This Week in the News

Who knew Common was a thug rapper???  I certainly missed that memo!  Now, I must admit I don’t own any Common albums (I hear what’s on the radio and what plays on my Common Slacker station), but I believe I’m familiar enough with him to know he’s NOT a thug or anything demeaning that Karl Rove wants the American people to believe that he is.  I think there was enough backlash on Twitter to get the point that America wasn’t falling for it. 

And now Jill Scott is a racist…just because of some remarks she made in an article she wrote last year for Essence regarding interracial dating.  Jill states she grew up to believe that everyone is equal, but she felt “her soul wince” when she found out a friend of hers was dating a Caucasian woman.   I applaud Ms. Scott for her honesty; I’m sure we all feel some type of way when we see a friend that we feel has “made it” dating someone outside of their race, no matter or skin color or ethnicity.  Both cases are just classic examples of right wing extremists going overboard.

I’m no watcher of “Two and a Half Men”, but I’m sure someone is as it’s the #1 comedy in America.  And in the wake of Charlie Sheen going off the deep end, Ashton Kutcher will be replacing the star next season.  Apparently a deal was finalized last night.  Maybe I’ll watch the season premiere, just because…

And it appears Eddie Long is going to trial.  If you’re like me, the Bishop fell off your radar a time or two, but it appears he’s always been under the watchful eye of somebody.  Like the Bishop stated, I believe we are all ready for the truth to come out, so I support this case being settled in court. 

And lest we not forget the comments that Clifton Powell made about Spike Lee.  You can listen to them here.  He admits he shouldn’t do it, but he continues talk about Spike and threaten to kick his tail…Why can’t we all just get along???  It’s one thing if you don’t like someone and/or their politics, but it isn’t always necessary to put stuff out there.  This is just an opportunity to keep stuff going in Black Hollywood, which is small anyway.

Lastly, my condolences to the families of Mia Davis and Daryl Hawks, who both passed unexpectedly this week.

What news is going on in your world?  I hope you all have a great weekend, and until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

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Way Back Wednesday-An Ode to Hip Hop

 

Some of the greatest who ever did it

 

I do not claim to be a hip-hop head by any means, but I have some favorite artists, and one of my favorite movies is “Brown Sugar” starring Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs.  Not sure if that’s a great representation of a hip-hop movie, but I like it. *shrugs* In any event, I’m really disturbed by the current state of hip hop music.  And I sometimes wonder if it’s the evolution of our world and culture that has sexualized and sensationalized the bling and hood lives.  I also wonder if Biggie and Tupac were still alive, would hip-hop have evolved to its current state?

What happened to the days of “Krush Groove“, “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo“, and other great movies?  And lest we never forget some of the greatest hip hop artists, Run D.M.C., Fab 5 Freddy, OutKast, N.W.A., A Tribe Called Quest, MC Lyte, Salt-N-Pepa, and countless others. I wonder what types of movies would be made with today’s artists.  I can just about imagine the tomfoolery we would see on the big screen if these types of movies were left in the hands of Wacka Flacka Flame, Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, Souljah Boy, and the like.  Just listening to the lyrics sometimes hurts my ears, even if I like the beat.  Hip-hop is more than some lyrics over a hot track.  Hip-hop should inspire, elevate, and tell stories.  Now it sells sex and “Pretty Boy Swag”.   I search high and low for quality hip-hop artists to listen to, such as Common, Kanye, Jay, Talib Kweli, and The Roots.  The really sad part is that some of these artists don’t always become mainstream phenoms until they do something like star in a movie or become the house band of a late night show.  Don’t get me wrong-those are definitely great things-and as long as their message is getting heard, I really have no objections.  

So, to hip hop… I hope just as fashion has come full circle, I hope you come full circle, too.  I’m waiting for the day when quality hip hop will become the norm and not the odd man out.  I look forward to the day when I can see you on the big screen again and hear you on the radio.   In the meantime, I’ll continue to search you out on the internet and purchase your albums when they’re released. 

A True Fan,

Elle

My favorite song by Biggie, and my quote my freshman year in high school, “Sky’s the Limit”

Even though ‘Pac isn’t in the video, this is one of my favorite songs by him, “Smile” with Scarface

Lastly, my favorite ‘Pac song, next to “California Love”, “I Ain’t Mad at Cha”

This Week in the News-What’s Really Going On?

It’s been awhile since I’ve done “This Week in the News”.  I hope even though I’ve been slipping you’ve been talking amongst yourselves.  This week I decided to do the newsworthy stuff (at least in my world) with a twist.  I’ve pondered a couple of things this week, and I decided to share those things with you.  Maybe we can create a healthy, lively dialogue, and you all can shed some light on some things that I’ve thought about.

First, I must send my condolences to the family of ex-NBA player Lorenzen Wright.  His body was found yesterday in Memphis, TN.  The 34 year old had been missing for 10 days, and the cause of death appears to be from gunshot wounds.  It’s really sad, especially since he has 6 children.  I truly hope that his killer is found quickly and justice will be served.

Next up, Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston.  I’m surprised I even typed their names because their whole situation is ridiculous.  So I’ll move on.  (But, I will say Levi is accused of impregnating another woman…so the big question is will he and Bristol still get married???)

If you are an R&B/Neo-Soul fan, then you MUST be a Maxwell fan as well!  So, you must have been really excited when Maxwell announced last summer that he would be releasing an album each summer as part of a trilogy of albums.  I was about to go in on Maxwell  about the missing album until I just read that Disc 2 will be released Winter 2010.  So I’ll leave the sexy crooner alone…

If you are up on your summer tours, then you know Common (did you see him in “Just Wright”?) will be in the DMV next Saturday, August 7, as part of the Summer Spirit Festival, along with The Roots, Janelle Monae, B.o.B., and none other than ex-flame Erykah Badu.  Now, how often does it happen that a person goes on tour with their ex?  Now, if I’m not mistaken, Ms. Badu had a daughter, Puma, by another man while she was dating Common…I’m not sure about you, but I don’t think I’m that type of woman to go on tour with a dude who had a baby with another woman while we were together.  But if it works for them who am I to judge?  I would like to be a fly on the wall though.

Even though details are still a little sketchy, 18 year old Rayihm Holmes was in a coma for 4 days after a run-in with NYPD.  The teen was a high school football player and was set to start Kingsborough Community College soon.  According to reports, Rayihm, along with two friends, was walking home after a cook-out on July 11 and was stopped by NYPD officers.   At some point, an officer taunted Rayihm, and slammed him to the ground with no provocation (it has been said his hands were raised).    The young teen’s head hit the ground, and he began vomiting and bleeding.  An Internal Affairs investigation has begun, and the family has filed a notice of claim with the NYPD.  This young man cannot remember details about the indicent and requires assistance walking.  I do hope a thorough investigation is done because there is NO reason why he should have suffered these types of injuries. 

Ok, folks, so there’s my rendition of “What’s Really Going On???”.  Are there any news this week that I missed?  I know there is, so please feel free to share.  And provide your own lively anecdotes about some of the news I mentioned from this week.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!