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Country cousins ...
Talib Kweli f/ UGK












Recently Mary J Blige attended the "I Think I Love My Wife" Los Angeles movie premiere and I had to do a double take when I saw her pic because I thought it was Tootie from "Facts of Life" reincarnated and all grown up. Mary in her retro bowl hair cut makes me think could these two be distant country cousins? Hmmm....









Kim Fields and Mary J Blige bearing a striking resemblence




Related posts:
Country Cousins -
Jay Z & Andre Leon Talley
Eva & Terrance


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I Call Your Name...
Switch f/El Debarge






Okay, by now everybody has probably bobbed their head to the catchy song, "Throw some D's on that bleep." I really can't figure out what he's saying and I'm from the south so you'd think I could translate, but anyway, I really enjoy the hook to the song which samples "I Call Your Name" by those high pitched brothas of El Debarge and Switch. Of course other artists have sampled the Switch beat like Master P's homey Fiend did waaay back in the day, and others have made of course made their own spin of Rich Boy's joint as in the case of Kanyeezy. But who did the beat justice? Here are the candidates that I chose:







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0 comments | Sunday, March 04, 2007


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Real Recognize Real ...
Lupe Fiasco




The other day NAACP decided to recognize the real peeps holding up a positive image among minorities. As they say, real recognize real. So, Dijimon Hounsou, Ugly Betty, Spike Lee, Isaiah Washington and Omar Epps were among the winners of the 38th annual NAACP Image Awards. For the rest of the winners circle, click here [link]



Here are pics of a few of the attendees:




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0 comments | Wednesday, February 28, 2007


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Lost yo mind...
Beyonce




Beyonce arriving to celebrate her cover
of the 2007 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
and looking prophetically salty at the SI logo



Beyonce and the rest of the party people that attended Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue party just might have contracted Hepatitis A. According to SI, an employee of the caterer, Wolfgang Puck Catering, was diagnosed with the virus.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health urged anyone who ate raw food at the Sports Illustrated event, held at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, to receive an immune globulin shot by Wednesday.

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According to the CDC there is no specific treatment for Hepatitis A but sufferers are advised to rest, avoid fatty foods and alcohol but thankfully they reported a low mortality rate of 4 deaths per 1000 cases for the general population. Approximately 15% of people diagnosed with Hepatitis A may experience a symptomatic relapse(s) for nine months to a year after contracting the disease.

I can hear Beyonce now...

Beyonce:"Somebody done lost they mofo mind serving me this contaminated ish. Now I cant eat my fried okra and sip Dom Perignon at the 40/40. I know what I'm 'bout to do - Jay, you ready?"
Jay Z and Beanie(who will do the dirty work): "I'm ready B, Let's go get 'em"





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A Change is Gonna Come...
Sam Cooke


"I go to the movie and I go downtown
somebody keep telling me don't hang around
It's been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will
" - Sam Cooke


Marchers attacked by AL police in Selma AL, 1965
Photos via National Park Service

This weekend is the 42nd anniversary of "Bloody Sunday." For those who are not aware which Bloody Sunday this is, becuase in African American history, bloody days of the went down on the regular, this was the day down in Selma AL where civil rights workers were headed out to march 50 miles to the east but were beaten with billy clubs on the Edmund Pettus Bridge 6 blocks into their journey to Montgomery.

Two days later, MLK came over and gave a pep talk and handled "bidness" and the march resumed and the march ended successfully in Montgomery and four months later, President Johnson outlawed literacy tests to vote and signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, (the same act that was under serious attack of not being renewed this past year but fourtunately passed). If you ever have been on US Highway 80 between the two cities, you have to give congratulatory pats on the back for that feat because that stretch of highway is a pretty long hop skip and jump nestled between lonely cotton fields surely owned by Bull Conner sympathisers. When I was down at Tuskegee, I was spooked and scared to even drive that stretch at night, probably because I had "Bloody Sunday" on my mind.

Well, anyway, Obama will be there on behalf of one of those bloodied marchers, Rep. John Lewis of GA.

Here's some insight on what he might say to the black audience he'll face this weekend:

Do you try to talk in the same way to a black audience as a white audience?
I think that the themes are consistent. It think that there's a certain black idiom that it's hard not to slip into when you're talking to a black audience because of the audience response. It's the classic call and response. Anybody who's spent time in a black church knows what I mean. And so you get a little looser; it becomes a little more like jazz and a little less like a set score.

Do you feel that you have to prove yourself to black leaders or civil rights leaders?
You know, I really don't. I think it's instructive to look at how I ran my U.S. Senate campaign... I think that the African American community is more sophisticated than I think the pundits sometimes give them credit for. The notion that right now I'm not dominating the black vote in the polls makes perfect sense because I've only been on the national scene for a certain number of years. And people don't yet know what my track record is.

Interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep this past week




Senator Barack Obama Rally - Austin, Texas - February 23, 2007


Isn't it amazing that in one generation, we went from being beat for simply fighting for a voice and now we have someone of african american descent vying to be spokesperson for everyone's voice. A change is definitely coming Sam Cooke.

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0 comments | Tuesday, February 27, 2007


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Growing Pains...
Ludacris f/ DTP





"We were tryin so hard
Hard to survive
Cause even though we were young
We had to stay strong"

Growing Pains - DTP f/ Ludacris

Ludacris at the NBA AllStar game, Feb. 18, 2007


I know I'm late on this but Ludacris' father, Wayne Brian Bridges, age 52, passed away this past Sunday down in Atlanta.

"We are overwhelmed by the generous outpouring of love, condolences and support from family members, friends, fans and the many well-wishers," read a statement released Monday (February 27) by Ludacris' family. "We thank you for your prayers and hope you will understand our need for privacy during this sorrowful time."


This came on the heels of his first ever Grammy win for "Release Therapy" and of course his special shout out to Bill O'Reilly that in my eye, beats even ODB's infamous award show quip "WuTang is for the children!" It just goes to show you that you must have rain to enjoy the sunshine. I send out heart felt condolences to him and his family and and since he's a fellow ATLien, I just might keep it hood pour out a lil' liquor on Peachtree next time I'm there.

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0 comments | Monday, February 26, 2007


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Every Little Step I Take...
Bobby Brown




"Every little step I take,
The cops will be there,
Every little move I make,
Handcuffs and I will be together,
Through any kind of weather,
It's like that, it's like that, ya'll."

- Bobby Brown, Every Little Step I Take"

Bobby Brown at
Vanity Fair's Sixth
Annual Amped Concert on Feb 23

(AP File/Danny Moloshok)


Bobby "done done it" again. Apparently every little step he makes around Boston rest assure, he'll be copping a charge. He got locked up at Bobbi Christina Jr's cheerleading competition because he decided not to show up for his child support court case.

"The 38-year-old singer was scheduled to appear Monday afternoon in Norfolk Probate and Family Court, said Adam Loomis of All State Constables in Weymouth.

"He was supposed to show up and prove everything was up-to-date," Loomis said. Brown was co-operative outside the high school, and borrowed Loomis' cellphone to arrange to get out of jail, the constable said."



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That Bobbi Christina is mos def going to need to heavy serious counseling because her 14 years of growing up a B. Brown may start taking its toll and I know auntie Dionne has her back because I know she saw this train wreck coming.

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