There is no such thing as a "Hispanic Political Agenda"

Campaign season is in full swing and politicians are courting voters harder than R. Kelly at a middle school dance. Sorry, maybe that wasn’t  the best comparison. Both Republicans and Democrats are doggedly vying to woo an important voting bloc- Latinos. The Census Bureau—in its first nationwide demographic tally from the 2010 headcount—said Thursday the U.S. Hispanic population surged 43%, rising to 50.5 million in 2010 from 35.3 million in 2000. Latinos now constitute 16% of the nation’s total population of 308.7 million.The Census Bureau has estimated that the non-Hispanic white population would drop to 50.8% of the total population by 2040—then drop to 46.3% by 2050. These numbers have candidates tripping over themselves in attempt to seem passionate about “Hispanic issues”. This problematic language and campaign approach is the reason I believe elected officials continue to do a poor job serving communities of color. To paint the Latino community as monolithic is folly. The voting patterns, key issues, wants, and desires among Latinos are as varied as Mitt Romney’s views on health care.

VIDEO: 4th Woman Accuses Herman Cain of Sexual Harassment


A fourth woman has come forward claiming sexual harassment at the hands of GOP Presidential candidate, Herman Cain.

Represented and flanked by celebrity prosecutor Gloria Allred, Sharon Bailek got super specific at a press conference today, alleging that Cain tried to touch her inappropriately way back in 1997.

According to the Grio:

What Happened in Connecticut

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I was recently invited to perform at the University of Connecticut on November 4th as the principal performer for a “Political Awareness Rally”. About a week before the event I got an email from the organizer, who ironically I met at Occupy Wall St, saying people were concerned about my performance, particularly the song “Occupy (We the 99).”  I thought this was very strange because this is supposed to be an institution of higher learning that welcomes all types of ideas, plus the event was a rally for political awareness. The organizer said he would not censor me, but if I performed it I might not get paid. Then I received an email directly from the comptroller of the Undergraduate Student Government saying specifically I could not perform “Occupy (We the 99).”

VIDEO: The Making of D'Angelo's Voodoo

Now this is a must see.

If you’re an R&B fan, odds are you’ve listenend to D’Angelo’s legendary sophomore album Voodoo about 600,000 times.

Now over 12 years old, Voodoo still stands as the best R&B album of recent memory. And D’angelo’s downright torturous absence from the music scene following this creative high point has only bolstered the record’s mystic.

And that’s why this video is so special. Filmed during the final stages of Voodoo’s creation, this promo video captures D in the studio sharing some tracks with Eric Clapton and Chris Rock, sightseeing in Cuba, and speaking candidly about his upbringing, spirituality and artistry.

At just 7 minutes, it’s more than worth a look. Check it out below.


Lex Luger's Unprecedented Rise to Fame

You may not know the name Lex Luger, but you’ve definitely heard his work.

From Rick Ross’ massive hit “BMF (Blowin’ Money Fast)” to Wacka Flocka Flame’s “Hard In Da Paint,” Luger is unquestionably one of the hottest producers in the game right now. And he’s only 20 years old.

His story is fascinating. Luger got his start using Fruity Loops, a simple, starter kit-like piece of beat-making software. It was on this program that he composed the above mentioned tracks. Fast forward to a year later, and Lex finds himself chillin’ in the studio with Jay-Z, Kanye West and Beyonce.

The New York Times has a great piece on Luger, his rapid rise to fame, and the way the internet has expanded opportunities for young people to have their voices heard.

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(More) Sad Black Girls

Last week, this site featured a trailer for the documentary, Dear Daddy, about young black women who grew up without fathers. In these last few months, it seems to me that documentaries about black women and their relationships to men and their relationship to the standards and mores of larger society have been of interest to documentary filmmakers. There was Bill Duke’s Dark Girls, which I discussed previously; there’s also a new film, Black Girl in Suburbia, whose subject matter I’m sure you can infer from the title. (See each trailer at the bottom of this post.)