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Is Otis Williams of The Temptations the Pettiest Man Alive? An Analysis Is Otis Williams of The Temptations the Pettiest Man Alive? An Analysis

The Temptations is one of my all-time favorite singing groups. I’m especially a fan of the “Classic Five” lineup (I like to call it their “Death Lineup”—no pun intended) of David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin and Otis Williams. Dennis Edwards replacing David Ruffin and singing on their most…

It’s Official. New Orleans Is My Favorite City in America. Here Are 10 Reasons Why It’s Official. New Orleans Is My Favorite City in America. Here Are 10 Reasons Why

1. Cliché as this will be, I’m starting with the quite obvious ability to walk around with that drank. Sure, Bourbon Street smells like Hurl of Christmas Past and you’re likely to see a person laid out face down in the street, not dead, just passed out from all of the Everclear 151 and sugar mixtures. Hurricanes, Hand…

Is Waldorf, Maryland Really That Far? An Analysis Is Waldorf, Maryland Really That Far? An Analysis

If you live in the Washington, DC area long enough, you’re likely to hear about the city of Waldorf, Md. Waldorf is the biggest city in Charles County, Maryland, located directly south of Prince George’s County, Maryland, also know as the place that most of the people you know who claim to be from DC really hail from,…

Who Would Have Thought Touring a Louisiana Plantation Was a Good Activity for a Bachelor Party Weekend? Who Would Have Thought Touring a Louisiana Plantation Was a Good Activity for a Bachelor Party Weekend?

I just got back from New Orleans, where a bunch of the homies and I took a Homie Trip to celebrate my upcoming nuptials. While what happens in New Orleans stays on Instagram, there were a few planned activities that were both fun and educational. For instance, we took an airboat tour of a swamp and I learned all about…

I Ended Up in the Middle of a Street Fight Yesterday. Here's What Happened I Ended Up in the Middle of a Street Fight Yesterday. Here's What Happened

Have you ever accidentally ended up in the middle of a fight by sheer virtue of your location and inability to remove yourself from said location. Like say you’re stuck on a ferris wheel cart that sits six people and on the way up, three of the people sharing the cart with you end up in a physical altercation while…

19 Different Spoiler-Free Thoughts and Emotions (With GIFs) I Had While Watching the Season 5 Finale of Power 19 Different Spoiler-Free Thoughts and Emotions (With GIFs) I Had While Watching the Season 5 Finale of Power

The season five finale of Power aired on Sunday night. Look, for all of the criticisms of Power—and some of it is very, very warranted—when this season got good it got goodt. Delivert goodt. Slap yo’ mama with the same hand that you don’ licked off the barbecue sauce off your fingers goodt. Episodes 8-10?

So Black Thought, Phonte and Rhymefest Are Forming a SuperGroup. I Really Hope This Ends Up Dope So Black Thought, Phonte and Rhymefest Are Forming a SuperGroup. I Really Hope This Ends Up Dope

The rap world was enraptured for various reasons with the out-of-the-blue release of Eminem’s latest coaster, Kamikaze, for most of this past week. I gave it a few listens and deleted it from my phone library. Eminem is one of those rappers who on technical merits alone is one of the best, if not the best, to ever do…

Dear People Who Don't Respect Personal Space: WTF Is Wrong With You? I Hate You Dear People Who Don't Respect Personal Space: WTF Is Wrong With You? I Hate You

I was at the mall the other day procuring some procurables from one of those spots that sells shit. It is my experience that many malls in America have ample free parking, but not the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, locally know as Pentagon City. Parking is $3 for two hours, $4 hours for three, etc., if you want to …

What We Not Gon' Do Is Act Like Janet Jackson Wouldn't Be With Bobby Brown, Who Was the Absolute Man in the '80s What We Not Gon' Do Is Act Like Janet Jackson Wouldn't Be With Bobby Brown, Who Was the Absolute Man in the '80s

On the heels of the surprisingly successful The New Edition Story last fall, BET decided to ride the gravy train one more time with the Tuesday release of episode one of The Bobby Brown Story, to be followed be episode 2 on Wednesday night. Much like with New Edition, we followed along on social media with care as we…

The Schedule for Aretha Franklin’s Funeral Is the Most Optimistic Schedule I’ve Ever Seen in My Entire Black Funeral Life  The Schedule for Aretha Franklin’s Funeral Is the Most Optimistic Schedule I’ve Ever Seen in My Entire Black Funeral Life 

They gon’ lay Aretha Franklin’s burdens down in Detroit on Friday, Aug. 31. And it’s going to happen in tremendous fashion. Her body has already seen outfit changes fit for a woman whose fashion stylings were as much a part of her charm as her take-no-prisoners attitude about the industry.

9 Things I Learned (and One Thing I Didn't) From Robert Townsend's Fun and Informative Documentary, The Making of The Five Heartbeats  9 Things I Learned (and One Thing I Didn't) From Robert Townsend's Fun and Informative Documentary, The Making of The Five Heartbeats 

On Monday night, I went to check out the documentary dedicated to the creation of the classic Robert Townsend movie The Five Heartbeats. Full disclosure: The Five Heartbeats is my second-favorite movie of all time. Coming to America currently occupies that No. 1 slot, but it’s really more like 1 and 1a.

Let's Talk About Lauryn Hill's Essay Where She Addresses Everything and Nothing at the Same Damn Time Let's Talk About Lauryn Hill's Essay Where She Addresses Everything and Nothing at the Same Damn Time

Ms. Lauryn Hill decided to share some thoughts on all of the talk surrounding her late shows and many of the very pointed and incendiary comments and opinions shared by Robert Glasper earlier this month.

Dear Everybody Involved With Creating Last Night’s Episode of Power, THANK YOU! Here’s My Night in GIFs Dear Everybody Involved With Creating Last Night’s Episode of Power, THANK YOU! Here’s My Night in GIFs

I was going to write a whole-ass, spoiler-free post to share my glee at last night’s episode of Power. If you’ll remember, way back yonder, I wrote an article explaining why I was watching the show this season: Basically, I’m just waiting for everybody to die.

We've All Heard Somebody Be Called 'Uncouth,' But Have You Ever Heard Anybody Referred to as Being 'Couth'?  We've All Heard Somebody Be Called 'Uncouth,' But Have You Ever Heard Anybody Referred to as Being 'Couth'? 

Language is a beautiful thing. For instance, while I know that somewhere between 24 to 98 percent of the people reading this would cringe should I feel compelled to use the word “conversate” in your presence, 100 percent you would know exactly what I was saying should I use the “word.” And I only put “word” in quotes…

Blacks Are Not a Monolith, But I'll Bet Al Sharpton Misspelling 'Respect' on Live Television Made Every Last One of Us Cringe Blacks Are Not a Monolith, But I'll Bet Al Sharpton Misspelling 'Respect' on Live Television Made Every Last One of Us Cringe

On the list of unsolved mysteries I have stored in my brain, one near the top is why Warren G didn’t go back and punch in a bar with the correct spelling of the word “next” in his song “What’s Next.” For whatever reason, the version that went to mastering and to the three million people who purchased it includes…

Yep, That's Right. I Do Not Like Ella Mai's 'Boo'd Up.' Mmhmm. Shonuff. I'm Lying Yep, That's Right. I Do Not Like Ella Mai's 'Boo'd Up.' Mmhmm. Shonuff. I'm Lying

I’m not saying that I’m out of the loop, but I just found out today that the MTV Video Music Awards were yesterday. I had no idea they were happening, not the slightest inkling. I’m only sharing this because I saw that everybody’s boo, Ella Mai, was nominated for Song of The Summer for her better-late-than-never,…

Am I Being Sensitive? A Discussion About a Business Transaction Gone Wrong Am I Being Sensitive? A Discussion About a Business Transaction Gone Wrong

I’ve been saying for years that disrespect, even implied, is the leading cause of death for black men between birth and death. There’s something about the feeling of another man disrespecting you that makes you uneasy, even long after the (potentially perceived) slight took place. This brings me to a situation that…

Looks Like Tevin Campbell Is Having the Best Week Ever Looks Like Tevin Campbell Is Having the Best Week Ever

Timing, as they say, is everything. Aretha Franklin went home to see the King last week and almost as soon as she passed, the discussions about who should (and shouldn’t) be involved in any tributes to and for the Queen started on the social medias. Discussions were started about who should play her in a biopic. Names…

The Realness Podcast Tells the Story of Mobb Deep's Prodigy Through His Struggle With Sickle Cell Anemia and 'Keeps It Thoro' The Realness Podcast Tells the Story of Mobb Deep's Prodigy Through His Struggle With Sickle Cell Anemia and 'Keeps It Thoro'

If there’s a podcast out there with a hip-hop lean to it, there’s a better than 98 percent chance that I will give it a listen.

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