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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Growing Up the Son of a ‘Mad Man’ – Recalling Advertising’s Golden Era Through a Father’s Work.

April 3, 2015 by  
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Tweet (ThyBlackMan.com) There are many memories of the so-called “golden era” of advertising that are conjured up expertly by Matthew Weiner’s TV show ‘Mad Men’ on AMC Networks. Largely, it is the effort to create a world that somehow captures the excitement of an era that stood for unyielding possibility. For someone like me, who was a small... [Read more...]

Is Rapper Common A Victim Of The New Inquisition?

April 2, 2015 by  
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Tweet (ThyBlackMan.com) When John Stewart asked Common about how to deal with racism in America, Common answered by mumbling something about putting the past behind us and extending a hand in love and friendship. His answer was far from realistic or analytical.  But that was OK.  He is a poet, a songwriter, as such lives in the word of song writing... [Read more...]

The Soul Man: Lolli (Niecy Nash) Gets Wrongfully Accused of Shoplifting.

April 1, 2015 by  
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Tweet (ThyBlackMan.com) When Lolli is wrongfully accused of shoplifting at a posh department store, Boyce rallies the community for a protest. Meanwhile, Stamps turns to Lester to help him get “rid” of his cupcake truck.  Tune-In Tonight at 10:30/9:30c on TV Land.   Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email Read More →

When Did Ole Rap Become So Ridiculous?

April 1, 2015 by  
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Tweet (ThyBlackMan.com) I’m sorry, but at what point do rappers become ridiculous? Yes, I understand that you’re insanely wealthy and you own 16 cars and ALL of your bitches (of which you have several) are extremely fly as well as half-naked, not to mention there’s a gigantic pool in your backyard where all of your fly bitches congregate. I get... [Read more...]

Being Mary Jane, I Have Every Reason To No Like It, But I Can’t Help But Watch.

March 31, 2015 by  
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Tweet (ThyBlackMan.com) Being Mary Jane, the rom-com-tragedy by Mara Brock Akil, the creator of Girlfriends, premiered last year on BET and kicked off it’s second season a few of weeks ago. Gabrielle Union plays Mary Jane, a sleek, sexy and successful talk show host on the surface, but behind closed doors – she’s a post-it-note obsessed, sperm-stealing... [Read more...]

Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly: Redefining Freedom and the American Dream.

March 29, 2015 by  
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Tweet (ThyBlackMan.com) James Baldwin, one of the most prolific writers and intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance, suggested a very specific process for escaping the crippling confines of hatred and oppression as a man of color in America. Deriving from the philosophy of existential alienation, Baldwin’s practice of Black Existentialism prescribed... [Read more...]

My final thoughts on Fox’s “Empire”, then I’m done.

March 24, 2015 by  
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Tweet (ThyBlackMan.com) One of the most interesting topics of conversation in my life over the last few days has been the hit Fox show, “Empire.”  I confess that I haven’t been comfortable with the show from its inception, and I’m extremely uncomfortable with its director, Lee Daniels.  Anyone who does some research into Daniels’ background... [Read more...]

The Fall of Kanye West.

March 16, 2015 by  
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Tweet (ThyBlackMan.com) As a first generation Hip-Hopper who was nearly born into the culture, I have witnessed every major Star come and go from the beginning of the genre. As a Hip-Hop executive, I can honestly say that I have my head around this culture and I’ve completely and intentionally submerged myself in the culture over the past three years... [Read more...]

Waka Flocka; Rappers, Let’s Stop Calling Black People Niggas.

March 12, 2015 by  
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Tweet (ThyBlackMan.com) Last week, I was among the millions of people who were angry about the racist chant by members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity.  The song, with the chorus, “There’ll never be a n*gger in SAE,” was heard around the world, leading to the University of Oklahoma cutting all ties to the fraternity. That’s a... [Read more...]

RoundUp: John Stewart, Media, And Young Black Folks.

March 2, 2015 by  
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Tweet (ThyBlackMan.com) When John Stewart steps down from the Daily show, he will create a void that will be incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to fill.  He is a Jew who does not mind criticizing Jewish leaders (can you say Benjamin Netanyahu?) when they are in the wrong.  While most of his targets are right wingers (they tend to be in the wrong)... [Read more...]

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