Black-Thought Manifesto

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that we are too legit to quit. We are too dope to be roped. Too fly to get by. We are more than able, we are damn near capable of swinging up and grasping the stars. We are here and we aim to do more than survive, we aim to thrive.







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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Israeli and Palestinian Women Take a Rare Trip to the Beach - NYTimes.com


Israeli and Palestinian Women Take a Rare Trip to the Beach - NYTimes.comThere are days when being human rises above all else. 

‪Music - Amy Winehouse - Back To Black Live in concert


‪Amy Winehouse - Back To Black Live in concert in her best performance. R.I.P.‬‏  A true original, organic sexiness, the whole bit.  Just a shame all round that whatever needed to  be conquered wasn't in time enough to grant her more days on earth.  Enjoy the music that she's left and stay healthy.

Music - ‪Amy Winehouse - Tears Dry On Their Own‬‏


‪Amy Winehouse - Tears Dry On Their OwnMs. Winehouse was cremated today and just wanted to tip my hat to her.  She was a huge talent, singular, unique, and she'll be deeply missed.  In addition to the incredible voice and interpretation, was the style and look.  Amy Winehouse did her and that is a phenomenal accomplishment, and part of the reason why I and so many others dug her. There was a realness to her, an authenticity, a vulnerability that made her relatable, plus the sheer talent that made music lovers long to hear more. 

Every artist has their steez, their drag that's put on and, often, ultimately becomes them or inextricable from them.  So in terms of realness who's to say that Amy was sooo much realer than a Beyonce or Katy Perry or any artist who seems like a manufactured product or the manifestation of a pop fantasy. 

What was especially admirable about Amy though, was the fact that in doing her, she choose the nonpretty steez, the gritty, urban, ugly steez; the steez of tatooes and scabs, running mascara and smeared lipstick, the morning after a night out at the club.  The steez of real life and real people who don't always wind up on the pretty side of things or even want to.

We can't say she didn't have body image issues, but we can say by hewing to the unique and true and avoiding the vapid sexy plastic girl drag she gave many girls and boys room to be. 

The drug use and other ills that may have ravaged her body and her life and swept her into abysmal depths at times, those ills it seems, have robbed the world of a remarkable talent.  That sucks, blows, bites, whatever....  and of course it's a lesson in what not to do and the urgency of getting help if you're stuck chasing the monster.  

Hard to put all the context aside, but when all is said and done all we know is we have lost a sizable talent and her music and contributions to the world will be deeply and utterly missed.  Condolences to her family, friends and fans.  Rest peacefully Amy, may you have a gloriously bluesy-jazzy sleep.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

‪Beyonce End Of Time Target Flash Mob by Todrick Hall‬‏


Mass marketing and consumerism at its finest; translation: much science, little art. Queen B's machine is in overdrive. Oh for the days of yesteryear when flash mobs were organic. Props to the dancers though, they were hot, even if the intent - sales, sales and more sales - 'Whoa, I saw a flash mob in Target hyping Beyonce's song! It must be hot! I gotta have it -- was multo lame.

Monday, July 18, 2011