This blog will be about whatever suits my fancy. Chances are, it will concentrate on media misrepresentations of the American "Black community", Black politics, politics in general, and whatever else I want to mentally masturbate about.
I was talking with my daughter yesterday, and she mentioned someone who had no sense of humor. She then said "even I" have a sense of humor, it's just hard to categorize. She said it's "different" and then she said it's "dry." When I told Mrs. D.S., she laughed and said her mother taught her how to be polite. So, I know that was a slam, but that leads me to this post.
Best comedy routine, EVER: "Who's On First" by Abbott and Costello.
Best comedy movie, EVER: "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World". Spencer Tracy was the perfect straight man for everyone else in this movie: Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Jonathan Winters, Jim Backus, etc. Straight up hil-ar-ri-us!
One Saturday, I was in the kitchen getting dinner ready for the family when "Flip This House" came on. Mrs. D.S. was previously watching a home improvement show. After about 20 minutes, I was HOOKED! It was a show that featured a brother, his wife, and his employees and contractors going through the process of flipping a house. At the end of the 1 hour show, I was impressed. My wife said she was impressed as well but wondered about the focus on the bottom line. She even said she wouldn't buy a home from someone like that, while I said I wouldn't mind. Additionally, the amount of money made on the flip was impressive.
This morning, after I made a run to the hardware store, I came in the house and my wife just hugged me and said, "Come up stairs, I have something to show you."
ATLANTA (FOX 5) -- What if you found out an
American Idol contestant was lip-synching? What if the Bachelor was
really married? How real is reality TV? The FOX 5 I-Team answers that
question with one of America's favorite reality shows: Flip This House.
Senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell found one Atlanta developer on the
show, Sam Leccima, wasn't telling the truth about his renovations.
Now, I am heart broken!
Sam was ON THE BALL! Instead, it was a scam and he not only involved and scammed people who thought they were friends, he seemed to focus on Black people. Here is part two of the investigation. Dude never made a profit! Dude even lost his license BEFORE the "Flip This House" shows!
I also started a show called "The Real Deal". The person who stars in this flipping show was also on "Flip This House". Check out the flipthislawsuit blog. It's not associated with "The Real Deal" but it's an interesting read.
After watching a few shows, one with Armando Montelongo, I was impressed with the series, BUT I told my wife that if Montelongo ever did anything in my area, I wouldn't buy from him because he really seemed to be focused more on money vs. doing a good job.
Radio One yesterday announced the sale of 10 stations in two mid-size markets to a D.C. equity firm, part of an effort to divest properties that don't fit the company's mission of dominating the urban radio market.
Arlington Capital Partners will pay $76 million for five radio stations in Dayton, Ohio, and five in Louisville, Ky. The stations will be run by Main Line Broadcasting, a Philadelphia company within Arlington's portfolio that operates nine radio stations in Richmond, Hagerstown and Waynesboro and Chambersburg, Pa.
The same accounting scheme that have caused bigger companies to recalculate costs of stock options, has hit Radio One. Add to that the industry-wide fall in advertising revenue and Radio One is in serious trouble.
I remember when WKYS was sold. For about 2 months before the transfer was completed, "all of the sudden," the programming of the station drastically improved. On the last show under the old owners, the D.J.s gave their thanks to listeners for listening over the years. One noted that she had received comments about the improvement in the radio programming. She said the old owners decided to let the D.J.s program their own shows!
Maybe Radio One should try this novel concept in some markets.
R. Kelly compares himself to Muhammad Ali, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley -- and even Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -- in a magazine interview that hits the street just in time for the release of his new album this month.
Kelly, the Chicago native who rose from street singer to star before facing criminal charges of having sex with an underage girl, made the comments in the spring/summer issue of Hip-Hop Soul magazine.
The magazine had not reached newsstands Wednesday, but the Sun-Times received an advance copy.
The most eyebrow-raising quote: "I'm the Ali of today. I'm the Marvin Gaye of today. I'm the Bob Marley of today. I'm the Martin Luther King, or all the other greats that have come before us. And a lot of people are starting to realize that now."
I am disgusted.
Five years ago, I remember people asking, "Ed! Did you see That TAPE!!!!?!?!????" When I said no and asked was it him, everyone said yes.
The Chocolate Factory CD came out and people brought it. I didn't, I didn't even burn it even though it was good. The Ron Isley CD that the alleged child molester did, was good, but I didn't buy it. The Charlie Wilson CD that the alleged child molester did, was good, but I didn't buy it.
I refuse to give him money so that he can continue to use his fame to go after under aged girls; allegedly.
I am offended by much of what goes as rap on commercial radio. I don't like it and it has driven me from listening to commercial radio after the morning drive time period. I am offended that some people are saying that rap IS Black culture when rap is a sub-culture of entertainment and a sub-culture of America.
Some have said the term "gangsta" comes from the Black community. As I wrote earlier, the term is nothing but slang for gangster, which came about from the gangs that arose during alcohol prohibition.
Some have said that "hip-hop" promotes anti-intellectualism, but I don't know the songs that support that assertion. Better yet, no songs have been provided that support that assertion. This weekend, Mother's Day weekend, many HBCUs hold graduation ceremonies. One can assume that most of the graduates listen to rap. So, why are they immune from the alleged anti-intellectualism in rap?
Rap does glamorize drug use, but when you look at the drug use statistics, except for marijuana use, Blacks use drugs in smaller proportions than whites use drugs. Meth use is rising fast, but unless I'm mistaken, rap isn't glamorizing the use of meth.
Much of commercial rap is offensive, but blaming the many ills in the Black on rap is a lame excuse. I just wish people will come out and say that they think Black people are sheep. That would get it out into the open and properly dealt with; or not.
I guess I should write that this is not a defense of rap. I don't care for the language, I don't care for the images and I don't care for the "bling bling." They are the present day minstrel show.
I was PUMPED to see Spiderman 3. After viewing the movie, however, I was left sorely lacking.
I understand there has to be tension between Peter, Spiderman, and M.J. I understand that Peter has to allow Spiderman to take priority over M.J. and any sane woman would start to have problems with this priority.
It was cool to have Peter get a bit of a big head because everyone loves Spiderman and I can see part of that becoming a storyline. But if they had left most of the love interest crap, they still could have made the story line of revenge and ego be credible.
It was just too much love stuff. When there was action, it was good, fast moving, action. When it was a love story, it was, well...
So far, I have to say that "The Sopranos" is example A for the media wimpification of men in the media.
What is with Tony still in therapy? Other family bosses afraid to step up and take over because "they are too old"? Refusing to whack a drugged out captain? Letting your wife dictate to you how you do your business? A long time man in the family never whacking someone?
The last season of "The Sopranos" kicked off on HBO Sunday night with
7.66 million total viewers, a solid audience, but well below the
Nielsens for the first episode of its previous season: a total of 9.47
million viewers on March 12, 2006.
Television Two: Mrs. D.S. and I saw about 3 minutes of the one "reality" show that I watch, Run's House. That was all we could take. But, I love the show.
PROVO, Utah -- Some students and faculty on one of the nation's most
conservative campuses want Brigham Young University to withdraw an
invitation for Vice President Dick Cheney to speak at commencement this
Critics at the school question whether Cheney sets a good example for
graduates, citing his promotion of faulty intelligence before the Iraq
war and his role in the CIA leak scandal.
This is some BULLLLLL..... You see, when a Republican, Gov. Ehrlich, proposed the state take over SOME schools in Baltimore City because those schools had been "under preforming" for at least ten years, Democrats from Baltimore (Black every last one of them) and other Democrats across the state, moved to block the state take over of SOME schools for one year. But now that there is a Democratic governor, Gov. O'Malley, NOW the bastards are talking take over! Now they want the school system to go back to being controlled by Baltimore?
A state takeover and a freeze on city funds were among the sanctions
proposed yesterday as elected officials at City Hall and the State
House reacted to the disclosure that the Baltimore school system's $1.2
billion budget is riddled with errors.
On the final day of the General Assembly session, lawmakers summoned
school officials to Annapolis to question them about a Sun article
reporting tens of millions of dollars in discrepancies in the budget
the school board approved March 27.
LIFE: In the first movie you directed, Head of State, you were president of the United States. Is this country ready for an African American president? ROCK: It's ready for a retarded president, why wouldn't it be ready for an African American president?
My question is, who got slammed? Did he call the president retarded? Did he say the U.S. would be willing to vote for a retarded president? Did he say the U.S. is ready for a retarded president so it would be ready for a Black president because the Black president would be equivalent to being retarded?
The death of a comic book superhero created during the Second World War has prompted an intense debate in the US over the decline in traditional American values.
Marvel Comics' decision to have a New York sniper polish off ultra-patriotic Captain America in the latest issue of his comic has not only horrified his fans but provoked questions about the continued relevance of his commitment to "truth, justice and the American way".
At a time of growing scepticism among Americans about the morality of their country's foreign policy, the decision to kill off the nation's comic book embodiment has been widely interpreted as being heavily laden with political symbolism.
Given the history of Captain America, the sniper must be an Islamo-fascist and the ex-girlfriend must be Saadam!