Bomb the Throne, the Aftermath

Honestly I had reservations about posting “Bushes” (Bomb the Throne). I knew a million rappers had already done freestyles over the “Otis” instrumental, and with the release of Jay and Kanye’s Watch the Throne I thought I may have been too late. I also wasn’t sure if people wanted to revisit the Bushes and their failures with so much disappointment in politics period right now. I’m genuinely amazed at the reaction and truly feel like a change is taking place as far as the type of Hip-Hop people want to hear.

The only backlash came from people who feel like I made the song to protect President Obama, or let him off the hook, and that’s simply not the case. I was writing about the Bushes so I was attempting to show the hypocrisy in the media and politicians who are screaming about debt, but were quiet while George W. took a surplus and almost destroyed the entire economy. It’s a fact that President Obama came into office under the worst conditions of any other President in history. Now we can argue whether or not he’s made “change we can believe in”, but I’ll save that for my next video…stay tuned

Commercial Break: Athlete Slash Musician

It seems I’ve been more polemical than usual these last few weeks. So how about something completely worthless and asinine–ok, more worthless and asinine than what I usually post here–this Monday? Because, frankly, all I have to say about The Help‘s (and The Smurfs’) continued box office success this weekend is: Effing really (God bless the interrobang.)

Anyway, in case you missed it, the NFL lockout ended, and I’m using the breaks from dissertating to prepare for the upcoming fantasy football season. I’m ready to defend last year’s title (and take that money); I’ve also started a women’s fantasy football league (because that’s why feminists burned their bras in the 70s). In an effort to find enough women to participate, the homie, Liz and I Twitter-stalked ESPN’s Jemele Hill trying to get her to take one of our slots. Despite the hilarity of our tweets to her, she eventually declined due to schedule (or so she says #notbitter). One of tweets I sent her was a mash-up of the New York Jet, Bart Scott’s now hilariously infamous post-game interview and Nu Shooz 80s hit, “I Can’t Wait.” My foray into technological prowess combined with Deion “Must be the Money Sanders’ induction into the NFL Hall of Fame a few weeks ago got me thinking about athletes and their musical careers. And so, instead of the scathing pop culture criticism you’ve grown used to, I present:

Weekly News Round-Up: Aug 15th- August 21st, 2011

Aug 15th- 21st

 

Northwestern principal maintains high achievement standards
Shawn Cetrone, Herald Online, 8/14/11

 

It’s ‘Blackademic: young and black in academia
Chetachi A. Egwu, The Grio, 8/14/11

 

These four also have a dream
Janel Davis , The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, AJC

 

A tepid response to race-based school bullying
Milton W. Hinton Jr. , New Jersey News, 8/14/11

 

A good change at Shaw?
Barry Saunders, News Observer, 8/14/11

 

How to Stop Flash Mobs
Zack Isaacs, Huffington Post, 8/15/11

 

Teen Arrested In Wisc. Flash Mob Attack; City Blames Black Families
Johan Thomas, News One, 8/15/11

 

Mentoring brings satisfaction
Staff Writer, Vindy News, 8/15/11

 

Philly Mayor Michael Nutter Joins Bill Cosby in Bashing Black Teens and Parents
Jorge Rivas, Colorlines, 8/16/11

 

A shared responsibility
JS Online, Earl Bracy, 8/16/11

 

THE WEEKND Continues To Astound With New Mixtape "THURSDAY"

Our prayers were answered yesterday, people.

Last night, Toronto-based R&B mystery man The Weeknd unleashed his brand new mixtape Thursday.  You can follow the link below to snag the free download.

Things have changed drastically for The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye) since the release of his first tape House Of Balloons earlier this year. For one thing, there was absolutely no pressure. But since then, House of Balloons has been the most positively-reviewed album of the year thus far. Tesfaye now releases his follow-up to an audience hungry for another dose of a dark, haunted and debauched majesty that we now come to expect (i.e. demand) from The Weeknd.

And our hero does not disappoint.

The Internet Popularity of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELMgw3FToXY&feature=youtu.be

I have written previously on how much I love the web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. The show is original and features a young black woman who navigates her way through seen and unseen awkward situations on her job and in her relationships. Well, I am happy to report that the show is so popular that in a matter of a month, the creator, Issa Rae, and her cast mates where able to raise $44,000 dollars to continue the web series for another 5 weeks with a grand finale.

To read more about her inspirational fundraising story, please read below.

Eating TV Dinners During Racial Zoo-Keeping

On top of America’s legacy of racism there’s nothing more upsetting than the absence of guilt, from the racists of course. Not even the first sentence describes the severity of our situation, especially when there are tv shows, Bait Car for instance, that broadcast the hatred of Black youth. Every time I’ve watched Bait Car, a reality series that shadows police in their bait care operations, I’ve witnessed the perversion of innocence through successful set-ups. The living room screen reveals to us a sorry moment: this is a point in time in which we see injustices against us and we won’t even scratch a finger across our foreheads, at least that’s a “startin’ sumthin’” gesture.

The Help

This weekend, I saw the much criticized/acclaimed movie The Help. I had planned to keep this a secret, to never tell a soul, and pretend this never happened. But, I wanted to have an opinion about the movie so I bought a ticket to The Smurfs and saw The Help instead (I wanted to see it, but not support it). I refrained from reading any reviews, or any synopses of the book or the film. I wanted to go in with an open mind, and an open heart. But I couldn’t.

Something just wasn’t right. From the moment I first saw the preview, to the moment I walked past the movie poster on my way into the theater. I knew that something wasn’t right. I have slowly begun to build defenses against the biased, narrow and sometimes problematic ways Black women are portrayed in the media but I wasn’t ready for this.