Its been a month since I have been out of BK.
But not in the obvious ways.
See I was walking in 'Frisco on Wednesday, and right there
in a plain sight was a 2 by 4 poster of the BK bridge
and it was like I saw a ghost.
See. For a long time I had issues with living in my old neighborhood.
Class mobility hurts.
Fitting into new environs.
Being mistaken for a cleaning lady or a nanny. You know.
Typical model minority bullsh*t.
When I got into running the bridge, I finally began to accept that
I would always have a foot in my past in East Oakland
and a foot in my future whether it be on the bridge, the SEC,
the NBA's players union or Goldmans.
I began to claim mines!
I began to accept the uncomfortable as a part of the process.
I began to feel that I had earned it and would earn more.
So seeing it.
Reminds me of how I have succeded.
Where I have come short. Where I haven't met my expectations
and trust, you don't expect to be walking down the street
minding your own business and have
a f*cking photographs trigger all that.
Last August, my father told me I was a soul looker, and I should be
careful about telling
people about what I saw. He is right. And I listened.
But peep, if I can look into others, I shouldn't be so surprised when
the mirror is on me. Right?
With regard to running, there is some deliciousness in the Bay.
There are some mind altering trails near Stanford in the Redwoods and some
others in the Berkeley Hills w/ fly Bay views.
However, it wasn't until I saw that flick of The Bridge in the Crate and Barrel
window did I realize how much I missed those concrete slabs, the sound of the cars,
motorcycles and tourists, and just the majestic sight of it.
I ran it in the pouring ran.
I ran it at night.
I yelled at tourists to move they sh*t.
Pedestrians and Walkers on the left, bikes skates on the right.
I ran that b*tch in bikini's when it got hot.
In many ways the bridge became a sign of my both my strength
my weaknesses, and ultimately my endurance.
I remember the first time I ran it from end to end, w/o stopping.
What I will never forget about that sh*t is that I wasn't trying.
I was listening to 50.
Listen to Memph.
Listening to Freeway.
And it happened.
Before I knew it, I made it to the other end, non stop.
So. I think I have blogged away my wiggles, and ghosts.
Off to kick it on my first Bay Labor Day w/ fam in ages.
Will get at 'chall tomorrow night.
When was the last time something startled you?
Made you feel like you saw a ghost?
Took you back to the past when you weren't ready?
Friday, August 31, 2007
Rarely does a mans words grab me.
I was listening to the new Yeye.
Song by song, looking for smilies, metaphors, undercaps, the whole 9.
Just doing me, listening, imm'ing with the blog homies.
Then Big Brother came on.
"My big brother was Big's brother."I stopped typing and moved closer to the speaker.
That F*CKING hook is PURE Hip Hop.
But more importantly, he is being vulnerable and grammatically playful
and that combination is fly as sh*t.
Then I thought. When is YeYe's born date?
And HA HA. He's a Gem and that makes perfect sense.
((( My experience is that they are anal-perfectionists that
love to keep sh*t poppin))).
Ain't that the reason we like Pac?
Why don't we hear more about how artists strive to get put on?
Ok. Not quite. But he does bike blogs.
He was speaking to Breihan in Status Ain't Hood when he spoke on the importantance of the internet.
I think that the internet has reached out to more people in the past ten years. There's more people on it, there's more people involved with it, there's more interest in people on there that are doing this stuff in all forms of art: musically, in the literary world, artistically, film, cinema. You get your finger on those pulses a little bit quicker now than you did ten years ago, and because of that, I feel like you could find quality stuff that's out there. It may not be smack-dab when you walk into Wal-Mart or Tower Records or Starbucks, but if you go online and you go on your MySpace and you catch one link and jump off into somebody else's and surf, in ten minutes you could be into some shit. And that is a great possibility, a great equation. And that's why we're starting to turn a corner. I find that more people on the lower tiers of major record companies are spending a lot of time online, trying to go out and be independent or think in the independent sense. It's breathing a new life into it.
Then Tip gets frank about Lupe's comment about how he NEVER owned a Tribe album.
I can't imagine my life w/o Midnight Marauders.
Then he speaks on Dr. Dre and The Chronic.
I dig Lupe, and somebody hit me today, showed me something that he said online about how he'd never heard Tribe. He said something like "I never heard Tribe and never listened to Tribe," which I thought was just some shit he was just saying to stir shit up. I know he doesn't believe that, and I certainly don't, and it's all good. I have love and respect for him. But the thing about that, I bring that up because he put that on a blog, and somebody sent me this blog that he was typing and all the responses to it in a matter of seconds. And the same could be said, that access is right there, so the history is right there. You can access it easily, quickly, instantaneously. And you can dole it out to a whole bunch of people. So it's great that you can trace things back. I'm hoping that people listen to Tribe and see the influences of a Slick Rick or a Run-DMC.
For the record. I never owned that sh*t. It was inescapable in the Bay.
N*ggas had weed outfits, hats the LEAF was everywhere!
Its like living in NY owning a Jay cd. You really ain't have to because
the sh*t was pumping of every trunk, club and radio.
And when I heard The Chronic, I was like, "Aaaah!" And when I heard The Chronic is when we made Midnight Marauders. And then he put out Snoop and I heard Wu-Tang, I was like, "I'm going to go home and eat pie."
And Tip Likes Little Brother. Excellent.
When you made this new album, were you trying to compete with anybody?
Definitely. When I heard Little Brother's stuff, I was like, "Wow, that's dope. I want to make something that's as dope as this." And when I hear Kanye's stuff, I'm like, "Wow, I want to make something as dope as this. I hope I could." It's not like you're saying you're better than them. It's just that you're trying to keep up, almost. It's totally a healthy thing.
Favorite Tribe song and album Anyone?
M.dots- Midnight Marauders:: God Lives Through.
That sh*t go soooo howrd.
"Theres a milion emcees that claim they want some...."
It showl in the f*ck is..phife.
Wait that's just Pfife.
Ok. Well for the two of them it has to be Lyrics to Go.
"Wait snif snit, I think somebody sh*tted.
I guess that must be be because im the only one emceein".
I often find myself in a quandry when it comes to rappers.
I know that they are "just" emcees.
However, I expect a lot from them, especially the ones that know better.
I also know that capitalism and power is seductive and that it is far more
convenient to make music that makes people dance
than to make music that makes them think.
Can you f*cking believe that there was a time when we had both?
These things came to mind while I was watching the new Wyclef video
and noticing the statistics about teen prostitution interspersed
Damned if he do, damned if it do, hunh?
What do you think about "political hip hop".
Should rappers be able to live
or do they have an obligation as artists to the public?
Rarely do I read work by other women that is analytical and quirky and about hip hop.
When I found myself at Miss Info's blog after going to Eskay's I was pleasantly surprised. She mentioned Prince, Kanye, Kevin Smith and George Lucas all in the same paragraph. Nerdy and Hot!
So that was the music portion….but as Valedictorian of this ceremony, Kanye had to give his Graduation speech. And that’s what I really came for. (I go to album listening sessions but honestly, I prefer to enjoy my rap music in private. Much like my porn. Just keeding.) As different as Kanye and 50 are….I always maintain that they also have many similarities. One of them being that both men are very magnetic public speakers. Kevin Smith, the guy who directed Clerks and Chasing Amy and Dogma, has this documentary of him just doing speaking tours at colleges, where he packs these huge auditoriums and folks watch him for like four hours, just talking out his thoughts, telling hilarious anecdotes about Prince and George Lucas….its genius. Well, my point is, I think Kanye would spit pure fiyah behind a lecturn : )Man listen.
How many women write about hip hop and pop culture in general in a way that connects the dots.
How many writers do, for that matter?
What new thing have you discovered recently?
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Its one thing to read articles written by journalists, its a whole other to read
something by a Joe Schmoe reader.
More than a year or so ago I clipped the following reader comment from the New York Press. It stuck with me because of both how analytical it is and because of how on point it is about our "American Idol", "America's Next Top Model" culture.
Armond Whites review of Invincible Man is one of the more insightful pieces of film criticism that I can remember. Americans like to celebrate instance of chance celebrity while ignoring the actual parameters of opportunity for lower-middle and lower class citizens seeking white-middle class social status.
The "American Idol" stories are a distraction, and they make it difficult for society to understand the facts of social mobility, educational opportunity, racial and ethnic history and class determinism. The quality movies we need to show us the realities of class are slow in coming. Rarely, are they made without our inspirational heroes that achieve despite the odds, and they normally bury or ignore the political realties that define or sustain our socio-economic problems.
This is the nature of our collective imginative projections, because we love the exceptional talents an determined heroes. Atlman, sayles, and a handful of French directors are the only directors I can think of that have effectively mined through class territory without sentimentality and celebrity worship. I would add Any Given Sunday to that list and acknowledge Whites helpful recent writings on the Stone film and its underappreacited social themes of class, race competition and power.
American Idol as a distraction 'cuz n*ggas don't want to really think about how poor they are and how they WILL probably never get some of the millionaire OR for that matter middle class cake.
Given how difficult it is to come up why do people hold on to the American Dream?
Why aren't their people rioting in the street?
Retail gigs pay betwen $6/$8 and hour and if you have f*cked up credit, your screwed.
Might as well have a felony:(
Where is the anger, or are we just self medicating?
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I first noticed it when Dame was talking about J in New York magazine
There is very little ink on the topic in our culture
and that is precisely why I am so interested in it.
Men fall out and have funk like us,
but to hear ya'll tell it, MEN ARE SIMPLE and
women are complicated.
You wanna see complicated?
Try getting dude to talk about his feelings.
THAT shit is complicated.
Which brings us to the Pete rock interview
on Hip Hop DX.
Paul Arnold asks P about CL. P responds,
I’m still here. I’ve put out 3 solo albums since the split. I’m here giving people the thing they missed [after we broke up], which is Pete Rock’s music. Without the music you couldn’t sell a C.L. Smooth acapella album. So my thing is it’s the music that the people love. I don’t take anything away from him; he’s definitely dope and everything like that. But it was the music that the people loved, and I’m here to keep giving it to them.
Is it really the lack of lyrics. OR. Is it that CL ain't play his
position correctly, with regard to managing his career.
Full disclosure, I listen to (at least I use to when it was feasible)
Main Ingredient 2-3 times a week. And I bought two of the CL jawns
burned borrowed a copy of all the PR's sh*ts from my boy
Jase from Yonkers. Whuttup Jase,
how does it feel to be Almost Hitched? Im on my way
Back to the interview.
Old boy, went for the junior gristle.
HHDX: Right now 9th Wonder is refusing to answer any questions regarding his split from Little Brother. Do you think the fans are owed a detailed explanation of why their favorite group broke up?THEN Arnold twists the knife re- NAS and CARM.
Pete Rock: Oh yeah definitely, they have a right to know. And the explanation [for our breakup] is we don’t get along, period. We made a mark on the music world. And I’m sorry to the fans that we had to part, but things like that happen as you grow older. We grew apart from each other and that’s the bottom line. I’m not gonna speak bad about him, but it is what it is.
HHDX: And do you want to say anything about the long-standing rumors regarding you and his ex, Carmen Bryan, having a relationship? You wanna touch any of that?
Pete Rock: Nah, I don’t wanna touch any of that. There’s nothing to touch. I don’t even know the person you’re talking about.
HHDX: Do you think the fans thirst for knowledge about an artist’s private life is starting to supersede their actual interest in the music itself?
Pete Rock: Yeah, because it’s not about people’s private lives. It’s about the talent that we have. When you talking to me about stuff like that, it disinterests me. I don’t even wanna talk anymore after you asking me stuff like that. It’s really none of your business what goes on in someone’s personal life. But to say something about that incident, I don’t even know her. I’ll say it again. I don’t know that woman. Obviously, he thinks I know her because he hasn’t spoken to me in 14 years. And if that’s the reason, I think that’s real stupid of him. And you can quote me saying that.
HHDX: And that’s the type of clarification I’d like to get out there. I mean, you don’t know me, but me personally I don’t give a shit about none of this.
Pete Rock: And he don’t know me either. And my thing is get to know me before you start accusing me, thinking the wrong thing. ‘Cause cats out here are haters. No one wants to see me and him get together. Me and him getting together defeats the purpose of anyone else trying to do beats for him, ‘cause I go hard with my music. And when cats try to compete, they can’t fuck with me! So that’s the only reason why I think somebody started that [rumor]. It was a diversionary tactic for me and him to not work together.
Thats what I call an innerview.
I.Want.My.Blackalicious. Innerview. N*gga!
Yall knew about P and Carm?
Old gurl Apparently don't play.
How can Nas twerk it out w/ J,
but keep that fire burnin re P?
Can YALL n*ggas squash it so we can
have some "Who's World is this LA LA LA '07"?
Monday, August 27, 2007
WASHINGTON - the nation's first Hispanic attorney general, announced his resignation Monday, driven from office after a wrenching standoff with congressional critics over his honesty and competence.,
Republicans and Democrats alike had demanded his departure over the botched handling ofterror investigations and the firings of U.S. attorneys, but had defiantly stood by his friend for months until accepting his resignation last Friday.
"After months of unfair treatment that has created a harmful distraction at the Justice Department, Judge Gonzales decided to submit his resignation and I have accepted his decision," Bush said from Texas, where he is vacationing.
Solicitor Generalwill be acting attorney general until a replacement is found and confirmed by the Senate, Bush said.
chief was among those mentioned as possible successors, though a senior administration official said the matter had not been raised with Chertoff. Bush leaves Washington next Monday for , and Gonzales' replacement might not be named by then, the official said.
The Democrats CAN actually be effective. But now, it was some Repubs that was like
"this lil mexican negro GOT TA GO".
The Blog/Innernets 'Bout to go Nuts.
I wonder what the implications are for his Homies.
Where my homies/ creepin' throught the hood/========
where my homies/ up to no good/
come around my wayyyyyyyyy
~ Ill and Al Scratch.
They announce this sh*t today to distract from the Katrina Anniversary?
Posted by M.Dot. at 12:08 PM
Saturday, August 25, 2007
If I told you that a 16 year old was charged
as an adult, of attempted murder for allegedly
getting into a fight (along with 5 others) with another
student, would you believe me?
What if the victim was knocked unconscious but was released for the hospital
the same night?
What if the alleged victim testified that he didn't KNOW hit him first?
Well, this is precisely what happened in the Jena 6 case.
Notably, the victim is white and the members of the Jena 6 are Black.
Bloggers tend to be ahead of the curve.
Changeseeker put me on to the Jena 6.
petition a month or two ago.
However, I wasn't compelled to write about it 'til Gotty reminded
me of how the case was being buried by Micheal Vick stories.
Jena, Louisiana is a town comprised of approximately
3000 residents, and approximately, 350 Black folks.
Apparently last summer, some of the Black students asked to sit under
the "white tree". Here is the backstory:
On a late summer day in 2006, in Jena, Louisiana, a Black high school student asked permission to sit beneath the “white tree” in front of the town’s high school. It was unspoken law that this shady area was for whites only during school breaks. But a student asked, and the vice principal said nothing was stopping them. So Black students sat underneath the tree, challenging the established authority of segregation and racism. The next day, hanging from the tree, were three ropes, in school colors, each tied to make a noose.Many folks, especially the Black parents felt that the Noose Incident should
have been treated like a hate crime.
The attack was brushed off as a “youthful stunt.” The three white students
responsible, given only three days of in-school suspension.
In response to the incident, several Black students, among them star players on the football team, staged a sit-in under the tree. The principal reacted by bringing in the white district attorney, Reed Walters, and 10 local police officers to an all-school assembly.
Police officers roamed the halls of the school that week, and tensions simmered throughout the fall semester.This is the background that let up TO THE FIGHT that happend on December 6th. The following is a description of what happened prior the major Jena Six Event.
In November, as football season came to a close, the main school building was mysteriously burned to the ground. This traumatic event seemed to bring to the surface the boiling racial tensions in Jena.
On a Friday night [Friday December 3rd,2006], Robert Bailey, a 17-year-old Black student and football player, was invited to a dance at a hall considered to be “white.” When he walked in, without warning he was punched in the face, knocked on the ground and attacked by a group of white youth. Only one of the white youth was arrested—he was ultimately given probation and asked to apologize.
The night after that, a 22-year-old white man, along with two friends, pulled a gun on Bailey and two of his friends at a local gas station. The Black youths wrestled the gun from him to prevent him from using it. They were arrested and charged with theft, and the white man went free.
The following Monday students returned to school. In the midst of a confrontation between a white student, Justin Barker, and a Black student, Robert Bailey—where Bailey was taunted for having been beaten up that weekend—a chaotic fray ensued. Barker was allegedly knocked down, punched, and kicked by a number of Black students. He was taken to the hospital for a few hours and was seen out socializing later that evening.
The six young people, including Mychal Bell were charged
with attempted murder and conspiracy charges.
Many charge that DA's handling of the case is evidence of a Jim Crow/1992/Emmit Till legal system at work.
Mychal Bell, 16, a former Jena High School football star, and five other black students had been facing the potential of up to 100 years in prison if convicted of attempted murder, conspiracy and other charges for the December beating of the white student, who was knocked unconscious but not hospitalized. The incident capped months of escalating racial tensions at the high school that began after several white youths hung nooses from a tree in the school courtyard in a taunt aimed at blacks.There was conflicting testimony from witnesses about
whether Bell was among a group of black students who allegedly
jumped the victim.
There are a series of peculiarities around this case.
The jury pool was entirely white, the defense rested without calling
any witnesses, Bell's parents were excluded from the courtroom
Mychal has been in jail since December, unable to post $90,000 bail.
As of June 26th, the charges were reduced to aggravated second-degree
battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated second-degree battery,
which together carry a maximum of 22 years in prison.
Aggravated battery involves the use of a dangerous weapon, but no evidence
of a gun, knife or other weapon was introduced
As of June 26 Bell has been convicted and his case is up or appeal.
A group of Monroe defense lawyers have taken on the appeal of Mychal Bell, one of six black high school students known as the Jena six, convicted last month of beating a white fellow student.
Louis Scott, Bob Noel, Peggy Sullivan and Lee Perkins have agreed to work on Bell's post-conviction matters in a case and trial Scott described as fraught with errors.
"Almost always when you have an unfair result, somewhere down the line you had an unfair process," Scott said.
The fact that the May 20th Tribune report garnered the case national
attention speaks to the importance of journalists and the attention that
they can bring to an issue.
What if the Tribune never wrote about the Jena Six?
Peace to Howard Witt and all his journlistic del.ish.es.ness.
My question now is, where is the New York Times?
What can you do to help?
1. Sign the petition at colorofchange?
2. Use this as a teaching opportunity to educate people
on the importance of voting in national and local elections.
DA's are elected NOT appointed.
In this case, the DA was instrumental in charging Bell as an adult,
and pursing an attempted murder charge against him.
3. Send a letter to the DA and the Governor. Peep the template
at the www.colorofchange.org.
What would you do if Bell was your son/brother/nephew?
What do the major papers have to lose by reporting on
Perhaps they won't have to, as Oprah has taken up
the Jena 6 case.,
Thursday, August 23, 2007
I can't. I try to listen to it.
I wake up. Talk to god.
Make the oatmeal and coffee. A song pops into my head.
And then I wanna hear it. But the bug out is since I have moved,
I haven't really BEEN into a listening to hip hop mood,
because everything is in transition.
Haven't really been feeling the notion of background music.
Which means I am in a grip of pain, because, dude, Imma b-girl.
What IS a b-girl without music? A f*cking ghost.
The music that I was pumping last spring and fall, would be an instant
mental-all-bad trigger. Like f*ck. How did all this sh*t happen to me!?!?!?
My living space AIN'T what I had in BK. The fly studio. The bk Bridge at my back door.
Straight luxurious macking for a Black Lady. Smell me. So when I try and listen to NAS. That sh*t takes me back to last fall, and I can't fade it.
Takes me back to breaking up with your Boy BL.
Full disclosure. I listened to HH is Dead and The Clipes on a 4 hour loop
on the bus ride from DC to NY. Your boy BL (do a site search "BL" for the
background) got me heated right before finals.
So rather than self destruct, I got outta town and on the way back
became intimately familiar with HH is Dead and Keys Open Doors.
I am trying to piece together a play list that doesn't contain
emotional f*cking landmines. So far, I got Rakim, Al Green,
My Jay-Z list. Now for long time readers, yall know I just got
into Jay, hard core this summer.
He illustrates what I struggle with when I consider where I am coming
from and where I am going.
I can always listen to Jay when I need inspiration, but Dear Summer is corrupted on
Hate that sh*t.
I think imma go to my momma house and get my running shoes and start running by these damn hills and mountains.
ALSO would require another play list. Maybe I could just run to Ciara.
But then again, I mean. I could pump The Clipse. But The Clipse and the Bay don't match up to me.
So I got Rakim. Al Green.
I needs that new Common and that new Kweli.
I might just say f*ck it and pump Midnight Marauders like a Tweaker.
Oh oh, I know, Operation Doomsday, and MM. That will work.
That should take me at least through the end of the month.
But then again, Kweli might have what I need right now.
Some good story telling. Some gutt punching beats.
Holy sh*t. I know what I need. Erykah's first jawn, Baduizm. That will be perfect.
Xcactly what I need in my life right now.
What are some albums/songs that you can't listen
to because they remind of a time period that is too
in the f*cking gristle for you to think about?
((((( Somebody lemme hold Baduizm and Dear Summer. Wait Jay now
after a "creative" google search. Now I just need Erykah. Pu-leaze!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
The judge also ruled that both the jury and media will be allowed to view the entire 26-minute video that allegedly shows Kelly, among other things, urinating on an under-aged girl. Lawyers for the prosecution apparently asked the judge to reconsider the decision, alleging that it may re-victimize the girl in the video. But judge Gaughan upheld his decision, saying the young woman that prosecutors say is featured on the tape has denied it is her. As previously reported by SOHH, the alleged girl in the tape is set to testify in the R&B superstar's defense, denying she is the young girl in the video. She is identified as the daughter of a man who played bass in Kelly's band, and Kelly refers to the girl as his "goddaughter" in the liner notes of his TP2.com album. She will be turning 23 in September.
David Banner is going hard in the paint c'hall. Apparently he started some millennial funk w/ Sharpton saying:
"The next time you see Al Sharpton, tell him I said @#*$ him and he can suck my @#*$," an animated David Banner exclaimed. "I might change the name of my album from The Greatest Story Never Told to @#*$ Al Sharpton. I hate Al Sharpton. This is the kind of @#!* that I'm talking about. They're killing kids in New Jersey and all across the country and all a @#*$% got to talk about is rap lyrics? @#*$ that about they're our elders and we gotta respect them. I'm tired of this. They're like the parents, but the parents are crucifying the kids.This is what I notice. The articles about this founk tend to focus on the more sensational aspects of Banner said. Suck my *&% who?
You want media attention from THE ESTABLISHMENT. Tell a Black Civil Rights Leader to check for you Jimmy. On paper. On the internet.
Banner has a point.
What if NAACP/Sharpton redirected their Bury-a-N*gga resources to calling NATIONAL attention to the insidious level of murders in Oakland/ New Orleans/ Philly/ Newark?
I find it muy interesante that the alleged victim in the R-Kelley rape case is testifying on the behalf of the defense.
While she is a witness for the defense, prosecutors are expected to counter those claims by calling to the stand the young woman's relatives, friends, parents of friends, and others, to testify that she is the girl in the video, and that she was about 14 when it was made. One key witness refuting the claim is the girl's aunt, former R&B artist, and Kelly protégé, Sparkle, who confirmed that it is indeed her niece in the video.
Black Sexuality and the Courts has always been a combustible
Doug E Fresh's Harlem House of Waffles.
They gone beat box while they fry yo' chicken?
Ain't Ol boy a Scientologist?
The judge also ruled that both the jury and media will be allowed to view the entire 26-minute video that allegedly shows Kelly, among other things, urinating on an under-aged girl. Lawyers for the prosecution apparently asked the judge to reconsider the decision, alleging that it may re-victimize the girl in the video. But judge Gaughan upheld his decision, saying the young woman that prosecutors say is featured on the tape has denied it is her.
As previously reported by SOHH, the alleged girl in the tape is set to testify in the R&B superstar's defense, denying she is the young girl in the video. She is identified as the daughter of a man who played bass in Kelly's band, and Kelly refers to the girl as his "goddaughter" in the liner notes of his TP2.com album. She will be turning 23 in September.
In the middle of September, E. Fresh will be welcoming to Harlem his Doug E.'s Fresh Chicken and Waffles, which will be located on 132nd and Adam Clayton Powell. I'm not sure if Pan Pan ever recovered from that fire. It's been a couple of years since it happened and I haven't been up Lenox too much, so I'm not sure of the status.==========
Remy Goes AT Joe in the first three bars.
Peep the potential Biggies.
Do you think that it is a good strategy for the alleged
victim in the R Kelley case to testify for the DEFENSE?
What Hip Hop you listenin' to today?
Should Remy be worried, going at Joe all public like and
While doing a google search on "black law student success" I came across this article.
You know. Trying to GET MY MIND right. [[*** Cues Memph FOUNE @ss Bleek***.]]
The bug out is that the article is 37 years old, yet, is as timely as ever. Pay close attention to the numbers.
"A black law student is a strange animal," says Norbert Simmons, a Negro in his first year at Boston University Law School. "He has to learn to use the very things that have been used against him. It's a tremendous strain to go completely establishmentarian for three years." As one result, many of the most promising black students drop out before earning their degrees.=======
Too few are taking their places—not only for lack of money, but also because young Negroes commonly distrust the law in practice. Many see it in terms of white police and white judges using white law against blacks. The upshot is that only 2% of U.S. lawyers are black. [Current Number is 3%]They number about 3,000, and most of them work in Northern cities. In Mississippi, for example, where Negroes represent more than 42% of the state's population, there are only 17 black lawyers.
Elusive Faith. In recent years, the nation's top law schools have made a determined effort to recruit more Negro students. They have awarded larger scholarships, given black applicants special tutoring to make up for deficiencies, and even, at times, lowered admission standards. But though schools such as Rutgers and Columbia have managed to increase their black enrollments tenfold in less than a decade, the U.S. still has only about 1,280 Negro law students, one-fourth of them at predominantly black Howard University.
Many law professors agree with Dean Robert McKay of New York University that training more black lawyers is one way of "building faith in the law as a neutral force that handles all people alike." Even on liberal campuses, however, the blacks are becoming increasingly restless, angry and isolated. Often they complain of inadequate financial resources. They deplore the fact that almost all of their teachers are whites. Many also charge that the curriculum and atmosphere are distinctly oriented toward the white middle class—and that many faculty members are totally insensitive to black aspirations.[Preach].
Sensitivity Sessions. At the University of Michigan in November, the Black Law Students' Alliance demanded that the law school "show cause" why it should not be found guilty of racism. At a mock hearing, the students called black residents of Ann Arbor who testified to the need for more black attorneys in their community. One reason why the 38 blacks at the school were furious was Michigan's decision to drop a course on race law and another on labor relations and race. They were further annoyed when Dean Francis Allen, whom they call "Bwana," refused to attend the hearing on the ground that it did not promise to produce rational discussion of the issues.
Yale's black law students charge that university police ask them to show their identification cards on campus, but never stop whites for the same purpose. In protest, a group of blacks marched through the classrooms one day chanting, "Stop the cops." After the school threatened four of the demonstrators with discipline, white students joined in a one-day boycott of their classes. "People talk about the need for sensitivity sessions for police," says Yale Law Student J. Otis Cochran, who heads the National Black American Law Students Association. "Hell, law faculties need sensitivity sessions too."
What do you think would happen if Negros rioted the way they did in the 60's? Do you think that the Mexicano's are more ripe for a riot than the Negros' because of the immigration issues they are facing?
Monday, August 20, 2007
When will people get that education is expensive? That is always has been always will be? This is all I could think about when reading an article in the Easy Bay Express about a UC Berekley undergrad who didn't want to take out loans, so he had to work to made ends meet.
Welcome to the real word famlee!
The problem with this article is two fold. First there is a presumption that if you go to a 1st tier research institution that YOU should not have to take out loans.
"They're studying at the top public school in the nation, so that's crazy," said Angela Lintz, director of higher education programs at Level Playing Field Institute, a San Francisco nonprofit that runs the IDEAL Scholars program. "They're competing with kids whose parents are doctors and lawyers and studying full-time. ... It's very hard to keep up."Eh. Buddy . You been reading the paper lately. If you don't have cake to finance your dream education, house or car, you take out a loan. Its how its done.
The second problem is that the idea that " the rich kids win because they are rich and the poor kids are on scholarship, which leaves the middle class screwed" is implied twice. The other problem are the statements made on two different occasions
Ben Smith, 26, was just passing Sather Gate with reporting forms for one of his scholarships. "I'm always running short," notes the fourth-year philosophy major from Bakersfield. Smith says he's taken out at least three emergency loans, which offer a $650 maximum and must be repaid within two months. To cut costs, he says he eats less and cooks at home: "It's a constant worry, second only to my courseload." He thinks the middle class gets screwed because rich families can afford to pay the tuition, while low-income families qualify for financial aid. "There's a large segment in the middle that doesn't qualify for either," he laments.In another section of the article, Kathleen Richards writes,
It's not as though the two have no other financial assistance. Tenorio receives scholarships and grants. He also joined the military when he was seventeen in order to receive $45,000 for college. But with roughly $20,000 in annual expenses, he says that leaves a big shortfall. Wooldridge, who receives $2,000 per semester from a scholarship offered by Staples, spent three years at a community college, and took a semester off to work full-time and save. But neither has taken out any loans, and they plan to keep it that way.If you are stuck, go to another school or do something to change/impact the system?
Otherwise, stop complaining, that sh*t makes my ass ache.
What is your theory on school loans? Would you go to a lower ranked school that gave you cash vs a higher ranked school that give you substantially less but was more prestigious?
Why or why not?
I like taking photo's.
Here are some Bay Goodies.
My uncle be slanging these.
The BEST Sole Burger Ever. Lettuce tomato's, cheese, Fresh Crispy sole.
S & S Seafood y'all.
SF muni sign.
You been taking pictures this summer?
If so, of what?
Sunday, August 19, 2007
One of the dopest things about having legal training is the way that I read the newspaper. Southwick, currently a law professor, joined the Army Reserve in 1992 at age 42 and in 2003 transferred to a National Guard combat unit heading to Iraq, where he served 17 months. He is now 57 and until last December was a member of a Mississippi appellate court. The American Bar Association, not a nest of conservatives, has given him its highest rating ("well qualified") for the 5th Circuit. First of all the American Bar Association is not the arbiter of all things progressive in the legal field. It is an organization that has strengths and weaknesses. NAACP and its ban of the N-word anyone? He then wrote: Concocts implies that they are far fetched and irrelevant. Because of my legal lens, I know that cases can be argued either on the LAW And finally, he writes, Mr. Will did so much in these three sentences, I had to read that 'ish three times to get what he was saying. My question is WHO'S interest are being served by only having one Black judge in a district where the population is 37% Black.
I pay attention to what people say. What they don't say and the evidence that they use to prove their points.
Last week, I found myself paying really close attention to what George Will of the Washington Post was saying about Obama.
As soon as I read this sentence,
It was hoped that Obama would be impatient with the ritualized choreography of synthetic indignation that degrades racial discourse.He is, however, unoriginal and unjust regarding the nomination of Leslie Southwick to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, whose jurisdiction is Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.I thought that, alright, who is Southwick and does he have a hood in his closet? Smell me?
George Will went on to make some interesting assertions, that piqued my interest.
First he said :
But because he is a white Mississippian, many liberals consider him fair game for unfairness. Many say his defect is "insensitivity," an accusation invariably made when specific grievances are few and flimsy.
Obama, touching all the Democratic nominating electorate's erogenous zones, concocts a tortured statistic about Southwick's "disappointing record on cases involving consumers, employees, racial minorities, women and gays and lesbians. After reviewing his 7,000 opinions, Judge Southwick could not find one case in which he sided with a civil rights plaintiff in a non-unanimous verdict." Surely the pertinent question is whether Southwick sided with the law.
or on the facts. As an attorney, you use the argument that is more favorable to your client, so, George Will's assertion is out of pocket because as a judge, you look at the law, the facts, which public policy interests are being served and you come to a conclusion.
To some of Southwick's opponents, his merits are irrelevant. They simply say that it is unacceptable that only one of the 17 seats on the 5th Circuit is filled with an African American, although 37 percent of Mississippians are black. This "diversity" argument suggests that courts should be considered representative institutions, like legislatures, and that the theory of categorical representation is valid: People of a particular race, ethnicity or gender can only be understood and properly represented by people of the same category.
Civil Right's Mississippi.
Freedom Rides Mississippi.
Emmitt Tills Mississippi.
My question for Mr. Will is how is democracy served by having 1 or 0 Black judges in a district that has a 37% Black population.
What would HE think if HE were a Black person living in that district?
Study after study has indicated that white men are more likely to promote people that look like them, and people who they feel most comfortable with, other white men.
Southwick, currently a law professor, joined the Army Reserve in 1992 at age 42 and in 2003 transferred to a National Guard combat unit heading to Iraq, where he served 17 months. He is now 57 and until last December was a member of a Mississippi appellate court. The American Bar Association, not a nest of conservatives, has given him its highest rating ("well qualified") for the 5th Circuit.
First of all the American Bar Association is not the arbiter of all things progressive in the legal field. It is an organization that has strengths and weaknesses. NAACP and its ban of the N-word anyone?
He then wrote:
Concocts implies that they are far fetched and irrelevant.
Because of my legal lens, I know that cases can be argued either on the LAW
And finally, he writes,
Mr. Will did so much in these three sentences, I had to read that 'ish three times to get what he was saying. My question is WHO'S interest are being served by only having one Black judge in a district where the population is 37% Black.What about the fact that this is Mississippi?
Sociologist William T. Bielby is the leading courtroom proponent of a simple but powerful theory: "unconscious bias." He contends that white men will inevitably slight women and minorities because they just can't help themselves. So he tries to convince judges that no evidence of overt discrimination -- no smoking gun memo, for instance -- is needed to prove a case. As Allen G. King, an employment defense attorney at the Dallas office of Littler Mendelson, puts it: "I just have to leave you to your own devices, and because you are a white male," you will discriminate.Will's argument reminds me of Martin's quote,
The key flaw that Bielby typically finds in the companies he testifies against is that they give managers too much discretion and let them rely on too many subjective factors in hiring, promotion, and pay. In that kind of unfettered atmosphere, he says, all people (not just white men) unknowingly revert to stereotypes in making decisions.
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
The rule in the "Good Ol Nigger Case" was,
"that the agency given broad latitude to review such discipline had not abused its discretion in deciding that the firing was disproportionate punishment, given that the woman had a hitherto unblemished record and the man, although offended, said the woman's words had caused no workplace problem. By law, the court could not overturn the agency's actions without finding legal error or "arbitrary and capricious" judgment."Who is to say that her calling him a "good 'ol n*gger" didn't cause a workplace problem?
A problem for whom? Who was interviewed? How was it analyzed?
I did more diggin' and found another perspective on the same case. Mick Arran writes,
In 1998, Southwick joined a ruling in an employment case that upheld the reinstatement, without any punishment whatsoever, of a white state employee who was fired for calling an African American co-worker a “good ole nigger.” The court’s decision effectively ratified a hearing officer’s opinion that the slur was only “somewhat derogatory” and “was in effect calling the individual a ‘teacher’s pet.’” The Mississippi Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision.I find it interesting that she was reinstated without ANY punishment. George Will, on the other hand mentions that she had an unblemished record. That she was a STATE EMPLOYEE, which means that she was arguably an agent of the state, which creates a whole other set of legal issues. See how important the facts are?
When did you learned about Emmit Till? I
If you are JUST now learning about him what do you think?
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
With an innocent comment about how Halle Berry is off, SJ inspired me to write about Halle, Lauryn and the challenges of being an adult Black woman dealing with their men sh*t in public. My response is that she isn't any more off than any other woman to a greater or lesser extent.
Then the conversation got good.
He began to speak on how Halle represents an americanized Black mans standard of Black female beauty and she still couldn't keep Eric Benet tight. Of course. I got livid. The inner feminist got riled. Women get together and break up with dudes all the time. White hollywood women do it, me and my girls do it, so why should Halle be married to another standard?
Yes, she is visible and a standard of beauty in many quarters which places her on a pedestal, but Eric, Wesley, David, put her through some sh*t the same way men have put US through some. Trill talk.
My rational was that, with regard to Eric, his career was poppin', but not like hers and he was a allegedly a sex addict. Trust me. You want to ruin a relationship. Let one of the partners be addicted to something. Come to think about it, there is also the presumption that Wesley and or David assualted her with physical violence so you KNOW something was wrong with her. Implicit in that statement is the presumption that a womans beauty should insulate her from being beaten. And if your partner is assaulting you that some how YOU are culpable.
And a lot of people, a lot of Black people, have been on some old "Halle look good and still can't keep a man"as if being attractive can help you KEEP someone.
You can only KEEP someone who WANTS to be kept. <<
Which brings me to Lauryn. I never liked the Fugees. I just didn't like her. Partially, cuz I was a nappy and a b-girl, so people just expected that I would. Plus rockin' the natural before it was being showcased in Essence every month caused some aches in m.dot's newly nappy pioneering heart. So I was like nah, Im cool. Plus at the time, I was crazy conservative with regard to what I thought was appropriate levels of skin that a Black Woman should be showing in public as an entertainer. Clearly, that has changed.
With regard to Lauryn and Rohan, it is really easy to be dismissive of her having her babies, embracing that career while putting the other one with Sony on hold.
Bear in mind that this is a culture that resents mothers and is so f*cking ambivalent about mommas with careers that its criminal.
Ms. L. can have her babies. Sing her concerts at Wingate field. Tease us with Fugee reunions all she wants. She grown and she somebodies momma.
Just like Outkast, we will never get the old version of them back. And honestly its selfish. Selfish because it doesn't take into consideration that artists break us off something and then move on. Can't be asking n*ggas for albums from 15 years ago. Thats a wrap.
Can Halle and Lauryn live?
Why are people so rough on L?
Why so much resentment for how she handled her career?
Why the hate for Halle and her white dude?
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
If you don't read Total Chaos in its entirity you must read Adam Mansbachs essay "On Lit Hop", the conversation, "Its All One" by Juba Kalamka and Tim'm West's, "Black Talk and Hot Sex" by Danyel Smith.
In reading this book. Then reviewing it for this post, then skimming it because I was waiting in a LONG A_S line this summer, I realize how appropriate it is.
Its like Stakes is High, in that, each time I picked it up I noticed something that I didn't peep before.
My favorite part of Mansbachs essay "On Lit Hop" was actually in his foot note. This doesn't mean that the essay wasn't good because it was delicious. But the foot note was right UP IN the gristle. He writes:
On paper, I am totally one of those guys, a white Jewish ovelis with an MFA at Columbia. Iv'e never activated my membership thin tht club though. Nor have I made a conscious decision not to; I've just always been a hip-hopper, and the sensibilities, artistically and politically, that followed form that have dicatd my path since I was eleven. , memorizing criminal minded, and beginning to understand the subjectivity of whiteness, as hip hop was wont to make a white boy do back then. Im relegating this to a footnote because I think us white folks tend to centralize ourselves and our issues way too much when we deign to talk about race or privilage or access. Is it the role of yet another overeducated white guy to point out elitism of the state of the Novel convo...To me this is proper use of privilage: to sat things for which people with less privilage might face knee jerk recrimination.When talking about homosexuality in Hip Hop, Tim'm sets forth talks about the being a backpacker equals automatically gay. He writes:
You said inappropriate faggotry." Lets not get it twisted. Hip Hop relies heavily on the inappropriate faggot in order to even exist. IN a really twisted sort of way, hey rely n the verbal bashing of fags in order to substantiate their manhood. Which backpacking, love peace and justice MC's have ever been regarded as "hard"? None. In fact, may of them are so often suspect of being "fags" that they go to sometimes great awkward lengths to say: "Hey, I'm for peace and love but fuck a faggot." Its really funny actually.When discussing the connection that hip hop lit writers have with their audience, Danyel states:
I crave the connection that street lit authors have with their readership. I crave their sales. I crave the thing in their souls that makes them in many cases, not give a f_ck about grammar. Most of these authors, I'm sure, are as bidialectical as me, but chose not to check and cross every sentence they write for the kind of grammatical perfection that rings like a glass bell at one of John Cheevers gin soaked soirées.===========
The book is $20, and its paperback. And lord knows, all kinda $5 an $10 on amazon.
Go spend some cash with ya' cuzzo Jeff.
(Typically I would place a Jeff [I am saving an Egg for him] Chang [comment here], but because your boy SJ, is positioning himself to put Ms. M.dot on lock D, imma try to be
What do you think of the above quotes? I have been saving them for yall since about, mmmmmmm, February.