the shuffle. [2/10/07]

I must say, I'm in a pretty good mood right now. I went with my girls today and saw Night At The Museum, which was pretty dope, especially for the heads who were into flicks like Jumanji. It's funny though, this is the first time I've been to the movies since Constantine came out. In any case, I saw some pretty dope trailers: the new Fantastic 4 flick looks awesome, but I think it will suffer from "shitty-plot" syndrome. It has Silver Surfer in it, but I can't tell if they are going to make him some villain or a rogue kind of good-guy. I actually already told my wife that we are going to go see the 3rd Spider-Man flick, which just looks, sounds and is going to be a superb flick. This one features that nigga Venom, which is one of my fav comic characters of all time, but the entire story just looks sick.

Oh, and I had NO IDEA that The Simpsons was getting it's own movie!? The trailer I saw has Homer literally between a rock and a hard place, and had me cracking up out loud. The kids in the theater were not getting it, but that movie is going to do MAJOR numbers. Will probably safe Hollywood.

And I just want to take the time out to say a big RIP to Big Pun and J Dilla. I know others died, but I have to rep my fallen Hip-Hop Heroes first...

I've also got some beats riding right now, waiting for Mosley to get his fight on, so let's get settled and get this shuffle rockin'...

01/Seeing as this is Black History Month and all, I want to first cover some of the highpoints and lowpoints in Black America from the week that was. First, a few positive points: Senator Barack Obama has taken another step in his presidential race, officially declaring his presidential candidacy. You know what's weird, though? I almost don't want him to run. As much as I'd love to a) see another Democrat in the White House and b) see a BLACK MAN with the title of President, I don't want him to fuck up. I mean, in all of the years of differing presidents and such, they all fuck up. Aside from Clinton, who I just loved because he seemed like such a cool cat, things really aren't that different. Maybe it's just because my official adult life has been in the shadow of the Bush era. Clinton spent the majority of his time in office while I was in high school. I've been affected the most by the fucked up Republican tenure in massa's crib, but who knows. I also wonder, who is Obama going to run with? I haven't heard a bit about who his VeeP might be. Will he be having another Black person as his VP? I'd like to see an Obama/Oprah ticket... maybe I'm REALLY dreaming lol. Speaking of the presidential race, one of Black Radio and TVs more prominent faces, Tavis Smiley, has been tapped to host two presidential forums later this year. Last time it was Charlie Gibson doing his 1-2 on live TV, now Mr. Smiley will try and hold his weight in the pit. Shouts to him. Now, for the negative, and watch out, it's HEAVY: this heartless asshole named William Page wins the worst father award this week, which is amazing considering the pricks who are using stun guns on their kids these days. This Page nigga apparently got upset because his almost-2 year old woke up last Saturday and was playing instead of sleeping. What does he choose to do? He says he hit her so hard she lost conciousness. Ridiculous, right? Oh, it gets worse: I'm guessing this nigga figured she was dead, so he wrapped her up in some blankets and left her out by some railroad tracks. It was 2 degrees that night in Pittsburgh, and not surprisingly, the toddler froze to death. That was just the WORST thing he did, though; the previous Friday, he fucking held the mouth of another child in the house, and molested her, and then left, with the toddler in tow. I mean, what kind of ANIMAL fucks up the lives of children like that? The sad part? This bastard will probably never have to receive the sentence/punishment he SHOULD... watch him get some time, and have advocacy groups out the ass pleading his case. I'm not the STAUNCHEST supporter of the death penalty, given how many times the judicial system gets it wrong, but in situations where you know this nigga left this helpless child out to die, I stand by the Bible's "eye for an eye" rule... In a final piece of good Black History Month news, a judge has finally stood up and told OJ to stop spending his money. Why this wasn't done over a decade ago is anybody's guess...

02/There's a fire going on in Texas that is going to be the catalyst to how a lot of states and doctors react to the HPV vaccine that is being given to young girls. Essentialy, HPV is the virus that is found to cause cervical cancer, and recently, there has been medicines and vaccinations that are available to treat this form of cancer. The thing is, in Texas, their govenor pushed an "executive order", giving mandatory vaccinations for HPV. Now, the parents are beefing with this because, well, HPV is only contracted through sexual contact, and they believe that giving this vaccine will promote promiscuity. HUH? OK, granted, some twisted kids might think "wow, I can get my freak on and not get HPV", but that to me screams one of two things: 1) they aren't teaching "safe sex" or abstinence to their kids in the first place, which is fucked up on their parts, and 2) they are assuming their kids are that fucking naive and stupid to think that this vaccine will give them a free pass. My other thing is, if this becomes mandatory, will it be added to the shots that babies get when they are just months old? I mean, sure, right now it will be given to girls already old enough to be getting regular periods and possibly becoming sexually active, but that still begs to question: would you RATHER your child contract HPV because you were too busy trying to defend your rights to decide what you want to do for your kid? It's not like they are saying "yo, you can get this shot and not contract HPV, but you will grow a 3rd tit out of your back". I just don't get how some parents can be so rigid on these issues...

03/So, the Colts won the Super Bowl, and Tony Dungy becomes the first Black football coach to win that trophy. What is America thinking about, though? Gay Snickers Commercials. And if Prince's guitar was supposed to be a symbol of his dick. Say whaaaa? Now, I will admit, when I saw this commercial for Snickers, I was taken aback. I mean, I literally was like EW EW EW when I saw the guys touch lips, I won't front. I just wasn't ready for it. A split second later, I was like "this is gonna cause hell", for I was suprised that the Snickers people greenlit a commercial promoting these ideas, that these guys had to "do something manly" after their "kiss". Well, gay advocacy groups spoke up, and the ad has since been pulled from airwaves. The way Snickers comes off, they knew it'd cause controversy, but I bet they didn't imagine the power those groups had. Dumbasses... Now, I saw Prince perform and he did his thing, invoking both Tina Turner AND Jimi Hendrix (gotta love that Black Music History), and didn't find anything wrong with his performance, surprisingly (I joked to myself that its kind of funny that, after Nipplegate, they chose Prince to be the safe performer. Oh if this was only, say, 1994...). He mixes up classics, other people's music, and shows his prowess as a guitarist, and what are critics pondering? If he was trying to simulate his dick while in the shadows. With all of the controversy and such that the halftime show saw with the Janet/Justin shit, you'd think the media would try to steer clear of it. No, they want to make it up, as if Prince was really doing that. If he was, hey, it's a symbol, he didn't whip it out. Thing is, he hasn't said yes or no, so why try and create some truth that isn't there?

04/I love reading stories where people acting like assholes make certain products or actions get banned. First it was driving while talking the the cellphone, which can be annoying to other drivers, but it's not like this is the ONLY distraction people have whilst driving. Now, in NY, Sen. Kruger (wonder if he lives on Elm Street?) wants to ban public iPod usage, $100 for walking the streets of NY while listening to your favorite pirated mp3s, just because some imbeciles got hit by vehicles due to not paying attention. If people start getting hit while talking on the phone, or looking at all of the fucking ads running rampant on buildings in Times Square, will they then start banning that stuff, too? It has nothing to do with electronics fucking with, how did they say it, "public citizenry", it's dumbasses who don't know how to pay attention while walking across a busy street. I stay with the headphones on when I'm out, and I've never been hit once. Maybe it's because I rock the discman or the Zen Xtra, and not an iPod...

05/You guys have already been bombarded with the news since Thursday afternoon, but Anna Nicole Smith passed away suddenly in Florida. I don't want to dwell on this too much, for the regular news outfits have already bled this story dry, and it's not over, not with the paternity issue(s) and the movie that may or may not come out, or the fact that she gave her daughter a trumped up name like Dannielynn. I just have to get my shit out. I mean, back in the day, before she was all Guess Jean Model and whatnot, I used to crush on her a bit. I think it was the whole Marilyn Monroe/thick broad thing. I do remember her on Howard Stern's show early in her career, and during the interview she seemed hopped up, not drunk but on pharms or something. Just out of it. Once she started getting into the marrying the old dude and the aftermath of that, I kind of lost my intrigue into her life. Nothing personal, I think Salma Hayek came out around that time. I just feel bad, because she went through a lot - I won't debate whether she brought any of this on herself, but you have to feel something for a woman who dealt with birth and death like 2 days apart. Fuck all of the other nonsense, and just focus on that for a second. Post partum feelings, a new kid, and your only son ODs. That's tough for ANYONE, but put in the fact that she is already somewhat unstable, and that's a recipe for disaster. I truly think she was on some medication, and just went overboard. TMZ is reporting that people are talking about her being drunken and on the serious stumble/bumble as early as Tuesday of last week, and she was just on a bender with the drink. Damn shame, for her daugher's sake that is... Now, while some of you poured over all of the Anna Nicole stuff, the people over at Editor & Publisher want you to remember that she is not the only female who died before her time this week...

06/Now that THAT is out of the way, I have some Black Entertainment links to dole out: in the world of Hip-Hop interviews, Tru Life spoke some tough talk to XXL about Dipset and how he grew up. I've seen BEEF, so I believe him, but release an album already!... El-P talks to Remix Mag, giving insight on his recording process (or lack there of), his studio setup for you gearheads, and some thoughts on his forthcoming LP, I'll Sleep When You're Dead (pre-order HERE). NJ's own Redman spoke to CrackSpace about his upcoming LP and his overall work aesthetic towards Def Jam and Rap in general. I can't wait for him to drop new heat... I just read earlier today that ?uestlove of The Roots is working on the next Roots album (due out in either Oct. 2007 or Feb. 2008... huh?), but he is also at the helm for the next album by Al Green. I do think it's dope that ?uest wants to make a vintage Al Green record, as opposed to trying to grab the ears of today's generation, who really aren't going to fuck with Al anyways. Hopefully it works out... We all know that cockroaches never die, so this must be why Jermaine Dupri has been named the head of the newly-minted 'Island Urban Music' division. You gotta love how LA Reid sights JD's track record as being the main reason he signed duke, but duke flopped with Janet's LP... Gillie Da Kid, AKA dude who says he wrote Lil' Wayne's rhymes, got arrested for operating two known crackhouses. Talk about "When Keepin' It Real Goes Wrong"... the Vivid Adult entertainment company is going to be putting out a sex tape made by Ray J and Kim Kardashian (AKA Paris Hilton's friend) on the 28th. There's a website where you can apparently see clips of the video before it drops, and from what I've read, Ray is supposed to be in a scene where he R. Kelly's homegirl. Who woulda thunk that the daughter of one of the men who got OJ off would be seen years later getting a golden shower? She is fly though, even if she's gotten a bunch of work done... B.I.G.'s mom is expanding the Brooklyn Mint clothing line to focus on a new line, the Notorious B.I.G. line, which will feature apparel for men of all ages... Even after smacking the shit out of a New York Knick in the middle of MSG, Carmelo Anthony has been allowed to be a reserve for the 2007 NBA All-Star game. This came down from David Stern, so he must have gotten a shitstorm of hate mail from heads who were upset 'Melo didn't make the West's team originally... speaking of the NBA, the first NBA Player to officially come out of the closet, some nigga named John Amaechi, is of course dropping a book about his trials/tribs in the NBA. My thing is, why do the gay atheletes, for the most part, wait until they are retired to announce their sexuality? I don't doubt that it is a great for gay and lesbian people who look up to these men and women as heroes, but wouldn't it be an even greater triumph to admit it while still in the sport, playing professionally? Magic played the Olympics not too long after owning up to his HIV+ status, and I think that helped open up a lot of dialogue amongst Americans. I can understand if they have conflicts and/or issues that might make this difficult, but I just think it'd go a longer way in the end...

07/Here is a heaping helping of links and stories for you to fawn over whilst avoiding work: Samsung is working on their own iPhone killer... speaking of Apple, Apple Computers and the Beatles' Apple company have finally come to an agreement in their long legal troubles. I bet you Beatles fans can't wait for iTunes to be flooded with all the classics... the Aqua Teen Hunger Force bomb scare farce casualties are lining up: Turner Broadcasting is ponying up $2million to Boston, and the Head of Cartoon Network quit over this debacle... "Super Tonio" is causing quite a stir in Mexico - you would too if your birth weight was 14 lbs... Here is the RIGHT way to prank a telemarketer (shouts to my wifey for the link)... For you Planter's peanut eaters, may these stories of Pennsylvanians make you wary: this week there was a tooth AND vertebrae in their cans of peanuts... Are these pictures of the remains of the real Romeo and Juliet?... This dude working as Disney's "Beast" got arrested and charged with owning crazy amounts of kid porn. He also plays Goofy. Soon he will be playing "Shirley" or whatever Big Bubba wants to call him... And finally, Richard Branson is offering $25million to the person who can figure out how to put an end to global warming. Get your thinking caps on, that shit could be MONEY IN THE BANK!

Alright, so there you have it. A grip of links to keep you occupied until this time next week. I will leave you with my new favorite Black Man on the Web, next to Kimbo Slice, of course: Reverend X, the "Spirit of Truth" dude. What's really good with him? He's like one of those crackheads talking to themselves on the streets... it's not that he's preaching while listening to All Eyez On Me, or that jacked up hair-do. It's the fact that he is fucking SERIOUSLY PREACHING:




Sounding like someone's drunk uncle and shit. "'Cuz I'm God, bitch!" Be easy!

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