Sunday, November 30, 2008

Chris Bridges with Dreds?

This is obviously not the most important part of my day, but this article has left me a little confused. While a good summary of Ludacris's career and rap persona (although we really should touch on him and Fabolous ruining many a child's Akeelah and the Bee moment), when did he have locs? I remember the braids, but not the locs. I have a feeling he was confused with Busta Rhymes.NY Times, where oh where is your fact checker? Hire me!

A little Ludacris for your viewing pleasure:

While Ludacris has made a mark in film, he hasn't had that memorable television moment yet, and his older videos have some non pg content and Universal Media Group is about their money. Instead a Ludacris clip including Akeelah (Keke Palmer), the boy from the Wire, and somewhere in the middle one of my cousins.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Old School Friday: Jammin on the One with Stevie Wonder

This week's Old School Friday celebrates Stevie Wonder. I discovered this song pretty late in life, at the age of 18...and then proceeded to play it over and over before I lost my music library.

I tried to avoid posting the Cosby Show episode, but it's Friday and you probably have a little time to kill.

Other Old School Friday participants here.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

From Momma Payne and 'em.

Pass the peas like we used to do,

Saturday line ups suck so much!

Ever stay in on a Saturday night and try to settle into a good television routine. You can't. Thankfully there are House and Law and Order re-runs before the wonder that is Suze Orman telling me all the stuff I can't afford and SNL. (Does Mad TV even exist still?)

Once upon a time....

Friday, November 21, 2008

Old School Friday: Jazz Rebirth

This week's Old School Friday is all about Jazz. Since I disappeared for a long time, I thought my choice was fitting as a rebirth of my status. Enjoy the Jazz and Rap Fusion!

Digable Planets- Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)

And because I can make anything become related to Do The Right Thing, peep Spike's use of jazz, hip hop, and Spanish music to create this scene. ( No it's not my You Tube account, but I did have to write an essay on this clip.)

Happy OSF!
Check out other participants here:

Random sidenote: Thelonious Monk went to my high school. There was a memory cube on the first floor (music floor) dedicated to him.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Coloring in the Fashion World

This cover for Life Magazine was taken in 1969. It's almost forty years later, and while some people may feel like the fifty states and white house make up for the forty acres and a mule, obviously some of the same conversations are occurring and the changes may seem cyclical to those that have come off of the election high. Ebony proclaimed earlier this year that "Black is Back" but this is also the same publication that cautioned me when I was younger, pointing out that black representation in government post-Civil War and even through Redemption was at an all time high before falling again in the 20th century. History doesn't have to repeat itself if the nation remains vigilant and aware. There seems to be better work at that nowadays.

Fashion isn't the purview of this blog. Neither is it my area of expertise, but I have written about it from time to time. (This is part of my blog focus complex. Click here for references) This does not mean that I do not follow the fashion world and like to note what is going on. As I traveled the internet world this evening while enjoying Teen Jeopardy and ignoring the never ending job search I was pleasantly surprised to note that some things are changing in the fashion world besides for Ciara wearing ankle purses.

Magazines and ad campaigns are getting colored! You can check WWD and for industry written reports as well as the more entertaining and accessible pieces written by two of my favorite fashion websites, Fashionista and Make Fetch Happen. Check here and here here.

Bisous (HAUL)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sad News: RIP Miriam Makeba, Mama Africa

Sad news as I trolled on Facebook today, Miriam Makeba has passed away. She was an activist simply through being herself and expressing her feelings through song. She'll also be remembered for her contributions to film and television such as The Cosby Show, Amandla!, When We Were Kings, and Sarafina. Some special Makeba moments below:

Pata Pata:

Nkosi Sikeleli Africa

She died doing what she believed:

Thursday, November 06, 2008

"I know what Jesus would do,

but what would Obama do?"--me, pondering one of my daily constructed issues that really isn't that serious.

Okay, I'm still not sure I'm back to blogging (the site has no direction, and until it hits me, I'm not sure I can continue), but website alert.

If you're unemployed like me, get in line.

--humming Sam Cooke "Change Gonna Come" and Jeezy "My President is Black"--and smiling and watching Tim Gunn's Guide to Style. Thinking I may have to retire the Blacks in Politics tag every time I mention Obama.

-picture taken from the Daily News. I was obviously not in Chicago.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008



I had given up on blogging, but this is an auspicious occasion.