Friday, April 29, 2011

Random Thought: Kate Middleton

While my interest in the whole royal wedding bruhaha has been virtually nonexistent, I must admit that Kate--excuse me, Duchess Kate--was serving us Princess Arial with that veil and tiara! I half expected her to look towards the church ceiling, TV cameras panned just so, her eyes glazed with hope, and start singing "I wanna be, where the people are!" At least Ursula didn't come and snatch that ass up, 'cause that would've been ugly. But I digress. Look at a few pics below.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

NBA Stars Grant Hill And Jared Dudley Film Anti-Homophobia PSA

Kobe and the Lakers' PSA was good, but this one is better (and filmed under less strenuous circumstances). Basketball stars Grant Hill and Jared Dudley collaborated with GLSEN, the Ad Council and the NBA as part of the "Think B4 You Speak" campaign to confront anti-gay language among teens. According to Rod 2.0, the video was shot the same day that Bryant was caught using an anti-gay slur.

While the Lakers' video places sexual orientation as part of laundry list of groups that should be respected, speaking against homophobia takes center stage in Hill and Dudley's spot. "Using gay to mean dumb or stupid? Not cool. Not in my house, not anywhere. It’s not creative, it’s offensive to gay people and you’re better than that," says Hill in the clip.

Dudley talked about the importance of athletes setting an example. "It's critical to set values. ... It starts with the NBA, because a lot of people look up to the stars [as] role models, the kids want to be you. And if they see how you’re acting toward this, it will definitely sway a lot of people." Watch the clip below ( after dealing with the tsunami of crap that is Donald Trump for last few days, we need a little good news:).

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Random Pic: Deadly Stilettos

These heels look hella cool, but they'd probably cut someone's legs to shreds if they wore them in everday life. I can't of a diva brave enough to strut in these things? Any suggestions?

Donald Trump And The Birthers: A Mini-Rant

Being that other bloggers have summed up much of my feelings about Donald Trump and the whole birther controversy, I'll keep this short and sweet (hence the title).

1) Although it is understandable that President Obama would show his long form birth certificate, the act will not quiet the birthers (to be fair the Democrats had their own crazies in the form of the 9/11 truthers, although I don't recall John Kerry attempting to use that as a legitimate platform in his campaign). The reason being is that they are not interested in anything remotely resembling the truth or actually finding it, but only in having their own prejudices and delusional suspicions confirmed. So fuck them.

2) Donald Trump probably doesn't give two shits whether or not the president was actually born in the United States. He only cares about what will serve him best in his supposed presidential run, and latching on to the birther theory was the best way to both align himself with the Republicans' racist, basket case power base and get the necessary media attention he craves like fiends need freebase. His blatant disrespect of the president by hammering him on a long-disproven fringe theory (and is now attempting to cast doubt over his educational background) is only matched by his ass-backwards arrogance in claiming "I have done a great service to the American people." So fuck him.

3) I try not to make generalizations, but anyone who still clings to the belief that President Obama is not an American citizen that is not certifiably insane is a fucking moron. And oh yeah, fuck you.

Eye Candy: Mario Borelli

This huge hunk of muscle is PHINE with a capital PH! Epic pecs, broad shoulders, abs you could bounce a quarter off of, thighs that could choke a bear, an ass that never fails to makes me stand at attention, if you get my drift. I mean that ass is like two double scoops of butter pecan that I wouldn't mind taking a bite out of! Okay enough BGC talk! Mario's currently a model for Blu Life, and while I'm usually too frugal of a gal to splurge on the video model/soft porn stuff, for him I might be tempted to make an exception.

View more pics and a video of Borelli flexing(among other thangs) after jump (Warning; NSFW)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Lil B Receives Death Threats For "I'm Gay" Album Title

I'll be honest. I'm not exactly up on Lil' B's music. I've heard a song here and there--"Pretty Bitch" for example--but that's about the extent of it. But I have to admit he does have heart (and nuts) after announcing at the Coachella festival that his next album would be called I'm Gay. Since then the news has exploded over hip hop blogs and website, with rappers from Killer Mike to Talib Kweli giving their thoughts. Now the rapper says that he's been receiving death threats for his bold album title.

"People been hitting me up like, 'I'm gonna bash your head in,' 'you f----t,' 'I'm gonna kill you,' " Lil B told MTV News. Despite the Twitter-fueled backlash, Lil B, who insists he's straight, remains undaunted and claims he is supportive of the LGBT community. "I'm not gonna stop and I'm not scared of anybody on earth, he said. "I'm very gay, but I love women. I'm not attracted to men in any way. I've never been attracted to a man in my life. But yes I am gay, I'm so happy. "I'm a gay, heterosexual male. I got major love for the gay and lesbian community, and I just want to push less separation and that's why I'm doing it."

So do you think Lil'B is an ally or an opportunist? Listen to the clip of him defending I'm Gay and discuss.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

I'm Not A Hater I Just Think A Lot: On Tyler Perry And Spike Lee

This gurl has cracked. During an interview with Hip Hollywood, Tyler Perry played a Madea voice clip that said "I will punch the hell out of you, say something else!" and dedicated it to Spike Lee, who hasn't been shy about his criticism of Perry's films. Perry then went on to say that black people are the only ones who exhibit a crab mentality when dealing with their own, citing Langston Hughes' critique of Zora Neal Hurston. Watch below.

Italians didn't have a problem with The Sopranos? Don't tell that to the National Italian-American Foundation, who protested the show back in its heyday. "Our goal is to get 'The Sopranos' off the air," chairman Frank Guarini said in a 1999 New York Daily News article. "'The Sopranos' is a terrible stereotyping and unfair portrayal of Italian-American families."  And I guess the the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) missed that memo as well, since they called the show "an unreal picture of the Italian-American family," that was damaging to the self-image of Italian American children.

As for Jews protesting Seinfield? Why would they? Granted I've never been crazy about the show, but the few episodes I have seen contain nothing that could be deemed worthy of organized protests. What's really the issue is the fact that unlike the two aforementioned series, Meet The Browns and House Of Payne, are simply not funny or particularly creative. They are basically Perry's stage plays translated into a sitcom format, and without the option for improvisation or audience participation, they come across as excruiatingly dull.

Perry has countered claims that his work plays off stereotypes by explaining that characters like Madea, Mr. Brown and Joe are tools to draw people into his work so they can hear messages about faith, love and forgiveness. While they may have started out that way, what Madea, Mr. Brown and other characters have really become is a crutch, caricatures used as a smoke screen to distract the audience's attention from plotlines that are often trite, cliche and pedantic. And while I (and most people) have probably encountered my share of Madeas and Mr. Browns in real-life, showing the same one-dimesional portrayal over and over again implies artistic laziness on Tyler Perry's part.

The nearly dozen films he's made usually fall between entertaining/I'll get the DVD (Why Did I Get Married?, Madea Goes To Jail, Family That Preys) to cringe-inducing/Hell there's nothing else on TV/I'm at someone else's house and don't want to be rude territory (Meet The Browns, Diary Of A Mad Black Woman). He has yet to make his dramatic equivalent of  Do The Right Thing, Boyz N The Hood, X, or Rosewood. And on the comedy side, he's yet to produce a Hollywood Shuffle, Barbershop, Coming To America or Friday. Of course, Cube, Spike and Singleton and other directors/actors have all had their duds (She Hate Me, Beverly Hills Cop III, Are We Done Yet?), but none seem to take criticism quite as personally as Perry.

The themes of  Perry's movies, like his latest release Madea's Big Happy Family (which might as well be called Madea: Out On Parole, if the trailer is any indication) have worn thin and become predictable and formulaic. In nearly every film a dasmel in distress is saved by light-skinned white knight (complete with washboard abs), while God and Jesus get shouted out more than the word "cut!". Non-Christians are usually portrayed as selfish, unhappy or just plain evil, while the delivery of his message often has the sublety of a sledge hammer. Ambiguity, nuance and complexity are often dirty words in the Perry universe.

 Let's do a little comparison shall we? In Friday, when Craig's father discovers he has a gun, an admittedly dramatic circumstance (a father discovering his son owns a fiream and is in a potentially life-threatening situation) is handled in a naturalistic way that conveys emotion without going over the top.

Meanwhile in Diary Of A Mad Black Woman, when Charles tells Helen, his wife of 18 years, that he is leaving her and she has to leave his house, the melodrama is laid on as thick as molasses. Not only is it the night of their anniversary, he also shows up with his mistress in tow. While Helen's volatile reaction is understandable, the fact that Charles literally drags her out of the house makes the whole scene unbelievable. Not only does it go against Charles' refined, controlled persona (he might as well have been on street corner shouting "Bitch betta have my money!") it makes Helen's pain unintentionally hilarious.

Someone reading all of the above (and sorry if it took a minute--I'm not feeling particularly succinct today:), would probably feel compelled to tar me with the dreaded H word--a hater. Which is what I hate the most about this whole "feud" between Lee and Perry, because at the end of the day, Tyler is going to make the kind of films he wants and so will Spike. But why does someone have to be jealous of another person just because they don't like something? And why should we be silent in our dissent if the creator of a particular work happens to black? Wouldn't we then become the big black monolith--thinking the same, acting the same way, believing the same things--that racists, opportunistic politicians and movie executives assume we are? Women, latinos, asians, gays (remember the "too fem/it's unrealistic" debates when Noah's Arc debuted?) and other groups certainly don't have a problem questioning/critiquing media made by their own.

I'm all for black unity, but just because another black person made a movie or wrote a book or recorded a album doesn't mean I have to jump up and down and cheer for them like a two-year-old that just went potty for the first time. Supporting our own doesn't mean we should have to shut our brains off. Perhaps if Tyler Perry listened to the more constructive strains of criticism, the quality of his work might improve.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Random Jam: Janet Jackson "Luv"

Audio proof that Janet's Discipline is a very underrated album. Seriously that disc was loaded with potential hit singles--"Feedback," "Rollercoaster," "What's Your Name," "Rock With U," "All Nite"--and of course, this bouncy jam. Listen below if you don't believe.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Kobe Bryant And Lakers Film PSA

Now this is a real apology. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers have filmed a short PSA about tolerance and having respect for others. After complaining about having to pay the $100,000 fine (which is equivalent to 10 cents for someone of his status) and trying to go the "sorry if you were offended" route, this is a welcome shift in attitude.

H/t Boy Culture

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Random Question: Does An Afterlife Make Life Meaningless?

Most people, be they Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or any other assortment of religious affiliation have some sort of belief in an afterlife--heaven, the celestial plane, nirvana, etc.--and are trying their hardest to get there. But does the concept of an afterlife cheapen the value of the current life we have? If you spend all of this life reading, worshipping, praying, bowing and obeying simply to gain access to this other world, does that make this life meaningless? If the main object of our earthly lives is to make preparations for our judgement in the next, then our current reality is simply a means to an end.

What do you think? Discuss.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Jon Stewart On Donald Trump's Birther Investigation

Jon Stewart skewers Donald Trump, Sarah Palin and the rest of the crazy bunch in a "Tales Of Principled Behavior" segment. The big surprise though was the clip of Bill O'Reilly coming to the defense of President Obama. Watch below.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Master Mix: Divas Live

There are few things that an artist can do to 'prove' themselves to fans (and critics) than giving a great live performance. An on-point performance can make you love the song even more, and create a lasting, sometimes iconic moment. So, on to the list.

1) Whitney Houston-"The Greatest Love Of All"
There are so many great B.C. Whitney performances to choose from--but this performance of "The Greatest Love Of All" at an Arista Special back in 1989 is vocal perfection.

2) SWV- "You're The One/Use Your Heart"
SWV rocked the Apollo with performances of "You're The One" and "Use Your Heart." True, Coko was doing most of the riffing and running, but their voices blend together beautifully.

3) En Vogue- "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"

The harmonizing, vocal beast that is En Vogue blew the roof off with this performance of "My Lovin'" at the MTV Movie Awards in '92.

4) TLC- "What About Your Friends"

True, T-Boz, Left-Eye and Chili don't have the vocal powers of SWV or En Vogue, but make up for it with fiyah dancing and a hot remix. Plus T-Boz had swagger for days. Sadly, if three young girls came out dressed like this today, the lesbian rumors would start instantly. Nowadays women have to perform practically naked to prove they're strickly dickly. But I digress.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Donald Trump: "I Have A Great Relationship With The Blacks"

The Oompa Loompa has put his foot in his mouth again. While on a radio program, the potential presidential candidate *shudders at the thought* was mourning the black community's ardent support of President Obama.

"I have a great relationship with the blacks," Trump told Albany's Talk Radio 1300 Thursday. "I've always had a great relationship with the blacks."  Trump's comments were sparked by a recent poll of New York voters that stated 95 percent of black voters approve of the president's performance. The poll results also stated his approval in New York stands at 54 percent.
"Look at Hillary Clinton," the reality television star continued in reference to the 2008 Democratic presidential primary race. "Hillary Clinton did so much for the black population, so much and got very few votes."

"Look, I tell it like it is," he added. "Then you hear a political reporter go on and say, 'It had nothing to do with race.' But how come she got such a tiny piece of the vote. It's a very sad thing."

Lawd Donald, where do I start. First of all "the blacks?" Really? I wouldn't call that remark racist (after all, many divas have said the gays on more than one occasion) but it does come off as condescending, not to mention presumptuous. It also implies that you think of black people as a monolithic mass lacking critical thinking skills. Like if Barack Obama suddenly evaporated tomorrow, all black folks would say "Lawd, our black messiah dun disappeared! Who's we gon' vote fah now? Donald's tan enough! D-Trump for President!"  Secondly, black folks were pretty split over Hilary and Barack back in '08, at least until Bill Clinton blew it by opening his mouth during the primaries. I mean you'd have to living under a rock (or that wasps' nest you call hair) to not have seen at least one of those "which candidate will black voters back" debates.

Lastly, I find it highly ironic that man who so wants the support of "the blacks" engages in blatant Birther-style race-baiting, challenging the validity of president's birth certificate and insinuating that there's some deep dark secret about his past that he doesn't want the public (i.e white folks) to know. Even after said controversy has been laid to rest, and even though it never should've existed in the first place, since NO other U.S. president's American status has ever been in question. Hmmmm, I wonder why President Obama faced such scrutiny?

At this rate, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell (I think he could pull Trump the best as far as appearance goes....any other suggestions?) will have plenty of material for SNL's 2012 season.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Random Jam: Cut Copy "Far Away"

If you love 80's pop/new wave with a 21st century twist, then Cut Copy is the band for you. The band just dropped its new album Zonoscope last month, but this fiyah track off their last disc Ghost Colours always gets me in groove mode. I like how the band manages to combine electronic dance styles with rock guitars, making their music aggressive and danceable at the same time. Listen below.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Watch: Choreography For Beyonce's Single

It feels like I've posted more on Beyonce in the last few days than in the whole time I've done this blog lol...I guess with Madge busy directing and all I'm more vulnerable to the Bey fever. Anyway watch this short clip that's of dancers audition to what's supposed to be the new single "Girl."

What Were We Fighting For?

Although 150 years have passed since the start of the Civil War, Americans are still divided over what exactly sparked the conflict and which side was more sympathetic, according to a new national poll.

"In the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll released Tuesday, roughly one in four Americans said they sympathize more with the Confederacy than the Union, a figure that rises to nearly four in ten among white Southerners.

When asked the reason behind the Civil War, whether it was fought over slavery or states' rights, 52 percent of all Americas said the leaders of the Confederacy seceded to keep slavery legal in their state, but a sizeable 42 percent minority said slavery was not the main reason why those states seceded.

"The results of that question show that there are still racial, political and geographic divisions over the Civil War that still exists a century and a half later," CNN Polling Director Holland Keating said.

When broken down by political party, most Democrats said southern states seceded over slavery, independents were split and most Republicans said slavery was not the main reason that Confederate states left the Union."

Why am I not surprised? In the South you still see Confederate flags on bandanas, T-shirts and the backs of trucks. You'd never see Germans wearing swastikas shirts (unless they're Neo-Nazis). And the rationale is always the same: "It's a part of our Southern heritage."

No, New Orleans jazz, Cajun food and Mardi Gras are a part of our heritage. Proudly wearing/displaying a symbol of a culture that auctioned off and used human beings like cattle, separated them from their families, raped their women and degraded them at every possible turn, all under the guise of "God's will," should not be celebrated. It should remembered as a human rights tragedy that should never be repeated.

Even if you wanted to say the war was all about states' rights or the South's economic dependence on cotton, the issue still goes back to--wait for it--slavery! Southern states were fighting for their right to own slaves, and slave-picked cotton drove the South's economy. And while we're at it, let's not act like the North was some Promised Land for black folks, flowing with jobs and money. Northern states also benefited from the cotton trade, and discrimination was alive and well among northerners. Racism didn't magically stop at the Mason-Dixon line. In reality most of the Union army(and Abraham Lincoln) weren't idealistic abolitionists hell-bent on wiping out slavery: they were simply trying to preserve the Union and ending slavery was the best option.

Yes your Confederate great-great grandfather/uncle/cousin may have fought bravely in the war for a variety of reasons; but he was still fighting to hold onto a way of life that viewed me as three fifths of a person. So don't be surprised if I don't feel like showing my pride.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Beyonce Reveals New Song Title

Let the queens rejoice!

According to, Beyonce's new single will be called "Girl." The new track, which samples a well-known club hit, will reportedly be in the female empowerment vein of past Bey-anthems like "Single Ladies."

"Girl" will also receive a massive video treatment. Directed by Francis Lawrence, the clip will feature brand new  routines choreographed by Danielle Polanco and Luam, over 100 female dancers and two male dancers showcasing African dance styles.

Beyonce's fourth album is set for release later this year.

Update: Here's a photo from the "Girl" video shoot.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Like Children For Chocolate

It seems that blood diamonds aren't the only import that comes at a human cost. Filmmaker U. Roberto Romano's documentary The Dark Side Of Chocolate, investigates human trafficking as it relates to child labor and cocoa fields around the Ivory Coast.

"The International Labour Organization estimates between 56 and 72 million African children work in agriculture, many in their own family farms.," according to The seven largest cocoa-producing countries are Indonesia, Nigeria, Cameron, Brazil, Ecuador, the Ivory Coast and Ghana. Those last two together account for nearly 60 percent of global cocoa production."

Romano said consumers should buy direct or fair trade chocolate products that would give them a voice in how cocoa farmers are treated.

"I'd like you to buy either a fair trade chocolate or a direct trade chocolate. I'd like you to buy something where you, as a consumer, can vote responsibly for better treatment of these farmers. And also with fair trade, you know that they're going to be at least on the road to being paid a decent wage. And with the inspections that go on, you know that their children aren't working and are getting an education."

Watch CNN's report below, and read a statement from the Global Chocolate and Cocoa Industry HERE.  You can also watch the full documentary at

Friday, April 8, 2011

Negro Please! Celebrity Edition


It's been a while since I've had the misfortune of reading/hearing anything asinine enough to qualify for The Negro Please Award, but after reading Tyrese's remarks on relationship and cheating, I think it's time to bestow this award upon a new recipient. Of course Tyrese was already was on my diss list because of past homophobic incidents involving the humiliation of a male concertgoer and moronic tweets telling male R&B singers to put some bass in their voice. But this just takes the patriarchal cake.

While on Wendy Williams promoting his self-help book TK, the singer basically told his female readers that men will screw you over, so deal with it.

“I don’t have all the answers [for why men cheat], but I can say that most mothers raised their daughters to believe that if you cook, clean, thoroughly take care of your man and go all out for your man, that should keep him home. Unfortunately that’s not the truth, but I will say to my daughter when she gets old and starts dating is, if you end up being cheated on, don’t own the cheat. Don’t make the cheat yours. It’s something in that skirt and those legs and whatever the case may be, and [he] decided to dip off. Does he see the value in his woman at home? Yes, but if he ends up dipping off, that spaghetti couldn’t keep him at home.”

I have to agree with the statement that women (or anyone for that matter) shouldn't take responsiblity for their partner cheating. But of course the same get-out-of-cheating free card doesn't apply to women. When asked if he forgive infidelity from his wife, Tyrese responded:

"No way. See, it’s expected of men to cheat, even though all men don’t cheat. I can’t just generalize and say all men cheat, but it’s expected because it’s a part of our upbringing[...]no listen if your in high school or in college, if one dude has sex with ten different women he is a hero, he’s the champion of the campus. If one woman has sex with ten different guys, they’re all kind of things in the book right?[…]Its just a part of what instilled in us growing up.”

Me thinks someone's watched Ray a few too many times. Not every woman is B (and even she read Ray and threatened to leave with the kids at the end). This attitude does a disservice to men and women. First of all, all men don't cheat. But following this logic, men are just hapless victims of biology and tradition, doomed to dip their nether regions into any pair of open legs they come across. "Oh I love my wife/girl, but, oh no, there's a chick in a tight skirt in front of me. MUST. POP. HER. CHERRY!" And men who already have doggish inclinations will have the perfect excuse for their behavior. While I agree that most men are raised with this attitude, that doesn't make the behavior that manifests because of it right. Tradition is not synonmyous with morality.

Women on the other hand, will have to deal with a "Ho-until-proven-otherwise" attitude, because the minute she cheats or has more than three or four sexual partners, she automatically becomes no better than a backalley prostitute in the eyes of men like Tyrese. It's the classic double standard: men are allowed to "sow their oats," but women are expected to not so much as touch a vibrator until the white knight (or heavily muscled light-skinned man--I see you Ms. Perry) that pastor has promised them will come finally shows up (and he may still cheat, if Tyrese is correct).

But then again I don't know why I'm surprised: I've witnessed plenty of guys who play their girlfriends like Atari, but declare all out war if she's even suspected of creeping. Don't get me wrong. Cheating is cheating (although every couple's idea of what constitues cheating varies). It doesn't matter who does it, it still sucks. But this idea that women are just supposed to dismiss indiscretion under the guise of "letting a man be a man" is just bullshit. Watch the tomfoolery below.

New Music: Jill Scott Ft. Eve "Shame"

Two of Philly's finest come together for this souful, sultry jam. The single, Scott's first offering from her upcoming fourth album The Light Of The Sun, is a bouncy, midtempo jam featuring the singer's trademark vibrant vocals and self-confident lyrical swagger. Listen HERE.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Random Jam: Hole "Miss World"

Say what you want about Courtney Love (and there's a lot to say), she was an alt-rock goddess in the nineties. Watch below:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Eye Candy: Chris Evans

It's been a minute since I've featured some eye candy, so I thought I'd feature the latest superhero hunk, Chris Evans. Although truth be told I've been crushing on him since Not Another Teen Movie, seeing him all buffed up in those Captain America trailers definitely has me looking forward to the summer movie season. Not to mention that Hugh Jackman is currently packing on the pounds for the next Wolverine movie (hopefully it'll be an improvement on the last one). Anyway, get into the picks below.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Wrestling Wives? I Think I'll Pass

It seems TV producers are set on detailing the lifestyles of wives of every sport known to man. Basketball Wives, Football Wives. What's next, bowling wives? Or maybe rugby wives....those girls could probably serve up a good beatdown! And while I'm on the subject, still no soccer wives? Soccer stills get no respect! Sorry, I'm an ex-soccer player. But I digress.

According to TMZ, the producers of Pit Boss are reportedly teaming up with VH1 to bring us Wrestling Wives. Sources tell them the pilot has already begun shooting in Houston.

Sources say Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman (Booker T's wife), Stacy Carter (Jerry Lawler's ex-wife) and Jackie Haas (Charlie Haas' wife) are the main focus of the show.

We're told the show will also be centered around WWE wrestler Booker T's wrestling school in Texas -- which Sharmell helps runs.

Besides the fact that my wrasslin' fandom has long since waned, I can pretty much guess what Wrestling Wives will contain--backstabbing, bitch fits, Dynasty-style revenge plots (why does every black reality show star think she's Dominique Devereaux? She'd probably blow all you bitches out the water! I'm just sayin'), conspicuous alcohol consumption, someone trying to launch a fashion/handbag line or music career, and an end of season get together that turns into a huge catfight where someone is called a non-motherfuckin' factor-skank-ho-slut-homewrecka-bitch-trick. 
Honestly, it's not really Wrestling Wives that's the problem (I'll probably end up a hypocrite and watch an episode or two). It's just that TV, especially music channels, have become so dime a dozen. What happened to the days when MTV/VH1/BET reported on music and had scripted shows/cartoons? Ultrasound, The Year In Rock, Daria, Downtown, Clone High, Docugroove, Teen Summit, Biorhythm, Making Of The Video--remember those days? When artists, musicians and the industries around them (touring, video directors, songwriters, producers) were the main focus, and not teen moms and Jersey Shore? It's like they're not even trying to resembe a music station anymore. Reality shows have become the rule rather than the exception, and that sucks.
The only way I'll tune in is if by some miracle The Rock or John Cena make a guest appearance. Preferably shirtless and oiled up:).

New Music: Mary J. Blige "Someone To Love Me (Naked)"

Mary J's new single didn't knock me over at first, but after a few listens it's started to grow on me, despite the fact that it features Diddy (yes I know he helped create certified R&B classics What's The 411? and My Life, but ever since he's been the oil to Mary's water when it comes to collaboration. Not bein' uncouth just speakin' the truth!).

Lil' Wayne also dropped a guest verse on the track, which has bouncy, bass-driven beat but still manages to have a haunting edge to it. According to Vibe, Mary's working with Ne-Yo, Raphael Saadiq and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League. With Beyonce working with noise pop masters Sleigh Bells , it looks like the R&B divas are trying run thangs in 2011 lol! Watch the video below:

Sunday, April 3, 2011

I Can't Be Homophobic! I'm Gay!

That's the defense 21-year old Anthony Bray, who confessed to brutally attacking 26-year old Damien Furtch outside a McDonald's in Greenwich Village. According to the New York Daily News, Bray told police that he beat Bray "because he was disrespectful to him." I don't have to tell you what that excuse smells like.

Adding insult to very serious injury Bray, who has prior arrests for marijuana possession, graffiti and robbery, was only charged with a misdemeanor for the attack.

"The fact that the attacker in custody alleges he is gay does not change the fact that he shouted anti-gay slurs while attacking me," Furtch said in a statement. "I look forward to the criminal trial where all of the accurate details will come out."

Furth told authorities that he was attacked by two men early last Sunday after they yelled anti-gay slurs at him. Read the full article HERE.

Much Ado About Barebacking...

I know that this is a sensitive and loaded issue. And it should be, especially in the black gay community: according to CDC statstics, young black men who have sex with men (MSM) ages 13 to 29 accounted for more new HIV infections  than any other racial or ethnic group.

With that very important fact said, would you ever participate in bareback sex? I'm not talking about a one night stand with some twink you just met at the club or a kat daddy you feel "so in love with" after a week two dates. Or a slip up caused by too much alcohol or just thinking with the wrong head in the heat of passion. In those cases, you better lock it down like Fort Knox and get tested ASAP (and get tested again a few months down the line, just to make the virus didn't escape detection).

But what if this is someone you've been with for 5, 10, 15 or 20 years? Someone who has proven himself to be faithful, loving and honest (meaning that you know his whole sexual history and he knows yours, and you both have the test results to prove it). It's highly unlikely that straight couples who've been together for decades still use condoms. I am aware that gay/bi men who engage in anal sex have a higher risk for infection than hetero couples, but they still assume the same risks when they stop using protection. So, would you take that chance?

Discuss (And I know my invisible readers have some opinion on this topic, so speak up).

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Random Video: Janet Jackson 80s/90s Megamix

I stumbled across this megamix of Ms. Jackson's Control, Rhythm Nation and Janet-era hits and had to post it. Watch below:

Flick Picks: Scream 4 Trailer

The trailers for the fourth installment of horror/horror parody classic Scream looks like it could be a good fright night at the movies. Neve, Courtney and David seemed to have aged surpisingly well in the 15 years since the original movie (2 snaps up and all that jazz:). But of course a new batch of teens have been reeled in to be sliced, diced and spliced by a new killer.

Personally I think it'll be hard to top the first Scream, especially that opening scene with Drew Barrymore, which is one of the best opening scenes in a horror movie EVA. I'm still mad at Drew though, because she could've made it to her parents if she hadn't stopped to look at her man....chile he's dead! You watched him get gutted! To paraphrase Sophia in The Color Purple, "You betta run for your life and bring flowers to  Steve's grave lata!" But I digress.

It's kinda hard to pick who wants to take out Sid this time....I mean Billy's dead, his mom (Jackie from Roseanne hey!) is dead, and her half-brother is dead. Unless her mama comes back from the dead for a Dawn of The Dead-style throwdown, who knows who it could be this time. Watch both trailers below:

Imma Homo

But enough about me....I'm talking about the track "Imma Homo," the ultra-gay posse cut by Rainbow Noise, a record label that specializes in "GLBTQ music artists with mainstream appeal." The video has become quite the viral hit around hip hop and black gossip websites, with posts on Bossip and World Star Hip Hop (along with the requisite blasts of homophobic comments). Spin did an interesting article on the song and gay hip hop and general, so I thought I'd give my two cents.

My thoughts: musically the track is nothing special. It features the same production used in most club/party rap right now: a repetitve, distorted voice for the hook and skittering 808 drums n' bass. Meanwhile the flows are entertaining, from the mid-90's sped-up rapping style that seems to have been spontaneously resurrected to the currently ubiquitous punchline flow (Pull the pink 22/ Joker face). Other standout lines include "I beat the pussy up, call me Dyke Turner," "Feet kicked up with a blunt/Watchin' Logo" and "Next time you see in me in the club/Don't forget the butt plug." But ultimately there's no classic verse or line I could see being listed in a top ten list.

But even with all that said, I can't to stop replaying it. Even though it comes off as kind of a generic rap song, save for the fact that all the MCs are gay, it' Honestly, it's been hard trying to get behind most of the pro-gay hip hop, more commonly known as "homo hop," over the years, simply because the music wasn't very good, from a lyrical or production stand point. It's great that people are willing to come out and be themselves, but compared to "straight" hip hop (and let's just assume for the sake of this post that all these rap gurls are straight:), it often came off as corny and stagnant. Out of all the LGBT artists I heard of any genre, the only names I can think of that could be genuine, mainstream pop stars are Ari Gold, Kaoz and B.Slade.

Maybe the reason why "Imma Homo" works is because it's getting out the message (being gay is ok) without coming across as excruiatingly boring. Or perhaps it's in the attitude. Rainbow Noise don't go out of their way to be politically correct, with either the language (plenty four letter words and N-bombs are dropped) or the subject matter (the track is an homage to that time honored hip hop tradition---macking hoes).

Part of what makes hip hop great is its rebellious, "fuck you, I'm doin' me" attitude," and "Imma Homo" taps into that spirit perfectly. But that poses another dilemma: should we as LGBT folks nod our heads to lines like "How many niggas do you know that gotta tell them hoes to stop" and "I don't own her/ I encourage all my niggas to get on her," just because they're coming out of a lesbian's mouth? We cry misogyny whenever Lil Wayne, Wacka Flocka, Rick Ross or any other male rapper spits such lines. Should we hold Rainbow Noise to the same standards, even if they are helping to increase the openly gay and lesbian presence in rap music? Are LGBT artists truly progressing and finding a voice in hip hop (or mainstream pop music in general, which is what most rap is these days) by imitating their straight counterparts in attitude and lyrical content, albeit with a gay undercurrent?
Watch the video below and discuss.

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Worms Will Live In Every Host...

Enshrining a theocracy seems to be on the agenda for potential 2012 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Tea Party, who believe that every knee shall bow at gunpoint. Why don't these people understand that while Christianity is the dominant religion of the United States, it is not the official religion of the United States. No religion is. That's because we have this nifty idea called separation of church and state, so that we won't all be at the mercy of another person's faith and belief system. Hell, most of the founding fathers were deists/atheists/agnostics, not the reincarnation of the 12 disciples like these wingnuts seem to believe. Watch the nuttiness below:

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