In the USAToday.com link below, California rapper Snoop Dogg urges black Americans to boycott the Roots mini-series remake. Snoop Dogg believes we have seen too many negative depictions of black history recently; also citing 12 Years a Slave as an example.
While appreciating Snoop Dogg’s desire to see mainstream media highlight the accomplishments of black American history, it is a harsh reality that slavery existed for hundreds of years in this country and there are still many stories that have not been told.
In this era we are lucky to see comedic and dramatic depictions of black Americans in shows like Blackish, The Carmichael Show, House of Lies, How to Get Away With Murder,Scandal and even Empire.
While slave movies/shows are hard to watch they are a part of American history. A part of American history that is often avoided in classrooms…
At one point, iPhone launches were as predictable as the changing seasons. They launch a smartphone (iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPhone 6), then follow up with the slightly improved “S” model (4s, 5s, 6s).
That schedule could change. According to a report from Asia’s Nikkei, Apple is going to extend the product cycle of its flagship device where a revamped version of the iPhone will launch every three years instead of two years…
So in news that seems like its coming straight from the twilight zone, Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner will be named one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year. Jenner has not even been a full blown woman for a year, but that is besides the point. Think of all the women that are on the front lines fighting for gender equality, wage equality and fighting against domestic violence who do not receive this honor
While Jenner is a hero to the transgender community which needs all of our support, her struggle does not mirror that of the average transgender. Jenner’s wealth and access to everything she needed to undergo this transition is what the average transgender struggles with on a day to day basis.
The magazine is also honoring actress Reese Witherspoon, ballerina Misty Copeland, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, the U.S. National Women’s Soccer team and five women who lost loved ones in the Charleston, S.C. church massacre.
What do you guys think? Does Jenner belong in this company?
Carmelo Anthony is back after an injury filled season. No one can deny Melo’s ability to set the Garden court on fire with his scoring but can that translate to wins for the New York Knicks this season. VICE Sports gives us a peak at Melo behind the scenes.
Soul legend Bobby Womack died today at the age of 70. I find myself listening to artists like Bobby Womack more than I listen to todays popular R&B singers. Womack’s voice and originality made him a stand out artist for over 50 years. RIP to one of the greats.
LeBron James has decided to opt out of the last year of his contract with the Miami Heat. Its unlikely LeBron will go anywhere, but it is a certainty that some general managers are considering selling their first borns for a shot at signing the four time MVP.
Angie Martinez abruptly announced her resignation from NY hip hop station Hot 97 yesterday. Today, Clear Channel communications, the parent company of Hot’s rival hip hop station Power 105.1 announced that Martinez will host their late afternoon music/talk show. I’m sure Angie is getting more money and will get the kind of exposure to bigger opportunities that Power’s personalities like Charlamagne, DJ Prostyle and DJ Envy have earned. Or it could be a lateral move but I think Angie’s smarter than that.