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Diggin’ Blog is moving

Moving

Just wanted to let you know this is the last post on this blog. The blog’s content is migrating to our new RadioMilwaukee blog called soundboard. This blog will be still online for archival purposes.

So go check out the new blog at http://radiomilwaukee.wordpress.com

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SWPL vs. SEBPL

school daze

As some of you know, one of my favorite blogs is Stuff White People Like(SWPL). Well now someone created Stuff Educated Black People Like (SEBPL). Is it me, or is there a trend in blogs that is about to explode. Just like SWPL, SEBPL is a humorous look at stereotypes in a different light, and just like the SWPL, I can relate to some of the topics. Topics such as weddings, moving to Atlanta (too close to home, literally), and jazz are some of the things educated black people like.

Here is an excerpt on Neo Soul

For those of you who don’t know what this genre of music is about, I have included a short description.

Neo soul (also known as nu soul) is a music genre and an umbrella term for current soul music. The music is usually a hybrid of 1970s-influenced soul music with influences from jazz, funk, hip hop house music. The term neo soul was originated by Kedar Massenburg of Motown Records in the late 1990s. Neo soul’s audience tends to be underground, preferring that the music favor underground credibility and soulfulness over mainstream popularity. Some musicians who create what is described as neo-soul prefer to disassociate themselves from the tag, due to the term’s buzzword-like usage. Some of these artists simply refer to themselves as soul artists.

Neo Soul music makes educated black people feel like they are getting in on music that regular blacks don’t know about. The most popular neo soul artist is Erykah Badu….even though some of us may feel she’s a little bit crazy. Some educated Blacks have distanced themselves from Ms. Badu because too many people know about her. Neo Soul allows these educated blacks to feel they are the only people who know about these artists and are the only ones educated enough to understand this music. Once an artist “catches on,” it’s time to move on to the next undiscovered talent.

Other popular neo soul artists are: Angie Stone, Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott, Macy Gray, Alice Smith, Goapele, India.Arie, Davina, Pru, Raphael Saadiq, Alice Smith, Jazzyfatnastees, Adriana Evans, Ursula Rucker, Rhian Benson and Martha Redbone. If you want to take an educated black friend to a concert, pick one of these artists. You will definitely be loved by them automatically. You should even comment on the release of a new CD by one of these artists. It’ll show how well you understand educated Black culture. You may even get invited to a listening party. Then, you’ll really be down with the educated Black crowd!

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Stuff White People Like vs The Assimilated Negro

Ebony and Ivory

Well it was bound to happen. One of the fastest growing blog about things that white people like and a blog that looks at the black perspective (in a twisted way). finally meet for an interview(part 1 & part 2). I told you Stuff White People Like(SWPL) was becoming one of my favorite blog not to mentions celebrities such as Kanye West to the LA Times(go figure). Over 3 million hits to SWPL as I am writing this post. What is even funnier than the actual posts, are the comments. Apparently, there are people who are taking this seriously which makes their comments funny. In all honesty, I really believe if anything can improve race relations, it is humor and the ability not to take ourselves so seriously. There are more important issues like poverty, education, and other issues we should take seriously.

Here is an excerpt from the interview:

SWPL: man, everyone wants a post on mayo. Undercover Brother was more powerful than we first thought

TAN: indeed. i did a post on the washcloth once …. and somewhat inexplicably some commenters turned the thread into a convo on mayo.

SWPL: that wash cloth thing. my friend K (who is black, from Louisiana) could not get enough. I was like “what’s wrong with soap on skin” and she just laughed for like 30 minutes. I was like, I guess some girls use it for their face and stuff.

TAN: yeah, its kinda funny …. i don’t use a washcloth, and do use mayo (assimilation!) and some people have been puzzled.

SWPL: ha. the wash cloth debate has probably been hampered by the explosion in shower gels and such.

TAN: maybe .. but I don’t know, the key seemed to be whether 1. you felt you needed material to properly get the dirt off … so soap, shower gel whatever. and 2. how much bacteria dirt the washcloth itself carries so how do you clean it …

SWPL: washing machine. I think like towels.

TAN: so its not just gels, loofahs and other alternatives hamper the cloth also

SWPL: remember how Eddie Murphy got cleaned in Coming to America in that opening scene. that was pretty cool too.

If you have checked out the SWPL or The Assimilated Negro (TAN), what do you think?

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What do White People Like?

white chicks

I thought that might have grab your attention. I just found one of my new favorite blogs. In this day of political correctness, there are still people with some sense of humor. The blog is called “Stuff White People Like.” The blog as been around for only 2 months, but has garnered closed to 1.5 million hits. What’s funny is that I like some of the stuff the blogger mentions (I am not telling you what). The blog has a kind of Dave Chapellesqe vibe.

Check out the post “Mos Def”, “Toyota Prius” and “Standing Still at Concerts”.

On the other side of the “spectrum” check out “The Assimilated Negro”
Apparently he blogged about the same site as well. Mediocre minds think alike…

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Another Resolution for 2008

me

Besides being a sexy geek for 2008 as resolution, I have another one.  I saw this video over at ill doctrine about being first when it applies to blogging. I have to totally agree with my man Jay Smooth. A lot of bloggers try to get the news first instead of bringing their own perspective to the story. So my goal for next year when it comes to my blogs is to be more insightful and bring a different perspective to the stuff I find on the internet. Anyhoo, y’all have a happy new year!

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I have now only one resolution for 2008

geek chic

What it is my resolution you ask? Simple. It is to make the top ten sexy geeks for 2008. Check out this years picks. Number one is quite nice.

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Hiatus

operation

I will be on hiatus to get an operation for my Crohn’s disease.  I will return to the air first of the year.  I will be back to normal blogging in a week to 10 days.  Everyone have a happy holiday.

-Tarik

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Give iTunes the ‘Bird’

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Looking for an alternative to iTunes. Well give them the ‘bird’. Songbird that is. Songbird is web browser/media library. It has a lot of the features that iTunes has, but it has the ability to “Play the Web”.

Songbird is a desktop media player mashed-up with the Web. Songbird is committed to playing the music you want, from the sites you want, on the devices you want, challenging the conventions of discovery, purchase, consumption and organization of music on the Internet.

songbird

Songbird has been out a while, but it just dropped a new version about a week ago. Thing that makes it better than iTunes is that it’s open source. Basically, that means anyone with the skills can modify the code for their use, create plugins, or even give it whole new look. Thinking, I don’t want to copy all my music from iTunes to some new media player/library. Songbird can import your complete iTunes library with the exception of purchase music from the iTunes store.

The one neat feature of Songbird is the ability to listen and download music from a variety of mp3 blogs. The newest feature of this version is incorporating hypem.com. Hypem.com is site that follows all types of mp3 blogs. You can also purchase music from more than one music store unlike iTunes like insound.

Check out this video to learn more about Songbird and then give it a try. It’s free and works on Macs and Windows PCs

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If Only…

What would people really do if this was possible and actually happens….

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Site of the Day: My Sensitive Side

cute

Women always want to see a man’s sensitive side. Well I will show y’all just this once. You will have to wait until next year to see that side again. So to show my sensitive side, I thought the best way to do it would be in this blog. So for the site of day, I pick Cute Overload. Before you go there, please don’t leave any ‘awwwww’ comments. I do have a reputation (I like to keep it real)

Cute Overload is a blog with a pretty simple premise. Show all things cute whether it would be pics or videos of various animals. The site breaks up cuteness by animals. So if you are having a bad day and need a pick-me-up go over to cute overload. If your girlfriend is mad at you, show her this site. She will forget why she was mad at you (No Guarantees, especially if you did something really bad).

Chicken hatch some kittens (I mean it. No ‘awwww’s in the comments)

I thought this video from the site would redeem me, but the ending ruined it.

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