Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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7 Tips to get you laid

Dates can be fun, if they are not predictable, but in my travels I’ve come to the conclusion that a lot of people don’t know how to go on a good date. All too often the first date is an overly expensive movie, where a good conversation cannot be held. Then after you’ve been dating for a while, you end up back at the movies or your favorite restaurant. So I’m sharing a few dating tips that are bound to get you laid.

The date doesn’t start once you reach your destination, it begins as soon as you first see the person. So why not start having fun as soon as you lock eyes. Set up stages to a date:

* Dancing Machine: Ladies, turn on some music and do a dance for your man, while he sits in the living room. It would be a good treat for him since he had to wait for you to put the finishing touches on your outfit. You’ll send a message that you’re ready to have fun and it’s something different and exciting that will kick the night off right.
* Ruin Your Dinner: Another fun thing you can do is stop by Godiva and pick up a box of chocolates, Having a small piece of chocolate before you go out is a fun, especially if you feed them to each other and then it’s a nice gift she doesn’t have to lug around the whole night like a single rose.
* In Early Out Later: A lot of fun things start around midnight, but that doesn’t mean the date has to start then, why not transform your house into a sensual and romantic place. I used to have a red light bulb that I would put in when I had company, but you can also put some scarfs over your lamps, light some candles and oils and your favorite adult beverage, and enjoy each other. You can talk, kiss, or whatever and really build a connection to the soul.

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T.I.'s Last Concert b 4 jail.

Grammy-winning rapper T.I. told fans he would stay optimistic when he heads to prison on a federal weapons conviction. The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford J. Harris Jr., performed for a packed audience Sunday night in Atlanta's Philips Arena less than two days before he is to begin serving the sentence of a year and a day.

Many in the packed crowd of about 16,000 people held up encouraging signs, like one reading "T.I. We Will Miss U!"

He must report by noon Tuesday to the Federal Correction Institution at Forrest City, Ark. He was arrested after prosecutors said he tried to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers from undercover federal agents in 2007.

During the concert, T.I. said he hoped that everyone learned from his mistakes. He brought his five children on stage, often holding one of them while he performed "No Matter What" ? a single off the almost double-platinum album "Paper Trail."

T.I., who won a Grammy for "Swagga Like Us," also performed all his hits from "What You Know" to "Bring 'Em Out" to his recent chart-topping singles "What Ever You Like" and "Live Your Life." Teenage rapper Soulja Boy also joined him on stage.

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama tapped federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court on Tuesday, officials said, making her the first Hispanic in history picked to wear the robes of a justice.

If confirmed by the Senate, Sotomayor, 54, would succeed retiring Justice David Souter. Two officials described Obama's decision on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement had been made.

Administration officials say Sotomayor would bring more judicial experience to the Supreme Court than any justice confirmed in the past 70 years.

Obama had said publicly he wanted a justice who combined intellect and empathy ? the ability to understand the troubles of everyday Americans.

If approved, she would join Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the second woman on the current court.

Which actor made more money than Will Smith last year

Jerry Seinfeld tops this list of stars with reported earnings of $87 million a year. 'Seinfeld' residuals must still be coming in strong ;)

Will Smith is pretty close behind with $80 million. He gets well for being considered one of the last bankable movie stars!

'American Idol' host Simon Cowell reportedly makes $72 million a year. Whew! I guess he can afford to leave the show if he wants, can't he?

Jennifer Aniston makes $27 million, while Brad Pitt reportedly makes $20 million. I wouldn't have guessed that Brad makes less than Jennifer, but I guess if you're counting 'Friends' residuals, that could make a big difference.

Mike Vick - Hip hop and the politics of punishment

By Tolu Olorunda

“What if Peyton was fighting dogs instead of Mike Vick?/”

—Jadakiss ft. Nas, “What If,” The Last Kiss, 2009.

“They say I’m all about murder-murder and kill-kill/ But what about Grindhouse and Kill Bill?/ What about Cheney and Halliburton?/ … How’s NaS the most violent person?/”

—Nas, “Sly Fox,” Untitled, 2008.

“What if history was changed?/ Slavery reversed/ Would black ladies see white boys/ And clinch they purse?/”

—Fredro Starr, “What If,” Firestarr, 2001.

Finally, Michael Dwayne Vick is free—well, not so. Stuck with an ankle monitor, Vick is to spend two months of home confinement at his Virginia residence. Last Wednesday, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback was released from a Leavenworth, Kansas, federal prison, after spending 19 months there for allegedly running an illegal dogfighting ring.

Right on cue, the sports media is fired up and ready to go. Weeks before his release date drew close, the pundit circuit had begun setting parameters under which Vick could once again play the sport he was untouchable at. To hear them tell it, he would have to make a public apology, televise commercials warning against the dangers of dogfighting, beg for Roger Goodell’s (NFL commissioner) forgiveness, and make amends—financially—for his wrongdoings. Among other things, he would have to join forces with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)—the same organization which recently asked that he undergo “mental evaluation”—to emphasize regret about his past conducts. Vick is being pressured to form alliance with this group, which ruthlessly engages in crude advertisements, ostensibly to justify their love for animals, such as dressing up in Ku Klux Klan (KKK) garbs and accusing targets of attempts to create a “master race” of pure bred dogs—which, they argue, shares similarities with the KKK’s values.

Forbes magazine National Editor, Michael Ozanian, captured this whirlwind of self-satisfying rhetoric-fest last Saturday, in a column titled “Free Michael Vick.” He wrote:

Vick has served his time under the law. He should not have to bend over backwards and do summersaults to prove anything to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Vick should not have to kiss the butt of the Humane Society or assist the animal rights group in any way. He should not have to “donate” any of his future earnings to any causes to repent. The law is the law. Vick broke it and paid the price. It is now time to completely free him.

It’s important to note that Michael Vick spent 19 months behind bars for a crime, inhumane as it was, more mainstream than the elite, gotcha media tried to make it out to be. (And it ain’t just Black folks doing it.)

The acerbic condemnation lashed out at Vick during the beginning stages of his trial, proved that, for many, it had less to do with Vick’s alleged crimes against canines, and more with his function as a Black Quarterback (an anomaly in the league). And not just any Black QB, but a fearless one—at that. Before the prosecution could unravel all evidence sought in incriminating Vick, most pundits had convinced themselves that not only was he guilty, but jail time was due. The reason for this was explained by Black Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback, Donovan McNabb, in a 2007 HBO documentary.

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Is black Radio really worth saving?

By Tolu Olorunda
“As a new mother, with a two-month old, I refuse to let these companies, these corporations, call my daughter a ‘bitch,’ a ‘hoe,’ a ‘n***er.’ It’s over. It’s not about ‘free speech.’ It’s about you’re peddling drugs into the mind of our community. What you do is addicting our children to violence.”

—Rosa Clemente, Hot 97 protest, 2005.

“Turn off the radio!/
Turn off that bullsh**!/
… What’s on the radio—propaganda, mind control/
And turnin’ it on is like puttin’ on a blindfold/”

—Dead Prez, “Turn off the Radio,” Turn off the Radio: The Mixtape Vol. 1, 2002.

“Can you get down, can you talk trash, can you get funky, can you get nasty? You got the job! Now look, Brother, that’s the basis upon which they hire you… Don’t you know why Black people are not productive—it’s because their minds are being controlled. And you are the agent that they’re using. You—in Black music.”

—Hon. Min. Louis Farrakhan, Jack the Rapper Convention, 1980.

It’s rare to have Rep. John Conyers (Detroit) and Rev. Al Sharpton (Heaven?) publicly split against each other, but a recently-passed bill (H.R. 848), championed by Conyers, just accomplished that. The “Performance Rights Act” has created a full-blown spectacle, even enlisting the megaphone of media mogul, Cathy Hughes, who called it a “bill that could put many black owned radio stations out of business. And force others to abandon their commitment to provide free music, entertainment, news, information, and money losing formats like gospel and black talk.” In recent weeks, many, including the inimitable Dick Gregory, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Tom Joyner, have rallied in opposition to it.

The bill passed last Wednesday in the house, but not before a rally organized by Ms. Hughes, herself, outside Conyers’ office.

It should be duly noted that H.R. 848 didn’t just spring up like a thief in the night. For months it had been in the works, and for months, faithful public servants like award-winning Hip-Hop journalist, Davey D, had been raising their voices against the dangers it could cause—to Black radio.

As early as January 27, 2009, Davey D had begun sounding the alarm. By February 24, he was convinced that if Conyers greased the wheels for the passage of the bill, “He and his collogues will be regretting their shortsightedness… Conyers and his ilk will one day sadly discover that those outlets will not be able to accommodate them in an effective way because many outlets like mine play music with our talk.” At the time, Davey D speculated that perhaps the “esteemed Congressman has been duped and bamboozled. Someone on his staff has given him bad information”; but many of Conyers’ opponents aren’t so willing to give him that much credit anymore.

Davey D explained, in plain English, the content and character of Conyers’ handiwork. It’s worth quoting at-length:

If this goes through, what will essentially happen is that we will find ourselves in a situation where it will become real costly to play music. This new coalition is really the same outfit that went and gutted internet radio making it so it costs 18 cent a song per listener. Do the math and ask yourself why we don’t have more stations? It’s too damn expensive after you reach a certain amount of listeners. The rate is scheduled to go up to 25 cent a song per listener in 3 years. This means if you have something cracking and you get even half a million listeners it will be impossible for you to pay for it, even with advertising.

But as much as we’ve been alerted to the danger involved in a potential loss of this vibrant part of our culture, we must be just as willing to question if this effort, on the part of executives like Cathy Hughes, is even worth it. We should also demand from them what their true motive, in this fight, is. After all, Cathy Hughes, as founder and CEO of Radio One, hasn’t been so beneficial to the younger Black community.

In 2007, Jahi, the California-based Hip-Hop artist, asked a timely question: “When will Radio One be held accountable for the music they are feeding to our kids, matter of fact, all of us?” Jahi railed against Radio One and Cathy Hughes for promoting a Spring Fest Miami concert series, with artists whose only prerogatives seem to be the pursuit of material wealth and other self-destructive acquisitions. Jahi felt that as much as Don Imus, the disgrace radio jock, was tossed into the lion’s den for his “nappy-headed hoes” comment, and justly so, the Black Imus-lites on the airwaves should be met with equal amounts of antagonism, from an irate community: “[T]he date after the controversy broke, I heard an artist say “beautiful hoe’s” on the radio (RADIO ONE). Yeah they bleeped out “hoes” but [we] all know what [was] said. What does Radio One and Kathy Hughes have to say about that?”

Jahi has a valid point; but the question, in my view, should be broadened and more inclusive: “What do WE, as a people, as a generation, as a culture, have to say about that?”

If we’ll be frank, and I certainly hope we can, most of what is played on Black or “urban” radio stations across the country is unadulterated bullsh**! Bullsh** in perpetuity. The same hedonistic, materialistic, misogynistic set of 5 – 10 songs is rotated by slow-witted DJ’s, whose sole claim to fame is the ability to read scripts—pre-written by record label executives—about how “ill,” "hot," “siccckkk,” “phat,” “dope,” and “crack,” a select few of commercial artists are.

These fu**ed-up “on-air personalities” couldn’t care less what impact their role is having on the collective psyche of the Hip-Hop community. They take pride and joy in a job which trained-robots and machines can do effortlessly and, dare I add, more eloquently. These backbone-less puppets have no depth into which their integrity refuses to dive—as long as the promise of financial solvency abounds. Anyone who doubts the verity of my contention need only switch their radio frequencies to any station with the title “Hot” or “Power” before it. Try it. C’mon.

Another experiment for the non-believers and doubting-Thomases out there: Here are 10 well-known, fairly successful artists who, for sake of their political audacity alone, are less likely, if not totally unexpected, to be heard on Black terrestrial radio:

1. Jasiri X

2. Amir Sulaiman


4. Immortal Technique

5. Invincible

6. K’Naan

7. Rebel Diaz

8. Paris

9. Kam

10. The Conscious Daughters

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