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            Thursday, September 30, 2010

            Lil' P-Nut's Plan For World Domination: Phase II.

            This kid just gets more and more obnoxious by the week, but he's getting around. Next stop: his own Nick Jr show.

            BTW, I'm convinced the kid isn't actually 7, he's got one of those Gary Coleman things going on and is prolly like 15 already.

            Give The Drummer Some...

            The latest "viral" rage taking laps around cyberspace is a clip from last night's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, a show I swear I didn't even know was still on. While the novelty of this clip[1] is likely to wear off soon, I'll give Jimmy Fallon, who was just as lousy on SNL as he is on this show, some credit for doing one thing right: hiring The Legendary Roots Crew as the in-house band.

            Their ability to pull this off is much more impressive than watching Justin Timberlake[2] pretend to be Humpty Hump.

            [1] Come on, the whole "white folks rappin' is funny" thing is sooo 92'. Fallon and Timberlake grew up on hip-hop just like I did. I wish this comedic staple would die a miserable death, like yesterday.

            [2] All jokes aside, this guy definitely has a future in movies/TV. Why this hasn't happened yet is beyond me. Somebody needs a better agent.

            Damnit, Eddie, Just Admit You Did It Already!!!

            Yet another accuser goes public.

            If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, it prolly effed' these young men. Just admit it already, Eddie! This will only get worse the longer you maintain your innocence.

            Question: How is Eddie Long going to explain this one away?

            Keep Your Greasy Hands Off My McNuggets!!!

            Wednesday, September 29, 2010

            Eddie Long's Accuser Finally Speaks.

            I don't have time to add commentary to this. Watch and discuss below.

            Bonus: Long finally fesses up.[1]

            Question: What's your thought on the Eddie Long case after watching this? Does the young man appear to be telling the truth or is he a pretty good actor? Is this young man wise to speak to reporters without his attorney?

            [1] Okay, not really, but admit it. You laughed.

            Tuesday, September 28, 2010

            Laugh Break: Rob Stapleton.

            A funny set from an underrated standup veteran. As usual, cop the headphones.

            Sharron Angle, You Ignorant Slut.

            and have the baby anyway. This is really just par for the course with her.

            And to think this woman's actually ahead in the polls right now. Jesus, help us all. Nevada, if you elect this ingrate to the US Senate, you deserve that you get.

            Question: What the hell is wrong with this woman, and what the hell is wrong with Nevadans?

            BV: I'll Admit It, Sarah Palin Officially Scares Me.

            . Go in.

            Monday, September 27, 2010

            Caption This Photo.

            AB.com's Completely Unsolicited Advice For Bishop Eddie Long.

            . Take the heat off yourself by projecting the guilt onto a another party. It would be brilliant if we hadn't already seen the exact same play a million times already. Instead, it was merely predictable. And kinda pathetic.

            Skip to around the 4:30 mark if you don't want to hear a pointless sermon.

            Sorry, but pulling this sorta trick doesn't do anything to get the heat off you, despite the "clapping otter"-like response from the New Birth congregation. In the court of public opinion, which is quite honestly the only one that matters in a civil suit, this cat still looks guilty than a mug. Who is he getting PR advice from, The Obama Administration? This was truly a terrible way to say "I ain't do it!".

            That said, I'm in the unpaid business of giving great advice. and the recovery of , now our company offers you & , if you buy both, you get one free box.

            Fire Your Lawyers - Whoever's representing you must be a rank amateur. Are you sure this cat, the one , has even passed the Georgia bar yet? Bruh, fire this moron, raise a love offering, and go get yourself some good Jewish lawyers. Lawyer up correctly, and not only will you get off, but you could sue (and bury) your accusers for slander. Call TI! Call Robert Kelly! Call Orenthal! (okay, maybe not) Whoever repped them needs to be on retainer pronto.

            Explain Those Photos! - Many people, yours truly included, jumped off the bandwagon when those extra zesty photos of you in spandex dropped last week. What's up with that, bruh? You need to explain this one away. Speaking of which...

            Go On Larry King - This is a no-brainer. He's not the most aggressive interviewer, and he does a good job of coddling interviewees with easy questions so things don't get too thick. Don't even think about going on Oprah. Remove Barbara Walters from your caller ID. Martin Basheer too. And stay off black radio, you don't need to be getting drilled [||] by Roland Martin anymore. Find the right interviewer who'll allow you to tell your entire side of the story with the least amount of cross questioning. King's the man.

            Stop Playing The Victim Card - Again, if you ain't do nothin' wrong, what is there to hide? Stop making this out to be something more than it is, and spinning this as an attack on New Birth, the Longfellows Academy, and (no, really, this happened) President Obama. Man up, take the hit, and explain what happened. There's no "conspiracy" here.

            Tone It Down - When ballers and rappers are facing legal issues, they usually cut their cornows off, leave the ice at 北京体彩网官方网站, and start wearing Brooks Brothers. This effectively "softens their image" and makes them somewhat more of a sympathetic figure. Stop rollin' into church wearing floor length cream colored tunics! And please, for the love of all things precious, take that effin' rug off your head for Crissakes. You aren't foolin' anybody, we know you had that Jheri Curled Mickey Mouse jawn just last year. No 57-year old man suddenly grows back a head full of curly hair after a lifetime of male pattern baldness. Cut it out!

            I'm not sayin' Eddie Long will beat them charges like Rocky if he follows my advice word for word, but it can't hurt. The longer Long allows the rumors and innuendo to build without speaking up, the worse this situation gets.

            Question: What unsolicited advice would you give Eddie Long right now? What did you think of his sermon?

            [1] N*gga Please.

            Ashy Or Classy?!? - Katy Perry On Sesame Street?!?

            unless you will pay the cost of and without any discount. You can get too with purchasing of .

            The segment -- in which Perry sings a toned-down version of Hot N Cold with Elmo -- was originally going to air on New Year's Eve, but the video made its way to YouTube this week and quickly attracted nearly a million views. But with those views came angry comments about Perry's outfit, which showed off her figure.

            Sesame Street producers decided it was in the show's best interest to remove Perry's song from the broadcast. A spokesperson said that while they enjoy entertaining adult viewers, their first priority is children.Here's the video, judge for yourself.

            Personally I don't see what the big deal is about this video, or for that matter Perry, who seems rather pretty plain Jane to me. Is her plunging neckline perhaps a bit too much for a toddler show? Maybe so. Is she well aware of what she's doing here? I'm sure she is. Is this "Awww shucks, I totally didn't mean to give your kid a chubby by coming on a children's program with my tits out" act nothing more than a shrewd publicity stunt for Perry? Certainly.

            But lets not pretend that children's entertainment is so clean and wholesome like it was back in the day. Any who has suffered thru neverending repeats of watched Shrek 8 million times and peeped all the double entendres knows what I'm talkin' about.

            I wouldn't exactly call this one Ashy or Classy. I'm just gonna say it's "Neutral".

            What say ye?

            Question: Was this video in bad taste for a children's program? What other examples have you seen where the boundaries of appropriate children's program were being pushed?

            Saturday, September 25, 2010

            Worst Music Video, EVAR!?!?

            Jesus, why even bother wasting the allowance your sister gives you every 1st & 15th your money on this turrible song and video? ECPI is for everyone. The cRap game ain't.

            * Hat tip to .

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            Friday, September 24, 2010

            BV: Defending Eddie Long's God-Given Right To Drive A Bentley.


            BTW, just in case you wanna bookmark it, .

            Sarah "Moron" Palin Calls The President Hussein.

            Waka Flocka Flame: Distinguished Scholar.

            . So, it's merely really, really sad, but very understandable. This guy didn't have a chance from birth.

            Thursday, September 23, 2010

            Dear Eddie Long: Just Come Clean, Already.

            . And oh yeah, cause Eddie Long's got cellphone camera pics that just leaked, and they ain't cool. Peep em'. Or don't.

            Sorry Mrs. Jackson: Like Father, Like Dumb Assed Son.


            But no woman's worth giving up everything for.[1]

            Jesse shoulda asked Kwame Kilpatrick about that one.

            Or his Pops.

            Question: Will Jesse Jr's Mayoral prospects suffer as a result of these allegations? Does this make his re-election to Congress in November less of a shoe-in? What makes a guy think he can fly his jumpoff from DC to Chi-Town using campaign donations and not get busted?

            [1] Well, except for your wife, of course.

            Ashy Or Classy!?! - Ice Cube's Rappin' OffSpring.

            I still don't know how to feel about this new rap game/nepotism trend. Between Will Smith's kids, Reverend Run's kids, Lil' Romeo, Lil' Eazy-E, and Corey Gunz (yeah, I know), the results are mixed. Do you really deserve a record deal just because of who your Pops is?[1]

            Ice Cube's always been a favorite of mine, the rare cRapper who could pull off a gangsta persona and not get called on bullsh*t, even though he's never caught so much as a traffic case, went to college on an architecture scholarship, and makes movies for tweens.

            That's a pretty impressive feat. His sons, OMG and Doughboy, gettin' in the cRap game? Uh, not so much.[2]

            Question: What do you think? Should Cube's kids pursue their cRap careers, or do they need to start reading those Everest College brochures a bit more seriously?

            [1] Or in Eazy E and Peter Gunz case: "was".

            [2] If you ask me, Cube murdered both of his kids on this track.

            Wednesday, September 22, 2010

            AB.com Guest Post: What's Up With Eddie Long?!?

            which made the pastor a trending topic. As someone very familiar with the Atlanta church scene, my friend is uniquely qualified to give his opinion on the topic. Show our guest some love you-know-where.]

            Hot off the press from tonight, the latest in news to affect the institutional Black Church, both old and new, has been the lawsuit against Bishop Eddie Long of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church of Lithonia, Georgia.

            The prominent pastor of a 25,000-member megachurch outside Atlanta denies allegations in a lawsuit that he coerced two young men from the congregation into a sexual relationship, his attorney said. Lawyers for the men, now 20 and 21, say they filed the lawsuit Tuesday in DeKalb County Court against Bishop Eddie Long.

            The men who filed the suit were 17- and 18-year-old members of the church when they say Long abused his spiritual authority to seduce them with cars, money, clothes, jewelry, international trips and access to celebrities. B.J. Bernstein, an attorney representing the plaintiffs, said that when the relationships started, the plaintiffs were past the legal age of consent in Georgia, which is 16.

            President George W. Bush and three former presidents visited the sprawling New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in the Atlanta suburb of Lithonia for the 2006 funeral of Coretta Scott King, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Long introduced the speakers and the Rev. Bernice King, the Kings' younger daughter, delivered the eulogy. She is also a pastor there.

            Long was appointed pastor of New Birth in 1987. Then, the church had about 150 members. Less than four years later, the church had grown to more than 8,000 members. Athletes and entertainers claim membership at the church.
            This seems to be yet another brick chipped away in already bruised and battered institutional Black Church. First Professor Eddie Glaude earlier this year essentially said the Black Church was dead. Then Steve Harvey rallied the black female church crowd with Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man and then Deborrah Cooper came back told black women that the black church was keeping them single. Not to mention the death of gospel legend Walter Hawkins, and the recent death that has shaken the black Pentecostal crowd of Bishop Kenneth Moales. Then this with Eddie Long has cause somewhat of a wall to ” come a’ tumbalin’ down.”

            This is the same pastor who was the subject of U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley-R, Iowa and his tax investigation a few years ago. This is the same pastor who was the subject of Jonathan Walton’s Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism the story of black televangelists in this country北京体彩网官方网站. This is also the same pastor who in 2004 marched down AuburnStreet in an effort to support George W. Bush and the Defense of Marriage Act and decried homosexuality.

            And I found out through Twitter, of course. As I type, both #EddieLong and #EddieLongSaid are high trending topics.

            Naturally, if this is true, this brings forth a plethora of issues concerning clergy and the members at churches. And this truly isn’t just a case concerning black churches. From the Earl Paulk situation at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, to Ted Haggard out in Colorado, to the Roman Catholic Church dealing with their priest abuse scandals being a global problem this is a situation that goes across the board. This isn’t even a situation dealing with homosexuality versus heterosexuality, but a case of properly addressing sexuality within the walls of the church.

            Without going too deep on sexuality, we need to admit that the church probably could do a lot better with addressing sexuality with its members. It’s still a problem even amongst the most conservative groups for married couples to even talk about sex out in the open; many still act as if it’s something dirty and taboo. Let alone among more liberal groups, the general failure to understand sex between two consenting adults.

            But, I guess that would require your average person to understand the difference between sex, sexuality and sexual intercourse.

            Even in what our society considers the optimal way of having sex–between a man and a woman who are married–I know married couples who still blanche when they read the biblical passages of Song of Songs (Song of Solomon) and their sexually charged passages. And our churches don’t even want to entertain the idea of young teens having sex, unmarried persons having sex, and many churches still shun gay couples who are in committed relationships. This in the face of many churches being predominantly populated by women who often arrive at church with their children and no husbands or having never been married (because of course the black church is keeping black women single), and God-knows how many other sexual church stereotypes being fulfilled.

            And we remain silent in the church.

            However, my issue with Eddie Long isn’t a sexuality issue. As far as I’m concerned and information disseminated, I, along with most everyone else aren’t qualified to speak on it. My issue truly is a theological one. As Walton pointed out in his book, Long ascribes to this “kingdom business” (Walton 129-131). While it sounds good, churchy even, as far as I can see it, this theological train of thought is warmed-over ecclesiastical patriarchy straight out of the Roman Catholic church. Well, Walton places it much more within the Victorian era as far as familial and patriarchal values (171).

            I think the patriarchal system of theology allows this to happen with clergy and their followers.

            When the man is the head, it’s anything goes. Be it in the family or in the church. The man acts as the mouthpiece for God be it good or bad or indifferent. The same way parishioners take their frustrations with God out on figureheads of the church from the Pope, to Bishops, to pastors, to priests or even other lay leaders, is the same way parishioners are able to believe that their clergy can do no wrong. As far as this situation is concerned with Long, the hierarchy allowed Long to get close to these young men. While of course on the surface, this seems normal and maybe even encouraged because no one automatically assumes the worse, but this is when clergy are NOT supposed to take advantage of the situation. Long is well known for having his “spiritual sons” in the ministry with Long as their “spiritual Father.” However, there have been many instances that have been reported that this particular relationship has been exploited for the benefit of Long. Since I don’t dabble in rumors, I’m not here to say that this is verifiably true or not, just merely pointing to the fact that such situations create an atmosphere for nefarious activities to take place.

            Warped socio- and politico-religious teaching is also at play surrounding this news about Long. There seems to be three camps at play here: 1) Christians who support Eddie Long, namely his parishioners, fellow inner circle clergy of course, and other random lay people and outside clergy who have been affected by his ministry in one way or the other; 2) Christians who view Eddie Long as a homophobe, a “prosperity gospel” preacher, those who don’t like megachurches in general, and just an overall charlatan pimping his congregation; 3) non-church goers who may or may not fall into the “spiritual, but not religious” category, who generally have an overall disdain for preachers and most church-goers, and this latest incident acts as a catchall for ALL clergy across the board and does nothing more but entrench their beliefs about “those hypocrites” who go to church in the first place.

            Those in the first camp are of this idea that in a time like this Christians should be “covering the man of God.” At first, this sounds right, particularly as a soon to be clergy member or at least someone with one foot in parish ministry, but further thought renders it moot. At what level do we need to expose bad behavior? This “touch not my anointed, and do my prophet no harm” mentality gives clergy a carte blanche with the people. And we need to be honest that this line of thinking only extends to certain clergy members. Let’s be honest, this notion of “covering the man of God” barely extended to Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple AME Church and his sexual dalliances with his members and this same section of the neo-Pentecostal black church that is calling for the “covering” of Eddie Long were certainly no where to be found when Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ and his church members were going through the wringer submitting to public protests on the church property, news vans parked outside, metal detectors because of bomb threats and news reporters getting the Sunday bulletin and calling up members on the sick-and-shut-in list trying to conduct interviews.

            It seems to me that the black church has attached mega-ministry with spirituality and the evidence of God’s “anointing.” That is to say, it’s easier to support someone in a mega-ministry or who we see on television whom we don’t know, versus the pastor up the street in our community whom we’ve interacted with on occasion–but they don’t have a mega-ministry. Ricky L. Jones in his book What’s Wrong With Obamamania? Black America, Black Leadership and the Death of Political Imagination said:
            The black community, maybe more than any other, is affectively linked to churches and their pastors to the degree that criticism of either (no matter how rational) is often viewed as nothing short of an attack on God. Such loyalty may be degenerative as well as generative in that it has opened the door equally wide for the entree of many of the race’s greatest freedom fighters, as well as some of its most infamous demagogues. Unfortunately, black ministers (be that emancipators or collaborators in oppression) are often protected from secular intellectual confrontation by the almost certain ire of their flocks, which is heaped upon any critic who questions their leaders’ decisions and/or motivations.
            The second group believes this supports their idea that the biggest homophobes are closet homosexuals. I think that’s bad logic, but that’s just me. Anything short of the alleged pictures and emails that the plaintiffs’ lawyer B.J. Bernstein claims she has, I’m really not ready to go so far as to believe that there was a sexual relationship at play, but again, that’s just me. But this second group also has major aught with Long for where he has come down on the side of social and political issues. These people are full of lay people who are still connected to the traditional denominational churches, on which they pride themselves. Clergy of other churches love to talk bad against Long for his perceived bad theology concerning “kingdom business” and of course they are convinced he’s pimping the people out of their money.

            I mean, honestly, I agree with some of that.

            I do honestly think it’s unconscionable to own a private jet, live in a multi-million dollar mansion, own Bentley’s and Rolls Royce’s and members of your church are taking public transportation to get to church on Sundays. But that’s just me. And that’s a charge I level with any mega-ministry. I think pastors would do a lot better for the larger community if they took that money and funneled it into church owned businesses that employed members of the church as well as the community from clothing stores, restaurants, and other ventures. I fail to see the future worth in buying up land to erect monuments to ourselves that do nothing but provide more parking for our larger and larger edifices, and provide space to hold various and sundry worship conferences–all creating a traffic jam on Sundays for other persons who don’t go to that church!

            The third camp of people are the ones with whom I take what they have to say with a grain of salt. While they are entitled to their opinion, of course, in all fairness, in the back of my head I somehow don’t consider them qualified to speak on such issues. Admittedly it may be my own arrogance at play, but its almost equivalent to discussing the evils of the hip-hop culture in the inner city, but you live in some suburban enclave and you just found out that Black History month was in February just in 2010! *

            These are the people who are the outsiders looking in on the situation. Some of them have been hurt by the church in the past and don’t want to have anything to do with it–and I fully understand. Others have just merely grown tired of the church foolishness over the years and slowly backed away–and I fully understand. Then there are those who suffer from the I’m-the-only-enlightened-one syndrome thinking that they’re more evolved because they don’t go to church (anymore). Sorry, but its really hard for me to have a conversation with some of these people, because they look down on me for having a faith system in which I believe. These are the people who have a tendency to stereotype all of the ills of religion on me without giving me a chance to talk.

            What really is bothering me, and has been for some time is the level of misinformation and stereotypes that people are interpreting religious information. It seems as if people automatically fail to think critically it’s either “all church folk are hypocrites” or “you aint gonna talk about my pastor and my Jesus” type of people. No one takes the time to understand the nuances of theological rhetoric, the biblical canon, denominational history, or even general church history. Folks act as if mega-ministries are the devil–right along with storefront churches.

            It’s just really appalling to me.

            As this situation with Eddie Long progresses I encourage all of my readers to keep an open mind and let the facts present themselves; ultimately, to let truth itself be our guide. Understanding truth, and the ethics of truth isn’t an easy task however. The ethics of truth mean understanding the impact of the truth. In this light, we must be fair to Eddie Long and fair to ourselves. Yes, we need to call a spade a spade, but we ought not jump to conclusions either.

            Let me be clear, I am not coming out in full support of Bishop Eddie Long through what I’m sure will be a public relations nightmare for both he and his church, nor am I casting aspersion on a situation that we only know about through mainstream media and only from the plaintiffs’ point of view. I am just merely saying that in this case, I’m quite sure the truth will come out, and both parties will be set free.

            Question: Do you think people are too quick to pass judgement when stories of this sort arise? If Long is found to be not guilty, how (if at all) can he regain his reputation? Would people be as judgemental had these alleged victims been female?

            * A mixture of two true stories. I was once told by a white suburbanite that hip hop was from the prison culture and my cousin who works for a downtown hospital informed me that one of her Indian co-worker who was born in raised in NW Chicago suburbs didn’t know when Black History month was.

            AB.com Hot Topics - 9.22.10

            [Editor's Note: AB.com NewsBriefs is now Hot Topics.]

            I'm busy today, here's the rundown...

            A Bad Day For Obama - Call it what you'd like, but I can't help but think that Top White House Economic Advisor Larry Summers' decision to hightail it back to Harvard signals the start of a lot of Obama turnover. Depending on whom you ask, Summers was either underutilized by Obama, or simply didn't have the right answers to this economic disaster we're sitting in. Either way, this can't be seen as a good thing because nobody abandons a winning team. Not sayin' the ship's sinking, but this isn't a great sign. On the other hand, perhaps this is a repudiation of Obama's "just hire a bunch of ex-Clintonites and Ivy Leaguers" strategy.

            Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Bother - Well, so much for that one. Never underestimate the power of GOP obstruction.

            Say Goodnight To "The Dream Act" - I was honestly on the fence about this one too, and can't say I'm totally disappointed that it died with yesterday's Defense Spending bill. For once I side with the GOP. Something as important as this shouldn't be tucked away as a rider to pass something as critical as a defense spending bill. Should kids of illegal workers be able to become a citizen by merely signing up to attend some JUCO? Not sure that's the right idea.

            Question: Will Obama and Co. miss Larry Summers, or do you say good riddance to such cronyism? What's your read on The Dream Act? Is DADT repeal toast?

            Tuesday, September 21, 2010

            Laugh Break: Corey Holcomb.

            This guy is hands-down my favorite comedian out right now. Period. Be forewarned, the language and subject matter is not for the faint of heart.

            In case you're wondering, yes, this is just an act. Holcomb is married with children.

            Did This Sista Really Ether Obama?!?

            Not that ya'll saw it, but yesterday there was apparently some townhall on CNBC, and a black female Obama supporter stood up and asked a question that has Conservatives frothing at the mouth.

            Those at Fox News and pretty much every Conservative talkshow I scanned on my way to work this morning were looping this clip over and over without context, apparently to show how black folks have supposedly turned on The Beige One.

            But is that really what happened? Of course not. Lets go to the full tape.

            Call me nuts, but it seems like the woman gave a perfectly reasonable question, emphatically phrased so that it isn't dismissed. It also seems like the President gave a reasonable answer, emphasizing what he's done well, while taking the hit for what hasn't gone as well. The woman was congenial, and seemed to accept the President's answer. She didn't exactly toss a pot of hot grits at him, so I'm assuming they're still cool.

            In short, it's probably the very same sort of conversation I'd have with the President had I been invited. I don't see how it somehow signals a loss of support in "the community", merely that black people also have valid concerns, and want to hold the President accountable. Likewise, he takes responsibility.

            No harm, no foul.

            Question: Did this woman call Obama out? If you could ask the President a question, what would it be?

            Ashy Or Classy?!? - Redbone Precious.

            Monday, September 20, 2010

            AB.com (Finally) Makes It To The Big Leagues!!!

            , including and . If you're somehow clueless about BV, you might wanna get familiar. If there's a megasite that truly has the urban blogging game on lock, it would be BV, and I'm both ecstatic and honored to join the team. I'll be blogging about financial issues and politricks (as usual) initially, and if things go well I'll hopefully have the opportunity to branch out into a wider array of topics over time. Either way, it's a great (and sorta big) deal.

            I know what you're thinking: What about AB.com?!?

            You'll be happy to know that I have no intentions of abandoning this site. There'll probably be a marginal slowdown as I get myself up to speed with my 3 posts/week schedule over at BV, so be patient. In the meantime, expect shorter posts here as I try and balance all this, along with a tough new assignment on The Day Job, and of course, a wife and two kids. Where I'll find time for this I have no idea, but I thank you guys for your part in this. Without readers, and comments, there's no was this blog becomes an award winning site, and no way I end up with an opportunity to make some solid walkin'-around money courtesy of a multinational media conglomerate. So thanks for all that.

            Additionally, I'd like to thank my wife for giving me the time and space to keep up this blog. I'd also like to thank my new bosses Alexis Stodghill and Tim Cornwell for the opportunity, as well as Laura and Abena at AOL for helping me get noticed. Finally, props to the homie (and new colleague) Mason Jamal for everything he did to help. Appreciate it.

            I'll drop links here when new posts go up over there.

            Write On.

            - Jay

            BV: Definitive Proof That All Men Are Pigs.

            . Go in.

            Sunday, September 19, 2010

            It's A Girl!!!

            Before anyone jumps the gun, the answer is "no". AverageSis and I are no longer in the babymaking business. I would, however, like to extend a congrats to AverageNation™ charter member and frequent contributor EbonyGentleman (aka: Markus) and his lovely wife on the birth of a healthy 6 pound - 1 ounce baby girl named Genesis[1] over the weekend.

            Wish the first time parents a hearty congrats, and offer your best first-time parent advice you-know-where.

            Question: Other than hoarding money and learning to deal with sleep deprivation, what's your best new parent advice for EbonyGent and his wife?!?

            [1] That's not baby genesis in the pic.

            Saturday, September 18, 2010

            Sandra Bullock's Black Baby Talks... Again.

            Funny as this is, what's even funnier is that the host of this show still hasn't learned how to pronounce the word "Bullock".

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            Thursday, September 16, 2010

            AB.com Open Mic

            Ya'll know the drill. I have a real Day Job, and sometimes they actually require me to do real work. Today would be one such day. I'm down here in Atlanta (shawty!), probably fighting for my professional life as you read this.[1] Needless to say, ya'll are on your own today.

            Throw some topics at each other and see what sticks. In case you need some fodder, here goes.

            Tea Party Won Big On Tuesday Night - How will this effect the November elections?

            Obama's Indoctrination Speech: Take II - Did anyone even realize he gave a speech to school kids earlier this week? Where are all the folks who were basically accusing him of doing Nazi recruitment last year?

            Adrian Fenty Gets Clobbered - DC's own "Obama" loses mayoral re-election bid.

            Dow Continues To Soar - DJIA once again near 2010 high mark, pushing 11,000. Is it finally safe to check your 401K statement?

            Reggie Bush Gives Back The Heisman - Should Vince Young, the runner-up, get it now?

            I'll see ya'll Monday, if not sooner.

            [1] Okay, that's hyperbole. But I've got a critical client presentation on the line Friday, so again, ya'll are on your own.

            Wednesday, September 15, 2010

            The GOP's "Stimulus Plan" For Black America: Rent-A-Slave.


            This would be one such story.

            Several photos taken at the National Federation of Republican Women's Board of Directors meeting last week here in Charleston are creating a buzz online.

            The FitsNews blog posted a number of photos that it claims were taken at the meeting last Friday night at the "Southern Experience" night at the Country Club of Charleston.

            The photos show a number of people, including State Senate President Glenn McConnell dressed in Confederate clothes. One photo shows his standing between two black people dressed in period clothes.
            I don't have the space (or stomach) for all the photos here, but you can go .

            Okay, I guess I do have something to say after all.

            The obvious question is, is this the GOP's idea of fun? I mean, seriously, at what point does romanticizing the past get a wee bit old? You always tell black folks to get over slavery, how about ya'll get over this sh*t? Is this what the TeaBaggers mean when they say they want to "take our country北京体彩网官方网站 back"? If so, I'm prolly gonna catch the next flight to Toronto. Lake Ontario's lovely at this time of year.

            [1] Then again, if this was a true re-enactment, these folks didn't get paid at all.

            Who Is The Most Hated Man In Sports?!?

            [1] Now that the Summer Of Bron landed him in the Southeast Division, I'll get to see him trample my team 4 times a year instead of the usual 3. Lovely.

            [2] Five brothas and one Halfrican-American. I'm just sayin'.

            Tuesday, September 14, 2010

            Laugh Break: Kevin Hart.

            True story. I saw this dude at The Comedy Store on Sunset about 10 years ago. I didn't even know who he was then, but he was the opening act (I think for Rickey Harris. Remember him?) and he absolutely KILLED! When he finished his set, he just came and sat down at the empty next table. I told him I enjoyed his set, chopped it up with him for a minute, and wished him luck. Little did I know that short guy with the big mouth would be the hottest comedian around a decade later.

            Is It Really Sexism If She Was Sorta Askin' For It?!?

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            As they prepare for their season opener Monday night, Gang Green is dealing with a burgeoning scandal over the treatment of Ines Sainz, a sports reporter for TV Azteca of Mexico, during a weekend practice.

            Sainz, 32, a former Miss Universe contestant, complained she was bombarded with catcalls and boorish antics at the Jets' New Jersey training facility to the extent she wanted to "cover my ears."

            Sainz went to the Jets' Florham Park practice field Saturday to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez. But while waiting for Sanchez, she was blitzed with reprehensible behavior.

            Players and coaches seemed to intentionally overthrow passes in her direction, whistled at her, openly ogled her and blocked her path as she attempted to walk away.

            Linebacker Jason Taylor reportedly volunteered for the passing drill in hopes of getting near Sainz. Defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman fueled the antics, tossing pigskins in Sainz's direction.

            Nose tackle Kris Jenkins shouted: "Don't let her act like she doesn't know English. She speaks English."

            As the harassment went on, Sainz avoided eye contact with players, tweeting, "I am in the locker room of the Jets waiting for Mark Sanchez while trying not to look anywhere!"

            Sainz defended her appearance at the practice session, insisting she dressed modestly. "Jeans and a white button-up blouse [are] in no way inappropriate," she tweeted, while posting a photo of her attire.I'll be honest, I hadn't ever heard of Inez Sainz until I looked up info for this story, and well, let's just say her typical sideline attire is a little too racy for me to post here on AB.com. If you'd like to see more of her, uhhhh, professional talents, . Don't worry, the link, and the photos on the Google Images page are indeed very safe for work. I just don't wish to post them here, for many, many reasons.

            I don't doubt for one second that Ms. Sainz's claims are 100% legitimate. Pro athletes have long had tension with female reporters, culminating in Alonzo Mourning's big kerfuffle in a locker room a few years back. Most leagues have well defined practices for when female (and male) reporters can be allowed in a locker room after players have dressed, but, well, you know how this goes. I'm sure those players were ogling Sainz on the field, making rude gestures, throwing the ball at her so she'd have to bend over and pick it up, and yeah, probably intentionally flashing her in the locker room. I don't doubt that for one second, and given the NFL's many black eyes regarding issues of sexual assault recently, this needs to be taken very seriously.

            But come the heck on, lady! Who in a testosterone charged environment and expects to not get ogled? How could anyone (male or female) take a person who that doesn't involve a pole or singles seriously? That Twitpic is the actual outfit she wore at Jets practice, BTW.

            I'm definitely not saying that Sainz brought this on herself. Nobody deserves to be treated the way she's alleging she did. Period, point blank, end of story.

            But much like

            Monday, September 13, 2010

            Should Anyone Really Be Getting A Tax Cut Right Now?!?

            [1] Alhough I will be coppin' that new iPod Touch.

            Dear AOL BlackVoices/BVx: Please Give Me A Job.

            periodically. I'm one of the few sites on . The admiration is mutual. Clearly we're on the same page here.

            Let's just cut to the chase: I want to write for your site.

            Is this a shameless way of asking? Sure. But I bet it got your attention, didn't it?

            You guys have a solid roster of great writers. You're already like the 92' Dream Team. Adding me to the mix can only deepen the talent pool.

            You know where to find me. Let's make it happen.

            - Jay

            Saturday, September 11, 2010

            More New Left Media Interviews From Beckapolooza.

            Some of this stuff's kinda painful to watch, but it's still strangely entertaining. The worst part comes at the 4:10 mark. Try your best to not punch your monitor when you hear this ignorant SOB.

            Sooner or later this guy's gonna get called out by the Conservative Media and his gig will be up. Till then, enjoy watching a broke college student do a better job of reporting "on the ground" sentiment than multinational media corporations by merely putting people at ease, asking them basic questions, and letting them dig their own graves. It's pretty amazing really.

            Friday, September 10, 2010

            Ashy Or Classy?!? - Will Smith's Rappin' Kids.

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            Jayden on the other hand?

            Come on' lil' man, step your ghostwritin' game up. You're the son of The Fresh Prince, which, I suppose makes you The Fresh Pauper. There's no excuse whatsoever for being bodied on a track by Justin Freakin' Beiber.

            Lame. Just lame.

            Question: Do either of the Smith kids have talent on the mic, or is this just another case of nepotism gone bad? Who's got more skillz, Jaiden or Willow?

            [1] To me, the official R.I.P. date was that terrible Flo Rida/Will.I.Am song, but that's just my opinion.

            [2] I didn't think it was humanly possible to out-obnoxious Jada, but these kids did it.

            [3] I'm sure J. Cole is overjoyed that this vanity children's project is gonna be competing with his debut album for marketing dollars, but that's neither here nor there.