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Surprised That I Love Fonzworth Bentley’s Fireside Chat

I’m so surprised that I really, really love Fonzworth Bentley’s Fireside Chat.  This brother has “some sense” as my grandma would say.  He is underestimated.  He is also signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music.  His debut album, Cool Outrageous Lovers of Uniquely Raw Style or C.O.L.O.U.R.S. was slated to drop in 2008, but was delayed.  Wonder why they are sleeping on this Morehouse alum.

Oh the apologies that he gave out need to be given out so so so so bad.  I know all those artists were like, “Yes!  Finally!”.  Come on hip hop A&R people.  Yall got to stop giving deals to people who sound like they read and spell on a 3rd grade level.

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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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Does HP make racist computers?

Um…it’s very interesting what people attribute racism to.  Now the facial recognition on Hewlett Packard computers.  Let me just say this is a set up for a stupid racial joke that would go something like…”I thought it would be easier to find the whites of their big ole eyes against their dark backdrop.”  Yes, yes I know I’m wrong.  Anyway, check out the video from Black Desi that is making the claim.

San Francisco – Hewlett Packard, the world’s largest maker of personal computers, said Tuesday that it was investigating a claim that its computers are ‘racist’ because they recognize the facial movements of white users better than those of black ones.

The issue was raised in an anonymous YouTube video that quickly went viral as someone calling themselves Black Desi demonstrated the effectiveness of HP’s facial recognition software.

The built-in PC camera, which is designed to follow individuals’ head movements, fails to track Desi as he moves in and out of the picture, but perfectly follows his white co-worker, Wanda, when she enters the scene.

‘As soon as my blackness enters the frame, it stopped,’ says Desi, who appears to be amused, rather than annoyed, at the limitation. ‘Black Desi gets in there, no face recognition anymore buddy. I’m going on the record and I’m saying it, Hewlett-Packard computers are racist. ‘

In a blog posting, HP officials said they were investigating the claim. ‘We believe that the camera might have difficulty ‘seeing’ contrast in conditions where there is insufficient foreground lighting,’ wrote HP social media strategist Tony ‘Frosty’ Welch.

‘Everything we do is focused on ensuring that we provide a high- quality experience for all our customers, who are ethnically diverse and live and work around the world.’

Source: http://www.monstersandcritics.com

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Connick speaks out about blackface down under

I  love it when stuff like this happens and is covered by mainstream media channels.  I saw this story on CNN a few mins ago.  Harry Connick, Jr…I’m going to have to throw you some dollars on iTunes real soon.  Your stock has gone up son.

Newsweek: Asked to appear on the Australian variety hour Hey Hey It’s Saturday as a guest judge, Harry Connick Jr. sputters in disbelief when a Jackson 5 impersonation group entirely in blackface appears onstage. He first gives the group a 0 scorecard for the performance while the audience boos; later, at about 4:40 into the clip, Connick launches into an impassioned race-relations lecture explaining why blackface is a bad thing. “If I knew that was going to be a part of the show, I definitely wouldn’t have done it,” Connick declares on live TV.  The host appears genuinely surprised.

Jackson Jive, huh?  Who says “jive” anymore?  I don’t know any black people who use that term anymore.  It’s amazing that some white people (most of them writers in Hollywood, it seems) still think we use that slang.  OH, and…um…how about you use BROWN face paint instead of JET BLACK!!!!   I mean…if you used actual flesh tones you might have gotten a pass.  Just saying.

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Racism Reminder – Man finds racial slur on Journey’s shoe receipt

Some how I missed this story in October, so I’m posting it now (thanks to Elizabeth for bringing it to my attention).  I’m from this part of the country so, I’m not surprised.

On Oct 17, 2008, a young man went to “Journey’s” show store in Kansas City, MO (some accounts of this story say it happened in Kansas City KS…Oak Park Mall). He bought a pair of shoes and then saw an identical pair at a different store for less.? As such, he bought the identical shoes from the cheaper store and took back the original more pricey pair to Journey’s. Later on that night, as he was reviewing the receipt, he noticed that the reason for the return was “Dumb N*gger”. When he took the receipt back to the store, they didn’t even apologize but did admit that the “reason” was in the system. Click the video below to see local news coverage.

http://www.kmbc.com/video/17768384/index.html

This store is a retail chain for whom you may be a regular customer.  There is power in the almighty dollar. Just something to consider. Please pass it along…

For a listing of stores through out the country: http://www.journeys.com/store_locator.aspx

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Awesome Love Song for The Obamas

 

This just about made me cry. Enjoy and tell us what you think!

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Jay-Z remixes My President is Black – Live in DC 1/18/09

I don’t even want to hear Jeezy’s version any more after hearing this (much love to him and Nas). Grey Hova has to release this. Amazing. My President IS Black! His house is all white! I’m so happy to be in Washington DC right now.

NOTE: Um…black people, is it just me or were there an “uncomfortable” amount of N-words thrown about on this video given the subject matter they are celebrating. *Shaking My Head*

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