VIDEO: DMX "Slippin'"


Check out DMX’s classic music video for “Slippin’,” from 1998’s Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of my Blood, below.



People love to laugh and make light of X’s long, hard fall from grace; “Slippin'” is just one of the many reasons why it’s not funny. DMX gave a voice to a voiceless, forgotten  generation of young people. And “Slippin'” was revelatory upon its initial release; a detailed, true-to-life account of one man’s struggle, that was and continues to be the struggle of many.

Please, please, PLEASE get better, X!


The Deserving Poor, Welfare and American Dreams

Throughout the historical landscape of the United States a dream has been engrained in a pseudo-American identity. Some call this the American dream; others might refer to it as the American fallacy. Unfortunately, people who experience poverty in the United States very rarely have the opportunity to call this dream a reality. The trajectory of the poor is contextualized inside of a dichotomy. This polarization is two fold: those who are “deserving” and those who are “undeserving.” Furthermore, due to this dichotomous assessment, over the last hundred years the struggle to be considered “deserving” has dictated and been interwoven into policy, public opinion, and political agendas.

What "Do" do We do?

Standing in line at Potbelly’s deli, I hear “Excuse me, but.. I was just wondering what you do to your hair?” About sixteen inches of curly, usually frizzy, untamed, natural madness and somehow women ask me this a few times every week. Sometimes her hair looks just like mine, sometimes it’s heavily processed and looks like it  wants to be treated like mine, and once in awhile she has thin, straight,  blonde hair and a little girl by her side whose outgrowing pigtails.

Herman Cain's 9-9-9 Plan Has 6-6-6 Written All Over It

The number of Beast is a term in the Book of Revelation, of the New Testament, that is associated with the first Beast of Revelation chapter 13, the Beast of the sea. In most manuscripts of the New Testament and in English translations of the Bible, the number of the Beast is 666. Those who dwell on the Earth are deceived into making an image of the Beast as a means to worship his authority. It is the lamb-horned beast who breathes life into the “image of the beast”, so that the image becomes alive and is able to speak. It also declares death to anyone who does not worship the authority of the Beast. (Revelation 13:14-15)


While Herman Cain may not be a beauty or a beast, his 9-9-9 Tax Plan is just as surreptitiously deceiving  as the image of the beast. Cain has offered what he calls a simple tax plan to take the place of the current tax code, which he says is too complicated. Cain, a Republican candidate for president, touts a 9-9-9 plan: a 9 percent income tax, a 9 percent sales tax and a 9 percent business tax. When you denude all the masked up talking-points and actually examine the plan at it’s core, it spells Ronald Wilson Reagan sorry I meant 6-6-6.

How Can I Lead A Generation?

We hear it everyday, “Somebody should do something about…” or “this generation needs a good leader”. I have found that in my generation there is hope for such remarks. Many of my peers are not only in agreement but actively pursuing leadership in different ways from leading marches for a trauma center on the south side of Chicago to working Obama’s campaign. I am inspired by the power that we have as youth but also cautious because power without direction can be fatal. I find myself examining my role in this climate of change.

A recent experience in a school caused me to look my responsibility in the face.

Harlem Activists: The Occupy Movement Is NOT Just A "White Thing"

Check out this fascinating article about Occupy Harlem, and why the Occupy movement ain’t just a “white thing.”

There are definitely prominent Black voices in the movement. Activists and scholars like Angela Davis and Cornell West have been major supporters of the movement since practically day one; Dr. West was even  arrested on October 21st with 30 others in Harlem, protesting that racist “stop and frisk” program.

And by now I’m sure you’ve heard of Occupy The Hood.

The 99% percent is made up of a variety of people from a variety of backgrounds, with a variety of priorities. What unites them are a few common enemies; namely greed, corruption and economic inequality.

But will it be possible for such a complicated, motley collective to build a coalition strong enough to affect change in a way that will benefit everyone involved?

From the Huffington Post:

VIDEO: Jill Scott "He Loves Me" LIVE


Check out this phenomenal performance from Jill Scott. While the details of the video are unclear, we can guess that this is probably from the Soul Train Awards in 2001. Jilly gives a haunting rendition of her hit “He Loves Me.”

Her vocals here are out of this world. The audience goes absolutely ape-shit; even Ms. Patty LaBelle has to show her some love.

I can’t think of a better way to start off November 2011. Happy Tuesday, everyone!