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Tyrese is to wisdom what hog head cheese is to health food.

Yet, I’m well aware that his book will be a bestseller. And so will all of the other celebrity-branded self-help books that follow. That’s fine – for them – but I wrote a piece over at The Grio for the rest of us that wonder, “Are y’all for real?”

Full disclosure: I’m not really in love with the title, “Are celebrity self-help books setting backs black?” That’s not really the gist of what I’m suggesting. Honestly, I just find a lot of them banal and filled with some of the very ideas that its readership – mainly black women – probably don’t need to hear anymore of. I don’t actually believe Twitter philosophers turned Dear Abby boppers will bring down black people.

But, it’s my own fault for not offering a super attention grabbing alternative. Other than that, I like the piece and I wrote it while being super sick.

Go me. As for the rest of you who are interested, go over here and check it out. Hit a ‘Like’ and pass it around if you would be so kind.

More updates soon. For real.

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There comes a point when people have to drop their pseudo calls for “positivity” that are really nothing more than ways of deflecting accountability and own up to and subsequently correct their transgressions.

That point should come about a millisecond after you’re accused of throwing a chair at a window in the building of a television network in Times Square because you were mad a journalist did their job.

For a while, I wondered if much of what I wrote about Chris Brown following “the incident” was a bit too harsh. Maybe so, but I don’t think it was in vain.

I will say that Chris has a point that it’s unfair how much Charlie Sheen has gotten away with over the years. But in my latest piece for The Root, I write why it doesn’t matter.

Click here to check it out. Oh and click ‘Like’ on Facebook and all that great stuff, good people.

Y’all, I want him to win, but he’s gotta learn to relax, relate…release.

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This is the face of a man with a plan. Well, a man with a plan that’s come across an increasing number of forces trying to disrupt it. Be it financial institutions I hope eventually fall to their knees in a slow and agonizing death or people so pathetic that they’re unworthy of my piss.

So yeah, things have been frustrating yet my excitement and hope for the future are still very much in tact.

What has me so giddy? Alright, I’ll tell you a little bit about it but you have to promise to keep what you read on a public forum as secretive as you can. Wait, unless you’re telling someone who could be of assistance in achieving set plan. If that’s the case, tell everybody…even the mayor. Deal?

(more…)

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In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, Glee is proclaimed to be leading a ‘gay teen revolution’ on TV. And in an issue of Newsweek published last December, Dan Savage said that Glee along with The Ellen DeGeneres Show have won the culture war for gays.

With all due respect to Glee creator, Ryan Murphy, whose career I greatly admire, and Ellen DeGeneres, a person I adore, I find both these statements to be mighty white, rooted in a privileged point of view, not to mention flat out wrong.

In my newest piece for The Root, I explain why.

One quick thing, though: The site obviously has a black focus, and yes, I did denote the lack of black gay characters on television, but hopefully you get from the actual piece that I feel when it comes to what we see on TV now, a fair share of the gay characters are one note in both black and white. That’s helpful but not challenging.

Alright, if you care to check it out – and uh, if you’re here, you should – go ahead and click here.

Please hit ‘Like’ on Facebook and pass it around, leave a comment there and all that great stuff.

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From my latest Aol News piece:

I’m sure Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., meant well when he told CNN’s Candy Crowley that when it comes to correlating the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and nearly 20 others with the recent violent rhetoric of certain political factions and figures, “I don’t think you can ever make the direct connection.”

We have done so before, though. In the 1990s, it was commonplace for politicians of both parties to chastise rappers like Ice-T and rockers like Marilyn Manson for the violent imagery and lyrical content that politicians felt they promoted and link them to the violent acts of others.

Why not now?

There are over 1500 comments on the piece. I don’t even want to know what’s being said, but give the subject and audience I can imagine quite a few folks can’t tolerate criticism of Palin and the Tea Party.

Surely someone took me saying that Sarah Palin and the Tea Party’s use of violent rhetoric imagery incite the loons of the country to take arms translates to, “Sarah Palin drove Jared Loughner to Wal-Mart to buy his gun.”

Oh bother.

Click here to read more.

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Normally when I write anything related to race for Aol News, my BlackBerry is lit up with an array of angry messages from people who think I’m Assata Shakur’s wayward nephew. Not because I said anything particularly strong. No, the truth is all it usually takes. In my latest piece, I did a quick but fun summation of the off color remarks on color from various politicians in both political parties.

Gon’ here to read it.

There are a lot of comments on the page. I haven’t read them. I likely won’t. Happy reading.

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I had every intention to recap my 2010 and what I enjoyed writing most on this site and elsewhere my byline meets before 2011 started, but for one reason or another (traveling, family, Happy Hour, jigging) it didn’t happen.

Shame on me, though ya’ll should be used to it by now. Oh well, I’m going to do it now given we’re less than 96 hours into the New Year. Besides, there are some things I’ve done and written that I’m particularly proud of and want to share.

For one, I did my very first radio interview (well, on political matters anyway) with a conservative radio host named Rusty Humphries. It was based on a piece I did for Aol News about the racist fringe element of the Tea Party.

I initially thought it would be like a gotcha interview and since I’m not one for punditry, I was going to not bother. I’m glad I did, though, because it was nice ‘practice’ and millions of people heard me not sound like an idiot.

Lovely. Anywho, click here to check it out if you haven’t already.

Oh, the other thing I’m really really proud of is having Amber Rose back it up on me while I twirked her off. And: She remembered me from last year. But, I mean, if I saw a slim dude in all white dropping it to the ground while in line for free drinks then asking me, “Why you block me on Twitter? I ain’t say shit about you!” while in line for the bathroom, I’d remember the person, too.

Then again, other random people have approached me saying they remembered me dancing. To me this means I’m doing something right or I’m that fucking crazy. Either way, it’s good to be remembered.

Alright now, enough with the verbal masturbation (at least about my dancing anyway) and on to the writing:

1. Bishop Long and What’s Long Overdue for Christians

I wrote a piece about the scandal for Aol News from a different angle. Honestly, even if Bishop Eddie Long were found innocent (a scenario hilariously unlikely), I still think he ain’t worth shit. Reason being is that he’s a homophobic clown who conveniently twists Christian principles to suit his own interests and yet can use other antiquated text with dubious meanings to vilify gay people. My piece called on Christians to understand context and the limits of Biblical literalism — not to mention offering a quick reminder of how historically the Bible has been used to perpetuate prejudice. Too bad calling on people to do that is about as useful as trying to BBM someone on a Boost Mobile BlackBerry via pay phone. One day, though. One day.

2. The Five Dumbest Reasons To Defend John Mayer

Sometimes black people are way too willing to defend people who obviously would never pay them that same courtesy. We should be off that by now.

3. You’re As Deep As A Wad Of Spit, Shut Up

This is for the fake philosopher in you.

4. Twitter Makes Me Hate You

Sadly, it still does…and so very, very much at that.

5. Help Me: Lil’ Kim

I really don’t understand why some people choose to act like Yolanda Saldivar about a given celebrity, but that’s not my issue and it’s certainly not my purpose. Mine as a writer to tell my truth in every variance. When it comes to Lil’ Kim, my truth is she needs to let go of her feud with Nicki Minaj and let God direct her to a ghostwriter who can give her what she really needs – a damn decent song. No, “Black Friday” doesn’t count. You wish.

Honorable Mention: “Baltimore, Get Your Girl.”

6. Lauryn Hill Denial Disorder

Lauryn Hill’s recent tirade reeks of self-importance, self-righteousness, and she seems to now be about as deluded as a crack head on Pico trying to buy a prostitute with a chicken bone he scooped up before a hood squirrel could grab it. The more she talks, the more irritated I become with her. Some of you don’t want to let go, though, holding out hope that Lauryn will return with a sophomore album featuring Jesus and Drake. If you or someone you like a little bit suffers from LHDD, read this now and form a support group.

7. He Needed $14.66 For Their Lunch Date

It’s exactly as bad as it sounds. Thank you, Kim, for the material.

8. How In The Hell Can You Believe Anything From Media Take Out?

I may soon need to write another separate piece entitled “Why In The Fuck Are You All So Got Damn Gullible?” I say this after watching my Twitter timeline erupt in spectacle over a rumor about Michelle Obama being knocked up yesterday. First, it literally took me a second to Google the source – Weekly World News, which is listed as satire (I guess they can’t say “bullshit”). That means Michelle Obama is as pregnant as Will Smith’s ears are. And that story about Suge Knight getting arrested for 2Pac’s murder — really? There has to be a balance between being way too cynical and too damn gullible.

Honorable Mention: Beyoncé Promotes Popeye’s, Not Satan

9. How Rihanna Made Me Rewind

This had to be mentioned for two reasons. The first being a friend of mine told me that her lesbian (or something) co-worker – who had no idea that we knew each other – quoted this entry and my “gummy bears” reference to describe her affinity for women. I am spreading, folks. Little by little.

The second being one commenter who wrote in response to this piece:

“But, Mike, we need you to stay gay. Please. We need an intellectual voice like yours to break down the walls so young Queens like myself can rightfully run around in a camouflaged mini-skit when we go to war in Afghanistan.”

Yes, I had to include this and you must read it.

10. “Accepting Where My Piece Blows”

I had no idea there was such a thing called “National Coming Out Day,” but I did use the opportunity to test something out. That being writing about myself at length at gauging interest for – well, hopefully 2011 will allow me to say such. I’m sure you can figure it out, though. If you haven’t read it yet, definitely check it out and leave your feedback. I’m working hard on certain things outside of my normal tasks.

I’m very focused, and that is essentially why sometimes my blogging schedule becomes infrequent – yes, even more than the norm. As a freelancer, I write a lot all the time and sometimes I get tired. I delved into it a bit earlier this year. I’m going to make an effort to maintain a certain number of posts a week this year because I love this site, but whenever there’s a break just know that I’m working…on something.

Trust me.

That said, thank you to everyone who reads this site. Thank you for the comments – even some of the ones that make me want to pour water on your keyboard – and spotting me out at random places and showing love (new to me, but really cool all the same). It’s all appreciated.

If you know of someone who still hasn’t read my site, send them this post (email, Facebook, the Twitter) and tell them to get with it already.

Happy New Year and thank you again.

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Between traveling, deadlines, and projects I’m working on the updates have been rather scant around here. Things should be back to semi-normal once I’m back in my own place. In the meantime, though, do check out my latest piece for The Root. The title is straight and to the point: “Celebrities Who Need To Go Away In 2011.”

Click here to read it. Please ‘Like it’ on Facebook, pass around on ‘The Twitter’ and all that.

Yeah, it’s very likely none of them actually will but read it anyway. I should have another link to share, too. That is, if I get off this thing first. Bear with me.

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say at this point the general consensus is that something in the milk ain’t clean when it comes to Raz-B and his growing list of accusations. However, what some of us may differ on is the methodology this Huey, Dewey and Louie lookalike is employing to plead his case to the public.

In my latest essay for The Root, I chime in on whether or not Raz-B is taking the very serious issue of molestation and making into something nothing short of spectacle.

You can click here to check it out. Feel free to register and leave a comment.

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Honestly, I don’t why you all are indulging in this can of suicide. At the same time, I don’t know why people smoke cancer sticks or pour hot sauce on McRibs. People have their vices I suppose — even when they’re proven to be unhealthy for you.

And as I write in my latest piece for Aol News, “I’d rather drink pork chop grease and gasoline than Four Loko.”

Yet,  I don’t support the notion of banning the drink altogether. Why? Well, if you care you can click here to find out.

I work in a reference to MD 2020. C’mon nah, that alone is worth checking out, right?

Updates to come and for the millionth time, working on something and would appreciate feedback on more lengthier and personal pieces. So if you have not read it yet, read and comment on “Accepting Where My Piece Blows.” You’re helping me. Hint.

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