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[21 May 2010 | 13 Comments | ]
Pimp With “Exquisitely Styled” Hair Sentenced to 18 Years

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

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[4 Mar 2010 | 11 Comments | ]
Why We Can’t Have Nothin’: “Freaknik The Musical” and How I Learned to Wear Sensible Shoes

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 …

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[18 Feb 2010 | 11 Comments | ]
Ok, so here's the thing. Actually three things. 1. I like watching people fight. I won't make apologies for my fascination with fisticuffs but I'm not proud of it either. 2. I hate when people actually do fight. Seriously, what's the point? Even my desire to watch a beatdown doesn't trump the display of one of the saddest aspects of the human condition - some people think that violence is the answer. Now watch this video. 3. Bearded old man wearing a fanny pack completely whoops the younger man wearing a flannel shirt and

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[12 Feb 2010 | 5 Comments | ]

You guys really should become a member of the What Would Thembi Do? fanpage (see box in sidebar) because I share links and photos that don’t merit a whole post. Or maybe I just need to decide that they are …

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[19 Jan 2010 | 30 Comments | ]
“What The Eff?” Wednesday: Who Is Corey Johnson aka Musicorey? People always ask me, "Thembi, how do you find this stuff?" Well, this week I'm going to walk you through the process because there is no reason why a perfectly sane woman such as myself should be asking any questions about Corey Johnson. Please bear with me as I take you through the tragically painful journey of discovering all there is to know about this person.

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[5 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]
Feel Smarter. WAY Smarter.
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Man Calls 911, Doesn't Know His Address

Police Say Man Reported His Marijuana Stash Stolen

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- When you dial 911, there's certain things you have to do to make sure you get the help you need.

First, know your home address, and second, don't wait 45 minutes to dial 911.

Von Powell, 22, who lives near Gainesville, had a hard time doing both of those things after he said he was the victim of a home robbery.

The man also told police that one of the things stolen was his "personal stash" of marijuana.

When you're committing a crime and you're also the victim of a crime, it

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[15 Sep 2009 | 32 Comments | ]
Tyler Perry And For Colored Girls: Somebody Walked Off Wid Alla (Our) Stuff!

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Getting his hot little hands on Ntozake Shange’s 1975 play “For Colored Girls who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf," was coup of the year for Tyler Perry. Not only will he produce and direct the upcoming film version, the King of Coonery will also write the adaptation of what may be the most important work about black female identity ever. Ask any black woman, especially the artsy/moody/self-aware type, about “For Colored Girls…” and she will respond with a wistful look and fond memories. I was Lady in Blue in a high school production and have told more than one sorry dude “insteada being sorry all the time, try being yourself,” quoting the Lady In Red (but playing it off like I came up with it on my own). This is classic material and now we can expect the intentionally stripped-down aesthetic of Shange’s work to be replaced by style choices that only a closeted gay man could make. Even worse, Perry has announced that he’d like to cast the likes of Oprah, Halle Berry, and Beyonce to tackle the play’s issues, which include love, rape, abortion, and relationships. Beyoncé??? Please pass the Xanax.

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[2 Sep 2009 | 11 Comments | ]
“What The Eff?” Wednesday: Ethnic Hair Deodorizer Anyone who's spent a little time in Philadelphia knows that we have a distinctive culture all our own. One of our dirtier little secrets is Jomar. This small chain of stores sells anything you can think of at a deep discount. Sure most of the stuff is off-brand, damaged, really dirty or just fell off of a truck. So what if my father, who is as notorious a bargain hunter as I am, once found a pair of pants there with a mousetrap stuck to them (you know, the glue kind). And even more of a so what if all of the signs and price tags are produced on ink jet printers in a not very glamorous Times New Roman font? There are bargains in there! A friend of mine spotted this very what-the-eff-worthy display at a Jomar in South Philadelphia.

ethnichairdeoderizer As soon as she showed me this I hopped in the car to see for myself. What the eff is "ethnic hair deodorizer" and how can I get my hands on some before they inevitably run out?

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[14 Aug 2009 | 9 Comments | ]
I don't really use Myspace anymore. I still maintain a profile and log on once in a blue moon and every single time I'm greeted by friend requests from the likes of ...

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I know exactly what happened here...

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[4 Aug 2009 | 5 Comments | ]
Cheddar? I Hardly Know Her. In Fact, I’ll Pass.

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CINCINNATI -- Elmwood Place police say they caught an alleged thief chewing the evidence over the weekend. Court records show Maria Magobet, 50, from Dayton allegedly ordered lunch meat and cheese from the deli counter at Valley Grocery on Vine Street on Saturday, then walked out the store without paying. Police noted a pickle was recovered from Magobet before she left the store. When police caught up with Magobet, officers say they saw bits of lunch meat on Magobet’s mouth and shirt. Police also say she was still chewing and admitted to just eating some meat.

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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...

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

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[1 Jul 2009 | 29 Comments | ]
Michael Jackson and The Five Stages of Grief: Bargaining

In the traditional sense, bargaining means making a “deal” with a higher power – for example, I’ll be a better person, I’ll trade XYZ, just let me live or bring my loved one back. In this case I’m sure we all agree that we’d ante up a few bucks for the Resurrect Michael Jackson Fund. As far as still-living pop singer currency I’d be willing to put up, say, FIFTYLEVEN Chris Browns and a bucket of R. Kellys for just one Michael Jackson. Since the weight of Michael's contributions is heavier than most of what we could possibly

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[30 Jun 2009 | 22 Comments | ]
Michael Jackson and The Five Stages of Grief: Anger mjfist I'm Angry at the Media. I consider myself a McNugget-sized part of the media but the coverage of Michael Jackson's death and its aftermath has done nothing more for journalism than demonstrate what low standards news outlets will set just to drive viewership. I'm still miffed at CNN for its faux-journalistic integrity on June 25, reporting that "other news outlets say Jackson has died," but speaking of him in the past tense for hours beforehand while not bothering to have a single reporter at the actual hospital

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[25 Jun 2009 | 4 Comments | ]

Louisiana State Representative Barbara Norton (in the blue) is Hurricane Chris’s godmother, so I’m sure it was her pleasure to present him with a House Resolution commending him for “outstanding musical accomplishments.” By this she means beating America over the …

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[8 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
I used to spend a lot of time in Baltimore. The environment was heavily influenced by social priorities similar to those implied in this commercial. I now see that that city significantly contributed to my current state of crazy.