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            Wednesday, September 30, 2009

            Missing Black Women? Uhhh, Seriously, Who The Heck Cares?!?

            R.I.P., Public Option (2009-2009)


            Just throwing that one out there, is all I'm sayin'.

            Either way, I just hope this doesn't signal the beginning of the end for healthcare reform. I know the protagonists (you know who) would much rather do nothing and "wait until the economy improves", which essentially means never.

            We'll see.

            Question: Do you think the prospect of the public option is officially dead? Do you think it's essential to any substantive HC reform, or merely another piece of the puzzle?

            A Black Sitcom That Doesn't Suck.

            Since the suits deepsixed King Of The Hill, I've been looking for a new sitcom as cartoon fix. Crappy as their news network is, you have to give Fox credit for keepin' their toon game on point. And while I'm not much of a fan of The Family Guy, I couldn't help but give a look at their newest offering, the black family spin-off The Cleveland Show.

            I'll admit, the bears living next door seems really, really stoopid, and I'm a little peeved that some white dude is voicing Cleveland, which makes him sound extra corny. Seriously, was Ricky Smiley all that busy?

            That said, the show's funny. It's a little crass at times, but still funny.

            Question: Have you seen The Cleveland Show? What did you think?!?

            Tuesday, September 29, 2009

            They Should Have Never Gave You Ni... Errr, African Americans Money.

            Black America, What The Eff' Is Wrong With Us?!?

            [1] Yeah, I know, white kids behave like animals too. Guess what? We ain't talkin' bout' them right now.

            Monday, September 28, 2009

            It's Hoops Time.

            Why kid myself? I tried to get into the NFL this season, but it's just Week 3 and the Skins are already out of playoff contention, plus my Fantasy team is already toast.[1] So you know what that means... NBA Training Camp is open. Media Day was yesterday. And Jesus smiled.

            I already did my NBA Season Preview about 2 months ago (yeah, I was pressed), and went in depth on all the big name players changing places in the offseason. Shaq's a Cav. VC's a "Magic". Ron-Ron's a Laker. Lamar Odom's an idiot. Enough SuperTeam talk.

            I suppose since I publicly threw my local NBA team under the bus last year[2], it's only poetic that I re-announce my fandom to the Washington Wizards. They made some nice offseason moves, but pretty much everything rides on the creaky, thrice-operated upon knee of quirky, once mercurial point guard, the $116M cap hold known as Gilbert Arenas. If Gil comes back 100%, the team wins 50 games, easy. He's just that good (albeit flawed) and entertaining a player.

            If he doesn't, well, get The John Wall Lottery Ticker going.

            That said, a few more not-so-bold predictions.

            NBA Champion : San Antonio Spurs - Sorry Laker fans, but while everyone was gushing over the Cavs getting Shaq, and all the other offseason moves, the Spurs reloaded with established vets and not have the depth to compete in the West.

            MVP : Tim Duncan - This obviously ties to the above point.

            Rookie Of The Year : Jonny Flynn - I know the T-Wolves have about thismuch talent on their roster, and a front office that gets robbed everytime they make a transaction. But Flynn is good enough to put up really nice stats on a bad team. Sometimes that's enough to win RoY. See Also: Stoudamire, Damon.

            Rookie Bust : Hasheem Thabeet - I mean, come on. Given all the ballhogs in Memphis, how likely is it this guy gets more than 3 touches a game? Can you say Dsagana Diop 09'?!?

            Biggest Disappointment : Cavs - The Shaq/Bron duo sounds good on paper, but has anyone else noticed how badly Shaq's most recent stops have ended? I don't see this being any different.

            Biggest Surprise : Hawks - Seriously, I know the Hawks are about as popular in ATL as those Real Housewvives are classy (which is to say, not very much), but they've made some nice pickups in the offseason, and managed to resign all their free agents. I see a trip to the lEastern Conference Finals for these guys. Too bad there won't be more than a few dozen folks in Phillips Arena to witness it.

            Question: Got any bold NBA predictions of your own?!?

            [1] Thanks for nothing Brian Westbrook and Randy Moss. Seriously. Thanks.

            [2] The photo caption on that post still tickles me, and I wrote it. Seriously, go look at it. I amaze myself sometimes.

            AB.com Is Now Taking Requests...

            The AB.com Request Line Is Open. Yep, still trolling for ideas, this is gonna be a looong week. Gimme your leads. You got em', send em'.

            In the meantime, here's a trio of Request Line songs. My favorite is obvious.

            The 80's breakdance anthem by RockMaster Scott. Sadly, breakdancing is something I never could quite figure out.

            Zhane's hit single, which I am just now realizing was a bookend of sorts to their first single, "Hey Mister DJ". Yeah, I'm just vapid like that.

            The pre-Fergie Black Eyed Peas, back when they were a bunch of ultra corny breakdancing wannabe hipsters. Well, that hasn't exactly changed, has it?

            Question: Got any story ideas? Drop your ideas and links in the comment box. Which version of Request Line is the best?!?

            Uh, Wrong Kardashian, Lamar.

            Race Peddling Poverty Pimps.

            commercial. Or . Or and its outlandish $2,700 13" TVs.

            Or this monstrosity.


            Seriously, folks, is it really worth all that for an extra buck? I think not.

            Question: Does the "bad" you do outweight the good you've done? Did you go to one of those wealth building seminars? Is it sorta sad that guys like Jackson, Sharpton, and Smiley have to do this sorta stuff for money?

            Channel Your Inner White Guy - The Eurythmics.

            I knew that if I kept doing this Channel Your Inner White Guy series, I'd eventually move beyond blue eyed soul singers that have some level of street cred, and venture all the way into just plain ole' white dudes with no hood appeal. Today, my friends, is such a day. Yes, I realize this feature may not be for everyone. No, I do not care.

            As ya'll know, growing up in suburban NC in the 80's, there was no BET, and MTV barely played any black artist not named Michael or Prince. So I absorbed lots of music I prolly wouldn't have otherwise. The Eurythmics are such an example, and I love me some Eurythmics, especially frontwoman Annie Lennox. Peep this collection of their greatest hits.

            Question: What's your favorite Eurythmics tune?

            Sunday, September 27, 2009

            What's On AB's iPod?!? - Fly.Union



            [1] Seriously, what more could you want?

            Saturday, September 26, 2009

            Obama's Plan For Child Indoctrination, Revealed!!!

            And here we were, all tied up on flowery stay-in-school speeches, and step routines. Wouldn't you know it, The Obama Administration is coming for your chill'rens in a much more covert way. They're just sneaky and anti-American like that.

            Question: Is this commercial really creepy or is it just me?

            Friday, September 25, 2009

            Pre-NoBama Week Video Purge.

            . As much as it makes me cringe to hear any remotely partisan speech in public schools, some context is necessary: this was part of a Black History Month celebration, so it sorta kinda makes sense. But why let sense get in the way of a good GOP fundraising scheme bit of fear mongering?!?

            Roy Blunt Calls Obama A Monkey?!?

            This isn't "racist". Sorry. It's a very lame analogy, and little more. Next.

            Question: Comments? Observations? Do you think I can make it through a whole week without using the word "Obama"?

            What Would You Do?!? - Let Her Win Or Not?!?

            With two young kids at 北京体彩网官方网站, the concept of free time is a thing of the past. But every now and then, when the boys are squared away, AverageSis and I break out the Wii, and like most folks, we prefer Wii Sports.

            My wife isn't much of a gamer, so "us playing Wii" typically consists of me trying to explain the controls of some game to her, her getting frustrated and wanting to quit, and eventually us shutting the game off. Thankfully, a few months back, she discovered she was really good at Wii Bowling, and next thing you know, she's beating me (not that I play much either) on the regular.

            Prideful man that I am, I can't just get my butt whipped without trying to improve. So, I went online, and found out that there was a actually a technique to how you hold the controller when you swing that more or less guarantees (shocker) a strike each and every time if done right. And now, of course I'm back to beating her with regularity (I bowled a 195!) and she doesn't really want to play anymore.

            So here's the problem: I actually enjoy playing Wii with my wife (the kids ain't old enough yet), but since the games aren't really competitive anymore, it's hard to keep her interested in playing. And now I'm wondering if I should just take one for the team and start letting her win, just because.

            What do ya'll think?!?

            [Ironic Editor's Update: I wrote this post Thursday morning. Last night, in the name of further research, I suggested we play again. I sorta kinda forgot that Wii is smart enough to make itself more difficult once it tracks your tendencies. Long story short, she absolutely destroys me in three straight games, then I magically win the 4th. So I ask her, "are you letting me win?" and she just smiled. See why I married this woman?]

            Question: What Would You Do? Is it ever okay to let someone win?

            Black White Or Other?!? - The Cassanova Bandit.

            Stereotypes are a way of life in America. We feed into them so readily that they take on a life of their own. But just how well do you really know your racial stereotypes?

            Black, White, Or Other? lists a particularly heinous crime/news story, with incriminating bits of info omitted for the sake of confidentiality. Your job is to guess whether the protagonist is black, white, or the omnipresent "other", and to tell why you guessed how you did. The best guessplanation wins a week's supply of Cyber CapriSuns. And yeah, you could prolly Google the news story to find out the race of the person, but what sorta loser does that? Seriously. And if you already know about the story, and thus the answer, sit this one out. Be a good sport. Don't cheat.

            Anyways, here's today's entry...
            A robbery suspect was arrested when he returned to the scene of the crime to ask the victim out on a date, police said.

            [redacted] police allege that [redacted], 20, was among three men who robbed a couple late Sunday.

            Sgt. [redacted] said the woman recognized [redacted] as one of the robbers when he returned to ask her out about two hours later. She had a relative call 911.

            Police said [redacted] was arrested in front of the 北京体彩网官方网站. He was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of aggravated robbery and was being held in the [redacted] County jail on $100,000 bail.
            Question: Is the Cassanova Bandit in this story Black, White, or Other? Why?

            Name That Sample - "Ticks Of The Trade"

            Name That Sample is simple: I play the original song, you tell me who sampled it. Winner gets a day's supply of Cyber CapriSuns™. As always, no Googling! Google is for losers.

            This obscure tune by John Ottoman has been sampled only once to my knowledge, but the song it was used for will be verrrry familiar. Who can name the song that used these delightful bars?

            Difficulty Level: Extreme. Hint, the sample is a mere 3 seconds, but you'll know it when you hear it. If you're listening.

            Question: What notable song used the "Ticks Of The Trade" sample? Don't be fooled into just listening to the opening bars, or you'll prolly miss the answer. Feel free to cheat and use other commenters' work, but do NOT Google! Google is for losers.

            Thursday, September 24, 2009

            AB.com Fight Night


            Question: Have you ever seen boxing in person?!?

            [1] Uh, there's an official name for this, right?

            3 Play Thursday - Anita Baker.

            [Editor's Note: Yep, new feature. Every Thursday, I'll play 3 tracks from one of my favorite artists. You add the pithy comments.]

            Motor City songstress Anita Baker is a true legend of R&B/Soul music, winning eight Grammy Awards, and garnering four platinum albums and two gold albums to her credit. Sadly, she doesn't seem to be recording or touring anymore, a great career shortened by health and family problems. But damn if Nita' ain't put out some classic material in the 80's and 90's. Here's a trio of my favorites.

            1. "Angel"

            Man, if there any more beautiful song than "Angel"? I don't even need to add commentary to this. Just cop the headphones already.

            If heaven had a soundtrack, Anita Baker would definitely be somewhere on it.

            2. "I Apologize"

            I'll admit, I wasn't really feelin' this song when it came out. Supposedly a song about her own personal relationships, it always struck me as an odd choice for a single.

            Only after my own Pops died did I actually understand the lyrics. Nuff' said.

            3. "Talk To Me"

            Classic. Period.

            Question: What's your favorite Anita Baker tune?!?

            Wednesday, September 23, 2009

            Totally Random Thoughts With AB.com.

            , aka: The McPaper. The term "column" is really a misnomer, because more than anything else it was really just a bunch of random thoughts and non sequiturs tossed together. Dude would go from name dropping some actor in one sentence to grousing about the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip in the next.[1] The net result was sorta like reading this.

            Yikes. Some folks called this a stroke of genius, but most of us would prolly consider it drunk blogging.

            Since ain't sh*t else really goin' on right now[2], why not just rip off Larry's idea and make it mine? So I present to ya'll, Totally Random Thoughts With AB.com.

            No Obama Week Is Coming - I'll admit it: I'm all Obama'ed out. Beginning Sunday, AB.com marks its first ever NoObama Week™. I don't give a care if healthcare passes, Obama smacks the crap outta Joe Wilson, or if Sasha and Malia both turn up pregnant. There will be NO OBAMA at AB.com for the entire week of September 27th!!! Seriously, watch this and you'll understand why.

            Yep, I deserve a break. I won't even mention that 5 letter word a single time here. If you need your Barry fix, there are plenty of other places to get it. Sorry.

            She Hate Me - A certain commenter who has been tormenting the boards under a "Phony" name sent me the most vicious, hateful email I've ever received in the 1,700 post history of AB.com. Folks, I realize ya'll like Obama. But darnit, you don't have to defend everything he does to the death. I love my wife like she's an NBA League Pass, but I sure as heck don't agree with her all the time. That said, how silly is it to assume that anyone who disagrees with The Beige One in any way, shape, or form, is somehow some self-hating bootlicking Tom? Color me stoopid, but before you write a 20 page diatribe to some random blogger you don't know from Adam (ie: me), you might just wanna get your mind right. I'm just sayin'. And ya'll wonder why I do this anonymously.[3]

            Twitter Beefin' - Anyone else follow that whole ? While it was pretty funny to read all the tweets and listen to these two relatively untalented cRappers go in on each other, it's also sad because this seems to be the future of rap beefs. Imagine how lame Nas vs Jigga, or Juice Crew vs Hilltop Hustlers woulda been if it was played out on the web, rather than on wax. Personally, I preferred Fab snatching NBA player's chains to Fab ethering a midget with bad photoshop jobs, but hey, that's just me being negative and disparaging other black men as usual.

            Luv & Murrage - I don't talk "personal" stuff on this blog, by my cyber 北京体彩网官方网站girl OneChele from asked me to give as part of yesterday's edition of her excellent "relationship week" series. Peep that.

            University of Virginia Is One Lovely School - I found myself on the road for a recruiting trip to UVa earlier this week. Coming from an HBCU, I am continually shocked at just how truly sh*tty all our facilities were by comparison. Every new building at UVa is built in the same colonial, bricks and columns architecture, which makes for a uniformly beautiful campus. My HBCU? That sh* t was built in stages, and it shows. Half the campus is modeled off prison blueprints from the early 1900's, half looks 2050 space age, and the final half looks like Cabrini Green. Man, do Negroes get the shaft all around or what?

            Jockin' Jay-Z - I'll admit it, after I heard the first 3-4 songs leaked from The Blueprint III, I figured it was time to send The JiggaMan out to the glue factory. But I acquired a copy of this over the weekend, and believe it or not, the guy's actually redeemed himself.

            I don't know if he's finally ditched the idiot savant act and decided to start writing again or what, but he's lyrically sharp. And by going back to "name" producers and avoiding trendy gimmicks, the overall quality of BP3 is hard to defy. Ya' boy is back. I stand corrected. 41 years old rappers, FTW!!!

            The Era Of The "Fight Party" Is Over - Yeah, I dropped $59.99 on that Mayweather fight. And yeah, after watching him pummel his outmatched opponent for 12 rounds, I wanted my money back. Until boxing finally starts developing some new heavyweights, I just can't stomach outlandish PPV rates to watch a bunch of 127 pounders hug each other for an hour. No more. Never again.

            SyFy Is The Best TV Network Evar - Seriously, have ya'll watched this channel? Yeah, all the movies are cheap and formulaic, but it's a station invented for big a$$ Hi Def screens.

            Where else can you watch a movie about a killer mutant polar bear in 50 inch glory?

            LeafBlowers Are Racist - I know this sounds jive silly, but now that I've got a real yard and some real money, I'm seeing just how neglected my childhood was from a lawn maintenance perspective. My Pops made me and my brothers bust our butts every weekend bagging and dragging pine straw, raking leaves, and picking up lawn trimmings. And even though my working-class Southern neighborhood was full of Dads, nobody else had anything more than a lawnmower, and all the kids were herded into chattel slavery every weekend. Now, I have leafblowers, edgers, a lawnmower with a freakin' bag and 80 other contraptions that make keeping my lawn up to par a breeze. So I'm wondering, was this lack of lawn maintenance tools some form of systematic racism, or was my Pops just really cheap?!?

            Question: Any thoughts on my thoughts?!?

            [1] Can you tell the difference? I can't.

            [2] Although, I should note, I read every news link ya'll send, and I thank you. But I just ain't up to it right now.

            [3] Shots fired. If you wanna read this rambling, hateful, barely legible monstrosity, drop me a note and I'll send it to you with the author's name redacted. I'm sure she'd like to spellcheck that if given a second shot.

            AB.com Guest Movie Review - Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself.

            wasn't so lucky. And just as a word of warning, this is more of a Cliff Notes version of the movie than an actual review. Spoilers ahead. If you were planning on dropping $40 on this, you should prolly pass.]

            I hit the movie theaters sporadically now. When I lived in Atlanta, GA in 2000, my buddy and I would hit the AMC 24 in Jonesboro nearly every Friday night. It was the spot to be for young folks with plenty of extra cash to blow. At nearly every new blockbuster and black comedy that released, my pal and I would be getting tickets, gawking at the perfect 10 female Atlanta Peaches, hot cars and living the prime of youth.

            Ah, how I sometimes miss the olden days of big money, watching the prostitutes walk on Metropolitan (Stuart) Avenue in front of all of the Strip Clubs and trying to live "the life."

            Fast forward to 2009, and I'm married, dang near broke, dang near dead with a heart condition and lucky enough to afford buffet at the local pizza joint.

            So it was with a heavy sigh that I promised my wife that I would take her to see Tyler Perry's new celluloid. I'd sworn off Perry's stuff recently because I figured that he'd become the T.D. Jakes of cinema, only to serve the needs of his female viewers rather than give the men (who mostly bring them) something to smile about.


            "I can Do Bad" is your typical Madea movie. That's not to say that it's a bad movie by any means. It's pretty good by THAT standard, if a little long. For those that have watched Tyler's previous works, this is essentially a carbon copy of them.

            Taraji P. Henson plays a nightclub singer named April who's addicted to alcohol, cigarettes and is sleeping around with a married man named Randy (Brian White). She's very selfish and really doesn't care about anything else. Randy, on the other hand, is a buffed up mean S.O.B. He has a bad attitude and likes to intimidate others. He's also helping April pay the bills around the raggedy house that she inherited.

            While April is doing her thing at the club owned by her pal Tanya (Mary J. Blige), a break-in is happening at Madea's House. Madea finds three kids trying to steal a VCR. She and and her brother Joe (Tyler Perry) proceed to smack the kids around a bit before sitting them down at her kitchen table.

            The kids: Jennifer (Hope Wilson), Manny (Kwesi Boakye) and a challenged younger brother named Byron (Frederick Siglar) confess to Madea that they haven't eaten in four days. Their grandmother "Mama" Rose has been missing and no one has been able to care for them since their mother died. Madea feeds the kids while Joe talks his usual trash. Manny tells Madea that the only other relative they have is their Aunt April (Henson).

            The next morning at April's, Randy is getting dressed when his wife calls his cell. After the brief convo, Randy tells April that his wife is pregnant. This is Randy's seventh or eighth kid (I lost count) and he tells April that he HATES kids because child support payments are hurting that wallet. He rolls out and April tries to go back to sleep.

            Her rest is interrupted when Madea and the kids show up. April initially denies them until one of the kids speaks out. April learns about the kids actions and her mother's disappearance and agrees to let the kids stay temporarily until Rose is found. Madea and April make a deal to let the kids work off the damages at Madea's house.

            April gets into it with Jennifer (who also has a bad attitude), and it is here that's it's revealed that the kid's mother was a crackhead and died from the drug abuse. April leaves the kids to fend for themselves in the living room and goes back to sleep.

            At the nearby church with Pastor Brian (Marvin Winans) a food drive is going on. The Pastor and his fellow member Wilma (Gladys Knight) meet up with an old friend named Sandino (Adam Rodriguez). Sandino tells the two that he remembered the Pastor from a missionary work in South America and is in the USA to start a new life. He's 北京体彩网官方网站less and jobless however, but he's a talented handyman. Pastor Brian arranges for Sandino to do repair work in the church and find him a place to stay.

            That place is, you guessed it: April's house.

            While these two are negotiating, Jennifer is seen running from a store near the church and is captured by the owner at the church steps. The shopkeeper tells the Pastor that she was caught stealing syringe needles. Pastor Brian makes peace and the shopkeeper lets her go. Jennifer tells the pastor of all that has happened. Rose is a member of the church and lives next door to Wilma. No one has seen her.

            Pastor Brian visits April, brings back Jennifer and asks her to lodge Sandino. She begrudgingly agrees and Sandino offers to help fix up the house in exchange. Jennifer explains why she stole the needles. Manny is a diabetic and desperately needs his insulin.

            Later on, Randy comes back and sees the kids and Sandino. He does his "bad mofo" shtick, calls Sandino 'Mexico' and 'illegal', and starts eyeballing the 16 year old Jennifer lustfully. Sandino doesn't reply, but acts intimidated at Randy's insults. At the nightclub, Wilma tries to talk to April but she's not having it. So Wilma is asked to come onstage and sing a song (to uplift her). It's a magical scene and Gladys Knight still has that touch.

            About halfway into the film, we learn that Mama Rose died on a bus of a brain aneurysm and had been dead a week. Because no one bothered to visit the morgue, she was cremated. Pastor Brian and Wilma bring her ashes back to April, who now realizes that she's the sole caretaker of her sister's kids. Sandino is there to comfort her and starts his role as "Heaven Sent Good Man". They both spend time with each other, even going to CHURCH together. (By the way, the church scene was about 10 minutes TOO long.)

            Mary J. Blige does her part as "Sista RealTalk" and sings a Chick Anthem. Madea tries to give good Biblical advice (which is ALL F'ed up) to Jennifer who's facing a possibility of living in a Foster 北京体彩网官方网站. Sandino has fixed up an old room in April's house for the kids. While Manny and Byron is happy about the new room, Jennifer tells her brothers that April doesn't want them there, and they will continue to sleep in the living room until they have to leave.

            Near the end, while Jennifer is getting an insulin shot for Manny, Randy tries to rape her. Sandino comes in like Hacksaw Jim Duggan and whacks Randy with a 2X4. They start brawling and Sandino is winning the fight until April walks in. Sandino's holding a crying Jennifer and explains to April what Randy did. Randy lies and says that April tried to sex him up for money. April says she believes Randy and goes upstairs.

            Now the big scene.

            Randy is in the tub nursing his wounds. April asks him what happened and Randy lies again. April sees thru the lies and gets a boombox and plugs it in. She threatens to drop it into the tub with Randy who is now no longer the "bad mofo" he was earlier the film. April goes on a tirade about how she was nearly raped and how Randy was just like the man who tried to do it to her.

            In goes the BoomBox.....


            ASS. CHEEKS.

            (I looked at my wife and said, "I DID NOT PAY TO SEE THAT." Because I knew what it meant. The audience popped. The women whooped and hollered. To be fair, the nudity was brief but still, Tyler has done it again. I swear, I think he loves seeing naked and half naked men. I'll say it now, Tyler Perry is going to come out in the near future.)

            Anyway, April is so pissed off that she's off on another drunken binge at Tanya's Bar. Sandino kicks out Randy, takes his key, secures the kids and goes to talk to April. April in her drunkenness accuses Sandino of looking at Jennifer and being a child molester.(?!?!) She questions him about why he cares for those kids so much, and Sandino give a tirade about how he was involved in underage labor back in South America, and was a victim of abuse. After more back and forth from these two, April tells Sandino to leave the house.

            Sandino goes back and says goodbye to the kids and tells them that he will stay in touch with them. The following morning, April and Jennifer reconcile and April agrees to let the kids stay for good. While going thru some of her mother's things that Wilma dropped off the movie goes the route of 'The Color Purple':

            The church just happens to sing one of "Mama Rose's" favorite songs, so loud in fact that April can hear it. She starts singing, including jump cuts of her drinking coffee and smoking a cig. Sandino is in the church and goes up for prayer. Jennifer tells April that Sandino is a good man and she shouldn't let him go, and starts repeating the same Bible Stories that Madea told her.

            Then Sandino enters. The dialog gets so sappy here that YOU WILL CRINGE when you hear it. Sandino tells April that he loves her. They kiss, and the camera cuts to the church where we see Sandino and April after their wedding. They dance out into the street Breakin 2' style for their Wedding Block Party starring Mary J. Blige who gives us one more Chick Anthem for the road.

            Fade to Black....(with outtakes).

            EG's Final Verdict: Considering what I was working with, and how I didn't have high expectations for the film in the first place. My wife liked the film and is happy about it, so I'm happy that she's happy. 2.5 Stars (Out Of 5)

            Question: Did you see this film? What are your thoughts on it?

            Tuesday, September 22, 2009

            Poll Position - Obama Is Slippin'. Sorta.

            Looks like The Beige One has pulled yet another rabbit out of the proverbial hat.

            After a long, hot summer of townhalls, marching teabaggers, and loose lipped rappers, I figured Obama's reign on the top was short like Leprechauns. But wouldn't you know it, AverageNation™ still has confidence in the President, and the lastest AverageNation™ Obama Approval Rating didn't budge nearly as much as one might have suspect. Barry pulled a sweet %76 when we last surveyed the land in June. And it looks like he's holding serve.

            I am still squarely behind the President, and think he's doing a good job, all things considered. The recent address to Congress definitely helped. Would I love to see him check some fools, and be a bit more proactive, as opposed to reactive, as a leader? Sure. But I'd also like fat free cheeseburgers, a chauffeured Bentley, and a pay raise. None of those things is gonna happen. It is, what it is.

            Question: Do you approve, or disapprove of the job Obama is doing to date? Why? What could change your vote next time around?

            Please Give This Man A TV Show, Now!!!

            Seriously, what will it take to get some timid MSNBC exec to pull the level on this? Why not give Ed Schultz the boot right now?

            Question: Was Screamin' A. ever get another shot at his own show?

            Name That Sample - "One Night Love Affair"

            Name That Sample is simple: I play the original song, you tell me who sampled it. Winner gets a day's supply of Cyber CapriSuns™. As always, no Googling! Google is for losers.

            This classic soul tune by The Stylistics has been sampled dozen of times, most notably by a slept-on single by a prolific hip hop duo. But who can name the most songs that have used these delightful bars?

            Difficulty Level: Extreme

            Question: How many songs can you name that used the "One Night Love Affair" for Storage" sample? Don't be fooled into just listening to the opening bars, or you'll prolly miss half the possible answers. Feel free to cheat and use other commenters' work, but do NOT Google! Google is for losers.

            Monday, September 21, 2009

            Has Obama Ever Thrown A White Guy Under The Bus?!?

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            AB Goes To The Movies - Brick City.

            For a city barely larger than my sprawling DC suburb, Newark, NJ (population: 281k) sure seems much bigger than the numbers suggest. Often maligned as either the murder, carjacking, or both Capitol Of The US, the city has undergone a renaissance of sorts in recent years. Even the casual passerby on an Amtrak en route to Penn Station will notice the gleaming new Prudential Center, lovely NJ Performing Arts Center, and chic warehouse condos dotting the skyline. But all that glimmers obviously isn't gold. The groundbreaking 5 part documentary Brick City, which airs all next week (starting tonight, Sept 21st) on The Sundance Channel, seeks to tell the behind the scenes story of a once great city to return to its former glory.

            Executive produced by Forrest Whitaker, the documentary tells the Summer 08' story of Newark's struggle through three distinctly different voices. Cory Booker is the camera-friendly, enthusiastic, Ivy League-educated mayor whose election a few years ago garnered nationwide attention. Garry McCarthy is the tough-as-nails police chief tasked with returning order to the streets. A reformed gang member named Jada provides the real life perspective of the folks whose perspectives Booker and McCarthy must change if the city is ever to prosper. Telling the story from three such varies points of view (politician, cop, [ex]criminal) is undoubtedly going to lead to some comparisons to HBO's The Wire. If you found that show even remotely interesting, watching the real life drama of Brick City unfurl will certainly be worth the view.

            Brick City airs every night this week at 10pm on The Sundance Channel.

            Sunday, September 20, 2009

            50 Cent On CNBC.

            I'll admit, I lost a lot of respect for this guy after that Young Buck "crying game" situation, but he nearly redeems himself here.

            Keep Effin' That Chicken!

            Saturday, September 19, 2009

            Why, Evander?!? Why?!?

            Just what the world needs, more black men in drag. Just lovely.

            Question: Are times really this bad out there?

            Friday, September 18, 2009

            Get On Your SoapBox.

            Sometimes when you blog, you run into issues getting posts out on the daily. The Fresh 7 days/week promise I made to you guys sometimes proves to be a bit difficult for me to keep up with. Today would be such a day. Not only did I not have any free time this weekend to write a fresh morning drop, but I'm also officially devoid of any fresh ideas. Long story short, even if I had something to write about, I don't have the time to do it.

            So, today, the floor is open. You guys have proven to be a relatively self-sustaining online community. So, start some chatter amongst yourselves. Drop links. Get it poppin'. If you've ever wanted to write your own post for the rest of AverageNation™ to respond to, this is your day!

            Sometime soon I'll be back to my usual prolific and snarky self, but I could use to help getting over the hump. Look out for yaw's boy and take the reigns in the meantime.

            Question: Got anything interesting you wanna talk with the rest of AverageNation™ about? Get the convo started you-know-where.

            Thursday, September 17, 2009

            See, Even Barry Doesn't Think TeaBaggers Are Racist.