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The past few years, the majority of my volunteer work has been with the Screening Committee for the LA Film Festival.  One of the films I advocated for last year was ‘G Funk’, which gathered most of the living legends of West Coast Hip Hop to talk about how they met each other, how they were inspired/influenced by George Clinton, and their run at the top of the rap world.  The film was selected for the Festival last year (which made me happy), and now I see it’s on YouTube as a ‘YouTube Original’.  So at this point, I can pass this recommendation on to the masses: if you’re in the mood for a trip down memory lane for this specific chapter of hip hop, it’s worth the 90 or so minutes.

I think calling today’s video the ‘best’ of the era is a bit much, but it’s definitely one of the most memorable for good and bad reasons.

Kurupt brought it lyrically though.



RIP Jim Vance



The weekend got off to a sad start when I saw Jim Vance died.

Reading all the tributes from both DC area friends and journalists, it’s easy to see this was a man who was beloved.  As Bomani said, we should all hope that when we’ve passed on, people come out of the woodworks to speak so highly of us as being genuine good guys.

So how did I know him spending my childhood in the Midwest and my adulthood on the West Coast?  He and George Michael are the stars of possibly my favorite YouTube clip of all time.  I seriously watch this once a month, still.

Rest In Peace sir, you’re already missed.


Time for a Classic…



One of my East Coast homies was kind enough to let me know the star of one of my favorite YouTube clips just made his 40th anniversary on air this week.  As good as time as any to repost this gem.  My obvious role model for becoming an old black man with an asthma problem…


Pay It Forward Friday

Just as there are some of you who stop by on a regular basis to check out whatever is on my mind, I thought today I would pass on three stops on the Net that are always part of my daily routine.  Let’s start with the obvious:

1. YouTube

My goodness, what was life like before YouTube?  As I’m writing this, I realize I probably spend more time watching and researching clips I like than I do watching actual television shows these days.  But why not?  This is the age we live in, where more than ever we can pick and choose what content we want to support and watch.  You can find old clips from reruns all day, personally I love the clips I would have never seen otherwise due to geography or age.

Prime Example:  OK, so my first five choices all had, um, language issues.  This was the first thing I thought of that is clean.  The lesson as always; old black guys laughing = comedy gold. 

Favorite Quote: Anchor 1: We would to apologize…    Anchor 2: ‘HOLD ON!  HOLD ON!!!’ (More laughter…)


2. Very Smart Brothas

I’m sure they’ll pop up again in a couple months of my favorite things of 2009, but there has been many a night when I haven’t been feeling it, I check out their latest rant and 30 seconds later, I’m falling over laughing.  The two main writers are The Champ and Panama Jackson: young, college educated brothas with an amazingly silly sense of humor.  So…I can kind of relate.

Prime Example:  “Three Signs He’s a Good Dude”:  http://www.verysmartbrothas.com/signs-that-hes-a-good-dude/

Favorite Quote:  “there’s no surer sign, no more concrete indication that a man is a good dude than if his close friends are good dudes too. with no exceptions, every guy i know who i’d consider to be a “good dude” has nothing but other good dudes in their immediate circle. basically, if a guy is repeatedly telling you stories about his best friend, and this “best friend” sounds more triflin than eating food with utensils on the bus, run.”  (Malik note: that last metaphor alone damn near got me and one of my black co-workers fired for laughing at our desks.) 

3. Bill Simmons, ‘The Sports Guy’

Few writers in my lifetime have been as consistently good at blending sports, pop culture, and humor into their writing as much as Bill Simmons.  I don’t even remember who in my circle found him first, but we’ve all been reading him regularly for years now. One of the benchmarks of this blog, the Most Important Black Film and TV Show Countdown, was inspired in part by Simmons trying to countdown the best Sports Movies of All Time.  (He didn’t finish his, mine should be done by the end of the year).   I’m sure if you’re a teenager now, some of his references are already starting to feel dated, but for my generation he’s been pitch perfect. 

Prime Example:  The Vengeance Scale – http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/040720

Favorite Quote:  

9.1 — Tupac Shakur recording “Hit ‘Em Up.”

(Note: In my book, the most devastating rap song of all-time. And you wonder why Pac was murdered. This made “Who Shot Ya?” look like it was written by James Ingram and Michael McDonald. Every line is crossed: This one has death threats, admissions of sleeping with other people’s wives, jokes about sickle cell, mama jokes and at least 100 F-bombs. I’m not kidding. And while we’re on the subject, “We ain’t singin’, we bringin’ drama – f— you and your motherf—– mama!” remains the greatest single moment in 2Pac history. And yes, I know I’m white.)

One last personal note: if you’re wondering why I didn’t include any of my friends and their blogs on this list, it’s because I treat them like I treat my children: I think they were accidents and try to act like they don’t exist.

(joking, joking, it’s Friday, sheesh!)

Anyway if you check out my Blogroll, you’ll find blogs written by people I care about, covering everything from politics to religion to personal advice to living in L.A. 

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!