Song of the day: Justin Timberlake’s Cry Me A River
In 2002, I moved from Ohio to Disney World. Yeah…not Orlando or Lake Bueno Vista…but Disney World. On my first day, I arrived with 5 other people, dressed up in my Magic Kingdom costume and soaked up all the information thrown at me. There were exactly 3 girls and 3 guys and we we were paired up and separated. The guy I was paired up didn’t say much…but then again, neither did I. It’s amazing that 9 years later, that guy is still one of my best friends in the entire world. We may not speak all the time…or see each other often, but when we do, it’s just like it was in 2002. Fun, relaxed and always with an awesome soundtrack.
Today is Chris More’s birthday. My big brother, my homie…the guy who has forever made this song personal and whom I think of whenever I hear this.
It’s with heavy hearts that music fans bring in this long weekend - we just lost one of the most unique and influential voices of the last 40 years: Gil Scott-Heron. The poet, R & B artist, and hip-hop godfather was 62. In the 70’s, his blend of spoken-word soul covered issues of race, city life, politics. His wasn’t just a topical style though - his voice was nuanced and insightful. His classics include “We Almost Lost Detroit,” which dealt with the partial meltdown of a nuclear reactor in Detroit and “Home is Where the Hatred is,” a impassioned cry from within the depths oppressive inner-city. While he wasn’t always fond of hip-hop’s direction, his influence - implicit or explicit - is undeniable, most notably with his prototypical socially critical rap. Younger fans of contemporary hip-hop might recognize some of his music too, sampled by the likes of Kanye West, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, Blackalicious, and many more.
In 2010, he released the critically lauded I’m New Here, his first album of new material since 1994. Unfortunately, the resurgence in Scott-Heron’s career and, most importantly, his life, has come to a premature end. As summer season dawns, we remember one of the best who ever did it. Rest in Power.
I saw Rock of Ages tonight at the AT&T Performance Center. Nothing but awesome wall to wall 80s hits…including one of my faves. Imagine if you will, 6 year old Jalon rocking to this while at summer camp. Yeah…cause it happened…. The 80s were so rad. ;D
“Never admit the government is useful for anything. The government is always like Snookie’s vagina. It’s too big, it services too many people, and nothing good will ever come out of it.”—Bill Maher on the GOPs stance on government
“But I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style. That was the first time that having a large-scale situation in the back was part of mainstream American beauty. Girls wanted butts now. Men were free to admit that they had always enjoyed them. And then, what felt like moments later, boom—Beyoncé brought the leg meat. A back porch and thick muscular legs were now widely admired. And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful. Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you. All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful. Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes.”—Tina Fey - Bossy Pants
“While Ms. Haddad Carson has quit her job, her husband still works as an engineer for the federal Energy Department. But the children worry that there may not be enough money for college. They also have typical teenage angst — embarrassing parents — only amplified. “People look at my family and think I’m like that,” said Joseph, their 14-year-old, as his parents walked through the street fair on Ninth Avenue, giving out Bibles. “I keep my friends as far away from them as possible.” “I don’t really have any motivation to try to figure out what I want to do anymore,” he said, “because my main support line, my parents, don’t care.” His mother said she accepted that believers “lose friends and you lose family members in the process.” “I have mixed feelings,” Ms. Haddad Carson said. “I’m very excited about the Lord’s return, but I’m fearful that my children might get left behind. But you have to accept God’s will.” The children, however, have found something to giggle over. “She’ll say, ‘You need to clean up your room,’ ” Grace said. “And I’ll say, ‘Mom, it doesn’t matter, if the world’s going to end!’ ” She and her twin, Faith, have a friend’s birthday party Saturday night, around the time their parents believe the rapture will occur. “So if the world doesn’t end, I’d really like to attend,” Grace said before adding, “Though I don’t know how emotionally able my family will be at that time.”—
'She’s in pain on 21 but critically, she’s not a victim and she’s never flattened. In Adele’s songs she’s never saying “I’d rather go blind than see you walk away,” she’s saying “Nevermind, I’ll find someone like you,”' story by Toure’
You know that thing when you say to someone “Hi! How are you?” and then they say “I’m fine.” and then DON’T ask you how you’re doing? You know that thing? Can we NOT make that a thing? Can we instead make “I’m fine! How are you?” the thing?