Yesha Callahan

The Role of Ricky Ricardo Will Now Be Played By Sammy Sosa

There are only a few things I know about baseball:

  • I would lend my cervix to Derek Jeter to procreate at the drop of a dime
  • The World Series interrupted two of my favorite shows over the past two weeks (House & Glee)
  • Baseball players have yuck mouth from chewing tobacco
  • Sammy Sosa, a black Dominican, is apparently Ricky Ricardo now


I guess the first three points aren’t as important as the last, well maybe Derek Jeter, but I’ll save that for another post. I was pretty shocked when I saw photos of Sammy Sosa, that were taken while he was attending the Latin Grammy’s 2009 Person of The Year Event recently in Las Vegas. From the green contacts, to the conked hair and newly whiter skin, I’m giving him so much side-eye, I don’t even know where to begin.

Apparently, Sosa has been doing a spa skin rejuvenation process that has turned his skin whiter.  I’m sure that could be true, especially if the spa treatment called for ‘bleaching’ and lightening of the skin.  Who knows if that’s true or not, I think I’d rather hear that he was suffering from vitiligo from all of the years of steriod use, than to hear that he could have possibly made himself casper-like on purpose.

Yesterday as I was walking down the ‘beauty’ section of my local David’s Market (a farmers/all natural market) I noticed an whole shelf dedicated to skin lightening and I immediately thought of Sammy Sosa.  I’d be lying to say that I’ve never used such a product to get rid of hyper-pigmentation that was left by a blemish, but I question anyone, especially a person of color, who uses products and other processes to purposefully lighten their body to achieve a ‘whiter’ look.

Even if Sammy Sosa did lighten his skin on purpose, the whole idea of skin lightening is something that is prevalent in a lot of countries. Take a look at the “Fair & Lovely” ad that airs in India:

The irony about the “Fair & Lovely” products, is that they’re made by the same company that makes Dove, who’s currently involved in a “Love The Skin You’re In” marketing campaign. Hmm..I guess you can love the skin you’re in, even if you want to drastically change it’s color. How about that for irony.
In Senegal, cosmetic efforts to become whiter have become more common & are seen as a way to ‘get ahead’. Bleaching products are prevalent and people women spend fortunes to bleach their skin.

So not only are women of color in various countries, paying top dollars to look lighter, Sammy Sosa could be doing the same thing as well. It’s a sad thought to know that self-hate & colonization are both running rampant amongst people of color, regardless of their economic status.

  1. November 10, 2009 - Reply

    First and foremost, you are a FOOL for this headline… LOL! Secondly, I really would like to know what is all involved w/the skin rejuvenation process… b/c I just can't believe it causes these kind of results.

  2. November 10, 2009 - Reply

    Dude looks like a vampire!

  3. November 10, 2009 - Reply

    When I first saw the recent pic of Sammy Sosa, it scared me!!! I wonder if his whole body has been “processed.”

  4. November 10, 2009 - Reply

    Hey Sammy Sosa, I thought steroids made your penis shrink – not make your face white!!

    Damn good post!

    See why we need to form a connect like Voltron?

    Join the team Negro, or I'll give Sammy your phone number so he can sue you.


  5. November 10, 2009 - Reply

    exactly! when i think of rejuvenation..i think of getting rid of wrinkles..etc..etc..not layers of pigment.

  6. November 10, 2009 - Reply

    lol a vampire in brooklyn!

  7. November 10, 2009 - Reply

    i saw a pic of his hands..and they were quite white as well!

  8. November 10, 2009 - Reply

    Shit, I can barely post on my own site…and the 'other' one I write for…on a regular brain is fried…I'd rather be sued by Sammy Sosa…at least if I sue him back, he'd actually have the $$ to pay for any damages I've

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  10. November 10, 2009 - Reply

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  11. November 10, 2009 - Reply

    That title was the shit… another person called him the new Michael Jackson

    I read about this at another site, but I didn't get too involved in the message. I mean I can't remember a damn thang they said. Well I do remember one standout message. This brother I know (rich ass brotha, I ain't hatin, he's just rich) he just came back from Africa last week. In fact he's been around the world and most of the chocolate cities in America. Well, he said there's still hope because out of all the places he's been, NEW YORK CITY is carrying the flag of “I'm black and I'm proud”. He said even in Africa, the woman are preoccupied with their hair. So Ms. fung'ke chik, if your hair is still like that in your picture, you're still one of the sweetest of the sweet.

  12. November 10, 2009 - Reply

    He doesn't look healthy or good. I want to know what is on his mind about this transition. Because he looks a hawt mess!

  13. November 10, 2009 - Reply

    I think he does have vitiligo from all the steroid use. You can see the dark coloration under all the makeup in the picture above. Guess he thinks because he's white he might as well go all the way with the green contacts. I'm kind of trippin' about the fact that the health food store has skin lighteners, that's weird.

  14. November 11, 2009 - Reply

    Soooo the most hilarious thing about this is I was REALLY thinking Sammy Sosa was about to play Ricardo. I was thinking ok… yea.. he hates himself… blah, blah, blah… there's a struggle in Latin America over skin color just like in the black community but I was really waiting for the *wham!* The I Love Lucy Premier date is *drumroll* … nada. I can't believe Sammy who was actually very good looking has whitened his skin AND put in the contacts! What is all this about? I mean why all of a sudden? You go 40 years as a person of color and now you want to bleach yourself? That's some extreme self-loathing.

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  16. November 18, 2009 - Reply

    This is Kah-razy!! When I saw this I thought it was photoshopped. I didn't believe he'd really did anything to his skin. HA! I told my mother and she said, “What the hell? That's scary!” LOL

    It's an American thing, girl. Once you've been introduced to this nation's way of life, celebrity and film/tv…you will sooner than later be inducted into a society of superficiality. Kinda like that show, “V”…where the ugly folks are covering their ugliness with “skin” to be more approachable, so they can move in and colonize the humans. lmao We gonna have to get rogue like Morris Chestnut (with his yummy chocolate….um) and be mavericks in this mofo.

    I think I'm sleepy…lol

  17. November 22, 2009 - Reply

    To be fair to Dove, the company that owns Dove and Fair and Lovely (Unilever) also owns stuff like bouillon cubes. I think Unilever is just a giant company – it's kind of like how Philip Morris was a cigarette company, yet the showed all those anti-smoking commercials and what not. Except the connection isn't as close as that. Dove still makes awesome products and their campaign is a winner in my book!

  18. December 11, 2009 - Reply

    Dominican hair products and hair stylists are quickly earning an outstanding reputation throughout the United States. I am sure that many wonder if this is just a new fad or if the products and stylists actually deserve their reputation. To determine their credibility lets analyze their hair treatment process.

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