Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Music: No Other Love by John and Estelle

Here's a new track from John Legend. I love Legend. He is the ONLY male vocalist I'm digging right now. Usher is lame and Justin is taking a break. Oh...Robin Thicke is cool I guess. Anyway, I digress. 'No Other Love' features UK artist Estelle. I love the sexy reggae feel of the song.
'No Other Love' John Legend feat. Estelle


On a personal note,
if you are reading this please pray for my father.
That's all.
I hate hospitals...

W: The Trailer

I think I've died and gone to heaven!
Oliver Stone directs Josh Brolin's performance of Bush Jr. in 'W'. Based on a true story.
I will camp out outside the theatre.

The Daily Tea: Hughes "My People"

"The night is beautiful,
So the faces of my people.
The stars are beautiful,
So the eyes of my people.
Beautiful, also, is the sun.
Beautiful, also, are the souls of my people."
-My People Langston Hughes
Right on brotha!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Little Miss Dunce: Palin Interviewed by Gibson

Here, Sarah Palin is interviewed by Charles Gibson for ABC News.
I don't understand...

This woman is a blatant idiot!

Some say that Gibson and Couric were condescending and bullied Palin. If I were a journalist I would be ticked off and frustrated by a person who can NOT give a straight answer in an entire interview! She can't even manage to be the typical politician and bullshit her way through. Instead, she evades every question and gives general kindergarten answers.

It's not even funny anymore how little she knows. It's true that she echoes the values of a small town Wal-Mart hockey mom. Should that be a selling point???!!!
Would you REALLY want a small town hockey mom to be the Vice President to an aging flip-flopper?? That's the alternative to a veteran senator running under an Ivy-League educated Presidential candidate?? And people are really considering the former instead of the latter??

I swear, if by some chance McCain wins, I will try to best to move abroad. I don't see him winning but I can't understand ANYONE voting for him. Bush at least was passionate and had zeal. Cheney is crazy but he is capable of coloring inside the lines. Palin needs a padded room.

I know the interviews are long but please watch all three segments. They will make you very anxious about the upcoming election... God help us... It's crazy how many times Gibson has to say "I'm still not clear about this". I agree with you, Charles. I am not clear about Palin either...

Excuse me while I step away for a minute. I have to go now and compose myself...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Thoughts on Debate: Oxford

I haven't really been moved to talk about Friday's debate but I feel that I must. Overall, I was underwhelmed. Neither candidate managed to leave a huge impression on me. Obama took the high ground and kept his composure. [pun intended] McCain provided catty attacks.
It did strike me as rude that McCain rarely looked at Obama while he was speaking to him. Also, I noticed that Obama was taking notes to make sure he quoted McCain accurately while McCain repeatedly misquoted Obama.

What was right about the debate?

Obama was approachable. He seemed to be engaged with America's needs and spoke as if he cared about the future. McCain was a better debator, though he did not provide the great answers that Obama did. To the average person, his jabs probably seemed like he had a better command of the situation. However, if you listened closely, Barack's plans sounded spectacular if they can be implemented. McCain's silly notion of freezing spending and channeling most of it into defense is horrible. Obama wants to re-route the spending to programs that need it such as education and take it from programs that don't such as the defense programs that actually have a surplus.

What was wrong?

Obama needs to stop being so nice. I understand that his platform is to be a different type of politician, but one can be assertive without seeming overly aggressive. Also, McCain did NOT talk about the Middle Class, the people who will be most affected by this election and the proposed financial bailout. Speaking of which, why couldn't either of them take a position on whether they support the bailout or not. I know that it's a catch 22 and neither or them wants to be the one who supported the bill if it fails, nor do they want to be the one who opposes it if it passes and works. However, being a leader is about making difficult decisions and standing by them. Also, it was a debate on foreign policy and all they talked about was the Middle East. What about Darfur? What about the immigration debate? What about China? We are up to our ears in debt with China and they are quickly emerging as the next superpower as far as wealth is concerned. The wealth isn't spread evenly, nor do they have a stable government in place but we do have a big connection with China. The delicate ties are even more important when it comes to the goods that are made in China that are constantly being recalled. Why wasn't the issue of outsourcing brought to the forefront?

The debate was pretty much more of the same. I printed the transcript so that I could read it without being distracted by body language and Barack's exquisite face. [hehe] I still didn't see it as progress. They need to come with it next time. Barack Obama needs to get a pep talk from Michelle and Biden and come out swinging instead of bouncing around with his gloves blocking his face. Dodging punches is important in a fight but hitting, and hitting hard, actually wins.

I hope the next one is better...

Barack Does Baywatch

McCain wishes he had this swagger...

Covers: Trey Songz does Jazmine and M.I.A.

Trey Songz, a native of Virginia, is an R&B singer known for his songs 'Can't Help But Wait' and 'Wonder Woman'. Here are two covers he recorded. The first is a male's answer to Jazmine Sullivan's song Bust Your Windows and the other is M.I.A.'s Paper Planes.
I haven't paid much attention to him in the past but I absolutely love his voice.

The Daily Tea: Reagan on Russia

"My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever [laughter]. We begin bombing in five minutes [laughter]." -Ronald Reagan

The words above were uttered by Ronald Reagan in a mid-80s soundcheck. He wasn't aware that he was being taped and the words hit the news....I'm sure that helped the Cold War a lot. I see the Republican party has always had a horrible stance on diplomacy and foreign policy.

Janelle Monae "Many Moons" Video

I want to find Janelle Monae and slap her in her mouth!!!
This chick is innovative.
In my heart of hearts I wish that she would release a joint album with Cee-Lo and André 3000. I would have to be taken away in a straight jacket...
Here is the video for Many Moons from her Metropolis suite.

I would love to see a full length feature with videos for the whole album following the storyline. Diddy! Make it happen!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Daily Tea: M.I.A. on War on Terror

"You can't separate the world into two parts like that, good and evil... America has successfully tied all these pockets of independence struggles, revolutions, and extremists into one big notion of terrorism." -Recording artist M.I.A.

Music: Commonly Unique

I decided to do a little something different and post something about names that most people don't know. I love Beyoncé and Britney but there is more to music than the typical Mainstream female artists. Here are four of my favorite not so well known names in music. They all have individual style and offer a little something different. In the words of the Real Group's song, they are "Commonly Unique".

Annie is a Norwegian pop artist who debuted with her album ‘Anniemal’ four years ago. Below is the video for her first single I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me from her second album 'Don't Stop'. The song was described as "sweet, scrumptious electropop" by Digital Spy. She's pop at it's best- light and giddy. When I listen to her I think of 80s artists Stacy Q and Cyndi Lauper with a modern makeover. In this video I can definitely see some Robert Palmer influence.

Born Stefania Gabriella Germanotta, 22 year old Lady Gaga is an American singer/songwriter who has written for The Pussycat Dolls in the past. Her first single, Just Dance reached number one in Australia and Canada. She's known for her bleached blond hair and her futuristic costumes. [Christina Aguilera swagger-jacked her style at the VMAs this year] Lady Gaga is said to be writing songs for the new Britney Spears album due out later this year. Below is the video for Just Dance.

Brooklyn based Santogold was born Santi White and studied Music and African American Studies at Wesleyan University. Her stage name came from a friend's nickname for her and she has cited 80s pop as her biggest influence. Santogold has also often been compared to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and M.I.A., which she dismisses. She says they have similar influences but implement them in different ways. I agree. Below is the video for my favorite song by Santogold, Lights Out.

What can I say about 31 year old Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam? Known as M.I.A., she is a British artist of Sri Lankan descent that I first heard of through her workings with Missy Elliot and Timbaland. Her single Paper Planes featured in the video below has reached top ten on the Billboard 100 despite M.I.A. previously not being able to obtain a work visa to record in the states due to a suspicion of terrorist ties. Being a graphic designer, M.I.A. designs her own album artwork and plays a big role in the direction of her videos. Her blend of electronic, Hip-Hop, and pop influences is not able to be categorized. Paper Planes is from her second album Kala.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Palin Under Fire

Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, an early supporter of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, said Friday recent interviews have shown the Alaska governor is "out of her league" and should leave the GOP presidential ticket for the good of the party.
The criticism is the latest in a recent string of negative assessments toward the McCain-Palin candidacy from prominent conservatives.

It was fun while it lasted," Parker writes. "Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who is clearly out of her league."

“If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself," Parker also writes. "If Palin were a man, we’d all be guffawing, just as we do every time Joe Biden tickles the back of his throat with his toes. But because she’s a woman — and the first ever on a Republican presidential ticket — we are reluctant to say what is painfully true."

"Sarah Palin has many virtues," Brooks wrote in a recent column. "If you wanted someone to destroy a corrupt establishment, she'd be your woman. But the constructive act of governance is another matter. She has not been engaged in national issues, does not have a repertoire of historic patterns and, like President Bush, she seems to compensate for her lack of experience with brashness and excessive decisiveness."

I love it. She summed it up nicely. I can't knock Palin for what she believes. It's her right. But she is definitely biting off more than she can chew.

The Daily Tea: Forgotten...

Tea for the Day:

"The worst feeling isn't being lonely...It's being forgotten by someone you could never forget." -Anonymous

Damn...that's real. That's for you, Jackson....

It's Britney B**ch!

Brit has returned. I have been a fan since she emerged as a pop phenom in 1999. Her last album, Blackout, was deemed a commercial flop though I felt it was her best work. It was just overshadowed by her crazy antics. However, she managed to still climb to #1 with Gimme More, score a #2 spot with the album's debut, and grab three VMAs for her video for Piece of Me.
Here is her official single, Womanizer, from her new album tentatively titled Circus set for release on December 2. The track was produced by the Outsyders. It's upbeat and superficial! Just like Brit. hahaha
I love it.
"Boy don't try to to front/I-I know just-just what you are...a womanizah!"

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Beyoncé Singles/Solange Interview

First Britney, now she that is Bionic. Beyoncé's release of her two singles "If I Were a Boy" and "Single Ladies" have been pushed back from October 7th to October 14th to keep from coinciding with the release of the new Michelle Williams album. I'm mad! hahaha
I actually like Michelle nowadays but we need Beyoncé! No one's gonna buy Unexpected anyway... Sorry Michelle ;-)

In other Knowles news, here is an interview that Hot97's Angie Martinez did with Solange. I absolutely love Solange's crazy personality.

These chicks are unstoppable. I wish I had a brother my age so we could tip out like this... Hold up...NEPHEW! Where you at??

McCain/Palin: Dumb and Dumber

What can I say?

She makes George Bush look like a MENSA member...
I can't believe people actually take her seriously.

Watch her fumble and stutter through this interview with Katie Couric.

She described in the interview McCain's experience with leadership and how people are looking to him to help solve this economic crisis. It's hilarious because Couric then pointed out that polls show American's believe Obama can solve the crisis more effectively than McCain. She replied "I'm not looking at poll numbers..." Apparently!

Couric also asked her about McCain's leadership and questioned his record. She asked Palin why if McCain had been a senator for 26 years, he had not done anything to push for the change he is now trying to push. Palin evaded the question, so Couric asked again.

Couric: "I'm just going to ask you one more time, not to belabor the point, specific examples in his twenty-six years of pushing for more regulation."
Palin: [after a lengthy hesitation] "I'll try to find you some and I'll bring 'em to ya."

Wow... At least she admits that she is clueless.

It's scary how little she knows about basic national issues. She is a puppet. A crazy gun-toting science-hatin' creationist puppet.

Here's more bumbling and fumbling from the McCain/Palin.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Planet McCain

This is Beautiful

McCain Tucks His Tail

McCain is trying to punk out!!

He wants to postpone the debate supposedly so that he can go to Washington and help solve the economic crisis. This is the same man that admits he knows nothing about the economy and just recently claimed that the fundamentals of our economy are strong.
This shows how out of touch he is.
They don't need your help, McCain. Keep campaigning boo boo.
Bush is trying to pressure those in power to go ahead and make a decision about the bail out. Where's this sense of urgency coming from? Why would you make a hasty decision about a crisis like this with no oversight. Lack of oversight is what caused the problem.
They just want to make a quick fix to get the economic crisis out of the forefront because as long as the economy is our focus, and not security/military, McCain looks good.
He can't afford to base an election on economic knowledge.
They make me mad!!!
Republicans and their distractions...
Bush just made remarks recently about the fundamentals of our economy being strong.
He also said that taxpayers should NOT bail out the lenders.
Michelle and Hillary need to hit them with their pocketbooks.
I just want all of this to be over...
Can we just vote and get it behind us?...


Album Reviews: T.I., Jennifer, & Jazmine

T.I. Paper Trail
T.I.'s Paper Trail seems more like a rehashing of his last album, T.I. vs T.I.P., than a follow up. However, that's not a bad thing. The last studio effort was a concept album meant to discuss his inner struggle between his mature and practical self and the man that lived in the hood and made bad decisions. I loved the concept, but the album seemed too long and not so cohesive. Paper Trail is different. Following his weapon's charges and facing the possibly of time in jail T.I., born Clifford Harris, serves up a blend of street swagger and human vulnerability that has become his trademark. He breaks down his struggles and claims responsiblilty rather than plays a victim of the system. While other rappers from the streets strive to portray an unrealistic juggernaut image, I am a fan of T.I. because he is layered and complex. Live Your Life is uplifting, Porn Star offers brazen sexuality, and Swing Your Rag gives us hood anthem. T.I. proves why he's one of the greats. 4.5 out of 5 Stars Album in stores 9/30/08

Key Tracks: Whatever You Like; Porn Star; Live Your Life; Swagga Like Us Ft. Kanye, Jay-Z, & Lil Wayne

Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson went from American Idol reject to Academy Award winning actress practically overnight. Her long anticipated album, Jennifer Hudson, is finally here. Jennifer's powerful voice brings memories of Patti, Jennifer Holliday, Aretha Franklin, and other greats. I honestly was wondering what they would do with her for this album. Spotlight was a pleasant surprise. She showed her range without oversinging. This album starts with a bang. Spotlight is followed by the smooth If This Isn't Love and the sassy Fantasia-eque Pocketbook ft. Ludacris. The song that follows, Giving Myself, is one of the most tender and genuine performances I've ever heard from Jennifer. However, after that the album stalls for me. The duet with T-Pain is ill advised. It's just a bad fit. The rest of the tracks are good but not memorable. And the gospel track at the end seems more contrived than inspired. What saves the album is her duet with Fantasia with background vocals by Jazmine Sullivan. It brings back memories of when singers actually sang. That is Jennifer's strength as well as her Achilles heel. Her voice is of another era but she has trouble keeping it fresh and new. Overall, it's a good effort. I just think she's still finding herself. 3.5 out of 5 stars Album in stores 9/30/08

Key Tracks: Giving Myself; Spotlight; I'm His Only Woman; My Heart

Jazmine Sullivan Fearless

Tremolo strings open the album's first track Bust Your Windows, a song with warm French horns and an espionage feel. Think of it as an answer to Carrie Underwood's Before He Cheats. That's the overall feel of Jazmine Sullivan's album Fearless. It's polished and cinematic. With husky vocals which echo Phyllis Hyman, Sullivan is a great storyteller. Her voice carries the pain of a woman three times her age blended with joy of a girl ten years her junior. Not since Lauryn Hill have we heard such a delicate blend of soul, swagger, and feminity. I was relatively unaware of Sullivan besides her version of Beyoncé's Resentment, but now she will be a fixture in my library. She makes you feel the music without feeling the need to scream or force feed. Her album's title is quite appropriate. The subject matter ranges from vengeful anthems (Bust Your Windows), domestic violence awareness (Call Me Guilty), infidelity (In Love with Another Man), and candid talk about one night stands (One Night Stand). It's really hard for me to pick a favorite track. I love the playful ice cream shop pop feel of Switch and the vulnerability of Lions, Tigers & Bears. It is In Love with Another Man that leaves the biggest impression. It's honest and one of the most well sung performances I've heard from a female artist. Remember her name. Sullivan is the truth. 4.75 out of 5 stars Album in stores now.

Key Tracks: In Love with Another Man; Switch; Need You Bad; Call Me Guilty

Biggie Biggie Biggie, Can't you See?

Check out the trailer for the upcoming Notorious B.I.G. biopic due in theaters January 19, 2009!

I don't know about you, but I can't wait!!!
Get it Miss Bassett!

She's Tyler Moore, She's Mary: Girl Groups

Before we were En Vogue, needed T.L.C, or Destiny had a child there were these divas of all divas.

The Emotions

The Emotions were a soul/disco singing group that hailed from Chicago. Their association with Maurice White of Earth Wind of Fire helped to spring them into success in the late 1970s and into the early 80s. Here they are singing their 1977 #1 Hit "Best of My Love". I can't help but dance when I hear this.

Spawned from the 60s girl group Patti Labelle and the Bluebelles, this soul/funk group was made up of Patti as well as Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx. Labelle was known for their brash sexuality and outlandish space-age costumes. Below is their most famous hit, 1974's "Lady Marmalade". Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir? Nothing like a song about a Creole hooker.

The Supremes

The Boss Miss Ross , Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson were Motown's most commercially succesful group at the time with twelve number one singles peaking at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their glamorous looks paired with Diana's silky smooth vocals made for quite the crossover success, largely appealing to white audiences. Below, The Supremes sing their 1967 hit "Reflections" followed by the showtune "The Lady is a Tramp". By this time Cindy Birdsong had replaced Flo. Here, all that glitters IS gold. Diana's shoulder movements are a force of nature...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New Attitude!!

Patti in her Tranny fierce days..
That hair...
I am really feeling this song right now.
Every once in a while we ALL need a new attitude.

Patti Labelle "New Attitude"

Life Your Life!!!

T.I. featuring Rihanna "Live Your Life"

"What you need to do is be thankful for the life you got/
You know what i'm sayin?
Stop lookin at what you ain't got and start being thankful for what you do got."
"Just l
ive your life...no telling where it will take ya..."
Who knew a T.I. song would be my positivity anthem? Lol. I had a rough patch in life recently and I have to admit I was moping. I know how to wallow in sorrow. However something in me recently clicked. I have good friends who have talked to me and through spending time with friends and fam I have been uplifted.
I also just paused and thought about things.
You can't let life get you down and be so obsessed with things going wrong that you don't do the right things.
I have the most amazing friends one could ask for. I have the best fam as well.
I'm smart and have a pretty good life.
I'm single, but I'm a damn good man and my parents passed on some top notch genes.
It's time for me to shake it off and just live my life.
Life throws you curveballs every now and then. You can't let them ruin you.
If life gives you lemons, make lemon drop cocktails!
Be thankful.
Sometimes we focus so much on the storm that we fail to see the beauty of the quiet that comes before it. The cool breeze we get. Or we ignore the gust of wind that warns us a storm is coming.
Storms don't last forever.
Eventually the clouds dissipate and the sun peaks through.
And God puts a rainbow in the sky.
[a rainbow? how gay...]
Now I will put the T.I./Rihanna song on blast and dance around my room.
That O-Zone sample is genius.
"Got everybody watching what I do/Come walk in my shoes and see the way i'm living if you really want to...
Keep on making that paper/Keep on climbing/Look in the mirror and keep on shining."
Just live your LIFE!! Ay!!!!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Presidiential Resumé

If You were The Boss which team would you hire?

With America facing historic debt,
multiple war fronts, stumbling health care,
a weakened dollar, all-time high prison population,
skyrocketing Federal spending,mortgage crises,
bank foreclosures, etc. etc.,
this is an unusually critical election year.

Let's look at the educational background of your two options:

Obama: Occidental College - Two years.
Columbia University - B.A. political science with a specialization in international relations. Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

Biden: Universityof Delaware - B.A. in history and B.A. in political science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)


McCain: United States Naval Academy - Class rank 894> of 899

Palin : Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in journalism

Now, which team are you going to hire ?

(I didn't write this. It was posted by a friend, with no mention of the author. Thanks Lisa!)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

George is Obama

Tyra posed as Michelle.
Why can't I pose as Barack?
I wasn't necessarily trying to look exactly like him,
but instead capture the essence of Obama.

I thought I'd become my idol for a day.
Change in '08!!!

Suit: Jones New York, Shirt: Express , Tie: J. Crew

Shirt: Express Design Studio Tie: Tommy Hilfiger

Left Pic Shirt: H&M Right Pic Blazer: Vintage, Shirt: Ralph Lauren, Pants: Express Design Studio, Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren

The Daily Tea: Wise Words from Martin

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money
on military defense than on programs of social uplift
is approaching spiritual doom."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
I guess if we havent learned by now, we never will. Not much has changed in 40 years.
Change in '08

Deborah Cox...Yes Ma'am

This is for the Fraternity...
Good times at Quetzal.
See ya next time. :-)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Tranny Fierce: Isis Rocks the Boat

If you have been living under a rock
you haven't heard about Miss Isis.
For the first time, America's Next Top Model
has a contestant that was actually born a man!
Anyway, in Wednesday's episode they did a swimsuit shoot.
Is it me or does Isis give us Aaliyah in this pic?
I don't know...
I'm going Back and Forth about it... [pun intended]
I love it.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Beyoncé: Stop Sign

I came across this leaked Beyoncé track not too long ago and I didn't pay much attention to it.
I don't know where it's from.
It could be from old studio sessions or left on the cutting room floor from the new album. Nevertheless, it's different from what we've heard from her lately.
B'Day gave us big beats and strong intense vocals and this is the opposite.
Accompanied only by guitar, Beyoncé could easily be singing a country song here.
It's just her.
Simple and clean.
No embellishments.
It's calming, which is what I've needed lately.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

She's Tyler Moore, She's Mary: Christina Aguilera Drags You In

As Christian Siriano would say, "tranny fierce!"
Christina Aguilera shows her best drag couture here in the 2008 Fall/Winter Russian edition of the Citizen K magazine.
I love the photos.
RuPaul would be proud.

While we are on the subject of Christina,
Click here to DOWNLOAD/LISTEN to her hot new song "Keeps Getting Better" that will be on her new Greatest Hits album. Enjoy!

The National Review: Helping me to love Obama!

The National Review

is a bi-weekly website and magazine founded in New York that is known as "America's most widely read and influential magazine and web site for Republican/conservative news, commentary, and opinion."

I bought the three issues below because Obama was on the cover. The first time I bought the magazine, I didn't know it was conservative. I continued to buy it for that very reason. I wanted to see what the other side had to say. The publication is actually a good read. I don't agree with most of the opinions but at least they are articulated in an intellectual way.

Each of the issues pictured below cover three aspects of Barack Obama. Each is supposed to be a reason not to vote for him. However, they each solidified my support for him.

The Obama Conceit, or so the magazine calls it, is that Obama is a 'Citizen of the World'. Obama himself referred to himself as such while in Berlin. He prides himself on having a diverse upbringing and having a wide range of views. The Review attacks Obama on that notion. For some reason, conservative America believes that patriotism is shown through xenophobia. Anything that isn't apple pie and football is just plain wrong. Remember when we were mad at the French and we changed the potato snack to "Freedom" fries?? Yeah, that stuff. The Right wing attacked Kerry's bilinguism for the same reason. "He's too extoic" "He's un-American". Bullshit! They are angry with Obama for implying that our kids should speak more than one language. EVERY other sophisticated developed nation is made up of people that speak more than one language. Why can't we do it? Because the stars and stripes said so?... I scoff at the thought. Thinkers like Obama are right. To work toward world harmony you must identify with and understand other nations, not bully them. We need diplomacy, not just militarism. There is more to the world than America.

Enigma: Who is Obama? The Review says that you will be surprised to find out. The real Obama is someone so despicable that no one should vote for him. They mocked his idealistic views and vows of unity. The issue about Obama's memoir came about. Barack Obama's memoir, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance is painted as anti-American rhetoric. The writer in the magazine claims that he cannot recall many positive things said about the U.S. and suggested Obama joined Jeremiah Wright's church because of Wright's views, not in spite of them. The article made me very excited about Obama's possible presidency. There has always been speculation about whether or not Obama is connected with black people. The article set out to depict Obama as a typical black man, complete with anger toward the nation that oppressed him. It talks about his early obsession with his black ancestry. Obama identified his principal roles models: Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., and W.E.B. Dubois. God forbid a man of color should identify with men of color! This doesn't scare me away. It fuels my enthusiasm. We need a leader who can't question the establishment enough to change it instead of continuing with the same.

Barack Obama's Pet Peacock NBC and MSNBC are being called liberal and a network made for the far Left. Wait a minute...isn't that precisely what FOX News does for the Right. O'Reilly and his comrades are some of the biggest bigots I have ever seen. But it's a problem that MSNBC is a little too liberal? At least there's a balance. The media in general has caught flack lately for being too liberal or supportive of Obama. I say the media finally represents the voices of the people. Eight is Enough!! This particular issue of the magazine came with a DVD called 'Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West'. In the title, the Islamic symbol of the crescent moon and star serves as the O in obsession while a gun is the N.... WTF... The tagline reads "The threat of Radical Islam is the most important issue facing us today. But it's a topic that neither the presidential candidates, nor the media are disccussing openly..." It then instructs you to show the DVD to your family and friends. WHAT??? With Wall Street crumbling and gas prices higher than high, is a Muslim extremist across the world REALLY my biggest worry right now???? NO!!! Idiots...They are just helping to spread anti-Islam ideas...When will the Reds learn? I'm proud to be blue.

She's Tyler Moore, She's Mary: Debbie does Deena!!

Here is Debbie Allen singing Dreamgirls and One NIght Only.
She would have made the perfect Deena.
Little known fact: Actress Phylicia Rashad, Debbia Allen's sister, was cast as Sheryl Lee Ralph's understudy in the original production of Dreamgirls.

Pursuit of Happiness

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
Our founding documents of this great nation claim that we are all entitled to these three things.

Upon examining the phrase, I noticed something.
We are guaranteed life...
We are guaranteed liberty...
But not happiness...Only the pursuit of it.

The word pursuit in the phrase seems to imply that happiness is something that is elusive. It is something that we must chase. Here lately, that has been more than evident for me.

I just turned twenty-five and after spending the first years of my twenties living a joyful and sprightly existence, I have hit a grey period.

I discussed this while posting the Nat King Cole song "Smile" but it's worsening. Everything I thought to be solid is crumbling. Oddly enough I don't care about being single as much as I did before. I don't have someone to call my own but now I realize that may be a good thing. I need to get my own life together before I welcome someone else into it.

I have dealt a lot lately with identity issues though conversations about my clothing in terms of manhood, sexuality and it's role in religion, and the confinements that go along with being a black man in America whose life represents a stark contrast to the typical young black man.

The ingredients that make up my upbringing have made me very different than most black guys I know.

Through all of the influences swirling around me, a potpourri of identities was created. I still loved rap but I chose to wear skinny jeans. I quoted Malcolm X but I listen to Puccini's La Boheme. I grew up in Orange Mound but my life screams Cordova.

I consider myself to have eclectic interests. That doesn't always go over well with everyone. For the first time in my life I feel out of place. I don't know where I belong, or if I should belong. A good friend of mine recently shared some experience with me and he emphasized his delight in being different.

I suppose that is what I should be pursuing. I should be striving to embrace my differences instead of hiding them of making excuses for them. I will never be my brothers. I will never be my father.

I can only be George.Arnett

I'm not sure where the next few years will take me. I don't know if I will care about music anymore. I doubt I will be in Memphis. I may be single. I may live happily ever after with my prince. Who knows... All I know is that I have to be proactive and make myself happy.

I need to pick up the pace. Happiness is far ahead and I'm getting lost in the dust. It's time I stop looking to others in the race and trust in God and myself. And keep my eye on the finish line.

One day I'll hear the words in the song below, and believe them...

The Trinity: Once again...

Again, here are three of my favorite people-
fashion models Marcus Lloyd,
Chanel Iman,
and Wendell Lissimore-
The Trinity.

Above are a few shots of Marcus taken by photographer Tristian Alexander.

The Champ is here.
Wendell channlels his inner Muhammad Ali
in this shoot which portrays him as the legendary boxer.

Chanel gets her pose on in this
Yves Saint Laurent themed shoot
by Alexi Lubomirski for Time Style & Design

I live for these three.
They are titans...

Kanye: Love Lockdown

Ok, I know I'm late but I wanted to wait until a High Quality version of this song leaked.
It's the first single from Kanye West's upcoming studio effort tentatively titled "808's & Heartbreak".

I live for this track. The ever-evolving Kanye actually sings the entire song with the help of an auto-tuner.
The song's subject is one you don't get from rappers much. However, Kanye isn't as much of a rapper to me as he is a story teller.

My nephew jokes that the song is about Kanye having a downlow gay relationship due to all of his anti-homophobia talk. Also, mediatakeout.com published a fake album cover with a rainbow heart on it.
I seriously doubt that it has anything to do with him being gay, but the song is about Kanye having to hide or "lockdown" his love for someone so that he can maintain his image.

Interesting...nevertheless, I love it.

I'm not lovin' you the way I wanted to/What I had to do/I had to run from you
I'm in love with you/but the vibe is wrong/and it haunted me all the way home...
I'm not lovin' you the way I wanted to/See I wanna move/but can't escape from you
So I keep it low/Keep a secret code/So everybody else don't have to know...
...I got something to lose/so I gotta move/I can't keep myself/and still keep you too
I keep your love locked down...

Click here to DOWNLOAD/LISTEN to the Track

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

John McCain on Pride

No Way, No How, No McCain!

That Chick is Irreplaceable

Yahoo Music named Beyoncé's Irreplaceable as one of
the greatest number one hits of Billboard Hot 100 History.
EAT IT!!!!!!!

Puts her in the company of Michael, Janet, Madonna, The Beatles...etc.
"To the left, to the left..."

Click here for the full list and write-up

Prepare for the Third Coming...
November 18th

Get Stupid!!

This is why I love Madonna.

Here is the "Get Stupid" video which serves as part of the backdrop for her Sticky & Sweet Tour. The Queen of Controversy charges us to wake up and do something about the state of the world before it's too late. The video contains images of McCain juxtaposed with images of dictators and images of Obama with figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr, Ghandi, etc.

She know's how to shake things up.

Friday, September 12, 2008



As hard as it may be to believe, that has been hard for me to do lately. I am always smiling externally, but the inside hasn't been very reflective of that. I don't know if it's my mid20s crisis or what but I have been in a slump for a while now.

Life just isn't where I want it to be. It's that conflicted sense of being blessed yet there should be more.

When I bought Janelle Monae's album, I came across this song. The words are really something I need. I later found out it's a Nat King Cole song that peaked at #10 on the 1954 Billboard Chart. The words are simple. They echo the old church saying- "weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning."

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

Click here to DOWNLOAD/LISTEN to Janelle Monae's version.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Politics of Fear

It's been 7 years...Damn... That fateful day that along with two towers, America's sense of stability and security came tumbling down.

I remember that day when I received a text message from my friend Tesfa."Two planes hit the World Trade Towers" it read."Whatever" I thought, only to reach my voice lesson to find my teacher listening to the radio. The horror unfolded. The chaos emitted from the speakers of the small radio. My heart sunk. What the hell was happening?

In the time that followed, Bush's approval rating soared after seeing dismal lows before. The country rallied around broken families and honored heroes, both professional and ordinary people.

How did an event that initially unified our nation end up becoming a tool for fear-mongering? How did our fears turn into hopes only to once again be cultivated into one big surge of paranoia?

The Iraq War is unpopular today, to say the least. We've lost far too many lives and seen far too few gains. But why were we there in the first place?

Osama isn't Iraqi...Saddam wasn't connected to 9/11....There were no weapons of mass destruction.

We entered Iraq for a three letter word: Oil.

However, it's bigger than that. Those who defied the UN were able to declare war due to our fear. Fear that they exploited.

We now live in a time when hope is up against fear.

They say..."How much do we know about Obama?""Is he a Muslim?""Why is his wife such an angry black woman?""Can he protect us from the terrorists?""If a liberal is elected, people will have abortion parties and the gays will have mass marriages.""Can we trust the BROWN MAN?"

The Republican Party has long been a vehicle for fear tactics. It's like a broken record. They play off of the people's fears. Mostly people who are too rich to care about the consequences or those that are poor in rural areas who don't question enough to think about the reality.

Invading Iraq, a nation where we as Americans are largely despised, only breeds more terrorism and Anti-American rhetoric.

Many people that are voting the McCain ticket stress his military record. "HE can keep us safe", they say.Forgive me if I'm wrong, but militarism doesn't equate patriotism. There is a difference between outright xenophobia and true patriotism.

We can't allow fear to dictate who you pull the lever for (I know we don't use levers anymore but bear with me...sheesh). Let's turn the tables.

Can BOTH parties be guilty of politics of fear?

"Don't vote for McCain because he will keep us in Iraq""Don't support Palin because you will be signing away your vagina.""The Republicans don't care about black people.""McCain is four more years of Bush. NO!!"

There are many people who are afraid of not electing Obama, myself included, due to what could happen.Is this any different than those who support McCain? Sure, it's a fact that McCain supported rebel flag flying at one point and repeatedly voted against the MLKIng National and State Holiday. Does this mean he probably doesn't care about black people? Probably.

However, I want it to be about more than that.In the last election, I voted for Kerry not because I was voiting FOR him. It was because I was voting AGAINST Bush.

This time I am voting FOR Obama. His views are parallel to mine. Will he be the sole answer to America's problems? No.Will he be the champion for blacks? NoWill he push an agenda for GLBT rights even though he has friends that would benefit? Probably not.

But he is a man that could bring our nation back to a nation of integrity, honor, and diplomacy. He wll make strides, but he will need our help. He's not here to save us, but to aid us.I'm not voiting out of fear.

I want to vote for change. For hope. For what I believe in.

Let's not let fear overtake us.

"America, surprise us and let a black man guide us." -Nasir "NaS" Jones

P.S. Can we please stop saying that Barack Obama is a descendant of slaves? He isn't. His mother was white and his father was Kenyan. Therefore, it is possible that both sides of his ancestry actually owned slaves at some point.Let him be a man. Not just a black man.

Nevertheless, CHANGE IN '08!!!!!!

"...this time we listened to our hopes instead of our fears...this time we decided to stop doubting and start dreaming".-Michelle Obama, DNC Speech