Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Back in Effect mode...

... and I still have a crush on Dawn from En Vogue!

So thanks for bearing with a brotha's absence. I knew I had been pretty awol when people I know started telling me, "Everytime I go back to your page it says "Welcome to March." Even though I'm slow to update, thanks for checking me out. Aight, to the meat and potatoes.

First, let me say that Blacksmythe has been posting like everything I wanted to post lately, so let me just give a big ol' link right here to his site. If you don't know him, get to know him. I haven't met him before, but I've been hearing about him since I stepped foot in A2 and his reputation continues to grow nationally.

The one thing he missed that is key to my life... the new Black Disney princess! If you know me, I am a Disney addict. This is a result of my Dad and loving cartoons. I know that Disney has a lot of issues (many of which I refuse to acknowledge, don't even try it) but this princess is FINALLY a step in the right direction. This of course does not negate the fact that as Disney travelled the globe when they got to Africa they decided to draw animals... coincidence, I think not. Nor does it speak to the copious absence of my Latino folks, but it is a beginning. I mean come on guys they only had 84 years to gear up and after Song of the South I think they needed to take a little time.

In other news, this week I had a chance to co-host theAddicted to Race podcast with Carmen over at Racialicious. We talked about the CBCI and FoxNews partnering and the David Mills post on the redeeming uses of the word nigger. For more info on how I feel, check that out.

Lastly, U of M released the report of the Diversity Blueprints Task Force. You can find the report here, it's surprisingly short. I will probably dedicate a post to this in the near future.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Pardon my absence

Hey, sorry haven't be in the blogging spirit as of late. Not like writer's block, kinda just tired's block. Ya know. I'll be back soon with some freshness, hopefully.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Welcome to March

So last month was Black history month and now that the television, radio, and fast food are done "honoring our legacy" I'd thought I'd help you along. You see, every year I feel a little loss of something special with the passing of BHM. So today I present to you the introduction to the opposites sketch (what you know about that? Definitely one of my favorite Canadian productions, wanna know another one of my favorites now? Keep reading).

If you've ever been to a predominantly Black event like a BBQ, wedding, a club outing in Detroit, you know that Black folks love to do some line dancing. Whether it's the Hustle, the Cha Cha Slide or the Electric Slide we're on the floor tearing it up. I've always felt a particular disdain for these dances. I mean come on, doesn't it seem like some sick form of epic memory of when they brought our ancestors on deck "to dance" for exercise (yeah, I know I'm wrong)? With that being said, I have further reason to never Electric Slide or "Electric" again. His name is Ric Silver and he claims to be the original choreographer of the dance (like I care!). He's wants to preserve it, take a look (I refuse to put a link to this clown's sight). Now that you've watched, doesn't that just make the dance 100 times wacker? So now that I've shown that a White man "created" the Electric Slide. I'd like to take you on another loop.

As the great African-American philosopher Lonnie Rasheed Lynn, that's Common to ya'll, said, "I stand out like a nigga on a hockey team, I got goals and I can like a pop machine." When we think of ice hockey, we seldom think of Black folks on the ice getting it. Well, if the White man can "create" the Electric Slide, then Black folks can pioneer the forms of hockey we see played today in the NHL and internationally. Wanna know more, click here to get your weight up.

Alright, now if you're like me, you're sufficiently tripped out. I'm just trying to transition you back into normal society. And while you're transitioning, remember Black History Month is all over, so no more talking about Black people's struggles for equality in public, it seems to make folks nervous ;)