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On Speaking Ill of the Recently Departed, the Need for Sainthood, and the Impossible Standards used When it Comes Time to Mourn Dead Black Boys

Earlier this morning I came across an article from the New York Times entitled “A Teenager Grappling With Problems and Promise” penned by John Eligon. The teenager in question is Michael Brown who was murdered by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. There’s no need to recap the actions and goings on surrounding Brown’s death and if you’re not familiar with it then you’re either a corpse or purposely keeping yourself ignorant of current events. Continue reading

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Random News/Ain’t it Thoughts (For today, Ninja!)

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    Soooo, I’m black to blogging for the day. (On some use it or lose it, sh*t.)[i] I’ve got some boo boo on my brain that I need to get out for the sake of my sanity and my … Continue reading

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Ain’t it News/Random Thoughts: Week of 4/19/2013

JrobinsonMan, this week has reeked of unawesomeness. We however are still here and we have to keep moving forward because that’s what we’re programmed to do. So in the words of newly inducted Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Chuck D …Here comes the drums…

  1. After the madness and destruction occurring in Boston, West, Texas, and the halls of the legislative branch of the United States Government America (Y’all failed the people again.) needs a long weekend. We need a long weekend with no bombs, explosions, or spineless, self-serving politicians so we all can just eat too much and chill with the folks.
  2. Seriously, this week has been a bad Michael Bay movie Okay just a Michael Bay movie. (That “bad” in his work is inherent.)
  3. Moneypenny and I caught “42” last weekend and I’ll describe it as is imperfect biopic. In case some of y’all haven’t seen it I’ll avoid and spoilers but just keep in mind the film only covers a few months out of an extraordinary life so please don’t expect the film to encapsulate every aspect of blackness. Chad Boseman (Jackie Robinson), Nicole Beharie (Rachel Robinson), and Harrison Ford (Branch Rickey) (Harrison Ford is f***ing 70!) all did great jobs in their roles. In all, the cheese factor was kept to a minimum which I can respect because biopics often come heavy with the cheese. I honestly want to discuss some scenes with y’all but again I don’t want to spoil anything. (Let me know in the comment section if it’s cool.)
  4. Korea, specifically the North, actually existed before the crazy. (I’m a stan for history laden picture spreads and dogs.)

That’s all I have. Y’all have a good weekend.

Vaya con Dios!

Bootsy Collins — I’d Rather Be With You

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The Talk I Hope That I Never Want To Have

As a black man that one day wishes to have a son to carry on the surname Young, there is a talk that I must have with my son(s) that the mere thought of I dread.[i] The awkward conversation that I speak of is not the one about sex. It is not the one about why you shouldn’t listen to Drake. It is the conversation about how to deal with law enforcement that fills me with unreasonable amounts of dread. The dread stems from the fact that unlike the talks about sex and the evils of listening to Aubrey the law enforcement talks shouldn’t be necessary.[ii] Continue reading

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Frankly, It’s Comical: Comics I missed Captain America: Truth

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From about 1994 until about 2004/2005 I did not read one singular comic book. I collected them as a kid but for some reason I stopped giving a damn. I guess other things replaced funny books as one of my go-to distraction. Honestly, I wouldn’t have had any time to read them in college any way. When I stopped reading the ubiquitous X-Man, Wolverine had the metal forcibly removed from his person by Magneto (Nea-to).

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Signs That You May Be a Negro Whisperer

“My boss asked me what “This, that and the third meant.”

These were the words uttered by Miss Moneypenny on Saturday morning as we watched CNN and whatever else passes for Saturday morning TV nowadays. I took a sip of coffee, smirked and said “You’re a Negro whisperer.”
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Random News/Ain’t It Thoughts: Week of November 11th, 2011…

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I know this is the first Random Whatever/ Ain’t It Whatever in a while but I had some thoughts that I needed to get out of head. Herman Cain’s sausage, Rick Perry’s stupidity, and Joe Paterno dominated the news. The time change is again screwing with me and I’m just wringing my hands until it’s time to clock out tonight so I can enjoy some premium malt liquor and a fried double down. Continue reading

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When ‘Good” Men Do Nothing…

On Saturday while many college football fans were wading through the manufactured hype leading up to the supposed “Game of the Century” a news story involving former Penn State University defensive coordinator Gerald “Jerry” Sandusky seeped into the news feeds at the bottoms of our television screens. Sandusky was charged with sexually assaulting eight boys over a fifteen year time span. Sandusky who was for a time considered legendary Penn State coach Joe Paterno’s second in command ran a charity for at-risk youth called The Second Mile. On the surface Sandusky was a “good guy”. On the surface Continue reading

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Why Is It Always The Girl’s Fault?

“Why is it always the girl’s fault?” This is what Miss Moneypenny said to me once when we were having a conversation about how women are treated when they were either single and pregnant or in some cultures (Ours included.) victims of rape. We were both bothered by this train of thought. There are those who believe that many sexual activities that occur to women’s bodies happen in a single-occupancy vacuum. Continue reading

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The Things “They” Say.

I’ve long held the comment sections of online newspapers as the cesspools of society. I’ve never made any attempt at stating otherwise. If someone walked into your office, home, or wherever and put a gun to your head and commanded you find a dumba** or get domed, the first place you should look is in the comment section of your local paper’s website. The misogyny, racism, and a lack of couth that borders on anemic levels all have a home in the comment section and it is not for the easily offended or thin-skinned. Continue reading

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