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[24 Apr 2009 | 13 Comments | ]

This week’s theme is creative and disturbing just like I like it. It took me a while to think of old school songs that had no business ever coming out because like any good oldhead I like to pretend that …

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[23 Apr 2009 | One Comment | ]

How come nobody told me today was Shakespeare’s birthday? Just because he’d be an impossible 455 years old, I guess. I’ve studied some Shakespeare (mostly by force) but never fully embraced the common perception that his works are hard to …

Crime of Fashion, Hair Freaks, Hip Hop Is Dead., Little People, Now That's Dancing!, Random Nostalgia, Spot Blowing, What the Eff?, Yipes! »

[22 Apr 2009 | 3 Comments | ]
“What The Eff?” Wednesday: Disturbing Strokes, Indeed I hate the internet so very much. Seriously, I start off looking into something that is borderline scholarly and end up finding types of despair that make me realize that I have no business looking on the internet with an empty stomach. I started out at Mental Floss (a nerd site) where I discovered this tickling re-interpretation of the opening credits to Diff'rent Strokes called "Disturbing Strokes." It's entertaining to see how much different music can change the intentions of Mr. Drummond. Check it out:

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[22 Apr 2009 | One Comment | ]
Are You Earth Conscious Or Just Plain Broke?


Note: The photo above is a sign my landlord placed in the foyer of my last apartment building. It just never gets old!

We should obviously all be doing whatever we can to keep this beautiful planet safe and clean …

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[20 Apr 2009 | 3 Comments | ]

Where would be as a society if television networks weren’t so adept at substituting curse words in movies with family-friendly alternatives such as “freakin'” “micky flicky,” and “Monday to Friday”? What’s that? Monday to Friday…?

Celebutainment, Hair Freaks, Miscegenation, My Life, That Not-So-Fresh Feeling »

[20 Apr 2009 | 5 Comments | ]
Thembi Keeps It Real: I’m Addicted To “For The Love of Ray J”

Hi, my name is Thembi and I’m a VH-1 Celebreality Addict.

Every single time I try to be aware of what’s on television but not get all “involved” I fail miserably. It’s not that I don’t love VH-1 and Viacom …

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[17 Apr 2009 | 10 Comments | ]
Old School Friday: Sister Act 2

Technically the theme is “Blogger’s Choice,” so I choose to revisit one of my favorite family movies, 1993’s Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit (what a great pun). If you didn’t watch this movie dozens of times back then, …

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[16 Apr 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

Am I tickled by this news item because every once in a while someone becomes so concerned with luxuries such as vanity license plates that the world stops to tell her tale of bureaucratic woe replete with an official comment …

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[15 Apr 2009 | 6 Comments | ]
Fresh Black Girls: Anna Deavere Smith!


Baltimore native Anna Deavere Smith has the name recognition of a black c-lister but the accomplishments of a black American legend. You probably recognize her best from her recurring role as Nancy McNally on The West Wing, as Mrs. …

At Least They're Not Black..., Hip Hop Is Dead., That Not-So-Fresh Feeling, What the Eff?, Yipes! »

[15 Apr 2009 | 12 Comments | ]
“What The Eff?” Wednesday: Down With Fast Food! I crave fast food on a regular basis. I'm a big greedy American and have no problem admitting it. In fact, I think that anyone who insists that there isn't a single fast food item they sometimes crave is either a hypocrite, liar, or just in denial. Fast food is kind of like Michael Jackson in that sense; even if you believe that he molested those little boys nearly every person on this earth still at least secretly considers at least one MJ song a timeless jam. When it comes to fast food, Burger King's Whopper has an opiate-like hold over me. I also love Pizza Hut and McDonald's Strawberry Shakes, but I cant let myself have any of them but once a financial quarter because my genes just won't withstand that kind of flagrant fat person eating. For Thembi, having a Value Meal is like pulling the rip chord on my thighs; the next day my clothes will not even fit! Not only that, but I know that the nutritional content is next to none, the industry as a machine is a problematic at best, and I certainly do not trust the employees to keep rat feces, or their own bodily discharge for that matter, out of my meal. Therefore I've decided to boycott all fast food establishments and I hope you'll join me. My reasons?

Hip Hop Is Dead., Little People, That Not-So-Fresh Feeling »

[2 Apr 2009 | 9 Comments | ]

I know I’m just showing my age by not really knowing much about Plies except the unfortunate fact that his name is supposed to be “you know like a strong tool,” as he said in one interview. Negro, don’t you …

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[1 Apr 2009 | 5 Comments | ]
April Foolishness?


Last year I fully participated in April Fool’s Day and played a nice little joke on you all. This year, April Fool’s Day has me totally confused and on the defensive – I can’t tell what aspects of life have …

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[27 Mar 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Old School Friday: I Had A Bad Day At Work

Please. Do not even get me started on bad days at work. Instead of a bunch of premature commentary on the sorrow of work-life and how much I’m bursting at the seams with it all, I’m going to focus on …

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[26 Mar 2009 | 13 Comments | ]
Obscure Black C-Listers: Dorian Harewood

Dorian Harewood epitomizes the problematic nature of the category “obscure black c-listers.” Yes, I know I’m the one responsible for its creation, but please allow me to re-explain what the term means because I’ve fielded numerous questions about it lately.…

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[25 Mar 2009 | 16 Comments | ]
“What The Eff?” Wednesday?: La’Domour Ive been a blogger for going on two years now and there is one thing I've still yet to grasp - how is it that videos become viral on these internets and why? Today I've spotted this video through two separate websites and I don't think either post did the wonder that is La'Domour justice. Resist the temptation to just close your browser and hear me out for a few moments. Can anyone tell me if there's ever been a more doomed intro to an artists bio, even on Myspace? La’Domour, aka Myron Thurmond, a native of Detroit Michigan . . . Why do black folks always have to French-ify names? To make them sound sexy or exotic (or, most likely, like something we have no business messing with)? I hate to break it to Myron but there is no such French word structure as "La'Domour" and as an unjustifiably francophilic black person I am so put out by what seems to be Myron's misunderstanding that "Domour" means something. So then I mosied on over to BlackPlanet, where I discovered his username is "loveyougood6969." That made me hit the back button and start reading his bio again: