Archive | August 2007

The Fox News/CBCI Debate is no more

The debate mistake that was to be the Fox News/CBCI debate is cancelled.

A lot of great people made this happen, and we were thrilled to be a part of an effor that demonstrated how a few people caring and acting can destroy disease-ridden partnerships.

On to the next effort.

One Love. One II.

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Our Next Generation: I think it’s called sex…

Imagine this: A boy and a girl are locked together, bodies sweaty, hips pressed forcefully in concert, he is behind her with a look of absolute concentration, and she braces herself, holding her ankles while he thrusts harder, faster…sex between eager teens? No silly, it’s dancing!

We’re all grownups here, so let’s talk honestly about this. We’ve heard of “freak dancing”, we know that it has to do with bodies grinding into each other in what many term as “sexually suggestive”. This isn’t just about the latest craze in dance; this is about when behavior crosses over into actual sex acts.

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Introducing “Our Next Generation”

What’s up fam? Yes, Garlin II is still alive and well :-). Though I’ve been on a bit of an unofficial sabbatical, I am back with some great news.

The SuperSpade is launching a new feature called “Our Next Generation,” which will be written by our friend Sakara R.. I am both pleased and excited to have her contribute her writing to the site on a regular basis. Here is how she describes the series:

This feature is part of an ongoing project called Snapshots of America’s Black Youth. It will be a series of articles about what is going on with our youth in the Seattle area and abroad.

Enjoy the series and thanks for the continued support. As always, much love to B for holdin’ everything down.

One Love. One II.

Quick hits: Gonzales and Vick

What’ s up fam,

I just checked my email to see that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned and that was a great way to wake up. I am still trying to figure out how this guy got confirmed in the first place. It will take years to appreciate how much he has done to undermine our civil liberties. In other news, I was listening to a radio show and of course, they were talking about Michael Vick. One of the co-hosts of Mojo in the morning poignantly noted that while the NFL and local police turn a blind eye to domestic abuse against women, people are getting really worked up over some dogs. How did we get to a place where animals get more respect than women?

Stay up fam,

Brandon Q.

The Weekly Dream: Are We Having Fun Yet?

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work, his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion.  He hardly knows which one is which.  He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing.  To him he is always doing both.” –James Michner

“Take the work seriously, never yourself”

As summer comes to an end and school begins, it is a time of transition. If you work, it probably does not make much of a difference.  Whatever category you find yourself in, it is no doubt a time of transition.  And if you are like me, the rest of the year will be especially busy.  In the midst of all these changes, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, frustrated and a little unfocused.  Your joy may begin to chill with the weather.  One thing I am learning is that life is often more responsibility than fun.  And that can be a little depressing.

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Free the Jena 6!!!

I typically don’t listen to talk radio outside of NPR, but thankfully I came across the Michael Baisden show today and he was focusing on the Jena 6. I know his show is broadcast across the country and I hope that his show raises the consciousness of his listeners as he lent huge support to the rally taking place on September 20th.

Black bloggers have been on top of this from Jack and Jill, Too Sense, Afrospear, and many others. Nevertheless, if you don’t know about the Jena 6 here is the basic run down.

In a small still mostly segregated section of rural Louisiana, an all-white jury heard a series of white witnesses called by a white prosecutor testify in a courtroom overseen by a white judge in a trial about a fight at the local high school where a white student who had been making racial taunts was hit by Black students. Read More…

Michigan’s primary shake-up

What’s up fam,

I have been on the road a lot this month and I apologize for not posting more frequently. In breaking news though, the Michigan State Senate is having a vote tomorrow that would place Michigan’s primary January 15th, third behind Iowa and New Hampshire. Read More…