The first thing on the menu today is a video on the
Un-Told Story of Oakland's Music Game.
"Im from the East, the hunned black"~ Richie RichRichie Rich is very clear about the distinction from being
from The Bay versus from East Oakland. I shrank a little when he
said, unequivocally its all good with me "because they glorifying
that hood sh-t".
City Parks Foundation Announces Summer Schedule.
CityParks Concerts include Hip-Hop Hall of Fame inductees, Whodini, performing in their hometown of Brooklyn, as well as KRS-1, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Naughty By Nature, Jungle Brothers, Bahamadia and Brand Nubians performing at various locations across the city. For those who enjoy the sounds of smooth soul, CityParks Concerts includes The Chi-Lites and Delfonics performing in Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan parks. The season would not be complete without some tropical sounds to dance to, and we are proud to present salsa icon Willie Colon as well as Michael Stuart in this summer’s line-up.
Weiss has written a rather thorough analysis of both the importance of the
cohesive mix tape and why offers why Wale may be added to the cannon
of the 50 top emcees.
From “The Opening Title Sequence,” where Wale flows over the gurgling Seinfeld bass line, to “The End Credits,” Wale’s songs burst with ideas. The guy’s got an opinion on everything from the myriad problems facing the rap world to the press to illegal downloading, to the DMV and how its possible that Eddie Murphy could get a wife, ex-wife and baby mother all in the same year. Whereas it could easily come off as sub-emo whining, Wale succeeds because of his ability to reconcile contradictions.
Despite repeatedly boasting that the tape is about “nothing,” like Seinfeld itself, Wale’s intentions are subtly subversive and filled with self-deprecating satire. Songs like the erstwhile “Nike Boots,” are now re-titled “The Cliched Lil Wayne Feature.” “Back in the Go-Go” has morphed into the “The Feature Heavy Song.” Whereas 100 Miles & Running marked the emergence of Wale, the rapper, a complex, lyrical dude who could kill a Camp Lo beat then run in place to “D.A.N.C.E;” The Mixtape About Nothing heralds the triumph of Wale, the artist, an off-kilter but cool MC with an encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture flotsam and jetsam, ranging from Seinfeld minutiae, to riffs on Narml from Garfield and the Game Genie.===========
WARNING. Some are INCREDIBLY graphic.
I came across a series of photos on "Old New York" from
the book American Pictures, by Jacob Holdt. Bankrupt,
crime riddled, graffiti beautiful New York. Not only does
Jacob have the eye of a historian, he also has the heart of a poet.
The book is no longer in print. However you can buy an
online version. Support this man.
This funeral home next to a drug rehabilitation center illustrates clearly the unremitting choice you have in Harlem - the choice between an instant death or an enslaved life under The Man. Thousands of addicts choose the door on the left.
Since the penalty for being an addict and the criminal existence it leads to - or in other words a victim - is the same as for being a murderer, they have no real choice.=========
Birkhold has written has written an interesting about Father Pfleger.
Pfleger is the radical white Priest who criticized Hillary at Obama's
old church a couple of weekends ago.
Just a week ago I had never heard of Father Michael Pfleger. Today, a week after he said Hillary Clinton's televised tears were a symptom of the way white entitlement works, he's a household name. Pfleger has been a well-known activist in Chicago's black community because he's led and participated in several community struggles for better gun laws and stricter liquor advertising laws. To the rest of the country, Pfleger is the crazy white friend of Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan.=========
In 2007, Pfleger told The Chicago Tribune that Martin Luther King provided "the greatest and best blueprint for ministry," and that King inspired him to become a priest because he saw that religion had transformative power. While in seminary school, Pfleger lived and worked in the same West Side of Chicago parish that the Black Panther Party used for meeting space. He has butted heads with the Chicago archdiocese since his seminary days and is admired by other Chicago ministers for putting his commitment to the gospel before his career.
Like King, Pfleger is committed to taking the gospel seriously. Consequently, his statement about Clinton doesn't surprise me. Malcolm X attributed the lack of racial arrogance he found among white Muslims to their belief in Allah while W.E.B. Du Bois attributed John Brown's willingness to die for black freedom to a passion for Hebrew religion.
Ta-Nehisi wrote recently wrote about Obama's blackness.
There is really nothing like reading a writer who has given
thoughtful consideration to issues that you think about all
the time. That is how I felt while reading T's piece. He writes,
To say that Barack Obama is our first serious black presidential candidate drastically understates the matter. When Obama greets his political allies, he does not give a simple, firm, businesslike handshake. Instead he offers the sort of dap--a little English in the wrist and a one-armed hug--that black males spend much of their adolescence perfecting.I like the idea of a Black Doppler Radar. I WANT TO BE
While we're at it, forget the man himself: the clearest evidence of Obama's blackness is his utter invisibility as a black man to the thinking class. The idea that took root as soon as Obama hit the national stage was that the junior senator from Illinois was not really black because he was raised in Hawaii by a white mother and does not scream about race every five minutes......
Since its conception in the guilt-wracked minds of slave traders, blackness has repeatedly sucked the light from otherwise intelligent folks, rendering them empty, dim vessels in its presence. But pundits did not simply stop at noting Obama's lack of soul; they went on to charge that their measure was somehow universal, that their pronouncements could be trusted as the Doppler radar of electoral breezes and gusts in the black community.
the Black Doppler Radar.
In fact, the notion that Barack Obama would be banished because of his ancestry is the sort of unlettered theorizing that presumes black people are just a mirror image of whites. But unlike white Americans, blacks have centuries of experience dealing (sometimes not so kindly) with biracial people in their midst. For African-Americans, the blessing of the one-drop rule is blackness as a big tent. Indeed, the first Barack Obama was Frederick Douglass, a biracial slave and autodidact who throttled his slave breaker....
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