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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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Jay-Z on Charlie Rose: “Don’t Pick on Hip Hop”

Jay-Z

To all those who thinks hip-hop is nothing but a corruption of the youth, and doesn’t offer nothing to society. Check this video of Jay-Z on Charlie Rose talking about his new album American Gangster. Yeah, you heard right Charlie Rose. The culture of Hip-Hop is complex just as life is complex. To all mainstream media, please stop simplfying hip-hop.

Pay attention to his comments on Russell Simmons and Don Imus.  Dom Imus is not Hip Hop. Don’t blame hip hop for Don Imus statements.

I am Hip-Hop.

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The Stereotypes and Perceptions of Hip Hop

Dyson

This coming Monday, Unified Milwaukee will begin their series on Stereotypes and how the media plays a role in shaping in perpetuating them.  Jay from the morning show briefly mentions this in his blog.  I am really looking forward to this series. In earlier post I mention a film called “What Black Men Think” which is on DVD.  I found this video from the Today show. It is an interview between Matt Lauer and Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson.  He touches on the stereotypes and perceptions of hip hop culture in mainstream media.  I would love hear your opinions.

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What Black Men Think…

On this blog, I try to find cool an interesting things online. Sometimes I have an opinion on a topic online and write about it especially about my culture and ethnicity. Being a black man, this post hits close to home. It is about a movie/documentary entitled ‘What Black Men Think‘. With all the media focusing on the negative aspects of black culture and society (hip hop, education, relationships, crime, etc.), there is very little positive conversation or images of black culture especially about black men in the media. That where this movie comes into play.

IN THE MOST PROVOCATIVE BLACK FILM OF THE YEAR, JANKS MORTON PRESENTS A SEARING EXAMINATION OF THE ROLE THAT MYTHS, STEREOTYPES AND MISREPRESENTATIONS HAVE PLAYED IN THE DECIMATION OF MODERN ERA BLACK RELATIONSHIPS, AND HOW THE SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GOVERNMENT, THE MEDIA AND BLACK LEADERSHIP PERPETUATES MISINFORMATION TO FURTHER MARGINALIZE THE ROLE OF BLACK MEN IN SOCIETY.

The movie also features the spoken word artist Taalam Acey who will be in Milwaukee as part of the Stillwaters Spoken Word Show on October 19th at the Milwaukee Public Library. There is a clip of him in the movie at the site. I chose not to post it here because of the strong language. However, he does makes some interesting points. You can get the video here.

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