Foremost, this post was inspired by a conversation I had with my friend and mentor Coach Be coupled with watching the “Marley documentary”. Coach Be and I were talking about his passion for helping people eat better (these days getting people to do what is in their best long term interest is a hard sell.) A few hours later I happened upon Marley, an amazing and inspirational documentary about the most famous human being… ever. I asked myself, “What would Marley do? Continue reading
Sometimes we can find wisdom in the most unusual places, especially in metaphoric form. In one of the most brutal scenes in “What’s Love Got to Do With It” a cocaine fueled Ike Turner said, Continue reading
It has been a great couple of months for Hip Hop. With stellar album/mixtape releases from Jay-Z, Slaughterhouse, M.O.P., Raekwon, Kid Cudi and Drake Hip Hop once again has become a marriage of beats, style and thought provoking lyrics. I have often blamed the south for killing hip hop but after having separate conversations with a nationally renown DJ and the CEO of a start-up music label the real death of Hip Hop has made itself apparent. Continue reading
Cooning – Using buffoonery to satirize stereotypical characteristics of ANY race or ethnic group for purposes of entertainment.
Historically, white actors would dress in shabby clothing, paint their faces black, speak with slow, slang filled speech, and portray ape-like mannerisms. Today, most cases of cooning involves a person satirizing his/her own race for personal gain i.e. musicians, comedians, actors. [See movies Hollywood Shuffle and Bamboozled] Continue reading