Saturday, November 29, 2008

Old School Funk for the True Funk Soldiers!

Michael Jackson.

Stranger in Moscow.

Shout out once again to
  • qoolquest for putting this back on my radar!
  • Words.

    "One last thing: Bush should consider pardoning--and should at least be vociferously praising--everyone who served in good faith in the war on terror, but whose deeds may now be susceptible to demagogic or politically inspired prosecution by some seeking to score political points. The lawyers can work out if such general or specific preemptive pardons are possible; it may be that the best Bush can or should do is to warn publicly against any such harassment or prosecution. But the idea is this: The CIA agents who waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and the NSA officials who listened in on phone calls from Pakistan, should not have to worry about legal bills or public defamation. In fact, Bush might want to give some of these public servants the Medal of Freedom at the same time he bestows the honor on Generals Petraeus and Odierno. They deserve it."-Bill Kristol

  • Oh Anderson!

    In the words of Kelly Clarkson, some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this:



    New flava(s) in ya ear!

  • FWMJ’S RAPPERS I KNOW: Roger Riley & Teddy Troutman - Death of Autotune

  • Straight jokes.

    Shout out to
  • qoolquest for putting this on my radar!
  • Friday, November 28, 2008

    And anotha one...

    Britney Spears.


    Star Academy [in France].

    November 2008.

    [ED.'S NOTE: Sorry, but watching these puts a huge smile on my face.]

    This Modern Love.

    Is killing me softly?

    Words/Oh Word?

    I approve this message.

    “In the age of the cell phone and the internet it is probably more difficult than before to protect silence and to nourish the interior dimension of life...It is difficult but necessary...Today, this is a very grave threat, and it is the most irreparable misfortune...Nations once rich in faith and vocations are losing their own identity under the harmful and destructive influence of a certain modern culture."
    - Father Federico Lombardi, the Pope’s spokesman

  • TELEGRAPH: Vatican warns mobile phones are bad for the soul: The Vatican has warned that our obsession with modern technology, such as the internet and mobile phones, is not leaving people enough time for spiritual pursuits.
  • Thursday, November 27, 2008


    FILE UNDER: Jokes.

    Okay, this is getting out of hand...

    Wandering Star.

    Get Money.

    Ba da ba ba ba...

    New flava in MY ear!

    Busta Rhymes.

    Ron Brownz.


    Swizz Beatz.



    [And of course]Lil Wayne.

    Arab Money

  • The remix.
  • Jokes.

    Jamie Foxx.


    And a hilarious non-singing/rapping turn from Taraji P. Henson.

    Just Like Me.

    Straight jokes.

    Sticky & Sweet?

    Britney Spears.

    The Bambi Awards.

    November 2008.

    Head Start.

    We run this shit!

    POLITICS AND AMERICA: Now that we've found love, what are we gonna do with it?

    How bout this?:

    " key members of Barack Obama's incoming administration, Emanuel and Daschle are using their clout to help build sturdy bridges between the White House and Congress, coordinating their plans well before Inauguration Day.

    That effort could produce a remarkable result: Democrats may try to pass an economic stimulus bill before Obama takes office Jan. 20, and have it on his desk to sign immediately. Typically, a new Congress spins its wheels for weeks while awaiting the arrival of a new president after convening in early January.

    "We don't intend to stumble into the next administration," Obama said this week. "We are going to hit the ground running. We're going to have clear plans of action.""

  • LOS ANGELES TIMES: Barack Obama has a head start on working with Congress
  • Circus.

    For Your Consideration.

    Wednesday, November 26, 2008

    Friends with beneftis!

    New flava in MY ear!


    TV Friend.

    This is how we do it.

    Yes it is Xscape. You don't even know...

    Now if you visit this blog often, you know that old school jams are more often than not posted under the "Old School Funk for the True Funk Soldiers" headline. But sometimes old school joints are so good, so well put together, so classic to a brotha, [see Montell Jordan's This is how we do it] that all I can do is marvel at their goodness as they boldly play on and show us how's it done. This jam, presented below, is one such example.


    Just Kickin' It.

    [ED.'S NOTE: And please, feel free to bounce, pennistate, butterfly, or tootsie roll like Moesha on a good day. It's the way God intended it!]

    Who can I run to?

    FILE UNDER: POLITICS: So Fucking Disco!/Coming Attractions.


    For Your Consideration.

    Britney Spears.


    A Preview.

    Tuesday, November 25, 2008

    What the world needs now!(?)

    FILE UNDER: Words/A Moment of Clarity/Oh Word?

    "Let’s chill, and let’s settle down. That’s what I wanna do. Just me and you!"

    Tucker Carlson asks: Why Are Christians Having Better Sex Than the Rest of Us?

    "...The evangelicals have a PR problem. Even when they say something self-evidently sensible, all a lot of people can think of is Ted Haggard. Which is a shame, because Ed Young may have come up with one of the best public policy proposals of the decade.

    Once you factor out venereal diseases, there’s almost nothing better for you than regular sex. Judging from the many studies on the subject, a daily romp is healthier than yoga, a five-mile run, and a handful of multivitamins combined. Sex has been shown to ameliorate memory, posture, depression, anxiety, insomnia, menstrual cramps, digestion, bladder control, dental health, and the sense of smell.

    It’s a natural analgesic that also reduces the risk of prostate cancer and heart disease. It lessens the incidence of colds and flu. It burns calories. Overall, according to a 1997 study in the British Medical Journal, men with the most active sex lives have a death rate half that of those with the least active. Sex prolongs life..."

    Again, oh word?

  • THE DAILY BEAST: Why Are Christians Having Better Sex Than the Rest of Us?
  • Can't Stop. Won't Stop.

    For Your Consideration.

    So Lil Wayne is hitting up the Gibson Amphitheatre 3 days before X-Mas with T-Pain(!), Keyshia Cole(!), Keri Hilson, and Gym Class Heroes. Going would be nice, but let's be real: that's a whole lot of screaming, kids acting a fool, waiting, rambling nonsense, and misguided guitar playing. I don't know if I can handle all that.

  • PITCHFORK: Lil Wayne Adds Dates, Puts Others' Cover Art to Shame
  • We have the facts and we're voting...


    FILE UNDER: For Your Consideration.

    New flava in ya ear!

    Beyonce feat. Kells.

    If I Were A Boy.


    Big ups to the folks over at
  • Idolator for putting this on my radar!
  • [Burnin'?] In the spotlight.

    That is all.

    Monday, November 24, 2008

    This is how we do it.

    Yes it is The Futureheads. You don't even know...

    Now if you visit this blog often, you know that old school jams are more often than not posted under the "Old School Funk for the True Funk Soldiers" headline. But sometimes old school joints are so good, so well put together, so classic to a brotha, [see Montell Jordan's This is how we do it] that all I can do is marvel at their goodness as they boldly play on and show us how's it done. This jam, presented below, is one such example.

    Hounds of Love.

    A Kate Bush cover.

    Note to Self: "Get up, Get Out and Do Something!"

    FILE UNDER: New flava in MY ear!/A Moment of Clarity.

    This past Labor Day Weekend, my 25 year-old cousin got married. For this 24 year old "vagabonding wanderlust" this was a big deal. As was how screwed in and good that head was on his shoulders. Lived through college at Xavier University in New Oreleans during Hurricane Katrina; Got a Master's in Theology; Taught Theology for a bit; Was looking to now teach Physics to high school kids [what he got his B.A. in] and recently this dream for him came into fruition. Oh and did I mention he married his girlfriend of 5 years. Yeah...When it came time to list my achievements up to the present, let's just say the whole graduated from college, lost a year looking for a job/being lazy (ain't got that "backpack through Europe or Africa" money, yet), worked at a restaurant and am now paralegal/legal assisting it up, didn't really, how do you say, match up. I was reminded of all this a few minutes ago when I heard about and read this:

  • NEW YORK TIMES: For Florida State Player and Scholar, Game Day Is Different

  • Damn. That's what's up! Again, note to self: get up, get out and do something!

    "I got that fire!"

    "Holla at ya boy if you want that Oscar Meyer!"*

    New flava in ya ear!

    Busta Rhymes.

    I Got Bass.

    *I will never grow tired of this line.

    Super Tuesday!*

    *On a Monday, cause these three releases got bumped up a day. Real talk. In stores now!

    Oh Word?

    FILE UNDER: New flava in MY ear!/POLITCS: So Fucking Disco!/A Moment of Clarity.

    Sunday, November 23, 2008


    FILE UNDER: POLITICS: So Fucking Disco!/One Pure Thought(?)/A Quick Peep.

    Joe Lieberman.

    Meet the Press.

    A clip.


    FILE UNDER: POLITICS: So Fucking Disco!


    Straight jokes.

    Here. I Am.

    New flava in ya ear!

    Novel feat. Ben Folds, Talib Kweli, and Spree Wilson.

    I Am.

    Saturday, November 22, 2008


    Et tu, Citigroup?

    FILE UNDER: Sign 'O' the Times/Oh Word?/POLITICS AND AMERICA: Now that we've found love, what are we gonna do with it?

    You can stand under my umbrella?

  • NEW YORK TIMES: The Reckoning - Citigroup Pays for a Rush to Risk
  • My New Ringtone?

    New flava in MY ear!

    Crucial Robbie.

    Proud to Be Black.

    Shout out to
  • Afrobella for putting this on my radar! That's what's up!
  • Friday, November 21, 2008


    "You're never too old" to get your backpack on...

    New flava in ya ear!

    Znuff Star. [ED.'S NOTE: HA! No Kidding.]


    It's Official!

    You, me, and everyone we know is digging Beyonce Knowles this week.

    You like it, don't front!

    Real talk.

  • GAWKER: Anderson Cooper Is So Totally Not Obsessed with Beyonce
  • 808s and Heartbreak.

  • Stream here.
  • Money, Cash, Hoes: The Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State Edition

    FILE UNDER: POLITICS: So Fucking Disco!/Oh Word?

    What, me worry? I'M PAID!

    I don't know about you, but I got myself a nice case of Clinton fatigue brewing up inside of me. The ignorant/naive side of me has been all "Make a damn decision already," in regards to this whole will she or won't she take on the role of Secretary of State in Obama's cabinet, without taking the time to realize that it just might not be that easy. Thomas B. Edsall over at The Huffington Post reports:

    It would be interesting to know how the average New York voter would respond when told that during the past three years their Senator and her spouse personally received $2.1 million from such major banks as Goldman Sachs ($800,000), Lehman Bros. ($300, 000), Citigroup ($425,000) and Deutsche Bank ($300,000).

    The money -- honoraria payments to former President Clinton -- demonstrate that the conflicts between Bill Clinton's multi-million dollar financial entanglements and his wife's possible selection as Secretary of State are just as relevant in the case of the elected office Hillary Clinton currently holds, raising to front and center the same glaring conflicts of interest that have gone largely overlooked during Hillary's eight years in the Senate...The money -- honoraria payments to former President Clinton -- demonstrate that the conflicts between Bill Clinton's multi-million dollar financial entanglements and his wife's possible selection as Secretary of State are just as relevant in the case of the elected office Hillary Clinton currently holds, raising to front and center the same glaring conflicts of interest that have gone largely overlooked during Hillary's eight years in the Senate...According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Senator Clinton has not only received campaign contributions from the investment and securities industries -- industries with huge stakes in the outcome of measures almost certain to be taken up in 2009-10 -- but Bill and Hillary together have also taken as personal income, for their own use, millions of dollars paid to Bill in the form of honoraria, running from $125,000 to $325,000 for a single speech to interest groups directly affected by his wife's legislative position. The Clintons are not alone in the practice, but they have raised the stakes to unprecedented heights. In 2006, for example, Joe Lieberman's wife spoke to the Jewish Community Relations Council in Philadelphia, the Jewish Federation of Central Alabama, and the Junior League of Dayton making a total of $34,000 --- chump change compared to the $10,232,000 (yes, that's ten million+) Bill Clinton made in honoraria the same year.

    Looking just at the finance industry over the past three years, in 2007 three major investment banking firms -- Goldman Sachs, Lehman Bros. and Citigroup - already on center stage in the financial downturn, each paid Bill Clinton $150,000, for a total of $450,000, for single speeches to company officials and their guests. The year before that, 2006, the Mortgage Bankers Association, Citigroup and Lehman paid Clinton a total of $600,000. In 2005, Deutsche Bank paid $300,000 for two speeches; Goldman Sachs paid $525,000 for three appearances in Paris, Greensboro, Ga. and Kiawah Island, S.Car. In 2004, Bill Clinton's honoraria included $250,000 from Citigroup and $125,000 from Goldman Sachs.

    This $2.25 million does not include payments to Bill Clinton from such closely-related firms as Swedish industrial holding company Investor AB ($325,000), Dutch real estate investment company OVG Rotterdam ($250,000); U.S. real estate developer Cushman and Wakefield ($300,000); General Motors ($200,000) which is pleading for a piece of the bailout; the National Apartment Association ($150.000); the National Association of Realtors ($125,000); the Standard Bank of South Africa ($150,000); and the National Multi-Housing Council ($150,000).

    DAMN. That's a whole lot of money.


  • THE HUFFINGTON POST: Bill's Lucrative Speaking Engagements Create Potential Conflicts For Hillary

    FILE UNDER: POLITICS: So Fucking Disco!/Headline of the Day!

    Blame it on the boogie!

    Barack Obama's inauguration will be the jump off, TRUST. And yes, I wish I could go, cause "ain't no party like a Barry O. party, cause a Barry O. party don't stop!"

  • THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Washington's Woodstock: Barack Obama's inauguration is set to draw visitors from around the world, Web activists and stars like Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee and Melissa Etheridge. What's in the works -- and who'll get to attend.
  • Sensual Seduction.

    Starring Slim, Ryan Leslie, and Fabolous in,

    Good Lovin'.

    Thursday, November 20, 2008


    FILE UNDER: Oh Word?/Quotes of the Day!

    "This 'Obama'!"

    POLITICS & AMERICA: Now that we've found love, what are we gonna do with it? Apparently, this? TOURe over at the Daily Beast reports:

    I recently interviewed Jimmy about the play while sitting on the lip of the stage, and toward the end of our talk, I asked him how he felt about Obama’s victory. Since Election Day, every conversation I have eventually turns to Barack Obama and our emotional reactions to this American epiphany. Jim confessed that the election inspired him to drop the word “nigga” from his vocabulary—where it was a nearly ubiquitous presence—and replace it with “Obama.” He gave me a few examples: “What up, my Obama?” “Yo, did you see them Obamas last night?” “Now that’s a real Obama.”

    Jokes. Straight jokes.

  • THE DAILY BEAST: 'What Up, My Obama?'
  • Oh On & On! (And On & On...)

    FILE UNDER: POLITICS: So Fucking Disco!/Words/A Moment of Clarity.

    Why you wanna trip on me?

    He may be leaving the White House soon, but his legacy could last a lifetime? Rosa Brooks over at the Los Angeles Times reports:

    "You knew that W & Co. wouldn't go gently into that good night, didn't you?

    Please. We're talking about the people who brought us precooked intelligence, Guantanamo, torture and extraordinary rendition. Who developed bizarre legal doctrines, asserting that the commander in chief is allowed to ignore federal law, and the vice president doesn't "belong" to the executive branch. Who enthusiastically dismantled long-standing regulatory frameworks and who still insist (as George W. Bush did last week) that "too much" government regulation is our main problem, even as the economic crisis deepens.

    You really didn't think these guys would exit meekly, did you?

    Don't expect anything undignified, like a Cheney-engineered coup (sorry, conspiracy theorists). But the administration can -- and will -- hamstring the incoming Obama team just as effectively with a raft of poisonous eleventh-hour rules and regulations....These rules can be enacted by the outgoing Bush administration with relative ease and speed, but reversing them will be far more difficult for the Obama administration: extensive study, notice and comment requirements mean that reversals may take several years, during which a lot of damage will have been done.

    Bush also has signed more than 250 executive orders since taking office. Some are innocuous; others, not so much (permitting the use of interrogation techniques most experts consider torture, for instance). Some are still classified. The Obama transition team will need to go through these with a fine-tooth comb, identifying executive orders that require immediate change or reversal..."

  • LOS ANGELES TIMES: Bush's land mines for Obama: Last-minute rules and regulations by the Bush administration could take years to undo.
  • Doo Wop.

    New flava in ya ear!

    Solange Knowles.


    Where's the love?

    FILE UNDER: POLITICS: So Fucking Disco/A Moment of Clarity.

    New flava in ya ear!

    Busta Rhymes.

  • Arab Money.
  • Real Talk: The 'Detroit Rock City' Edition.

    FILE UNDER: A Moment of Clarity.

    "I'm Mitt Romney, and I approve this message!"

    "IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.

    Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check..."

  • NEW YORK TIMES: Let Detroit Go Bankrupt by Mitt Romney
  • Taking care of business!

    That's a good look!

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS: Perino: Bush would sign jobless benefits extension
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2008

    Here we go again?

    FILE UNDER: Politics and America: Now that we've found love, what are we gonna do with it?/Riddle Me This(?)/Words.

    Oh Word?

    "President-elect Barack Obama campaigned on the slogan of "change." But his early appointees, including two top choices that emerged Wednesday, show that experience is one of his main criteria..."

  • WALL STREET JOURNAL: Experience Reigns, Not 'Change'
  • "FIX IT!"


    FILE UNDER: Politics: Now that we've found love, what are we gonna do with it?/Words/A Moment of Clarity.

  • THE NEW YORK TIMES: Dow Drops Below 8,000 on Latest Economic Data
  • For Your Consideration.

  • Stream here.
  • A Moment of Clarity(?).

    FILE UNDER: Politics: So Fucking Disco!/Words.

    The Huffington Post reports:

    "Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was on The View Tuesday talking about same-sex marriage and declaring that gay rights are not civil rights because gays have not had violence inflicted upon them like Blacks have."

    Yeah...I get what he's trying to say, [I think] I just don't think it's coming out right. Thoughts?

  • THE HUFFINGTON POST: Huckabee: Gays Haven't Crossed Civil Rights Violence Threshold
  • Tuesday, November 18, 2008

    Up All Night!

    With Johnson & Johnson.

    Whip appeal.

    Breakin' Ya Back. (In a good way, of course.)

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, Avant.

    For Your Consideration.

  • Stream here.
  • [I be saying] NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!

    While you be saying YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!

    Scroll down and read the ad.

    Colt 45 sponsored pool party? Cool. Free Dewar's at the club? Aight. Throwing a keg in the middle of a dancefloor at a DJ AM/Steve Aoki/Cobrasnake event? WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU? Talk about hipster clusterfuck. Best of luck to everyone who gets involved!

    Super Tuesday!*

    *Apparently I'm just your average 16 year old American female this week.

    Monday, November 17, 2008


    FILE UNDER: New flava in MY ear!/Oh Word?

    The bird is the word.

    Okay, first up, my President-Elect has a fade. A FADE! And then, there's this:

    Mr. Obama has, according to the A.P., “a weakness for chips and salsa and tends to put hot sauce on everything.”

    HA! That's what's up!

  • One Pure Thought.


    "I have really good days, and then I have bad days. Even when you go to jail you know there's the time when you're gonna get out. But in this situation, it's never ending. It's just like Groundhog Day every day....I think it's too in control. If I wasn't under the restraints I'm under, I'd feel so liberated. When I tell them the way I feel, it's like they hear but they're really not listening...If you do something wrong in your work, you can move on, but I'm having to pay for a long time. I never wanted to become one of those prisoner people. I always wanted to feel free."
    -Britney Spears

  • THE HUFFINGTON POST: Britney Cries: Life Is Like Jail, Groundhog Day
  • Rihanna: Queen of the Desert.


    Featuring Justin Timberlake.

    [And a whole lotta sex appeal]


    High Times.

    New flava in ya ear!

    The Alchemist feat. Snoop Dogg, Pusha T, and Jadakiss.

    Lose Your Life

    Oh Word?

    FILE UNDER: Politics: So Fucking Disco!

    "I think there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us, is prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it. I think that it is a very dangerous threat to anybody who believes in traditional religion. And I think if you believe in historic Christianity, you have to confront the fact. And, frank -- for that matter, if you believe in the historic version of Islam or the historic version of Judaism, you have to confront the reality that these secular extremists are determined to impose on you acceptance of a series of values that are antithetical, they're the opposite, of what you're taught in Sunday school...I think -- I think when the left -- when the radicals lost the vote in California, they are determined to impose their will on this country no matter what the popular opinion, no matter what the law of the land."-Newt Gingrich

    Talk amongst yourselves.

  • MEDIA MATTERS: Gingrich: "[T]here is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us"
  • For Your Consideration.

    FILE UNDER: Words/Riddle Me This?/Politics: So Fucking Disco!

    Will the 2008 G.O.P. go the way of the 1936 G.O.P., which didn’t reclaim the White House until 1952? Even factoring in the Democrats’ time-honored propensity for self-immolation, it’s not beyond reason. The Republicans are in serious denial. A few heretics excepted, they hope to blame all their woes on their unpopular president, the inept McCain campaign and their party’s latent greed for budget-busting earmarks.

    The trouble is far more fundamental than that. The G.O.P. ran out of steam and ideas well before George W. Bush took office and Tom DeLay ran amok, and it is now more representative of 20th-century South Africa during apartheid than 21st-century America. The proof is in the vanilla pudding. When David Letterman said that the 10 G.O.P. presidential candidates at an early debate looked like “guys waiting to tee off at a restricted country club,” he was the first to correctly call the election.

    On Nov. 4, that’s roughly the sole constituency that remained loyal to the party — minus its wealthiest slice, a previously solid G.O.P. stronghold that turned blue this year (in a whopping swing of 34 percentage points). The Republicans lost every region of the country by double digits except the South, which they won by less than double digits (9 points). They took the South only because McCain, who ran roughly even with Obama among whites in every other region, won Southern whites by 38 percentage points.

    Those occasional counties that tilted more Republican in 2008 tended to be not only the least diverse, but also the most rural, least educated and slowest-growing in population. McCain-Palin did score a landslide among white evangelical Christians, though even in that demographic Obama shaved the G.O.P. margin by seven percentage points from 2004.

    The Republicans did this to themselves, yet a convenient amnesia can be found in conservatives’ post-Election Day soul searching. There’s endless hand-wringing about Bush and McCain blunders and Abramoff-Stevens corruption, but there’s barely any mention of the nasty cultural brawls that defined the G.O.P. campaign narrative this year as the party clung bitterly once more to its 40-year-old “Southern strategy.”

  • NEW YORK TIMES: The Moose Stops Here
  • Real Talk: The Evolution of Kanye West Edition

    Sunday, November 16, 2008

    Coming Attractions.

    We. Are. Your Friends(?)!

    New flava in MY ear!

    We Have Band.


    Vid spotted over at
  • Hipster Runoff.
  • Grindin'.


    Oh, and then there's this too, cause I mean, why not?:

    DAMN! Killed it.

    Friday, November 14, 2008

    For Your Consideration.

    In stores December 16th!


    Watch this!

    FILE UNDER: Coming Attractions!

    -Swoon- You know, it's been so long since I have seen Barack seem so cool and well rested. [Wonder what sparked such a change in his demeanor?] I almost forgot how cool he sounds when he's not on the stump or fielding questions at a press conference. Hopefully "The Cool" will also be present during his "fireside chats":

  • THE HUFFINGTON POST: Obama's Transparent Presidency: Weekly YouTube Addresses
  • For Your Considertation.

    FILE UNDER: Words/A Moment of Clarity/One Pure Thought.

    "In his speech at the Democratic convention four years ago, Barack Obama memorably challenged the myth that holding a book is “acting white.” Now that he’s been elected president, he might actually be able to do something about it.

    Black students are too often scorned by their peers as “thinking they’re white” for making A’s, and many let their grades slip in order to have black friends. Some educators and academics dismiss it as an unimportant thing to focus on when addressing black-student achievement. Some sociologists have even claimed that the whole “acting white” notion is a myth by showing that black students who make good grades also say that they are popular. But as Harvard economist Roland Fryer puts it, “Asking teenagers whether they’re popular is like asking them if they’re having sex.” Fryer’s work has shown that black students do in fact have fewer social connections the higher their grades, to a much greater extent than white students..."

  • NEW YORK MAGAZINE: Revenge of the Black Nerd: Finally, an end to the myth that being bookish means you’re “acting white.”
  • Thursday, November 13, 2008

    For Your Consideration.

    In stores in November 18th!

    Big Ups T-Pain!


    For thinking about us well sequenced album loving brothas out there, and placing these two jams back to back on this here album right here:

    That's what's up!

    "No Shit, Sherlock!"

    Not today.

    "A growing number of professionals are saying "no, thanks" to prospective employers asking them to change jobs.

    Spooked by the shaky economy, 46% of U.S. middle managers polled in mid-September said switching employers in the current environment is risky, according to a survey by Accenture Ltd. Just 13% of respondents said they were actively looking for a new job, down from 30% the last time Accenture conducted a similar survey in 2005."

  • THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Stick With the Job You Know, More Employees Are Saying
  • A Moment of Clarity.

    "Eat, drink, and be merry -- someone will bail you out.

    After the humiliation of haggling over bailouts, there comes the post-bailout party. Staff of supposedly ailing companies are living it up on more than a prayer.

    See where and how they celebrated government money and keeping their jobs."

  • THE BUSINESS SHEET: Top 10 Bailout-Sponsored Junkets - A Scrapbook
  • In da house.

    With Why? and their A Sky For Shoeing Horses Under.

    Big ups yet again to
  • for the vid!

    [A] Little Joy.

    Cop it.

    New flava in ya ear!

    Little Joy.

    Next Time Around.

    Sign 'O' the Times.

    Et tu, USPS?

    No disrespect to all my people on the grind, doing the damn thing with United States Postal Service, but you know we're in trouble when a program/system as flawed and fucked up as the USPS falls further down the rabbit hole.

  • THE HUFFINGTON POST: US Post Office $2.8 Billion In The Red
  • Boss Man.

    "Don't ask me if I write rhymes, I WRITE CHECKS!"

    Life got you down? Stuck in a rut because of the Economy? Currently unemployed, qualified, and hungry for the next big thing? Well I, and by I I mean Barack Obama, may have a job for you.

    The Wall Street Journal reports:

    "President-elect Barack Obama will be the country's next commander-in-chief. He could also be your next boss.

    At the start of every new president's term, roughly 7,000 government jobs open up nationwide and abroad. Some are reserved for top officials and corporate leaders, but the majority of the positions are typically up for grabs.

    The jobs, referred to as politically appointed or noncareer positions, span all levels and are in a range of fields, such as accounting, communications, law, engineering, technology, social services and education. They pay annual salaries ranging from $30,000 for low-level positions to $175,000 for the most senior jobs, plus health care and other benefits. Political experience isn't a prerequisite, nor is having campaigned for the incoming president.

    There is a catch: The positions last only for the duration of the president's tenure.

    If your interest is still piqued, now is the time to start your search. On Wednesday, the U.S. government announced which positions will become available and where they'll be located, in a print publication called the Plum Book. You can find a free online version at The positions are projected to be filled throughout the first year of the new administration, and will range from jobs such as director of accounting services for the Department of Defense to deputy manager of cleanup for the Department of Energy.

    You can fill out a general application online now at, a site that offers news and events about the set-up of the Obama administration. You'll receive instructions via email at a later date on how to provide details about specific jobs that interest you."

    So don't delay, apply today!

  • THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Obama as Your Boss? Here's How to Apply

    And now an excerpt from tomorrow's Good Morning America Interview with William Ayers.

    CHRIS CUOMO: Good morning Mr. Ayers. Thanks for being with us.
    WILLIAM AYERS: My pleasure Chris, thanks for having me. And please, call me Bill.
    CHRIS CUOMO: Sure thing Bill. So, you know Barack Obama?
    WILLIAM AYERS a.k.a "BILL": Actually Chris, I knew him. It's been a while since I've last seen him actually.
    CHRIS CUOMO: Oh. Hmm. [Shuffles through his notes] -10 seconds of awkward silence- [Looks at notes, then back up at Bill] So Bill tell me, Domestic Terrorism and You: friend or foe to the Obama campaign?
    WILLIAM AYERS a.k.a. "BILL": Huh?
    CHRIS CUOMO: I'm sorry, what?

    -Awkward silence stare down-

    [looks into camera] My exclusive one on one interview with William Ayers continues after this.

    -Cut to commercial-

  • ABC NEWS: 'GMA' Exclusive Interview With William Ayers
  • Far Away: The Hercules and Love Affair Remix.

  • Stream here.
  • Wednesday, November 12, 2008


    FILE UNDER: New flava in MY ear!

    "I've been watching you watching me, and I know you want it."

    THIS JUST IN: Jim Jones is coming to Broadway! I repeat, JIM JONES IS COMING TO BROADWAY! SOHH reports:

    "...Jim Jones has plans to use one more medium to tell his story. This November, the Harlem rapper will star in a one-man play, entitled Hip-Hop Monologues, in Manhattan's theater district..."


  • SOHH: Exclusive: SOHH Exclusive: Jim Jones "Crashes" W/ Brooke Shields & Dennis Hopper, Plans NYC Theatrical Debut
  • "Get Yourself Some Ackrite!"

    You can deal with this:

    But this is where it's at:

    Nate Silver over at reports:

    "...the notion that Prop 8 passed because of the Obama turnout surge is silly. Exit polls suggest that first-time voters -- the vast majority of whom were driven to turn out by Obama (he won 83 percent [!] of their votes) -- voted against Prop 8 by a 62-38 margin. More experienced voters voted for the measure 56-44, however, providing for its passage.

    Now, it's true that if new voters had voted against Prop 8 at the same rates that they voted for Obama, the measure probably would have failed. But that does not mean that the new voters were harmful on balance -- they were helpful on balance. If California's electorate had been the same as it was in 2004, Prop 8 would have passed by a wider margin.

    Furthermore, it would be premature to say that new Latino and black voters were responsible for Prop 8's passage. Latinos aged 18-29 (not strictly the same as 'new' voters, but the closest available proxy) voted against Prop 8 by a 59-41 margin. These figures are not available for young black voters, but it would surprise me if their votes weren't fairly close to the 50-50 mark.

    At the end of the day, Prop 8's passage was more a generational matter than a racial one. If nobody over the age of 65 had voted, Prop 8 would have failed by a point or two. It appears that the generational splits may be larger within minority communities than among whites, although the data on this is sketchy..."

    Again, Mr. O'Reilly, get yourself some Ackrite!


  • Tiny Toon Adventures.

    Joel McHale stopped by Countdown with Keith Olbermann last night to discuss all things Palin. And he, like she at many stops on the campaign trail, brought along an adorable little "accessory". Watch:

    Straight Talk Express.

    FILE UNDER: REAL TALK: The Hang Me Up To Dry Edition/Words/POLITICS: So Fucking Disco!

    I just can't get enough!

    Sarah Palin! The media! Answers! Explanations(?)!

    Day 8.

    "In the week since the election, Mr. McCain's campaign team has leaked some nasty stuff about Sarah Palin. These leaks are personal, and they speak more to the character of Mr. McCain and the leakers than they do to Mrs. Palin. So it will be telling if Mr. McCain stands up for his partner and says how offended he has been by what some of his staffers have done to her...We are asked to believe that Mrs. Palin was not ready for a national campaign. On what evidence from any part of this election are we to conclude that anyone on the McCain campaign team was ready for a national campaign?...Let's remember too that the only time Mr. McCain surged ahead -- in the polls, in the volunteers, in the mojo -- was when he picked Mrs. Palin. Before that he and his staff had been flying solo, and they were losing. When the contest returned to the top of the ticket, as presidential campaigns inevitably do, Mr. McCain and his team drove their lead into the ground..."

  • WALL STREET JOURNAL: McCain Owes Sarah Some Straight Talk
  • Money, Cash, Hoes: The $700 Billion Financial-Rescue Plan

    An update.

  • WALL STREET JOURNAL: Treasury Not Planning to Buy Bad Loans, Assets
  • Soul Man.

    New flava in MY ear!


    It's A Man's Man's Man's World.

    Tuesday, November 11, 2008


    And hear this 1 Thing that's got me trippin'.

    Coming Attractions.

    Can't Stop.

    Won't Stop.

  • PITCHFORK: Lil Wayne's Dedication 3 Mixtape Due This Week
  • That was then...

    FILE UNDER: One Pure Thought/A Moment of Clarity/Oh Word?

    This is my now.

    CNN reports:

    The president said he wishes he had not spoken in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner he declared an end to major combat operations in Iraq on May 1, 2003. The now-infamous moment occurred aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln only a month after U.S. troops in Iraq were deployed.

    "They had a sign that said 'Mission Accomplished.' It was a sign aimed at the sailors on the ship but it conveyed a broader knowledge. To some it said well Bush thinks the war in Iraq is over when I didn't think that but nonetheless it conveyed the wrong message," he said.

  • CNN POLITICAL TICKER: Bush names his regrets, praises Obama
  • All About Eve.

    FILE UNDER: Words/POLITICS: So Fucking Disco!

    "Yeah you like it, don't front!"

    "There a lot of things one can say about Sarah Palin, but this one cannot be disputed: by one measure, at least, she is true to her word. Sarah Palin is not going anywhere...More important, though, than Palin's own self-redemption crusade is the national media's continued interest in her. And who can blame them? Like Barack Obama, Palin is a bundle of contradictions and seeming non sequiturs -- a bundle that represents the tensions in play in the lives of many Americans. In Obama, the tensions of race, culture and the structure of the modern, blended family were all brought into play. In Palin, as Katha Pollitt has sagely written, is the irony of the ambitious and talented woman who embraces a conservative, truly right-wing, worldview. As Lauer interviewed her in her Wasilla kitchen, it may have been the governor herself who made the casserole, but her hunky, blue-collar husband held the baby with utter comfort, patting him nonchalantly as if this is something he does every day (because it is)..."

  • THE HUFFINGTON POST: Adele Stan: Palin on Today: Not Goin' Anywhere
  • Monday, November 10, 2008

    Oh Word?

    If you are what they say you are...

  • REUTERS: Obama daughters asked to appear on "Hannah Montana"

    Wait. WHAAAT?

  • NAH RIGHT: MGMT ft. Jim Jones - Electric Feel (Remix)
  • Shiver.

    FILE UNDER: Listen/A Moment of Clarity.

    Seriously, listen.

    Riddle Me This?

    Barack Obama's White House: Promise of a New Day or Uncle Tom's Cabin? Let's ask Ralph Nader.

    POLITICS and AMERICA: Now that we've found love, what are we gonna do with it?

    Damn, Shepard Smith has once again, done the damn thing. How you like them apples Mr. Nader?

    Kiss of Death.

    New flava in ya ear!


    Who Run This.

    Flashing Lights.

    President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush host President-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle at the White House, Monday, November 10, 2008.

    Yes, yes, take it in, yes, take it all in. You good? Great. Now can we please talk about how good Michelle Obama is looking in that dress. I mean, my momma raised me better than this, but at the same time, she also didn't raise no fool, so I had to speak on it.

    Pic spotted over at the
  • The Huffington Post.
  • Puppy love.

    FILE UNDER: Words/A Moment of Clarity/POLITICS and AMERICA: Now that we've found love, what are we gonna do with it?

    "...this was a good Democratic year, but it is still a center-right country. Conservatives and the Republican Party will have a real chance for a comeback — unless the skills of the new president turn what was primarily an anti-Bush vote into the basis for a new liberal governing era.

    Those were my thoughts when, a few minutes into his victory speech, just after midnight, Obama told his daughters, “And you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the new White House.”

    I gulped.

    Not out of my deep affection for dogs, fond of them though I am. But because while we’ve all known that Obama is a very skillful politician, he hasn’t until now been a particularly empathetic one. Competence plus warmth is a pretty potent combination. Suddenly visions of the two great modern realigning presidents — Franklin Roosevelt (with his Scottish terrier Fala) and Ronald Reagan (with his Cavalier King Charles spaniel Rex) — flashed before my eyes. Maybe a realignment could be coming.

    Obama was, naturally, asked about the promised-but-not-yet-purchased puppy at his press conference Friday. (If one were being churlish, one might say that it was typical of a liberal to promise the dog before delivering it. A results-oriented conservative would simply have shown up with the puppy without the advance hype.)

    Obama commented wryly that the canine question had “generated more interest on our Web site than just about anything.” He continued:

    “We have two criteria that have to be reconciled. One is that Malia is allergic, so it has to be hypoallergenic. There are a number of breeds that are hypoallergenic. On the other hand, our preference would be to get a shelter dog, but, obviously, a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me. So — so whether we’re going to be able to balance those two things, I think, is a pressing issue on the Obama household.”

    Here, in a few sentences, Obama did the following: He deepened his bond with every dog lover in America. He identified with every household that’s tried to figure out what kind of dog to get. He touched every parent with a kid allergic to pets. He showed compassion by preferring a dog from a shelter. And he demonstrated a dry and slightly politically incorrect wit by commenting that “a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me.”

    Not bad. It could be a tough four or eight years for conservatives."

  • NEW YORK TIMES: G.O.P. Dog Days?