"Y'all niggaz be scramblin, gamblin/Up in restaurants with mandolins and violins" - The Notorious B.I.G., Notorious Thugs
Congressman Wynn has been right on all of our needed local projects, including National Harbor, the Woodrow Wislon Bridge replacement, the Intercounty Connector and the Blue Line Metro to Largo Town Center. Wynn voted against the Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act this summer that would authorize additional offshore oil drilling. Prince George's County, as the richest majority black county in the country, is well represented on energy and environmental policies by 4h Congressional District Congressman Albert Wynn.
Donna Edwards is waging a strong campaign against Rep. Albert Wynn in a critical Congressional district that happens to be home to a large base of affluent, well-educated black people. She's a great progressive candidate who is pushing Wynn on votes that have hurt blacks in the long run such as his support for the Iraq War -- a vote he now concedes was a mistake.
August is turning out to be a great month for quality urban music as Common’s “BE” album and Gnarls Barkley’s “St. Elsewhere” both go PLATINUM!
“Rick Ross? DUMB NICE! I was getting pretty bored with my Gnarls Barkley CD and was wondering where all the rapping was this summer when I heard Ross’ album. Did you hear him on Blow and Boss? You can’t make up shit like that, it’s just too funny.” wrote a prominent blogger. “I always thought Cam’ron’s rhymes were the funniest rap could get but clearly I was wrong. Ross sounds like a mix between an overweight walrus and Young Jeezy, I can’t wait to play this shit for my frat this fall, they are gonna CRACK UP!”
The Bush administration's warrantless eavesdropping on Amercians' telephone and internet communications is unconstitutional and must stop immediately, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
Save Your Space is a website created by a Southern California organization called "The Friends of MySpace" (not affiliated with News Corp). They have put together a petition against DOPA and they're trying to collect signatures of people of all ages who are opposed to the legislation. If you are (and you damn well should be if you're reading my ramblings), please take a moment to sign. And then pass it on.
"There's a way all African- American males learn, particularly when we're in a professional environment, to modify our behavior," said Darryl Hughes, who lives in Neptune and works as corporate director for community and senior services at Meridian Health. "It's tone of voice, attitude, speaking style, dressing style. It's really our whole persona. We take measures not to be seen as the threatening black man."
Most of the nation's elite newspapers at first ignored the story. A public uproar, especially among urban African Americans, forced them to respond. What followed was one of the most bizarre, unseemly and ultimately tragic scandals in the annals of American journalism, one in which top news organizations closed ranks to debunk claims Webb never made, ridicule assertions that turned out to be true and ignore corroborating evidence when it came to light. The whole shameful cycle was repeated when Webb committed suicide in December 2004.
Lore has it that the LA Times was pissed because The Merc broke a story in its own backyard. WaPo and the Grey Lady were pissed because they weren't going to have a 2nd rate news outlet from ComputerLand kick their proverbial asses. A handful of alternative newsweeklies reprinted the series. Then, under pressure, The Merc bailed on Webb.
I was curious to hear Russell's take on those issues. Russell said he hasn't read the book, but he responded to a few of its points when I brought them to his attention. (My take, especially in regard to the title: I think black athletes are often exploited and kept out of the power circles, but I don't think it's appropriate to use slavery or plantation imagery when it comes to sports because slavery was about the destruction of identity and the complete denial of options. A college scholarship or a pro sports contract is a great opportunity, one that slaves never had. You can only be exploited if you allow it to happen. Guys like Bill Russell didn't allow it to happen.)
The arena is more like an auditorium with carpet that swallows sound and there's almost no echo because I think the building doubles as a concert hall. So even from the second deck you could hear things going on down on the court and on the U.S. bench. Especially when Mike Krzyzewski cussed out his team after a lethargic start in the first quarter.
1Peanut Butter Jelly Huster is the funniest thing I've heard all week.