Friday, August 24, 2007

Changing Words

So I am rolling through Oakland near eastmont mall. I am not saying that this is a bad part of town, but you need to keep your head on a swivel because some crazy shit could happen at any moment. As I stopped at the corner, I saw a man selling t-shirts that read Ugly Nigga in large typeface. I was surprised, for some reason I would not expect him to be so bold as to showcase a shirt like this, but I was also intrigued. I asked him how many of those shirts had he sold. He didn't happen to sell any while I saw him so I assumed he would say 6-10. I was shocked when he said about 700. I said "YOU SOLD 700 OF THOSE SHIRTS". He then proceeded to tell me that ugly didn't really mean ugly in the traditional sense. In this case ugly meant hard, like life is ugly in the ghetto. He then told me that SOME people use the old definition of the word Nigga and some people use a new definition. Some people get it and some people don't.

Hey, I maybe I just don't understand. Those bitches over at Webster's should stop waisting their time putting a dictionary together. People can flip definitions on anything. I have a few. I am going to make up a few shirts of my own. I wonder if I can sell 700.

* Stupid Motherfucker - Stupid as in crazy as in wildly emotion. Motherfucker now means one who loves his mother.
* Punk Ass Bitch - Fun loving and carefree
* Low IQ - One who does not need education
* Sell Out - A good salesman

Monday, April 30, 2007


I just uploaded my latest video called Race? This one was a little different for me. Most of the information came from a documentary I saw a couple of years ago. I was having an argument with someone and they just could not get past thinking about people in terms of their so called race. Until people can understand that the concept of race is just a myth, it will be continually more difficult to make progress going forward.
When I first came up with the concept all I really had was the song, the website, and the visual of kids morphing in my head. Trying to pick up just the salient points from the website was a pretty large task, but I am happy with the result.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Attacking my culture?

I received an email the other day from a professor at Western Illinois University. It seems that her class was studying negative media images and came across my Minstrel Show video. She said her students very much wanted to know if I were white or black. After I responded that I was in fact black, she said her students were surprised to hear this because they would not expect a black person to be putting down their own culture.

Considering that the students are future educators, it speaks volumes as to the current state of so called race relations. It also makes me want to work harder to let people understand that what they see in music videos and on TV does not represent the values of most black folks, but its simply the most commercially viable narrative delivered for corporate efficiency.

Wait until they see Punk Ass Negros.......

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Sending Messages

This administration loved to say that those who vote against them are sending a positive message to those seeking to harm Americans as if they needed any new or additional motivation.

What message does it send to the American public when high performing prosecutors are dismissed after prosecuting criminal politicians of a particular party.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

New Video - Punk Ass Negros

I just finished Punk Ass Negros Pt. 1 a couple of weeks ago.

I was actually planning on creating a video on the topic of race as a political rather than biological concept, but this came to me one morning when my son woke me up. It normally takes me several weeks to go from concept to implementation. PAN took about a day.

Its been out for a little bit and its always surprising to me to see what folks think of the videos. Sometimes they see things that I never intended. Other times they assume I mean things because everyone brings their own history to the viewing. I appreciate all comments ad most have been positive.

In this video I list my definitions. There are a few in there that are jokes, but some people don't pick up on this. Its also a little strange to me how few people know about 529 accounts. At least a dozen people have mentioned to me that they didn't know what it was before the video, but they looked it up after watching.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Viewer Comment

A viewer made the following comment to my minstrel show video the other day

I think you comparison is right on, but I think the problem is even worse than that. Coonery packaged amoral ignorance as entertainment. Gangsta has elevated it to a state of enlightenment. Understanding the formula "any fame + wealth = success" is "keepin' it real". Education and integrity are rejected as naive and timid. Whites have our own version of this with the elevation of the fame whores by Paris Hilton, etc. I respect your talent, and would look forward to you directly addressing this.

I actually agree with his main point which is that this mentally effects a larger population than just black folks. I do think though that the issue is more critical in the so called black community. Black kids have much less room for error from an educational, juvenile justice, and criminal justice system. I may end of widening the scope of my videos. I would certainly get more hits that way(maybe not). But I will continue to focus this community, until I have exhausted my thoughts or this becomes a majority opinion.