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Extra! Extra! Read all about it…Old coot invents something that already exist!

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The daily is the new app exclusively created for the iPad that delivers news directly to your iPad for only $.99 a week. It’s being pushed by Rupert Murdoch of Fox Fame.

See, this is why old people shouldn’t be allowed to use or come up with technology.  I mean really.  With Cnn.com, google reader, and blogs like this one.  Is this really needed?

Cool Things: PSP2

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For the gaming heads, Sony has just unveiled the PSP2.  It’s being touted as being, “as powerful as the PS3.”  Some cool things about it:

-Supports wi-fi and 3G… which is a first for a portable gaming system.

-No more UMD’s (mini-discs).  The storage will be new mini flash memory cards.

-It has a touchscreen.

-It comes with front and rear cameras.

It’s reportedly set to be released later this year, which we all know means Christmas time.  With Sony rumored to be coming out with a Playstation phone, I wonder how long the PSP2 will last.  I don’t see a need for portable gaming systems anymore now that mobile gaming on smartphones is undoubtedly the future of portable gaming.

Baracka Flacka Flames: Are You Offended?

I came across this video surfing the web a while ago.  I put off watching it, and finally decided to check it out today:

First off, this video is hilarious!  This is one of the better impersonations of President of Obama I’ve seen since he became president.  Now, I know what some of you are thinking:

“I’m so appalled!”

“This sets black people back xx amount of years…”

“This is ignorant.”

“How could someone make such an ignorant video?!”

Let’s see what Waka Flocka Flame and his mother/manager had to say about the video:

“That they used it to be so sarcastic; it was almost a form of disrespect.”

“That’s not a positive image for us, period, as African-Americans, where we came from, where we’re going today.”

Ohhhhh reallllllyyyyyy now?!

Here’s the video that the Baracka Flocka Flame parody video is based on:

And here’s explicit version of the original song in case you couldn’t fill in the blanks in the video above:

Yeah… I’m sure Waka Flocka’s song/video are positive images of African-Americans, where we came from, and where we’re going today…

What do you think?  Are you offended by the parody of Waka Flocka/President Obama?  Did you find the video funny?  Thoughts?

BET’s Top 10 Rappers of the 21st Century

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So, I watched BET’s Top 10 Rappers of the 21st Century travesty show.

I’m so appalled.

The initial nominees were based on BET digital followers, bloggers, and other “social influencers.”  Blah.  Anyway in order to qualify, the rapper had to have “blown up” starting in 1999 i.e. their first album had to have dropped no earlier than 1999.   After the initial votes, here is how the nominee list played out:

-Lil Wayne: Great pick.  From 2006 to now, no rapper has had more influence or been as popular as Weezy.  However, he was not as respected lyrically until he switched his flow up starting with the Squad Up mixtapes.

-50 Cent: 50 Cent, along with Wayne, changed the mixtape game forever by using it as a promotional tool and building a strong following at the grass roots level.  In less than 5 years, 50 became one of the top hip hop moguls, and established himself along the likes of Diddy and Jay-Z.

-Ludacris: One word can describe Luda over the last 10 years: consistent.  He never fails to deliver a banger although his flow hasn’t switched up much since he first came on the scene.

-Rick Ross: This year has been Ross’ year.  That’s the only way I can see him even being on this list.

-Eminem: Based on BET’s criteria, Eminem shouldn’t even be on this list because his first album was Infinite, which dropped in 1996.  Besides, Eminem is Biggie/Tupac/Jay-Z/Nas status at this point.

-T.I.: T.I., like Luda, has been consistent since he first came on the scene.  Unlike Luda though, T.I. has managed to show more versatility with his flow, along with more crossover success.

-Kanye West: Kanye West is the most popular rapper out today.  Period.  He changed the game with College Dropout, and has been trailblazing ever since.

-The Game: Good rapper, but not great rapper.  He made noise for the West when it seemed they didn’t have a popular, relevant voice, but he has not made a huge impact.

-Jadakiss: Consistent.  Great rapper.  Impact is questionable.   See Game.

-Eve: One of female emcees who ran the first part of the 2000’s.  She won Grammy’s, had crossover appeal, and made hits.  She could hold her own on a song with any male rapper.  Good pick.

-Gucci Mane: Whoever nominated him should be slapped… with baby powder in the hand.

-Fabolous: The 2nd coming of Mase, but went harder.  He definitely deserves to be on the list.  Fab could drop a hot freestyle, R&B collabo, or street banger, and not miss a beat.

-Young Jeezy: Jeezy deserves to be on the list due to his run from 2005-2008.  He’s the precursor for the ATL trapboy/dopeboy rappers we have in the game today… whether good or bad.

-Drake: He hasn’t been out long enough to be nominated.  See Gucci Mane.

-Nelly: (sigh)… Even though Nelly isn’t an emcee in the truest sense, he made club bangers, sold tens of millions of records, had cultural impact, and battled KRS-One… and actually won that battle.

Once the nominees were named, the list was cut down to the final 10 based on flow, lyrics, subject matter, cultural impact, money, and digital skills (web presence).  Here is how the final 10 played out (in order):

1.    Eminem

2.    Lil Wayne

3.    Kanye West

4.    50 Cent

5.    T.I.

6.    Ludacris

7.    Drake

8.    Young Jeezy

9.    Jadakiss

10. Rick Ross

Epic fail.

What are your thoughts on this list?  How would you rank it?  Was there anyone who was left off the list or from being nominated(*cough Ja Rule *cough)?  Who should be removed?

2nd Chances

As an African American male I understand the stigma that society can place on you without a record.  I can only imagine how it views you once you have one.  Most people say once  man has gone to jail it’s likely he will end back up there.  One of the main reasons is that he can’t find a job because he’s a ex-convict.  So what is a guy to do.  Well there is one group out there that is giving ex-cons (please tell me if that’s politically incorrect) a second chance.  And their aptly named Second Chance Enterprises.  They hire ex-cons to run their businesses.  I have heard a lot of people don’t like the idea, but I think it’s great.  What do you guys think?

Here is a story on their Restaurant Business….

http://www.todaysthv.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=120080&catid=2

http://2ndchanceenterprises.com/

Should We Still Segregate Ourselves

Shouts out to Heaven for the article…

Not sure about this. Sounds great from the aspect of seeing black men doing big things. But I always wonder if there is a negative aspect of segregating ourselves. How can we ever be equal if we segregate ourselves?

What do you guys think?

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Waka Flaka on Education…

When talking about education, in America, you hear a lot of phrases such as, “closing the achievement gap,” “competing with the global community,” “teacher accountability,” etc.

When talking about voting, in America, there are numerous discussions on topics such as winning independent voters, increasing awareness of issues, improving voter turnout, etc.

I wonder how Waka Flaka Flame (FLAKA!) feels about these issues:

FLAKA!

Hmmmm… interesting.  Education is, “gewd,” and voting is, “cool.”  Indeed, Waka Flaka!  Indeed!  I didn’t know you could drop out of high school, earn a GED, and then go back to study Geometry.

*Makes plans to go back and get that Associates in Algebra

FLAKA!

If Wayne Brady makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcom X, then Waka Flaka flame makes Plies look like Barack Obama.

Is Barack Obama gone have to choke a B!tch?

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“Is Barack Obama gone have to choke a B!tch?”

So the President took Spike Lee’s advice this week and finally got a little mad about he Gulf Oil spill.  Not that Spike Lee should ever be listened to on a regular basis, but I was happy he showed a little bit of his ninja side.  And what he said was so straight forward I don’t have to even dumb it down for you…

He wants to know “whose ass to kick.”   Well Mr. President it’s a really short list…

BP, Transatlantic, Haliburton, and your own administration for failing to react quicker when you guys saw that BP wasn’t willing to spend real money to get this done and tried to find every cheap way possible to fix the oil spill and cause 37% of the Gulf to be uninhabitable by marine life capable of getting this done.

Here is the full story…

http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/06/07/gulf.oil.obama/index.html?hpt=T2

President Barack Obama bluntly defended his administration’s response to the undersea gusher fouling the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, telling an interviewer he has met with experts to learn “whose ass to kick.”

“I was down there a month ago, before most of these talking heads were even paying attention to the Gulf,” Obama told NBC’s “Today” show in an interview scheduled to air Tuesday. “A month ago I was meeting with fishermen down there, standing in the rain talking about what a potential crisis this could be.”

A variety of critics have accused Obama of being too cerebral in his reaction to the undersea gusher now fouling the Gulf of Mexico, of failing to put the full force of the administration and of putting too much trust in oil company BP. But Obama told NBC his deliberations have been more than academic…

“I don’t sit around talking to experts because this is a college seminar,” Obama continued. “We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.”

Well I ask you my fellow nerds.  Who is to blame?  “Whose ass to kick?”  

Did the President not act fast enough or is his timing impecable? 

Do you think this is fake anger to make him seem more concerned than what he is?

Top 5 Careers After Doing a Reality Show.

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Yesterday I talked about my reality shows ideas and I would like to see them on TV.  Sadly my agent said the networks shot them down… oh well…

 I’m starting to notice how basically there is a chain reaction to reality shows.   Some people just go from one to the next.  Or as the bible would put it…  The devil begat The Surreal Life.  The Surreal Life begat Strange Love,  Strange Love Begat Flavor of Love,  Flavor of Love begat I Love New York, and I Love New York Begat Real Chance at Love.  And the beast was unleashed upon the Earth and reigned for a 1,000 years.  And there were plagues and pestilence.  And black people got dumber by the day…  (oh sorry went on a little tangent there).  Anyway…

I doubt that there are many career opportunities after being on these shows.  Namely because most of these people weren’t employable in the first place.  And usually after appearing on one of these shows, you make yourself unemployable.  Because most employers would love to see you act a fool, but don’t want you doing it at McDonalds during the lunch time rush.

So I present to you the Top 5 careers after your stint on a reality show.

1.  Another Reality Show.  Hey keep those $700 an episode checks coming in.  As long as you stay of tax payer money.

2. Go back to stripping.  Cause let’s be honest that is the only job you can leave for a couple of weeks to go do a reality show like Real Chance at Love and come back right where you left off.

3. Rapper or Singer.  Most use this as a spring board into those careers.   And it has worked for…hmmm…  drawing a blank here.

4. Acting.  I doubt if you can make it fake reality work.  I’m sure a script is going to be a bit difficult for you.  But hey you can try it.

5. The typical business venture.   Clothing line, book, etc.  I’m sure it would have been just as easy to make a worthwhile product and work hard to make it happen.  But hey we’re in a microwave society, so we don’t time for that work hard and be patient bull. 

My fellow nerds name me some more careers.

-Trillionaire Wood