Month: November 2010

Music: Common, It’s Your World

From: 4:35 Be, be here, be there, be that, be this Be grateful for life, be grateful to life Be gleeful everyday, for being the best swimmer among 500,000 Be-nign, be you, be mom’s mean pie, be little black sambo With baaad hair Be aware of Willie Lynch-ism, Be, be boundless energy Be a four star ghetto general, be no one except I Be food for thought to the growing mind, be the author of your own horoscope Be invited, be long-living, be forgiving, be not forgetful Be a proud run, only to return to fight another day Be peaceful if possible, but justice at any rate Be high when you low, be on time but know when to go Be cautious of the road to college, taking a detour through Vietnam or the Middle East Be visual of foreclosure over your shoulder while begging, A nation built on free labor, for reparation. Be a cartographer Be a map maker, be able to find afro-american land search thoroughly it may be close to black land Be amended 5/5ths, …

Jay Z & Cornel West

Okay, so I’m listening to Cornel West talk with Jay Z about hip-hop and his new book. And even I will admit that Jay Z thinks in a more critical manner than I probably would’ve given him credit for based on my assumptions. They were talking about the use of the “n” word (among other things). And even just taking that sound bite about the “n” word, and another sound bite about how the people who “made it” (became successful) aren’t the folks coming back to the neighborhood to talk to youth, but the “gangsters” are, I just have one prevailing thought: Even though Jay Z can discuss the issues of poverty, race, and class as institutional and societal issues, even though he has a broad appreciation of music, even though he can discuss the depth and meaning in his music that goes beyond the surface of what is initially heard, are these ideas and discussions filtering down to the youth who consume his music and often carelessly sling around the “n” word, or who are hearing …

Music: Mos Def

Say ho everybody say ho bop po quay yo I said shake your soul like way back in the day yo bop po quay yo everybody say ho Everybody say hooooo hooo Everybody say ho And check it out now Who is cat eating out on the town And make the whole dining room turn they head around Mr Nigga Nigga Nigga He got the speakers in the trunk With the bass on crunk Who be riding up in the highrise elevator Other tenants who be praying they ain’t the new neighbor Mr Nigga, Nigga Nigga They try to play him like a chump Cause he got what they want He under thirty years old But already he’s a pro Designer trousers slung low Because his pockets stay swoll’ Could afford to get up and be anywhere he go VIP at the club, backstage at the show (Yes y’all) the best crib, the best clothes Hottest whips on the road Neck and wrists on froze (say word) Checks with O’s o-o-o-o-ohs Straight all across the globe …

Any suggestions?

Me being ever neurotic is trying to figure out what I’m going to do next year after my Americorps year is over. And really, it’s not that neurotic since so many applications are due in the next couple of months. The thing is, I don’t really know what to do. I don’t want to go to school next year, which was the plan since I deferred from the MPH program, and now I think I just want to forgo the MPH and go for the ND, but either way, not next year. AND I only want another year long position, but it HAS to pay more than Americorps because I need to save up money so that I can implement this travel time and “Get Lost.” So what to do? what to do? Looks like a few months of applications yet again, which wouldn’t be so terrible were it not for the trite personal statements and BS-ing—and the worst…RECOMMENDATIONS! BAH! Oh trifling and unreliable professors. *sigh* Just to reiterate criteria: higher paying than Americorps (shouldn’t be …