Category Archives: Entertainment

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?

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.

Growing Out of the Club

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You know… at some point, in life, you have to grow up.  There are certain people you have to disassociate with, and certain places, where said people congregate, that you have to stop going to.  One of these places is the club.

I’m not talking about being uppity.  It’s not that you went and got that certificate from ITT, and now you wanna go acting all brand new.  No, you simply have to grow up.  As you continue to grow, mature, and move up in life, your future gets brighter.  You have goals.  You have aspirations.  Some people have families to take care of.  It’s not that you’re too good to certain places.  You just have a future, and don’t want to throw it away by putting yourself in certain situations that can be avoided.

One of these situations is the club.

But what constitutes an establishment as “the club?”  Glad you asked…

1) You can wear Jordans and get in.

2) When you leave at 3:00 A.M., you smell like kush, Newports, and malt liquor.

3) “Down For My N***as,” by C-Murdah, is still in regular rotation there.

4) C-Murdah himself, and his look-a-likes, are still in regular rotation there.

5) The women have tattoos… on their faces.

These types of places may have been fun when you were younger.  They’re cheap to get in.  The drinks are cheap.  You can still pick up a woman wearing FUBU Platinum.  But as you continue to grow, then chances are you want to be around and socialize with like-minded people.  Chances are you would want to talk to a woman with standards higher than clean Air Force One’s and Coogi.  You also wouldn’t want to put yourself in situations where you end up getting robbed or going to jail (because you got in a fight stepping on some random dude’s Pumas) on some bull.

What do you think?  What are some other characteristics of “the club?”

Ethics Questions: Volume 1

Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo…

You’re at the club…

Okay, maybe clubs aren’t your thing.

But, for the sake of argument, let’s just say you’re at the club.

You walk around.  You’re having a good time.  You decide to hit the dance floor… upon which you witness the following (WARNING:  Turn your speakers down.  This video contains profanity):

What do you do?  How do you react?

Drop a comment…

– SouthernCharm

Caucasian Genres (Movies that wouldn’t be good as a Black Version)

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I was thinking of movies that wouldn’t be good if there was a black version.  And I came to a conclusion that it’s not movies that don’t make sense in a black version.  I have to rule out whole genres.

Romantic Comedies –

Now I know most of you are thinking about those movies of the Late 90’s early 2000’s that were like Tyler Perry Presents How Stella Got Her Wood While Getting Love and Basketball with her Best Man.  Those were more like Romantic Drama.  I’m talking about Romantic Comedies like 50 First Dates and Wedding Crashers.  Those movies would not work in a Black Version.  Let’s be honest after the 2nd date on 50 First Dates that cat woulda been like this “this chick is too crazy for me.  Plus she can’t remember I spent lobster on her last night.  I’m out!”  Then you got Wedding Crashers.  I was at a black wedding this past weekend.  Trust me them cheap people would have spotted a poser a mile away. “Um…no… We got food for 25 people who are you two?!!” Then they would have been escorted out by Pookie and ’em.

Horror Movie –

This wouldn’t work because the movie would be too short.

Example:

House : GET OUT!

(People Leave)

The End

And don’t give that Blackbuster Bull they put on BET.  Leprechaun: In the hood It’s exactly what they call it a “HORROR”ible Commedy.  (ba dum ching)

Family Movies where the kids win –

Ice Cube and Bernie Mac have disappointed me.  I know Bernie Mac Never had a movie, but that show pissed me off.  There is no way those kids would have gotten away with the stuff they did in a real man’s house.   And come on Cube.  “Ain’t no loving good enough to get burnt while I’m up in it.  Now that’s realer than Real Deal Holyfield.” – Snoop Dogg.  Oh his show was some bull too.  See our post on Minstreal Reality Shows.

So there are some of the Genres I think are strictly Caucasian.  Can you guys give me some more?

-Trillionaire Wood

Weekend

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It's Friday, you ain't got no job, and you ain't got sh** to do!

Hey everybody.  I really don’t have anything to talk about today so I just want to say have a happy weekend and do something different.

Don’t do the typical stuff this weekend: Movies and Clubbing.

Try something new…  Here are 10 things you can do this weekend that are unconventional good times.

1. Museum

2. Festival (Try to find some kind of multicultural festival.  You’ll be surprised at how much you and another culture have in common).

3.  Go Hiking

4. Take a drive. ( I know gas is a million dollars a gallon, but you might find something in your own town that you never noticed before.

5. Take a class. ( Go learn pottery.  Take a cooking class)

6. Read a book outside.

7. Concert (Memphis in May starts this weekend!)

8. Take a walk.

9. Get on boat.

10. Go do some volunteering.

Well I guess this post got a little longer than it should.   If you have any suggestion let me know.  I’m a little bored.

-Trillionaire Wood