Well, I'm sure y'all who regularly read the site saw this coming.
To put it plainly: We're Busy.
And we just don't have the time (like we used to) or even the manpower to keep this site the fun/current/interactive/lively site you know. At least not like we used to.
Which is okay, because being and becoming busy is a good thing.
To be clear: you can still follow all of us (Bashir, Jacarl, Craig, yours truly) on Twitter. And wow, who could have known I'd ever write that sentence. The first time I ever heard of Twitter was in June 2007, when we were at...
Hard to believe that we were in the offices at The Message four years ago today. Plenty of people have entered and completed a four-year college program since we went live with our very first videos ("Kimbo," "Saddam's Last Words," and "Mario Van Peebles' 'Dreamgirls'").
When this website, Long Live The Message, was started, it was out of anger! Resentment! Few remember, but the original name of the website was The Message Is Dead.
But who could blame us. We had had a web series. One that we controlled creatively about as much as anyone could ask for. And we had made the most of it. And suddenly it was gone. So we wanted a place on the web that couldn't be taken from us. A place to save all those sketches we loved so much.
From the Fall of 2007 until the Fall of 2008, LONG LIVE THE MESSAGE was our primary creative focus, allowing us to maintain the spirit of our web series while blogging and commenting on everything we would have been shooting videos about had the AOL rug not been pulled from underneath us.
And then came Chocolate News. We were working in TV.
And then came Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Suddenly we were working every single day in TV. And the workload has never let up over the more than two years we've been at Fallon.
We're still excited to deliver to y'all some new Message-style material, because frankly (and sadly), the original void in urban comedy we sought to fill is still there.
Go almost anywhere on the dial and it's still hard to find comedy with our themes that doesn't talk down to you, that isn't too bourgeosie to be funny and silly, that isn't too ghetto, too safe, too Christian, too angry, too dumb, too abstract, too unafraid to cast Ice Cube or Brian White...most of what is out there sucks.
Our mission isn't done, and this post isn't a Eulogy. We aren't even taking down this site so to speak.
We're just announcing, formally, that there will be no new posts here, at least until the site itself is re-designed and relaunched. And when that time comes we will announce it on Twitter.
We still believe in The Message. And what it stood for. And for what it will stand for again.
One day, hopefully soon, we will again have an outlet (on TV, in film, on the web, OnDemand, streaming, wherever) where we will once again merge the disparate influences of hip hop and politics, The Simpsons and The Muppets, the Harlem Renaissance and '70s Hollywood, Charlie Parker, Barack Obama, Mel Brooks, Cory Booker, Kanye West, Dave Chappelle, Seth MacFarlane, not to mention the wonderful cities of Chicago, Atlanta, NY, Philly, and Los Angeles.
And we're going to add to our Message family. Expect us to work with contemporaries and personal heroes of ours, from Jimmy Fallon to Wyatt Cenac, to Ryan Leslie to Donald Glover, to Craig Robinson to Ahmir ?uestlove and Black Thought.
Unafraid, un-shy, ballsy humor and satire.
There's more on the way. But this Blogspot site won't be the center of it. So stay tuned on Twitter, please continue to watch our work on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and don't lose faith in us.
We're grinding hard, to make sure that the dream doesn't die. 2011 will be the biggest and best year yet. We hope it's that way for everyone.
WITH ALL OUR LOVE AND APPRECIATION FOR ALL YOU MADE THIS SITE, SINCERELY,
Diallo Riddle (@DialloRiddle on Twitter) &
Bashir Salahuddin (@BashSala on Twitter)