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Crack Is Wack., Good Hair Gone Bad, Music, Yipes! »

[26 Oct 2009 | 10 Comments | ]
H-Town and Jodeci Are Back…Sort Of.

I don’t know who all has been anticipating H-Town’s comeback, especially since lead singer Dino died tragically in 2003. Oh, and that when Dino passed, H-Town was actually about to release their FOURTH album since their 1993 debut Fever For

Fresh Black Girls, Long Live the Colored Race! »

[22 Oct 2009 | 16 Comments | ]
Random Michelle Obama Sweatage Fact #1: I cannot now nor could I ever double dutch Fact #2: I cannot double dutch because I came from private school to a public school where no one would let me have enough turns to learn how to do it. Fact #3: When I tried to participate by turning the rope, I was called "double-handed." I still don't know what that means. Fact #4: Due to the above events, there is a hole in the tapestry of my blackgirlness. Fact #5: Michelle Obama is way blacker and doper than I am, because even though she is not very good at it, she has double dutched on the White House lawn!

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AND she hula hoops.

Jacko, WWTD »

[21 Oct 2009 | One Comment | ]
The WWTD Dinner and a Movie Meetup!: Michael Jackson’s This Is It

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I HAVE TO see “Michael Jackson’s This Is It”. I simply must. I was torn for a while because of the exploitation potential, but I think Michael would want us to see it, don’t you? It will only be in …

Old School Fridays »

[16 Oct 2009 | 10 Comments | ]

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to spend as little time as possible telling people what I don’t like or care about. Critique is one thing, but just moaning about how wack stuff is gets lame so fast and …

Music, Random Nostalgia, The Black Archives »

[15 Oct 2009 | 3 Comments | ]
I've been thinking a lot about what qualities I find attractive in the opposite sex and realized that above all else dudes who remind me of Gerald Levert have an automatic edge. This oldies tribute performance by Levert and Boyz II Men from the 1992 NAACP awards will have to do for today, though.

Black C-Listers, Review »

[14 Oct 2009 | 5 Comments | ]
Black Dynamite is No Jive Turkey (Film Review)

Black Dynamite was simply the funniest movie I've seen this year. The blaxploitation spoof delivers everything from basic slapstick comedy to inside jokes about the black experience, and is all the more hilarious if, like me, you appreciate the outlandish nature of the spoof genre (Airplane!, Naked Gun), but also have a fascination with classics like Coffy, Shaft, and Black Caesar. Although the campy nature of 70's black film is the running gag and wears a bit thin over time, the movie is an ideally complete and accurate parody of a characteristically ridiculous, yet undeniably significant genre of black film - call it the I'm Gonna Git You Sucka of 2009.

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Michael Jai White is

My Life, WWTD »

[13 Oct 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
I Got Hacked, I’m In A Book, I’m On The Radio It felt like a big explosion, minus the whole heat and debris part. So not an explosion at all, I guess. Just a swift kick in the gut. atomic-bomb I've been on pins and needles all week because this site was hacked by a malicious password-seeking virus. I'd rather drink pepper spray while sitting on a cactus and being fondled by Rush Limbaugh than have anything bad happen to this website. Fortunately, I'm slowly rebuilding what was lost in the recovery, mainly the last week's worth of posts and comments, so if you left a comment anytime last week I'm sorry - it's gone, just a fleeting moment, thanks for participating, au revoir. But hey, I'll be back in full swing before

My Life, Old School Fridays »

[9 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]
Old School Friday: Freshman Year and Ghostface My freshman year of high school was so uneventful that I don't even remember it. All I recall is my first serious teacher, Mr. Mealey, making me think about science in a logical and analytical way that until that point was unprecedented (even in the Mentally Gifted Program). A quick glance at the wiki entry on music of 1993 makes matters much clearer: that was the year of Wu-Tang's Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).

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Mmmm hmmm, that's right. That is Ghostface Killah aka Tony Starks aka the thug gangsta jump off man of my fantasies with yours truly. Last weekend Ghostface did a show in my town, and when I heard he'd be signing autographs just

Black C-Listers, The Black Archives »

[8 Oct 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Obscure Black C-Listers: The Black Dynamite Edition

I just caught a screening of the Michael Jai White blaxploitation spoof Black Dynamite, which hits theaters October 16 (I will provide a full review next week). Before I even got to the theater the cast list had my toes tingling with my usual passion for the Black C-Lister. Tommy Davidson and Arsenio Hall are well-known actors who've been hard to find in recent years, and I've already written about the exhibits of wackness that are Bokeem Woodbine and Miguel Nunez, but almost everyone else in the cast has been on my obscure actor radar since I started featuring the lesser known and praised black actor, so let's go!

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Obba Babatunde is

General »

[7 Oct 2009 | One Comment | ]
When Sarah Palin appeared on the national political scene we assumed that Alaska was filled with conservative hunters and fishermen hoping to one day secede from the union. And Eskimos. Rapping Eskimos. Before you watch this video keep in mind that Alaska has shockingly loose gun control laws and a pretty serious gang problem with Bloods and Crips and all of that stuff. Also please keep in mind that this week's "what the eff?" is a bit of a challenge - if you can make it to the end of "This Is Angoon," by Eagle's and Raven's you deserve a big gold star! So many questions and problems. Autotune is troubling enough, but if you desire said effect and you only have the budget to make yourself sound

General »

[7 Oct 2009 | One Comment | ]
I'd like to first point out that 80% of the time I consider the interests of my readers. The other 20% of the time I just indulge myself, and today is one of those days: the fire that is my love for little people must be stoked. It's been seventy years since The Wizard of Oz first captured America's hearts (it did - there is nothing more classic American 20th century pop culture than that movie), and while most of its stars have passed away Newsweek has gathered up the five surviving Munchkins! They're all in their late eightes/early nineties, one even nods off during the interview, and I'm especially fascinated by the fact that they refer to themselves as "midgets," a term that is now considered derogatory (reminds me of old

Fresh Black Girls, Review »

[6 Oct 2009 | One Comment | ]

Big black women are just sooo funny aren't they? How else can you explain the premiere of TWO shows starring black female comedians whose girth has played major roles in their public personae? Sarcasm aside, I watched both The Mo'Nique Show and Sherri Shepherd's new sitcom Sherri with an open mind expecting laughs, the chance to identify with women more like me than most, and my usual cautious optimism. Here's what I found:

The Mo'Nique Show

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I respect Mo'Nique and hope she succeeds at everything she chooses to pursue. That said, watching her new talk show on BET feels like going to church at the hair salon while listening to a motivational

Jacko, Now That's Dancing!, What the Eff?, Yipes! »

[6 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]
I don't have anything to say about this. I'm spent

Feel Smarter, What the Eff? »

[5 Oct 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Who says the entrepreneurial spirit of the black community is dead? yourway You don't need a computer, typewriter, or fancy sign from Kinkos to go into business. You also don't need a command of punctuation mark usage or capital letters. All you need to do is hit the streets with whatever you've got, and you're in the hair business! I had to know - what exactly is "8 Braids" and "8 Extensions?" In a fit of investigative journalism/instigation-driven mocking, I called the number on the flier (I removed it from the photo for this post) pretending to be interested in an appointment. The stylist informed me that 8 braids means 8 cornrows going straight back, likewise for 8 extensions, just with

Old School Fridays »

[2 Oct 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
I'm well aware of the fact that I haven't been to the gym in a while, but this week's theme sent me searching for one of my workout mixes in iTunes only to discover that I'd deleted them. All of them. Talk about giving up. I'll get back in there one day, I'm sure... Anyway, my favorite song to workout to is Twista's "Overnight Celebrity" (it's my 'stripper song') but that came out in 2004 and is not at all old school. Instead I'll turn to my favorite sample original/sampling song pairing: 1980's "Far Beyond," by Locksmith and 1999's "Red Alert," by Bassment Jaxx. Locksmith is the band that used to play with Grover Washington Jr. in the late 1970's. The non-video is boring, but the bass-line and call and response