"I swing on you fake radio personalities
Who boost ya ratings with hypes behind casualties
And fire shots with low-pressure water gun play
But instantly slap ya five like it’s Palm Sunday"

Beneath the Surface

Gza

"America’s great talent, I think, is to generate desires that would never have occurred, natively, to a body like mine, and to make those desires so painfully real that money becomes a fiction, an imaginary means to some concrete end. Forty-five dollars for the moon-plot? Put in on the card. What a steal."

— Sleep Donors
Karen Russell

"It was a fine cry — loud and long — but it had no bottom and it had no top, just circles and circles of sorrow."

— Toni Morrison
Sula

"Don’t assume that anybody above you actually knows what they’re doing. And if you find somebody who does, stick to them like glue. Because the further you go into your career, the more you will discover to your absolute horror that you are the adult."

Keith Olbermann: What I’ve Learned - Esquire (via amyisgone)

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Happy meal

Happy meal

"I was jumping rope… everything was alright… I don’t know… suddenly it all seemed so futile."

Charles Schultz

“Peanuts”

Tags: toys

"For all those years whites have been taught in the myth they preached, while Negro’s have had to face the bitter reality of what America practiced."

Eldridge Cleaver

Soul on Ice

Required reading

Required reading

Burnin and Lootin

In the 90s, Black filmmakers had a lot to say: Boyz N the Hood, Friday, House Party, Love Jones, What’s Love Got To Do With It, CB4, How Stella Got Her Grove Back, Poetic Justice, Soul Food etc.

Currently it feels like only 2 types of Black films get made; films that tell us how bad it was in the olden days (42, The Help, 12 Years A Slave, Red Tails, etc.) and whatever Tyler Perry decides to put together.

Here are 2 movies that I saw recently that are excellent:

Newlyweeds 2013

It’s a love story about a couple whose love for each other only comes second to how much they love weed. While there are scenes that are laugh out loud funny, it’s not really a comedy so don’t expect Cheech & Chong/Half Baked-type shenanigans. It’s just a great story that happens to involve A LOT of weed smoking.

Gimme The Loot 2012

As far as I know there are only 3 graffiti movies that you need to see and they’re all documentaries: Style Wars, Infamy, and Exit Through the Gift Shop. Enter, Gimme The Loot, a narrative about two artist that want to bomb (not literally) the Mets’ Home Run Apple. A feat, while numerously attempted for the past 30+ years, has never been accomplished.

Extra Credit:

Medicine for Melancholy 2008

Starring former Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac in a non-comedic role, it reminds me of a modern day John and Mary (1969). A couple wakes up from a one night stand and decided to spend the day together walking around San Francisco.