One of our Freeways Melted.
The Warriors beat the MAVs.
"Silly @ssed class mate gone ask me last night, while we were in the lounge watching the game (me briefly on study break) are you a warriors fan?
I respond, dead up, "Im from Oakland".
Like. N*gga. Don't talk to me dude.
Then he said hella smug,
"Oh really, well I went to CAL".
He offered it in such an off handed, outta pocket and condescending manner.
And I was like, "I went to Mills". What?
But he was back in his little world by then.
Now see I would have been wrong if I said, "Well sh*t You ARE Chinese".
And before my Asian and black homies get on me for being racist,
HE ASKED FOR IT.
I don't give a f*ck where he went to school.
He is the Quintessential northern cali Model Minority, No?
He should have just kept eating his Wendy's and left me the f*ck alone, and let me enjoy my baron davis going hawwwd.
Randy ignat @ss Moss got Traded to New England.
And the Raiders got the number one Pick.
Sho'll would be nice if they could win half their games this season.
I think I need to do a Blog post on "NFL's issues" with Black masculinity
File this post under town b'ness.
Feeling like I been bloggin'like my life depended on it.
Monday, April 30, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
1. She is underaged.
2. She snuck out tha house.
3. Her "body" sans face, looks mature.
However, that face. Says teeny bopper.
I analyze gray sexual areas w/ vigor.
When I saw the stills @ Gotty's house, I was like, oh, here is a teenager, who got a little in over her head.
Then came the Video.
The Video killed it for me.
I immediatly thought,
SHE HAS NO POWER IN THIS SITUATION.
1. If she did consent to being on stage with him, what in fact does she consent to?
a. General backing it up?
b. Any and everything?
c. Whole hog Juve pump and jump.
2. At what point is Akon liable?
a. When did he cross the line?
b. Was there a line to be crossed?
c. When does entertainment cross the line?
When I was watching the video, all I could see was this shiny, muscely backed dude, dominating a woman. (All of the Black Male Buck slavery esque sterotypes started runing through my brain.)
Some women avail themselves of being dominated.
However, what does it mean when you avail yourself, and you get more than you ask for?
Back to the video.
At first, I had ray J video flash backs. Like Umph. Akon got handles, it look like, made a "mental note".
Then the more he moved around, I realized that SHE WAS JUST REACTING to him.
She was OVERWHELMED.
She was initiating NOTHING.
Is a TOXIC combination.
At that point. The line was crossed.
Such a heavy post for a Sunday night. And I was just looking forward to writing about The Clipse and Oprah. Will post that tomorrow.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Feels like a lifetime ago. No?
In honor of this momentus occasion I have assembled a list of my top 10 favorite RACE CONSCIOUS RAP SONGS & POP CULTURE MOMENTS.
1. Burn Hollywood Burn.
BIG DADDY KANE: 2. 20 Mothfucka 20.
As I walk the streets of Hollywood Boulevard
Thinin' how hard it was to those that starred
In the movies portrayin' the roles
Of butlers and maids slaves and hoes
Many intelligent Black men seemed to look uncivilized
When on the screen
Like a guess I figure you to play some jigaboo
On the plantation, what else can a nigger do
And Black women in this profession
As for playin' a lawyer, out of the question
For what they play Aunt Jemima is the perfect term
Even if now she got a perm
So let's make our own movies like Spike Lee
Cause the roles being offered don't strike me
There's nothing that the Black man could use to earn
Burn Hollywood burn
3. It takes a Nation of Millions.
4. "All the Peckerwoods Better Hide Tonight" was the hook of a song Askari X. This came out DURING THE HIEIGHT of the Rodney King Era. I can't find it. Even though I did find Askari's Myspace page. Creepy!
5. Love's Gonna Getcha, KRS One.
6. We Don't Have a Plan B, Red Head Kingpin and the F.B.I.
7. Cross Over ain't nothing but a double Cross, 5 Heartbeats.
Record Executive: We've decided to change the cover a little bit because we see the big picture. Negroes and white folks buying this album. Everybody's going to know who this group is. We just felt that the picture wasn't as important as it was that we succeeded in crossing over.
Five Heartbeats Member: Crossover ain't nothing but a double-cross. Once we lose our audience we ain't never gon' get them back. They're trying to change our style.
8. "A White Man with a Negro Sound" Nice!
Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, who had already recorded blues artists such as Howlin' Wolf, James Cotton, B.B. King, Little Milton, and Junior Parker, was looking for "a white man with a Negro sound and the Negro feel," with whom he "could make a billion dollars," because he thought black blues and boogie-woogie music might become tremendously popular among white people if presented in the right way. The Sun Records producer felt that a black rhythm and blues act stood little chance at the time of gaining the broad exposure needed to achieve large-scale commercial success."
I only got to 8. I know you all can give me two'mo.
While researching this post, I found my cousin. De.Li.SH.
I also found this. Who knew that the innernet was such a delish treasure trove
of late nite coming down on caffeinated goodies?
2: Number of caffeinated beverages I drink on a daily.
2: Number of break downs I had this week.
2: Number white boys I have flirted with this week. (Listen before you say something Mean Sexy, LD, MR, TT. Furst of all wachall want me to do? 6 hours a day in the basement....some of these cats bound to start going easy on the EYES. HELLO).
1: Number of ciggarettes I smoked with a white boy on a study break.
6: Number of days my farmers market tulips lasted.
7-10:Number of days dude SAID they were gonna last.
1: Number of really big break downs I had this week.
5: Number of times I have run across the BK bridge in the last seven days.
1: Number of times I called Texas Truth to complain about not understanding implied assertions and being scared that I would not be able to teach myself in a week.
4: Number of times I reheated and ate Monday's baked Ziti.
1: Number of times I was so tired that I feel asleep WITH MY dress on. (furst time I DID THAT WITHOUT being tipsey. LOL).
Fear is one OF THE BEST MOTIVATORS/POLARIZERS ever created.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
First Imus and now this.
NYC prosecutors are going after b-boys RETROACTIVLY w/ CIRCUMSTANCIAL EVIDENCE.
Relying on computer evidence seized from his Manhattan home last October, the district attorneys in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens have charged Mr. Ket under his real name, Alain Maridueña, with 14 criminal counts, including trespass, criminal mischief and making graffiti. If convicted, he could potentially face decades in prison and huge financial penalties.These cats are really try to make a name off of proscuting HH related folks. Man. Listen.
The case could pose an important test for prosecutors and the police, since Mr. Maridueña was never caught in the act and has no previous criminal record in New York City. Instead, the government’s case appears to be based largely on what prosecutors say is the unmistakable detail of his graffiti signature — his “KET” tag — and the fact that the tag is visible on photographs of illegal subway graffiti that were entered into Mr. Maridueña’s home computer only hours after identical work was discovered on subway cars.
I forwarded this to Minnesota this weekend and he respondthis shyt is DEEP..criminalization of public art and
what aboutbillboards?..the public isn't
consulted as to whether we want big/@ss liquor ads
in our neighborhoods or mcdonalds, etc...they just put
their shyt upand we haveto deal w/it...why not graf?..
they are self-promoting vs capitalismoriented'advertising'
--cats just want to be seen/heard?..why is it only
okay when corporations that have more rights than
brn/blk ppl do it?...F****UUUUUUUUUUCK THAT SON.Mr. Maridueña, 36, has pleaded not guilty to all
the charges. He maintained in an interview that
he was nowhere near the subway trains or stations
that were vandalized, and said he believed he was
being singled out because of his professional
ties to Marc Ecko, the designer, who has championed
graffiti as an art form and has tangled with
Hall over graffiti.
Hip Hop 0. Corporations 1.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Instead of Worrying about Banning N*ggas and Ho's Russell need to Be Using His Platform to Talk About Trillion Dollar Cake Deals.
LONDON, April 25 — Royal Bank of Scotland, the British bank, and two other European lenders today offered 72.2 billion euros, or $98.5 billion, for ABN Amro, the largest Dutch bank, triggering one of the biggest takeover battles in the banking industry.I wonder if Fred Goodwin like Black Gurls.
Dear Stanley Crouch, Do you actually TALK to your family that stay in the hood? If you don't.
Then Shut the f*ck up.
Gotty got a nice lil meme brewing @ the SS on the importance of not
beating ya wife. Yall should check it out.
Hip Hop betta lissen.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
I know. Its a lie. But an M.Dot can dream. I rides for O. Me and Walt fell out over her last year over at Bols site.
When I saw her Post Imus episode I thought, man this would be dope,
if she did this show on 106 and Park.
Think about how much of an impact that SHE could have in calling
artists AND asking young black children, WHAT do you think
when you hear "B*tches ain't sh*t but ho's and tricks".
Russel speaking of ho's Russel wants to ban ho's and n*ggas fro hip hop.
This is DE.LI.CIOUS.
I wonder what the investors of Universal think of this.
Times has a dope blog post up.
Here are some telling responses:
I did a post a few months back about how.
I think it was during the Ludacris/Oprah era.
I mentioned how Ms. Winfrey is connected to hip hop because her constinuents children are a large PORTION of the buying hip hop audience,
The elephant in the room is that POP RAP, is POP because the Hood burns it but hte masses eat it. POP rap is POPULAR because WHITE Middle Class jawns check for it.
50 said it best. Two weeks ago, he was on the radio and he qouted a sales amount that indicated that AFTER SELLING 800 thousand copies, he KNEW at which point his sales were no longer in the "hood".
The observation was so greasy and astute.
WHY ELSE would Snoop be such a madison avenue darling?
Go Head and Ban the Words.
This reminds of why Black Language is So F*cking powerful.
N*ggas haven't been concerned with how Black people Speak since the Ebonics Debate.
N&ggas all in one Post.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Im busy. However, I have to hold it down for my blog fam, na'mean?!?!?!?
Here are some bloggy style innernet funn 'ish.
Check 'em out. They got jewwalllss.
1. Bust the Facts. Its nice to go to a blog and see white lables.
Something about the gray background that I find soothing.
2. Crooklyn's Finest. Dude. They got Crooklyn Boom Bap Game Sewn up.
3. The Cocoa Lounge I spent 15 minutes looking for this blog. I thought I bookmarked it. Then I did a google search. And Voila! Black gurl fashions and pop commentary. Muy Nice.
4. Not a Blog. But a great article on Selling Black Folks Hope on a Stick. NICE!
5. Crate Kings. If Pete Rocks record label had a blog. It would be this one.
6. Wake Your Daughter Up. Just on the strenth that these fools have a zip of possee cuts watin for you like a delicious milkshake at 7:55pm on a Sunday night. You needs to peep 'em.
6. Can't Stop the Bleeding. His/her blog tags makes my shit looke paltry (<<**betchu ain't no I could use paltry in a sentence.
- Leave no child unbeaten.
- Genocidal Tendencies
- Wifebeater is not a Fashion Statement
- Organized Hate
- Lower Education
8. White Collar Crime Prof Blog. Go head and LEARN UP on the White Collar Crime w/ some smart law profs.
9.Crunk and Disorderly. And I thought I was idiosyncratic.
When somebody gonna give Fresh a radio show?
10. Poison Paragraphs. Dude. Come on Wu.Tang. Iilteration. NASTY.
Check 'em out and tell me what you think. Pray for me. I need to perform with my A game this week, and I have been having some distractions.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
I was just over at Gotty's house and they got a post up titled, "The Enemies of Hip Hop" in 2007.
That post reminded me of a post I have been meditating on all week called "F*ck However Don't Like Little Brother" because this culture nullifies the voice of Non Thugarrific Black men.
See it all started last Sunday the n*gga Bab was bumping the Minstrel Show in the new whip and I was like, you know what, this culture don't give a*fuck about what NON thuga-licious cats gotta say.
Which brings me to the skit on the minstral show where the dad is talking to his kid about school.
....Boy cut off that TV show watching that ignorant ass sh*t.
Gotchu messhin up your home work. Damn Minstrel Show Sh*t.
Makin' Black Folks Look Like Damn fools.
Talking Bout I love it.
If it was your damn' time tables, would you love that?
Can't stop won't stop, brining these damn F's home on your got d*mn report card....
How about loving some long division n*gga?
You need to love your multiplication tables.....
This skit reminded me of a couple of things.
The first is that it reminded me of how my OWN friends have been on me to remain focused. That THIS IS HOW BLACK PEOPLE ARE.
Stephen "What you need to be focused on is the unavailibility of a witness" when I blogged about TL a couple of weeks ago.
Or how mean sexy was like you need to have Tunnel Vision between now and finals, no dates.
In re-hearing this song on Sunday I realized how this voice is minimized in Hip Hop at large and pop culture definatly.
I then started to reflect on conversation with Black men that supported my theory.
In a post Imus conversation I had w/Minnesota and he was stated:
If I rapped, yes, my sh*t would talk about ho's. Because there are SOME ho's. But I would also talk about metaphysical sh*t , poetry, graffiti, family and history. Because my work would embody what I am about."
Then I thought about The Graduate.
I liked him.
He argued w/ me about 2 pac over brunch.
He contended, last November, that:
Tupac is exactly what is wrong w/ Black people and Rap music in general.
How are you going to have the backroung that you have, and come up around the Panthers and be so f*cking destructive. Thats NOT manhood. Manhood is about being about your family and your community.
I hold him to a different standard because HE KNEW better.
Minnesota pointed out how Nas had is father. He exposed him to Jazz. Kweli's parents are both professors and his brother is a supreme court clerk. YET. We do not hear about these aspects of black people in OUR MUSIC.
Come to think of it. This topic reconfirms why De La's voice was so necessary and poignant because Posdanous was adamant in his rhymes about HIS VOICE MEANING SH*T even though he was NOT from the projects.
That was a fun post.
The first amendment Rocks!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I have never interviewed Ghost Face.
However, the fact that he is headlining this years Brooklyn HH Fest, leads me to believe that my opporuntity may be just around the corner. <<***Smiles big.
If given the opportunity I would ask the following questions:
1. Would you ever put out a Tony Starks Greazy Love Ballads mixtape?
2. How do you deal w/ writers block?
3. Name the beat that "got away". That one beat, that for whatever reason
you couldn't get it cleared or for some reason you weren'y able to use it on your album.
4.What are the three characteristics that make you irresistable to women?
5. What is something we don't know about ODB?
6. Does your moms listen to your music? If so, what does she think?
7. Magnums or Raw dog?
8. Seeing as you are crazy nice with the verbs, have you ever considered teaching a poetry class?
9. Any room in your life for "educated birds?"
10. Name a regret pertaining to your career.
11. Name a career altering positive decision pertaining to your career.
Dam. This was the pre 9/11 ghost.
I think you could still smoke in clubs back then.
Look at this little gem.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Umi says, you gotta shine ya light.
In evidence class last week were discuss the rape shield laws.
Rule 412. Sex Offense Cases; Relevance of Alleged Victim's Past Sexual Behavior or Alleged Sexual PredispositionTranslation.
The following evidence is not admissible in any civil or criminal proceeding involving alleged sexual misconduct except as provided in subdivisions (b) and (c):
(1) Evidence offered to prove that any alleged victim engaged in other sexual behavior.
(2) Evidence offered to prove any alleged victim's sexual predisposition.
An alleged rape victims sexual history in a rape case is inadmissable.
The Duke case just came down last week, so my professor decided to use it as a "teaching moment".
One of my colleges says,
"Well can we offer into evidence the fact that she dressed like a prostitute [I paraphrase but this is the gist of his statement".
There were good hearted chuckles in the class as well as several FEMALE class mates looking around. Like. What? Did he just say that for real.
I felt my HEART raise up in my throat and I KNEW that I had to say something.
I raised my hand.
She didn't call on me.
30 seconds later.
The moment passed.
She asked, "Did I see a hand raised in the back?"
Umi says, you gotta shine.
I did a two second debate in my head.
DID I wanna be the BLACK girl, talking about the Black girl topic?
But. My hands were sweaty so I said. Yes.
I raised my hand.
"In response to my collegue David's statement [class laughter] regardingHim.
the admissability of the fact that the prostitute wore prostitute like clothing.
"Oh I was just kidding."
I didn't THINK to say it, but IT WAS THE IMUS defense in class.
White boys love to use it.
He said it. He meant it. He SHOULD have rode for his.
Have some integrity for christ sake.
But my mind was racing at the time, and I only realized it after class.
I know, However, some things need to stated explicity.
One has to be very careful when making a statement regarding a womans clothing in relationship to rape, because it can lead to the very dangerous inference that how a woman dresses INVITES her to be raped.
A classmate that I have sat behind for 15 weeks turned around and mouthed thank you.
I was like "thats right".
But then I was like f*ck her.
I had to say what I needed to say, so it wasn't on MY HEART for the rest of the week.
I ain't your moral compass.
We all sat in the same class.
We ain't friends.
And I am the one that the courage to speak.
Like I say.
Umi Says. Make it crack.
I gots Zora on mines.
Do the right thing.
But not necessarily because it requires you to think of the impact that your words AND OR your silence has on others.
Do the Right Thing Brings me to Wonkette and how she along w/ the many other White people appeared on Imus despite what he said, because he helped her shine.
1. For the record, a reasonable person would infer that "casual locker room" placed infront of misogyny was intended to soften the crudeness of the term misogyny.
As the invites kept coming, I found myself succumbing to the clubhouse mentality that Imus both inspires and cultivates. Sure, I cringed at his and his crew's race-baiting (the Ray Nagin impersonations, the Obama jokes) and at the casual locker-room misogyny (Hillary Clinton's a "bitch," CNN news anchor Paula Zahn is a "wrinkled old prune"), but I told myself that going on the show meant something beyond inflating my precious ego. I wasn't alone. As Frank Rich noted a few years ago, "It's the only show ... that I've been on where you can actually talk in an informed way — not in sound bites." Yeah, what he said!
But It doesn't. It merely demonstrates what she thinks is acceptable language from a man that helps HER get cake.
I'm embarrassed to admit that it took Imus' saying something so devastatingly crass to make me realize that there just was no reason beyond ego to play along. I did the show almost solely to earn my media-elite merit badge. The sad truth is that unless you have a book to promote, there's often no other reason any writer or columnist has to do the show.Girl. Don't be embarrased have some integrity.
And ask yourself.
What OTHER clubs am I a member of whose entrace price requires a jar of vaseline and extended periods where I suspend my integrity?
And here is where the gettin' gets good.
This astute observation brings me to another questions.
It's depressingly easy to find female journalists who will tolerate or ignore bigotry if it means getting into the boys' club someday. (If only I were the only one.)
At the end of the day do the Wonkettes of the world feel more kinship w/ the nappy headed ho's or the boys clubs of the world?
Based on her article and previous appearances. Her choice was clear.
Perhaps the future will tell us something different The Wonkettes will Do the Right Thing.
I am clearly on a tear w/ this topic.
You know what it is.
Here @ MM, we talk about these topics all the time.
But now the rest of the world is yapping, so we have oodles of
good source material. NICE!
I thihk that its dope that Post Imus (p.i) there is more dialogue ABOUT how harmful g-rap is and a very small, yet significant conversation on about the WHITE PEOPLE who appeared to benefit on his show.
White Privilage Analysis.
So far, only two white people have written about the benfits of rockin' with Imus.
1. Ann Marie Cox aka Wonkette.
2. Sam Tanenhaus
Sam basically says that he was able to look the other way when it came to Imus's bigotry because Imus helped him shine.
Cool. At least he aknowledging it.
For a period lasting many months I was one of Mr. Imus’s collaborators, or enablers — in fact one of the more conspicuous ones. In October 1997, when I was a freelance writer, a friend phoned with the news that Mr. Imus had begun talking up my book, “Whittaker Chambers: A Biography.” He did not succeed in making it a best seller, as he did in some other cases, but his efforts resulted, by my estimation, in an additional 10,000 sales, plenty for a densely footnoted biography with a $35 price tag.
More gratifying still were the letters and phone calls from readers, not the presumed yahoos we’ve been hearing about in recent days, but civil and courteous people from all walks of life — students, retirees, history buffs and, in some instances, professional authors — who also were part of Mr. Imus’s following.
Which brings me to the contributory negligence.
You see. In life. We all give up a little bit of our integrity for something.
Its the way the game is played.
Below, Sam disloses how he gave up some of his for some Imus Shine.
My only question for Sam and other white men is, WHAT ELSE ARE YOU TUNING OUT IN ORDER TO BE A "MEMBER OF THE CLUB?"
By now, I was tuning in regularly. It had become part of my routine: waking up each morning to WFAN and the frisson of hearing my name broadcast on the radio. Of course, I was hearing other things, too, and they were disturbing at times: slurs against black athletes, an “impersonation” of Clarence Thomas that didn’t sound like him at all (unlike the impersonations of white figures), but instead drew on the stalest of the “here come de judge” grotesqueries of a previous era; the almost continual soundtrack of leering sexual comments.
Today, in the harsh light of Mr. Imus’s disgrace, it is hard to explain why none of this bothered me very much. But the truth is I tuned it out. One reason, I think, is that my position seemed paradoxical. I was pleased to have been admitted into Mr. Imus’s club — alongside famous columnists and TV pundits and celebrated authors.
in·teg·ri·ty /ɪnˈtɛgrɪti/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[in-teg-ri-tee] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation–noun
1. adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.
2. the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished: to preserve the integrity of the empire.
3. a sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition: the integrity of a ship's hull.
Talk about being contributorily negligent.
Im posting today yall, then imma cut back. Gotta go down the rabbit hole. Its that time of year. I will respond to your comments tho.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Go head and LEARN UP on the mexican Bill Gates.
When I see sh*t like this, first thing I say, is I hope it ain't in Oakland, then I say, I hope it ain't Black people. You know how you be holding yo breath and sh*t.
Why in the hell is this Bullsh*t on instead of my Simpsons.
Don't Fox KNOW that this is how I get my head right for FOUR hours straight of
class on Mondays.
Subway hero dude learns. Mo Money, Mo Prollems.
Those are the happy aftereffects of overnight megastardom. Then there are the crushing demands on his time, the friends and family looking for handouts, the money problems, the identity questions, and the lawsuit.
Wesley became exhausted. He told Linda he lacked time to savor even a little of his good fortune. His new life was cutting into his weekends with the girls. “They don’t like that,” he says. “I don’t either. I try to explain, ‘Daddy’s got kind of a new job, and I’m trying to make things happen and maybe get a house and a better way of life.’ But they don’t understand.”
At the end of February, Wesley heard from Robert Autrey Sr. for the first time in three decades. His father had been living in Pensacola, in sporadic touch with Wesley’s mother but never with him.
“He had a mild heart attack,” Wesley says. “He ended up in the hospital, and his sister called my mom’s house, and I picked up the phone.”
Wesley called his father at the hospital. “I don’t hold no grudges.”
What did his father say?
“That he was happy for me doing what I’d done, you know?” Wesley pauses. “Then him, like everybody else, ‘I need, I want, give me.'"
"Unfortunately, it doesn't fully surprise me. The perception that the Bronx is some lawless place that you have to be fearful of is just not true."
I heart the Bronx.
Obama is getting that hip hop scrill and n*ggas is trippin.
Dear Helen Kennedy,
Democrats ANNNNNNNND Republicans get that Hip Hop cake.
Everytime a corporation, that has a label that employs a gangster rapper,
donates to the Dems/Repubs, the Corporations, the dems, the repubs, benefit.
It isn't a democratic thang.
Its a power thang.
German dudes wanna shoot @ n*ggas in the Bronx. Nice!
How Imus know n*ggas call women ho's in rap music?
He lissen' to Snoop?
I love Philly. I love New Orleans, Detroit and Oakland too.
D.C. can get it also.
That being said, this article appealed to me, so I gaffled it. Enjoy.
In a hospital emergency room, a young man winces as doctors try to determine how badly he has been injured.I wonder how many dudes will have to die before......the national guard is called.
His name is Karim Williams, he is 27, and he is this city’s latest shooting victim. He says he was hit around 12:30 a.m. by a shot fired while he was walking from his girlfriend’s car into a bar.
Mr. Williams was fortunate. The bullet went through his leg without hitting bone or major blood vessels, and after a shot of morphine and a few hours’ observation, he will be discharged from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania back into the West Philadelphia night.
In some ways, Mr. Williams is a typical patient at the trauma unit: young, mildly intoxicated and apparently with no idea why he was shot. What makes his case less common, doctors here say, is that he is neither seriously injured nor dead, since Philadelphia is in the midst of an epidemic of gun violence that has left the police struggling to preserve public safety and government officials renewing efforts to tighten the state’s gun control laws.
Is Philly the East Coast Oakland? No I guess that would be Newark. Why don't the Mayors and the governers and police chiefs of these cities get together to talk about problems and solutions? Oh. I guess that would be too much like right.
Last year, there were 406 homicides in Philadelphia, most of them by gunshot, the highest number in nine years, according to the Police Department. From 2004 to 2006, the number of homicides in the city rose 22 percent, more than twice as much as the aggregate increase recorded by 56 cities surveyed by the Police Executive Research Forum, a national law enforcement group.
This year, the pace of the killings has worsened; as of Friday the death toll stood at 110, or 16 percent higher than at the same time last year. By comparison, in New York City, with six times the population, there were 102 homicides from Jan. 1 to April 8, a drop of almost 24.4 percent from the same period a year ago. The rise in violence is evident at the University of Pennsylvania hospital, whose trauma unit treated 479 gunshot victims last year, a 15 percent increase over 2005. Some 18 percent of the attacks were fatal, and 16 percent of the victims will suffer permanent disabilities, like paralysis from head or spinal injuries, amputations, or long-term damage to internal organs.
It's raining cats and dogs yall and I have a baked potato in the OVEN. I HATE the fact that the C train is jaked on the weekends. How was your weekend?
Its gonna be cold for the rest of the week.
That will make camping out the the lib that much easier. LOL.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
The Village Voice has an article on how young lesbians agressive's (ag's) embrace hip hop thug paradigm for the purposes of appearing hard.
When you go to the club and you're an AG, your mission that entire night is to find the baddest femme in the club and make her your girl," says another woman, who calls herself Don Vito Corleone. "Just like every rapper wants the baddest video chick on his arm, so do AGs." I have allways had a problem with the idea of women who embrace women but take on a male persona as the main WAY of appear tough, 'bout it and handling yours.
Rap videos have long provided men of color with milestones on their journeys to manhood. From being a successful street businessman (Notorious B.I.G.'s "Ten Crack Commandments"), to learning how to treat a woman (Dr. Dre's "Bitches Ain't Shit") and protecting their manhood (50 Cent's "What Up Gangsta?"), guys are told how to be indestructible, sexually assertive, and in general, badasses. The misogyny and homophobia implicit in that message has long raised the hackles of critics. Oprah Winfrey and columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. made news recently for saying "enough" to the influence of rap's rougher edges on black culture.
My problem with it is not that they do it, but that that persona is appears to be the only acceptable viable "tough, hooded up persona".
Im sure women can use their imaginations to be tough, fierce and gully in a variety of ways. No?
"These AGs have a disrespectful mentality, and they get it from men, hoodlums, dudes that are in the 'hood all day," says Kysharece Young, an AG, rapper ("Ky Fresh"), and freshman at Monroe College. "They act like a bunch of little damn boys that ain't got no sense."The issues that face young women face young men as well.
In 2005, filmmaker Daniel Peddle chronicled the lives of AGs in his documentary The Aggressives, following six women who went to lengths like binding their breasts to pass as men. But Peddle says that today, very young lesbians of color in New York are creating a new, insular scene that's largely cut off from the rest of the gay and lesbian community. "A lot of it has to do with this kind of pressure to articulate and express your masculinity within the confines of the hip-hop paradigm," he tells the Voice.I knew from the tone of the article that the writer, Chloé A. Hilliard, was either brown or had an urban history. Then I found this out about her. She was most recently and editor @ the Source (scroll down, after you click to get her article).
She is hella fresh.
Ohhhh. Wu Tang Renunion Doc just came out.
I can't go.
But somebody needs to go and tell me about it.
This right here is worth seeing it:
Capturing onstage and off with equal energy — at one point only the inspired freestyling of artists like Redman and MC Supernatural stand between Mr. Weisberg and an all-out riot — “Rock the Bells” is a fascinating glimpse of a dreamer and a music culture that has always depended on dreams.ROCK THE BELLS
Opens today in Manhattan.Directed by Casey Suchan and Denis Henry Hennelly; directors of photography, Jeff Bollman and Leif Johnson; music by J. Force; produced by Kurt Dalton and Henry Lowenfels; released by Seventh Art Releasing. At the Two Boots Pioneer Theater, 155 East Third Street, at Avenue A, East Village. Running time: 103 minutes.
Think imma lay of the posting for a min. Unless.
Um. Unless something de.lic.ious happens.
Baby on the right kinda bad.
I planned on posting this last week.
But I got Imus'd.
On a more curious note. I wonder what the Jesse, Al and Oprah would
think of these women?