Saturday, March 18, 2006

Professor X tribute

Friday, March 10, 2006

Stanley Crouch On The Great Gordon Parks.

Mr. Parks, you'll be missed

Within three days after a minstrel show interrupted the Academy Awards and went unnoticed, Gordon Parks died. Three 6 Mafia's elegy to the difficulty of living off of women, "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp," was awarded the Oscar for Best Song before a predominantly white audience of wealthy media types who work in front of and behind the camera.

Gordon Parks was 93 when he died and had made a career for himself that was, at almost every step, a repudiation of the minstrel imagery that had burdened black Americans since the middle of the 19th century, composed equally of contempt and low expectations. The last of 15 children born into poverty in Kansas, Parks, a high school dropout, had made himself into a highly sophisticated man - a professional photographer, a writer, a composer and a film director.

Parks attributed his drive and the variety of ways in which he developed his talent to the curiosity, discipline and religious faith that had been instilled by his family, especially his mother. Mrs. Parks was obviously one of those legendary American women who teaches her children how to build the stamina necessary for long and difficult runs through the briar patch of life.

It was always the goal of Gordon Parks to disprove stereotypes by countering them with excellence. As a young and handsome man with shiny black hair and a pipe or as an old master with a shock of white wool covering his head and a huge walrus mustache, Parks was always the image of sophistication and seriousness.

Born in 1912, Parks had lived through the Depression and World War II, and was the first Negro photographer for Life magazine. He also shot for Vogue when the black revolt began against segregation. The "Negro Revolution," as it was called, brought light and darkness.
The light came with the rejection of stereotypes and a more open area of social possibility. For instance, Parks wrote "The Learning Tree" in 1963 and was approached for the film rights six years later. Ever shrewd, Parks made a deal in which he became the first black director hired by a major studio. The darkness was the minstrel reiteration that appeared with a vengeance as blaxploitation films following Parks' own "Shaft."

That Gordon Parks had become an answer to all stereotypes and low expectations by mastering the English language, the camera and film technique, and by deporting himself with absolute elegance and taste, must have made him an anachronism to those who believe that buffoons like Three 6 Mafia represent anything other than the descent of black popular music into blaxploitation with a backbeat.

Gordon Parks was not made in a factory that manufactures stupidity and the hatred of women projected by puppets of exaggeration who wear diamonds in their teeth. He made himself, with all of the discipline necessary, which is why even Malcolm X recognized his integrity. Parks also was one of the founders of Essence. Gordon Parks never forgot the honor of women like his mother and his sisters. That is why he would have kept the heat on, which is one of the many reasons why we miss him.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Ice Cube new show, "Black.white"

I bet this show will blame white people for everything. Still, good to see cube come a long way from jerry curls.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/08/arts/television/08bell.html

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

About The KRS "blowup".

Read about the whole KRS VS Adisa blowup at a debate forum, and to me its a non issue, as in, no big deal, just passionate men being passionate about their beliefs. REad Jay Smooth over at HipHopMiusic,com, and this dude yet again on some PC ish, I like JAy but you cant sanitize everything to death keep on mothering shit.

I thought to myself, big deal about the whole square off, if KRS getting mad at a Kung Fu/Hip Hop hybrid dogging him,so what, and if its the other way round, so what, just dudes letting of steam. but the bloggist in Jay has him automatically condescending KRS like he's a kid and not a fucking powerhouse in this hip hop shit. I respect Adisa and dont undermine his dedication to his hip hop philosophys.

I like Jay but he need to chill on the hip hop nanny ish, these are 2 grown ass folk who can look after theirselves, no one was "acting a fool", just clashing, cause thats what happens in real life, people clash and then hopefully get over it.

Anyway, here it is going down.

http://www.odeo.com/audio/834430/view

JJ Evans in New Cam Video

If you actuallly think this is an interesting beef then Cams new video got Jimmy Walker from in it pretending to be Jay. He also didnt seem to clued up on the fact that they were indirectly dissing him by saying Jay resembled him, as in, weird looking. Here is what he says:

I don't really know, to tell you the honest-to-goodness truth," the 58-year-old said about the video's plot. "There was actually no script. You know me, I did a lot of improv. They said just follow the action and go for it. They rolled up the video and I did what I do. ... I did my thing and everyone seemed to be happy with it."Cam'ron took some girls from me [in the video]," Walker added, providing a little more insight. "I gave my look, my thing I do. There was a little upsetness. He had his posse with him. I didn't have a posse so his posse out-dueled my posse, but that's it."

Still, on the whole beef thing, Boooring.

Anyway, Jimmy has an interesting view on life and politics though, i'd never have known until stumbling upon his website where he is MR. Right Wing. Pretty much has a staunch far right view on everyhing, which he is entitled to I suppose, but I would never have thought this goofy dude from back in the day was like that and all mad at everyone, still, it takes all types I guess. Check him out at:

http://www.dynomitejj.com/front.html

Monday, March 06, 2006

The Oscars

haha, those memphis boys actually won that shit, good for them i suppose but i still see how people are mad at them singing about pimps although the song was in context, tar j neliesn or what she called did good, much love to Dolly Parton a legend no doubt i would not be mad if she had won to be honest, i thought Steward did good vbut for some reason Tom Shales and all the media big wigs are mad , as myuch as last yr i dont know what the fuck they want from a host to be honest but anyway, george clooney is like mr. hollywood or something he's like mr liberal i wonder what O reilly gonna say about it.