This November 4th, utilize your freedom and vote!...to take away someone else's freedom to follow their heart and grab a hold of some good old fashion lovin'! After all, that's the American way, right?
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Here we go again. [Sorry, y'all.]
Boy likes Britney Spears. Boy gets pumped for the premiere of her new video during and/or following a new episode of The Hills. Boy goes to MTV, excitedly waiting for the moment to arrive, and, of course, it doesn’t. This is his story:
Me at the top of the show: “Ugh, I can’t believe I have to actually watch this just to see Britney’s video. Ugh.”
Me as soon as the show started and the boxer/trainer chimes in with his two cents that just sounded so well read: “Nope. Can’t do it. Putting it on mute.”
Me following the theme song: “Okay, Heidi and Spencer are on television, this could be entertaining in a “accident on the side of the road kind of way.”
Me as soon as they start talking: “Nope. Can’t do it. Putting it on mute.”
Me, shortly following Lauren’s and the sister of Spencer’s reconnection on the “quad” of FIDM(?) in which the conversation ends in them just staring blankly at nothing in particular into space. [Yeah, this is a common occurrence and nothing new, but it still gets me every. time. I see it. Like, really? Who does thatIN EVERY SINGLE GODDAMN CONVERSATION THEY HOLD WITH PEOPLE? It’s like, talk, talk, talk, contemplate, contemplate, contemplate, stare!]: “Nope. Can’t do it. Not only am I leaving this on mute, but I’m not gonna even look at the screen. Purely background material. Tap me on the shoulder when Britney’s video premieres.”
Me during the credits: “Okay, here it comes, here it comes!” Me following the credits: “Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Who is that in the tiara? What is this? Exiled? Is this the Divo episode? Cause that shit was jokes. Nope? Fuck this shit, I’m out!”
So in conclusion, you messed with my emotions MTV. Not a good look. Not a good look at all.
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It is my belief that some of the most honest [and/or scary] answers regarding politics are shot out of the mouths of grandparents. They lived through "a lot of shit" [as my 74 year old Bigmama would say] and have earned the right to say whatever the "f" they want, and you know what means, right?: NO FILTER BUTTON*
This came to me again last night, while watching the following segment on The Daily Show. And make sure you stick around til the end. The last comment uttered by one of the "panel members" is straight jokes/icing io:
You know, laughter really is the best medicine sometimes. It sure did keep the thought that a large number of the American populace more than likely share the same views, thoughts and opinions of this small group of seniors in Florida, at bay. Earlier...
FILE UNDER: Words/Listen/A Moment of Clarity/PRIMARIES: Out of the Races & Onto the Tracks!/REAL TALK: The Bailout Talks Edition. Chief Deputy Republican Whip Eric Cantor:
[Yeah...y'all need to get on that] Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi:
[ED'S NOTE: Look, I know the speech is 16 minutes long, but seriously, watch it. (Or at least watch some of it) Where are you? At home? Cruising the net as you watch television? On Myspace? Facebook? AIM? X-Tube? In a library? If you ain't at work, you ain't got no excuse. Watch the goddamn video. Unless your computer is speakerless, of course. Search for the text of her speech instead. It's got to be out there on the interwebs somewhere. As you saw, Eric Cantor got a copy, and he wasn't even feeling it.]
[Really? This speech has Eric Cantor (and those who side with him) up in arms? Oh word? Ain't she just telling it like it is?]
-Sigh- Please, can I just get some "let's keep it real" talk from a brave/gallant somebody to help bring it all home?
Let's talk about how I was sooo ready to apply the snark with this one. Let's talk about how I was all ready to shout out, in the words of Jill Scott, "WHY! WHY! WHY! [Whatever is, let it be..] Did we not learn anything from placing T.I. on Mariah Carey's unfortunately here today gone tomorrow I'll Be Lovin U Long Time. [Next thing you know, you're gonna tell me they've already shot a video for this remix in which Britney and her guest rappers don't even appear in a single frame together] Let's talk about how Busta Rhymes's rap at the top of the track put a huge smile on my face and has me salivating for that new disc. [Which is remarkable seeing as how I ain't paid attention to a Busta Rhymes album since 2002] And of course, last but not least, let's talk about "the legendary Miss Britney Spears", and how I am loving this track [the original, not the remix] more and more with each listen.
This, despite the fact that the receipt included with the aforementioned Kirk Franklin and the Family CD says and shows 1 copy purchased of this:
Not a good look B.B. Not a good look at all. I ain't got to lie to kick it though; I almost considered opening this disc and playing it. Only because track one is Why We Sing. That's the joint. That's the jam.
So that Rick Scarborough Report I just spoke of. Yeah... There's more. The War on Christianity warped my fragile little brain ["PLEASE, WILL SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN?"], that I forgot to scroll down.
Ladies and gentlemen this is [the rest of] the Rick Scarborough Report!
See You At The Pole: Kids have found a way to pray publicly in school. On September 24, Christian young people met at their school flagpole to pray for the leaders of our country, their teachers and their families. This has been an outstanding program, which was begun by a group of students in Burleson, TX in 1990. In addition to praying for their leaders, they also pray for God to return moral and spiritual awakening to their own school and to campuses across the country.
Kids are also encouraged to report on the "See You at the Pole" event in which they participated. The web site offers three different dates that the reports will be published: September 26, October 3 and October 10. To see the impact these kids are having and read their reports, you can go to the organization's web site here.
On September 22, abortion opponents launched a campaign called "40 Days for Life" in over 170 cities, with a purpose of bringing attention to the evil of abortion. The program focuses on a three-point program which includes prayer and fasting, constant vigil and community outreach. With our society having experienced so much moral decay and degeneration, we must band together as a Christian community and take action on positive efforts like the "40 Days for Life" campaign.
In the fall of 2007 and spring of 2008, there were two coordinated "40 Days for Life" campaigns which brought together over 150,000 participants. The organizers report that over 500 lives were saved from abortion during this campaign, and there are likely many more mothers that were impacted that went unreported. Praise God!
Please consider your participation in the effort to save the unborn. The fall 2008 "40 Days for Life" campaign is already underway, but you can still participate. The blog maintained at the website already reports the first baby saved! I encourage you to go to their web site and join this fight to stop abortion. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Rarely do broadly distributed movies promote the kind of values that most Christians find acceptable, let alone worth recommending. However, this new movie not only discourages the breakdown of marriage, but promotes the need to do whatever it takes to avoid divorce. In addition to details about the movie, the web site features marriage "fireproofing" resources, stories and more.
To see the FIREPROOF website and learn more, select here.
Not surprisingly, this movie was not produced in Hollywood, but in Albany, Georgia as a ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church. The movie, made by brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, will open in 830 theaters nationwide. This film follows the success of the Kendrick brothers' 2006 success "Facing the Giants," a movie that was made with a $100,000 budget and grossed over $10 million. "FIREPROOF" opens September 26, 2008.
Americans for Truth and others are confronting San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom for welcoming homosexual orgies and public nudity on the streets of his city. Please be in prayer for our friends who will be in San Francisco on Friday challenging the complete collapse of morality in that city. I know many of you view that city as beyond saving, but let us remember that there is still a remnant there. There are good people who live in the area that want it to change. Regrettably, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not one of them, refusing to speak out against these acts. America needs to learn that this is what our nation will become if we do not awaken the church.
This type of immorality will be coming to your community, too if we do not take action. It is more than a little serious that the so-called (let's say) non-liberal, straight, "conservative" press and journals will not cover this. Not the Washington times, no O'Reilly, not Fox, and what about others, e.g. City Journal, etc.?
With elections just around the corner, your "must read" list should include "Enough is Enough," written by Pastor Scarborough. Phyllis Schlafly says: "Rick Scarborough has given Christians a powerful call to action, motivating us to tackle the task of restoring America to the great country we have been and can be again." In his forward to the book, Tim LaHaye poses the question,"Will Christians Have to Save America Again?" You can receive your personal copy signed by Dr. Scarborough, with a donation to Vision America Action of $50 or more.
It appears that the media coverage of candidate Barack Obama's attempts to influence Christian conservatives was just that: a media event. With the large majority of Americans professing Christianity, our voices can be heard. But we must take action at every opportunity, including with our votes. Christians who cast their votes in the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections were clearly a factor in the victory of our current president. Yet, the failure of Christians to turn out in great numbers during the Congressional elections of 2006 also demonstrated the results of inaction.
While the Obama campaign recognizes and talks about the need for our support, they have failed to deliver on following through with meaningful efforts to address our issues. Recently, Obama representatives were a no show at a Christian forum held in Washington, DC. The Obama delegation pulled out of the Reese Round Table only hours before the scheduled start, without any explanation.
Read more about the Obama "no show" at this Christian forum here.
Meanwhile, the "Barack Obama: Faith, Family and Values Tour" flopped at its very first stop. Held in Jerry Falwell's backyard in Lynchburg, VA, a mere 15 people showed up for the event. With Obama's positions in support of abortion, including partial birth abortion, it's no wonder that he has trouble drawing crowds to hear the rhetoric of a campaign trying to make their positions palpable to Christians.
After an Arson fire was set at the Pregnancy Alternatives Center in Lebanon, OR, a crisis pregnancy center that promotes alternatives to abortion, the decision has been made that the building will need to be torn down. This non-profit, volunteer, Christian organization has been in the same location for 19 years, offering women counseling when facing an unplanned pregnancy. The FBI has established a $5,000 reward to help find the arsonist, but while this may help bring the culprit to justice, it is little help in getting the facility up and running again. With their facility completely destroyed, the volunteers of Pregnancy Alternatives Center must find an new facility to offer Christian counsel and moral alternatives to abortion.
The Executive Director for the facility said that they are searching for an alternative location, but with their building a total loss and the destruction of virtually all the contents, a return to offering their services to women in crisis is at best weeks away. Please be in prayer for the Executive Director and her team as they work to reopen their facility and return to offering women options to the heinous act of abortion.
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I don’t know if you two have heard, but the never ending War on Christianity has reared its ugly head again. And yes, I had to google some information contained within this e-mail to see if this was truly legit and not SPAM [$600 Million Dollars?! Oh word? Pardon me for thinking this number was a jab and/or play on the $700 Million bailout plan], cause after reading the first paragraph in bold, I was convinced it was spam. Not being sacrilegious or anything, just calling it like I see it. And when you get a minute, look this Capital Visitors Center up. It sounds like some governmental Willie Wonka Chocolate Factory or something. Not being unpatriotic, just calling it like I see it...
From our office's inbox to your computer screen, this is the Rick Scarborough Report!
The Latest Front in the War on Christianity Nothing shocks me anymore, but this latest revelation regarding our Nation's new Capitol Visitors Center set me back. Once again, the political correctness crowd is attempting to re-write our history and apparently they are succeeding. Using your tax dollars, they are hiding the wonderful things our great God has done in our past as they greet visitors from around the world when telling our story. Their job is to simply tell the truthful and factual account of our nation's heritage including the role that God played, but instead it appears there is a concerted effort to obscure facts that do not validate the godless secular agenda of some.
Congress is spending over $600 million dollars to create the Capitol Visitors Center. It would appear that they are hiding our religious history from the visitors. Among the references to God or religious history omitted from the Capitol Visitor Center is the current national motto, "In God We Trust", which does not appear in any presentation in the Capitol Visitor Center despite its prominent display in the House and Senate Chambers. 108 Members of Congress, including Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, have signed a letter to the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) expressing their concerns with the incomplete historical content in the Capitol Visitor Center regarding our nation's religious history
"Our concern is not just with the Capitol Visitor Center, but with increasing pattern of attempts to remove references to our religious heritage from our nation's capital. The Capitol Visitor Center is just one example of efforts to censor God, faith, and religion from our historical buildings, documents, and ceremonies," said Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Founder and Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus.
Along with the omission of "In God We Trust" are factual inaccuracies regarding Capitol church services and the exclusion of the reference to "religion, morality, and knowledge" in the Northwest Ordinance. In addition, the Capitol Visitor Center includes photos from Earth Day, an AIDS rally, various casino grounds and factories, but it does not include photos from monumental religious events such as the National Day of Prayer or the March for Life event, attended by thousands annually, among other things.
The Congressional Prayer Caucus has been at the forefront in preventing the obstruction of the phrase "Laus Deo", or "Praise Be to God," at the Washington Monument, fighting attempts of the Architect of the Capitol to censor the word "God" on Congressional flag certificates, and fighting to reverse a decision to strip the mention of God from flag-folding ceremonies at veterans' funerals.
"Historical buildings like the Capitol Visitor Center are there to tell the story of our nation. When religious history is removed from these displays, the American public is not able to observe an accurate depiction of our nation's story," said Forbes. "We owe it to those who have gone before us and to our future generations to provide a complete representation of our nation's heritage. We will continue to fight until this is achieved in the Capitol Visitor Center."
O: Proposals that protect, oversight, tax P - poss of getting refunds - gain, no $ for "Golden Parachutes", help homeowners, "8 yrs of failed economic
M: Starts w/ Ted Kennedy recognition. "Feeling Better Tonight" "Reps and Dems coming together" "Failures on Mains St. - not just Wall St. "Greatest E Crisis!" "Package w/elements "ANSWER THE QUESTION!"
Do you favor this plan?
[RANDOM SIDENOTE: On Obama: "Did they olden him and darken him" "Extra crispy Obama"]
O: How did we get here?
M: Hope to vote for it. "Sure" "Hold people accountable, reward those who succeed!...Corruption, failure, "be held accountable!"
O: "Main St. - great new tagline, generic Anytown, U.S.A.
M: Consolidation - "Goodness and strength of American people - TIRED ASS LINE - QUIT REPEATING!
2. Lead this country out of the financial crisis
M: Earmarking - "a gateway drug" - 3 billion dollars of our taxpayers money.
O: Earmarks account for 18 billion in revenues last yr" 95% of Americans - tax cut
M: "The Sheriff" - "800 billion dollars in spending and new programs."
O: "Hold Up! Hold Up! Hold Up!" -
[RANDOM SIDENOTE: "God I want you to be my president so bad it hurts."]
M: ? [Smoke break]
O: "Tax Health Benefits(?)" -
[RANDOM SIDENOTE: Oh McCain did not see that coming. I did not know that. Holla!]
M: Rebuttall. "Walking the walk, and talking the talk" -
[RANDOM SIDENOTE: Who, who, who, who you? Who the fuck is that?]
O: Look at the record. "Whateva, Bitch!"
3. What are you gonna give up (priorities) for having to pay for the financial crisis?
O: Can't do all I think needs to be done. Energy, "no mo fo oil", healthcare - up 30% (deductibles), COMPETITION: Education : Science and Technology, Infrastructure:
The fight was over in 20 minutes except for a slow pulse of American mortars that were methodically hitting the known Taliban escape routes. After half an hour even that had stopped, and the Taliban’s “spring offensive” was over. “That was it?” one soldier asked with a shake of his head. A few days later it happened again, a group of fighters spotted moving with weapons across the valley and every American position opening up on them. Restrepo poured out fire for an hour and never took a round. At one point the scouts called in over the net that a wounded Taliban soldier was crawling around on the hillside without a leg. They watched him struggle until he died, and when they called that in, everyone cheered. It didn’t seem like a fair fight, and it wasn’t, but wars are won by men who figure out how to fight on the most unequal terms possible. Anything else costs the lives of them and their friends.
That night I couldn’t sleep, and I crept out onto the ammo bunker and sat down and looked out over the valley. I kept thinking about that cheer. On the one hand—on a purely human level—it was breathtakingly callous: the man died alone on a mountainside looking for his leg, and the fact that he was an enemy didn’t change the fact that his last moments must have been absolutely horrific. On the other hand, I realized, no one who hasn’t been through a year at Restrepo could even begin to judge that reaction. Getting shot at feels intensely personal, as if the enemy has somehow singled you out for special punishment. (Sergeant Tanner Stichter was pinned down so badly in Aliabad once that he finally just started screaming, “stop shooting at me!” Afterward he found holes in his clothing from bullets that almost hit him.) The fact that an unknown person 300 yards away so desperately wants you dead—and that you’re helpless to do anything about it—pretty much eliminates any pity you may feel for him later.
“The high point of our day is killing someone else,” O’Byrne told me one night. We were talking about the psychological strains of being stuck in so remote a place that combat was practically the only diversion. O’Byrne had an Irish flag tattooed on the back of his neck and had come to the army via a tough childhood that culminated in juvenile detention. He was now in command of a four-man combat team. “I mean, what’s that say about us? What’s it going to be like when we go home? I went out to take a piss one night and I was like, ‘What am I doing in Afghanistan?’ I mean literally, ‘What am I doing here?’ I’m trying to kill people and they’re trying to kill me. It’s crazy.”
The main thing that worried O’Byrne about civilian life was that he’d get bored, and that in his boredom he’d start acting in self-destructive ways. Combat is a rush, and once it has blown out your levels, it’s hard to appreciate the more mundane pleasures of life. “People think we drink because of the bad stuff,” O’Byrne went on, “but we drink because we miss the good stuff. I talk to my ex-girlfriend on the phone and my reality is just so different from hers, it’s hard to know what to say.”
This one time at the Roxy in Los Angeles, California, I got to rave unto the joy fantastic that is Gravy Train. Immediately following this show [thankfully anchored by the joyous sounds of Junior Senior], I had this to say:
"I'm gonna start a motherfucking band.
Yeah you read that right.
And I'm not sure if I'm even going to play any instruments or write any song lyrics. I'm just gonna be the voice that everyone pays to see.
Yeah you read that right.
If I do indeed write any song lyrics I'll be sure to make them nonsensical and/or about nothing in particular. And I'm gonna totally swagger jack Prince's stage persona from back in the day mixed with a little James Brown, David Bowie, and Mick Jagger. Oh, Oh, and since, uh I work out from time to time, expect to see me onstage in little clothing or nothing at all. Oh and I won't discriminate. Girls can love me and boys can love me. I. DON'T. GIVE. A. FUCK! And you're gonna like it. And you're gonna eat up my nonsensical song lyrics about humping, touching, and fucking, all set to a synthesized beat, heavy on the bass.
So yeah, I'm gonna start a motherfucking band.
Yeah you read that right."
Well folks, looks like it's time for me to step my game up! Why? Cause Perez Hilton has released a song. AND it's titled "The Clap". [I shit you not. Look it up!] I thought I had a little more time to do me, and put the whole musical career on the back burner, but now? Oh it's on now! It is indeed, my time to shine. So here it is, the world premiere of the lyrics to my soon to be hit single coming soon to a I Kissed A Girl/Gimme More/Low/Damaged/The Clap block in the club. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Tigers, Sex, Drugs, SUSTENANCE!. Are you sitting down? Cause if you are you might want to grab onto something stable, just in case you know, these lyrics KNOCK YOU OUTTA YO SEAT!
Tigers, Sex, Drugs, SUSTENANCE!
Came up from a land down under That's where I reside (That's where I reside) Oh, you ain't heard I'm the chocolate thunder Caught you by surprise (By surprise) That girl's in line for the bathroom That boy won't catch your eyes (Catch your eyes) Kick rocks, shake it off, don't sweat em Stand by my side and catch some of this:
Come on, get full There's plenty to drink (Plenty to drink) Tap the well, keep pumping, don't stop! (Don't stop!) Got plenty to eat (Plenty to eat) That girl just looks right past you He don't swing that way I think (Way I think) Kick rocks, shake it off, don't sweat em Peep this with me:
Tigers, sex, drugs, SUSTENANCE! Tigers, sex, drugs -STOP! Let the beat build! Uh!
Do it like Rio, dance across the sand Uh! Stuntin' like my daddy, go on ring da bell! Uh! Grab onto whatever, not just the hands Uh! Sexy, can I? Oh, YES I CAN!
So I got this new Kings of Leon album right. And yeah, sure I've only given a listen to the first three to five tracks or so, but I still hear a discernible sound that hovers over them all; a late era Silverchair, STP vibing, ready for KROQ or the Modern Rock charts sound that sits in the background [or, like I said the first couple of tracks or so] and lunges to the forefront when the time calls for it in a track. It's not a bad sound per se, just different for the brothers Followill. Don't believe me? Can't understand the words that are coming out of my mouth? Press play on this video below for track two off the boys' latest Only by the Night. Ladies and gentlemen I present to you Kings of Leon in Crawl.
[For fans of late era Silverchair, Stone Temple Pilots, the Dandy Warhols, the Secret Machines, and mid to late 90's British rock with a wink, sneer, and slight electronic and/or industrial twist. Not a diss song, just saying.]
[With this weekend came the coming of fall, and the closing of summer. (I know, I know baby, baby, "where did our love go?"). Before we put on for the new season let's end the previous one on this, shall we?]
FILE UNDER: Old school funk for the true funk soldiers/This is how we do it! As the days get long, and we see a rise in temperatures, how many bitches want to touch this n****a name Snoo- ah hem, I mean we should take the time to relax the mind, let the conscious be free, and indulge in the tunes best fit for chilling, dranking, and in the words of Magic Johnson, "having a good time..."
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"He could have waited. He's young. He could have spent a little more time in Washington and got a little more experience. Don't get me wrong, I ain't voting for McCain, and I hope he [Obama] wins, but I just don't think America is ready for a Black president. I am 74 years old, and I have lived through a lot of shit in this country, and America is just not ready to put a damn Black man in the White House."-Bigmama, as told to me this past Labor Day Weekend
Bigmama is willing to put all misgivings she may have aside and "Do the Right Thang"so to speak. These people? Not so much? Yahoo reports:
"Deep-seated racial misgivings could cost Barack Obama the White House if the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll that found one-third of white Democrats harbor negative views toward blacks — many calling them "lazy," "violent," responsible for their own troubles.
The poll, conducted with Stanford University, suggests that the percentage of voters who may turn away from Obama because of his race could easily be larger than the final difference between the candidates in 2004 — about two and one-half percentage points.
Certainly, Republican John McCain has his own obstacles: He's an ally of an unpopular president and would be the nation's oldest first-term president. But Obama faces this: 40 percent of all white Americans hold at least a partly negative view toward blacks, and that includes many Democrats and independents.
More than a third of all white Democrats and independents — voters Obama can't win the White House without — agreed with at least one negative adjective about blacks, according to the survey, and they are significantly less likely to vote for Obama than those who don't have such views."
Damn. And I just got over worrying about Sarah Palin's momentum and how it could hurt Obama/Biden's chances of nabbing the White House this November. Damn, damn, damn!
1/So You Can Cry/Ne-Yo 2/Viva La Vida/Coldplay 3/Wreckless Love/Alicia Keys 4/Everbody Wants to Rule the World/Tears for Fears 5/District Sleeps Alone Tonight/The Postal Service 6/6'O Clock Blues/Solange Knowles 7/Looks Just Like the Sun/Broken Social Scene 8/Skin/R.Kelly 9/The Beautiful Ones/Prince 10/Pretty Please (Love Me)/Estelle feat Cee-Lo 11/(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman/Aretha Franklin 12/Love Lockdown/Kanye West
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"Go ahead Charlie, ask me, ask me how we did it!" "Republican presidential nominee John McCain doubled his travel expenditures in August and increased his payroll and media spending from the previous month while enjoying his biggest fundraising stretch of the campaign..."
"She don't look at me, like Captain Save Em!" -Oh Ne-Yo! And that's just one of the reasons why you're one of my favorite young songwriters at the moment. Also, what it do Toni Childs! Ne-Yo.Year of the Gentleman. Cop it now!
You know, for a minute there I was worried about how certain producers and people on high would handle Ms. Hudson's album, and voice, but so far, so good. You're three for three girl. Keep up the good work!
Inquiring minds over at Jezebel [in conjuction with the folks over at Racialicious and What Tami Said] would like to know: "What's The Difference Between Inspiration & Insult?"
Jezebel reports: "Recently, a reader sent an email asking, "Were you not as disturbed by American Apparel's new clothing line, Afrika, as I was?" Well, yeah. There are many irritating things about American Apparel and calling some zebra print leggings "Afrikan" (with the colonial K) is just one of them. But when it comes to cultural appropriation, there are fine lines between homage, inspiration and insult, points out Tami on Racialicious. If you're rubbed the wrong way by the AA leggings, should you also be offended by Madonna's bindis, Gwen Steafani's Harajuku Girls, or Amy Winehouse's hijacking the song stylings of black female soul and blues singers?"
Meanwhile I ask: Color? Race? Ethnicity? Cultural Appropriation? I know not of these these things you speak of.
Eminem. Remember him? Remember how if he wasn't busy getting accolades for his talented, overflowing wordplay, he was busy getting attention/pissing people off/or foaming at the mouth with his genuine ridiculousness? Were you a fan of that Slim Shady? Cause if so, boy do I have a track for you.
Gangstas don't dance, they boogie. Defamer reports:
"...before last night, did we have any idea how skilled the Hills women are at cutting a rug? While watching the band White Tie Affair perform at the Roosevelt, Lauren & Co. kicked out the jams with a series of white-girl moves so fierce that they could be worked into common rotation for just about any type of song, no matter the genre..."
All you have to do is get up off that ass, register, and VOTE! Just Ask T.I.!
FILE UNDER: A Moment of Clarity/PRIMARIES: Out of the Races & Onto the Tracks!
He approves this message.
From my inbox [Cut to five minutes earlier: Does it really say from T.I. in my inbox? Yes, yes it does.], to your computer screen:
If you watched the VMAs last week you no doubt saw me. And saw me in my Respect My Vote! t-shirt. The reason I wore that shirt is the reason I'm writing to you today.
Respect My Vote! isn't just some words on a t-shirt. It's a movement that I and so many others like Keyshia Cole, Chris Brown, Nelly, Omar Epps, Bow Wow, Ray J, Sean Kingston, Maino, Wale and the Simmons Sisters believe in. We believe in voting. And since I can't vote in this election, I've made it my mission to get as many people to register and vote this year as possible.
Working with the Hip Hop Caucus, I have dedicated myself to making this happen and I am asking you to help me.
I challenge you to:
1. Register To Vote! - If you think you need to Register To Vote, use our easy online registration form today. 2. Post the Respect My Vote! logo and link - Upload buttons, photos and links to your MySpace or Facebook pages (visit our Respect My Vote! Buttons page for special graphics). 3. Spread the Word - Use the tools at www.hiphopcaucus.org/respectmyvote to contact your friends about our campaign. 4. Get information on Hip Hop Caucus events - Sign up to participate in events across the country. 5. Get text messages - When you signup at www.hiphopcaucus.org , don't forget to include you mobile number so we can contact you for special text message updates.
I'm doing everything I can to get people to Register to Vote. That's why I wore the Respect My Vote! t-shirt to the VMAs. That why I'm going to events, talking to the press and doing whatever I can to help to make sure our voice is heard - and in record numbers. If you are not already registered to vote, I ask you and everyone you know to Register to Vote!
P.S. If you want to see some of Hip Hop's greatest wearing the t-shirt or for a list of stores selling the shirt, visit the Hip Hop Caucus web site. Partial proceeds from the sales of these shirts will be generously contributed to the Hip Hop Caucus by AKOO clothing. Support the movement!