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Greetings! My loved ones know me as Cory Alexander Haywood. You may call me anything you want. Just don't call me "soft spoken." Indeed, my love affair with the English language began during my childhood. Back then, nouns, adjectives, synonyms and transitive verbs were of greater interest to me than any game of kickball (however, basketball will always be my first love.) Over the years, I've dabbled in a variety of writing genres (even those that bore me.) In my opinion, no topic is too great or complex for a seasoned and patient writer. I aspire to eventually reach that plateau, and am well on my way. Stylistically, creative writing best suits my fancy. However, in the summer of 2006, I wrote my first newspiece (it's been a match made in heaven ever since.) The majority of my published work, which spans more than 6 years, relates to politics, social and community awareness, as well as health and wellness. I also occasionally, and some might say nonsensically, explore the ins and outs of love, dating and relationships. I have no expertise,specialty or preference in regard to genre. Instead, I keep an open mind and spirit, thus my outlook remains pure. Simply put, I'm no one trick pony. To contact me, please email [email protected]
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Black Hat Poetry: ‘A Ghetto Without Cops’

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*Slain Teenager Michael Brown added another chapter to America’s extensive history of police brutality against young black males.

Many critics argue that Brown’s murder reflects a lack of oversight and accountability within the various branches of law enforcement.

A solution, some radicals contend, would be to get rid of cops in urban communities altogether. I recently pondered this scenario and arrived at a harrowing conclusion.

A Ghetto without Cops

One nigga, two niggas, three niggas dropped,

‘Cause bullets went flying, and there were no cops.

Four niggas, Five niggas, Six niggas stole,

‘Cause there were no cops lurking on patrol,

Seven niggas, Eight niggas, Nine niggas raped,

 ‘Cause there were no cops and women weren’t safe,

Ten niggas, Twelve niggas, Twenty niggas pillaged,

‘Cause there were no cops to protect the Village.

“Come back!” “Come back!” ol’ poor niggas cried,

‘Cause without cops, their neighborhood died.

Black people: Be careful what you ask for.

The Black Hat column is written by Southern California based Cory A. Haywood who is also a certified personal fitness trainer. Contact him via: [email protected] and/or visit his websites: www.coryhaywood.webs.com or CoryTheWriter.blogspot.com.

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The Black Hat: Light Skinned Women Almost Non-Existent on Daytime Talk Shows

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Three specks of dark chocolate in a sea of white women. Notice anything bizarre in this image? The token black hosts (Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepard) are standing in font of the others as if they really don’t belong. Their younger, slimmer co-hosts were clearly chosen to be eye-candy for viewers. Are producers of the show afraid that  glamorous black hosts would upstage their white counterparts?

*Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and colors (theoretically). However, in Hollywood, looking like a fashion model will give you a leg up on the competition (it will at least get your foot in the door).

When producers of movies and television shows are looking for women to fill acting or hosting roles, they generally chose the ones who are easy on the eyes.

However, it seems that the standards are much lower for women of color, especially compared to their white counterparts. I briefly channel surfed one afternoon and discovered a clear distinction between White and Black female hosts of daytime talkers.

From my observations, the sisters are generally much darker than their co-hosts and some could stand to lose a few pounds. I’m not suggesting that women can’t be big, Black and beautiful. Personally, Jill Scott serves my appetite better than any thin actress could.

However, it’s awfully strange that daytime hosting roles are often reserved for plus-sized, muddy-skinned, homely, Black women.

Damn it, who turned out all the light?

I’m not partial to fairer skin. But it couldn’t hurt for producers to call Halle Berry, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Williams, Thandie Newton, Rashida Jones, or that bright hippie girl from the Cosby Show.

In my opinion, white producers and executives intentionally recruit less-than-glamorous black female hosts in order to perpetuate, and disseminate, the stereotype of white beauty.

The average talk show includes women from all racial backgrounds (hammering home the message of multiculturalism in America). However, the black hosts often appear run-of-the-mill, plain and occasionally masculine.

There are many likable black women in Hollywood capable of being “glam” and well-spoken on the small screen. These ladies deserve a chance to shine.

The following list features today’s black female talk-show hosts:

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Oprah Winfrey, the queen of daytime television.

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Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of  The View

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Sherri Shepard, former host of The View

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Sheryl Underwood, co-host of The Talk

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Loni Love, co-host of The Real

The Black Hat column is written by Southern California based Cory A. Haywood who is also a certified personal fitness trainer. Contact him via: [email protected] and/or visit his websites: www.coryhaywood.webs.com or CoryTheWriter.blogspot.com.

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(The Black Hat) Black Women Are More Abusive Than Black Men

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Sisters, if you don’t have anything nice to say, shut up!

*There’s an old saying: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” This concept has validity in a preschool playground where playing the dozens means calling someone a “booger eater” or “smelly face.” Mature adults, however, recognize that language can be used as a means toward severe emotional reckoning.

If given the proper treatment, mortal wounds heal over time. Contrastingly, verbal abuse almost always causes permanent psychological trauma and deep scarring. Many black women unleash destructive language in the presence of their significant others. In these scenarios, they inflict irreversible damage without throwing a single punch.

Black women also have a talent for character assassination. Instead of using their hands or limbs as weapons (sans Solange Knowles), they aim for the deepest portions of their spouse’s emotions.

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Black women, particularly those lacking contact with a father figure, often aren’t capable of fully respecting the male gender. Young girls raised by single mothers aren’t properly taught ways to peacefully co-exist with the opposite sex.

In many cases, bitterness and hatred (for men) are passed down from one generation of women to the next. This perpetual cycle facilitates animosity between both genders, and opens the door for domestic violence.

In romantic partnerships, black men absorb daily jabs (pun intended) to their ego and manhood. I have personally overheard members of family castigate and demoralize their husbands via telephone. These men were castrated mercilessly by women who call themselves Christians. (But that’s an entirely different story).

Over a period of time, suppressed rage has the potential to bring about emotional overload. Under this condition, violence is possible for any human being, male or female. Sisters, be careful of the men you sass-mouth. It might cost you a bruised eye, fat lip, broken jaw or worse.

In various regions throughout the Middle East and in portions of Africa, it’s customary for rebellious women to be flogged by their spouses. Contrarily, many American-born women knowingly instigate conflict in relationships. This contrast further exemplifies how deeply unappreciative U.S. citizens are of democracy and its freedoms.

America’s female population ought to be glad their backs aren’t lashed as punishment for breaking social norms. I’m not suggesting a recall of women’s domestic rights (that’s backwards thinking). I’m simply campaigning for an equal playing field where the severity of abuse isn’t based on gender.

Besides, the modern Black woman poses a legitimate threat during combat. In yesteryear, a street fight between two females would consist of hair-pulling and open-hand slapping. Today, Black women scrap like trained boxers: employing hooks, jabs, uppercuts, and combinations of each, to defeat their opponent.

Little girls are being taught self-defense by their older brothers and fathers. What is a man to do when confronted or attacked by a wannabe Laila Ali? And if she were caught on video putting a beating on her husband, would the media speak out?  (Yes, you have my permission to answer this rhetorical question).

Mrs. Ali, a former professional athlete whose hands are registered weapons, would be protected under the domestic-violence-double-standard that portrays women as victims and men as monsters. This disparity spits directly in the face of gender-equality. In my opinion, unless women are prepared to knuckle up with men during conflict, equal pay in the workplace shouldn’t be an option.

The Ray Rice scandal has sparked a national confab about the perils of spousal abuse. However, as usual, men have been depicted as villains while women have been given a hall pass.

Sisters, here’s a word of advice: Stop calling your boyfriend a “no good nigga.” Maybe he’ll think twice before going upside your hot head.

Based in Southern California,  Cory A. Haywood is also a certified personal fitness trainer. Contact him via: [email protected] and/or visit his websites: www.coryhaywood.com and corythewriter.blogspot.com

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Reality Check: The Joke We Call Domestic Violence

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*Here’s a riddle for you.

Q: What’s the difference between Janay Rice and Tina Turner?

A: Tina Turner is/was a real woman who had the courage and common sense to leave her abuser.

Q: What’s black and blue and bruised all over?

A: Janay Rice

As a domestic violence survivor, I feel disgusted by this woman’s mental state. According to The National Coalition against Domestic Violence, “3.2 million women have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner. The stats go on to report that 30.3% of women in the United States have been slapped, pushed, or shoved by an intimate partner in their life time.”

It makes me cringe every time I hear a victim defend her abuser. There is never any justification for domestic violence. Victims often claim “I provoked him or he’s really not that bad.” What a joke. You’re right– he’s not that bad, he’s worse. America is one of the greatest and freest countries in the world. Women have rights that other cultures especially in the Middle East only dream of. Why then do we women allow ourselves to be victimized unnecessarily? The answer comes from lack of a spine and a weak upbringing. I have zero sympathy for any woman who allows abuse to continue. My mother always said “he only does what you allow him to do.”

The Huffington Post (3/08/14) listed twenty countries that don’t outlaw domestic violence including: Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Syria etc. These women have understandable excuses on why they take violence. There are no laws that protect them. In fact, their government favors the man and disregards the woman. These women are treated as chattel and are seen as the weaker sex. A lot of these women can’t vote, own a business, or go shopping without a male escort.

It is mind boggling that a woman’s rights are taken for granted in America by abuse victims. After all, we have unlimited resources like: shelters, hotlines, the police department, and domestic violence statutes. Use them!

When I was nineteen years of age, I had my first real boyfriend. Being young and inexperienced, I made mistakes. That’s when the abuse began. Please hear these words: It never got better … only worse. First, it started with yelling and derogatory names. Then it progressed to being jumped on and dragged out of cars. Finally, it took him busting his windshield with his fist for me to wake up. At one point in time, I did blame myself and did not want to jeopardize his prospects of becoming a lawyer. But, the “aha” moment came when I decided that I can do badly all by myself. I never needed him. Needless to say, the relationship ended with me filing a restraining order and delivering payback in more ways than one.

Ladies, I get it. You feel as if everyone makes mistakes and is entitled to a second chance. However, please do not let the penis or his paycheck cloud your judgement. The real joke of this sad issue is that women like Janay Rice believe it’s acceptable to be knocked out by their spouse.

In all honesty, she is a poor excuse for women everywhere. It does not matter if the abuse happened only once. That is one too many times. No amount of counseling can fix what’s  ingrained in a man’s DNA.

Mr. Rice should have thought about his NFL career and his endorsements before he put his hands on a woman. Additionally, he should have analyzed how his family and his fans might be affected. Victims, ask yourself this question: Are you willing to die for convenience? Death should not be a sacrifice for status.

Janay, you and your husband make it the public’s business when you act ghetto and ignorant in public. Mrs. Rice has no business lashing out at the media.  Real women have real spines. Get it together or get lost!

Tiffany Dekine is a guest contributor for EURweb. Contact her via:  [email protected]

 

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Halle Sexed Billy Bob, Katy Perry Kisses Girls – Why Throw Stones At Bootylicious Nicki Minaj?

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The curvaceous rapper has earned millions from shaking her moneymaker. What have you done with your ass lately?

*When rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot released his only chart topping hit, “Baby Got Back” in 1991, he unknowingly set the groundwork for Nicki Minaj’s newest single, “Anaconda.” Her rump-shaking anthem raises the bar in its objectification of the female anatomy, and it’s rapidly becoming a source of vitriol to enraged viewers worldwide.

There’s also a music video to go along with this new song—it’s littered with neon-colored thongs, revealing denim shorts, thigh-hugging spandex, bouncing oily cleavage, and of course Nicki Minaj’s surgically enhanced, virtually nude derriere. She and a gyrating booty-wiggling brigade of scantily clad exotic dancers participate in a four minute, exhibition of synchronized coochy-popping.

Judging by the video, Minaj’s forthcoming album will imaginably contain enough pornographic material that it should come with a bottle of Jergens, a hand-towel, and a few Monte Cristo cigars.

Anaconda pours it on thick with provocative burlesque twerking and shameless sexual innuendo. Minaj upped the ante when she used these elements during her X-rated VMA performance (Video Music Awards). Dressed in fish-net stockings and not much else, Minaj and her backup dancers deflowered the stage with a choreographed routine of fervid dry-humping and pelvis-grinding. While many of the female celebrities in attendance appeared turned off by Minaj’s raunchy display, the men could barely contain their enthusiasm, leaving puddles of drool underneath the crowded seats. It was bedlam—and one of the evening’s most exhilarating moments.

Although Minaj’s off-the-wall antics have transformed her into one the more polarizing figures in music, she comes from a long lineage of female entertainers who have exploited their sexuality for monetary gain. This formula has produced countless “it girls” throughout entertainment history.

Christina Aguilera chucked her squeaky clean image and got “Dirrty” in 2002. Beyonce has morphed into a G-string wearing sadomasochist. Katy Perry, like Madonna, plays tongue hockey with other girls…and she likes it. Even middle-aged Angela Basset, one of Hollywood’s leading ladies, dropped her underpants and got freaky with a young, strapping Jamaican fry-cook in “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.” So why is there a lynch mob aiming for nasty Nicki?

Although many of her fans aren’t old enough to purchase condoms legally, Minaj shouldn’t be raked over the coals for promoting sex, sex and more sex.  It’s standard procedure. For women in entertainment, the road to superstardom is often paved in naked flesh and cosmetic enhancement. Minaj has already gone public about her ass injections. Now she’s giving the music world a strip tease it’s never seen.

From Broadway to Tinseltown and every celebrity-breeding ground in between, many envelope-pushers have parlayed their sex-appeal into highly lucrative careers. Some have even managed to become icons of their respective eras. If Minaj plays her cards correctly, she’ll leave a legacy that censorship won’t be able to erase. Here’s a list of women (past and present) who made piles of money baring it all:

1. Marilyn Monroe

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In 1954, during an era of extreme conservatism, Marilyn Monroe was photographed standing in a heating grate above the New York subway. In this famous black and white image, the lower half of Monroe’s dress gets blown skyward by a gust of wind and exposes her lower body. Monroe smiles gleefully, and cocks her legs wide, while the airflow works its magic.

The photo was deemed “racy” by several members of the public—mostly female—including her then boyfriend baseball icon Joe DiMaggio. Monroe absorbed criticism at every turn, but it didn’t prevent her from becoming an American icon and one of the purest examples of beauty in modern pop history. An eight feet statue depicting the famous scene of Marilyn now stands in the windy city of Chicago. Her white “subway” dress sold for more than $5.6 million in a Beverly Hills, California auction.

2. Pam Grier

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Throughout the 1970s, a mocha chocolate, finely-curved bombshell inspired more erections than Viagra and the adult film industry combined. Sexy, chic and stacked like a full deck of playing cards, Pam Grier graced the pages of several gentlemen’s magazines on her way to superstardom. Ranking among the most desirable women in black cinema history, Grier posed in Hugh Hefner’s Playboy and also stripped into her birthday suit for Hustler Magazine, among others.

In movies, she would often expose her bare breasts and participate in steamy love scenes with her male co-stars. Although she dumped college for a career in film and erotica, Grier eventually received an honorary doctorate from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). It appears that selling sex also results in academic achievement. Who knew?

3. Janet Jackson

(To promote her fourth album,1993’s Janet,Jackson, then 27, appeared topless on the Sept. 16, 1993, cover of Rolling Stone. The pose hinted at the album’s racy lyrics).

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Super Bowl XXXVIII, which was broadcast live on February 1, 2004 from Houston, Texas on the CBS television network in the United States, was noted for a controversial halftime show in which Janet Jackson‘s breast, adorned with a nipple shield, was exposed by Justin Timberlake for about half a second, in what was later referred to as a “wardrobe malfunction“.The incident, sometimes referred to as Nipplegate,was widely discussed. Along with the rest of the halftime show, it led to an immediate crackdown and widespread debate on perceived indecency in broadcasting.

Jackson’s music also reflects varying degrees of perceptible crudity. “Nasty” is the second single from her third studio album, Control(1986). Released in 1986, the single peaked at number three on Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and remains one of Jackson’s signature songs. The line “My first name ain’t baby, it’s Janet – Miss Jackson if you’re nasty” is a well-known catchphrase and has frequently been used in pop culture in various forms.

4. Halle Berry

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Halle Berry’s questionable on-screen exploits can be described in two simple words, “Monster’s Ball” (2001). Nuff said.

5. Miss America Contestants

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Although women who participate in this competition aren’t rich or famous, they’re chosen as ambassadors to represent their respective hometowns. A portion of the pageant requires contestants to parade on stage wearing skimpy two-piece bikinis. Feminists, the fat ones anyway, might scoff at the very idea of exposing their bodies on a nationally televised platform. However, this event began in 1920 and continues to dominate ratings every year—obviously someone’s watching. Bragging rights, a college scholarship, and media attention (albeit temporary) goes to every winner crowned during this celebration of vanity.

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Minaj will be a piñata for her insult-wielding detractors until she decides to hang up her microphone (perhaps even after she retires). But what makes her story any different from the aforementioned list of celebrity sirens? Oh, that’s right: she’s got the best booty in the business.

Based in Southern California, EURweb editorial associate Cory A. Haywood is also a certified personal fitness trainer. Contact him via: [email protected] and/or visit his websites:www.coryhaywood.com and corythewriter.blogspot.com

 

 

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(From middle to right) Former Washington Wizards teammates JaVale McGee and John Wall pose with elated fan.

NBA star JaVale McGee Hosts 1st annual JugLife Celebrity Softball Game (Pics)

(From middle to right) Former Washington Wizards teammates JaVale McGee and John Wall pose with elated fan.

(From middle to right) Former Washington Wizards teammates JaVale McGee and John Wall pose with elated fan.

*NBA/Denver Nuggets star JaVale McGee‘s first Annual JugLife Celebrity Softball game featured industry notables John Wall, Omarion, Nick Young, Ray J and more to raise money and support efforts to bring clean drinking water to Uganda.

What is #Juglife? Well, it is simply improving your life and health by always carrying a gallon of water and hydrating throughout the day. McGee has promoted #Juglife for more than a year and he recently launched the brand, #JUGLIFE™ . It’s a pun–get it?

According to the website, #JUGLIFE™ was created for charitable purposes:

#JUGLIFE™  is a brand that promotes a healthy and productive lifestyle. #JUGLIFE’s motto is to drink a gallon of water a day. This lifestyle is important to #JUGLIFE™ because we understand the necessary intake of water to sustain life. Next to oxygen, water is the most essential element for life; the body cannot survive without water for several days.  Water makes up more than 2/3 of the human body weight. Therefore, we encourage everyone to take the #JUGLIFE™ Challenge by drinking a gallon of water a day.  By taking the #JUGLIFE™ Challenge, it will help every cell and organ function properly in the body, regulate one’s metabolism, and reduce the risk of disease.

#JUGLIFE™ is a company located in the USA and abundantly fortunate to have easy access to water. #JUGLIFE™ is a brand that cares about humanity and believes in contributing to help others who are in need. This company will promote health and wellness. By supporting #JUGLIFE™, you are also helping throughout the world!

Many notable athletes and entertainers gathered to participate in McGee’s celebrity softball game. The following list of stars dawned black and white JugLife baseball jerseys and helped put on a show for the fans in attendance:

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Los Angeles Lakers Guard Nick Young (photo gallery provided by EURweb associate Cory A. Haywood)

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R&B bad boy Ray J

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Rapper, song-writer and megaproducer Kevin McCall

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Former all-pro wideout Terrell Owens

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“Roll Bounce” actor Wesley Johnathan

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“That’s So Raven” actor Orlando Brown