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Showing posts with label random ish. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Good Idea, Bad Idea

"Don't claim you're sincere, just be it." - Eva Heller

  • men: pay more attention to your women
  • practicing what you preach
  • considering opposing viewpoints
  • free college textbooks would be a great idea
  • parents who counter the culture
  • sincerity
  • consistency
  • following your first mind
  • slowing it down a notch, at times
  • re-checking to make sure the iron is unplugged before leaving home
  • sentences that begin with the word "if"
  • if NBAer Carmelo Anthony re-signed with Knicks
  • decisions based on emotional appeal
  • to make your bed hard
  • worrying yourself
  • allowing media to become mainstream culture in children's lives
  • to not take global warming seriously
  • decisions based on irrational thought 
  • rushing
  • staying up late on Sunday night, knowing damn well Monday morning is coming

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Favorite Songs of 2013

"Bad girls ain't no good, and the good girls ain't no fun." - Wale

If you are anything like me, then you were born with an undying love of music. There are few things in life which captures my spirit in the exact manner as music. Similar to unconditional love, song commands entrance into my soul and lights up my life, instinctively. I find that I feel, act, and do better within the constant of music. In no particular order, these are my 10 favorite songs of the past twelve months. 

Title and recording artist of absolute favorite is written in bold letters. 

  • Bad - Wale featuring Tiara Thomas
  • West Side Girl - Bilal 
  • Fire We Make - Alicia Keys featuring Maxwell
  • Clique - Kanye West featuring Jay Z, Big Sean
  • Started From The Bottom - Drake
  • 40 Acres - Pusha T featuring The Dream
  • Body Party - Ciara
  • Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke 
  • Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe - Kendrick Lamar 
  • Holy Grail - Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Favorite Books of 2013

"He looked at her the way all women want to be looked at by a man." - F. Scott Fitzgerald

This year, for the first time in a long time, I did not read many books outside of my customary once-a-month routine. As I try to learn, re-learn, and master time-consuming college courses, the last thing in the world my mind demonstrates is the ability to digest the back and forth emotions of novel writers, alongside academic vacuum. However, due to my undying love of reading novels usually recommended by others, I was able to enjoy between 10-15 books in 2013. In no particular order, these are my favorite reads within the last twelve months.

Title and author of absolute favorite is written in bold letters.

  • The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Disappearing Acts - Terry McMillan
  • Black No More - George Schuyler
  • The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game - Michael Lewis
  • Revolving Doors - Perri Forrest
  • Midnight and the Meaning of Love - Sister Souljah
  • Rayful Edmond - Seth Ferranti
  • I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon - Toure
  • Decoded - Jay Z 
  • The Ways of White Folks - Langston Hughes

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Things I Do Not Understand

"I can help you build up your account." - Beyonce

  • How is it possible that Matthew and Tina Knowles were able to create the physical perfection otherwise known as Beyonce Giselle Knowles?
  • Why does Kanye West talk the way he does? And what is so good about a black man speaking in french accent, anyway?
  • How do remote controls last longer than most flatscreen TVs. Remember when it was the other way around, where televisions lasted longer than remotes?
  • Why is multi-talented musician Prince still making garbage music? Give us another Purple Rain album, already.
  • Love. No, I do not understand love on a whole, as far as its subject-verb agreement. But I am learning to respect its power, most definitely.
  • Speaking of rain, it literally rained all twenty-four hours, yesterday. How is that even possible?
  • Speaking of music, it's amazing how I can no longer listen to playlists on my phone without the up-close-and-personal effect in which earbuds offer.
  • This past weekend, I watched the American Music Awards and recording group TLC's Waterfalls performance. Maybe it's me, but I disliked seeing someone other than Left Eye recite the rap verse. Blasphemy.
  • I recently made the switch from ranch dressing to vinaigrette on salads. And I will now say this: vinaigrette is being served in Heaven, I'm convinced. 
  • I cannot wait until Thanksgiving Dinner. Not so much the initial throwdown, itself, but eating leftovers. Am I the only one who believes Thanksgiving dinner tastes better the day after?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ten Things I Am Most Thankful For

“Sometimes we need to see the bad side, to appreciate the good side.” - Anthony Liccione

  • I am still standing
  • I fear no man, but God
  • Mom
  • Daughters have developed a much-needed mixture of book/street smarts
  • My woman was not/is not "easy"
  • An emotionally-connected relationship
  • The burning desire to make better decisions for myself
  • Real friends
  • The brain to talk the talk, the heart to walk the walk
  • Ability to forgive those who have used me, cause they themselves are being used by others

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Likes And Dislikes: Autumn

"Autumn's the mellow time." - William Allingham

  • bowl of homemade soup
  • holidays, birthdays
  • football, in full effect
  • basketball
  • tailgating 
  • no humidity: smell of cool, crisp, fresh air
  • gloriously, colorful leaves on trees
  • love the love we are making
  • soon as I get home
  • sleep better
  • imminent struggle to leave bed in the morning
  • Christmas shopping 
  • Black Friday
  • Halloween
  • gets darker earlier
  • cold rain
  • skyrocketed gas bills
  • trees slowly losing weight
  • raking of leaves
  • winter season quietly awaits

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Top Ten Reasons Women Know Men Are In Love

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." - Anais Nin

10. He lets down the toilet seat

9. He no longer claims to had never heard his phone ringing and replies to all text messages

8. You are no longer his "good time" girl, as he now shows honorable things never witnessed beforehand

7. All he does is think of you

6. He shows you off to friends and family

5. He keeps both heads firmly in the game and never steps out of bounds onto sidelines

4. He holds the ultimate respect for you as a woman, things which mattered only to you now matters to him

3. He values companionship, spends quality time and no longer avoids you during that time of month

2. He no longer begins sentences with "I" or "You," it's "We"

...and the Number One reason that a woman will know if the man is in love: By his actions - action still speaks louder than words

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Magic of Women in Sundresses

"Leaving little imprints of the silhouette of you." - Coco Brown

For as long as I can remember, I had never believed in magic. 

As I child, I was the youth that insisted on knowing exactly how a magician performed tricks rather than add to the overwhelming oohs and ahhs of other children in the audience. I wasn't convinced, to say the least. I figured - if he or she practiced real magic, a gift so precious would hardly be wasted on existence as insignificant as spoon bending or pulling a rabbit from a hat. Such amazing ability, in my opinion, is better served by paying homage to some of God's more precious creations, particularly women. 

Or, in this case, women in sundresses. 

I know what I know and what I know is never enough. But there is something to be said about women in sundresses. Something subtle, yet daring. Reserved, yet revealing. Good and gentle. Unlike the fine art of producing illusion, women in sundresses accomplish desired effect, naturally, void fake supernatural capacity. Show me a woman in a sundress and I will show you a true enchantress in all of her feminine glory. For awhile now, men everywhere understood this fascinating appeal, although  never truly articulated in words. For the most part, we knew of the affinity surrounding women in sundresses. One that warranted our attention and left us taken aback. 

Women, period, are visually pleasing regardless of whatever garment worn. This is true, whether it be in the form of a pair of nice-fitting jeans, shorts, skirts, mini-skirts, maxi dresses, bikinis and so forth. Jeans and shorts accentuate the hips, thighs and oft-commented backside. Skirts do much of the same as well as bring attention to the legs. Bikinis, well, bikinis simply cannot be denied under no circumstance.

Still, there is an immeasurable quality that exceeds sundresses. One birthed in intimacy. If I had to say, I'd begin by expressing how sundresses emphasize the underrated arms, neck and shoulder area which, according to whatever body lotion massaged, leads to an irresistible mixture of fragrance and natural aroma and sun-kissed skin. A potion which settles nicely into the woman's cleavage. Then there is the matter of legs and feet which also offers varying degrees of felicity. If said woman is blessed with enough good fortune to be the proud owner of pretty feet slid comfortably into a pair of sandals, attached to legs so richly-sculptured, then it's safe to assume her footsteps double as rhythmic heart beats, pounding inside of a man's chest. Cast hopelessly beneath her spell, as she captures his breath every wind-blown step of the way. 

You know, like magic does.

Alas, one would imagine the man's wand is waved around the bare essence of a woman. Well, it is, but not really. A man's scepter is centered around stimulation. Or imagination, if you will. Sundresses capture this flight of fancy in a most convincing manner. If you are like myself - someone who appreciates simplicity in a woman, then you are not the biggest fan of clothing too revealing, as nothing is left to imagine. Sundresses offer a sound idea, yet allows men the opportunity to form mental images not readily present to the senses. As a kid, I longed to create the same magic that garnered the undivided attention of the audience. Somewhere along the lines as an adult, I recognized the fact that incantation hardly lies within intrigue. No, I fully understand now that it's all about lasting impression.

Women in sundresses accomplish this presentation, quite masterfully. 

Pic courtesy of the lovely V-Neesa, Personal Style Blogger: Simply Chic
Twitter: @simplychic08 Instagram: iamsimplychic

Monday, August 12, 2013

Likes And Dislikes

"It's alright, it's alright now." - Chante Moore
  • Chante Moore aged like fine wine
  • old school hip hop, at its finest
  • Flipboard for iPad
  • Netflix has come a long way
  • Women in sundresses
  • Slacker Radio
  • bomb ass salads
  • feeling that accompanies a load being lifted
  • The Serenity Prayer
  • they don't make truthful R&B songs like this, anymore
  • no such thing as objectivity in media
  • the saying, "It's the American way."
  • no NBA nor NFL this time of year
  • sometimes I believe the hype
  • the sick truth behind Netflix documentary Park Avenue
  • women afraid to try new positions
  • it feels like a trillion degrees outside
  • back to drinking too many soft drinks
  • ignorant song lyrics

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What's a King without a Crown?

"Heavy is the head that wears the crown." - Shakespeare

  • Beyonce is who we thought she was. I swear to God she is. On Sunday night in NOLA, Beyonce rocked the mainstage at '13 Essence Festival with hit after hit, after hit, after hit, after hit, after hit, after hit, long past the midnight hour. She covered all the bases, leaving no stone unturned. Trill. In my lifetime, I've never witnessed an entertainer as emblematic as the King of Pop. But MJ is gone. It's now Beyonce who wears the once-thought-to-be unattainable crown.

  • Piers Morgan made an excellent observation concerning the George Zimmerman's trial. He posed the question of what if Trayvon Martin was a young black female followed on a dark, rainy night by a strange man and a confrontation occurred which led to the scared child being murdered after attacking the stranger. Would the stranger be underneath the jail, by now? Of course he would. Unfortunately, there is a particular "defining" which hangs over the heads of young black males, or black men in general, here in America. It's not a crown, I assure. 

  • Speaking of black men, no matter who, what, when, where, why or how negatively I might feel about whatever brother, for whatever reasons, I quietly applaud all successful black men in this cold universe of Good, Bad, and no in-between, based on the simple fact that I know ascent is routinely met with an equal amount of descent along the way. In the South or if you're from the South, most definitely. 

  • Speaking of descent, while standing in the kitchen on the night of the 4th of July eating barbecue, I heard a loud, thump-like sound coming from the bedroom nearest the kitchen. To my surprise, a bullet lodged itself in the ceiling over the bed, apparently after having entered thru the roof area. I had no idea that stray bullets descended with such velocity. Scary how no one on the street heard a single gunshot. 

  • Before returning to college over a year ago, I shared serious concerns upon whether I'd remain passionate towards academia. Since I'm not as academically-inclined or aiming for a particular career or anything upon completion, not really, just more or less tying loose ends, I wondered the source of much-needed passion. So, to see myself as engaged in my studies as I am, it reminds me of what my woman often refers to as "acquired taste." 

  • "The greatest weapon anyone can use against us is our own mind by preying on the doubts and uncertainties that already lurk there." Hmm. If I didn't know any better, I'd say that quote perfectly describes "politics" and "religion," which in my humble opinion are two of the biggest forms of public corruption in America, as currently witnessed. I personally feel as if each faction somewhat forces one to view life as a mere replica of reality, while trying to make it life-like. Im-fucking-possible.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

I See What You Did Here: A Few Thoughts on Trayvon, George, and Florida's Stand Your Ground Law

"I meant that I was going in the same direction as him to keep an eye on him." - George Zimmerman

  • I am trying to remain open-minded concerning the close-minded trial that reluctantly seeks justice for the deceased, despite no initial charges being filed on behalf of the State of Florida against Zimmerman, minus public outcry. Florida's narrow-minded Stand Your Ground law apparently saw no fault in Zimmerman's actions or, I should say, side of the story. In my lifetime I cannot recall ever witnessing a court proceeding where defense attorney's relied surprisingly on the testimony of real-live detectives. 

  • I gotta say: no matter how favorable or unfavorable one feels about a particular defendant - in this case, Curious George, all evidence must be examined, cross-examined, flipped, ignored, twisted, doubted, placed in a spin cycle, then tried heavily upon what-you-hope-are discernible beliefs of jurors, before a verdict is rendered. Still, somehow, someway, I will forever believe that Zimmerman could have avoided firing a bullet into Martin's chest.

  • Rachel Jeantel endured unnecessary scrutiny inside and outside the courtroom against the grain of gentility after she courageously took the stand to testify on behalf of her senselessly murdered friend. Much criticism of which fell from the lips of two-faced people sporting the same color of skin as she does. Well, let's say Trayvon carried himself in the same subjective manner as Jeantel? Would it really matter? Of course not. It only matters to the black George Zimmermans of the world. 

  • So far, I've determined Curious George, in his mind, wanted to be a police so bad that he took it upon himself to disregard advice from real police and step into the role of a trained officer on that fateful night. I hardly believed there was intent to kill, only harass, like most cops, which led to inevitable confrontation. A fight ensued, and Zimmerman quickly realized that Trayvon had "hands." Just as those same cops are known to proudly exercise dominion over could-have-all-been-avoided type of situations, I believe a suddenly embarrassed Zimmerman exercised the only form of power he possessed over Martin. The gun. You know, like real police do.

  • Whenever there is a murder involving black and non-black individuals, however tragic, there is a good chance of the race card being flashed all over the place. And, it never fails, the cardholders will question why does everything in America have to be about race? To which I reply, good question! But even I understand and accept the fact that race is clearly on trial here, unless you can point me in the direction of another as highly-publicized case where murder, doubt, black, and white people were not involved. That said, I rest my case. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Likes And Dislikes: '13 BET Awards

"A rose is still a rose." - Aretha Franklin

  • Sanaa Lathan 
  • nice-looking stage
  • Kendrick Lamar performed, twice
  • Meagan Good's revealing dress
  • Jamie Foxx's Trayvon Martin shirt
  • BET honored inspiring non-celeb individuals
  • soooo many beautiful sistas
  • one of the better BET Awards show
  • Dwyane Wade honored as a humanitarian
  • Chris Tucker's Miguel joke
  • I still cannot get into Miguel's music
  • R. Kelly performed, but not really
  • Did Paula Patton pop a molly before going onstage?
  • I didn't get a chance to catch Twitter commentary
  • Beyonce didn't perform
  • someone gave a microphone to Ray J 
  • Ciara's performance wasn't as sensual as I preferred
  • grown men wearing tight pants
  • gotta wait til November 15th for The Best Man sequel
  • Chris Tucker's comedy is no longer entertaining

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Likes And Dislikes: '13 NBA Finals

"Control your own destiny or someone else will." - Jack Welch

  • Game 7s, all comes down to one single game
  • I honestly don't know who will win
  • Reminds me of boxing's epic Thrilla in Manila
  • One of the most entertaining Finals, ever
  • LeBron James chasing destiny
  • Tim Duncan chasing destiny
  • Danny Fucking Green
  • Twitter commentary
  • NFL season is around the corner
  • I have a feeling the refs will decide championship
  • Flopping
  • Miami Heat fans
  • Tim Duncan ain't got no Yeezy
  • Kawhi Leonard choked in Game 6
  • Chris Bosh disgusts me
  • Skip Bayless
  • Manu Ginobili acts like he plays for Miami
  • Coach Popovich refuses to bench Manu
  • "Birdman, Birdman"
  • Terrible officiating 

Friday, May 31, 2013

Things I Do Not Understand

"They say this is how it's done and then you have to do it your way." - Nicole Beharie

  • To be as critically-acclaimed and accomplished as 28 year old Nicole Beharie has been thus far in her relatively young acting career, it absolutely amazes me how unknown of an actress she remains. A product of  Julliard School, this woman possesses exceptional onscreen talent. Beharie's starring role in the film American Violet quickly comes to mind. 

  • Still trying to figure how Pope Francis believes atheists go to Heaven. Not that I am against as much or had studied theology and understand the bible anywhere near the Pope's authority. By acclamation, I'd love to see each and everyone bask in the glory of God, especially a woeful sinner like myself. It's just that I cannot fathom our Creator having time for anyone who, for whatever reasons, simply does not believe in his existence.

  • People who intentionally use others. I will never understand their kind. I mean, you really have to be one empty vessel to cast your anchor onto the ship of another man or woman, or child even, for the sole purpose of taking advantage of such kindhearted souls. 

  • Former UCLA coaching great John Wooden once said, "To all my friends among the coaching basketball fraternity, I wish one championship. To my enemies, I wish two." At first, I hardly understood the underlying meaning of his words. After witnessing how open-mouthed greed reveals true character among supposed "friends," Wooden's message is one of the most profound statements I've ever heard in my entire life.

  • New Niggas. This past Sunday, I stopped by the crib of a much younger relative of mine and beforehand offered to pick up breakfast before arriving. So we're sitting in the living area, throwing down, talking NBA playoffs and his girlfriend quietly walks into the room. Then asked what happened to her meal? The silence is deafening. So now I'm thinking to myself that he never bothered to order her a plate. What in the world...

  • People who tolerate bullshit. If there is anything - and I mean anything, that irks my nerves in the most thoroughest of manners, it's bullshit. And by that, I am referring to the conclusion reached after having made a conscious effort towards someone, only to be once again disappointed and wished you'd followed your first mind. Life is too short. Cut ties, immediately. 

  • What happened to these past six months? They've passed quickly. How is it possible that we're already into the month of June?

  • I do not understand how the majority of my male friends and family constantly ask why haven't my woman and I moved into the same place, yet? I don't understand how they've failed to comprehend the fact that I'm no longer in the business of "in-house" pussy. She has her separate place, I have mine. Besides, as a man with three daughters, it would be hypocritical of me to advise them against placing themselves in similar position. I'm done playing house. Paperwork, homey.

  • Legendary hip hop artists releasing material years and years past their prime, actually believing fans are hyped for the release date. I mean, Michael Jordan is undoubtedly the greatest basketball player of all-time, yet who honestly cares if he returns to the game tomorrow? That ship sailed a long time ago. I will love Eric B & Rakim's timeless contributions to the art form until my final breath, But, trust me when I say, Rakim isn't walking out of the studio with another Paid In Full ever, again.

  • Due to a billion-dollar school budget deficit, the Chicago Board of Education voted to close 50 schools (and programs) or 10% of the city's public school system, an outcome that is sure to leave more than a few Jeromes and Brandons attending the same classrooms. Based upon the already alarming dropout rate among inner-city teens and the long list of prejudices experienced on a daily basis, who do you think will fail to show on the first day of class? Take a wild guess.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Likes And Dislikes

"I can't leave them. They need me.
I'm their Gladiator." - Olivia Pope

  • watching my seeds grow into responsible adults
  • the day I stopped seeking all the answers
  • whenever my dreams become reality
  • Charles Ramsey's interviews
  • The Great Gatsby film
  • tequila mixed with pineapple juice
  • reading haiku's
  • handwritten letters
  • Mark Twain's storytelling ability
  • 9 Things Happy People Do To Stress Less
  • could not get into TV show Scandal
  • bad listeners
  • bi-polar weather
  • Assata Shakur added to terrorist list
  • Sergio Garcia's "fried chicken" remark about Tiger Woods
  • battery on my iPhone dies quickly
  • Cole Haan men's wingtip shoes are too expensive
  • someone stole my Bic Triumph writing pen, yesterday
  • Knicks are already out of the playoffs
  • whenever doubt creeps into the back of my mind

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

To Nina, with Love

"Each night I breathe you and become high." - Nina Mosley

I remember love,
the Cloud Nine feel
its heart; revealing, willing,
to give and receive,

Like the scores of sunlight that generates Earth,
the pours of rain which invigorates its turf,
there lies a persistent flow of intimacy on behalf of someone fully converged.
for better or worse,
love heals, love hurts,
love emerges from out of nowhere.
we share love...

Immaculate; thick, rich, good,
to the point where it becomes easily understood,
as to why love is corinthian-ed as the greatest of them all.
a soft stare.
THE Breath of Fresh Air.
a Tamia song.
the way your name tastes sweetly on the tip of my tongue...

I depend on love, as if my soul depends
I need love to grow as passionately as the strongest Chicago winds,
like a well-placed crease, I wear the emotion proudly upon my sleeve.
see, once you've fallen in love it's hard to believe it has an ending.
inasmuch as the atmosphere itself leaves your spirit animately suspended...

Though, such as a flower birthed into existence,
if the roots of love are shown minimal attention,
its spirit sways,
and eventually withers away,
I'm sure many will agree.
leaving the sum of its parts far from where one's heart longs to be...

I remember love,
I remember you,
I remember me.

The poem To Nina, with Love was creatively inspired by the film Love Jones.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Any Netflix recommendations?

Lately, at the recommendation of a close friend, I decided to give Netflix another try. I know, I know. Our past relationship ended on a sour note after I felt Netflix wasn't upholding its end of the deal. For that very reason I hardly expected things to be different this go 'round, seeing as how it's basically the same streaming video service. But since my friend is of the trusted variety, I figured she knew something, which of course left me curious. They say, curiosity killed the cat. In this case, curiosity earned Netflix enough respect to gain another life. And suffice to say I am more than pleased at the amount of surprisingly entertaining streams I've come across on the site.

So, during those times where I'm unable to fall asleep or suddenly awakened in the middle of the night and don't feel like searching for a DVD or flipping TV channels only to catch a great movie nearing the end, I grab my iPad, click on Netflix, prop my pillow and enjoy the show.

Below I've listed twenty films in no particular order that are worth viewing. While I do understand how our taste of genres might differ, at the end of the day, a great film is still a great film. If you are a Netflix subscriber, feel free to recommend a few selections.

  • Freelancers (2012)
  • Shakespeare In Love (1998)
  • American Violet (2008)
  • Loving Annabelle (2006)
  • Bloomberg Game Changers: Documentaries
  • Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009)
  • Oldboy (2003)
  • The Glass Shield (1994)
  • Video Girl (2011)
  • The Grey (2012)
  • Eve's Bayou (1997)
  • Blue Valentine (2010)
  • All Things Fall Apart (2011)
  • BET's College Hill
  • Good Deeds (2012)
  • Diary of a Single Mom (2011)
  • Double Jeopardy (1999)
  • Freedom Writers (2007)
  • ESPN Films 30 For 30: Documentaries
  • Finding Forrester (2000)

Monday, February 25, 2013

85th Academy Awards

"Halle Berry is the epitome of beauty." - The Hollywood Gossip

  • a rather prestigious-looking award
  • Halle Berry
  • Kerry Washington
  • Robin Roberts
  • Jaws theme hilariously played to end speeches
  • Michelle Obama announced Best Film award
  • Kelly Rowland
  • Adele is made for the Oscars
  • Denzel Washington received a nomination 
  • Quvenzhane Wallis received a nomination

  • Jennifer Hudson's performance
  • I had not seen nor heard of 95% of films
  • most of the participants resembled dead people
  • Tarantino won for Best Original Screenplay
  • Tyler Perry wasn't nominated for Alex Cross #sarcasm
  • Jennifer Lawrence's embarrassing fall #dang
  • long and boring, as usual
  • Beyonce didn't perform
  • switching TV channels, OKC/Bulls game was equally boring
  • The Onion's distasteful joke about Quvenzhane

Friday, February 15, 2013

Things I Do Not Understand

          "There is nothing to talk about. I'm done with it." - Kobe Bryant

  • Why disgruntled Los Angeles Lakers teammates Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant refuse to sit and share a man-to-man talk to end their basketball differences, once and for all. I am not even a Laker fan and it bothers me to see Howard notsomuch as break a sweat in games.

  • How female recording artists Tamia, Chante Moore, and Melanie Fiona can be so beautiful and talented and down-to-earth, yet so vastly underrated. What does that say about the music industry? What does it say about consumers?

  • During conversations of greatest R&B album ever, how is it that Anita Baker's Rapture never enters the conversation? One will be hard-pressed to name another joint that lists classic songs such as Sweet Love, You Bring Me Joy, Caught Up In The Rapture, Been So Long, No One In The World, Same Ole Love.

  • How anyone can view cold-blooded killer Christopher Dorner as a hero. Yes, the LAPD is unfair and rogue. Yes, ethic minorities are discriminated against in America on a daily basis. But if murder is the response, what then can be accomplished? At what point does Dorner lose credibility?

  • Black women in general complain about how they are portrayed in the media, and rightfully so. No one wants to see negative stereotypes of themselves. Yet, black women condone and even encourage such behavior in wildly popular "reality television" programs.

  • There are some wonderfully smart and intelligent people in the world in all areas of life. That said, it baffles me to see one of said persons allow themselves to be twisted and turned by the ever-changing winds of popular media.

  • How urban culture on a whole is devalued on a daily basis. Yet, it somehow remains as a valuable entity. Which leads me to believe that someone is lying. Hollywood, yo.

  • Is it me or has everyone noticed how Oprah Winfrey suddenly embraced Black America ever since OWN channel suffered a drastic decline in ratings? I don't know, maybe I'm the only one that paid attention.

  • Every year, outside of the appreciated efforts of academic students and scholars, Black History Month seemingly enters with a bang only to exit with a whimper. Are the ride-or-die efforts of our ancestors no longer important or appreciated, even?

  • How anyone can have a problem with someone that doesn't walk around, looking to be understood at all times. I mean, is every single thing about a person meant to be understood? I believe the majority of misunderstandings can be summed up in this particular and always-relevant song.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Likes And Dislikes: 55th Grammy Awards

"I'll show you how to do this, young." - Jay Z

  • Jay Z's "Sinatra"
  • Beyonce and Ellen's humorous exchanges
  • Rihanna looked more like herself
  • Justin Timberlake's performance
  • J-Lo's leg
  • Prince presented an award
  • Carrie Underwood is a class act
  • Kelly Rowland looked so damn good
  • LL Cool J milking the game for all it's worth
  • Twitter's hashtag humor

  • The hell happened to Lupe Fiasco?
  • Kanye West wasn't in the building
  • Beyonce wore pants
  • I knew only one-fourth of the performers
  • I still don't understand Frank Ocean's appeal
  • I will never understand Taylor Swift's appeal
  • Hip Hop is dead, yo
  • I'd rather watched Sunday Night Football
  • all the music sounded alike
  • Twitter ripped Alicia Keys