Friday, February 27, 2009
I always liked him, but his work in the run up to and following the invasion of Iraq was superb.
He's gotten the point where his strips are either very good or brilliant. Period.
Here's one from this week that's a masterpiece. Short, funny, incisive.
The man is quite comfortably in command of his art form.
More of his work here.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
For those outside the immediate area, article is here.
Still strange that we see and talk to these cats every day. Strange in a good way.
Show starts this Monday.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
People are leaving the audio and making up their own subtitles based on the action.
I've watched a ton of them.
Here's the first one I ever saw.
Downfall: Hitler Finds out the Cowboys Lost
Just saw this one today, love it.
Downfall: Grammer Nazi's
Here's the most popular one ever created.
Downfall: Hitler Banned from World Of Warcraft
(I don't play WOW so I didn't get this one as much)
NOW...here's what he actually said. It's not nearly as funny.
If Obama was a superhero, which one would he be?
I mean the popular choice is Superman...
...but that's only because he's so popular, just like Superman is.
That description, however, is not really accurate based on Obama's actual strengths:
1. Rough childhood but he got through it
2. Rough road to college
3. Rough road to grad school but emerged as the President of the Law Review
4. Rough road through the south side of Chicago but made it to the legislature
5. Rough road to political stature but got through a bruising primary against the status quo
6. Rougher road to the election eventually overcame historical impossibility and ending with a mid 60's approval rating thus far.
After last night's speech, and looking at Kos's insta-reaction from around America and the world, espeically Jindal's hilarious response...I think I've finally figured it out.
Obama runs through obstacles, and emerges stronger.
So, He's this guy:
(I know, that dude is evil, but the powers fit.)
What do you think?
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
They had an awesome one for Obama that took up an entire hour of my life.
And they just did it again with these vivid pictures of a certain festival in a certain country where the people still haven't learned to be ashamed of their bodies.
(seriously, let's all leave work and go to Brazil RIGHT NOW! Who's with me!?!?!)
Please please please create a post about the Academy's choice to have Cuba Gooding, Jr. present the nomination for Robert Downey, Jr.
I have so much anger to vent at this transparent moment.
Well, first off I was tickled by it because clearly Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Forrest Whitaker and Sidney Poitier said "Hell no" when asked to do it.
Second off it was a truly awkward moment in an otherwise austere award show...well, except when Goldie Hawn pretended she'd ever heard of Taraji Henson.
Finally, I think it's more evidence that the legend of Cuba Gooding Jr. continues to grow.
What did you think?
Sunday, February 22, 2009
...right before the section that describes the current drama with Rihanna there's a section that seems, well, conspicuously added; perhaps even hurriedly added.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital received $50,000 in ticket proceeds from Brown's 2006 "Up Close & Personal" tour. In 2008, Brown lent his efforts to promote the Math-A-Thon benefiting that hospital by starring as the host in a film to promote it.
ArrestBrown turned himself in to the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire station...
Hmmm...wonder if that was there a week ago.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
But if there was ever a video to rekindle the great Natural vs. Weave debate, this is it...
I've done lots of hard manual labor and cleaned bathrooms, I've even substitute taught a room of 40 angry kids in south central...but NOTHING sucked as much as stocking shelves 8 hours a day and listening to A New Kids On The Block Christmas over and over under fluorescent lights. Ugh.
Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here During Christmas
I came across this article about the 10 Worst Jobs in America from AskMen.com. It's worth a read.
Sewage treatment workersSewage treatment workers work in what you flush -- with rats. They repair sewer leaks, take sewage samples, remove obstructions in sewers, and make sure raw sewage is properly treated. The health risks are huge: workers can die from toxic fumes, contract hepatitis A and get cancer. The physical working conditions are also bad; they are bending and kneeling in confined spaces and are exposed to high levels of noise. Drowning is a threat, as well as electrocution. Plus workers’ only defense against disease is wearing protective clothing and keeping their lips closed tight so no sewage accidentally splashes in. Want to search underground for big alligators and get paid for it? Your salary starts at $15 an hour.
Man...Office Max wasn't that bad, I guess.
But there's always an underbelly to the glitz and the College Boyz rapped about it in 1992.
I know you're probably thinking you recognize the lead MC from somewhere.
Yep, that's Romany Malco from Weeds and 40 Year Old Virgin. I guess that paradox wasn't too great to get over.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Conan is still the best.
I saw the large "prop" backstage for this bit...
...gonna miss that damned bear.
This is basically hilarious.
And THIS is one of the best things that's ever happened on American television.
The Triumph Of Star Wars
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Been meaning to get into it but life kept me from getting around to it. Plus LA is a great place for new music cuz you just listen to whole albums in the 2 hours a day you're in your car. New York relies on a long commute...my commute is 15 minutes.
So...if you're late like me. This thing is just track after track of pure fire.
Please buy this today if you already haven't. BUY IT. Don't download it for free.
WHO PRODUCED THIS!?!?!
Check out this work by the visual artist Takeshi Murata.
I think he's got a lot of short clips up on YouTube. Really enjoy the beauty of his colors and the organic movement of the patterns.
This is about making it mean something to call yourself an American...
...then it goes into other stuff I don't readily agree with. But the economic portion is enlightening.
Now I know what some of you might say. They're saying any ol' gorilla/ape/chimp could have written the stimulus bill, a bill the Post has editorially come out against. I get it.
But the President is Black now. And I don't think anyone has to be reminded of the racial implications with that slur.
So at best, they're offensively clueless. At worst, they're the worse.
Well, Chi got his date in court and taped the results.
Outside of the videos created by our gracious site hosts and The Onion, I have a hard time thinking of any original content that's made me laugh like Mr. ChiCity. Coupled with the funny, though, is good-heartedness, as seen towards the end of this clip and even more so in his Christmas special.
Props to Mr. ChiCity. It looks like he's found the right mixture of humor and personal touch.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
I vehemently defended Suge against what I thought were unjust actions proposed by the city he helped make famous. If only I'd been there when that barber knocked him the f--k out.
And now AllHipHop.Com reports it's happened again at a party during All-Star Weekend.
Suge = Fail
Remember when the mere thought of Suge left you a little shook?
Not anymore. After being the industry goon for years, Knight has taken to getting floored by any Little Mac fueled by Grey Goose.
Part of me thinks that since Suge's been relegated to damn near F-list status, he's willing to take it on the chin as long as he gets a few lines written about it (and to that I say, "You're welcome").
After all, isn't any publicity good publicity?
But who would've thunk it 14 or 15 years ago-- Suge as hip-hop's punching bag and it doesn't seem like the dude's letting their fists fly on him fear retribution. They make Youtube videos and ID themselves.
Karma's a be-yotch.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Mighty Crown (a dub crew that's popular in both places among those that like battle reggae)
RYO THE SKYWALKER's collaboration with a few other popular Japanese reggae artists. Ryo's probably one of the most popular. (Reggae in Japanese)
I've noticed for a while but never understood why. Just assumed it was the youth latching onto something different.
A Japanese friend of mine was born and raised in Tokyo and I got to talking about it. Her opinion was as follows.
1. Japan and Jamaica are both Islands.
2. Island people have similar tastes in food and basic food staples.
3. Island people tend to have similar basic instruments.
4. Island cultures have overlaps that aren't always visible.
5. Hence Reggae/Dancehall actually are an easy fit in Japanese life.
Never thought of it that way.
Here's some Japanese dude getting crazy with it on the island.
There's also tons of video online of Japanese youth at Dancehall competitions...including multi-year dancehall queen champion JUNKO.
ummm...TOTALLY NSFW...but worth watching as you have to keep reminding yourself the woman is completely Japanese.
What's my point of all this...
...easy. You ever seen a movie about the Japan/Jamaica crossover? Hmmm?
First person to sell it gets a million bucks.
I had to break from my normal early- to mid-'90s East Coast hip-hop selection and run straight to a guilty pleasure.
A while back I confessed my love for Lisette Melendez's "Goody Goody".
Today I unveil guilty pleasure #2--Jade.
When the first release from their debut hit, I think I was like many young teenage boys facsinated by these three lovely ladies. Jade and their videos were a welcome sight to me.
However, it wasn't 'til the end of my undegrad years when I was in party mode that I really started to love this song. The DJ crew responsible for the best parties on campus always found a way to sneak this track into their sets to nothing but positive responses from the crowd. Good times indeed.
As far as Jade goes, they only lasted for about two years. One of the members, Joi Marshall, is now a gospel artist. Man, that sure is a buzz kill.
But at least I have my memories.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Whenever they see a black dude with a non-black chick they make "swirl" jokes and snide comments.
When a black woman is with a white dude the tone is more "get yours, girl".
W T F ?
1. Who gives a shit who someone dates?
I mean seriously, does it even matter? And why imply degredation of someone by that standard in 2009. By that standard we should disregard Richard Pryor, Quincy Jones, Sidney Poitier, Dave Chappelle and many others...all of whom had white wives.
2. Barack Obama isn't possible without "swirl".
You can't both ride hard on Barack's nuts...and in the same breath, same page, call out Taye Diggs for his white (latina?) wife.
Like here is an a egregious example from Media Take Out (aka the land of RED EXCLAMATION!!!!) where on the very same page they lambast James Earl Jones and say nothing of Mellody Hobson.
I know none of this matters, but it just kind of gets under my skin and perpetuates the myth that someone can be judged by color of who they're with (retarded) as opposed to by the character of who they're with (appropriate).
Even worse, the black blogs take it one step further.
Black women who do the same are cool.
I'm very annoyed at the hyper stupidity of this all.
*ps - I kind of sort of like Michelle a little more than Barack. Maybe cuz she went to my highschool. Or maybe cuz she reminds me of a lot of people in my life. Or maybe cuz she looks like she don't take shit. She's aces in my book.
I have a friend who writes for the NYTimes and was on Barack's plane during the campaign. He asserted to me last October that Michelle was the reason Barack took Iowa. She barnstormed and people connected with her humanity...and by extension, they began to connect with Barack.
** ps2 - again, whatever that means.
Actually, no, it seems like 100 years ago.
My own prognosis is that they really need to change their name.
Also, do you sometimes get the sense that just underneath the surface, there's still some of that "Talented 10th" mentality floating around in there?
There's still a place in society for their work. But being relevant and responsive to the modern needs of the Obama generation will be key to any chance of there being another 100 years (50?) of the NAACP.
David Letterman is the freest man on television.
He says stuff no other host would dream of saying. Taking shots at the guest yet totally unafraid. Maybe it was the McCain stuff...but this is definitely Letterman 2.0 and it's fun to watch.
so... Is Joaquin
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
A few points
1. The REAL elephant in the room is that everything is going web and getting cheaper. Ad revenues are shrinking and the money to do the big productions is disappearing. This is Capitalism 101.
People who can out-think the market can make money. The ONLY profitable website that does original content is College Humor. They understand the new media market. They shoot cheaply, use people in-house and...oh yeah, their show just premiered on on MTV because of their savvy. (haven't seen the show yet.)
And that's the bottom line. Those who can create their own content, build an audience and prove their own viability will be taking over. Those who rely on others to create...well, it's gonna be harder and harder for that to be your only job.
AFTER you prove yourelf on your own, THEN a big media company will emerge and wanna work with you. That's the new model. Embrace it or go extinct.
(See: The Recording Industry. To that end...Ryan Leslie's new album is available in stores and online. He built his organization from the ground up and he's thriving. )
2. I love my union but the ugly truth is that the model we've used for years is gone. I know this guy is a working class actor but the age of the working class actor may be coming to an end. It's sad and scary. But I don't see ANYTHING in the economy that suggests it will continue. And technology isn't helping at all.
3. Our union needs to accept the new realities and try to think ahead for long-term gains down the road...rather than hold on stubbornly to an idea of the way things SHOULD be. That's over with.
a friend of ours, Caille Millner, who writes for the San Fran Chronicle wrote an article today that is getting national attention. In it, she chides a San Francisco neighborhood that disallowed American Apparel to open a store there despite the protestations of the property owner.
There are similar overtones about old ideas versus new realities.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Three years ago today of the best producers I've ever heard died due to complications of lupus.
According to his mom, it was costing over $1,000 per prescription to keep him alive in his last days.
But he stayed working until the end and we're musically richer for it.
RIP J. Dilla...
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Today's Flashback is brought courtesy of Da Bush Babees and Salaam Remi.
Now that I think of it, Salaam might be one of the most underrated, and still active, producers. The man responsible for the Fugee's "Nappy Heads" also did Jazmine Sullivan's current hit, "Lions, Tigers and Bears" (a track I'm really liking for some inexplicable reason). Throw in Rupee, Amy Winehouse, and Mark Morrison and you can say dude has even had international success.
Respect is due.
But personally, this following track runs a close second to that New Jersey trio's debut in terms of my favorite joint produced by him.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Well it looks like SNL has decided to mine the comedy gold of T-Pain and a boat BUT as true fans of The Message know, we've been there and done that; Behold "Soul Boat"!
I eagerly await SNL's visuals!
Love 'em. Love their music. But, as Diallo can attest, I'm not always the biggest stickler for lyrics. In fact, I usually don't even know the lyrics. So, on a whim, I looked up to lyrics to one of my favorite songs.
The thing is, Tool is known as much for their music as for their, well, creepy and disturbing videos. So, I always assumed they were singing about really deep, haunting stuff.
Check out the video for Schism.
Now...in case you couldn't make them all out. Here are the Lyrics to "Schism" - published in full cuz I wanna make a point.
I know the pieces fit cuz I watched them fall away
Mildewed and smoldering, fundamental differing,
Pure intention juxtaposed will set two lovers souls in motion
Disintegrating as it goes testing our communication
The light that fueled our fire then has burned a hole between us so
We cannot see to reach an end crippling our communication.
I know the pieces fit cuz I watched them tumble down
No fault, none to blame it doesnt mean I dont desire to
Point the finger, blame the other, watch the temple topple over.
To bring the pieces back together, rediscover communication.
The poetry that comes from the squaring off between,
And the circling is worth it.
Finding beauty in the dissonance.
There was a time that the pieces fit, but I watched them fall away.
Mildewed and smoldering, strangled by our coveting
Ive done the the math enough to know the dangers of a second guessing
Doomed to crumble unless we grow, and strengthen our communication
Cold silence has a tendency to atrophy any sense of compassion
Between supposed lovers
Between supposed lovers.
And I know the pieces fit.
Unless my math is wrong...
...this whole song is just about a damn bad relationship. And about to need to have better communication between the two.
WHAT THE FU*K?!?
...I just wanted to point out that Jennifer Beals is freaking 45 years old.
AND... still looks like this:
Oh...and in high school she looked like this...
Got it HERE.
Just felt like I needed to point that out.
Why don't people sweat her more?
In fact...speaking of completely under-sweated women.
And the most egregiously under-sweated of all times is Madame Richardson.
How this woman is not more famous just based on her looks I couldn't tell you. Maybe she's a total nightmare on set or something.
I was gonna do a section of this post about the over-sweated (aka overrated) but I may have to work with these people one day and I'd rather not have a paper trail.
ps - who is Keri Hilson and why is she famous? She's fine as all get up and I read about her every day but I'm tired of pretending I know who she is. I'm not going on Wiki either...someone just tell me. Why is this woman famous?
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Shortly after midnight Tuesday, former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was released from the Wayne County Jail after serving 99 days. Sporting a ?uestlove-esque beard and looking a little thinner in the face, Kilpatrick stopped by his mom's house and then hopped a private jet to another Big D.
Welcome Mr. Ex-Mayor!
Kilpatrick has said he wants to have his kids grow up in Dallas's Southlake suburb but has been mum about what he's going to do. After all, he has to pay the city of Detroit $1 million in restitution. Possible potential employers have been suggested.
For my money, I would say TD Jakes' Potter House was somehow involved in this scenario, but spokesfolk for the Dallas-area Bibledome say it ain't so.
So what do you think Kwame's gonna do for his post-jail/post-mayoral gig?
#1. The reason some women are destined to be "baby-mother's" and NEVER "wives" is because they have no sense of honor. Little Rick Ross the third is going to grow up and see his mother prancing around New York in faux fur coats and Gucci shoes with the man who tried to destroy his father's career. Am I saying Rick is a great father, no. I'm simply saying, this has gone to a whole new level of beef only made possible by the mother of his child. Congrats to her! King Magazine on line two...
#2. A personal note to 50-Cent: We get it! You're richer than God. You made Young Buck cry! You're clearly bored and unfortunately (or fortunately) the public has become bored with YOU! Your rise to the top was COMPLETELY fueled by the disrespect you received before you made it. But now that you're at the top, you've become the asshole that you hated. Congratulations, the circle of life is complete!