Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween?

My momma told me its the devil's holiday...but this is some involuntary participation.

I'm a SPOOK SITTING BY THE DOOR...cus aint nothing scarier than a SPOOK with a degree:


Don't worry tho...I'm leaving the door soon scared, be afraid.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Boondocks-Usher Confessions

This is a few weeks old, but I just found an edited down clip. Go about three minutes in: hilarious

Also, full episodes can be found at

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Throwback Pop Culture Video of the Week

In honor of my new love of U-N-I and K.R.E.A.M. (also peep their songs Beautiful Day and Fat Girls), I'm posting two --yes two--classic Spike Lee clips from which U-N-I drew inspiration from for the K.R.E.A.M. video.

First up, someone uploaded this for a class I took last year, and I had the joy of analyzing this scene from Do The Right Thing. Here a white guy, wearing a Larry Bird Boston Celtics jersey(can anything symbolize more whiteness...repping racist ol' Boston? ugh..) steps on Buggin' Out's, played by Giancarlo Esposito, Jordans and all hell breaks loose. Gentrification==> dirty sneakers.

Second up, one of the series of Spike's commercials for Nike. Peep the hat...remember the Inglewood cap.."Money, It's gotta be the shoes!"

Step on my shoes, I will kill you....

The Queen

Monday, October 22, 2007


I peeped this on Beats and Rants and had to share. First, the "Do the Right Thing"..Giancarlo Esposito reference is hilarious. Of course there is the obvious reference to Wu Tang Clan's C.R.E.A.M. and the Lupe Fiasco reference. It also bigs up one of my favorite sneaker brands of the moment, Creative Recs. In the tradition of Nelly's "Air Force 1s" and Kanye, Nas,Rakim and KRS One's Classic(Nike Remix)...this is one for the times of any sneakerhead. Like Run DMC in some Stan Smiths....hmm.

Sorry Cosby, you're going to have to sit out on this one...but I will hit you up when we celebrate Coogi sweaters.

The Queen

Thursday, October 18, 2007


Won't even pretend that I have any recollection of this, but in honor of my new obsession with The Game and a post on the CW's board, I bring you old school Tia and Tamera Mowry...yep I think this is even before the The Full House episodes (why were all of Michelle's friends little curly headed black kids from huge entertainment families...Tahj Mowry, Jurnee Smollet?):

Bonus Clip: Now this I do remember. At the same time as Party of Five on Fox, the Smollett clan had their own version entitled On Our Own on ABC's TGIF. Classic.(For a review of both that I don't necessarily endorse, but it gives background and shows reasons for one show's success and the other's failure click here.) Has much changed in television and conception of shows?

Too bad it didn't last long. Maybe because this is how minority children are supposed to appear: Keke Palmer not urban enough? (redirected from YBF).

The Queen

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Colorado? Cleaveland?

That would perhaps be the funniest World Series ever...wait...wait ...I'm still chuckling.

Not that baseball doesn't already garner enough attention (and will continue to on virtue of it being the national pasttime..meaning elite sources will pay attention even if there was some large commonplace disinterest), but that will either be really good for the sport, bringing in more masses of the middle of the country, whom I suspect are the diehards or slightly bad...because all the crazy Yankee/Red Sox fans won't be watching hoping that one of them loses. In my hypotheses, a Mets fan would continue to watch the series if the RedSox play, simply because they want Red Sox victory since they hate the Yankees...even though the Mets [edit] beat the Red Sox the last time the won a World the greatest year ever.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

"Hip Hoppers Don't Do That...

..they shoot and move on to kill again." I've never heard of this radio commentator, John Gibson, but thanks to Young Turks on AOL, I had the pleasure of listening to his commentary on a recent school shooting in Ohio and then the differences between white and black kids shooting, after incorrectly assuming that the shooter was a black student (...the school is 85% black and all the pictures had black kids). Is there a witch hunt for fools after the whole Imus thing? I'm not sure anyone is going after this guy or if its worth it, but its at least worth the chuckle to listen to the characteristics of when "hip hoppers" or "you people" kill versus other groups. See the AOL post below. Also read about it on Media Matters, where you can learn about some of Johnny's other offenses.

The Queen

Another Fox News Host with Another Racist Tirade

Posted Oct 13th 2007 5:35PM by Cenk Uygur
Filed under: Young Turks, Video, Fox News, Race Relations
This time it's John Gibson on his radio show talking about how he knew the school shooting in Ohio was done by a black kid who listened to hip hop music! Except it was a white kid. Oooops.

Then he was certain that the kid at least listened to hip-hop music (which, by the way, is not the same as gangster rap, in case Gibson is interested in knowing anything before he speaks; it's also not jazz, I know it comes as surprise to Fox News hosts when all black entertainers do not immediately break out in rap). Except the kid was a Marilyn Manson fan. Oooops.

So, Gibson desperately tried to pin this shooting on blacks or black culture, ignoring the fact that almost all school shootings in America are committed by young, white males (which also doesn't prove anything), including this one. Then, at the end, he unbelievably turns it around and tries to make the shooting seem more classy because the kid shot himself at the end. According to John Gibson, "hip-hoppers" are so cold blooded they they walk away from a shooting and do it again. Is his implication that white murderers have the decency to kill themselves afterward? Does that make it better?

It seems hard to believe he'd say these things, right? Listen for yourself:

I am not for seeing racism everywhere (I even defended Don Imus), but for those of you who refuse to see it anywhere, please tell me why Gibson went into this rant against black folks before he knew any of the facts of the case and kept it up even when it turned out it was a white kid who listened to "white" music who did the shooting?

Today's Sunday Times

Peep the article below on the lack of minority models. There's also some interesting features in October's Marie Claire about race and a global trend of ethnic ambiguity and attempts at looking more white. Ebony's September issue also looked at blacks in fashion. Or you could look at this, but spare yourself. BethAnn Hardison, mentioned in this article, has also been hosting some conferences on the topic (The Fashion Bomb has coverage of the last conference). It seems like this is cyclical, but let's hope that changes noted now stand longer. Old news is still new...
The Queen

Runways Fade to White

Published: October 14, 2007

IN the days of blithe racial assumptions, flesh crayons were the color of white people. “Invisible” makeup and nude pantyhose were colored in the hues of Caucasian skin. The decision by manufacturers to ignore whole segments of humanity went unchallenged for decades before the civil rights movement came along and nonwhite consumers started demanding their place on the color wheel.

Photograph by Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters; photo Illustration by The New York Times

THE LINEUP At recent spring shows, black models were scarce or nonexistent, including at the ChloƩ show in Paris, above.


FRESH FACE Honorine Uwera was hired for five New York shows, too few to justify a trip to Europe.

Nowadays the cultural landscape is well populated with actors, musicians, media moguls and candidates for the American presidency drawn from the 30 percent of the American population that is not white. Yet, if there is one area where the lessons of chromatic and racial diversity have gone largely unheeded, it is fashion. This reality was never plainer than during the recent showings of the women’s spring 2008 collections in New York and Europe.

Although black women in the United States spend more than $20 billion on apparel each year, according to estimates by, it was hard to discern an awareness of this fact on the part of designers showing in New York, where black faces were more absent from runways than they have been in years.

Of the 101 shows and presentations posted on during the New York runway season, which ended a month ago, more than a third employed no black models, according to Women’s Wear Daily. Most of the others used just one or two. When the fashion caravan moved to London, Paris and Milan, the most influential shows — from Prada to Jil Sander to Balenciaga to ChloĆ© and Chanel — made it appear as if someone had hung out a sign reading: No Blacks Need Apply.

“It’s the worst it’s ever been,” said Bethann Hardison, a former model who went on to start a successful model agency in the 1980s that promoted racial diversity.

AMONG the people she represented were Naomi Campbell and Tyson Beckford, the chiseled hunk who broke barriers in the 1990s by becoming the unexpected symbol of the country-club fantasia that is a Ralph Lauren Polo campaign.

“It’s heartbreaking for me now because the agents send the girls out there to castings and nobody wants to see them,” said Ms. Hardison, referring to black models. “And if they do, they’ll call afterward and say, ‘Well, you know, black girls do much better in Europe, or else black girls do much better in New York, or we already have our black girl.’”

Last month in New York, Ms. Hardison convened a panel of fashion experts at the Bryant Park Hotel to discuss “The Lack of the Black Image in Fashion Today,” an event she will reprise Monday at the New York Public Library on 42nd Street. “Modeling is probably the one industry where you have the freedom to refer to people by their color and reject them in their work,” she said.

The exclusion is rarely subtle. An agent for the modeling firm Marilyn once told Time magazine of receiving requests from fashion clients that baldly specified “Caucasians only.”

The message is not always so blatant these days, but it is no less clear. Take for example the case of two young models, one white, one black, both captivating beauties at the start of their careers. Irina Kulikova, a feline 17-year-old Russian, appeared on no fewer than 24 runways in New York last month, a success she went on to repeat in Milan with 14 shows, and in Paris with 24 more. Honorine Uwera, a young Canadian of Rwandan heritage, was hired during the New York season for just five runway shows.

While Ms. Uwera’s showing was respectable, it was not enough to justify the cost to her agency of sending her to Europe, where most modeling careers are solidified.

“We represent a lot of ethnic girls,” said Ivan Bart, the senior vice president of IMG Models, which represents a roster of the commercially successful models of the moment, among them black superstars like Alek Wek, Ms. Campbell and Liya Kebede.

“We have new girls, too,” Mr. Bart added, young comers like Ms. Uwera, Quiana Grant and Mimi Roche. “We include them in our show package, give them the same promotion as any other girl, and get the same responses: ‘She’s lovely, but she’s not right for the show.’”

Although, in fact, Ms. Roche and Ms. Grant, both black, were seen on runways in the last five weeks, the reality was that only one black model worked at anything like the frequency of her white counterparts: Chanel Iman Robinson, 17, who is African-American and Korean. Particularly in Milan and Paris, Ms. Robinson’s was often the only nonwhite face amid a blizzard of Eastern European blondes.

It is not just a handful of genetically gifted young women who are hurt by this exclusion. Vast numbers of consumers draw their information about fashion and identity from runways, along with cues about what, at any given moment, the culture decrees are the new contours of beauty and style.

“Years ago, runways were almost dominated by black girls,” said J. Alexander, a judge on “America’s Next Top Model,” referring to the gorgeous mosaic runway shows staged by Hubert de Givenchy or Yves Saint Laurent in the 1970s. “Now some people are not interested in the vision of the black girl unless they’re doing a jungle theme and they can put her in a grass skirt and diamonds and hand her a spear.”

And some people, said Diane Von Furstenberg, the designer and president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, “just don’t think about it at all.” Ms. Von Furstenberg herself has always employed models of all ethnicities on her runways. (This September, she hired seven black women, more perhaps than any single label except Baby Phat and Heatherette.) Yet she is increasingly the exception to an unspoken industry rule.

“I always want to do that,” she said, referring to the casting of women of color. “I can make a difference. We all can. But so much is about education and to talk about this is an important beginning.”

But isn’t it strange, she was asked, that she would have to invoke the rhetoric of racial inclusiveness at a time when Oprah Winfrey is the most powerful woman in media, and Barack Obama is running for president?

“Why did we go backward?” Ms. Von Furstenberg asked.

Agents blame designers for the current state of affairs. Designers insist agents send them nothing but skinny blondes. Magazine editors bemoan the lack of black women with the ineffable attributes necessary to put across the looks of a given season.

The current taste in models is for blank-featured “androids,” whose looks don’t offer much competition to the clothes, pointed out James Scully, a seasoned agent who made his mark casting the richly diverse Gucci shows in the heyday of Tom Ford. In today’s climate, it is far more difficult to promote a black woman than her white counterpart.

“You want to sell the model on the basis of her beauty, not her race,” said Kyle Hagler, an agent at IMG. Yet when he sends models out on casting calls based on what he terms a “beauty perspective,” omitting any mention to potential clients of race, “You always get a call back saying, ‘You didn’t tell me she was black.’”

THE reasons for this may seem obvious, and yet the unconscious bigotry is tricky to pin down.

“I’m not pointing a finger and saying people are racist,” said Ms. Hardison, who nevertheless recounted a recent exchange with the creative director of a major fashion label: “She said to me, ‘I have to be honest with you, when a girl walks in, I just don’t see color.’ Meanwhile, they have one girl, or more likely, none in their show.”

Ms. Hardison explained: “‘I don’t see color?’ Does that mean, you don’t want to see?”

There is something illustrative of the entire issue, and the state of the industry, to be found in this September’s Italian Vogue.

Just one image of a black model appears in the issue, midway through a 17-page article photographed by Miles Aldridge and titled the “Vagaries of Fashion.” In it, the glacial blond Anja Rubik portrays an indolent, overdressed Park Avenue princess with a gilded apartment, a couture wardrobe, two towhead children and a collection of heavy rocks. The sole black model in the pictorial is more modestly attired, in an aproned pinafore.

She plays the maid.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Heneiken Party

Hopefully it's better than the Bacardi event....

Click here:

And now for a little Bklyn History

Thanks to the NYTimes. There's a pretty informative article this week about the Underground Railroad and the form it took in Brooklyn, leading to the designation of Duffield, a popular street in Brooklyn's Downtown as Abolitionist Place, "On the Trail of Brooklyn's Underground Railroad." The article also touches on the history of Weeksville, an important historical but oft forgotten neighborhood of Brooklyn. Get edumicated here.

Watch the NYTimes video on the subject here

If you ever want to really get into NYC history on an almost block by block basis, there's this guy that often does specials on PBS. I can't remember his name of the title of the program right now, but they are on point.

On another note, does anyone else feel intrigued by the case of Pinky? yea..

For related reading check out Monied Metropolis by Sven Beckert. It gives everything through an economic history of the city. Quite informative.

The Queen

Friday, October 12, 2007

Brooklyn's just better

Can't even really call this a battle, tho' that's what Perez chooses to title it. I'm a big Ye fan, but Mos Def killed it. If you haven't yet, peep their joins together on Graduation, Kanye West's latest album. They're called Drunk and Hot Girls and Good Night.

p.s. Am i the only one dying of laughter from Shar Jackson's rap on Celebrity Rap Superstar? She's been pretty decent on the show spitting other people's raps, but the Britney line in this piece takes the cake:

Thursday, October 11, 2007


I found it!. I used to put this in the VCR and watch it all the time. It's such a classic. We're all in the Same Gang...wait for the Humpty verse...


Why following through on my random finds is a good thing

Remember when I said I had no real theme: This is one of those moments.

You'll end up famous like this girl...or well at least get to do free reviews:,0,5960583.photogallery

The whole guilty pleasure thing...basically means hanging out with me, and she kept our nickname sacred...though I thought I was Daddy's Pride and Joy. Someone's getting a phone call.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

NBC buys Oxygen

Does that mean one of them will start showing Different World reruns again? I mean it was an NBC show and the last place I saw them was on Oxygen. Do something about it people. This show inspired me, made we memorize Ego Trippin', introduced me to black Greek culture and South African mine stepping. Dreaming of a better world of reruns....

Monday, October 08, 2007

Happy Columbus Day!

What would America be if it didn't celebrate crooks and robbers? On the other side of the missing it.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Concerts Redux: My Summer/Spring

I've been fortunate enough to see some good concerts over the past year, and so I going to give a quick sypnosis (not a review..too tired for all of that) starting in the spring(whatever that means in Boston) and going through the summer in NY. It starts with John Legend and goes through some greats like India Arie, Lauryn Hill, Doug E. Fresh and the Lox. Be prepared..this is long...just scroll until something catches your eye.

John Legend and Corrine Bailey Raye at The Orpheum(Boston) April 19,2007

This concert was beautiful, and Corrine Bailey Raye as the opening act only made the experience more worthwhile. The crowd was older, which allowed for a more mature and classy feel to the night. Every song was performed at a level of perfection and the highlight came when Johnny and Corrine performed some items together. They should actually do something together for an album, because they sounded really good together. Perhaps the most humorous part of the night came when Johnny puled a girl from the crowd on stage and proceeded to take of his shirt to show his loose Hanes undershirt. That was definitely a Johnny what are you doing moment. When he performed "Coming Home" I definitely was touched, and he also had a slide show of kids and families waiting for people to come home from war. This concert finally brought me around to fully accepting "Once Again" after a slightly less than great review I had given for my school paper. If you ever have the opportunity to see either of these artists in concert, I say go for it and you shall not be disappointed.

Events on my campus
Jadakiss performed at a Fashion Show for a short bit, and he was good. Unfortunately kids on my camus are real tame, so while I was ready to bang out and enjoy, I was one of the only ones up on my feet.
Third Eye Blind performed in the rainy weather in the Yard. It was cool I guess, I made my way to the gospel group's performance and had a 20x better time there. Afterwards I swung around to the Latino group's reception for their concert and met Luny of Luny Tunes. That was also hot.

94.5 Summer Jam---Somewhere in the boonies of (Mansfield) MA June 2007
| >tons of artists (Kelly R., Bow Wow, Ludacris and Bobby Valentino,Bone Thugs n Harmony, Omarion, MIMS(i think)Lloyd, Fabolous, Swiss Beats, part of Dipset, some more..and the surprise guest, 50 Cent)

Special thanks to a friend, because this concert almost didn't happen and it was the most fun concert of the year. NY's Summer Jam is supposed to be better, but MA did good for themselves. It was my swan song of approval for the state as I prepared to head out. A gazillion artist performing all the latest hits, tons of people in outside seating made it a fun day overall. I can't talk about every single act, but there are some memories. I was disappointed that the acts didn't collaborate to perform songs together when they obviously had songs together, but beyond that it was cool.

Kelly Rowland obviously has songs but nobody knows them. This was probably the shortest act of the event as she came out, performed "Like This," performed some of her Patti LaBelle from Dilemna and walked off stage. After her Swiss Beatz probably had the shortest set. He sang his song of the moment, It's me Snitches, and then played a lot of songs he produced.
I think MIMS performed, but I can't remember...does that say much?

On to some highlights:

Lloyd is not a person you expect a highlight from, but his set was cute and he had a little Mr. Rogers moment, so that was appreciated.

The Dipset Crew is just hilarious.

Bow Wow gets a special shout out because I'm his biggest fan. He's been out for a minute, but I guess he's not at the LL point where he feels comfortable singing the songs he first came out with. No "Bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay where my dogs at..." Truth be told he doesn't have a "Momma said knock you out" from his preteen years, but it would have been cool. In Freshazimiz, he changed up the lyrics to say that he's no longer with Ciara eliciting screams from all the 15 year olds in the crowd, it was a good look.

Omarion is a good performer. He danced around the stage, and kept the tempo up at a point when people were starting to get tired. He also had cute stories ready to whip out to transition into songs. I definitely see how he did the Scream tour for so many years. That audience must have eaten it all up.

LUDAAAAA...was great. He brought out Bobby V and let him perform as well. As one of the most established performers of the night, he had a larger repertoire of songs to pull from so that the audience could be truly entertained and rock out with him.

Bone Thugs and Harmony are just classic. They sang one of their new joints and killed it on some older pieces. Their promo piece spoke to who they were as they also had collabos with everyone (It's Bone and Biggie baby) We're gonna miss everybody..

50 Cent...I'm not a fan, but he gave a good performance. His whole thing for the night is that he didn't have to run around the stage to entertain and was going to perform from one spot. He did, it was cool.

Overall, great concert and I'll definitely hit up another Summer Jam.

India Arie and Lizz Wright at Carnegie Hall, June

My cousin hooked me up with tickets and I was happy to feel all mature and classy again. I wasn't that familiar with Lizz Wright's music. I heard a few songs but didn't have a spot on favorite. Thankfully I was not disappointed by her. She has a beautiful voice and an easy going performance style.

India Arie was something else. Her performance was great, but sitting there made me realize how bitter she was under the guise of empowerment. Someone did her wrong and I think they need to work that out in a conversation...not a song..

The Martin Luther King Concert Series at Wingate High School, Brooklyn New York. I did all of them except Anita, Boyz II Men, and the O'Jays. In some of my earlier posts I talked briefly about them:

Full list:
*1st week: Jason Fox (open)--MC Hammer, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick and MC Lyte
Fun Fun Fun. Jason Fox came out and of course we only knew how to do the Aunt Jackie but that was fun. MC Hammer still has it and used his son to fill in dancing when he got tired. I was waiting to get a laugh out of him doing that semi-patriotic rap, but he didn't. Instead we all got reminded that We got to pray, pray everyday. His dancers were still energetic and the West Coast vibe that us Brooklynites usually miss out on was great.
I'm convinced Slick Rick was high, but he and Doug E. Fresh were still a great performance. Doug E. Fresh did his same old school rock and still looks like a 10 year old. They also brought out other old school heads and mixed it up. ..If I remember correctly Little Vicious came out and did a little. Happiness.
MC Lyte was the best performance of the night. She did some of the standards and added a little freestyling to the mix.
Added benefits: Cake Man Raven was there and we had red velvet cupcakes. YUM!

*2nd week: Gospel Night: Fred Hammond, Byron Cage, Vanessa Bell Armstrong
Compared to last year when they had crazy Tye Tribbet and G.A., this was more sedate, but Gospel Night is always great. Marty Markowitz shouted out church groups and pastors and Fred Hammond was the highlight of the evening. Beautiful evening.

3rd week:(i thought it got rained out) Ruben Studdard and Boyz II Men..apparently it went on

*4th week:Caribbean Night: Mighty Sparrow, Machel Montano, Morgan Heritage( and more!)
I'm certain I mentioned this week already, but it was great. How old is Mighty Sparrow? He still mashed up the place. But Soca/Calypso is a trip and I did not know thre was o many ways to say jump and wine in a chorus..and the trini people did not stop. My favorite for the evening was Morgan Heritage and their new song "Headline Fi Front Page." They also brought out tons of Reggae artists that lived in Brooklyn. Shaggy came out, got the crowd hype thinking he was going to do Church Heathen...and then left the stage. Shameful. But great night.

*5th week: Sean Kingston and Lauryn Hill
Sean Kingston can sing well live, but needs a confidence boost. It's sad when the camera mn thinks that your hype man is the performer because he gives that much more to the performance. Lauryn Hill kept the crowd waiting for 2 hours only to show up high on some week that must have been laced with quack. From her disheveled bag lady look to her destruction of Bob Marley standards, the song was a disappointment. Artists have the right to their own interpretation and changes to their song. Jill Scott, Leela James and several others do it all the time. What Lauryn Hill did wasn't good. People started leaving after the first song, but I stuck out for a bit longer before deciding to go back home and pray for her.

6th week: Anita Baker
I didn't make it, but I hear this was the best of the summer.

7th week: The O'Jays and the Spinners

Zune Live at the BBQ: Dumbo, Brooklyn: tons of folk...just a whole lot
I missed the beginning of this so I don't even know who was there. I hear Cham performed and mashed it up. It was a nice small event, with people sitting on the grass, soul food stands, and tables with games everywhere. It was also a good mix of performers. Special Ed came out and some people that were rapping when I was still listening to my Disney records. Lord Tariq was also there and those are the names I remember. The DJ sets were a little long and annoying. One major highlight was the LOX performing together. It was a special moment, and unlike my campus, people knew to get live for an occassion like this. We gon make it had everyone on their feet, people running from the food lines, and a beautiful organized madness. The closing act for the evening was LL Cool J. I have seen him before, and he's always been a good show. I was not disappointed by his performance and had to chuckle when he started talking about the monkeys over at Def Jam. In typical LL style he brought tons of people on stage to party with him and took a little girl on stage and gave her a speech on how special she was. It was endearing. I'm still a fan. The last time I saw him he told everyone to tithe. Greatness.

John Legend at Joe's Pub-September
I'm not a John Legend stalker, but I had the opportunity to go to this concert for work. It was a benefit for GQ's The Gentlemen's Fund, and Johnny is their spokesperson. So the highlight of the evening was that I got to go backstage and meet him and take pics, and was also sitting right up underneath him. This was 10x more intimate than the last time I saw him perform, and I still enjoyed it a whole lot. Even in the mellowness of his songs, he brings an energy to his performance, and manages to move a crowd by sitting at his piano. He also kicks up his left foot while he plays. I thought that was amusing. "Coming Home" did it to me again.

Bacard B-Live: Calle 13, Talib Kweli, and Sean Paul at Steiner Studios, with DJ Mark Ronson Brooklyn-September
I'm just going to pretend that John Legend was the end. This was yet another free outdoor concert to end my summer, but the most disorganized one I've been to yet. After having people stand on line for forever (thanks to friends I got to cut) they opened the gates to just have people run in. There was no seperate line for people with VIP tickets or press passes, so they had to push through the entire crowd of people waiting and it was a fire hazard.
Calle 13 is cool but the girls they pulled on stage made their set. This one chick thought she was Shakira.
Talib Kweli was the best performance of the evening. I saw him before with his whole crew (Pharoahe Monch, Mos Def, Jean Grae) so I was prepared for it to not be that experience, but even by himself he brought it. He did a mix of old songs and songs off of EarDrum. I'm a big fan of his MySpace Album with Madlib, so I was a little disappointed that he didn't do any of those. Still he mixed it up, brought out some old school raps as well as R&B/ Soul/ and Motown songs from decades past. The best part of his set wasn't even his performance, but how real he kept it. Two girls started fighting and he stopped to point them out and tell them about themselves, and then broke into "Say Something." A fire moment right there.
Sean Paul was the last act, and he was speeding through songs. Worse off he didn't do any of his older songs like Deport Dem or Infiltrate. Brooklyn has too many Caribbeans to try to only do the songs that made big commercial success, and not what put you on the map. Shame.

Mark Ronson: Great DJ.

That was my year thus far...There were a lot that I missed that I'm still sad about Amy Winehouse (for 15 dollars..that'll never happen again), Stephen and Damian Marley (for 23 dollars...I told you Boston is a dumbtarded city) and Leela James (free in NYC yet again and I missed it..sigh)


Friday, October 05, 2007

Another message for Nickelodeon

Below my rant is a link to article published in Advertising Age that discusses Nickelodeon's attempts to become relevant again (well at least to me...they're obviously relevant to tons and tons of kids). It would only make sense that Nickelodeon has the bigger music presence, seeing as their parent company (MTV Networks/Viacom for those not paying attention) owns the most relevant music channels around, few people comparatively in the U.S. watch FUSE, which is the biggest music channel I could think of as a competitor (all deductive reasoning...I have no facts) and the Disney Channel airs its own videos on the Disney Channel. That's great Nickelodeon...compete with Disney..launch the Naked Brothers Band and find your very own "High School Musical" jackpot. But how about you focus on what Disney can't do...which is have an oldies night. I've expressed my desire, AdRants expressed their desire, millions of young adults on facebook create and join groups expressing their desire. You don't see this for The Mickey Mouse Club, Flash Forward, The Baby Sitters Club, Circus Smirkus, Bug Juice or any of the good older Disney Channel shows. Clarissa explained life for some of us. We're older and need her wisdom again, or just to remember the days when Kel told us Orange Soda was okay, before we learned about the sugar and calories in a single serving. I actually went to see Good Burger in the movie theaters. That's how much I loved you. Watching old "Legends of the Hidden Temple" on Nickelodeon GaS(Games and Sports) will not suffice, and Noggin's cool, but it ain't old school.

In closing Nickelodeon, remember the closing on The Brothers Garcia, "Todo para la familia." I'm it for me (and Taina, cus that bit role in I Think I Love my Wife was sad)! Do it for the girl who was excited to go to her aunt's house because there awaited cable and quality tv.

Advertising Age Article

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Hermit like folk are Everyday People too...different strokes for different folks...

Has Sly Stone taken to hanging out with Young Joc? Is he doing the motorcycle? lol...

Random queries on this photo aside, peep this article on , you guessed it Vanity Fair, on Sly Stone's whereabouts and life out of the public eye. Theres also a pretty great slideshow and overall Vanity Fair amazingness.

The article goes into Sly being a "We Are the World" type of man and covers where he's been since basically going all hermit like

In honor of Sly,I'll throw in yet another video for the day. So get up and Dance to the Music!

This is Arrested Development performing People Everyday which samples Sly and the Family Stone's Everyday People. P.S. I saw Arrested Development perform at the Head of the Charles last year and they are still live...and the old man, Baba Oje is still fly...long toenail dancing and all:

Also, a tribute at the grammys with Fantasia, John Legend, Steven Tyler, Maroon 5, Black Eyed Peas

Pop Culture Throwback of the Week

Oh Carolina, Shaggy...taking it back to 1993...i remember singing this in the backyard of my elementary school and none of us knew the words beyond "Oh Carolina" was probably a good thing too..

You got to love the respect paid through the insertion of ska dancing in the middle of the video. Classic

For some new Shaggy...check out Shut Up and Dance with and Fergie, or Church Heathen

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

America's Most Smartest Model

So the obvious play on grammar in the title is cute, but why is American and well everyone obsessed with watching people be stupid? Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader is cool, AMST is entertaining but extremely sad to watch. At least Beauty and the Geek has Geeks..this just has one smart guy who has a graduate degree already, and the redeeming black guy. You can check out the casting special on VH1 and its also one of ITunes free downloads of the week. Why oh why did the black man not know who fought in the Civil War or what The Emancipation Proclamation was? Luckily they showed another black man later on to salvage the race, but this was straight foolishness. I'm not sure what statement was being made by including that portion in the casting special, but it sure should be a wake up call.

The Sankofa bird is a bird that flies with its head looking backwards. It's imagery is symbolic of the familiar quote "a people who do not know their history cannot know where they are going." No, the one man on the show is not all black people in America, but it is important for the entire nation to be aware of that part of history. The hundred years following the Emancipation Proclamation was one of the most turbulent times in American history. While there was the Gilded Age and the Roaring Twenties, a lot more of the period was spent in nationwide distress. During that time, the memory of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil War was so important to the nation, and it is continuously used as a bartering tool for rights and privileges in the nation. Martin Luther King used it in his speech at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial where he had a dream, the Million Man March used the memory of Lincoln and recently Barack Obama launched his campaign in Lincoln's hometown and penned a nice little piece in Time magazine called "Through Lincoln's Eyes." It was never about blacks truly loving Lincoln, but more about understanding his importance to national memory and how to use that memory to achieve equality.

7 score and 4 years after the U.S.A. was founded, this is still a major part of who we are. For someone of color to be blatantly ignorant of this on national tv (basic cable may as well be national), and for VH1 to decide to air it, does not show progress, but rather regression.

Go read some David Blight and Lerone Bennett Jr.