Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Source - Jay-Z's Complete Howard Stern Interview

Discusses: therapy, police enforcement, poetry, Obama, black panthers etc

Click link for full interview:
The Source - Jay-Z's Complete Howard Stern Interview

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gun Safety

I don't want to minimize the death of Oscar Grant, but I do think that gun safety needs to be addressed:

Thursday, November 4, 2010


"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."

--Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Girl Effect

I realize this isn't the solution...but it's a very big puzzle piece.

Read more HERE

Monday, October 25, 2010

Educators Use Rap...

How can hip-hop become a sustainable educational tool

Monday, October 18, 2010

Hospital to Allow Alcohol

Parkview Ortho Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana now allows patients and relatives to bring and consume alcohol in the hospital (with doctor approval of course).

Read more HERE and HERE

Monday, October 11, 2010

Oakland Education

Reflecting on my time working with high school aged young people in Oakland, I could clearly see the disparities between their schools and the suburban school I attended. Some students were very and smart and engaging, but struggled with writing essays and fulfilling their class requirements. This paradox was hard to witness, although the students I knew had resources, I wondered how many other students in their position did not. In order to downplay their frustrations I often told the kids not to worry because when they get to college they will have a much more positive experience. In retrospect, it seems like these young people were never meant to be on the “track” for college, which only confirms Apple’s position.

Read more HERE and HERE

Oakland Turf Dancing:

Sunday, October 10, 2010


"Education is an admirable thing, but is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."

Waiting for Superman?????

Waiting for Superman Trailer

Interview w/ Rick Ayers

Read more about Rick Ayers' thoughts HERE
Read more about the film HERE

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Buffet's Thoughts

Warren Buffet on Jay-Z:

"Jay is teaching in a lot bigger classroom than I'll ever teach in. They're going to learn from somebody. For a young person growing up he's the guy to learn from."

Read more HERE

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

2Pac part 2

"Knowing you through music is going to change the world in the future..."

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


2Pac interview w/ Rashida Jones

Read more about the anniversary of his death in article by Davey D HERE

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Rodney King marries Juror number 5

Read more HERE

Friday, August 27, 2010


"Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others."

--Oscar Wilde

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Pray the Devil Back to Hell


"This film is inspiring, uplifting and is a call to action for all of us."
--Desmond Tutu

Thursday, June 24, 2010


"I believe that [everyone] is the keeper of a dream--and by tuning into one another's secret hopes, we can become better friends, better partners, better parents, and better lovers."

--Oprah Winfrey

Friday, June 18, 2010


Too bad the ref played such a major role in this match. But the U.S. played terrible in the first half! U.S. has got heart though! Hopefully it will carry over to the next game...the have to beat Algeria June 23 to stay alive.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Listen to NPR story "Jay-Z: A Master of Occult Wisdom?" HERE

Commentary on "Run This Town" Single

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Yummy! Check out their Twitter HERE

Monday, April 26, 2010

Jay-Z & Beyonce: Forever Young


"Leave a mark that can't replace neither space nor time..."

Goldman: A Design to Fail

Should they be able to take the 5th?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Dentist Alters Texas Curriculum

Wow. Don McLeroy is changing history....Jefferson Davis being compared to Abraham Lincoln?

Read more HERE

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


"Society and public opinion can beat the wings off of angels. When God sees they can't take it anymore he brings them back home."

--Kanye West

Check out his new blog HERE

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Garden

Now one of my favorite documentaries.

Check out the South Central Farmers HERE

Read more HERE

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

School Dayz

Norman Rockwell

A picture is worth 1,000 words...

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Body Scanners????

Seems to me like this is in violation of our civil liberties.

Airports that have the scanners:

San Francisco
Salt Lake City
Las Vegas

The scary thing is that most seem okay with the new body scanners, read more HERE

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Matt Lauer v. John McCain

This exactly why I don't like the political system. Barbara Walters or Oprah wouldn't have let him get away with that. "I wouldn't know about that," is that what he would have said as president?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Just to Get By...

"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy."

--Ludwig van Beethoven

One of my favorites of the decade:

"Why should I listen to a system that never listened to me?" --Jay-Z

"Love is unconditional even when the condition is critical and the living is miserable, your position is pivotal I ain't bullshitin you." ...."We get high on all types of drugs when all you really need is love." --Talib Kweli

Where's Kanye When You Need Him?

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Masters of the Universe

"Under the Influence: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" art exhibit opened yesterday at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. The art show is reflective of the the popular 1980s TV show and action figures. Robert Burden's Battle Cat creation. The power of Greyskull is back!

The exhibit runs until January 29, visit the gallery website for more info. Visit Robert Burden's site for more info.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

MJ Suicide Part 2

Sociologist Emile Durkheim wrote about contributing factors to an individual’s suicide in his 1897 work titled, Suicide and Modernity. Durkheim speaks of both internal and external causes that can lead suicidal tendencies. Suicide can result if one’s unique needs are not being met in society (Durkheim 1897:75). If these needs are not fulfilled an individual feels alone in this world because he/she is disconnected. Notable sociologists Max Weber and Karl Marx speak of this same disconnection in a different manner. In Weber’s work titled, The Spirit of Capitalism and the Iron Cage, he speaks of the physical iron cage that capitalism has created around every individual. This capitalist ethic causes individuals to work very hard without experiencing bliss, “the earning of more and more money combined with the strict avoidance of all spontaneous enjoyment in life, is above all completely devoid of any eudomonistic, not to say hedonistic, admixture” (Weber 1905:102). Weber goes on to describe Protestant asceticism and fundamental components in capitalism, however he never speaks of where this disconnection may lead an individual. Also, Weber does not divulge where emotions may lead an individual; for example, if someone is in deep pain they may choose to numb themselves with drugs.

In Karl Marx’s work Estranged Labour he depicts the possibilities of great alienation. Marx describes how this estrangement can occur through labor practices, yet he does not explain the latter effects of this separation. In this work the relations between property owners and workers is portrayed as a greedy one that produces competition. Although Michael Jackson was a wealthy “property owner,” he was still giving his labor to large conglomerates for profit. The loss of reality is also addressed in this piece, “ what is animal becomes human and what is human becomes animal” (Marx 1844:33). The human worker no longer feels comfortable in his own skin due to this alienation produced by labor, according to Marx, however no consequences are addressed for this notion.

Rolling Stone's Top Songs of the Decade

Songs of the Decade

1 | Gnarls Barkley — "Crazy"

2 | Jay-Z — "99 Problems"

3 | Beyoncé — "Crazy in Love"

4 | Outkast — "Hey Ya!"

5 | M.I.A. — "Paper Planes"

6 | The White Stripes — "Seven Nation Army"

7 | Yeah Yeah Yeahs — "Maps"

8 | Amy Winehouse — "Rehab"

9 | U2 — "Beautiful Day"

10 | Eminem — "Stan"

11 | MGMT — "Time to Pretend"

12 | Eminem — "Lose Yourself"

13 | 50 Cent — "In Da Club"

14 | Missy Elliott — "Get Ur Freak On"

15 | Johnny Cash — "Hurt"

16 | The Strokes — "Last Nite"

17 | Bob Dylan — "Mississippi"

18 | Kelly Clarkson — "Since U Been Gone"

19 | Kanye West — "Jesus Walks"

20 | Justin Timberlake — "Cry Me a River"

Read more HERE

View top albums of the decade HERE