Drake, Eminem and The Dream: Will their next albums be CLASSICS?

Guessing a classic is an impossible science. Sifting through the tangled web of hype and BS record labels pump into the media these days can get even the most jaded music fan gassed-up for an album, only to feel thoroughly disappointed and even a bit cheated when the actual product can’t live up to the hype. But sometimes the stars align; Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III was easily the most hyped album of the past 5-6 years, and it delivered. The trick is to recognize when an artist is truly on a roll, and when an artist has been able to capture the imagination of the public in a way that gives them something akin to a musical Midas touch.

These three albums, I believe, will live up to the hype (and you are all welcome to publicly call me out if I’m wrong). I’ve got a sixth sense about these things, people.

It’s sort of what I do.

The Legacy of Mentoring Lionesses: From Mary McLeod Bethune to Dr. Dorothy Height to Dr. Marian Wright Edelman

“Whatever glory belongs to the race for a development unprecedented in history for the given length of time, a full share belongs to the womanhood of the race.”–Mary McLeod Bethune

“As more women enter public life, I see developing a more humane society. The growth and development of children no longer will depend solely upon the status of their parents . . . Though children cannot vote; their interests will be placed high on the political agenda for they are indeed the future.”–Dr. Dorothy Height

“Children don’t vote but adults who do must stand up and vote for them.”–Dr. Marian Wright Edelman

As the world mourns the passing of Dr. Dorothy Height, I am overwhelmed by the tributes that herald her life and whisper her legacy. She’s godmother . . . matriarch of justice . . . civil rights pioneer . . . unsung giant . . . and mentor. She’s president of the National Council of Negro Women . . . women’s rights activist . . . unmovable force . . . and mentor. She was unafraid to tell it like it is, “Yes, mam Dr. Height” and mentor. She was a mentor, a woman who like the mighty Mississippi poured herself into the lives of many including Dr. Marian Wright Edelman who’s work daily ensures that “No child is left behind.” Yes, there is something to be said about the power of mentoring and the making, hewing, shaping, and fashioning of lionesses. Yes, I said lioness women who with ferocity pursue justice and equality to make change evident in the lives of black women and children. As I think more about the work of Dr. Height and the countless number of women who were empowered by the National Council of Negro Women activities and programs, I realize a part of her legacy is the mentoring of lionesses.

Basketball Brothels

Typically, when one thinks of a whore house, they think of pimps and hookers, and more likely men buying and selling women. And while brothels sometimes turn out larger profits, offer more secure places to do business, and sometimes do drug testing, they aren’t much different from some of the lower class street operations. In the end, someone is getting fucked. As is the case with college athletes.

I don’t usually watch college basketball but when March Madness comes around, I break out my virtual bracket and vote for as many upsets as possible. So this year, when Murray State dropped Vanderbilt and Northern Iowa beat Kansas, I was in heaven. The NCAA was not. As the NCAA tournament began to unfold, and upset after upset happened, one thing became clear (aside from the fact that team mechanics beat out athleticism), few people were watching the games and where ratings dip, contracts weaken, and where contracts weaken, money is lost. Many of the players, who probably won’t even make it to the NBA will never see a dime. Instead, they will get a mediocre education from a less than mediocre institution and then be out on their asses with a highlight reel and a couple of college trophies. The NCAA will move on, and will pimp the next crop. And like most pimps, they will do everything to keep their best product on the market longer. And if that doesn’t work–bring in new buyers.

All Fried Everything

As if fast-food isn’t deadly enough, KFC has recently released the ultimate monument to fatness, the Double Down. This thing is a bacon-and-cheese sandwich on fried chicken that I’m certain is somehow related to the Luther Burger. The Double Down is a massive heart attack composed of two fried chicken filets slathered in “secret sauce”, enclosing two slices of cheese and two slices of bacon.

Yes, your math is correct. We’re essentially talking two chicken sandwiches without any of the fixings that normally temper the sodium content, i.e. bread, lettuce, tomatoes. None of that punk shit; get straight to the heart disease good stuff.

I have two questions for KFC, what do you have against bread? And why do you hate people? No seriously, who was the fatty genius that decided to do away with bread? But is the Double Down as terrible as it sounds?

Political Nudeness: Erykah Badu's Window Seat

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Imagine walking in downtown Chicago or on any main avenue in a well-populated city. A black women (that is not noticed on an average day) is walking down that street and she takes her shoes off directly in front of you, and tosses them to the side. Now you, the curious onlooker might think that this action was odd. But would this make you truly notice this women’s existence? Would her presence be solidified in your mind due to this small detachment of clothing. Probably not. You would most likely dismiss the women for just being another weird person walking the streets of your city. Until you notice about 15 steps later and the time it takes to travel from the front door to a kitchen window in the projects that are now being gentrified, the women once again gives up an article of clothing. This time, it’s her sweatshirt. She takes it off and drops it like she is releasing the weight of oppression off of her life. You still decide to ignore the lady, thinking maybe she is just warm, homeless, and the sweatshirt wasn’t hers in the first place. In your mind she is now solidified as a person, but you make her the perpetrator. She becomes the feigning crack-head that is irresponsible and on another high, you make her the lazy welfare queen that is deciding to leave her children, you marginalize her. You keep watching because now you view her as a threat.

Going Green Is a Balancing Act

“Are you doing your part?” and “Save the planet.” During Earth Week, we’ll being hearing a lot of these phrases, both part of “going green” and saving our worn down environment. But hey…why is the focus of this wildfire movement limited to the abused natural resources? Don’t get me wrong I am all for living a more eco-friendly life, but I am also all for equalizing access to resources around the world as we abusers (myself included) cut back. Not only do most people in the United States waste an extraordinary amount of resources, but we simultaneously and unconsciously contribute to the absence of resources in the lives of people in less wealthy parts of the world.

Going green is supposed to be a global movement, but if going green means cutting back and giving back then it’s not something that can be asked of everyone. Some people on this planet don’t have that privilege.

Corporate Thuggin': Goldman Sachs, Gordon Gekko, and Greed

Webster’s dictionary defines thug as a “ brutal ruffian or assassin”. In other
words, he/she is a ruthless badass that nefariously pushes and breaks laws to achieve their desired ends. Today when the word thug is mentioned, many people conjure up images of young ethnic looking men, with baggy pants, an “I don’t give a damn” attitude, and who speaks broken English. These are the people that make little old ladies clinch their purses; these are the people that scare convenience store clerks; these are the people who they construct prisons for. While law enforcement agencies continue to “overpolice”, “overharrass”, and “overprofile” these presumptive criminals, America’s worst scumbags go undetected (until the SEC finds them).

Wake up and smell the coffee America! Many of our country’s worst and most heartless criminals are in the heart of our nation’s capitol and at the epicenter of the financial industry. Many of these individuals were educated at the finest institutions in the world, and have a lineage that even the Kennedy’s would kill for. These individuals don’t “shoot craps”, they play badminton and sail. They don’t smoke Newport cigarettes, they smoke the Cohiba cigars. They don’t live in subsidized housing, they live in gated communities with butlers and maids. Some of America’s worst thugs are White-collar criminals. The most recent example of this White collar ruthlessness surrounds the financial behemoth, Goldman Sachs. The high profile fraud case brought against Goldman is yet another example of why we desperately need regulation and transparency so the folks on “main street” don’t get ripped off of by the boys on Wall Street.

College Student Attack a Hate Crime?

CNN | April 20, 2010

The student body president of California State University, Chico, was recovering Monday from stab wounds suffered in what police believe was a hate crime, officials said.

Joseph Igbineweka, who was born in Nigeria, was stabbed early Sunday while walking in a Chico neighborhood near the college where mostly students reside, Chico police Sgt. Rob Merrifield said.

Igbineweka passed two men who began to make racial slurs, Merrifield said. He ignored them and continued to walk, but they followed him and continued to yell at him. (Read more)