Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Chrisette Michele was featured on Rising Icons last night on BET and she looked fabulous as usual! I really like her as an artist, I've listened to both of her cds, I Am and Epiphany, and I can tell she is definitely going to be a big headliner in the near future. Her music is a mix of jazz, soul, and gospel and her voice is crazy! Below is video of her performance.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Lenny Kravitz on his song, Black Velveteen:
"Black Velveteen is about technology, and we're getting so pulled in by computers and technology and our kids have their face in the computers all day. We have our face in computers all day and the human relationship is being diminished by this so I figure...why not just create your own mate? And synthesize a human being. You get tired of it, you turn it off and put it in the closet, you know, like the vacuum cleaner. (laughs) You pull it out when you want it. Oh you don't want this one, and then you want, you start, it's probably going to happen one day."
For those of you who aren't familiar with Lenny Kravitz music, "Black Velveteen" was a single off of his 5 album released in 1999. Above is his idea of a black velveteen, the idea of "creating your own mate". I shudder to think that this might actually come true one day, but with technology moving as fast as it does, it seems like this is just around the corner.
2. On the subject of monogamy. What would happen to men? What would happen to women? The argument still stands that being monogamous is going against your bodies natural tendencies. The whole "God didn't put us on this Earth to just be with one" idea. Not to make assumptions, but most men would probably be ok, their dominating and conquering nature might make it easy for them to adjust more than a female. Women on the other hand, we tend to be more emotional, not that we couldn't easily fall in love with the fact that we could choose any man to be with, but once we get emotionally attached, it's a bit harder for us.
3. How does religion play a role? What about the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman? There is really no easy answer to this, but my idea would be that there could be marriage between the two IF they agree to be faithful to each other. But how much harder would that be, if you could have your "black velveteen" at your beck and call. What about if you chose to practice polygamy? Polygamy involves two consenting individuals into taking on more than one mate, and if this practiced, then there would be no need for robotics.
4. We might actually all get along. An up side to having a "black velveteen" is there would probably be less marital disputes, less "hatin" on others, less having to worry about trusting your partner, and more acceptance for everyone's situation.
Bottom line. This is not an easy question to answer. There is always a lot of gray area when dealing with the opposite sex. I would love your opinion on this, as there is no easy answer...
Lenny Kravitz - Black Velveteen
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Thursday, July 23, 2009
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
See that video here.
The best thing that I witnessed was how, in Malaak Compton-Rock's words, the children were becoming "global citizens". Her mission was to teach them to become well aware of the world that we are living in, the importance of giving back to their communities, and how they can apply those attitudes in the development of their future.
Amber Rose with her buzz...
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Ode to the Black Woman
"We are not here to please the masses, we are here to exist apart from a myriad of circumstances that fight to cripple our existence. We’re not here to offend, fit in, or follow your lead, we exact a trail of our own making and find solace in being leaders even when the plan is still a mystery. We don’t stand to deliver your ideals to life, we mark our territory with our own point of view. We don’t care what people think of us, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. We’re not here to alter anyone’s perception because we know the world is ours for the making as long as we’re here to live in it.
Monday, July 20, 2009
I appreciate good videos.
I can appreciate Common, Maxwell, Musiq Soulchild, Erykah Badu... all artists who put effort into their music videos and seemingly, their music. Even Kanye, with his eclectic style of music, will make 2 or 3 music videos...if not to be different, at least to be happy.Now as a disclaimer, this post is NOT about the "video girls" in videos, because as a realist, I understand that some songs are clearly for the club and you're going to throw in some "eye candy". But as a whole when the music video does not match the SONG, regardless to what type of music it is - Rap, R&B, Rock, Pop, Alternative, you name it - it's a train wreck to me.
Generally speaking, the lackluster performance and thought, or lack thereof, that goes into music videos these days is really unforgiving. Especially when we have the technology to really do big things. And I'm not discriminating. I'm pretty tired of seeing Beyonce dance around in spandex and pumps for the entire video. It was cute when she first did it for Diva, but Single Ladies, and Ego too? Do something different.
Look at some songs that had the videos to match:
COMMON - Come Close
MUSIQ SOULCHILD -
ALICIA KEYS - Love me like you'll never see me again
Alicia Keys - Like You'll Never See Me Again (NEW VIDEO 2007
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These are just a FEW, but the point is if you put some thought into your music, you SHOULD put some thought into your videos. *Note to the artists: Videos can sell what the music doesn't.
But to each his own...and to each his own opinion, so share yours.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
This is Karrine Stefans on the Today Show promoting her new book, The Vixen Manual: How to Find, Seduce, and Keep the Man You Want. Lol @ the two women's faces while interviewing her!
So Karrine, otherwise known as Superhead, was the one in everyone's mouths (no pun intended)when she came out with her first book, dishing on celebrities and their freaky ways. Everyone dismissed her as the slut, whore, bitch who was taking someone's man and made every other woman look bad. I thought that too.
My problem? I judged her (past tense), just like most people did and still do.
My opinion? People are upset because she turned her "slutty" ways into a six figure book deal writing about what she's learned from her mistakes while playin the field. That's it. Doesn't sound much different then any other relationship self help book on the market, except she had some crazy experiences with some high profile people. She was a young woman who didn't know much about men, love, or respect for one's self. She grew up, did some self-reflection, wrote about it and got paid.
I hear a lot of women saying, why would I take advice from someone like her? or What she's saying, I already know. So what? Number one, if you read excerpts from her first book, Confessions of a Video Vixen, read it online, or went out and bought it, you're just as bad. Because all that book did was to reintroduce back in the game by telling everyone who she slept with. That's my only problem with her, she doesn't know how to be discreet, but even that I think she's learned, as you can see in the video. . .Number two: Don't front! I'm sure there are some real funny storeis and "how to illustrations" in the book that you and your girls can laugh too. You don't have to buy the book to learn something, you CAN just simply read it for entertainment.
A lot of tv and radio stations talked about her first book. And the reality is , both Confessions and the Vixen Diaries made it to the New York Times bestseller list, so whether or not you like it, you're opinion still makes her famous. What's the saying? All publicity is good pubilcity?
Ultimately, judging her is part of a larger problem, the catiness and judgement women have towards each other. But i'll save that for another post. She's making more paper than me, and probably most of you in her real life version of sex and the city. So respect her hustle, don't judge a book by it's cover.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Angel Food, Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles, BMI Foundation, Inc., Brotherhood Crusade
Brothman Burn Center, Camp Ronald McDonald, Childhelp U.S.A., Children's Institute International, Cities and Schools Scholarship Fund, Community Youth Sports & Arts Foundation
Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Dakar Foundation, Dreamstreet Kids, Dreams Come True Charity, Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Love Match, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Minority Aids Project, Motown Museum, NAACP, National Rainbow Coalition...and the list goes on. You can see it here: http://www.allmichaeljackson.com/charities.html