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ICYMI: Issa Rae’s Insecure on HBO

11 Oct

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You can now view the first episode of Issa Rae’s new HBO show Insecure on YouTube. Woo hoo!  If you’ve watched Issa’s hit web series Awkward Black Girl, her new show will remind you of that (but in a good way). It’s funny but familiar. Apparently, many want Issa to continue down her awkward path, as she explained in a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon.  Typecasting strikes yet again.

I enjoyed the first episode. It’s good to see black women represented in complex, refreshing ways. And I’m glad she’s bringing issues that black women face to the forefront but with humor. The music is on point too, with Raphael Saadiq selecting the tracks of the show’s premier episode. You can listen to the songs on Spotify  but I also found the listing here if you’re not on Spotify (like myself).

Insecure airs on HBO, Sundays at 10:30pm (way beyond what should be my bedtime).

Looky here.

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Solange Unleashes the Fire

5 Oct

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Since I keep paying for this url, then I need to type some shit huh? Lol.

Well if you haven’t done so already, do yourself a favor and give Solange’s latest album A Seat at the Table a listen. I bought it today and absolutely love it. It’s intelligent, earnest, and eclectic. This album is truly a love song for and about black people with songs like Don’t Touch My Hair, F.U.B.U (for us by us), and the pearls of wisdom dropped by No Limit architect Master P.

Also I’m truly thankful for an album that’s melodically and lyrically diverse. I’m so not in the mood for over-saturated songs about romantic coupling. What can I say? It’s not my mood right now and there are so many topics to explore musically.

My favorite song at the moment (if I had to pick) is Cranes in the Sky. Solange released a video on her web site along with a video for Don’t Touch My Hair.

The video for Cranes in the Sky is included below.

PS Anderson .Paak is worth a listen as well. His latest album Malibu is awesome as well as his prior release Venice. I think I enjoy Venice more due to the variety of subjects and its high energy. But both are great!

Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Myth of Black Criminality

21 Sep

Would you look at this? A post?!

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I just finished the book Dateonomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game by financial writer Jon Birger. It was an interesting, quick read. Hopefully I’ll post about it this week. Birger briefly highlights the dating within the black community in the book. I’m about to move onto Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me. But before that, I need to finish Coates’ latest piece “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration.” It’s the cover story of The Atlantic’s October issue.

Included in the online version, is an awesome video representation of an interview with Coates exploring the myth of black criminality. I felt it worth posting.

And for more on the prison industry complex and how it decimates black community, check out Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Full disclosure: I haven’t read it in its entirety. The book’s introduction was just so disheartening that I stopped. I just wasn’t in a good enough place to push through. I think I’ll revisit, after I insert some light-hearted fiction into my reading list. We all need some fluff.

New Ish

22 Jan

new ish2So Issa Rae has a new web series, The Legend of Human Black Guy. I like the spirit of it which I assume is to humanize the black man. I’ll have to keep watching. And if you’re in the DMV, Issa Rae will be at Sixth & I on February 24th to discuss her collection of essays The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. I’ve got my ticket.

And here’s the first episode of The Legend of Human Black Guy.

Your thoughts?

Also Lupe Fiasco’s latest CD Tetsuo & Youth dropped on Tuesday. I plan to pick up my copy tomorrow from Target. Yes the actual hard copy CD (people still do that). What can I say, I just love Lu and his artwork on the cover! Talk about a Renaissance man….

And if you’re in the Atlanta area, please check out my cousin’s new spot Dream Cafe.  Thus far they have hosted a Vision Board event as well as the venue’s kickoff opening celebration this past Sunday. There are more events sure to come. Shout out to my talented cousin (Nevaina Rhodes) and her generous sponsor! Please support if you can and spread the word down in the dirty.

 

Selma: A Salute to Black Women Everywhere

13 Jan

This Sunday’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show featured clips of an interview between the brilliant host and Golden Globe nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay – the director behind the poignant, powerful film Selma. I was in heaven watching these talented, intelligent, beautiful black women dialogue on screen.  It was my own, personal Woman Crush Sunday from the seat of my sofa.

If you haven’t gotten a chance to see Selma, I urge you to support it. The movie will shock, stir, and challenge your soul.

As the film’s director, DuVernay sought to not only “capture the spirit of a movement” but to humanize our revered civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who is often represented without blemish. DuVernay has also mentioned that it was her mission to anchor the women of the movement as key figures of the Selma uprising (which they were).  In Selma, DuVernay highlighted the critical contributions of Diane Nash, Annie Lee Cooper, Amelia Boynton, Richie Jean Jackson, and Coretta Scott King. According to DuVernay, when she first received the script, “the women were not there at all.” It doesn’t surprise me. Unfortunately, there’s a long-standing history of ignoring the contributions of women to the civil rights movement.

Here’s the complete interview. I had to snatch it from YouTube instead of the MHP site (code issues).

Married in 2 Years or Less?!

18 Jun

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I’m a member of a number of meetup groups that I usually don’t participate in #gottaworkonthat and I received an email about the program pictured above. I was, of course, immediately annoyed. I’m tired of all the predatory marketing concerning romance camouflaged as dating advice for the single woman, in particular black women. Why aren’t we discussing the fact that in this country black men marry far less than white, Hispanic, and Asian males? Or the fact that black men cheat at higher rates than men of other races? But Kiki is going to instruct me on how to marry one in two years or less for the low cost of $650.00. Wait, I should clarify, Kiki said a man–not  a black man. And btw Kiki Strickland is an African-American woman.

Let me be clear this is not an effort to bash the black male. But context is everything – is it not? I’m just sharing what the research bears out. But it’s more than peer-reviewed, academic research really. I’ve heard the same non-committal romance stories shared by family members and friends. One friend recently shared that she feels that black men in our age group (30s to 40s) practically have to be strong-armed into marriage or at least that’s what she’s observed first-hand. Another woman (40+) agreed. According to her, the black men that she’s seen marry only did so after being given ultimatums. I can see that being the case.  It seems as though women, generally speaking, are always ready to board that commitment train while men eventually climb aboard somewhat reluctantly, if they even get to the train station at all. And for the record, I do not believe in strong-arming tactics nor do I believe that marriage/long-term commitment is the path for all. Live and let live and all of that. I’ve also observed black men marry their long-time girlfriends without any poking or prodding prior to the ages of 30 and 40.

But back to Kiki and her clique of relationship experts/life coaches. I think many of them are more concerned with building their Matchmaking empire than actually fostering healthy romantic relationships between members of the opposite sex. Somebody’s got to get paid. This is America after all where capitalism, consumption, and materialism reign supreme.

And on that note, how many of ya’ll are going to see Think Like a Man Too on Friday?

#sarcasm  🙂

 

 

So Much Trouble in the World #Bob Marley

29 May
Courtesy of ToddSchnick.com

Courtesy of ToddSchnick.com

 

It’s been awhile.

So much has transpired in the past month or so.

A racist rancher in Nevada takes center stage, followed by a racist NBA team owner who gets the boot thanks to a discriminatory rant secretly recorded by his mixed archivist/girlfriend.

Thirty-ish something brown girls everywhere were disappointed in the casting of Aurora Perrineau for the role of Shana Elmsford in the upcoming movie Jem and the Holograms based on the hit cartoon series of the 1980s. Producers were accused of whitewashing the only black character on the show by casting Aurora Perrienau (a fair-skinned black woman with long straight hair) in the role of a clearly discernible brown girl with a huge purple afro.  I agree.

Columbus Short threatened to kill himself and his estranged wife, subsequently losing his role as Harrison Wright on the hit TV show Scandal. Comedian D.L. Hughley decided to chime in on the Short’s domestic by calling the estranged wife a “thirsty hoe” who needed to “shut the fuck up.”

He’s so supportive, isn’t he?

Hughley folded and issued an apology for his illegitimate, insensitive, sexist comments shortly thereafter. Actor Michael Jace from the television show Shield is accused of murdering his wife while their two children were at home. Solange Knowles violently attacked brother-in-law H to the izz-O…V to the izz-A in an elevator while at the Met Gala. Tickets for Jigga and Bey’s On the Run Tour have dropped since ElevatorGate. The couple released a trailer in promotion of their tour following the elevator kerfuffle. I have yet to view it but Leslie Robison of the culture vlog Let Leslie Tell It suggests that the film promotion is merely a creative way for the Carters to acquire more of our money. I’m sure. But what else is new? In more black celebrity news, rapper T.I. and boxer Floyd Mayweather beef at a Fatburger restaurant in Vegas.

Where is the love people?

Unfortunately we lost an advocate of love,  compassion, justice, and equality yesterday. Poet, educator, activist Dr. Maya Angelou left us at the age of 86. Her words and actions inspired all to do better, be better. One of my favorite quotes is “The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.” True dat.

We are so thankful for all that you have inspired within us.

May you rest in peace. And may we do better.

 

 

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