[4 Nov 2010 | 43 Comments ]
For Colored Girls: A Messy, Miserable Melodrama

How did a play about black female identity and empowerment turn into a movie about how hard it is to rise above all of the nonsense that men put us through?

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Barack’s rhythm don’t curl all the way over.

Jacko, My Life, The Black Archives »

A year ago today I hadn’t thought much about what happens when you die, or even what could happen when millions of people who feel a connection to a man like Michael Jackson suddenly lose him.

Music, The Black Archives »

Today is Prince’s birthday, and in spite of all the years of musical enjoyment he’s provided I’m kind of mad at him right now. The first fit of anger is toward the fact that he’s fifty-two years old and looks…

Not Racist Cuz It's True., Post-racial America my Great Aunt Fanny., What the Eff? »

See, I wouldn’t laugh this hard if the reason for rejecting my passport photo had something to do with my skin color, yet somehow because it’s Mr. Li I can’t stop laughing. The way my sense of humor has been developing lately, I swear I’m not going to have a single Asian friend left soon.

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I need to get a few things off of my chest.

If I fainted and woke up to Michael Jackson’s doctor putting an IV into my arm I would’ve flipped out right there on that plane. I mean they’d have to call the air marshalls, TSA, CIA, FBI, FEMA, all of them. I mean for real hell no. Let me breathe into a paper bag or wave some smelling salts under my nose instead. I might start carrying smelling salts for that reason alone, and I don’t even really know what smelling salts are exactly.

Crime of Fashion, Hair Freaks, News, Our Shame, That Not-So-Fresh Feeling, Yipes! »

Jersey City Society Hill pimp is sentenced to 18 years in prison

Society Hill pimp Allen E. Brown got a little testy in court this morning and was sentenced to 18 years in prison by Judge Kevin Callahan in Hudson County Superior Court in Jersey City.

Brown, aka Prince, was shocked at the length of the sentence. “18 years?” Brown blurted out in court when Callahan announced the sentence.

“This will take you to your 60th birthday until you see the light of day” said Callahan. “The

Long Live the Colored Race!, The Black Archives »

{Editors Note: David Mills was a journalist, television writer, and blogger who died suddenly on March 30. He was part of the WWTD family, very brilliant, and only 48. The loss is tragic and my condolences go out to his family and loved ones. I admired David too much to not add to the wonderful eulogies from close friends and colleagues, and I hope that you either join me in remembrance or learn a little bit about a great talent that we

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Network television has a way of launching provocative, well-cast shows that require you to think a little bit and then canceling them because the general public finds them too provocative and thought-provoking. Such series often end up on USA or TNT, which is where I first caught the crime drama Southland. If you haven’t seen it yet, they gritty series centers around cops and detectives in Los Angeles and is more about the characters than the crimes. One of my favorite parts of the show, of course

At Least They're Not Black..., Crime of Fashion, Not Racist Cuz It's True., What the Eff?, Yipes! »

You know those Filipino prisoner dance videos that have been floating around the internet for the past few years? I have Filipino friend who explained them by telling me that her people love to sing and dance and have true reverence for the ability to entertain. Logically speaking then, the Filipino version of the “Got Talent,” franchise should be a doozy, right? Meet BM, which stands for Big Mouth. BM actually has a big mouth and big ol’ eyes and a Big Bird inspired cape to match. I won’t label BM with a gender but s/he has a great voice

What the Eff? »

Tampa, FL – A self employed female impersonator was arrested in Tampa at his home over the weekend after violating probation.

Records in Volusia County show that 24 year-old Charles Thomas was originally arrested by Volusia County deputies on Sept. 29, 2009 after he tried to buy two MP3 players and a T.V. at a Big Lots store near Orange City with a fraudulent check in the amount of $329. Deputies also arrested a co-defendant

Celebutainment, Crack Is Wack., General, Spot Blowing »

In case you missed it, Gary Dourdan was involved in a domestic violence situation – and he’s the one who got beat up. The actor’s girlfriend, Maria Asis del Alamo, was booked on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge after police arrived to their home and found Dourdan covered in scratches. The buzz around this story focuses on the disparity in their sizes and the insinuation that he’s a punk for getting beaten by 5’2, ninety pounds soaking wet female. I’d rather chalk this up to the actor’s

Spot Blowing, What the Eff?, Yipes! »

Mass. dentist used paper clips in root canals

FALL RIVER, Mass. – A former Massachusetts dentist is accused of placing paper clips instead of stainless steel posts inside the teeth ofroot canal patients while billing Medicaid for the more expensive parts.

The state attorney general announced Tuesday that a grand juryindicted former Fall River dentist Michael Clair last week. The charges include assault and battery, larceny, submitting false claims to Medicaid and illegally prescribing drugs.

Prosecutors say Clair was suspended by Medicaid in 2002. He allegedly hired other dentists for his clinic and filed claims under

Crime of Fashion, Dating, Haterade, My Life, Not Racist Cuz It's True., That Not-So-Fresh Feeling »

The whole online dating thing is beyond out of control. This weekend BlackPeopleMeet.com tried to break fly and use a picture of D’Angelo in a Facebook ad, so I roasted them appropriately and moved on. But then this morning I opened my e-mail to find this:

Direct your gaze to the upper left-hand corner. Did a Black Big Beautiful Women dating site just send me a St. Paddy’s Day promotion?

Let me explain. A few years ago I did an online dating experiment. I

Hip Hop Is Dead., We Can't Have Nothin'., What the Eff? »

I love hip-hop in the way one loves the last few seasons of a television show after it has already jumped the shark. Sure, it’s not what it used to be and you’re a little disappointed in the direction it’s taken, but it’s still one of the best things around and you’re thankful for all of the good times. Now that hip-hop has gone completely international it’s hard not to feel a sense of ownership when it comes to rap music — I mean, I am a black American from the Northeast and all. This is why I will laugh at anyone

Black C-Listers, Celebutainment, Good Hair Gone Bad, Haterade, Jacko, Miscegenation, Music »

I don’t usually start with something I hate, but as you’ve surely heard by now hip-hop legend Guru is having serious health issues and is in the hospital after a string of crises involving a heart attack, asthma attack, and…

Coonery, My Life, Not Racist Cuz It's True., Our Shame, That Not-So-Fresh Feeling, We Can't Have Nothin'. »

Of course I’ve never been to Freaknik. Of COURSE not. I didn’t go to an HBCU and it was banned by the time I was of age anyway. What I do know about is Philadelphia’s Greek Picnic. When I was…

Long Live the Colored Race!, Music, Random Nostalgia, The Black Archives »

A few days ago Dj Stylus shared this video on Facebook and I haven’t been able to shake it since. He quipped, “I’m surprised that I saw this before Thembi, aka the mistress of all things obscure and Negronian.” Yeah thanks, but courtesy of this video I’ve developed a mild phobia related to brown leather and fringes. I’d never seen Fox’s Celebrity Duets let alone this performance, but there is so much squatting and doing-the-most-ness on the part of Alphonso Ribero that Chaka Khan’s trademark extraness is almost a mere distraction. Just watch

Contest »

No, I didn’t name it week three, because it’s actually March. But you know what to do.

1. Name the group pictured below. (10 points)

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I know I’ve been slipping with timely posts of the quiz, but I keep realizing that I have to make them harder. Yes, you read that right. Here are this week’s standings…

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Have you checked out Songza Sets yet? A Set is a collection of 12 songs based on a topic or theme, and I just guest-curated “Babyface Made R&B.” I had a weird sort of “non-sexual, sing-songs-to-me-with-your-ol’-curl-havin’-self” crush on him back in the day so I had a blast! Have a listen and let me know what you think.