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The Simpsons Celebrate Black History Month and Their Racially Mixed Heritage

I’m sitting here watching the Black History Month Episode of “The Simpsons”.  The title “The Color Yellow”.  Um…really?  Must they co-op the title of one of the most beloved pieces of fiction in the black community?

When Miss Hoover asks her students to research their family history, Lisa is horrified to discover that most of her ancestors were bad people – a motley crew of horse thieves and deadbeats. But while rummaging through the attic, Lisa happens upon a diary kept by her ancestor, Eliza Simpson. As Eliza’s story unfolds, Lisa learns that her family was part of the Underground Railroad, a group that helped slaves escape to freedom. Eliza recounts liberating a slave named Virgil (guest voice Brown), but when Lisa presents her findings at school, some of her classmates refute it, leaving Lisa determined to exonerate her family’s name.

Wow, one of Mr. Burns ancestors just checked over one of Homer Simpson’s ancestors like a slave on the auction block.  He noted that if anyone knows how to estimate the value of a man, he does. I don’t know what to say, but I think I like this episode. Wouldn’t you just know it, Antebellum Marge was an abolitionist who fell in love with a brother and ran off to Canada! Oh as a descendant of their union, Lisa is 1/64th black.  She says, “That’s why my Jazz is so smooth!”. Homer says “That’s why I make less than my white co-workers!”.  Wow. Good episode, but I like “Nate, Peter’s black ancestor” on Family Guy better.

I guess I get the title now.  Are they saying that the Simpsons are yellow in the way black folks commonly use the word…yella gal or high yellow?  Interesting.

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Did the General steal Pants on the Ground from another old rapper?

Oh my Buddha!  I can’t believe “the General”, of American Idol fame, stole his “Pants on the Ground” song from some other old rappers.  Well, now those old hip hoppers have posted their original song to YouTube (watch it below).  We should have known.  He sounded like he barely knew his own song, but I think people just chalked it up to alcohol.  I know I did.

I think the original, “Back Pockets on the Floor”, is even funnier.  It’s at least more complete…lyric wise.  My favorite line from the song is, “Ain’t no way in the world/ that a man’s crotch/ could be that low!”  Oh, I’m still cracking up right now as I’m typing this.

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Is Guido as offensive as the N-word?

Italian Americans, I need your guidance on this.  Is the G-word as offensive as the N-word?  I’m just wondering…I have no insight on this particular term, being from the midwest originally.  I’ve heard all the buzz coming from MTV’s Jersey Shore reality show, and it made me wonder about this.

Is it truly a racial slur?  Was it imposed upon Italian immigrants by Americans who were mad about immigration?  I’m wondering if young Italians are using the term as one of endearment as many African-American youth do (Hey, my n—a!).

Wikipedia: Guido is a slang, derogatory term for a working class urban Italian American. The Guido stereotype is multi-faceted. Primarily, it is used as a demeaning term towards Italian Americans, as the word Guido is derived from either the Italian proper name Guido or a conjugation of the Italian verb Guidare.[1] More recently, it has come to also encompass Italians who conduct themselves as thugs with an overtly macho attitude.

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Real Housewives of Atlanta nominated for NAACP Image Award

The blogs are a buzzing this week with news that Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” has been nominated for an NAACP Image award.   I agree with Bossip, someone should be fired.  I didn’t believe it a first.  I had to check the facts for myself on the NAACP website.  There it was:

Outstanding Reality Series

  • “American Idol 8” (FOX)
  • “America’s Next Top Model” (CW)
  • “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)
  • “Extreme Makeover” (ABC)
  • “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo)

Someone please tell me this is a hoax.  Next they will be giving Kisha Cole’s momma an Image Award.  Hell, I know Mr. Brown is bound to get nominated in the “Step n’ Fetch it” category.  This tops their nomination of R. Kelly…

…well, maybe not.  Where am I?  Someone please tell me this is just a dream.

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Never Can Say Goodbye: RIP Michael Jackson

I’m in shock.  Really.  Michael Jackson has died today, so suddenly.  It’s a shame.

I was on the Metro (Red Line…I’m never scared) around 5:45 and I heard someone say “Michael Jackson died”.  Well that just sounded like craziness.  There was a quick rebuttal from another random passenger saying, “NO, he just went into cardiac arrest.”  While losing all function of your heart is no simple matter and from what I hear 90% of the time leads to coma or death…The thought that came to my mind was “OH, that’s all. Mike will be alright”.  I went on to the gym and was greeted by CNN’s coverage.  At the time, they hadn’t confirmed Jackson’s death and were quoting the LA Times and AP Wire.  In an interview on CNN, Brian Osman (Jackson Family spokesperson) basically compared Jackson’s situation to Anna Nicole in terms of drug abuse.  Heavy allegations.  That’s serious.  Shortly after that, the LA coroner’s office confirmed Michael Jackson died today at the age of 50.

Somebody tell me this is just a publicity stunt.  Somebody roll the secret footage.

Damn.  The King is dead.  No comeback album.  No colabo with Prince, or Beyonce, or the Jonas Brothers.  Damn.  This is worse than Luther.   If Stevie Wonder goes anytime soon, I’m not going to make it.

Rest in Peace, Michael.  I never will say goodbye.  “Though I try and try to hide my feelings, they always seem to show…don’t wanna let you go…”

Sidenote: [Updated: In the last 24 hours over 70,000] people have come to this site today and viewed the post on Michael Jackson’s children (one of our most popular posts).  Why?  I have no clue.  Keywords make the world go round I guess.

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Did Obama’s black sarcasm come out?

Barack Obama didn’t take a dig at pop star Jessica Simpson! And I’m so glad he didn’t. However, this story is making it’s rounds…Quickly.

The remark came at the end of the President Obama’s interview with NBC Sunday, when interviewer Matt Lauer held up a copy of the latest US Magazine, which features first lady Michelle Obama along with daughters Sasha and Malia. On the left side of the cover was a picture of Simpson, whom the magazine said is in a “weight battle.”

Lauer noted the magazine had replaced the president’s spot in the family photo with the Simpson headline.

“You got replaced by Jessica Simpson,” Lauer said.

“Yeah, who’s losing a weight battle apparently,” Obama said, according to the network’s interview transcript, sparking a firestorm online. “Yeah. Oh, well.”

But the transcript misquoted the president who visibly only re-read the magazine’s headline that Lauer was holding up — “She’s in a ‘weight battle,’ apparently” — and did not say that Simpson was “losing” that fight.

I think Obama should prepare to be misquoted over and over.  If he had said that, I would blame it on classic black sarcasm.  You know black folk can talk about you to your face and you would not know.  “Oh girl, those shoes are nice *roll your eyes*”  Raise your hand if you’re guilty.

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Stephen Colbert Vs. Kanye West: So it begins

“You’re Not The Voice Of A Generation. With All That Auto-Tuning, You’re Not Even The Voice Of Your Own Album”

[I can’t get this to embed so here is the link]

Umm…Wow! That electronic voice crack…that had to hurt. I have to agree the FreeCreditReport.com guys really do say alot about this generation. My question though…are Kanye and Stephen in the same generation?? Are they talking about the same generation? I’m not too sure of that.

I didn’t know they had beef.  Interesting.

CNET is reporting – Will Colbert’s ‘Operation Humble Kanye’ work?

If you caught his show on Monday or Tuesday you know he is asking for the Colbert Nation to go on iTunes today at exactly 5 p.m. EST to purchase his album, A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All. Currently, Kanye West has the No. 1 album on iTunes and Colbert is peeved. (His is No. 15.) Thus, he wants us all, at one moment, to collectively catapult his album to the top. It’s not to help Colbert, he insists, but to humble Kanye.

He said, “I want boots on the ground, and do your Twitter blogging to each other and get it all together–whatever you kids do. It’s important.”

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