Friday, January 18, 2008

Venus If You Will...

Imagine, if you will. It's the Australian Open. Venus Williams is readying herself for a return volley. The commentators are, um, commenting about....her behind.

Now, I'm of two minds about this. The announcer, clearly a fan of Venus' assets (couldn't resist) left the door open for male announcers everywhere to wax prosaic (and suggestively) about women's bodies. Not a good thing. The other thing is a strange turn of mind (so follow me). World opinion about Black women has certainly changed to a state where Black men, still rapping about Black women as "bitches," "hos" or "skeezers" are being bypassed by other men who, startled by the beauty of Halle Berry, Beyonce, Garcelle Beauvais, Janet Jackson and others, are gaining appreciation for the beauty of the darker berries.