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[8 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]

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

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[1 Apr 2010 | No Comment | ]

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

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[19 Mar 2010 | 10 Comments | ]
This Week’s Love/Hate Relationship With Black Pop Culture

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

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[26 Feb 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Black History Month Pop Culture Challenge Week 2: Answers 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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[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

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[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

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[4 Sep 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

The phrase “cuddle up,” doesn’t really compute in my mind properly, but thanks to a really overactive imagination the idea of spontaneously falling in love with someone who I thought was just a friend has always resonated with me. Maybe …

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[11 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]

Little mercy is shown for Madonna in stage parody... by a Malawian cast

A musical parody about Madonna's controversial adoption of Malawian orphan Mercy James is being performed at the Edinburgh Fringe this month by a Malawian cast. The 50-year-old Material Girl, who is portrayed in the play Mercy Madonna Of Malawi by a black male actor in a blonde wig, is routinely mocked and her back catalogue of hits takes a beating. Madonna is first glimpsed breaking wind in bed with adopted Malawian son David Banda, whom she later uses as a step to climb on to the stage.


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[3 Aug 2009 | 8 Comments | ]
I am super excited about Chris Rock's documentary Good Hair. Will it be funny? upsetting? revolutionary? Is black hair about to be outed? We'll have to wait until October to find out, but check out the trailer for now.

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[3 Aug 2009 | 3 Comments | ]
Please, please allow me to bear your children. I'm not playing. The audio on this video is NSFW.

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[23 Jul 2009 | 5 Comments | ]

I must have Asia on the brain this week. Between yesterday’s post and a constant hankering for authentic kimchi like I had during my trip to Korea, I just can’t get enough of the Far East these days. Thanks …

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[22 Jul 2009 | 4 Comments | ]
“What The Eff?” Wednesday: Chinese Water Torture

You think black folks got problems getting into swimming pools these days? A heatwave is sweeping across parts of China bringing temperatures of over 104 degrees so folks over there have to cool off somehow. How about a cool and quiet day at the beach? Set up your umbrella and sprawl out on the soft sand...


Hop into the ocean and let the cool salt water soothe your hot n' tired body...

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[29 Jun 2009 | 26 Comments | ]
Michael Jackson and The Five Stages of Grief: Denial


The entire world was shocked by the premature death of Michael Jackson. Sure, we all knew that the man was under stress. The intense scrutiny at the hands of the media, which was essentially fueled by our own obsession with celebrity, took a visible toll on Michael; the recurring allegations of child abuse and financial debt of an unimaginable magnitude made him even more of a recluse; his varying health problems that were always hard to separate from his general weirdness undoubtedly contributed to his early passing. Still, it's hard to believe that any combination of these factors could lead to death at age fifty. But we tend to forget that we're average, and the average person (who, mind you, can only hold a tune in the shower) only worries about the neighborhood busy-body, overdue student loans, and pretty bad allergies every spring. By comparison Michael's life should be as unimaginable as the science behind evolution or The Big Bang - it's just too large and far-out a process for our personal experience to let us believe he's really gone. This, my friends, is why I am choosing not to. That's right, I'm too sad believing it, so I've decided that Michael Jackson isn't really dead, and I have five supporting reasons.

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[9 Jun 2009 | 4 Comments | ]
Nope, I do not understand Jamaican-talkin', and as usual I am tickled by what idle hands and the internet will do.