Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy": THE REVIEW

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is unquestionably the best album of the year.

It reaches further and demands more from the listener than any Hip Hop or Pop record in recent memory. West shatters stylistic and conceptual boundaries at every turn, painting a fascinatingly complex portrait of rock stardom in all of its glory and dissonance, categorically crushing just about everything else in pop music right now.

It is an epic in the truest sense of the word; mindboggling in its scope, enthralling in its depth, and all-consuming in its grandeur. Like Prince’s Sign o’ the Times, U2’s The Joshua Tree, or Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (MBDTF) is one of those rare and electrifying moments in popular music when a prodigiously talented artist with an almost blemish-less track record sees the light and finally unleashes their magnum opus.

Kanye has never released a less-than-stellar album, but My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is his masterpiece.

For Colored Girls Who Have Had Enuf of Talking About For Colored Girls

Would it be wrong for me to say that I am so over Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girl’s discussions? I have had at least one discussion of the film each day this week and I am finding myself in burn out mode. Yes, I am tired of talking about, reading about, and writing about the movie. If this makes you want to pull my black feminist card go right ahead because I as the woman in green am sick and tired of saying, “This is a story about black women and I don’t give a middle finger about the three black men who are in the movie because we never say this when we watch movies about men, what about his daughter, what about his wife, or what about the woman who sat at the door he entered to conquer.” Also, I’m tired of saying in quotes, “This is Tyler Perry’s best work to date,” and then having black people take this as either my love for all things Tyler Perry or to take it as my black feminist’s cynicism. Yes, I am over it. I have had enough enuf.

Black August and Hip-Hop

I didn’t see “For Colored Girls” this weekend. I had every intention of doing so. I wanted to have an opinion. I wanted to join in on the inevitable conversation that I knew would occur around the preview. I really, really wanted to. But I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Instead, I chose to attend a screening of Black August: a Hip-Hop Benefit Concert a documentary directed by noted journalist and filmmaker Dream Hampton.

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A Tribute to Donna Lykes: My Mother, My Friend (RIP).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETkP3R8j8hE

I cry because teardrops weigh too much

to stay dormant for long periods of time,

and because pain and heartaches are

just God’s way of letting us know that love

is the source of life,

and even though life is bordered by capacities of time,

love is eternal, eternally extended in the realms of forever,

because love doesn’t need to cry.

Love already knows the reason for existence;

explanations to “know-nots”,

and why parts of my existence are lost,

because increments of my heart went away with my mothers.

Monsters in our midst: Black teen violence takes a scary turn

Javier E. David, The Grio | November 9, 2010

The word “crisis” has perhaps become the most overused terms in the American vernacular. The public has spent most of the last two years grappling with hydra-headed crises, mostly economic in nature (financial, housing, unemployment, etc) and widespread in their impact. Yet the term has become almost too glib when discussing the smoldering flashpoint of black on black violence — particularly involving youth — which has smoldered for years, and defies easy categorization.

A wave of recent violence has brought new attention to a very old and intractable problem in black communities across the country. Among the latest cases is Georgia teenager Bobby Tillman, who was stomped, kicked and punched to death by four young men, for no apparent reason; and a 5-year-old boy caught in the crossfire of a suspected gang feud. And who can forget last year’s searing case of Derrion Albert, a Chicago honors student stomped to death by a group of his peers?  (Read more)

November 1, 2010 – November 7, 2010

African-American community mobilizing to defuse youth violence
Huey Freeman , Herald Review News, November 7, 2010

Student violence: A manifestation of general political culture
Staff Writer, Daily Mirror, November 6, 2010

Organizer says Democratic Party didn’t reach out to minority youth
Eugene Kane, Journal Sentinel News, November 6, 2010

Is your child a victim of cyberbullying?
Cassie Foss, The Island Packet, November 6, 2010

Study: 27% of MNSCU black students graduate within 6 years
Doug Belden, St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 6, 2010

Fun Fest Targets Youth Crime and Gang Violence in Border Town of Harlingen, TX
Staff Writer,PR Web, November 6, 2010

Students show support for bullied LGBTQ youth
Jennifer Silber, The Daily Campus, November 4, 2010

Baltimore youth say no to $104 million youth prison
Jordan Farrar, People’s World News, November 3, 2010

Baltimore community protests construction of youth jail
Andrew Castro, PSL News, November 3, 2010

NAACP leader: Tell youth the truth
Sheila Ellis, The Roanoke Times, November 3, 2010

Dems Suffer Without Young Voters of Color Who Stole the ‘08 Show
Jamilah King,Colorlines, November 3, 2010

Timana Tahu to confront race row youth
James Hooper, Herald Sun, November 2, 2010

The youth vote: Missing in action
Mark Franek, Philadelphia Daily News, November 2, 2010

Exit Poll: Lower Turnout Among Youth and Black Voters
Staff Writer, CBS News, November 2, 2010

Obama’s America is a disappointment for many
Charlie Kimber, Socialist Worker News, November 2, 2010

LLU VP for diversity to lead historically black university
ANN Staff Writer, Adventist News Network, November 2, 2010

Black youth, mid-term elections and Obama’s age of hope
Nisa Islam Muhammad, The Final Call, November 1, 2010

Expert on Young Black Voters Available to Discuss Midterm Elections
Cathy Cohen, Newswire, November 1, 2010

Community members, benefactors step up for Youth Science Institute
Mary Gottschalk, Mercury News, November 1, 2010

Proficiency of Black Students Is Found to Be Far Lower Than Expected

Proficiency of Black Students Is Found to Be Far Lower Than Expected
Trip Gabriel, New York Times | November 9, 2010

An achievement gap separating black from white students has long been documented — a social divide extremely vexing to policy makers and the target of one blast of school reform after another.

But a new report focusing on black males suggests that the picture is even bleaker than generally known.

Only 12 percent of black fourth-grade boys are proficient in reading, compared with 38 percent of white boys, and only 12 percent of black eighth-grade boys are proficient in math, compared with 44 percent of white boys.

Poverty alone does not seem to explain the differences: poor white boys do just as well as African-American boys who do not live in poverty, measured by whether they qualify for subsidized school lunches.

The data was distilled from highly respected national math and reading tests, known as the National Assessment for Educational Progress, which are given to students in fourth and eighth grades, most recently in 2009. The report, “A Call for Change,” is to be released Tuesday by the Council of the Great City Schools, an advocacy group for urban public schools.  (Read the full article)