Normally I wouldn’t post something like this because of the high regards in which I hold MJ. However… this is a pretty cool video. Props to whoever came up with this idea and execution. This is just one of the many tributes to come to celebrate the Baddest man ever on the planet.

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Back in the 80’s if a cat was walking down the street with a fresh pair of suede Pumas he would get tested by some street toughs. These thugs would check to see if he had heart and if he didn’t he would walk home in his socks only. The conversation would normally start off with something like “oohhh those are nice, what size are those?” The rest is a street tragedy.

Fast forward to 2009. The ongoing drama of one mans arrest in his own home has the nation talking about race, police policy and what’s presidential territory and what’s not. Let me get this out of the way, I don’t think Obama really needed to discuss the case in Boston. There are plenty of cases of police misconduct going on in the nation both during and before his presidency in which people of color (specifically Blackmen) have been the victims. You can look to the case of the Blackman executed by the police in Oakland earlier this year in which the President was silent or the murder of Sean Bell before his election. Both of these incidents involved Blackmen receiving the short end of the stick with white officers doing the shoving. The President looked past these incidents and instead speaks out when asked about his Black friend who is arrested in his home by a white officer. I understand being emotionally involved when a public matter hits close to home. In this case the matter caused President Obama to show a bit of his own personal character when he denounced the arrest of Prof. Gates. People oppressed by police behavior cheered when the President showed his displeasure of the way the situation was handled. He made mention of the disparity between how Blacks and Latinos are treated by law enforcement as opposed to others. He also made sure to note that such a disparity might have no direct effect on this case yet because it is so apparent in our culture it still looms. As I watch the video of his comments he really only answered the question asked. The reporter brought up race in the initial question and Obama answered accordingly.

Not even 48 hours after the President made such a bold statement he was changing his tune and reaching out to the arresting officer who as I blogged about before will not apologize for his actions. To me this is the act of a President who can’t stand on his principles. As the President of the United States if you state an opinion you are entitled to that opinion. Hell as a human being you are entitled to that opinion. It is NOT a good look for the President to call a member of law enforcement to appease his feelings. What are you going to do when you have to negotiate with foreign leaders over matters of life and death? Sure he didn’t officially apologize but he did everything short of it. Inviting the man over for a beer along with Gates to smooth it over? Gates was arrested on his own property! There was no crime committed and that’s why the charges were dropped!

I’m sorry but if Obama was walking down Franklin Ave. in 1988 with fresh suede Pumas on he would walk home in socks. Why? Because his heart is missing. I hope that he finds it and chooses at some point to stand his ground. You leave your church of 10 years because of media fire and you back off of your words as soon as you are called to task on it. For such character he should have to wear a pair of Kangaroos for a year.



Hmm I’ll say this much, I don’t like the flow on this song. The lyrics are a bit forgettable on Jay’s part. This is his second attempt to garner interest in his latest project Blueprint 3. I can’t say I’m looking forward to this album. I mean, Kanye is the best thing about this track. It’s ultimately just a forgettable song which is supposed to be a single. Not exactly how you want to launch a new label (Roc Nation).

You be the judge. Run This Town

By now I’m sure (or I hope) you have heard about the Harvard Prof. who was arrested in his home under the idea that there a break in occurred. The Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. was locked out of his home and had to force his way inside. An onlooking neighbor saw Gates struggling to enter his home and mistook him for a burglar. We should all hope our neighbors would look out for us in the same way. Protect my assets PLEASE!

The trouble comes when the police arrived at the Professor’s Boston residence. The arresting officer claims the Prof. refused initially to show identification when requested. He also states according to CNN that Gates exclaimed the ordeal was taking place because he was “A Blackman in America!”. Gates would later be arrested and taken from his home under the charge of “loud and tumultuous behavior in a public space.”

So now after all of the hoopla the charges by the police have been dropped, even President Obama weighed in on the situation. The officer who arrested Gates says he refuses to apologize for his actions. Am I surprised? No. The officer thinks he did the right thing…by arresting a man in his own home when no one has been harmed. *smh*

Stay classy Boston.

Read CNN for the full story on the refusal HERE

This is my theme song right now. I can’t wait for the new Clipse album to drop. I had Hell Hath No Fury on last night during my leg work out. This song right here tho…FLAMES!

Video coming soon.