Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Angry Black Man is Your New Dating Counselor


So it turns out black men are feeling some type of way about the state of dating and marriage in the black community. The majority consensus said marriage was a black woman’s problem – there’s too many of us, we’re smarter than our male counterparts, and more successful. Logically it follows that if you are an educated black man, you should have the pick of the litter.

However a new crop of online animated videos have emerged giving voice to a frustrated population of men who feel like when it comes to dating black women, they are often being held up to unrealistic and unattainable expectations.

Read more at TheLoop21.com!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kanye's Runaway: A Work of Art


There's nothing Kanye West won't try. If it speaks to him as an artist, if he feels it's important to the conversation, if he wants everyone to pay attention, Kanye isn't afraid to do whatever it takes to accomplish that task. In that tradition, this past weekend Kanye West unveiled his most ambitious project to date. After premiering at screenings around the world, Kanye released his greatly anticipated long form music video, Runaway, on MTV, MTV2, and BET this past weekend. The story is of a phoenix (portrayed by breakout star and former Victoria's Secret model Selita Ebanks) who falls to the earth, and falls in love with Kanye, only to realize that she cannot bear the close-minded nature of this planet, and must return in flames to her own world.

It is as heady as it sounds. Though cinematically beautiful, the short film is wrought with metaphors that can feel equally forced and confusing. Is it about Amber Rose? His Ex-fiance? His career? According to Kanye, you can mark it as all of the above.

Read on at TheGrio.com!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Happy Monday: The Dark Side of A Toy's Story

I've always been fascinated by the secret life of toys. According to advertising company DDB, your toys are some badasses when you're not looking.





 [images via I believe in advertising]

Friday, October 22, 2010

Photo Look-A-Like: 50 Cent & Souljah Boy's XXL Cover




Seem's like 50 & Souljah did the "prison lock up" version of the famous GMHC ad... hey, they more we can raise awareness, the better!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Is Willow Smith Too Young To be Famous?


Most over Justin Bieber. Sit down Miley Cyrus. The newest tween pop juggernaut has been crowned, and her name is Willow Smith.

The Internet is ablaze over the latest from Will and Jada Smith's progeny, following the music video release of her hit single "Whip My Hair." Willow released the unarguably catchy song a few months ago, and shortly thereafter was signed by Jay-Z to his Roc Nation record label. This week her single got an equally stylish and modern video (directed by Ray Kay, who also did Lady Gaga's first vid), and there's nary a blog or website that hasn't highlighted the young Smith's talent. She's garnering comparisons to Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Beyonce...all before her 10th birthday.

No doubt Willow was famous before she was whipping her hair. As the youngest child of Will and Jada, Willow has been gracing the red carpet since the womb (literally). There was her supporting role in dad's blockbuster film I Am Legend, and more recently her daring red carpet fashion choices. Who can forget that leopard outfit?

To be clear, there are no free meals in the Smith household -- all the kids collect their own checks. Eldest Trey is actually the "quietest" of the bunch, career-wise, having set aside flirtations with modeling and music. Next up is Jaden, who just had his first starring role in The Karate Kid and also has hip-hop aspirations. Now it's fashion-forward Willow's turn.

Read more over at TheGrio.com...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Prayers Answered: Best Burgers Ever Are Coming To Manhattan


First of all, giving honor to God, who is the head of my life...

Jesus knows I love Bobby's Burger Palace. He knows because I tell him so, and because they are awesome, and because my Yelp review of the place:

I'm going to start a Yelp list called "Food I Will Travel and Slay Gorgon's For" and at the top will be BBP.

Seriously. My sister was moving from Philly, and I volunteered to help her move specifically so I could go to BBP. It is that serious.

I am a turkey burger connoisseur, and beyond a doubt it is the best turkey burger I've ever had. They are so deliciously meaty and seasoned, every time I taste I ascent to 7th heaven.

And the black and white milkshake?? I die. Divine.

I might start a moving business in Philly and accept BBP turkey burgers and milkshakes as payment. I have no shame. They are that good.

Needless to say, the fact that Bobby Flay is scouting NYC for a future BBP location is like a prayer that I never prayed being answered. Its a small miracle for voracious turkey burger connoisseurs such as myself. It is the single most greatest thing to have happened in my life in the past 30 minutes. Thank you Bobby Flay. And God, without whom none of this would be possible.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

An Open Letter to Dumb Celebrities

Carl Paladino, asshole politician

Dear all media personalities who have, are considering, and one day will say something racist, sexist, homophobic, insensitive, and/or ignorant;

No doubt you have found yourself in an awkward situation. You have just spoken your mind, and said something really dumb. However before you think about using your minority friend as a defense for your ignorance, do me a favor - don't. We do not care if you have friends you golf with who are black, if your high school best friend was Jewish, if your banker is Asian, or even if your wife is one quarter Latino. Having friends of the offended group does not expunge you from responsibility for your ignorance.

I’m sure at this point, overconfident media personality, you’re thinking – why I’d never do that! That’s a stupid excuse to be ignorant!

Read more at The Loop21!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

REEEEPEAT!!! Katy on A Mission



This. Right here? Is my. Jam.

The drum beat: crazy

The bassline: Sick (and super familiar)

The melody: Awesomely admirable and catchy.

So who is Katy B? And what is this song crazily addictive?

Katy B is a young girl (her wiki is vague about age, maybe early 20s?) out of the U.K. who's gaining a reputation as one of the primary female voices in dubstep. For the uninitiated (including me) dubstep is a genre of electronic music originating out of the U.K. and birthed out of the tradition of UK grime, garage, and drum and bass. Dubstep songs are characterized by heavy basslines, reverberant drum patterns... and repetition. I've heard dubstep DJ'd at some parties, and it often feels like the type of music best enjoyed under the influence of drugs, alcohol, and depression. It can be very dark.

That's why what's going on now in UK dubstep is very exciting. Artists are innovating and evolving the sound to be more accessible (and commercially viable), and Katy B is at the forefront of that movement. She dabbles in all types of UK underground sounds (often the only girl in the room), and is quickly becoming a force both underground and commercially. Katy B linked up with big time dubstep producer Banga for this track, which went to #5 on the UK singles chart, and #1 on the dance after it's release in August.

Naturally, a fan was born when I was introduced to this track. Katy B's voice is soulful, yet doesn't pander, like some other UK chicks in love with the soul sound (coughjossstonecough). This song to me is the perfect smorgasborg of house, bass, dance, and soulful sounds. It's got a lil' something for everyone!

That bass beat, which I just knew was a sample, kinda is/isn't, only because its a prevalent bass line pattern in the dubstep scene. If anyone can name the exact song that popularized this beat, please let me know, cause my google efforts were nil.

I set it and forget it on this joint. Like she says "This right here I swear will end too soon..." Partake!

Get it Together Greek Life: Hazing is Bullying


Imagine if, while interviewing for a coveted position, you were told that you'd have to be beat in order to get the job.

Or if, after joining an after-work sports league, someone told you there would be a "jumping in" ceremony.

These situations are unthinkable and unlikely, and yet this is what happens across the national annually when many Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLO) intake members.

'The New York Times' recently ran an article chronicling the legal woes of Sigma Gamma Rho stemming from allegations of hazing. In January, six members were arrested and charged with aggravated hazing at a Rutgers chapter of the sorority, after a pledge reported that she had been struck 200 times over seven days. More recently a former San Jose State student filed a civil lawsuit against their chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho after participating in their violent hazing process. The plaintiff, Courtney Howard, was beaten with wooden paddles and spoons, with the explanation being "it was supposed to be so you can feel what your ancestors went through in slavery, so you will respect what you came from,” Howard told the 'New York Times'.

Read more at TheLoop21.com!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Stop Looking At My Moms - The Music Video


Well, straight from your kid, it's the single mother's anthem. I appreciate the little guy's stance (lord knows how offensive it must be to see your mom get hollered at, on the occasion I saw men hit on my mom it def creeped me out) but this line: that's my mother/she look so young/you would think I was her brother. Well that line just says it all.


Buuut... I think this kid is cock blockin. I'mjussayin. His mom ain't getting nan after this track.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Real Headline: Squirrels Refuse Medical Care


This is a real headline. In The Washington Post.
A person called Animal Control about an injured squirrel on the sidewalk.
An Animal Control officer tried to examine the squirrel, but it jumped up and ran up a tree. The officer said the squirrel was probably not seriously injured. Another squirrel was spotted on the sidewalk nearby, and it did not move when the officer approached.
It was taken to the Animal Welfare League for examination, but upon arrival, the squirrel became alert and resisted attempts to be handled.
(read the story on TWP website here)

And this is news in our nation's capital. Thank you to the intrepid journalists of The Washington Post for sharing that revealing expose on the medical habits of squirrels. Perhaps they were uninsured??

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Campaign To End The Bathroom Self-Portrait


Enough is enough people. ENOUGH.

I have seen one too many Facebook profile photo and self-aggrandizing albums filled with people photographing themselves in front of their shower, toilet, dirty ass tub, grungy shower curtain, and public bathroom stall. The madness must stop.

Isn't the irony apparent? I don't care how fine you look, if your breasts are spilling out your top like Niagara Falls, or if your abs are as defined as the Oxford Dictionary, you are still taking a photo in a bathroom. A bathroom ya'll!

I've been in a house with a million dollar toilet (*coughkimoracough*) but it doesn't detract from the fact that is a receptacle in which to piss and shit. There is no such thing as a sexy bathroom self-portrait.

This is an epidemic that needs to be addressed, but I can't do it alone. I need your help. We need a movement, a campaign to end the bathroom self-portrait. The next time you glance yourself in the mirror and think to capture that "sexiness" in a self-portrait, stop yourself, and consider the other options:
1. A bedroom mirror
2. A toaster reflection
3. Asking a friend to take the picture for you

If nothing else, for the love of God, just get out of the bathroom.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

REEEEPEEEAT: D'angelo & Bilal

Remember this dude D'Angelo? He had this awesome naked music video, then he lost his shit and became a crackhead. But he's back! And on Mark Ronson's new album "Record Collection," which is awesome and I'm going to go see Mark in concert next week so cue your jealousy... now.



Sad thing is, when I heard this track, though I loved it, I had forgotten what D'Angelo sounded like. Is it Cee-lo? Is it Bilal? Nope, it's just the hardness of life wearing on vocal chords. But speaking of Bilal, here's one of his songs from the excellent "Airtight's Revenge" that is also on repeat. I sincerely have these two songs on a playlist by themselves, it is that serious. Partake!



PS - I keep thinking Bilal is saying "cruel on the outside hot in the middle," which to me is actually a very accurate definition of love, but I googled. Its not.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

NYC Is Your Shady Boyfriend You Can't Break Up With

I recently was in a conversation with someone about how great New York is. More specifically, this person was gushing about how in love she was with the city, how everyday she’s just happy to be here, how she calls her mom on a regular basis and talks about how awesome this city is.

I knew something wasn’t right.

“How long have you lived here?” I asked.

“Oh I just moved here four months ago.”

I had to bite my tongue from telling her she was in the Honeymoon period.

Living in NYC is like deciding to get into a relationship with someone who might just be a hoe. You know, that real popular dude everyone knows, and he’s real fine, but you’ve got this sinking feeling that this dude NYC has a fear of commitment, and may have an STD or two. BUT, there’s always the chance that he doesn’t.

So you decide to give it a shot. I mean hell, how many times doesn’t the finest most popular dude on the block want to get exclusive with you?

And at first it’s like a straight up fantasy. I mean, NYC knows all the right things to say, it seems like you guys have endless things in common, and he knows the coolest people. Ya’ll stay up late on summer nights, checking out parties and bars, riding trains into the wee hours of the morning, making awesome glam facebook albums to show off your new love. This is me and NYC, getting into an exclusive club! Me and NYC out to dinner with friends! NYC so silly, we riding bikes through central park!

It’s like the good times will never end. But of course they always do.

All of a sudden, NYC starts getting real shady. Like how come every time I call you you act like you don't have cell phone reception? Shit, I’m pretty sure you sent me to voicemail once or twice! Why come we don’t go out anymore? You doorman connect is acting real shady, what's he saying I’m not on the list? And NYC, your friends… they're getting tired. I go out and see the same people, doing the same things, and we're all faking like we’re living the life, but our eyes look dead with boredom.

And for the love NYC, since when did you get so cheap on me?? Dang, I used to be able to make ends, but all of a sudden I feel like you’re nickel and diming me, on rent, on a metro pass, on a cab ride, on a meal… come on dude! You’re prices keep going up and my salary keeps staying the same!

So we’re at the crossroads. I don’t know NYC. I feel like you’re not even trying anymore. Or maybe you’re trying to force my hand, make me break up. But I can’t quit you! Can I? I mean, I don’t want to look like a quitter, and lord knows breaking up with you gives the reputation that I just couldn’t hang.

But just when you think you've given all you've got, and you're ready to call it quits, NYC does something to surprise you. He gives up his seat to a pregnant lady on the train. He gives you a randomly warm day in the middle of the winter. He takes you to this really cool restaurant you've never been to before, and you realize that's why you like him - NYC is always reinventing himself, always finding new ways to make you fall in love all over again.

Monday, October 4, 2010

A Day in the Life of A Swedish Pop Star


I love Robyn. Love love love her. How much? Well, the mini-mixtape I made earlier this year? She was on two of the songs. Then there was the post about her performance on Live Skavlan (yea, I don't know what that is, but its a good watch). Needless to say, if you fuck with me, then you fuck with Robyn. I just find her oddness and crooked teeth fascinating. To be a swede!

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