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The Meghan Markle Media Massacre


Aaawkward! Yaaa’ll … this is really bad. I mean, really, really bad. Even if you’ve purposefully averted your eyes and attention, you still know exactly what I’m referring to: the trailer of Harry and Meghan’s 6-part docuseries being exposed as manipulative, and amateurish reality television. Everything they’re doing is turning into a dumpster fire. On the heels of Princess Catherine in that envy green dress, no less! As the vicious world wide web picks apart the docuseries frame by frame like feasting piranhas, and despite the madness of all the royal drama, this clash is an ancient story of good vs. evil, right vs. wrong, and brother vs. brother when the hierarchy pushes one up and the other further down the line.

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When Harry and Meghan first came on the scene, I was excited about their union. And when Queen Elizabeth II presented her with her own family crest, I was thrilled and looked forward to more positive news from the modern couple, even though I didn’t keep up with royal news. Today, Harry and Meghan have dominated the airwaves for all the wrong reasons. Despite a genuine gripe of mistreatment and institutional racism, the couple have turned bitter on most lips and tongues. Social media is now competing to outdo itself with meme’s poking fun at the couple, especially after the release of the trailer, conspicuously during their in-laws royal trip to Boston. This is the moment when things got awkward.

Although Harry and Meghan still had some fan support, mostly Harry, the timing of the trailer’s release, the snarky twitter post that tagged it, including a new image of their son, Archie, turned the public away, and the impact it aimed for completely fizzled out like a dud firecracker. The fallout is still being felt, as senior Archewell staff run from their sinking PR ship. Although Harry is taking the media lashing alongside his wife, most of the venom is aimed at Meghan Markle. And Americans, with indefinable cultural attitudes, have not given Markle a U.S. pass either. From the turmoil surrounding her family relationships and friendship dynamics to her wedding guest list, Americans seem to agree that, just like Karen’s, they don’t like Meghan Markle. Even the comment section of positive stories on the Duchess of Sussex is filled with vitriol and total disdain for this woman. It’s quite shocking. harry & meghan

But what makes this entire media circus awkward is that we’re just getting started. There are 6 docuseries in total that will supposedly tell their “full truth” about the racism and deliberate mistreatment Markle experienced as a working royal. Piers Morgan, I mean, the world now anxiously waits to dissect every frame that will undoubtedly go on to live as meme’s on social media.

Global criticism has been ferocious and nonstop. The loud criticism is the symbolic tarring and feathering of Harry and Meghan. Many would say it’s well deserved. And Meghan comparing herself to Nelson Mandela, lying about conversations and events that never occurred, exaggerating a fire story that endangered their child’s life, posturing as environmental warriors while taking private jets, selling sad castle tales of being the royal “spare” prince, Markle claiming she is an only child and of course the infamous, if not scandalous Oprah Winfrey interview where the couple accused the British Royal Family of racism, didn’t help their pleas for pity.

Mind you, the world knows the truth of the matter and the history of the monarchy. I mean, even Harry wore a swastika armband once despite the many trips his late mother took to Africa to serve those less fortunate. The late Princess Diana turned her platform into service to others. She served others boldly and unapologetically, despite the “full truth” of the British monarchy she operated and advanced her goodwill to others under. She had a platform and used it to serve less fortunate people, and that’s why she became The Peoples Princess and will forever live as Queen in peoples hearts. No manipulation or PR machine feeding the trolls was used or needed for her star to shine as intended. She was authentic, unlike the Harkles.

Either way, the Montecito couple is not going away. They can’t. And it’s not the tarring that keeps them stuck in position, but rather the alleged $100-million Netflix deal they made with the devil.

Want to Netflix and chill? You may want to think about it. netflix devil deal

Heraldry Blankets The Cradle Of Mankind’s Identity And Culture




Ceremony, rank, pedigree, membership of a noble family, values and culture are the statements behind family crest’s, tribal totems, coat of arms and all forms of heraldry. Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and wife of Prince Harry had the distinct privilege to design her own crest or coat of arms when she became a member of the British royal family. This is significant. Here’s why: The practice of this tribal symbolism and identity dates back to the cradle of mankind. A crest is the emblem of a clan or tribe. Although Markle being biracial, a divorcee from America or any other ridiculous disqualifier one may add, shows significant progress as it pertains to tolerance and acceptance at the highest level of society’s totem pole. Creating her own emblem highlights the personal but also our collective legacy as black people. Royalty is not new in African culture but Markle joining the British Royals as a member of their family is progress we can all support, unless you’re a racist witch like Princess Michael of Kent who wore that awful racist brooch to have lunch with Markle. Her statement, using a brooch like First Lady Melania using a jacket, spoke loud and clear.

Although history points us to the medieval times when knights personalized their shields with a  coat of arms, the practice actually goes even further. Europeans aren’t the only ones who personalized their clan, family, unit, position or tribe. These kinds of symbolic statements can be traced back to ancient times before the fall of Rome and the birth of the middle ages. Symbolism has always played a vital role in society. There would be no society without symbolism. Human beings and their respective clans have used flags, totems and other forms of tribal and religious heraldry to distinguish themselves from each other since recorded history.

Markle’s crest had me thinking about my own family’s crest or heraldry. Luckily, after going through some family photos I found one. The image is of my great uncle and Paramount Chief of the Pamaka people of Suriname, Grangmang Forster. Pamaka people live on several islands within the country but our main island is Langetabetje. My grandfather, Nikolaas Forster, served as Captain alongside his older brother Grangmang Forster who is holding our tribes symbol or crest in each hand. In one hand he holds a pineapple and in the other a fire breathing dragon. These two symbols are the Pamaka people’s crest. It essentially says; we can either get along, or we can get it on. It represents who we are as a people just like Markle’s crest identifies her family and what she values.

When explorers were sent out during Europe’s great age of discovery they were slow to understand the customs and institutions of the people they came across, explained author Marvin Harris in his book; Cannibals and Kings. He writes, “Although the Europeans exaggerated their “savagery,” the majority of these village communities collected enemy heads as trophies, roasted their prisoners of war alive, and consumed human flesh in ritual feasts. The fact that the “civilized” Europeans also tortured people—in witchcraft trials, for example—and that they were not against exterminating the populations of whole cities should be kept in mind (even if they were squeamish about eating one another). Harris goes on to write, “Explorers encountered fully developed states and empires, headed by despots and ruling classes, and defended by standing armies. It was these great empires, with their cities, monuments, palaces, temples and treasures that had lured all the Marco Polos and Columbuses across the oceans and deserts in the first place.” It’s not hard to surmise what influenced knights to create their own coat of arms. In our modern times this practice would be called cultural appropriation.

From China to India and South America, explorers found a diverse people with their empires and worlds unto themselves, each with distinctive arts, religions and yes, even heraldry. To believe that heraldry, crests or coat of arms are solely a European invention started during the medieval times, is to deny the mere existence of the people they discovered across the oceans, deserts and jungles of the world. Markle’s crest, in many ways, is the return of the rightful royals of the world. A family crest is more than a pretty design, it’s a deep rooted cultural connection to our past and the cradle of mankind’s identity.