Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
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
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...
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
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
“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."
Thursday, September 25, 2008
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.
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
Key Tracks: Whatever You Like; Porn Star; Live Your Life; Swagga Like Us Ft. Kanye, Jay-Z, & Lil Wayne
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
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
"Just live your life...no telling where it will take ya..."
Monday, September 22, 2008
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
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!!!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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.
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...
fashion models Marcus Lloyd,
and Wendell Lissimore-
Wendell channlels his inner Muhammad Ali
in this shoot which portrays him as the legendary boxer.
Yves Saint Laurent themed shoot
by Alexi Lubomirski for Time Style & Design
I live for these three.
They are titans...
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
the greatest number one hits of Billboard Hot 100 History.
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...
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
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