Thursday, October 22, 2009

Louisiana is Lagging Behind in the Pre Jim Crow Era

“I’m not a racist. I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way,” “I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else.”

...Just another reminder of how folk will never bury their prejudice.
artice via AFRO

Friday, October 2, 2009

People Just Don't know How to Act... DAMN!!!

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...


Read this mess here

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Mel O. Mind Recommends

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

Operation Authentic Theatre: Now In Progress

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

In Celebration of the 365 Days of Negro History...

So the best friend tells me that Rap Snacks now has a pork rind and cracklin line with Choppa City from Da Band being the spokesperson (this was from 2005 mind you but still...)

But check this... the flavors were

OK so the best friend and I are now planning to drop our line of dig this...


1. Candy Yams

2. Black Eyed Peas

3. Liver n Rice

4. Gizzards

5. Red Kool-aid

6. Neckbones n Greens

7. Mac n Cheese

8. Lake Trout n Hot Sauce

I mean everybody else still showin their ass even after Obama was elected, we might as well too!!!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Resurgence of Ms. Mel O. Mind

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!

Not entirely...

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

- PeAcE

NAS & DAMIAN "JR GONG" MARLEY DISTANT RELATIVES preview from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Videos De La Dia

You can't knock the lego... You just can't!!!

Wu-Tang Lego: Da Mystery of Chessboxin' from davo on Vimeo.

New Kweli and Hi-Tek... I can dig it (even more so when the album drops)

Talib Kweli + Hi Tek-Reflection Eternal -Back Again-Vid Premiere

Sunday, July 12, 2009

SMH Moment: Day of the Sabbath Edition

“If he does not turn to God and does not turn his life around, I am asking God to enforce imprecatory prayers that are throughout the Scripture that would cause him death”

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

Scrumptious Tunes Overflowin the MP3 Plate

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
2. Cold
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

Pour a Lil Natural Juice Out

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...


PS- Thriller was cool I give you that... BUT Off The Wall and Bad were the best hands down!

michael jackson

Monday, June 22, 2009

Digital Archeological Digs: Discovery #4

You know when artists (specifically musicians) say they wish to paint pictures with their words and/or sounds? I just discovered that some artists wish to write, produce, and direct realistic films with their words and/or sounds. Introducing the Golden Epoch of "Cinematic Soul".

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!


Paper Never Sounded SOOO Good!


Sunday, June 7, 2009

Scrumptious Tunes Overflowin the MP3 Plate

So if I could describe my initial reaction to this album incorporating the 4 elements, it would go a lil somethin like this:

WATER: The lyrics, the vibe, along with the beats are so refreshing- (not some dirty tap ish)- all the no substance malarkey has been filtered out!

FIRE: The blazing delivery within the speakers especially when it sparks your ears is HIGHLY FLAMMABLE!

EARTH: I don't think our planet is ready for this one cuz once I gave it a listen it MOS definitely went over this earthling's head! (in a good way)

AIR: It's audio-friendly and healthy for the listening community. lyrically and melodically based filth and suffocation have been omitted.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Truer Words Were Never Spoken While Intoxicated?

‘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)

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Washing Out My Dandruff Thoughts: Rinse 9

I don't know about the rest of the world, but this has to be one of the best sitcoms of the 20th century. I have been an avid watcher and enthusiast since I was a kid when I didn't get half of the suggestive punchlines and subject matters. However, over time I find myself cracking up more and more whenever it's on the tube. I talk about men with my crew and I LOVE CHEESECAKE!!! Call me old, who cares! The show is amazing!
Hallmark Channel= Golden Girl Central
My Favorite Character= Dorothy (R.I.P to my homie Bea)

Monday, May 25, 2009

My Bachelor Degree Anchor Has Yet to Sink In But...

Whether it's preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, high school, or any level of college...


(oh please believe St. John's '09 grads came in pretty deep!)

Bachelors? Check! Masters? A work in progress as of September!

Movie Time With Eye D. vs Mel O.

- 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

Digital Archeological Digs: Discovery # 3

I am supposed to be typing up these two essays for my Social Action class but I'll get back to my regularly scheduled program in a bit.

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!

Drops Some Words After Viewing this Site!

(click the pic)

Mel. O's Thoughts and Views

1. The movie was horrid!!! I don't care how much it made in the boxoffice!
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?!

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

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Clean Off Your Racial Magnifying Glass!

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

The Mellow Happenings of R.J. (Animation Edition)

Chillin at the bus stop (2 days ago) with my mind set on how long and how much work will be completed on campus at the computer lab. I'm standing next to the bench then seconds later, I laid my eyes on AM New York which had this as the cover story...

AMNY JJJ Marvel Mayor

Reason #5000 why Spider-man is so freakin D-O-P-E!
The latest events in the comic book world makes front page of a real news publication.
Crazy right?!

Heroin Doses Are Cheaper Than a 6-Pack

June 9th marks the moment in which I will shoot up this hopefully 100% potent dope known as... The Ecstatic (pushed by the Mighty Mos Def)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Washing Out My Dandruff Thoughts: Rinse 8

You have this colored inferiority seed. The oppressive farmer plants it into the ground then regularly waters and takes care of it. That small seed soon sprouts large political, economic, educational, social, and cultural inferiority pedals. This blossoming creation is not appealing to the eye of the oppressed, so they seek to destroy not only the plant but the root in which it brutally sprouted from. But how will this task be achieved in regard to vision of thoughts and its execution?
(click photo to read news clip)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Operation Insightful Showers Now In Progress

This is the illest sweatshirt droppin in the '09. The quote states, "Being about it is great than talkin about it." Does this apply to you?

Friday, April 3, 2009

Video de la Noche: Super News

Battle of the Smileys... this is so random yet hilarious

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Bicycles Are FLY: The Textual Evidence

"Bicycles: because love requires trust and balance."- Nikki Giovanni

Check out the latest collection... IT'S ILL!

Scrumptious Tunes Overflowin the MP3 Plate

A plate of tunes coming your way via the Camp Lo kitchen. The album is pretty decent, they remain consistent with the soul, jazz , and funk fusion which I 'preciate. The lyrics and beats aren't BAM IN YA FACE spectacular, however there are some gems in the jewelry box.

Tracks I'm Feelin':

- "89 of Crimes"
- "Ticket 4 2"
- "Pips"
- "After the Marv"

Check the album out on your own time... see if you feelin' it.


In Celebration of Ladies' History Month: Last Minute Thoughts

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 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
my hair...slightly
confused but...I don't care...

Laid out my teeth...and gargled my
gown...then I stood
...and laid me down...

To sleep...
after loving you

(poem via Afro Poets)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Operation Ph(ill)osophical Tees Now In Progress

stussy-great-minds-tshirts-1 Stussy Great Minds Collection

"Great Minds" Collection by Stussy

I'm leaning towards Einstein, Thoreau, or possibly Shakespeare

Thursday, March 19, 2009

iLL Hip-Hop+Stage+Afro Anecdotes= Over Ya Head Arithmetic!

When: April 6- May 2

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

Washing Out My Dandruff Thoughts: Rinse 7

An older gentleman who is a professor at my school was on the shuttle today sitting across from my friend and I. With today's New York Times in hand (specifically the business day section) and a softback business textbook on the vacant next seat next to him, trust me as I say, the man was in the zone!

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

Video de la Noche

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

In Celebration of Ladies' History Month: Big Banger Outer

The film is simply wonderful... catch on youtube when you can if you have not seen it yet!
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?!


What a nice way to end this great month dedicated to... US!


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Artistic Theatrics+Beat Cinematic= Fantastic

(click on the billboard to visit the webpage)

Late in the wee hours I was on a musical archaeological dig (nothing new), and after nike dunking myself in the face for discovering Joe Bataan so late, my digging lead me to this.


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

Wardrobe Check 4 Women's History Month

Ima wear my FLY self respect sneakers
Sport a dignified fedora with my get ahead locs hangin out
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!

Photo of the Day

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger congratulates Iris Kyle ...


Saturday, March 7, 2009

Watch Men Be A-holes at the Movies

(photo via Evan Shaner)
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"


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

Sprung on the Kleenex and Vicks

Apologies for not pumping out the entries as often as I usually do but I have been a WRECK all this week!!! I got a lot to talk about once my head is right...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Digital Archeological Digs: Discovery #2

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