Why Black Boys Need Lupita Nyong’o by Damon Young

It was revealed yesterday that Lupita Nyong’o was named People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful” person. Considering the fact that she’s been everyone’s red carpet darling — seriously, if you happen to personally own a red carpet in your home, there’s a 60% chance Lupita was on it at least once in the past six months — this was expected. Also expected? The inevitable backlash from certain Black people incredulous that someone had the audacity to consider Lupita beautiful. I think some of these people just keep “Lupita is ugly” in draft format on their iPhones and Twitter accounts, waiting for an opportunity–any opportunity–to hit send.

via Why Black Boys Need Lupita Nyong’o – News & Views – EBONY.


HBO Cuts Exclusive Licensing Deal with Amazon

HBO has entered into a multiyear pact with Amazon.com that makes the e-commerce company’s Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-based subscription VOD service to offer past seasons of the premium cabler’s originals like “The Sopranos” and “The Wire.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed; it covers only the U.S. Under the agreement, Amazon has exclusive SVOD rights for select HBO programming. That includes full seasons of “The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under,” “The Wire,” “Big Love,” “Deadwood,” “Eastbound & Down,” “Family Tree,” “Enlightened,” “Treme,” early seasons of “Boardwalk Empire” and “True Blood,” as well as miniseries like “Band of Brothers” and “John Adams.”

via HBO Cuts Exclusive Licensing Deal with Amazon | Variety.

I’m excited about this news because it means I can watch The Wire over and over and over again. As a fan, I should have long since bought the dvd set, but let’s face it, no one is adding to their dvd collections anymore, are they?

So, which shows are you excited about seeing? Talk to me in the comments below. 

“In My Life” by Juvenile is today’s theme song

Ladies and Gentleman. Boys and Guhls. Lil chirren, dogs, and cats. Right about now you are listening to the incredible drum patterns of DJ Mannie Fre-Fre-ecka-Fresh…

From the opening thumps of the drum machine beats at the beginning of this song until fade out, I want to be on my feet, one hand on my chest, other hand in my pocket, two-stepping like your oldest uncle at an Elks’ lodge party.

Brian Williams, photo credit Peabody Awards

For journalists, the interview is a key part of the story

Newspapers (10 issues of 'The Last Paper' by latitiudes-flickr on flickr)

Newspapers (10 issues of ‘The Last Paper’ by latitiudes-flickr on flickr)

There are two types of interviews. There’s the combative kind — “Councilman, can you explain why your department spent five trillion dollars on takeaway curry?” — and the collaborative kind — “Why yes, Mrs Miggins, please tell me how you built your cupcake business from scratch.”

via How to be interviewed — Thoughts On Journalism — Medium.

Ah yes. The art of the interview with a twist. Rob Boffard explains to potential subjects how to be interviewed by journalists. The information detailed is spot on, and highly recommended reading for everyone, journalists and non-journalists alike.

Chelsea Clinton announces pregnancy, but do you care?

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant (image via npr.org)

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant (image via npr.org)

In case you missed it one of the millions of times it’s probably floated down your timeline at this point, Chelsea Clinton is pregnant.

Clinton announced she was pregnant with her first child on Thursday while speaking at the Lower Eastside Girls Club in New York City as part of the “No Ceilings Conversation” series.

Clinton and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting the baby “later this year,” she said.

I saw the post float down my timeline from various news outlets, and I also paid attention to the reaction to the news. There were people on my timeline who wanted to know why this is news, and I had basically the same question.

What is our obsession with ‘celebrity’ culture, and why has this become a large part of what is considered ‘news’ today?

What do you think? Talk to me in the comments

Rockstar promises new spring updates to GTA Online, but will ongoing problems be fixed?

Grand Theft Auto Online Spring Updates (image from rockstargames.com)

Grand Theft Auto Online Spring Updates (image from rockstargames.com)

Grand Theft Auto Online players were promised the highly anticipated cooperative heists, a new dlc and the ability to own more than one home by Rockstar Games two weeks ago

Cooperative heists, the most highly anticipated feature of the online game, are promised to be released this spring, but no definite date has been given. That particular carrot has been dangling for so long, it’s hard to take Rockstar seriously when they announce its impending implementation.

Coming this spring to Grand Theft Auto Online, team up with your most trusted Crew members or with random other mercenaries in Grand Theft Auto Online to pull off cooperative Heist Missions for glory and profit. We know many in the GTA Online community have been looking forward to this update — stay tuned for much more information to come.

GTA Online (image from attackofthefanboy.com)

GTA Online (image from attackofthefanboy.com)

Up until this point, most of the Rockstar updates have seemed to address exploits that allowed players to make money in the game “illegally” through glitches. There is a general belief that Rockstar is more concerned with being able to make more money from the game through the sale of shark cards than it is with enabling players to enjoy the game.

The first of the updates rolled out on April 8, and included among its top abilities the ability to call Lester and for the small fee of $5000 get the cops to ignore you for three minutes of free-for-all game time.

PokerMcBluff, a user on the Rockstar support forums, wrote a brilliant post outlining the many problems that plague the LSPD including the problematic wanted timer, the seemingly invincible police force and their marksmen like abilities, and random security guards who apparently listen to the police band all day in an effort to help the police force contain the populous.

GTA Online forum post

GTA Online forum post

These are problems that players have complained about time and time again on the Rockstar forums, and the request for a police-free lobby has gone out more than once. Rockstar’s solution seems to be more of a way to bleed money out of the community than it is an actual appeasement to players wanting to be able to go to war with their friends without police intervention. It would cost much less in bail and health fees to get killed by the police repeatedly over three minutes than it costs to give Lester the money to pay them off.

The rest of the updates in 1.12 continue much in the same vein. There are more fixes to prevent money glitches and hacks with a few player pleasing perks thrown in including getting a small amount of RP for voting at the end of jobs, replacing the Gusenberg sweepers that were lost after the Business update, and fixing the issue that prevented players from getting more than $10,000 for a fully-modded vehicle at Los Santos Customs.

But what about the other longstanding problems?

GTA Online Time out screen (image from polygon.com)

GTA Online Time out screen (image from polygon.com)

The game timing out is a huge issue, and it occurs for players across the board on both the XBox 360 and Playstation 3 platforms. I myself have encountered long load times when trying to launch online mode upon starting the game, and have often been tossed completely in between missions due to timeout errors on the server.

As much as I am eager to see heists enter the game, I am more interested in Rockstar fixing the problems that are already plaguing the game and have nothing to do with game economy.

I understand that Rockstar is a business, and they are here to make money, but I think that if they want a long-term, sustainable product, then the time is now to fix the things that players complain about every single day.

It is impossible to imagine them even being able to successfully implement heists with the problems that already occur daily on the Rockstar servers. There are lots of holes, and these holes will continue to be a source of both irritation and innovation on the part of the player base if Rockstar doesn’t pay attention.

Grand Theft Auto Online

Grand Theft Auto Online

The money glitches came about due to player frustration with the inability to make good money through normal means in the game. Rockstar answered that by providing the ability to grind the same missions over and over again.

What that has turned into is 1,000 invitations to Rooftop Rumble every single playing session, and why wouldn’t it? The ability to earn $18,750 and over 4,000 RP in under five minutes would appeal to anyone. It’s easy, it’s legal, and it won’t land you in the much dreaded cheater lobby.

It is rumored that heists will have a maximum payout of $80,000 per player, and while that may seem like a lot, when you add in the amount of time it will take for planning and execution (based on the way heists work in story mode), it may not be worth the trouble at all.

GTA Online Survival Mode  (via segmentnext.com)

GTA Online Survival Mode (via segmentnext.com)

Survival takes at the least 20 minutes to complete and get all the way to the 10th wave. The payout on that is $20,000 maximum. Why would I spend 30 minutes doing survival when I can do Rooftop Rumble at least 5 times in that time and make 5 times as much?

Rockstar was very ambitious in putting out an online gaming product that operates on such a large scale, and it is a good product, but it is a good product with a lot of problems that still need to be worked out.

Rather than making promises it can’t or won’t be able to keep, Rockstar should focus harder on making improvements to what is already in place.

Those improvements could very well make room and a way for the grand ideas that are still in the future for this awesome game.

Do you play Grand Theft Auto Online? What are your thoughts on Rockstar’s development of the game thus far? What would you like to see? Talk to me in the comments!


14 Habits Of People With A Healthy Relationship To Food


“I’m on a diet” by Michael Fludkov

“It isn’t food that’s good or bad, it’s our experience,” says Fletcher. “And that’s not judging, it’s categorizing.” Recognizing foods and eating situations that you find pleasant can help inform your future choices, she says. People with a healthy relationship to food tell themselves, “‘Eating is a chance for me to nourish and nurture my being,'” she says, “as opposed to, ‘I have to eat this way or those foods.'”

via 14 Habits Of People With A Healthy Relationship To Food.

This is a helpful list; a lot of these behaviors are very easy to adapt.


Orange Is The New Black season 2 trailer from Netflix

Orange Is The New Black (photo by jill greenberg)

Orange Is The New Black (photo by jill greenberg)

LIke many people, I am highly anticipating the return of the Netflix original series, Orange Is The New Black.

I admit to binge watching the first season over a couple of days, and the show is excellent.

I am already a Jinji Kohan fan because of Weeds, so I had high hopes for Orange Is The New Black, and I wasn’t disappointed.

What happens to Daya, Bennett and their baby? What happens after Piper beats up Pennsatucky? Will we ever see Miss Claudette again?

The season 2 trailer has gotten me all revved up again.

What did you think? Are you a fan of the show? Who is your favorite character and why? Let me know in the comments!

10 songs with inappropriate lyrics (that I absolutely love)

Lil Kim's Hardcore album cover

Lil Kim’s Hardcore album cover

We’ve already established that I love music. I love music of all types, to be exact, and so it should come as no surprise to you that among some of my favorite little ditties are a few numbers which contain lyrics I wouldn’t recite in front of my parents.

OK, maybe I would, because grown, but that’s beside the point. Here is a list of 10 songs that i absolutely love inspite of the completely inappropriate lyrics:

1. AkinyelePut It In Your Mouth” – Let’s get right into it with a song about fellatio. And cunnilingus. Right from the beginning we are hit with the ratchet as a young lady sings at the top of her lungs and with much rhythm about the fact that her baby has left her, and so to get over this, she goes to his best friend’s house and asks him to put it in her mouth.

2. Lil Kim – “Not Tonight” – This song is as old as your oldest teenager right now, and I still sing it with gusto whenever it comes up on my playlist. I don’t care. Fight me. Kim came so hard on this song, which goes into great detail about why she doesn’t want the D tonight, but instead would require a good tongue lashing. Act like you don’t agree; this is an all-time ladies anthem.

3. Akinyele – “Fuck Me For Free” – Yes, this is another one from that sage of hip hop past, Akinyele. Clearly tired of having to spend money in order to get the goods, he comes out honestly and asks the young ladies if they wouldn’t mind fornicating under consent of the king for free, because this is how real Gs get down.

4. ScHoolboy Q – “Grooveline pt. 2” – In which our young homey asks over and over again if we ladies would engage in a little track walking for him. My answer? I’m looking for the man who is good enough to make me want to sell that pussy for him. In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy this song and sing the lyrics of the hook at the top of my lungs.

5. Gangsta Boo – “Can I Get Paid?” – aka Stripper’s anthem. You have to imagine yourself working in a strip club, depending on tips to make your livelihood, and here comes some dude with no money in his pockets looking to get a lap dance. Sir, are you serious right now? Get your broke ass out the club if you ain’t gon’ tip. I mean that shit, and I ain’t even a stripper (yet).

6. YG“I’m a Real 1” – I only came to know this song and the artist through GTA V, but I’m already hooked. This particular song is a personal fave simply because this man admits to being a lick-em-low lover on the first date. I personally don’t go for that kind of dude, because eww, but the line itself is funny, and it is what endeared me to this song. There you have it.

7. 100s – “Life of a Mack” – Another banger from the GTA V soundtrack. The first verse alone makes this song a winner for inappropriate lyrics of the year. People who play GTA Online with me are lucky that I no longer turn the volume up on the television when I’m playing (I can hear voice chat through my headset), because if that were not the case, I would obnoxiously be reciting these lyrics each and every time they came on as we rode along the streets of Los Santos.

8. N.W.A. – “Automobile” – This is an inappropriate lyrics classic! If you can resist Eazy E singing “You don’t have to front on me bitch”  in an off-key voice, I’m not even sure why we are associated with each other. Then again, maybe we aren’t. In which case, get into it so we can be friends. I still know every single lyric to this song, and often, in lieu of saying goodbye to my friends, I sing, “Get out, get out, get out,” much in the same way Eazy did at the end of this song.

9. Dr Dre ft. Snoop Dogg, Kurupt and Daz – “Bitches Ain’t Shit” – Another inappropriate lyrics classic. Let’s get into the way the girl at the end is harmonizing about how much she doesn’t give a fuck. You know you sing that part the loudest; don’t front. Not to mention this is classic Snoop, Daz and Kurupt the way we remember them, and that alone puts it in the Inappropriate Lyrics Hall of Fame.

10. N.W.A. – “Just Don’t Bite It” and “She Swallowed It” – There are few guilty pleasures in life more enjoyable than listening to Lorenzo Patterson better known as MC Ren rapping over some of the hardest west coast rap beats in existence as he discusses several women who love performing fellatio. Come to think of it, there’s nothing better than Lorenzo Patterson, but I digress. These songs go into the same listing because they are basically parts 1 and 2 of the same song, and I am all the way here for it, inherent misogyny aside.

Have I missed any? What’s on your list of inappropriate song lyrics? Let me know in the comments