy & our nation as a whole will benefit from the dialogue.

  • LowEndofDaChi

    I seriously want to know how old some of you are…The bottom line is this, we as blacks stay losing as long as black men and women look at each other as the “enemy”…I see brothers still on that Willie Lynch shit…@ Allnice, get real son…Either that chick was fat/ugly, you’re lying, or you were frightened by the idea of being approached by an assertive black women with a solid education to stand on…Maybe you left out some pertinent details, but your post screams insecurity.

  • Around and Around

    LowEndofDaChi Says:

    October 10th, 2007 at 8:36 am
    I seriously want to know how old some of you are…The bottom line is this, we as blacks stay losing as long as black men and women look at each other as the “enemy”…I see brothers still on that Willie Lynch shit…@ Allnice, get real son…Either that chick was fat/ugly, you’re lying, or you were frightened by the idea of being approached by an assertive black women with a solid education to stand on…Maybe you left out some pertinent details, but your post screams insecurity.
    —–
    Chi, I agree with you completely. Especially on Allnice, this kid has to be a young buck, that watched one to many fairy tales.