Yeah, But Can She Sang?

Filed in Music, race

Duane at Black Informant raises an interesting question: how much of a singer’s appeal comes from their looks? Specifically, he frames the discussion in the terms of a conversation he had with his wife on whether Beyonce would be as popular if she were dark-skinned. He later juxtaposes this with the assertion that many, if [...]

Not quite the same

Filed in Everwhatever

Today is gonna be my first attempt at starting a wrestling team at my school. I’m curious about what the turnout will look like; frankly, I’m wondering whether there will be any turnout at all. I’ve heard a few people talking, so I’m hopeful that we’ll get somewhere around 10 kids. What would be nice [...]

Alright, Alright…

Filed in Everwhatever, Music

I chaperoned a school dance Friday night. I had far more fun than I would have expected. I mean, there were times when I had to pay close attention to see what was going on, and I had to tell a few couples to put some daylight in there, but overall, everything was nice. All [...]

Wha’chu Gon’ Play Now

Filed in Music, Playlists

Phuck U Symphony – Millie Jackson Collaboration of Mics – Artifacts, f. Lord Jamar & Lord Finesse Addictive Love – BeBe and CeCe Winans Running From Love (instrumental) – Marvin Gaye C.R.E.A.M. – Wu-Tang Clan Reach For It – George Duke Because Of Your Love – Debra Killings, f. Fred Hammond Daytona 500 – Ghostface, [...]

A Recapitulation

Filed in Everwhatever

There are some things that I’ve written that I just can’t escape. Not saying that they’re just so good, but that they’re so central to my perspective. One of them is this whole question of the so-called American Dream. Lots of people I know deride the concept. Not me, though. Deep down, I honestly believe [...]

Favorite Hip-Hop Verses, pt ?

Filed in Music

So the people who’ve been here a while know that Masta Ace is one of my favorite emcees. Not to mention that he’s one of the most underrated. Bearing that in mind, there are lots of verses of his that I think could make my favorites list, but this verse from Soda and Soap on [...]

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