Thursday, August 31, 2006

Why did I sit through that show?

Ok, the MTV VMA'sweren't that bad....I do have a headache now because of it though. Some parts of it were just so annoying (like this Jack Wack, I mean Black, why MTV, why?)He was so unfunny he made Damon Wayans at the BET Awards earlier this summer look like a comic genius. But, the most interesting part was the dude who interrupted when J Lo was giving that award to one of those rock bands for I guess song of the year or video of the year, whatever. That dudes website is MTV6000. He's some guy who crashes award shows and sells DVDs doing it. His site must have been getting a ton of hits because it wouldn't load. I guess I'll check tommorow.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

David Chappelle's Racial Pixies......

Was this skit the reason why Dave Chappelle quit his show?

David Chappelle's Racial Pixies on You Tube!

Pretty stupid. I never liked the Dave Chappelle show anyways!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Gun Violence in the Inner Cities

Somebody needs to revive the "Stop the Violence" Movement......

From News10Now:Mothers Against Gun Violence hold candlelight vigil:More than a hundred candles were lit last night to try to end violence. The candlelight vigil at Clinton Square was put on by Mothers Against Gun Violence.

From Post Gazette: A mother recounted the day her 14-month-old son was shot, a police officer told of his experiences, a sportsman voiced his rights and a professor expounded facts and statistics during a hearing on urban violence conducted by the state Senate Judiciary Committee here yesterday. The purpose was to identify problems and possible solutions regarding gun violence in Pennsylvania cities

From Boston Globe: Stereotyping recent gun violence (``Park shootings spark fears of gangs, calls for jobs," City Weekly, Aug. 6 ), as gang-related, blaming victims, and proposing park closings and curfews create unnecessary distractions from demanding real solutions and police accountability in protecting our neighborhoods from gun violence. Two things have become very clear: There is a group of young adults approximately ages 18 to early 30 s who are not hopeful about their future. Secondly, the police department has not built a positive working relationship with these residents in a way that enables the police to get information that will both help to prevent and solve these acts of gun violence.

FromCBS4: Monday night police responded to the area of 1419 NW 56th Street in reference to a shooting. Witnesses who spoke to CBS4 News said they originally heard several gunshots raging through the street, and then another set of gunshots which sounded like retaliation.

From WKRN: The 100 murders that beset the Nashville area in 2005 represented a 72% increase over 2004. Chief Serpas said the police department is taking steps to crack down on gangs and gun crimes

From KLTV: Two people are in jail, the first arrests today in a string of drive-by shootings. The violence started last night on South 12th Street in Longview. Longview Police say Anthony Lamar Harvey challenged another man to a fight, then pulled out a gun and fired, injuring 19-year-old Decorian Allen. Nearly two hours later, there was a drive-by on Wylie Circle. Then, this morning, there were three more drive-bys, all within an hour. The first on Bolton Street, the second on Flanagan Drive, and the third on Margo Street. On Flanagan Drive, one woman was shot in the leg. She was taken to a local hospital.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Being in D.C., I love a good protest!

August 12 National March to Stop the U.S.-Israeli War:There has been an amazing response to this call for a national emergency action to protest the U.S.-Israeli war against the Palestinian and Lebanese people. The streets around the White House will fill up with a sea of protestors on August 12. Read the call to action for August 12.
Find out more information on the ANSWER site.
Jesus wasn't black

EUR Web: Jesus wasn't black

Reading this piece in EUR Web, at first I was pretty apprehensive:

Preface: I am Christian. This is written from a Christian standpoint. If you are of another religion and don’t agree with what I’m saying from a theological standpoint, respect my gangsta enough to not indulge me in an argument about God…please…

Now, I agree with his one view that "black" isn't really BLACK....

You see, unfortunately, I am not black. There are lots of different kinds of blood in our family. But here in the United States, the word ”Negro” is used to mean anyone who has any Negro blood at all in his veins. In Africa, the word is more pure. It all means Negro, therefore black. I am brown.

I skimmed through the rest of the article, and none of the points really caught my interest but that one.

And I agree. FREE YOR MIND, suckas. Jesus is as much black as He is every other race in this world. Like it or hate it, it really shouldn’t matter at the end of the day.

You know, its funny how the writer of the article went out of his way to do a little "scripture digging" to refute the idea he was black. However, he failed to refute the idea that he is white, a powerful idea that though it can easily be refuted, is pretty much the dominant idea in our society. Ever walk in a church lately?

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Hooray! Tribe Called Quest re-unite!

The legendary hip hop act, A Tribe Called Quest, are reuniting to headline the first leg of the 2nd Annual 2K Sports Bounce Tour in 15 cities. This marks the renowned hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest's first tour in over half a decade.

In addition to headlining the tour, an exclusive track from A Tribe Called Quest will appear on the upcoming 'Dan The Automator Presents 2K7' soundtrack with Phife Dawg appearing as a playable character. Joining A Tribe Called Quest on this historic national tour is hip hop artist Rhymefest.

Find out more on Thug Life Army!
Roy Innis to Participate in Critical Discussion of Hip Hop During All Hip Hop Week

Event: All Hip Hop Week Social Lounge Panel DiscussionAugust 9, 2006 7pm
Location: BB King’s Blues Club & Grill237 West 42 St, New York, NY

Roy Innis, National Chairman of CORE, has been at the forefront of raising concerns about the influence of rap and hip-hop on Black culture and the Black community. He sees the invitation as an opportunity to talk about an art form that is influencing the destiny of the Black Community. Innis questions the value of rap and hip-hop on society. He will raise questions about the growing signs of the negative impact that rap and hip-hop culture have on today’s society. He accuses the industry of censoring decency and fostering vulgarity.

Find out more from the press release!
Black August Annual Hip Hop Celebration

The Black August Hip Hop Project is a celebration of Hip Hop and our Freedom Fighters. Organized by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement we strive to support the global development of Hip Hop culture by facilitating exchanges between international communities where Hip Hop is a vital part of youth culture, and by promoting awareness about the social and political issues that affect these youth communities. Our goal is to bring culture and politics together and to allow them to naturally evolve into a unique Hip Hop consciousness that informs our collective struggle for a more just and equitable world.


AUGUST - 8 - 7:00 PM FREE outdoor movie screening of "PALANTE, SIEMPRE, PALANTE: The Young Lords"Harlem State Office Building Plaza - 125th St & 7th Ave (NYC)
AUGUST - 13 - 8:00 PM Black August Hip-Hop Project's 9th Annual Benefit Concert.B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (NYC) Purchase tickets from
AUGUST - 19 - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM GROW / STEM / SPROUT / STRUGGLE / BEUATIFULLYBlack August Hip-Hop Project presents ... a day of BUILDING SESSIONS St. Johns Rec Center (Brooklyn)
AUGUST - 27 - 9:00 PM Black August Hip Hop Project Showcase in Collaboration with IA Universal and Molina Entertainment R&R - 416 West 14th street - bet 9th /10th ave. - (NYC)

Check out their website: Black August 2006

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

DIDDY DECLARED ‘RICHEST PERSON IN HIP HOP’: Web site ‘Panache Report’ compiles stats, Jay-Z, Russell Simmons among top five.

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs edged out Jay-Z to earn the title of the Richest Person in Hip Hop, according to Web site Panache Report.
Following six months of research, the site’s creator, Myra Panache, found that Bad Boy mogul Diddy had the most bank with $346 million, followed by Def Jam president Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter at $340 million and Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons with $325 million.
Most of Jay-Z’s millions come from his stake in the New Jersey Nets, Armadale Vodka, his 40/40 night-club chain and the $3 million in salary from Def Jam, reports Panache.
Sales of Diddy’s fragrance, “Unforgivable,” proved to be the deciding factor in his win over Jay-Z. According to Panache, he has received an additional $6 million this year from the men’s cologne. Most of his other earnings come from the sale of his Bad Boy record label to Warner Music Group and his Sean Jean clothing line.
So So Def founder Jermaine Dupri was the lone newcomer to the top 10 this year, tying Nelly for 10th place with $60 million.

Here is the full Top 10:
1. P. Diddy, $346 Million2. Jay-Z, $340 Million3. Russell Simmons, $325 Million4. Damon Dash, $200 Million5. Neptunes, $155 Million6 Dr. Dre, $150 Million7. Ice Cube, $145 Million8. Eminem, $110 Million9. 50 Cent, $100 Million10. Nelly, $60 Million10. (Tie) Jermaine Dupri, $60 Million

P. Diddy charters 'luggage jet'

King of bling P. Diddy chartered a private jet to transport his luggage from France to Italy after being told he would need more room.The music mogul was travelling from St. Tropez to Rome on holiday, and paid an additional £9,000 for a second jet to transport his arsenal of Lois Vuitton suitcases."What Diddy wants, Diddy gets," a source told The Daily Mirror.On top of that, the rapper reportedly also flew in a different chef to take over duties for his catering, after his girlfriend Kim Porter complained the food wasn't up to scratch.