Thursday, September 09, 2010

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Macys Seeks to Confuse Father's Day for all New Yorkers, not just Harlem.

Oh the perils of multiracial advertising:
We cry, we yearn for inclusion, we shout of discrimination and create campaigns around the perils of identity politics and representation in the media. We inspire dreamy eyed aspiring journalists to go to school and study media representation and write chapters of dissertations that ... (Okay, that was only me. Yes, before I became disillusioned and repackaged as a former aspiring journalist trying to make sense of the utilities industry). We get to the point.

Its 2010 and although the bitter can always point to the areas of failed representation, we have to give credit where it is due and acknowledge that long strides have been made in terms of a wider mainstream representation across racial groups. Then there's the Taye Diggs syndrome.

Taye Diggs is the guy - that black guy - that all my fellow educated friends met somewhere during their academic studies. If you didn't have or can't remember the school days, just think of all the times we've seen Taye Diggs in a role recently (post helping Stella get her groove back or being anyone's best man,) good or bad, right or wrong.

Real Life Taye: Married to the definitely better singer Idina Menzel
Broadway-cum-Hollywood Musical Taye*:

If you really have no idea what I'm talking about, just think of this guy.

Family Taye: Kevin Hill

Best Buddy (may be confused with Best Man) Taye:

ABC Taye:

Private Practice:

You see Taye is everything the collective "we" asked for and discussed in magazines, beauty shops, churches, and around dinner tables. He's everything we asked for, before we got specific.

And then, we got the watered down Macy*s Taye.
(Disclaimer: it's not really Taye Diggs)

This picture makes little sense to me. I don't know this guy. I don't know many people who do know or want to know this guy.  Who is this baby? Where did the baby come from? Why is this phenotypically black man kidnapping this phenotypically not black child without an allusion to his multiracial friends in sight? Whose Father's Day is this? This is worse than trying to figure out where the one curly headed child came from in the black family on television.

Maybe, Macy*s is making commentary on the changing demographic of...


This made sense Macy*s. Safe, but adorable and sensible.

Well to all my fathers, no matter if you and you children look alike, Happy Father's Day.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

My Minor Insignificant (but great) Boston Dislike

The first time* I followed journalist Toure on twitter, I read a discussion between him and several of his followers on what sports teams they loved. In this discussion Toure made a claim to the effect that having to like a team based on location was silly. To each their own. I have nothing but love for my hometown teams in the following order: Knicks, Mets, Giants, Yankees, Jets.* The only teams that I've come to greatly dislike are simply because I'm from NY.

I greatly dislike Boston sports teams. This is not the first time I've stated this fact. My first article for a college newspaper was my new-found disdain for the Boston RedSox (fall 2003-you know what was up),which was essentially brought about by crazy Boston fans yelling anti-NY epithets everyday of my first semester. Not being above any of it, I took their behavior and went overboard declaring war against the Red Sox, Pats, and even the Celtics. My behavior made no sense. In essence I was upset that the Red Sox declared war on the Yankees, so I retaliated in like and have since focused on staging a one woman war.

I am Giancarlo Esposito in this scene:

(Yes, I'm aware that I use this scene to explain everything. It resonates greatly with me.)

So as NBA Playoffs come once again and the Celtics make their baseball starts warming up and my heart hopes for the Mets... I'm taking this time out to say: Boston Sports teams, I dislike you mainly because of Red Sox Fans, but I completely respect your players. However, its time to fall back.

And don't step on my Jordans!

*Based on Toure's tweets I believe that several of his followers un-follow and re-follow on a regular basis. I first followed back in May/June of 2009. I unfollowed, but I've been back for a little while. There's good stuff in there

*Obviously, I'm only sticking to major professional leagues. I was tempted to throw the Brooklyn Dodgers up there. I own a hat. I grew up near Ebbets Field. However, they never existed when I was alive. I'm also not the biggest sports fan, so I actually don't hate the Yankees despite liking the Mets. The same goes for the Giants and the Jets. When the Brooklyn Nets arrive they will be last in the list.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Dopeness

1. If you've yet to say a prayer, donate, and encourage your network to do the same for the people of Haiti. Stop reading, and do so now. I'm not spewing all my thoughts in this entry.

2. This is fire.

3. The wonderful music and culture site RBMVibes ( is looking for writers. If you want access to free albums,have insight on today's music scene and love to write, shoot an email to If you don't want to write, but would like to keep up with the updates, also check out the site to sign up for the newsletter.

4. RIP Teddy Pendergrass. I unfortunately hear a little TPain in my head everytime I hear your name. I blame college.

5. I'm ALIVE!!! *Hi* (waves, blushes, sighs).