Saturday, July 31, 2010

A New Venture...

Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while now knows that music is a big part of my life. In fact, my dream job is one-day work for a music/entertainment magazine, either print or online, in the mold of Vibe, Spin, Rolling Stone, Details etc,. In the meantime, I've decided to start a new blog, Indiesandtheunderground.blogspot.com. The blog will cover music by independent, unsigned or up-and-coming artists, as well as music by major label/mainstream artists. I plan post songs, videos, general music news and add my own two cents with reviews and editorial pieces. Hopefully I'll also be able to snag some artists interviews and post them on the site as well. And of course any out and proud LGBT artists I find will be shown much love. Right now the site is still in its early stages, but there are few posts (some are old posts from this blog) to look through right now. I'll still do posts on K Clark's Corner, but be sure to check the new blog as well. I need the comments lol! I'm so excited! For some reason I have a feeling this could lead to something big!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Eye Candy: Ice Cube (Don't Judge Me:)

I know what you're thinking: Ice cube? You mean you like Craig? You think Doughboy is sexy?
Yes I do. Ice Cube a.k.a O'Shea Jackson may not be Boris, Michael Jai White, LL, Nelly or Larenz, but he does something for me. I don't know what it is exactly. Maybe it's his beard and mustache, which are always trimmed to perfection(I love facial hair on men....trust me LL ain't been the same since he shaved the 'stache). It could be that nice plump set of lips he has. Or maybe it's his rapping voice, so booming and commanding, that gets me all hot. Maybe it just he always looks pissed off (especially back in his pre-Are We There Yet days) and I wanna cheer his ass up. And of course, to paraphrase Uncle Elroy's wife in Next Friday, "oooooh he got a fat ass." While I loooooove a big, strong man cut up with bulging biceps and epic pecs, that doesn't mean I can't appreciate a thick man as well. Anyways get into these pics and videos of Cube below:






















When You Assume....


You know the rest. By now I'm sure you aware of the whole Shirley Sherrod, NAACP-USDA controversy. If not let me summarize and bring you up to speed-Sherrod, an official for the Agricultural Department, was asked to resign by the Department of Agriculture when a video posted by conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart surfaced of her giving a speech at an NAACP function. In the video Sherrod discussed not giving a white farmer "the full force of what I could do" to help him save his farm from foreclosure. This was followed by condemnation from the NAACP, while conservative blogs held the tape up as proof that the NAACP was racist.

However, if everyone had just taken a second to look at the whole unedited video and not be in such a rush to condemn, maybe this woman would still have her job. Sherrod went on to say that she recognized she had prejudices of her own, and she needed to overcome them in order to be a better person(those weren't the exact words, but that was her general point). In addition the white farmer she helped was interviewed and said he wouldn't still have his farm if if wasn't for Sherrod. Now the NAACP and the government look like damn fools for jumping to conclusions too soon.

Breitbart said he posted to video in response to the NAACP's accusations of racism within the Tea Party and that this wasn't about Sherrod. Sure it wasn't. That's why you posted an edited clip you got in an e-mail without verifying it and took this woman's words out of context, making her speech seem like a racist rant instead of a lesson in overcoming one's own prejudices. And now other conservatives like Ann Coulter are saying that Breitbart, not Sherrod, is the victim in this whole mess. Unbelievable.

This whole controversy shows how easily the media can be manipulated into a frenzy when facts are not thoroughly checked. It also reveals how easily we as a society jump up and down and cry racism, or accept that a racist act or statement has been made, be it from a black or white person., without knowing the whole story. While I understand the NAACP and the USDA didn't want to be tied to anything resembling racism, it wouldn't hurt to do a little more background checking first. And even though both have since apologized, I'm sure Ms. Sherrod wouldn't mind if a paycheck came along with it:).

P.S. For more background on Shirley Sherrod, her life and her civil rights record, click here.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Why You So Quiet? Being An Introvert In An Extrovert's World


For all my fellow introverts, you know what I'm talking about (and to all my extroverts, sit back, read and learn). I'm sure you've heard this sentence spoken at (or yelled at) you by some loud girl at school who's decided to get in your face and ask you a million questions, then look at you like you're in a padded cell with a straight jacket when you don't instantly babble back. Or you've heard its boy equivalent-"Man you quiet bruh."

I know I have. From the time we're little kids, we're all taught that to be gregarious and talkative is good, and to be quiet and reserved is bad. Think about it. Extroverts are described as outgoing, friendly and happy, while introverts are described as secretive, taciturn, cold and a host of other negative attributes( potential serial killer comes to mind lol). Personally I hate trying to make small talk, especially when I was working at Wally World (a.k.a Wal-Mart). I mean outside of "How are you?" and "Did you find everything you were looking for?" what exactly am I supposed to chat with this person about for the next two to five minutes? Most people that come through the line don't feel like talking, probably because they're too busy trying to get the hell out of the store. Besides, too much talking can slow you down, making you the object of hate from other customers in line. And the only reason conversation was encouraged was to soften the customer up to sell them a credit card, offering them the chance to plunge deeper in debt. But I digress.

The world sees extroverts as happy, healthy people who are the life of the party, while introverts get labeled loners and asked "What's wrong? or " "Do you need to talk about it?" Damn, all that just because I simply said "Hi" or "Good morning" and didn't feel like launching into a dissertation on Basketball Wives? Don't get me wrong, I like to go out, socialize with friends and talk about silly, pop-culture stuff. But I need my quiet time as well. Especially after big events like family reunions or meetings where I'm around a bunch of strangers all day. It literally feels like work to "work the room," and I usually feel a little drained afterwards. Seriously, unless it's hanging out with close friends, I'm going to need a few hours to myself if I'm around a huge group of people all day. This is probably why most successful politicians are extroverts, since it requires constant socializing and being around groups of new people everyday.

In conclusion just because I'm not smiling like a cheshire cat every second doesn't mean I'm planning to blow up a building or have a couple of bodies stored in a basement somewhere. It's good to be social, polite and friendly, but we introverts need our space every now and then. So back off a little (before you up end in the basement:).
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