preach on, brother.

As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.L
– H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)

colin powell is down.

Many interviewers when they come to talk to me, think they’re being progressive by not mentioning in their stories any longer that I’m black. I tell them, ‘Don’t stop now. If I shot somebody you’d mention it.’
– Colin Powell, 1991

What I Believe.

I believe you can tell everything you need to know about someone based on what type of music and movies and books they like. I believe in America. I believe in myself, almost without question. I believe in a thing called love, in spite of the women I’ve loved. I believe that nobody is perfect, especially me. I believe in the all-encompassing power of art. I believe hip hop will never die. I believe that not all white people are evil. I believe that not all black people are good. I believe too many white people are oblivious to the evil they do. I believe too many black people are unaware of the good they are capable of. I believe Usher did Chilli wrong, then profited from it. I believe love is a motherfucker.

I believe Zuma is the work of Satan. I believe I am addicted to it. I believe OJ is innocent of murder. I believe I chose those specific words very carefully for a reason. I believe Kobe probably is guilty. I also believe he sabotaged my beloved Lakers for his own personal selfishness. I believe this is no way to live. I believe in the innate equality of all mankind. I believe something is seriously wrong with this guy in my class. I believe “The Big Lebowski” is an accurate way to judge if someone is my type or not. I believe Brooklyn’s the borough.

I believe in life. I believe in choice. I definitely believe in contraception. And on that note, I believe Trojans and Durex are far superior to Lifestyles, which will never again touch my wang. I believe I just used the word wang. I believe the Democrats take black folks for granted. I still believe the Republicans are in league with the Antichrist. I believe that leaves us all in limbo. I believe the best Bond was Connery, in a landslide. I believe in the wholesome sweet goodness of White Russians. I believe Janet is just as crazy as Michael, but I likewise believe Jermaine might be the biggest lunatic of them all. I believe Halle Berry is TOTALLY out of line.

I believe law school students tend towards obnoxious, argumentative, arrogant, Type A, asshole personalities. I believe I tend towards the same, minus the Type A thing. I believe Jay Z is overrated. I believe I need help. I believe intellectual property law is one of the most significant venues for civil rights in the 21st century. I believe Westlaw is better than LexisNexis. I believe you already know what I think about your opinion. I believe in kissing as the best and first form of foreplay, and that kissing will tell you almost everything you need to know about how someone is as a lover. I believe Bush stole this election too, on the hush. Clearly, I believe in conspiracies.

I believe in National League baseball and NFC football. I believe in the superiority of the full and half Windsor over the four-in-hand. I believe Rick James is more than a catchphrase and the song “Super Freak.” I believe bitches can’t be trusted, but I also believe this is a gender neutral statement. I believe in karma. I believe in poetry and porn. I believe in creative expression, in whatever form it might take. I believe fucking is a form of creative expression. I believe in the beauty of blackness. I believe in spending money wisely, regardless of whether I act on that belief with any consistency.

I believe in free wi-fi, free education, and free health care for all. I believe the greatest verse in hip-hop history is Nas’s from “Verbal Intercourse.” I believe the four greatest male singers in the history of R&B are Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding, although I believe there’s an argument to be made for my boy Donny Hathaway. I believe I am ready to settle down. I believe my heart is still hurting. I believe Sprint is out to get me. I believe I have the worst luck in human history when it comes to automobiles. I believe I am ready to leave DC.

I believe The Brothers Karamazov, Go Tell It On the Mountain, and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle are 3 of the greatest books in human existence. I believe I am racially, culturally, and gender biased. And homophobic. I believe its important to be honest about this. I actually believe in being honest in as many situations as possible. I believe in principle over personal desires. I believe the ’85 Bears are the greatest team in the history of professional sports. I believe Ditka is the personal emissary of the Lord. I believe I am going to hell in a hand basket for that last statement. I believe I am addicted to IM, Gmail, and Myspace. I sho nuff believe in the Dirty South.

Oh, and I believe you can kiss my ass.

hidden racism

�J.Lo was the first to stress that women shouldn�t be afraid to show their curves, and the popularity of rap made that shape more acceptable,� said Critchfield. �And it is about these low-riding jeans looking good on a sexy, tight fit.�

�J. Lo butt form�
The company launched a �Sex� mannequin with �a larger booty and body� tailored for fashion label Express and for stores carrying lower-end trend clothing, said Critchfield. (read the rest of the article…)

so why does the big booty mannequin, the one styled after black women, have to be called the “Sex” mannequin? Stereotypes, anyone? With a side of racism?

and how in the hell did J. Lo get credit for what black women have been doing for like, oh, I dunno, centuries?


be afraid.

Here’s an interesting little factoid that I share at the risk of sounding, once more, elitist. (Sorry.) The United States ranks 14th out of 15 industrialized countries in per capita education spending. If we have an electorate incapable of thinking rationally about its own interests, who confuse politicians with old movie heroes, don’t know much about history, and lap up the administration’s lies about Iraq even after they’ve been repeatedly exposed as lies by the media, this might have something to do with never having been educated in the fundamental skills of critical thinking. (Note that Bush’s much touted No Child Left Behind initiative, favoring rote learning and standardized testing, is the formula for an even more intellectually pacified and credulous electorate.) read the rest…

– Laura Kipnis from Slate Magazine

55 Vital Hip Hop Albums.

I tried to do 50, really I did. No, really. But I couldn’t…I just couldn’t delete shit, even as I thought of more to add. I know everyone is gonna have some album they think I left off…so if you got em, lemme know, but just be sure you tell me what you would remove to install your shit on this list. got it? get it? good. So without further ado…heeeeeeeere we go.

  1. 2Pac – 2pacalypse Now
  2. Big Daddy Kane – Long Live The Kane
  3. Black Moon – Enta Da Stage
  4. Black Sheep – A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing
  5. Black Star – Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star
  6. Boogie Down Productions – By All Means Necessary
  7. Boogie Down Productions – Criminal Minded
  8. Brand Nubian – One For All
  9. Common – Resurrection
  10. Cypress Hill – Cypress Hill
  11. De La Soul – 3 Feet High And Rising
  12. De La Soul – De La Soul Is Dead
  13. Diamond And The Psychotic Neurotics – Stunts, Blunts, & Hip Hop
  14. Digital Underground – Sex Packets
  15. Dr. Dre – The Chronic
  16. EPMD – Strictly Business
  17. Eric B & Rakim – Follow The Leader
  18. Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full
  19. Fugees – The Score
  20. Genius/GZA – Liquid Swords
  21. Goodie Mob – Soul Food
  22. Jay Z – Reasonable Doubt
  23. Juvenile – 400 Degreez
  24. K.M.D. – Mr. Hood
  25. Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – Road To The Riches
  26. LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
  27. Main Source – Breakin’ Atoms
  28. Masta Ace Inc. – Slaughtahouse
  29. Mobb Deep – The Infamous
  30. N.W.A – Straight Outta Compton
  31. Nas – Illmatic
  32. Organized Konfusion – Stress: The Extinction Agenda
  33. Outkast – Aquemini
  34. Outkast – ATLiens
  35. Outkast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
  36. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – Mecca And The Soul Brother
  37. Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
  38. Public Enemy – Yo! Bum Rush The Show
  39. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
  40. Redman – Whut ? Thee Album
  41. Run DMC – Raising Hell
  42. Scarface of the Geto Boys – Mr. Scarface Is Back
  43. Slick Rick – The Great Adventures of Slick Rick
  44. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle
  45. Souls Of Mischief – ’93 Til Infinity
  46. Special Ed – Youngest In Charge
  47. The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die
  48. The Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II
  49. The Roots – Do You Want More?
  50. The Roots – Illadelph Halflife
  51. Too Short – Born To Mack
  52. Tribe Called Quest – Low End Theory
  53. Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
  54. Ultramagnetic MC’s – Critical Beatdown
  55. Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)