Bill Cosby has a point.
You can't blame the man.
In theory, Parents raise children. MTV sells advertisments. PS2's entertain and Mc Donalds is an occasional snack.
Yet, we know that in reality, hella kids get a couple meals a day from Mickey D's, they stay glued to they PS2's and MTV/BET is a built into the livingroom baby sitter.
That being said, Bill does have a point. However, I think that it would be more constructive if he instructed folks on how to be better parents in ADDITION to ripping them for poor parenting.
Cosby, 69, was critical of black parents, saying they don't involve themselves enough in their children's education and don't know what their children are doing. "We've got parents who won't check the bedrooms of their children to see if there's a gun," he said. He chided teachers for not offering clear explanations to children who ask why courses such as English and algebra are necessary. "If you teach English and you can't answer this child, then you're in trouble, and we've been in trouble," Cosby said. "We can't answer these children, because nobody's given them any goals."
For True. There needs to be a Black Parenting Guide Because letting MTV and McDonald's raise your kids is only gonna make you a grandma, of some really fat kids, at 32.
I am very excited about the new Jay Z.
I haven't bought a Jay album since reasonable doubt.
I like the sophisticated happiness of Show Me Watchu Got, and the Subliminal and sometimes overt jabs on Lost Ones. And its Jazzy too.
Damon apparently feels like a hypocrite after the break up. He don't "love" the game anymore.
That Dame talks about what it meant to be a sort of dispute resolution mentor to street dudes, and how they can no longer say "Lets work it out like Dame and Jay" is hyper revealing.
Where do we see Black men, in pop culture talk about lets work out our differences like so and so?
Sh*t. You win some, and you win Some.
One of my favorite Hollywood couples breakin up.
I knew it was too good to be true.
I betchu it was the Oscar.
See, thats why Julia married her camera man. I ain't mad.
The town is the 24th MOST DANGERIOUS city in the nation.
Thats something to be proud of.
Call Mutumbo a Monkey and Get Banned from the games.
God I heart the intersection of race and sports.
There is nothing wrong with being "Hollywood" or "Industry".
My best friend is industry. Irony intended.
But Calling cats w/ day glo hats
and shoes to match, "THE Fresh Prince Look" is is hella bootsie.
It just seems contrived.
To me the more accurate description is "Japanese Hip Hop flav meets Harlem".
So. We had a hella warm Halloween. I stayed true to self and DID not go out. But actually ran errands and washed clothes. Yeah. I am an adult. And after this post, I am actually gonna work on my summary.
Who knew that getting up at 7 and having coffee on a WEEKDAY could facilitate so MUCH productivity.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Posted by M.Dot. at 2:42 PM
Thursday, October 26, 2006
President of the NBA tells Players to Leave the Gats at Home. No. I am not making this up.
Only in the NBA could the commissioner go from defending the widely criticized new ball to criticizing the players' right to defend themselves. Actually, given the angry reaction to the synthetic leather basketballs, maybe the logical next step for David Stern was to get guns out of the players' hands. You know, in case things escalate.Yeah Well. Some players DO BE having gats.
Carrying guns is one of those Things That Only Seem Bad When NBA Players Are Doing It. You know, like going from high school straight to the pros. Fine for baseball, hockey, tennis and golf, but a danger to our society when it involves basketball. The New Jersey Nets' Richard Jefferson pointed out the double standard when he dealt the Dick Cheney card to the Newark Star-Ledger. "Shoot, our vice president shot somebody in the face," Jefferson said in the aftermath of the Jackson incident. "A dude gets punched in the face and fires off shots and all of a sudden it's, 'What's an athlete's things with guns?' Shoot, people go on hunting trips with semi-automatic weapons. Is there a need to take an AK-47 to shoot deer? Which one is worse?" Next time you're driving around town keep an eye out for how prominently guns are featured in the billboards for the new James Bond movie, "Casino Royale." The gun has always been part of the whole Bond image: tuxedo, martini (shaken, not stirred), Walther PPK. A gun is even incorporated into the 007 logo. What kind of message does that send to our kids?Oh. But this the beauty of double standards in pop culture. My momma say, if its good for the goose its good for the gander. Remember when Paper magazine tried to get bell hooks to cosign on disrespecting hip hop AND lil Kim. She was like. I am not gonna talk about kim w/o mentioning the American pop culture as a whole. Why single her or hip hop out [ Especially in Paper Magazine].
I think that the author, is a man after my own heart.
Naomi done got arrested. She needs to get on Mary's anger management plan.
ADD and Autism caused by babies watching TV. Muy interesante.
Lo and behold, Waldman and colleagues found that reported autism cases within certain counties in California and Pennsylvania rose at rates that closely tracked cable subscriptions, rising fastest in counties with fastest-growing cable. The same was true of autism and rainfall patterns in California, Pennsylvania and Washington State. Their oddly definitive conclusions: "Approximately 17% of the growth in autism in California and Pennsylvania during the 1970s and 1980s was due to the growth of cable television," and "just under 40% of autism diagnoses in the three states studied is the result of television watching due to precipitation."Someone needs to study children who don't watch television and compare them to children who do.
Your daughters tied up in a Brooklyn Basement- Biggie
Mexicano's are kidnapping fools on the reg in Tiajuana. And expecting paper. How very wild wild west of them.
The businessman's abduction marked another episode in a two-year crime wave that has turned this border city into one of the kidnapping capitals of the world.
The targets, typically middle- and upper-class businessmen or their sons, often are snatched in broad daylight by organized crime rings masquerading as commando-style federal police squads. It happens outside their homes and on busy streets. One man was grabbed as he left a circus with his kids.
American tourists are rarely targets, so the kidnappings don't get much attention across the border. They usually aren't reported to police, many of whom are working with the criminal rings, according to federal and state authorities. Estimates of the number of kidnappings this year in the Tijuana area range from 77 to 120, according to business groups, civic leaders and private security firms. The year before, they say, there were 60.
Tijuana may now have the most kidnappings in the world outside of the Middle East, said Thomas Clayton, chairman of Clayton Consultants Inc., a global private security firm. "Tijuana is going crazy," Clayton said.
Did you peep how they DONT kidnap Americans.
Oh. Waste 10 minutes of your life watching these political campaign videos. I did.
Why. Is. It. 80. Degrees. In. Oakland. Today?
Posted by M.Dot. at 1:04 PM
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Kim Osorio was awarded 15.5M in her sexual harassment case against The Source. Guess, The Source cats were too arrogant to settle. They should have paid attention to what has happened in sexual harrassment cases on wall street. Settle. Settle. Settle.
Shout out to Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond for the text over at the Village Voice.
Women working in hip-hop often have an even tougher time reconciling that divide. Getting a paycheck for marketing products and artists that often instigate violence and portray women as only good for sex can leave staffers at all levels feeling played. That was—and is—the case at The Source magazine, according to former editor in chief and current plaintiff Kim Osorio, who found herself explaining how her former bosses sexually harassed her from a witness box in courtroom 14B at the Southern District of New York.Well all turn the other cheek and/or take it up the a$$ at some point at work, otherwise, there would be way more work place fatalities.
But the angel on her shoulder got in her ear. "People would ask my opinion on how they portray women and just the blatant usage of the N-word—among other expletives," she remembers. "I would be like, 'Oh, you know, well, it is what it is. This is the culture now.' Deep down in my heart I knew that it wasn't right. . . . I felt a lot of internal conflict."RARELY, do people who benefit financially from pushing the HOP, talk transparently about how they reconcile the contradictions pervasive in HH.
Hip Hop is pervasivly homophobic, yet there are a ton of gay folks that eat off the HH industry. And they don't speak up.
Hip Hop is pervasivly anti-woman, yet there are a ton of women who eat of the industry. And they don't speak up. For that Matter.
And in a similar vein, The Republican party is notorious for being anti-gay marriage and for using gay marriage initiatives as a divisive issue during election season. Yet. Gay republicans don't speak up. Peep what Frank Rich had to say in the Times a couple of weekends ago. When I was reading this article, I kept thinking, that, this is what Black people go through all the time. In terms of working someone where people like you are Blatantly and Subtly dismissed and discriminated against on the reg.
If anything good has come out of the Foley scandal, it is surely this: The revelation that the political party fond of demonizing homosexuals each election year is as well-stocked with trusted and accomplished gay leaders as virtually every other power center in America. “What you’re really seeing is the Republican Party on the Hill,” says Rich Tafel, the former leader of the gay Log Cabin Republicans whom George W. Bush refused to meet with during the 2000 campaign. “Across the board gay people are in leadership positions.” Yet it is this same party’s Congressional leadership that in 2006 did almost nothing about government spending, Iraq, immigration or ethics reform, but did drop everything to focus on a doomed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Apparently, The Source thought that its readers were dumb too. In all fairness. The readers of The Source run/ran the gamut of brilliant to "look at the pretty pictures". Which is arguably the case for all magazines. However it is one thing for a main stream, mag to think that way about heads, but to hear that The Source does it too. Its like dayum, yall expectations was that low for cats!!?!?!?!?
"We were getting ready for our International Issue and I wanted to write something like, 'Look forward to next month—we'll be hitting you with the diaspora,' " Sonya recounts. "These muhfuckaz was like, 'Niggaz don't know what diaspora means so we gotta take that out.' I was like, 'You don't think muhfuckaz would wanna look it up?' "I love how fools would speak, but only anonymosly. Oh what it must feel like to be insulated from accountability. Thats what I want to be when I grow up:)
Evan, a music video director and hip-hop documentarian who admits he's shot his fair share of "guy up against his car, a girl shaking her ass for no apparent reason" music videos to keep the lights on.Life imitating art. Life imitating art. Life imitating art. Not an excuse.
Evan didn't want to be identified since he works for a major hip-hop artist's label and feared recrimination. "By any means necessary," he continued.
But the art-imitating-life defense is hard to swallow as these stories trickle down to consumers through agents that aren't of the culture. "For people who did not really grow up in that lifestyle, it's almost like being on a movie set," Fiona says of her primarily white former co-workers. "Like, it's not your reality, it's not your responsibility. You don't hear gunshots. . . . You're not dealing with baby-daddy drama issues. You know what I mean? Your reality is so different so it's easy for you to go to work and do something like that and feel totally disconnected from its actual effect on society."Aw. Being Disconnected from its actual effect on society.
At least she saying something now.