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05.31.07 11:00 AM

Web Producer Job Opening

Web Producer

Seed Gives Life, a fast-growing, innovative full-service marketing and communications firm is seeking an experienced project manager to organize and coordinate interactive and marketing projects. We are located in New York City. You will be responsible for organizing and planning projects, including the development of web schematics like wireframes, flow diagrams, and sitemaps as well as project plans. You will need to organize internal resources as well as interface with clients. You must work effectively with strategists, designers and developers and thrive in a fast-paced environment. Requirements: 2 years’ project management; 3 years interactive experience; and strong communication, time management and leadership skills. Bachelor’s degree required. Knowledge of project management software, Excel, Word, Adobe Applications, and some familiarity with interactive software (e.g. Dreamweaver or similar, content management systems) required. Agency experience preferred.

Salary: commensurate with experience. For consideration, please email cover letter and resume to

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05.31.07 10:56 AM

Web Developer Job Opening

Web Developer will work closely with the technology, operations and creative teams to assist in development and maintenance of interactive websites, internal IT and other web-based initiatives. The ideal candidate will take pride in their work and be detail oriented, proactive, with strong organizational and communication skills. Gain exposure to the internal workings of a young, fast paced, entrepreneurial agency in a fun and challenging work environment. Position holds significant opportunity for growth.


- Experience in hand coding PHP, JavaScript, CSS, DHTML, and HTML a must

- Experience with LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) platform a must

- Understanding of web UI design and layout

- Understanding of cross browser/platform compatibility

- Ability to multitask on multiple projects

- Strong communication skills

- Highly detailed oriented

- Ability to work independently and within team environment under tight deadlines

- Knowledge of FTP

- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite

- Experience troubleshooting software and hardware in Mac and PC


- Experience with Macromedia Flash, PHP, MySQL implementation a big plus

Salary: commensurate with experience. For consideration, please email cover letter and resume to

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05.25.07 12:43 AM

The 40-Year-Old Krumper

Yes this post is a departure from my most recent posts, but this dude aims to prove that not only the kids can krump. His site has been circulating around the Web and IM a bit, and I actually used to work with him. For a lot of people, the response has been, "Who knew?"

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05.24.07 03:03 AM

Why Apple's iPhone is Not the Next iPod

"Apple's latest creation is unlikely to dominate the cell phone market the way the iPod has impacted the digital music market."

This article is causing quite a stir over at digg. Personally, I'm not a Cingular/AT&T user, so I won't be purchasing one. Also, according to history: I waited on the 1st Gen iPod and by the time I bought it, the new ones were released and they were much better. My advice: if you don't have that kind of cash to shell out, wait. There are other smartphones on the market -- and no they don't have multi-touch screens -- such as Nokia, Blackberry, and HTC devices that do an adequate job of providing you with an all-in-one experience and the ability to sync wirelessly with your computer.

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05.24.07 12:22 AM

Upgrade You

Upgrade You, originally uploaded by lynneluvah.

I can't say what my phone experience was like before the Sidekick II and then the MDA. Both devices have made my life so much different. And now I continue to evolve as T-mobile's devices evolve. I'm sure I'll have more to report about my new T-mobile Wing as time goes on. Since itt's the first Windows Mobile 6 device to be released in the U.S., I'm sure I'll be singing the early adopter blues.

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05.23.07 01:30 PM

The Hood Internet: Rock/Rap Mashups for Geeks

Jim Jones + Daft Punk

What a novel idea. Start a blog and center it around providing a new rock/rap mashup every day. Sure, we've heard rock/rap mashups before, but these are good, and using a blog entirely as a distribution channel -- I don't know -- pretty cool. It's about getting the music lovers and the geeks all at the same time, and often they're one in the same. The Very Short List says:

"The mashup is nothing new, but The Hood Internet does it better than most, producing songs that often sound like actual collaborations. And the Photoshopped images of each hypothetical new group — see R. Kelly fronting indie darlings Broken Social Scene — extend the fun of these surprising juxtapositions a nice bit further."

One of my favorites: Jim Jones vs Daft Punk - "Something About Jim Jones." And you gotta' love Feist vs Lloyd - "My Moon My Shawty."

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05.20.07 01:24 AM

Has Blogging Run Its Course?

(I originally posted this on my Vox blog back in January, but I thought it might be well used in this space also. I think I was inspired to republish it here because of a recent IM conversation that I had with novaslim.)

Now, as I write here more often than I do on my own site, I'm wondering whether blogging is running its course. The things that drove me away from my own site included lack of time, lack of communication with my readers, and the overwhelming amount of new blogs on the scene. Not that there were too many blogs, it's just that too many of them aren't any good. What I mean by that is well, often they're not well written and quite the lot of them are SEO hoes disguised as gossip sites. How many wire images do I have to look at?

Get a perspective. Get a clue. Go out and take your own photos.


I remember talking about this on my own site in a few posts, and even touching upon it in some published articles I have written. I remember the old days, 2001, even 2002, when I knew who I was talking to when I wrote in my blog. When I had a real relationship with my audience. When blogging was fun. This is what I'm finding Vox to be.

Today though, I ran across this WSJ opinion piece from Dec. 20 written by Joseph Rago. In it he writes:

"The larger problem with blogs, it seems to me, is quality. Most of them are pretty awful. Many, even some with large followings, are downright appalling."

What's interesting is that I find myself agreeing with much of what's written in this piece. About two years ago though, I probably wouldn't have. He's not writing about blogging being over -- as if -- as much as he's writing about the need for checks and balances.

What say you?

Here's the wisdom of the crowd from my original post on vox:

Holly wrote:

Doesn't it depend on what type of blogging you intend to do? The focus of this article seems to be news and political blogs. Supply and demand applies; those who only seek attention and don't bother with quality will likely grow bored with the lack of comment and go away.

And self-publishing has always - and will always - suffer from not being "a major institutional culture that screens editorially for originality, expertise and seriousness." But the cream will rise to the top; the unique and powerful voices will be heard; the mediocre will hover around the bloated middle; and the crap will eventually settle to the bottom. For those who blog merely to stay in touch with family and friends, all this is irrelevant, anyway - or should be.

To think that it is all "decay" is to express distrust in our Constitutional principle of freedom of expression - to say that the marketplace of ideas will fail because we can't find - let along distinguish - good ideas from the tumult and noisy clamor of the ridiculous and inane, when in fact, blogging may simply be a way of breaking up the established monopoly of "MSM." Yes, there's a lot of garbage out there, but it's still a fertile ground in which a variety of ideas, opinions, and writings can grow and flourish.

Perhaps this period of blogging is like a lake during the fall turn-over.

Checks and balances? Why thwart spontanaiety? The typos alone will help to separate the wheat from the chaff.

As for the SEO blogs - the "nefarious crap" - I think they'll find the tactic backfiring sooner than later. Then again, I'm always inclined to put far too much faith in human nature, to assume that people will grow wise and resentful and refuse to buy from companies that play at that game, and I am continually proved wrong. Still, hope springs eternal.

erin*carly wrote:

[this is good] i don't fancy myself an author. just your every-day, run-of-the-mill blogger who hopes that anyone reading my words will get my strange and sometimes witty comments . . . or that anyone is reading at all. i don't write with any intent beyond wanting to share stories, interesting ideas, and sometimes my relationship drivel. however, i do consider myself a writer. correct capitalization may not be in my vocabulary (except when writing for work), but i write as i would talk to someone on the street in sentences, thoughts, and most of the time, non-sequitors.

in speaking on the quality of blogs out there (mostly with personal / memoir type blogs, since that's my personal experience), i think the line gets drawn between the following types of posts:

ex. 1: omg, so this dude comes up 2 me and says "girl, u are so fine, u no?" since when do guys think they can talk 2 me like that? wtf, right?

ex. 2: So last night, the girls and I went to this fantastic bar on 57th and 5th Street to catch an after-work drink. Out of nowhere, this guy comes up to me and lays it on thick, "Girl, you are so fine, you know?" Since when do guys think they can talk to me like that, especially when they can see I'm clearly more interested in my martini.

mind if i add you to my neighborhood? i really enjoy your style and perspective on blogging. always reading, always learning.

Jason wrote:

[isto é bom] I'm a snob. I know this. Bad writing. Poor design. Faulty logic. They all turn me off. Having just pruned my google reader feeds, I realize that I've pruned almost all the blogs that aren't written by professional writers unless they are friends or are great aggregates of other content. Most of my feeds now are legitimate news sources with editors or established blogs with a track record of quality.

I don't think blogging has run its course but I think that what I want and what I get out of doing it has changed. There are more zealous writers in the areas of pop & social culture that appeal to me so I don't feel the need to write as I once did. I no longer feel the need to be heard by a larger audience than my neighborhood (whether in the vox sense or otherwise) and I, too, miss the community feel that was there in the early part of this century. We all knew each other and commented. A post on a blog would have a ripple effect. Now, that's no longer the case.

It's cool. It's just time to adapt. For me, it means going retro. The vast majority of what I post on Vox is a real Web Log as it was originally thought of: a central place to collect the things that mean something to me on the web or elsewhere.

Mahoganie wrote:

[this is good] It's funny. when I first joined Vox, I considered myself a blogging whore. I've kept 4 online journals in my virtual life. and plenty more in reality. I've never seen blogging as something to gossip about or just shoot the shit (sorta speak) it was more of me trying to find and understand of myself and af orm of therapy. In light of all that I've written to myself (if I happened to catch the eye of some outsiders than so be it) I decided to turn my perspective into a novel. So I'm working on that. I held back on nothing in my virtual pages and in some essence I continue to do so.

As for my newfound virtual life here on Vox... I find it's a bit different. I'm still writing for me, getting perspective on things, but now that I am amongst a community of people that are perhaps interested in some of the things I'm into.. it is FUN to write randomly, post a silly entry or two and of course... continue to make my observations about life... my life.

Blogging is just like any phenomenon. Some will treat it like a fad and will (perhaps) post anything for their moment of fame. Others... won't care so much but use an online journal as a tool to help bring out the deepest part of them. Then there are the "professional" blogs as posted through news/media outlets on current events, entertainment and other worldy things. Some can be thought provoking, others... just junk.

It's all in what the reader takes in.

As for me personally.... my writing... my life.. my words....

Markus wrote:

I am what you all may call a blog noob! So maybe my perspective is comparable to yours 2 years ago. But, what makes blogs so attractive, to me, is its rawness. No stuck up editors watering down content, no lame reporters scared to write what's in their hearts for fear of repercussion, and most importantly (to me) the ability to speak in your voice, as opposed to that boring corporate lingo.

With just about any media platform, bad content is inevitable, but what may be good to some may be bad for others. Let's let the people decide . Over time the real will prevail and the fake will be exposed.

Another thought:
Do you think that blogging for money, either through ad sense or with companies like payperpost, effect the amount of bad content? Do you see blogging running the same course as hip hop in the late 80's and early 90's?

kitty wrote:

[this is good] Blogging has become an incredibly democratic, and I think that's a good thing. It is kind of like when desktop publishing became widely available and everyone and their uncle started up a zine. Overall a positive thing, but there were a ton of awful zines, and then the whole thing just collapsed. I think there's hope for the blog as a means of creating community without making it into a "product".

Ms Apple Bottoms wrote:

[this is good] anitra and i have these conversations all the time. i think blogging has changed for those of us that were doing it way back in a lot of ways. i remember having to explain to people just what a blog was and why i was into writing one and reading those of others. now blogging is a pop culture reference on every television show and in every movie. we aren't so much a community anymore as just a few people in the greater system of things.

i like vox, and as i get more into it, i'm finding a lot of people that, as Mahoganie put it, are interested in the same things i am and want to see the pictures i post. that is what it was all about way back on geocities.


like kitty, i think there is hope for getting that community back. we just have to build it again.

Mathilde wrote:

Many moons ago, a friend weary of my emails (Oh, how I would send the emails), sugggested that I have a blog. I promptly ignored her, claiming that blogs were like a box of chocolates. Who would read me? Why bother?

And after reading more than my fair share of piss poor writing and completely slamming the latest corporate newsletter wondering where the f*ck they got this drivel they call writing aloud... three cubicles over from the author (who really never talks to me anymore), I thought: What the hell. There's worse out there. And I could do without having to invent a new distribution list every time I put together a missive.

This particular community has been AWESOME for me. But I really only read a few technical blogs,, and a couple on NYT. Who has the kind of time to read bad writing?

That in no way discredits the need to blog. I consider the slave narratives a sort of blog. If they could have done it, they would have. Can't you imagine Incidents In The Life of a Slave Girl?

Reader, you wouldn't believe this shit. He won't leave me the fuck alone, begging me to have sex with him and THEN he asked me to love him. Talking all that shit about how he loves me. Love him? I'd rather fuck the neighbor. As a matter of fact... I'm gonna do just that.

Dom and Jenn wrote:

[this is good] It seems to me, and I by no means consider myself a writer, that blogs are just todays version of your standard web page. The products out there to design a web site come with tools that allow for dynamically changing pages. For the most part we have commercial/organization sites and personal sites. Every time we see a personal site I think we just call it a blog. So yes, I believe there is a lot of crappy blogs out there and I also think that the writing will naturally allow the better blogs to float to the top. Tim Wu called the Internet Meritocratic meaning that the best sites that do the best is the ones who have the best product and I think thats also true for blogs.

Bookmole wrote:

[this is good]

Bill Cammack wrote:

[this is good] Blogging had to become diluted. The same thing that makes it accessible to anyone makes it unregulated. That means that anyone that wants to type ANYTHING can call it a blog and list it as a blog and there's no way to find quality blogs because everyone's listed on the same lists. That's where aggregators come in, at least as far as video's concerned. Someone has to be responsible for finding good blogs and creating a place where you can go to browse the list of "respected" blogs.

On top of that, there's no qualification requirements as far as life experience when talking about topics in a blog. It's just everyone's two cents. For instance, someone who's never done XYZ with a woman in his entire life can post a blog giving tips on how to do XYZ with a woman! :D Someone might even link to this garbage and expose the rest of the blogosphere to it!

I think the answer has to be "blog clubs" like they have "book clubs".

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05.17.07 07:19 PM

My Radio Player and Recently Played Tracks

Since has some new cool widgets and I'm taking a break, I thought it would be best to leave you with some music until (and if) I return. Happy listening.

Sorry Safari users: I sort of noticed it when I first launched this design, but now I notice every time I had a widget it really messes up the way this site looks to Safari users. And th text font is a lot larger than it looks on Firefox or other browsers. There appear to be no problems with how the site displays for PC users.

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05.17.07 02:22 AM

Time for Summer Break and Thoughts on Social Networking

As the regulars know, I don't post her much anymore. Mainly it's because I'm posting and writing other places, and overall it's hard to have a full time gig that involves writing and editing and web strategizing (and sometimes teaching on the side) and try to keep up that same level of work with your own projects. Besides, I'm trying to hook up with j. to bring blackthoughtware back in a meaningful way. And well yes, those overdue books need to be written. Well, at least their proposals need to be followed up with the folks who've expressed interest over the years.

So it seems about time to stop trying to kid myself that I can commit to this thing here while I'm trying to do all of that. I know I keep teasing with posts here and there, but it's been a long time that this blog/diary, whatever you call it, has been really interesting. I'm not saying you should unsubscribe or unbookmark, because you never know when I might pop back in with a full surge of energy.

But if for some reason you're interested in anything I have to say on a regular basis, just be sure to always check in over at techPresident for my blog there, which I have to try and at least commit to once a week. But there's always the FC Now Staff Blog, where I'm regularly covering conferences, talking about web 2.0, advertising/marketing, the entertainment biz, innovation, and the hype of going green.

Whew! Now that I've posted this, I don't have to feel bad about not keeping my posts up-to-speed.

The next time I post, I'll share a list of some of the blogs and sites I'm enjoying, along with descriptions and reviews. I'm reading a lot more than those 10 I listed at toptensources a while back. (Scroll down the page to see the list and feed.)

In the meantime, I'm curious, what do you think makes a successful community site. At one time was thought of as a successful community site, as YouTube, Flickr, MySpace, Friendster, Habbo Hotel, and Facebook have all been thought of as successful. But seriously, what makes a social network a fun place to hang out? What makes it sticky and a must visit? What makes it work for you?

Does your community site have to be loaded with professional editorial content, or does it just need to focus on the community because you can get your read on elsewhere? I'm just curious, especially since in the African-American space, no one has truly attempted to compete with, and yet that site is no longer relevant to a lot of people.

With that in mind, I'm also wondering about the need for portals. Yeah, there's AOL, Yahoo, MSN, et al, and many, many portals for men. What is it that makes a portal work? And should a portal keep it's full on community separate from it's editorial and video, or should it mesh it all together? What makes more sense? And why aren't we seeing any real true innovation in this space?

What I mean by real true innovation is, other than Facebook or perhaps, it seems that many social networks launch a bunch of features at first, get you hooked, and then the technology doesn't seem to grow or expand. All of the sudden, things no longer work, and it appears to be a garden untended.

Anyway, let me stop rambling. But I'm just curious what social networking sites that people are actively using and why.

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05.10.07 03:50 PM

AP to distribute images from EBONY and JET photo collection

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Does anyone even read these magazines anymore? Well, anyway, here's the news...

May 7, 2007

NEW YORK -- Johnson Publishing Company, Inc. (JPC) has chosen the AP Images division of the Associated Press to distribute content from EBONY and JET magazines’ extensive archive of photography. The archive is considered one of the most definitive collections of visual content depicting the lives of blacks in America and around the globe.

JPC has remained the world's largest African-American-owned publishing company for more than 60 years. The first issue of its cornerstone publication, EBONY magazine, hit newsstands in 1945. Jet Magazine, the No. 1 newsweekly for African-Americans, was first published in 1951.

“Thousands of poignant images have been featured in the pages of EBONY and JET magazines, chronicling the black American experience like no other,” said Johnson Publishing Co. President and CEO Linda Johnson Rice. "We are pleased to share this wealth of visual history to remind some and to educate others about the rich contributions of blacks in America and the events that changed the face of this country and beyond."

AP Images, with 3.5 million photos, is one of the world's largest collections of historical and contemporary imagery.

"When you consider the depth of AP's photo archive and the breadth of EBONY and JET magazines' definitive pictorial history of black America, this distribution arrangement brings unparalleled content to the picture-buying public," said AP Images Vice President Ian Cameron.

AP President and CEO Tom Curley announced the partnership at the AP Annual Meeting in New York.

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05.10.07 12:30 PM

Eddie Murphy: Could be Both Boss and Tattoo -- and in the Hot Seat

Eddie MurphyFrom The Hollywood Reporter:

Eddie Murphy is ready to make dreams come true.

The actor is attached to star in Columbia Pictures' big-screen adaptation of "Fantasy Island."

Murphy will play multiple roles in the film, which is based on the popular TV series that ran from 1978-84 and starred Ricardo Montalban.

Described as a family-oriented comedy, the project will be written by Jay Scherick and David Ronn, who most recently teamed with Murphy on "Norbit."

Meanwhile news on Murphy from ex-Spice Girl and Baby Face's ex:

From Entertainment Wise:

Mel B has once again been enraged by the actions of Eddie Murphy, her former partner and father of new daughter Angel Iris.

Eddie has been seen on the arm of TV executive Tracey Edmonds as far back as December reports today’s Daily Mirror.

Mel B claims that she was still with Eddie at that time and is understandably distraught.

The star of Beverly Hills Cop still refuses to take a DNA test to prove he is the father of Angel Iris. Not that the poor kid would want to admit who her parents are anyway.

Meanwhile Tracy Edmonds is defending her man, according to Celebrity Baby Blog:

Tracey Edmonds has spoken out in his defense, arguing that his initial comments regarding paternity were taken out of context. When Eddie gave an interview on Dutch television in December and said -- in response to questions about whether he was excited to have a baby with former Spice Girl Melanie Brown -- that he did not know "whose child that is, until it comes out and has a blood test," he was not implying that he was not the baby's father, according to Tracey...only that there were other candidates.

The press went crazy and said Eddie Murphy says the baby's not mine. But he never said that. He just said, 'I want a paternity test.'

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05.06.07 04:00 AM

Music Video Vlog Deathmatch is On

Irina Slutsky just Gtalked me the link to her Vlog Deathmatch music video promo entry. Even before I clicked play, I was cracking up. The bug just said it all. Irina puts on her b-girl stance for the challenge.

While there I noticed that my boy Bill Cammack, who happens to be one of my Fast Company Expert Bloggers, has submitted an entry as well. You can view it below.

Bill Cammack's promo for the 2007 Vlog Deathmatch Music Video Challenge.

Clips from: (in order of appearance)
Steve Woolf -
Casey McKinnon -
Bill Cammack -
Eric Rey -
Rick Rey -
Dany Gehshan -
Veronica Belmont -
Bonny & The Bui Brothers -
Zadi Diaz -

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05.04.07 06:34 PM

The A-List Enlists Women's Voices on Recent Hip-Hop Issues

Noting the lack of women's voices on Oprah's Townhall meeting on Hip-Hop -- (I recently alluded to this when I posted the YouTube video of Michaela Angela Davis EIC of on Scarborough Reports discussing Don Imus and More) -- The A-List Magazine decided to not only address this glaring oversight, but to ask a few women from the world of Hip Hop their thoughts.

They spoke with Dr. Joycelyn Wilson, Assistant Professor of Education LaGrange College, Hip-Hop culture expert, and author of the book Home Girls Make Some Noise, Zamada and Poyzen from the female rap group NINE aka P By tha Pound, social entrepreneur/writer/Activist April R. Silver, and Dee Dee Cocheta-Williams, who represents Hip-Hop acts and video directors as president of A.B.C. Associates Entertainment Firm.

It's a pretty interesting read that also offers solutions. Go check it out.

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05.04.07 04:48 PM

More Movement at Vibe

From mediabistro's FishbowlNY

"Eric Gertler, the CEO of Vibe, is out — leaving to form a digital content company. Gertler, however, will remain with Vibe until a new CEO is found.

Robert Mate, most recently with Meredith Corporation, has been named chairman. Others who are staying: president and group publisher Len Burnett; Danyel Smith, editor-in-chief of Vibe and Vibe Vixen; and finance VP Angela Zucconi.

The company says it is eliminating eight positions as it "consolidates departmental functions.""

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05.02.07 01:11 AM

The Real Reason for the Sudden Attack on Hip-Hop

Mark Anthony Neal, Associate Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Program in African and African American Studies and Director of the Institute for Critical U.S. Studies (ICUSS) at Duke University, explores the real reason for the sudden attack on hip-hop at here. Neal suggests that in the aftermath of the Imus controversy, "..the current critique of hip hop is aimed at undermining the culture's potential to politicize the generations of constituents that might claim hip-hop as their social movement." Further he states, "..what marks this moment as different are the attempts to force mainstream black political leadership and Democratic Presidential candidates to repudiate hip hop culture (reminiscent of the pressures placed on Reverend Jesse Jackson to distance himself from Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in 1984)."

And, "Asking figures like Reverend Al Sharpton, Senators Clinton and Obama, and Russell Simmons to publicly distance themselves from hip hop is a transparent attempt drive a wedge between them and a constituency that has both the energy and the creativity to galvanize a youth-based electorate in the 2008 election season."

My boy Neal, definitely makes a plausible argument here. In fact it's one that I'd never attempt to debunk. What is interesting though is that hip-hop, as always in recent years, has become the scapegoat for all of America's social ills. We've had this discussion before, so it should come as no surprise that I side with this argument. Where are the protests and marches when black women are being attacked -- not on recordings -- but in their daily lives?

About a week ago I mentioned Russell Simmons call to ban three words from hip-hop ("bitch", "ho" and "nigger"). At that time, I said nothing about how absurd this was. What will banning these words from hip-hop prove? What will banning these three words do to affect change in how people act? Now I'm not going as far to say words are just words ("sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"). In fact, words wield power. But at the end of the day, these words are not the root of the black community's problems. And I'm not even going to point at America itself being the root of these problems. Instead, as I've often stated in this very space, there's a real disconnect in how black men are often not raised (and I would never dare to say all black men are not raised) to take responsibility for their actions. I'm not even going on the BET soapbox here, in terms of TV raising so many of our children, because latchkey kids have always existed. One or two further...

1. Often parent(s) fear disciplining their black sons too harshly because they feel the world -- the man and the system -- will do them unjust anyway. So there's often a babying and shielding.

2. Some black men are not taught to love. That's right, I said it. In fear of their little men becoming too soft, black fathers often hypersexualize their sons and stress a hyper macho image.

OK...maybe 3, and yes I'm saying this one too...

3. Young males who have no exemplary role models often fall prey to mob mentality.

And further still...

How would we expect the hip-hop generation, or the black community for that matter, to erase "sexism, misogyny, violence, anti-intellectualism and homophobia," within itself when these are norms within the larger society that engulfs them?

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