Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I Watch BET and I LOVE IT

...yeah yeah, for years I've been hearing Black folk say they hate BET because of the portrayals of women and I guess the show selections. A lot of artsy Black folk and very intelligent Black people I know say this over and over and over. I think these "opinions" are nothing more than regurgitated information without real thought. Now I know a lot of my good friends feel the same way but...let me hip you to something.
Look at half of your CD collection.
Now throw all of those CDs in the garbage because without BET they wouldn't have got that shine. Outkast was on BET with Playa's Ball for damn near six months before MTV played it once. You think MTV played the Fugees Hey Mona Lisa? So what if there was no BET, would we even have The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill?
Oh yeah, and all those other channels treat women with perfect respect right? Please.
When television wouldn't give the 'right Black artists' a break, BET opened its arms and let stars without space shine.
And with that being said...BET is the only place you can find something like a pure Hip-Hop cypher...young, gifted Black men standing around listening to each other's poetry and nodding to the beat of culture and originality.
Peace+Love

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Fashion spot...

...love fashion. Love people that love fashion. Check out this article by Robin Givhan from The Washington Post about people of color in the fashion world. The piece centers on fashion magazines across the world taking a more direct and demanding stance (more so than the U.S.) on using black models on runways and in editorial publications. It also speaks about using a different type of Black model in magazines, such as actors as Forest Whitaker who is among celebrities being used for L'Uomo Vogue's African-focused issue.
Peace+Love

This is for Clay & John & Mya

...rockband.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Dope Boy...

Killer Mike...
We (the fam) been on Killer Mike since day one. He is pretty much in the zone right now. Listen to this joint below, the story telling in Hip-Hop is unparalleled in music, any genre.

The next great Black epic?

What ever happened to the great Black epics?
Invisible Man.
Native Son.
Malcolm X.
Makes Me Wanna Holla.

I look at those four books and I think epic journeys. I think odysseys and I think triumph and redemption and coming of age.
And now I am reading Another Country by James Baldwin and I am seeing layers and layers of meaning and substance.
Things not found in books that win prestigious rewards today.

And I am craving for that new Black epic.
To read it or write it.
Stay tuned.

Peace+Love

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

This is 2008...but the struggle continues

...I am from Tennessee. I've heard this type of sh*t to my face. But it's sad just the same.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Cold Ass White Boy

Look...I like Eminem. Like.
Do I think he's good...hell yeah.
Do I think he's overrated...hell yeah.
Why, well come on now, the man is ranked all the time in the top five or ten rappers of all-time. Come on now...that's a joke. Is it because he's white. Yes. And that's fine. This is reality, things happen like that sometimes.
Look, without thinking....Rakim, Biggie, Pac, 3000, Jay-Z. Those five are better. Try and argue they are not.
Anyway, I will not deny that Eminem is cold ass hell. Check his new song below.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I have great friends...

I have great friends. There's not really more to say except for that the fact that I've been blessed to have and meet some of the greats of this world.
Sometimes I'm not the greatest friend back...but I have great friends.
So this little feature will be about something small a friend did for me (most of the time dealing with the arts).
So most people that have been to my place know I have a small but growing album collection. Coltrane, Michael Jackson, The Eagles, Guns and Roses, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, etc.
Note: Another great friend, Clay, bought me a beautiful leather cased record player for my college graduation present. Shop.
Anyway...my great friend M. Tella came down one weekend months back from NYC and she had a surprise for me. Three albums, one of which was the Dungeon Family...who finds that? But the other classic was a Miles Davis album. Listening to the B Side this past weekend I found a tune by the name of Yesterdays. Before listening to it 1,000 times, my favorite Miles song was Someday My Prince Will Come from the album of the same name. But now Yesterdays is by far my favorite! It's attached to my blog on the right.


And it's all because I have great friends.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Man Booker Prize awarded!

The Man Booker prize is Britain's best-known and most generous literary award. This year's winner is Aravind Adiga, 33, who won for his debut novel, “The White Tiger.”
Round of applause please.
Thank you.
Peace+Love

New photography...

So me and my friends have this word.
Shop.
What does it mean?
It's like means like 'cool.'
Or like, if you like someone you can say..."I shop with her."
It's kind of hard to explain, but it's easy.
Anyway, I was in NYC and I thought it would be cool to take shots of signs that had 'Shop' in them...I only have two shots but...shop with me..lol


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Oh by the way...I saw Emily King

Saturday I hung out with the home skillet Kaee (shout out to the Bay) and we went to the annual 'Can a Sista Rock the Mic' festival in Silver Spring, Maryland. Emily King went on right after dark and honestly she was the only person I had heard of to date. Her album East Side Story was slept on first off and she gives a very energetic show packed with guitar solos, Obama shout outs and even a Beatles cover. I actually could have met her cause after her set she was basically chillin and signing autographs behind the stage...but, I don't care about autographs (maybe Magic Johnson's...maybe) and I didn't have anything halfway dope to even say to the woman. Oh well. Below is one of the songs I felt so so about...but she rocks that joint live.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

B.

...one of those videos that makes the song sound better. Dope concept.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Writing in a public place...

Date: October 10, 2008
Location: Bus Boys and Poets
Time: 1:45p.m. (start time)

This novel has been written in cafes, coffee houses, back yards, living rooms, Starbucks. In Washington, Chattanooga, Santa Fe, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Etc.
So I thought I would chronicle the writings inside the actual place I am writing while I take a break during the allotted time I have.
Today I'm in Bus Boys and Poets in D.C.
Cool place, lots of culture, good food, strong coffee and it is 10 minutes from my house.
I came in and sat at a table with four other 'workers.' Immediately a tall woman caught my eye and when I took a call outside she noticed me looking at her and we smiled. I really don't approach women like that, so I didn't' really pay her any attention and came back to writing. When I 'awoke' from writing a paragraph or two she was gone...lol.
Now I'm sitting next to another attractive woman but it's funny...I'm a flirt but when I'm writing and into this piece I am working on now...I have no interest in anything else.
Bus Boys and Poets...check it out, I write there!

Line wrote while at Bus Boys: She became irate when I would let a curse slip at home but thought it the most adorable thing when my father cursed for hours on end looking at our god forsaken Saints march into the Dome as warriors and leave as peasants with little pride left under their padded armor.

Peace+Love

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Art Spot...

...sometimes art is not found in a gallery or on a canvas. But also, sometimes you make your own gallery and own canvases. Understand? Read this article about 'artist' Poster Boy out of NYC. He artistically 'changes' subway posters into conscious/cultural/political works of art.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

LOVE LOCKDOWN

...Kanye is about to bring it...again.

Native Son

So I guess you can't mess with Barack Obama in his 'native land' of Kenya. Today, Kenya deported an author that wrote a controversial book basically throwing Obama under the bus. Kenya didn't like that...at all. Check full story here at USA TODAY.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Beautiful things in this world...

...talent.

Kind of Blue turns 50

...Kind of Blue was the first jazz album I ever purchased. I hear something different every time I listen to it on the record player. Yes I have the vinyl. Here's a nice write up on it here. If you ever get a chance to buy it, go ahead, it's an important part of art, music and culture. Peace+Love