Thursday, January 31, 2008

Watch What You Say

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Confessions of an Artsy Chick

My senior year I took a Fine Arts field study -- and in the same way that you sometimes accidentally fall in love with another human being, art hit me over the head and broke me so wide open that I am now stuck for life. It was totally supposed to be a throwaway elective but I graduated regretting not only that I took the course Pass/Fail but also that I hadn't found my way early enough to change my major.

Anyway, this week I noticed I was experiencing a strong pull toward the visual arts.

This winter I was trying my best to enlist my mom for a Detroit field trip to the Museum of Contemporary Arts Detroit to catch the Julie Mehretu exhibit. It looks like I'm going to miss that one, but Alex Melamid is having his first solo exhibition there, opening February 8th. Guess what it's called???


Just to be clear, Alex Melamid is a Russian artist a little bit older than my mother who got the idea to paint portraits of guys like Russell Simmons, Common, 50 Cent and Snoop Dogg from his son Dan -- aka "Dan the Man" , so this hip-hop stuff is kinda new to him -- he just painted what he saw. I am really looking forward to seeing it live.

Sunday I made it over to the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA for the Murakami exhibition.

This is the sculpture that I found most disturbing:

This sculpture was one of my favorites:

I really wanted a pink DOB t-shirt but the gift shop didn't sell any!

Anyway tho -- I love being an artsy chick. It's fun :-)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Pour Some Honey On It

I like it. It hasn't been done before has it? (aside from the "Hey Ya" bite that is).

Seven is either the luckiest kid alive or destined to be the biggest tortured soul of the next generation.

I still love me some Badu tho (and I will happily take her sloppy seconds)!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Black Kennedys

Op-Ed Contributor
A President Like My Father

Published: January 27, 2008

OVER the years, I’ve been deeply moved by the people who’ve told me they wished they could feel inspired and hopeful about America the way people did when my father was president. This sense is even more profound today. That is why I am supporting a presidential candidate in the Democratic primaries, Barack Obama.

My reasons are patriotic, political and personal, and the three are intertwined. All my life, people have told me that my father changed their lives, that they got involved in public service or politics because he asked them to. And the generation he inspired has passed that spirit on to its children. I meet young people who were born long after John F. Kennedy was president, yet who ask me how to live out his ideals.

Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.

We have that kind of opportunity with Senator Obama. It isn’t that the other candidates are not experienced or knowledgeable. But this year, that may not be enough. We need a change in the leadership of this country — just as we did in 1960.

Most of us would prefer to base our voting decision on policy differences. However, the candidates’ goals are similar. They have all laid out detailed plans on everything from strengthening our middle class to investing in early childhood education. So qualities of leadership, character and judgment play a larger role than usual.

Senator Obama has demonstrated these qualities throughout his more than two decades of public service, not just in the United States Senate but in Illinois, where he helped turn around struggling communities, taught constitutional law and was an elected state official for eight years. And Senator Obama is showing the same qualities today. He has built a movement that is changing the face of politics in this country, and he has demonstrated a special gift for inspiring young people — known for a willingness to volunteer, but an aversion to politics — to become engaged in the political process.

I have spent the past five years working in the New York City public schools and have three teenage children of my own. There is a generation coming of age that is hopeful, hard-working, innovative and imaginative. But too many of them are also hopeless, defeated and disengaged. As parents, we have a responsibility to help our children to believe in themselves and in their power to shape their future. Senator Obama is inspiring my children, my parents’ grandchildren, with that sense of possibility.

Senator Obama is running a dignified and honest campaign. He has spoken eloquently about the role of faith in his life, and opened a window into his character in two compelling books. And when it comes to judgment, Barack Obama made the right call on the most important issue of our time by opposing the war in Iraq from the beginning.

I want a president who understands that his responsibility is to articulate a vision and encourage others to achieve it; who holds himself, and those around him, to the highest ethical standards; who appeals to the hopes of those who still believe in the American Dream, and those around the world who still believe in the American ideal; and who can lift our spirits, and make us believe again that our country needs every one of us to get involved.

I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans.

Caroline Kennedy is the author of “A Patriot’s Handbook: Songs, Poems, Stories and Speeches Celebrating the Land We Love.”


Sunday Morning Jazz Brunch

excellent with a small glass of OJ, turkey bacon, egg whites and one slice multigrain wheat toast...

Friday, January 25, 2008

Push Push 4 Some Kush

Check this shit out! Californians can now visit vending machines to cop trees....

There are two AVM's (Anytime Vending Machines) at:
Melrose Quality Pain Relief, 4906 Melrose Ave, Mid-Wilshire; 323.957.7777 and also
Herbal Nutrition Center, 1435 S. La Cienega Blvd. Suite G, Mid-Wilshire; 310.855.9484

Here's the deal, much like hitting a cannabis shop for Medical Mary J, you have to visit a doctor for your prescription. Once you've consulted a physician you can head to the AVM location and get your prescription approved. You have to get your finger print taken before being granted a prepaid credit card loaded with your profile: dosage (3.5 or 7 grams, up to 1oz a week) and strain preference (choice of five, including OG Cush and Granddaddy Purple, the mildly hallucinogenic forebear to Prince).

The AVMs will be fully-operational by Monday January 28th and there are future plans for machine-vended pharmaceuticals like Vicodin, Viagra, and Propecia.

Check out one of the dispensaries that's stocking the AVM at

Here's what it look like:

California Love

I really like Pacific Division -- I think they are way fresher than The Cool Kids and a lot of the other gimmicky "retro" acts out there plus it's nice to see west coast hip-hop that's reminiscent of old goodys like Pharcyde and Souls of Mischief. I think the new video is cute -- I don't love the song -- I think they have hotter shit than this, but I understand why they picked this joint. Anyway, whut do u think?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Making The Artist Trailer

Let's give Diddy credit where credit is due. He didn't INVENT the remix, but goshdarnit he sure helped corner the market on televised drama.

Kimora + Djimon Sitting In A Tree

Harper's Bazaar is by far one of my fave magazines and I especially like how much love they have been shining on black love as of late (see Kanye-Alexis Phifer story in a previous issue)so I guess I shouldn't have been surprised they got the scoop on Kimora and Djimon's hot and heavy relationship.

BTW, this story comes from the J.Lo cover issue so HB is keeping ALL the brown people happy this month! :-)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Dirty White Girls...

make great singers...

Christina is reformed (*rolls eyes*)

Bonus Video:

Baby Love

Nicole Richie & Joel Madden had their baby Friday -- a baby girl named Harlow Winter Kate Madden. Christina Aguilera & her hubby Jordan Bratman had their son Max Liron Bratman as well.

Both of these ladies stayed very fly during their pregnancies but neither of them have jack on Halle...

Thursday, January 10, 2008


I tuned into the premiere of Celebrity Rehab tonight...

THAT SHIT WAS BANANAS. Damn. Especially after watching "The Drug Years". Drugs are very very very very bad -- particularly whatever Jeff Conaway has been doing.

Anybody else surprised when Dr. Drew told Jamie Foxworth that marijuana is one of the hardest addictions to break? Something about Heroin-like withdrawal symptoms?

Oh, my other question is where was where the hell was Rico Suave tonight????

Hot Mama (To Be)


Wow... I Totally Missed That

I watch TV for the shows -- not the commercials, and I tend to DVR so I can fast forward through all the advertisements. So while I know that I've seen this commercial, I have to admit it that until tonight, I'd never really SEEN this commercial. :27 seconds in Serena keeps it extra real...

P.S. Serena, a lotta girls weren't too happy about the Common rumors -- but if I hear you come near Andre Benjamin it won't be pretty!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Bigga Wedding

Kinda sorta funny, esp. the Rihanna part.

If It Was All So Bey-Z from jeff on Vimeo.

Looky All Dat Weed


Look Like Money

Sure she is looking a little "mature" in the face -- but otherwise this bitch is FIERCE!

Rappers Keep Taking It Off

Me likes... whoever is doing the retouching over there needs a raise -- Nasir's skin is lookin quite buttery

Monday, January 7, 2008

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Barack Takes Iowa

WOW! Having grown up in the hawkeye state I was already well aware that Iowans love them a black man (especially if he can run, throw or catch a ball)but I had no idea he'd crush Hill and Edwards like this...

Say Hello to Our Next First Family

Thanks Oprah!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

All The Money In The World Don't Make it Painless

I'm a little late with this one...

(Isn't Yeezy's mini-me such a cutie?)Even though the kid thing has been done before (Biggie "Sky is the Limit", Jay-Z "Roc Boys") I like how they threw the cue cards in and I'm glad they included a young Thom Yorke in (Radiohead singer/songwriter/musician who released a solo album The Eraser that is sampled on US Placers)-- plus I think it's really really dope the video was directed by a woman! VASHTIE! (Y'all already know I am a big fan of women of color doing the damn thing). US Placers is also a Trigger Happy production.

In case you missed my blog earlier this year, this song triggered more than a few thoughts in my head. At the time the song dropped it seemed like a Pharrell and Kanye were under an all out assault over their gear -- Lupe got it pretty bad a few months later when he forgot Phife's lyrics during VH1's Hip Hop Honors, all in all it's a pretty good song considering all the self-indulgent, flamboyant and materialistic rap out there and extremely on point considering how humbling 2007 had to have been for all three members of Child Rebel Soldier(s) whatever they are calling themselves.

Anyway, I'm getting too tired or have had too much leftover New Years champagne tonight to be more coherent tonight so I'mma end this here.


Ups and Downs

I'm not ready to have a full on convo about my thoughts on Joell Ortiz -- but I will say so far so good. Check out the new vid

Kim Bush???

I promise not to get all tabloid on you on the regular but I wanted to post a couple pictures of Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush on New Year's Eve and the New Year's Day picture of her going to get a ring resized.

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Here is Kim backing it up for Reg, my favorite Kardashian Khloe is in the background. I initially thought she looked kinda manly but now I take it back -- she's the best Kardashian because she is the least ditzy and the most hood and she took in a homeless man and got him dentures...

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If Reggie bought this, kudos to him it's a great ring...

Double Trouble

Aren't they cute? I'm not sure if I will have any kids or not but there is something really appealing to me about twins. These are Diddy and Kim Porter's daughters D'Lila Star and Jessie James -- no comment about the names but I wish the kids the best -- I'm praying they'll survive growing up filthy rich with famous parents with grace -- no rehab for these two!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

More Peas Please

Happy New Year! If your family is like mine you got a healthy portion of these badboys on your plate today. Eat 'em up for good luck and prosperity in 2008. I had yams, Mexican corbread and rice with mine...