Saturday, April 30, 2011

Clip O' the Day: For the Afrofuturists in the Crowd

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The High Cost of Being Poor

Via: Online Sociology Degree

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Updates on what I'm doing...

While waiting to hear if War Diaries wins its Lammy (we're up for Best LGBT Anthology), I'm celebrating news that my poem "More" will be published in next month's issue of Slake, and I just received news that my short story "Cold and Wet, Tired You Bet..." (which appears in War Diaries) has been selected for inclusion in the anthology Best Gay Stories 2011, edited by Peter Dube and published by Lethe Press. I'm also prepping for a talk I will be giving at DePaul University on May 12th for LGBT Month.

Words o' the Day

"If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is." -- Charles Bukowski, Factotum

Thank you, Sonny Fullwood

Monday, April 11, 2011

Life Lesson

"If you have a dime, save a nickel... You're independent, you don't have to depend on anyone else. 'Cause when you have money you can talk big. Save your money."

Friday, April 08, 2011

Jam of the Day

ERYKAH BADU IN STUDIO from Creative Control on Vimeo.
The New Amerykah CDs are two of the best music releases of the last several years. I kinda understand why the first one didn't have a larger commercial impact. In today's pop culture climate ("pop" stretching from Britney to hip-hop to that god-awful Euro club shit everybody seems to be flocking toward) it's kinda "art-house." I love the collection but I do understand the resistance to it. NA Part 2, however, is just sublime, smart, hip-hop/funk inflected words & grooves that could easily nestle in anybody's Top 40. Shoulda been huge. But charts and sales don't matter. Artistry does. Badu still has it in spades.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Preach, brother...

A perfect blend of lyrics (social commentary), images, soundbites, and righteous anger...

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Simply because one is Black or Latino or lesbian or gay or whatever does not guarantee the person’s fidelity to a body of politics that empowers the particular constituency that they supposedly represent. The number of black elected officials has risen from 100 in 1964 to more than 9000 today. The number of African Americans who were in congress 30 years ago was about five; today it is over 40, an 800 percent increase. But have Blacks experienced an 800 percent increase in real power? It hasn’t happened. So, I think the emphasis of this liberal notion of social change by working solely within the established electoral system is just fatally flawed."

A Humane Society is Possible Through Struggle: An interview with Manning Marable” (1998)