Thursday, October 22, 2009
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Friday, October 2, 2009
Just when I thought Ohio couldn't get more obnoxious... they have convinced me even more to never visit the state. I don't care if they do have one of the dopest amusement parks!
So check it: Kings Island has this annual Halloween display but the 2009 edition, well lets just say folk are doing acrobatics in their caskets. Who would have thought that a tasteless and might I say half ass display of recently deceased celebrities such a Steve McNair, Farah Fawcett, MJ, Billy Mays, etc wouldn't lead to it being classified as controversial, canceling the display all together. The insensitivity, disrespect, and so on never ceases to amaze me!!!
I mean seriously what the hell is this?! These masterminds won't be satisfied until the ghosts of these celebrities go "thriller" on them...
NOW THAT WOULD BE A DISPLAY!
Read this mess here
Thursday, October 1, 2009
So my homie Legs suggested that I check out this documentary entitled "The Providence Effect". She's fully aware of my passion for stellar urban education where the youth (mainly our minorities), reap all the benefits on a long term basis. I took her word that I would love it and checked it out.
Legs was right, I definitely enjoyed this film. What I most admired was that the president of Providence St. Mel located in Chicago's Westside, Paul J. Adams III, argued that all schools should have these similar ideologies. Instilling into students' minds during elementary school the importance of attending college and not only during 11th and 12th grade as well as teaching rigorous yet beneficial academics should not be seen as innovative, it needs to be mandatory! These students by the completion of high school are all accepted into college, and many go on to attend Ivy League and/or First Tier institutions. How impressive is that?!
The school's history since 1971 was very interesting. From its struggle to remain open to creating a branch of charter schools throughout Chicago, this school's academic and disciplinary ideologies has gotten many with a eye for education's attention.
The film was great, however I wish during the segments in which we saw the teachers in action, they featured a Language Arts course since that is my field. Also since 100% of the students are being accepted into college, I wanted hear from the guidance counselor and college advisor on their involvement and process. Other than that, I was impressed with what I saw and I recommend seeing it.
PS--- What is going on in the CHI right now?!!?!??!?!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
So check it!!!
Hip-Hop heads, theatre enthusiasts, all conscious folk who will be in NYC anytime from Oct.1-17 PLEASE hit up some of these events!!! I went to some last year and they blew me away, inspiring me to take my ode to script and music to another level. This is one of the rare occasions where my financially challenged soul didn't complain about spending money to attend several of these dope shows, cuz honestly I definitely got my money's worth.
I better see or find out some of you were in attendance
(click pic for more info)
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Sincerest apologies for not being in any form of existence the entire month of August. Once my job was over July 31st, a job that consisted primarily of nepotism and bleached sugar coated prejudice, I needed solace so badly that I just screamed to hell with everything!
First week... relaxed in Myrtle Beach with family that I was never completely close to until the death of my Nana back in June. I actually appreciated the time spent with them because now we are inseparable and I just needed to form those special bonds with family for a change rather than my crew. I shared some poetry (rare experience) and I felt very warm that they support my talents.
Second week... crashed at my cousin's mansion like crib. I felt like a kid from the projects who ain't never been nowhere! I was so taken aback by not only the home but the strong durable work ethic all my older cousins possess that got them to where they are are. I have been encouraged even more to emulate my kin!
Third and Fourth week... I honestly think I can say that I have officially seen every episode of the Golden Girls at least 100 times. The life of a sloth I have come to realize is not the life for me. I felt like a gigantic fat ass who was a slave to junk food and the remote!!! This voluntary exile was pathetic and I knew I could get away with it now only because I won't be able to do it again until December.
Present Day... Now I am in the never ending process of regaining intelligence and awareness of the realities surrounding my post grad life.
Grad school begins Sept. 8- Peace and Love to the undergrad chapter in Queens... Say Hello to Brooklyn!
So ya'll know I try to stay above ground when it comes to the latest music so I going to close out by releasing this lil video I stumbled upon about an hr ago
Monday, July 27, 2009
You can't knock the lego... You just can't!!!
New Kweli and Hi-Tek... I can dig it (even more so when the album drops)
Sunday, July 12, 2009
These "spiritually uplifting" words were spoken by Southern Baptist Rev. Wiley Drake during a Fox News interview, and it's targeted towards Obama (Go Figure!)
Is it really necessary for me to comment on this supposed "Man of God's" blatant ignorance?
Nah not really!
Via The Afro
And you thought that I wasn't going to consider my boo's album a full serving of scrumptious melodic nourishment? Please!
Dig it- This is part one of the Black Summers' Night trilogy. This particular album, Black, delves into relationship/intimacy deferred (i.e. frigid shoulders, misplaced love, desolation, etc). Anyone who has ever been down these avenues and streets could definitely identify with the dude's scripted pain, frustration, and subtle perplexity accompanied with the soulful, jazzy, and bluesy instrumentation.
Tracks I'm Diggin:
1. Bad Habits
3. Fistful of Tears
4. Playing Possum:
Check it out... and purchase the album that comes with the DVD. 23 minutes of behind the lyric and beat commentary that gets you hooked onto this album bait even more (in my opinion).
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I'm mad late with this post due to preoccupation at work and social outings, but I gotta shout out my supposed uncle M.J.
If I had a dollar the amount of times someone joked about me being kin to Michael because of our shared last name...
I COULD AFFORD MY VERY OWN NEVERLAND RANCH!!!!
PS- Thriller was cool I give you that... BUT Off The Wall and Bad were the best hands down!
Monday, June 22, 2009
I was web record store browsing, and I came across El Michels Affair, a band hailing from
Where Brooklyn At, New York. The sound is contemporary vintage, soul/jazz, and cinematic all in one. Genuine instrumentation with minimal technology, even though I still love a dope pro tools/fruity loops creation from a sample! As I was vibin to "Sounding Out the City" and "Enter the 37th Chamber", it was like listening to a movie soundtrack, you know the classic masterpieces that were well orchestrated and reflected the sequence of events in the actual film ie. Supafly, Trouble Man, Shaft, Claudine, etc.
(click photos to hear the tunes)
It was 1 thing that this sound was from this decade. It was another thing that this sound was from an actual band. And it was a whole new thing that I was able to fit these soundtracks into the autobiographical documentary I showcase on a daily!
Check out those two albums. Porque? Cuz I said so!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
‘I was in London the night of Jimi’s death and together with some old friends ...we went round to Monika’s hotel room, got a handful of pills and stuffed them into his mouth ...then poured a few bottles of red wine deep into his windpipe. ‘I had to do it. Jimi was worth much more to me dead than alive. That son of a bitch was going to leave me. If I lost him, I’d lose everything.’
So dig it. A former assistant to James Marshall Hendrix, James "Tappy" Wright, claims in his "tell all this ish now" book enitled Rock Roadie that Jimi's manager, Michael Jeffrey, drunkenly confessed to murdering the musician. The year was 1971, one year following the Sept. 1970 death of Hendrix and two years prior to the tragic 1973 death of Jeffrey in a plane crash.
First of all why didn't Tappy speak up in '71 if this confession was indeed valid evidence in unconvering the hints of mystery surrounding Hendrix's cause of death? Second of all, I don't know about ya'll but why is that many of these legendary musicians' deaths go hand in hand with skepticism and one's own outlandlish beliefs? Jim Morrison never had an autopsy, and plenty of folk think that dude is alive. Not to mention, Pac and Elvis are chillin WHO KNOWS WHERE...SUPPOSEDLY!
Third of all, mad people seem to let greed for green overcome their lives especially when it comes to one's life insurance, so if this really did happen, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised... but I ain't buying it until proven otherwise!!!
(Courtesy of URB and NME)
Posted by Eye D. VS Mel O. at 2:29 AM
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
- Insightful much: I knew of the illuminati but not too much so I gained a few pounds of insight
- Pinches of Wit in regard to Tom Hanks' role as a "symbologist" and the overall quest to locate the 4 elements
- Not long/boring and inundated with pointless material!
* However I'm thinking that I must read the book because my friend who accompanied me said it was way better
I say check it out!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Now... I'm on this all expense paid Roy Ayers excursion at the moment and I don't think I wanna return for quite awhile. As my mind gazes at his jazzy pictures created with deep xylophone strokes, I came across one Dope song out of many.
Who would have thought that the M*A*S*H theme could undergo a soulful jazz lift? This track is off the album, Change Up The Groove (1974). "Suicide is Painless" is still my ish, but this track is sooo SCRUMPTIOUS!
Give it a listen!
2. The background music and plot would even make Lifetime cringe
3. Further proves my point of how Beyonce CANNOT act... and they thinkin of casting her as Angela Davis?!
Get THE HELL OUTTA HERE!!!
PS- Me and my buddy knew the movie would suck so don't get it twisted that we had high hopes for it! If anything, it was more of a comedy than a suspense
Posted by Eye D. VS Mel O. at 3:43 PM
Sunday, April 26, 2009
The presence of this issue is beyond ahead of its time and place... You don't even see this discussion on television today... but then again "sitcoms" of this generation are in the form of stank/scripted/stupid "reality tv"
Friday, April 17, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Battle of the Smileys... this is so random yet hilarious
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Tracks I'm Feelin':
- "89 of Crimes"
- "Ticket 4 2"
- "After the Marv"
Check the album out on your own time... see if you feelin' it.
This has to be one of the ILLEST love pieces ever written! I didn't fall in love, I had a serious mind collision with it.PS- Did I mention the author will be at my school April 2?!
I Wrote A Good Omelet by Nikki Giovanni
I wrote a good omelet...and ate
a hot poem... after loving you
Buttoned my car...and drove my
coat home...in the rain...
after loving you
I goed on red...and stopped on
green...floating somewhere in between...
being here and being there...
after loving you
I rolled my bed...turned down
confused but...I don't care...
Laid out my teeth...and gargled my
gown...then I stood
...and laid me down...
after loving you
(poem via Afro Poets)
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I'm leaning towards Einstein, Thoreau, or possibly Shakespeare
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Where: Ohio Theater in Soho
Who: Written by Eisa Davis (Niece of Angela Davis)
Why: It's gonna be a riveting experience all for 20 bucks that's WHY!
Just peep the mixtape's intro!!!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Dig this--- The dude was bumpin his classical music like some of us youngins with our rap music! He was just smilin as he was keeping abreast of the latest news in stocks and economic meltdown while bumpin his classical composition mixtape--- such an ill moment. Go 'head sir!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
88 Keys feat. Kanye West "Stay Up (Viagra)"
This video is so obnoxious but I'm feelin it!
Wow this problem is on pandemic status that it has a hip-hop video?! haha
Check it out
video via Senor Kaos' Blog
Monday, March 16, 2009
Maybe it's my Jill Scott bias but usually anything that she is involved with is AMAZING!
This is one of the rare instances where mysteries catch my eye but the plot, characters, and actors are great. Oh and have I mentioned that I now wanna travel to Botswana now?!
March 29. 8PM. 2 Pilot. I'M WATCHING IT,WATCHING IT, WATCHING IT!!!
What a nice way to end this great month dedicated to... US!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
1. HOW DID I MISS THIS?!
2. WHY AM I SO LATE IN DISCOVERING THIS?!
3. WHO ELSE HAS SEEN THIS AND DID NOT INFORM ME?!
So this piece, City of God's Son, is a Kenzo Digital joint. It takes mash ups to a higher level. This is a digital collage of the reign of 90s NYC hip-hop, snippets from epic films particularly crime that coincide with the concept of "gangster". It focuses on the relationship between father and son, music and art, inspiration and subtle and "sound and space". Not to mention Joe Bataan is the narrator!
The clip below is the trailer... definitely check that out.
Also stop past the website and read Kenzo Digital's take on his dope project and download the free "film for the blind".
Sunday, March 8, 2009
rock my new straightforward levi's jeans
choose from an array of uplifting pullovers
then spit a prayer hoping
the coherence of confidence in
my inner outfit's appearance
will spark a long lasting trend
amongst all of us WOMEN!
ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW... GO 'HEAD GIRL!!!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Honestly the movie was not as bad as the ignorant inconsiderate crowd was making it out to be. But with any movie, I have to watch this again without a doubt in the comfort and silence of my own crib to fully appreciate it. Even though I didn't read the novel, I knew the premise of the story plus my homie read it and wanted to check it out.
Here's a look back on last night's experience:
1. There's a reason why I rarely go to the movies let alone go on opening weekend: PEOPLE DON'T KNOW HOW TO ACT!!!
2. I was ready to become very un-Mel O. towards all the loud mouths who felt it necessary to point out Mr. Manhattan being naked! Obviously they didn't read the novel b/c they would have known this already!
3. I'm still laughing at my friend who found the comedian's uber masculinity "sexy"
4. THOSE WERE THE DOPEST OPENING CREDITS I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!!
5. I will admit, the last 20 mins were pretty pointless. I was ready to leave once Rorschach died.
6. My friend and I pointed out that though the film stuck to most of the book's plot, the movie tried to cater to everyone through the violence, deep message, and sex which was a bit much to grasp
7. I had to change my seat b/c I was sitting next to 2 racist pricks who were making so many ignorant comments about black people but why be mad at them? My friend and I were doing the same thing to an extent.
8. Is it just me or does that movie with Seth Rogen look like a knock off Paul Blart?
9. Richard Nixon's nose was AWFUL... but seriously could you imagine if he actually was president for 3 terms if that were possible?
10. the theater was inundated with underdeveloped testosterone (constant yelling and chanting at the screen making it extremely difficult to hear the film... ignorant jerks!!)
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I had no business being up mad late last night after 3:00 A.M. but that's what happens when you decide to take a "nap" at 10 P.M. and wake up wired at 12:30 A.M. instead of sleeping the entire night!!!
Anyway, during the hours in which the adrenaline was pumping, I was perusing imeem listening to some slow jams, old school treats. I had to in order to drown out the ignorance that was coming out of that wack mf plies mouth blasting from my roommate's speakers in the living room. I'm not even going to get into that dude so let's just move on....
OK, I found this track by Billy Paul entitled, "Let the Dollar Circulate", and immediately it has been added to the soundtrack of my life, the 2009 installment.
(politicians talkin' crazy, unemployment pandemic, late rent payments, interest rate increase, utility, gasoline, and meat prices at an all time high... this was 75' so not a thing has changed!)
Listen to this funky track. I bet everyone can relate!!!
Please let the dollar circulate!!!
Let The Dollar Circulate - Billy Paul