RIP, David Mills.

If you enjoyed The Wire, underground jazz and funk musicians  (are there any other kind?), or mocking journalists who badly misidentify black celebrities, then you lost a friend and cohort in David Mills.

Mills, a one-time Washington Post music critic who went on to an Emmy-winning career as a TV writer and producer, died Tuesday [...]

Humpday Hate: The Worst Neo-Soul Song You Will Ever Hear. Ever.

I randomly thought about this song and video a few minutes ago and it made me so angry.  I wanted to sit down and write about it, thoroughly and intelligently, but I get so mad when I try to that the only thing that comes out of my fingers [...]

Blogging Lost: The Package.

In this Jin-centric episode we finally got back a bit to that old feeling Lost used to engender: suspense, intrigue and delightful confusion. We finally get to see Widmore back on the island, making some sort of move. We have people getting shot at by marauders in the dark, weird rooms from the Dharma [...]

The Jill Thing.

By now you’ve probably read Jill Scott‘s comments in Essence on the ‘wince’ she feels when she sees black men married to white women. She didn’t say anything most of us hadn’t heard before, and the conversation went the way these things tend to go.

But I wanted to point to some of the [...]

Random Midday Hotness: Janelle Monae.

Taty paints the singer.

On The Verge of Productivity.

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Every yuppie knows the mural in all of the Barnes & Noble stores; it’s a wall of Anglo authors (and of some random nigga smoking a pipe that looks like the smallest possible saxophone) sitting, looking pensive, unkempt but well dressed. I, too, could become a great writer by [...]

‘Return of the Ankh’ Like Whoa.

Let it be said that Badu can do no wrong in my eyes. She is my spirit guide.

Let it also be said that I love this video. It’s over the top, sure, and a little corny, but so is Erykah. I mean, she has a 10-minute song that takes me through every single [...]

Um, About That Rhetoric.

cross-posted from TAPPED.

Bart Stupak is among the Democratic representatives who are reportedly receiving threats in the wake of the health-care bill’s passage, some from anti-abortion groups he says he believes are from outside his district.

Stupak says his offices have been overwhelmed by phone calls, most of them from outside his congressional [...]