Your Tuesday Random-Ass Roundup: Peep The Throne.

G.D. goes H.A.M. See for yourself.

Can we get more stuff like this, boss?

Anyway, it goes without saying but: Congrats to our talented and fearless leader.

Now how about some randomness?

1. London Bridges Burning Down:  Folks in London are rioting and generally fucking shit up after police shot and killed a 29-year-old black man.  Cops say they shot because he shot at them; ballistics tests may say otherwise. (Brokey)

2. And the S&P downgrades keep comin’ and comin’. Anyone know what the credit equivalent of a Beyonce might be? (Naima)

3. The Reinvention of Rahm: Can Chicago’s new mayor and longtime Democratic Party operative achieve his ambitious goals without showing his old face? (Blackink)

4. In New York, Mayor Bloomberg is personally putting some of his substantial wealth behind a $130 million program to improve the fortunes of thousands of young black and Latino men. (Blackink)

5. A mixed bag of news for famine victims in Somalia.  The Economist has pictures from Dadaab, the Kenyan refugee camp on the border with Somalia, along with some from the rest of affected areas.  (Nicole)

6. Why deunionization matters. (Blackink)

7. A fascinating photo essay on where children sleep. (Nicole)

8. Some ads by UNICEF Germany featuring cute little blond haired, blue-eyed kids in black face have resurfaced and stirred up a bit of controversy. (Brokey)

9. How America turned poverty into a crime. Barbara Ehrenreich: “The big question, 10 years later, is whether things have improved or worsened for those in the bottom third of the income distribution, the people who clean hotel rooms, work in warehouses, wash dishes in restaurants, care for the very young and very old, and keep the shelves stocked in our stores. The short answer is that things have gotten much worse, especially since the economic downturn that began in 2008.” (Blackink)

10. North Carolina A&T professor Phillip Rubio on the importance of the US Postal Service in black communities, and what we’ll lose if we lose the post office. (Nicole)

11. The rent was too damn low for former N.Y gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan and now he’s facing eviction. (Blackink)

12. Bunk Moreland is trying to open grocery stores in food deserts in New Orleans. (Nicole)

13. Just in time for the gentrification of DC, Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park is here. (Naima)

14. Kurt Anderson begins his guest stint on the NYT op-ed page with a piece about Richard Nixon, “de facto liberal” and originator of the “Madman Theory.” (Nicole)

15. “Porgy and Bess” gets a revamp. Will purists be pissed? Probably. (Naima)

16. The NY Times shares the story of Lucille Ball’s lone female writer. (Brokey)

17. Leon from “Curb Your Enthusiasm” has some tips for houseguests who won’t leave. (Blackink)

18. Big Boi got arrested on drug charges Sunday. (Brokey)

19. Want a cheap ticket to the game? Fear not. Neil deMause anticipates a continuing deflation of the sports ticket bubble that “could have far-reaching effects on ticket prices, competitive balance, and the very existence of the major pro sports leagues that aren’t the NFL.” (Blackink)

20. And in closing, here’s a list of the 123 people that Deion Sanders thanked during his Hall of Fame induction speech Saturday night. Among them: the infamous Bishop Eddie Long. (Blackink)

Feel free to fill our comments section with hosannas to that dude Demby.

Much more later.


Joel Anderson —blackink —  writes about sports, politics, crime, courts, and other issues far beyond his competence at BuzzFeed. He has worked at media outlets in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Atlanta and contributed to a number of publications, including The Root and The American Prospect, among many others.