Monday, August 27, 2007

Step Into A World, Where There's No One Left!

So I was watching "Tyra"(I'm sorry, world), and it was a special entitled "Focus on Race". Tyra had Saphhyri, from Flavor of Love 2, trying to understand the plight of Muslim Americans in this post-9/11 world. She then had women debating the size of butts depending on race. She had an Aryan family, a Black man that hated being Black, and a Black girl that couldn't relate with other Black people. This had me thinking about my feelings about Black people, well, not really just Black people. Let me break this down further for people not familiar with the dynamics of the Black race, the whole "brown bag" ideology, and the divisions in the Black race. See, like most other races, there are different types within that specific race. Like in the Caucasian race, they have "White Trash" separated from other White people, Latinos' have "Spics" and "Wetbacks" as their version of "White Trash", and so on. But Black people are more divisive, within the Black race, there are African Americans, Blacks, Colored Folk, and my favorite Niggas(or Niggers). African Americans are considered Black people that are focused on the American Dream, those trying to assimilate themselves into the common ideas of American life. African Americans are referred to as "sell-outs" by Niggas. An example of an African American would be Oprah Winfrey. Blacks are those Black people that try to assimilate themselves into the common American Way, but at the same time trying hard to maintain that they aren't "selling-out" by searching for the American Dream. Most Black actors, actresses and politicians are considered Blacks. Colored Folks or Coloreds, as the old people call them, are the Black people that think that they are inferior to Caucasians. Usually referred to as an "Uncle Tom", Colored Folk tend to dislike other Black people, especially Niggas. Colored Folks are referred to as "sell-outs" by Niggas and Blacks alike. An example of a Colored is Alan Keyes or Uncle Ruckus from the Boondocks. The last type of Black people are the often seen(and heard from rather loudly) Niggas. Niggas are Black people that are only interested in partying and "chilling", they occasionally search for one part of the American Dream, the money(usually with a half-cocked scheme). Niggas are usually seen embarrassing the entire Black race and setting the Civil Rights Movement back a year or two. Niggas will do anything to be seen and heard, from wearing too much jewelry, to putting over sized rims on their cars, or playing their music way too loud. Niggas are usually seen doing something they shouldn't be doing and using the word "nigga" as a term of endearment (WARNING: Do not call a Nigga a "nigga" unless you are indeed a Nigga.). Niggas are usually referred to as "niggers" by African Americans, Blacks, Coloreds, and just about everybody else. Some examples of Niggas are most rappers, most professional athletes, aspiring rappers/drug dealers, most residents of Housing Projects. The thing that separates Niggas from other types of Black people is the fact that Niggas don't have to be Black. Niggas are usually self destructive and they embody the "crabs in a barrel" notion applied to them. While African Americans and Blacks will aid another Black person in their quest for the American Dream, a Nigga will only help another Black person when it directly benefits them in someway. Within the Black community, even when I was a kid, there have always been arguments about a Black person's "Blackness"(I don't know what scale that's measured on). Like in elementary school, the Black child that over-achieved and excelled, was usually said to be "trying to be White"(most likely by a Nigga). A Black person that enjoys events and commodities that are usually attached to a high social standing, is said to be "saditty" or "bourgie"(which is a shortened version of "bourgeois", which actually means a person whose attitudes and behavior are marked by conformity to the standards and conventions of the middle class). I've been exploring the complexity of the entire Black race, and I've realized that the amount of African Americans are depleting, as well as the Colored Folks(thank God), but the numbers of Niggas are multiplying like cockroaches, thus forcing us into a state of Niggerdom. Niggerdom is defined as "the actions and beliefs pertaining to a Nigger". You have non-Niggas acting very "niggeresque" or "niggerish", depending on your region. The "Niggerosity" has became so overwhelmingly vast, that in 2002, Cambridge University did a study in "Niggerology"(actually a linguistic study in the African American variation on English). While I wrote this I analyzed my friends and their levels of "Niggerosity", I realized that most of my friends are considered Blacks(some of my White friends are considered Niggers). See, most of my friends are searching for that American Dream, but don't want to distance themselves from that Niggerdom that we are so familiar with. I have a few Nigga friends that are Black, for example, I am from a "Niggeropolis"(a town full of Niggas), and all I grew up around was Niggas, all that I knew was "Niggerology", I studied "Niggernomics"(dumb Nigga schemes to make money, that usually fail), but I eventually realized that no Nigga has ever became a successful Nigga by maintaining his high "Niggerosity". Some may say that I am condoning "selling-out" whenever I say that I don't like Niggas and their(or my) "niggerish" actions. Hey, check out these Niggas, or these Niggas, or this Nigga(I could go on forever). I just wanted to get it out there, so you can identify the Nigga and keep African Americans and Blacks from going extinct.

Enjoy this letter by the author Mark Twain(kind-of racist bastard). And then check out the "Nigger owner's manual". And this Consequence video is about his Nigga uncle is pertaining to the subject, I know some of you may relate.

Peace, I mean WAR!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Countdown, Part 2!

6. Flash aka Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen / Bartholomew "Bart" Allen II - I know this is two superheroes again, but hey, they share a name and they're family. I rank the elder Barry Allen over the replacement Bart Allen(and Wally West sucked). A lightning bolt hits a cabinet of chemicals, that spill all over, police scientist, Barry Allen, endowing him with super-speed. Being a scientist, Barry Allen creates a ring that uses gas to house his superhero uniform. He also invents a "cosmic treadmill", a device that allows him to time travel. Barry Allen married his life-long girlfriend, Iris, and she is killed by one of his villians, Professor Zoom, a reverse flash, with the same powers as Barry Allen. Iris' spirit is actually transported into a new body in the 30th century, where she meets Bart Allen, her grandson. Bart Allen has a disease that rapidly ages him, so he is sent back to our time to be healed by his cousin, Wally West; who is the third Flash, after his uncle Barry Allen, who followed Jay Garrick. Bart Allen remains in the 20th century, where he becomes a child hero, named Impulse by Batman, later renamed Kid Flash, and finally he takes his grandfathers name as the Flash. Barry Allen dies saving the world, but his spirit is believed to live on in the "Speed Force", the force that grants speedsters their power. The "Speed Force" is stripped from Bart Allen, leaving him powerless, and he is murdered by the rouge gallery of villians. Barry Allen is a founding member of the Justice League and Bart Allen is a founding member of Young Justice. I had to include the Flash in my top ten because he is "The Fastest Man Alive". The Barry Allen Flash is a DC Comics' character, and is even faster than the speedsters in Marvel Comics', beating Marvel speedsters such as Quicksilver, Runner, and Northstar. I love the Flash's witty responses to questions, his corny punchlines, and his smart-ass remarks. The Flash character was turned into a television show, using Barry Allen's name, but Wally West's actual personality and life(and it didn't suck too much).

5. Wonder Woman aka Princess Diana of Themyscira, Diana Prince - Diana of Themyscira(a land of lesbians) aka Wonder Woman, is an Amazon warrior. She possesses superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, and hearing, animal empathy, resistance to magic, flight, regeneration, and an immunity to illusions and mind control, all granted by the Gods of Olympus. Diana is a skilled hand-to-hand and armed combatant, and she wields a Golden Lasso of Truth, Bracers of the Aegis(like Ghostface Killah), and an invisible airplane. Wonder Woman became an ambassador for Themyscira and a voice between the Amazonian women and the "Man's World". Basically, Wonder Woman is one of the most powerful superheroes in the DC universe, alongside Superman, Captain Marvel and Black Adam. Wonder Woman had a television series, starring Lynda Carter, that aired in the 1970's. A motion picture is currently in pre-production. I had to put Wonder Woman in my top 5 because she can kick damn near anybodies ass in the DC universe. But she had to be low on the list because she's a woman, and emotions drive her to irrational actions, such as killing Maxwell Lord or going to war with "Man's World".

4. Superman aka Kal-El, Clark Joseph/Jerome Kent - Some may feel that Superman aka Kal-El is the greatest superhero of all time, I don't. Superman was an infant when his home of Krypton was destroyed and he was sent to Earth. Found in a Kansas field and adopted by the Kent family, he became known as Clark J. Kent. On Krypton, with it's red sun, Kal-El would be a normal Kryptonian, possessing above human intelligence and strength. On Earth, with it's yellow sun, Superman's abilities are amplified, given him various powers such as superhuman strength, speed, stamina, invulnerability, freezing breath, super hearing, multiple extrasensory and vision powers, longevity, flight, intelligence, and regeneration. Superman had a few Fotresses of Solitude, one in the Artic, one in the Antarctic, another in the Andes, and one in the Amazon rainforest. In my opinion, Superman has too many super-powers, he's too soft on villians, and to be as strong as he is, he's always getting his butt kicked by some villian. It's hard to hate Superman, because he is the "Man of Steel", probably the strongest superhero in the whole comic book universe. But I still can't help but not like him for being soft. The CW has an excellent show based on Clark Kent, called "Smallville". He was brought to life by Christopher Reeves in Richard Donner's 1978 film, Superman, which was followed by three sequels that were decreasing in quality (especially 1983's Superman 3 with Richard Pryor and 1987's Superman 4 with the Nuclear Man). There was another television show called "Lois & Clark", which wasn't actually that bad. In 2006, Superman Returns was released as a replacement for Superman 3(thank God), and it was actually good. Hey, why wouldn't I include Superman on my list of top ten superheroes, he is the poster boy for superheroes, just too soft to be above #4.

3. Wolverine aka Logan, James Howlett, Weapon X, etc. -Even though he is a Canadian, I still love Wolverine as a superhero. Born to wealthy parents in 19th century Canada, James Howlett is sick and frail. When his parents former groundskeeper murders his father, James uses his claws to kill the groundskeeper and his son. He then runs off with a young girl and takes the alias Logan. When the young girl is killed, Logan retreats to the woods, goes mad and becomes feral like a wolverine. Logan becomes a commander in the Canadian armed Forces during World War 1 and World War 2. He joins the American CIA's Black Ops section, called Team X. Logan gets his skeleton bonded with Adamantium steel by the Weapon X Project, ran by Canada's Department H. After fighting against the corrupt Canadian government(never thought you'd hear that), he moves to America and joins the X-Men. Besides Adamantium-laced skeletal structure with retractable claws, Wolverine also possesses powers such as a regenerative healing factor, superhuman senses, strength, stamina, agility, and reflexes and a resistance to telepathy. I like Wolverine because throughout history he has been a ladies man and a warrior. He first ran off with a named Rose, who he fights over with and kills Dog for. He then moves onto Silver Fox, who is killed by Wolverines arch-nemesis, Sabretooth. Logan fights with his commanding officer, Cyber, over a woman named Janet. During this fight, Logan loses an eye and begans wearing an eyepatch, the origin of his moniker Patch. During WW1, Logan begins a relationship with Natasha Romanova aka Black Widow, who is almost assasinated by The Hand, but saved by Logan. He also spends some time with Storm, Jean Grey, Yukio, and some others, having two sons and two adopted daughters. Wolverine is actually considered an anti-hero, being that he is a vigilante and doesn't conduct himself in the conventional ways that other superheroes would. Logan is probably one of the most skilled superheroes, being a spy for several decades, a trained samarai, a trained assassin, a military tactician, and an expert in nearly every form of martial arts. He is also verse in almost every language in the world. Wolverine is probably the most famous member of the X-Men. Wolverine was the main character in the X-Men movies(to Halle Berry's disappointment). A Wolverine motion picture is currently in pre-production. I love Wolverine as a superhero because his past is shrouded in mysterious and he never gives up during fights. Wolverine is harder than Superman, but not as entertaining as Spider-man.

2. Spider-Man aka Peter Benjamin Parker - Peter Parker was a science whiz kid from the Forest Hills saction of Queens, NY, who gets bitten by a radioactive spider during a science demonstration at a museum. The spider bite endows him with special powers that include Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, and durability, the ability to stick to solid surfaces, a clairvoyant "spider-sense", night vision, an accelerated healing factor, and the ability to produce both organic and synthetic spider-webbing. He first attempts to become a wrestling star. He fails to stop a thief, and weeks later the same criminal kills his Uncle Ben. Learning that with great power comes great responsibility, Spider-Man becomes a vigilante. After his uncle's death, he and his aunt become desperate for money, so he gets a job as a photographer at the Daily Bugle, selling photos to J. Jonah Jameson, who vilifies his alter ego in the paper. Enemies constantly endanger his loved ones, with the Green Goblin managing to kill his girlfriend Gwen Stacy. Though haunted by her death, he eventually marries Mary Jane Watson, and much later reveals his civilian identity to the world, furthering his already numerous problems. Spider-man was on iron Man's side at first during the events of "Civil War", but later defected to the anti-hero registration side of the fray. Spider-man is a young hero, so he is still very much immature, shown in his wise-crack remarks toward J. Jonah Jameson and his villians. I love Spider-man because, even though he is young, he became a great superhero rather quickly. Peter is the epitomy of a scrawny geek coming into his own, which he's done pretty well. Some may think that Captain America should be Marvel Comics' hallmark superhero, like Superman to DC, but Spider-man has gained that title. Since readers can identify with the character of Spider-man, it has led to a series of impressive films. I had to put Spider-man as my #2 superhero because he's beaten practically every other hero in the Marvel universe. He's always seemed to beat every villian that he has come up against. Though he is not as strong as Superman, he seems to be able to fight better than him. Though not as skilled as Wolverine, he was able to defeat Wolverine on numerous occasions. As a child genius, Peter Parker is probably one of the smartest heroes on my list.I also put him at #2 for a very simple reason, he's from the greatest borough in New York City, Queens.

Reading is fun to the mental!

Stay tuned for my #1 superhero, who is probably richer than Tony Stark, as smart, or smarter than the Hulk and Spider-man, as skilled, or more skilled in combat than Wolverine, Wonder Woman and Captain America, harder than Superman and the Green Latern, and a better police scientist than the Flash. And he doesn't even have super-powers!

The Countdown, Part 1!

Basically, this is part one of my countdown of the top ten superheroes, in my opinion. I listed mostly popular superheroes because the popular ones are the best. For all the comic book readers, I'm sorry I didn't reach into all the other comic book companies such as Image, Dark Horse, Devil's Due, etc.. But to please some, I will began my list with honorable mentions. I know my brother is going to disagree with a couple of my choices(but nobody should disagree with my top two).

Honorable Mentions:

Spawn aka Al Simmons - Murdered man makes pact with demon to see his wife again. The movie was surprisingly good.

Punisher aka Francis Castiglione, Frank Castle - After his family is murdered by the mob, Castle becomes a vigilante, fighting against the underworld. Recipient of two horrible movies, one in 1989, one in 2004.

Ghost Rider aka Jonathan "Johnny" Blaze - To save the life of his mentor, Johnny Blaze makes a pact with a demon and becomes the "Spirit of Vengeance". Daniel Ketch sucked, Method Man uses the name as an alias, and the film was surprisingly good.

Jean Grey-Summers - As probably the most powerful mutant in the Marvel universe, Jean Grey has the ability to destroy and create worlds as the Phoenix. Not a reflection on the character, but the three X-Men movies were great(decreasingly).

Captain Marvel aka William Joseph "Billy" Batson - A teenage says "SHAZAM!" and turns into an adult with vast super-strength, speed and stamina, physical and magical invulnerability, flight, fearlessness, vast wisdom and enhanced mental perception, control over and emission of magic lightning and vast untapped magical powers. Captain Marvel is just as strong, or stronger than Superman, with magical powers, one of Superman's weaknesses. He just didn't make my list because the whole "SHAZAM!" thing, the elderly wizard named Shazam, and the "Rock of Eternity", make for a campy storyline.

Now, for the top ten through seven:

10. Captain America aka Steven "Steve" Rogers - Captain America aka Steve Rogers was a sickly young man who was given enhanced strength and reflexes by an experimental serum to aid in the United States war effort against the Nazis. This serum gave him above average human strength, he was a martial arts expert, a field commander, and he had a Vibranium-steel Alloy shield. Captain America fell from a war plane and was frozen in a block of ice and preserved in suspended animation. Captain America became the leader of the Avengers and a symbol of American patriotism. During the uproar of Marvel Comics' superhero registration crisis "Civil War", Captain America, who for the first time opposes the government, is assassinated. I put Captain America on my list because he is an icon in the comic book community. His shield hangs on the wall of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report"(after it was stolen from the funeral home in the comic book, supposedly by Stephen Colbert), he was a symbol for patriotism during World War II, and he led the anti-registration campaign during "Civil War". I never really got into Captain America(not being that patriotic), but I respect the role he played in the Marvel Comics' universe, so he's my #10 superhero. I guess this is a pity selection, Cap being dead and given a crappy film back in 1991.

9. Iron Man aka Anthony Edward "Tony" Stark - Iron Man aka Tony Stark inherited his fathers corporation, Stark Industries, at the age of 21. On a visit to Vietnam or the Gulf War(depending on the story arc), he takes a piece of shrapnel in his heart. To keep himself alive after surgery, he builds a suit of armor. Possessing a genius-level intelligence, he is able to keep himself alive and grant himself super powers. His suit endowed him with Super-strength, the ability to fly and the power to shoot energy blasts from his hands. During the "Civil War" story arc, he is a supporter of the government's superhero-registration act, having revealed his identity years ago(and being rich enough to not give a fuck). I put Iron Man on my list because he's a genius, he built a war machine, and had a black right-hand man(James Rupert "Rhodey" Rhodes aka War Machine, Terrence Howard in the film). I put him as #9 because I'm very anti-establishment, and Mr. Stark became a weapon for the government during "Civil War". But I have to say that one of my main reason for putting him on my list is because Ghostface Killah uses the same alias(Theodore!!!!!!!!!!!). On a side note, I can't wait to see the Hip-Hop purist's go-to emcee, Ghostface, in the film, next year.

8. Green Lantern aka Guy Gardner / John Stewart - I know this really counts as two superheroes, but fuck it, they share the same superhero name. Before I get into these heroes, let it be known, I rank Guy Gardner above John Stewart. Guy Gardner was a juvenile delinquent, then became a football star at the University of Michigan. He became a social worker and then a teacher. When the Green Lantern of Earth's region was mortally wounded, the ring found Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner as a back-up Lantern. The Green Lantern ring gives it's bearer the ability of flight and limited invulnerability, each ring also gives it's bearer the power to create objects with their will power. Guy Gardner assisted Jordan on several adventures, he went mad, became a renegade Green Lantern, possessed a yellow ring, and helped rebuild the Lantern Corps. I like Guy Gardner because he is an arrogant, violent, unstable, and childish(and an awesome douche bag). Guy Gardner was the greatest Green Lantern because he listened to the Guardians, but did whatever he wanted anyway. I love the way he broke the rules but still got the job done. He wanted a position of power in the Green Lantern Corps, and after various assholish adventures, he gained that position as leader of the Corps on Oa. Now, John Stewart was an architect, selected as a stand-in for Guy Gardner, when Gardner went mad. From the start, John Stewart was the token black Green Lantern. He grew to be a great hero and a popular character. I like John Stewart because he came from being a back-up to a back-up, to being, excuse the term, "the Head Nigga In Charge". He became so popular that he jumped to Earth's Green Lantern, over Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, and Kyle Rayner. I also picked him because he didn't like authority, a trait that I can identify with.

7. Hulk aka Dr. Robert Bruce Banner - If you read comic books then you know the story. Dr. Robert Bruce Banner accidentally gets blasted with Gamma radiation, giving him a few super-powers. The radiation gave him Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, and durability, a regenerative healing factor, the ability to see astral forms, radiation absorption, and a resistance to mind control. Those abilities, added to his superior intellect, makes the Hulk one of the most powerful heroes in comics. In the beginning, Dr. Banner would transform into an unintelligent grey beast, then a stupid green beast, next a well dressed gambling grey giant, and after a psychic blending of all these, a green giant with super intelligence. I love the Hulk because he went to war with the United States Army, fucked up every superhero in the Marvel universe, and recently destroyed Stark Industries searching for the Illuminati. The Hulk is the ultimate anti-hero, next to Wolverine, and he constantly damages major cities, making him my #7 superhero. Yet another recipient of a sub par film, hope the new one will be as good as the Bill Bixby / Lou Ferrigno television series.

Reading is fun to the mental!

Numbers 6-2 coming in a few hours!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

?uestlove, "Game Theory" & "Things Fall Apart"!

I know a few of my fellow Hip-Hop heads saw ?uestlove and the titles of two albums by The Roots and asssumed this entry would pertain to music, sorry, your mistaken. This entry is more or less about the relationship between men and women(the quest for love, get it!), the courting rituals in modern society("Game Theory"), and the desolution of relationships("Things Fall Apart"). Let me take the time out to say that I couldv'e used Black Thought, "Do You Want More?!!!??!", "Rising Down", "Tipping Point" and even "Phrenology"(I love the idea that the shape of a head can determine characteristics), but I couldn't find anyway to use "Illadelph Halflife", "Organix", or Malik B. Anyway, lets get back to our previously scheduled blog post. First, lets start with "Game Theory", or as my Country Killer Cousin, Ricardo, would say, "that G Force". See, every dude with an ounce of confidence believes that he has this mystical energy known as "game". Throughout history, men have always tried to use some sort of ploy or tactic to impress the fairer sex. In Biblical times, the man with the most sheep or cattle could batter his way into a womans life. In the times of Neanderthals, the man that killed the best and was the strongest, won over the women. Even in the animal kingdom, animals such as lions, show off their mane, peacocks show off thier tails, and so on. But as man became more "civilized", he began to shape his "game". It moved away from the best cattle or the most skilled hunter, and "game" became defined as a mans conversation skills, his understanding of feminine needs, his style, and to some extent, his social status. Even though some may say that I am wrong, I believe that men do most of the things they do to impress women, and upgrade their "game". Men go to gyms and upgrade their physique, buy cars to upgrade their social standing, wear expensive clothing to upgrade their style, and face multiple rejections to upgrade their conversation skills. And its understood that it is the mans job to "pick-up" the woman, and men need "game" to outdo the other men vying for female companionship. So, lets say you go to the club, you notice that hot Puerto Rican female at the bar, you walk over and commence to courting. You make eye contact, you open with anice joke, she laughs, you move into introductions, and then conversation from there. After a while of "Jedi Mindtricks", you leave the bar with a new phone number of a potential significant other or "jump-skeezy". From there, you began to date this Boriqua, investing time(and money, of course, money), and eventually "falling" for her. "Love" has been defined many different ways, from "the rush of endorfins", "the psychological link between two persons", and many other things. But in our scenerio, you have "falling" for this female and succumbed to "love". You two become inseperable, as one, a "couple". But, in time the "love" begans to fade, and just like the title of The Roots' album "Things Fall Apart". I wrote this whole blog, not as an essay, but as a question. What is this love-quest that everybody is on? Why must I extend myself and upgrade myself just to find this undefinable thing called "love"? Why call it "game" and then take the end result of "love" so serious? I don't know, maybe I was just bored tonight and been watching "The Pick Up Artist" on VH1, but I just wanted to write down some things I was thinking.

And ladies, "The force is strong in this one!".

Peace, I mean WAR!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Imagine All The People!

I just got done watching "The U.S. vs. John Lennon" on VH1, and something intriguing occurred to me. Where have all the talented musicians gone, let me rephrase that, where have the revolutionary musicians gone. I can't say talented musicians because we still have a few, from Alicia Keys(I love you, baby) to John Mayer, Kanye West, John Legend, Billie Joe Armstrong, etc.. These few artist may mirror the revolutionary artist of the past, but they are overshadowed by the basura that is played on radio and television. John Lennon made introspective and extrospective music that was relevant to the "Working Class Hero", he made people "Imagine", he asked the entire world to "Give Peace a Chance". Lennon voiced his opinion to the masses that felt just like him, which also angered the political system. Jimi Hendrix performed "Machine Gun" with his Band of Gypsys. Bob Marley wrote a song about "War", he told people to "Get Up, Stand Up", and then he made his "Redemption song". The Temptations ask "War, what is it good for?", Lennon and U2 both made "Sunday, Bloody Sunday". Its not just that these people all made anti-war songs, but they all put their hearts into their words. They didn't just make music, they made movements (and not the same way as Dip Set). Maybe most of the messages were stronger because of the devastating impact of the Vietnam War, or The Troubles in Northern Ireland, or the social injustices and civil rights battles worldwide. Maybe artist, as well as listeners, have become too anesthetized by this violent world, or maybe too complacent with making meaningless music. Music affected the world so deeply that a revolutionary statement on song warranted an FBI investigation. Questioning of the political machine in that time was seen as a threat because of how strong art was. But in these days, a statement like "George Bush doesn't care about Black people" only gets you YouTube hits and a skit on Saturday Night Live. Seriously, serious music is brushed off as "alternative", "underground", "conscious", "political", or "indie". The music became more important than the message, the back story became more important than the real story, the fruits from the labor became more important than the truth in the art, and this is when we lost our true musical movements. When the money is more important than the meaning, what part of the person does the music really move? Why are more people paying attention to 50 Cent's new dis song than to Live Earth (look who's talking)? How many people will actually participate in "World Peace One", this October? The movement inside the music is in shambles when MTV says "Rock The Vote" and then "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It", or when BET tries to put messages in between young black people participating in buffoonery (aka 106 & Park). At the time I am writing this, people are dying in Iraq, children are sitting in prison in Jena, LA, a genocide is happening in the Sudan, the United Nations is null and void, and the United States government is full of liars, but your favorite musician just made a song called "Love Like Honey". While I was writing that last sentence, I realized that the biggest difference between music then and now is the listeners. The listeners don't care about the objects in their blind spots, they only care about the things that directly affect them. So if your listeners ask for music that is not extrospective, as an artist, you're going to supply that demand.

So, I'll end this with some John Lennon lyrics from "Gimme Some Truth" :

I'm sick and tired of hearing things from
Uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded, hypocritics
all I want is the truth, just give me some truth

I've had enough of watching scenes from
schizophrenic, ego-centric, peranoic, primadonnas
all I want is the truth, just give me some truth

Peace, I mean WAR!

Monday, August 13, 2007

He's Either In(sane) or Out (of his mind)!

For a long time (almost eight years), I've been under the impression that President George W. Bush is an idiot. But I've been watching "The Batman" hard and reading back issues of "Batman", and I've decided that President Bush may well be a diabolical madman. See, in the "Batman Universe", the character of the Joker is a "violent sociopath who murders people for his own amusement". The Joker first appeared as a "court-jester" type of villian, a corny criminal that failed at numerous attempts to commit acts of evil. This parallels President Bush, in the way that the President was a failure in college and a horrible excuse for a soldier in the Texas National Guard. But as time went on and the Joker got revamped, to become a central figure in the "Batman Universe", he becomes more of a diabolical sociopath. The Joker begans to put more thought in his schemes while still being seen as a "side-show clown". The gags and jokes become a little more adult, and while still maintaining his facade as a prankster. Yet again, this parallels George W. Bush as a businessman and governor of Texas. He still fails at his dealings and policies in his current positions, yet he still seems to have matured into a child of prestige, a son of royalty, and represents his family ties without too much embarassment. Just like the fictional Joker, Governor George W. Bush is a clown prince, a stratigical dummy, the only difference is their respective sides of the law (even though, in my opinion, both are criminals). In the world of DC Comics, the Joker loses his mind, and becomes a complete lunatic, at this time he is at his most cunning. He decieves the entire world into believing he has lost every marble in his bag or that he has completely fell off his metaphorical rocker. The Joker goes on a rampage, he tries to kill, the then president, Lex Luthor, he tricks the rest of the super villian community into doing his bidding, and he steals Mister Mxyzptlk's reality altering powers and changes the world into a crazy caricature of reality. During this whole time, the Joker is believed to be an insane idiot, but eventually it is revealed that the Joker isn't as crazy or dumb as he appears to be. It is later shown that in actuallity, the Joker is a case of a previously unprecedented form of "super-sanity," a form of ultra-sensory perception. In the world that we exist in, George W. Bush, an self-proclaimed "under-acheiver", wins an election that most would say, he didn't actually win. After being given the key to the kingdom, he starts on a path that makes almost everybody in the world see him as an incompetant idiot. Similar to the Joker, he alters reality to fit his need. The actual reasoning for the war in Iraq, the Fight on Terror, have not been found yet. But, President Bush has given numerous reasons, all that have been some sort of distortion on the actual reality. At every press conference or State of the Union, the President has came off as a illiterate, uneducated, near-insane, idiot. But if you actually delve deeper into his two terms as president, he managed to kill an enemy (sort of) of his father, he managed to make billions of dollars for his friends' businesses, give his coherts positions of power, and aid in the destruction of a major city (in the words of Kanye West "George Bush doesn't like black people). For an incoherent, discordant, ignoramus, he has accomplished a numerous amount of deeds for him and his syndicate. Just like the Joker was found out to be a cunning genious in the guise of a psychotic clown, President Bush may well be a cunning genious in the guise of a moronic clown. President George W. Bush may actually be the most diabolical super-villian outside of a comic book, think about.

When I think of our current Commander and Chief, I am reminded of "Enter the Dragon". Remember when Jim Kelly faces Mr. Han on the island, the words still echo in my head, "Man, you come right out of a comic book".

Peace, I mean WAR!

A Modern Day Lynching(Another reason for black people to hate Lousiana!)

I wanted to write a blog entry, but I couldn't find a topic. So today as usual, I was going through the Hip-Hop blogs. I went to to check out the rumors of the day. I came across a video about the "Jena Six". I've heard the story breifly on CNN before, but like probably most of America outside of Jena, LA, I wasn't too familiar with the full story. So I decided to dedicate my reentry into blogging with an entry about the "Jena Six". So read the backstory, check out the videos, and if you care, sign the petition, write a letter, call a congressperson. This is 2007, and we still have to deal with things like this. After FEMA's response to the struggling African American's in New Orleans, LA in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana solidifies it's hatred for Black people.

In September 2006, a group of African American highschool students in Jena, LA, asked the schoolfor permission to sit beneath a "whites only" shadetree. There was an unwritten rule that blacks couldn'tsit beneath the tree. The school said they didn't carewhere students sat. The next day, students arrived atschool to see three nooses (in school colors) hangingfrom the tree. (Please note, the tree above is not thetree, but a tree at Jena High School.)

click the link below for the rest of the story:

This is probably the only nationally televised newsreport on the "Jena Six".CNN coverage

Here's a petition for the review of the events of the"Jena Six".

Peace, I mean WAR!(and I really mean that now!)