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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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Obey Obama!

This is from my other blog

Obama

Whatever you think of the candidates, you have to admit this country has election idol fever. Even designer and artist Shepard Fairey has gotten act and backed Obama. Shepard best know for his Obey Giant guerrilla campaign. He went one step further by creating this poster and proceeds from this print go to produce prints for a large statewide poster campaign. Unfortunately the poster is sold out. However you can download this pdf of the black&white version to print on your own printer if you so desire.

From Shepard’s site

UPDATE: Thanks for all those who bought the print in support of OBEY and OBAMA. Unfortunately, the print is sold out and we do not plan on producing another edition. The edition was released earlier today with great response. The PROGRESS screenprint was exclusively available through OBEY and the HOPE offset print will be distributed by the OBAMA Camp as an awareness campaign.

I believe with great conviction that Barack Obama should be the next President. I have been paying close attention to him since the Democratic convention in 2004. I feel that he is more a statesman than a politician. He was against the war when it was an unpopular position (and Hillary was for the war at that time), Obama is for energy and environmental conservation. He is for healthcare reform. Check him out for yourself www.barackobama.com.

Check out this other political related poster he created and I think is still available

Vote

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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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I End My Beef with Brad Pitt…for now

Brad Pitt

For over a few years, I have had a beef with Brad Pitt. Why? Besides that he thinks he sexier than me (please). Some of you know I am an architect and I paid my dues to become one. However, Mr. Pitt decided he liked architecture and so hooked up with Frank Gehry and worked on some cool projects. No schooling, no all-nighters, no professors making you feel like crawling in a fetal position after tearing your presentation to shreds and Brad Pitt works on amazing projects with no formal training because he is a famous actor. So you see why I am a little miffed.

Well it seems that Mr. Pitt wants to make amends with me. He is now taking the lead on rebuilding the 9th ward in New Orleans. The most affected by Hurricane Katrina. While most of the country thinks that most of New Orleans is recovering, this section has been all but forgotten.

Brad Pitt is heading up this organization called Make It Right Nola. It is organization that will help build sustainable homes for families of the 9th Ward.

Inspired by the courage and hope of the residents he met, Pitt resolved to do whatever he could to help them rebuild. Just as importantly, he wanted to help recreate and nurture the unique culture and spirit of the Lower 9th Ward, which symbolizes the soul of New Orleans. He understood instinctively that a New Orleans rebuilt without the Lower 9th Ward would never be whole.

He began by working with Global Green to sponsor an architecture competition aimed at generating ideas about how to rebuild sustainably. Pitt worked with local community leaders as well as experts from around the world to develop viable ideas for the Lower 9th Ward. That successful project inspired Pitt’s new focus: Make It Right.

The Mission of Make It Right is clear: It is to be a catalyst for redevelopment of the Lower 9th Ward, by building a neighborhood comprised of safe and healthy homes that are inspired by Cradle to Cradle thinking, with an emphasis on a high quality of design, while preserving the spirit of the community’s culture. The goal is to accomplish this quickly, so that the first residents can begin returning to their homes as soon as possible.

There are some amazing designs that are all sustainable. There are various architects from all over the world that are working on this project including two of my favorites: Adjaye Architects out of London and Morphosis out of California plus five New Orleans based architects. Check out these designs from some of the architects.

adjaye
Design from Adjaye Architects

Morphosis
Design from Morphosis

Mr. Pitt is asking for donations to help build these homes. You can even sponsor a home. This is a great program, and for that, I end my beef with Brad Pitt….for now.

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Publishing your Family Tree

AncestryPress

I always want to trace my family’s ancestry.  I thought it would be great to get all the stories and information about my family into a nice book to share with everyone.  Well now somebody has just done that. AncestryPress is company that allows you to create a book on your family’s ancestry or a beautiful family tree poster.  Not only this is real cool, but it makes a great gift idea.  The price is very reasonable: $29.95 for a family history book, and $19.95 for a family tree poster.

AncestryPress books are printed on 100-pound gloss, acid-free, archival paper. Each book is stitched and hand bound with a hard leatherette cover. Your custom two-line title is stamped on the cover in gold foil.

(via Springwise)

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WTF:Just WHY!!!??

The internet celebrity Tay Zonday has done a commerical for Dr. Pepper. That is all I am going to say.

The original masterpiece?

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Forget about the Super Bowl Ads

firebrandI admit it. I am sucker for a good commerical. I paid money to see the British Advertising Awards every year at the Walker Museum in Minneapolis. Now there will be a network on TV, web and mobile called Firebrand that will focus on the best advertising spots from around the world. The multi-platform network will debut tonight at 11pm EST on the Ion Television Network.

Firebrand features the most creative advertising, best video gametrailers and special promotions, providing a unique destination forcommercial culture. Firebrand programs TV commercials the way musicnetworks have programmed music videos. “Viewers are encouraged to ‘Opt-in,Search, Download and Share’ their favorite spots on TV, the web andmobile,” says John A. Lack, Chief Executive Officer/Co-Founder….Firebrand will enlist the aid of “Commercial Jockeys” or “CJs” who willguide the viewing audience through award-winning ads, exclusives,director’s cuts and never-before-seen-on-TV commercials. In its firstmonth, Firebrand will feature commercial celebrities like the Dell Dude,Ben Curtis, Capitol One’s angel, Jay Klaitz, and the young star of Mr.Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, Zach Mills. Each will make a guest appearanceon Firebrand, talking about their favorite commercials, setting up spotsand sharing their playlists.

Check the Press Release here. Try the beta of the site here.

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Give One and Get One has been extended

It is such a great thing and you get a gift that you can share with someone special. The laptop is so cool. Check out the Video review from the New York Times below.Starting November 12 through Decemeber 31, One Laptop Per Child will be offering a Give One Get One Program for a brief window of time in North America. For $399, you will be purchasing two XO laptops—one that will be sent to empower a child to learn in a developing nation, and one that will be sent to your child at home.For more information, please call 1-877-70-LAPTOP or visit http://www.laptopgiving.org

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