Monday, October 29, 2007
The conviction in the Wilson v. State case was based on a video tape of Genarlow receiving oral sex and engaging in intercourse with a 15-year old girl at a New Year's Eve party in 2005. A poorly written Georgia state law led to his ten year sentence; at the time of Genarlow's conviction, provisions for similarity in age that allowed underage consent to be taken into account were only applicable to vaginal sex. So basically, Genarlow spent three years in jail for getting head. Crazy. A former honor student and star athlete, Genarlow is excited about returning to his normal life and picking up the pieces. We are celebrating this long overdue victory for Genarlow and his family.
On Tuesday Common's new video, "I Want You" had its world premiere. It was directed by Kerry Washington aka Common's new boo...The video is pretty dope.
Complex Magazine is the Downtown bible and now all of you loyal disciples have a place to worship, the Complex Platinum Club!
The store is located inside the Training Camp store at:
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Damn, Leica cameras? that's what's good!
This week another track got leaked off the American Gangster album...
Thursday, October 25, 2007
A friend sent me this disturbing video that accuses CNN of reporting biased stories on hate crimes that favor African-Americans. The video in a nutshell: Black people are killers and need to stop crying over the recent noose stories in the news. I am on going on a YouTube hiatus for the evening. Over and out.
We here at GFC are no fans of racism. However, we also don't condone or dismiss ignorance. You remember the Jena Six, the group of young men in Louisiana who were victims of excessive sentencing in a racially charged series of disputes? A recent YouTube video shows a not so vulnerable side of one the defendants, Robert Bailey. While activists including Mos Def, Cornell West and Al Sharpton protested on his behalf, Robert was allegedly flossing and thugging on his My Space page. Sensationalism could be at play here...You be the judge.
Monday, October 22, 2007
This type of ignorance is infuriating. As a Black woman with natural hair, I was really offended by the staff writer's comments. She clearly has no clue about Black hair care. To assume that afros and dreadlocks are a political statement is pretty offensive and...stupid. Unfortunately, these types of comments don't surprise me at all.
Friday, October 19, 2007
"I'm a street disciple...I'm talking to the streets. Stay out of our business. You ain't got no business worrying about what the word 'nigger' is or acting like you know what my album is about without talking to me. Whether you in the NAACP or you Jesse Jackson. I respect all of them ... I just want them to know: Never fall victim to Fox. Never fall victim to the sh-- they do. What they do is try to hurry up and get you on the phone and try to get you to talk about something you might not know about yet...If Cornell West was making an album called Nigger, they would know he's got something intellectual to say...To think I'm gonna say something that's not intellectual is calling me a nigger, and to be called a nigger by Jesse Jackson and the NAACP is counterproductive, counter-revolutionary."
Click HERE to read the rest of the story.
I can't wait for this album to come out.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
For someone that is to be of the more intelligent race, I find this scientist's argument groundless and based on unsubstantiated evidence. What are the "tests" that he references that prove his stance? How does his belief explain the genius of historic and contemporary Black pioneers -- Dr. Benjamin Carson, George Washington Carver, and the builders of the Egyptian pyramids, just to name a few?
But what do I know, I am a member of the less intelligent race, right? To read the complete article, see the related link HERE
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Kudos to Nas for continuously addressing issues, whether it is in a tasteful matter or not is for you to decide. But as your grandmother would do to you, sometimes you need to be force fed no matter the taste; this being one of them.
Seems like "folks" are scared of the word N*GG* now. They weren't scared 300, 200, 100, 50, 10, 5 , 1 year ago. This is straight up comedy, look how they're acting. Do they really care about it's affect on society or are they on the bandwagon with the rest???
Whether or not Nas names his album N*GG*, to me, is not the issue here. I believe he's stuck the challenge to American society and corporate America. Let's see whether or not constitutional rights will be upheld or reduced to obsolete ideals. Let's see if media will continue riding the artist/s or start addressing the idea of corporate responsibility. And most importantly, the continuation of racial and cultural dialogue because we can't allow it to be swept under the rug...Oh yea, last but not least, we can't forget promoting an upcoming album of one pop cultures prominent artists ;)
To teach, learn, and make money at the same time...That's what I call Education at its finest.
I don’t care that they at my shows and they waitin’ on me/
I’ma keep on flossin’, poppin’ long as Toomp is on the beat/
Tell police’s I ain’t stoppin’, I’ma keep it in the streets/
Contrary to yo beliefs, I’m as real as you can be/
Fuck yo thoughts and yo feelings, n*gg* you don’t know me” - T.I. 'U Don’t Know Me'
"Okay my money real big,choppers is still here/
they catch me with it, fuck it I'm doing my lil bid/
and my drop top riding with my glock cock riding/
I'm looking for them niggas',where they at stop hiding, hey!" - T.I. 'Top Back Remix'
This is when art imitates life or vice versa...He sure wasn't lying, peep the photos.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:
Listen folks...The Feds buy albums, The Feds read Feds & Don Diva, The Feds have technology, The Feds are backed by Bush...Basically they don't play games, so WATCH YO MOUTH.
T.I. hope you make it out of this one. Hope this is a lesson learned. Only you know how many lessons should be learned from this situation.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
A group of lawmakers are pushing for new legislation that will make hanging a noose a felony. State Senators Eric Adams and Bill Perkins and State Assemblyman Dov Hikind spoke outside of Teachers College this past Sunday proposing that a provision be made to the law that currently makes it a felony to draw a swastika on private property. "Just as the swastika rips at the heart of those who have experienced anti-Semitic incidents, this is a symbol of hate,” said Senator Adams. My question is, what's the hold up?
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sneaker pimps came to NYC last week...$25.00? Okkk for Nas and Slick Rick, ok. I heard Nas went in though....did like 20 songs...that's wassup...
I went last year, wasn't really impressed...considering I waited in the cold cause the line was hella long... And eerrybody was acting brand new...acting like they too cool for school... Oh yea Ghostface almost spilled his liquor all over my IDs, 1 of 1 in the world.........nah, I'm good.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Designed by Tokyo-based architects Sejima + Nishizawa/SANAA, [the] breathtaking facility will feature beautifully proportioned galleries, a theater, an education floor, [the] renowned New Museum Store, a café, a top floor event space with roof terraces, and more.
Other Relative Links:
New Museum, NY Times Mar 2007
SANAA, Vogue Nov 2006
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Students are currently protesting on the surrounding blocks of the university's campus on 116th and Broadway, and Columbia's president Lee Bollinger will be meeting with the students later this afternoon. We will continue to do our part and keep you updated - do your part by staying informed.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Nike & Vault present a photographic exhibition by Boogie
October 11th-December 20th, 2007
Thursday, October 11th, 8pm-10pm
21 and over
RSVP @ BOOTS@NIKE.COM
Thursday, October 04, 2007
• HIP-HOP HONORS PANELS 2007 •
Saturday, October 6, 2007 - 12-2pm
37 Main Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn
F Train to York Street, A/C to High Street
PANEL #1: A Tribe Called Quest, The Birth and Evolution of a Legend: A Tribe Called Quest is one of the few universally respected groups in the history of Hip-Hop. Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Phife (and sometimes Jarobi) crafted five outstanding albums over a 10 year period that defined what is know referred to as the Golden Era of Hip-Hop. Their music has influenced artists from Kanye West to T.I. to J Dilla and many more. Come join us as we discuss the group’s genesis, evolution and legacy. Let’s separate fact from fiction and why this group holds such a special place in Hip Hop.
Jeff Sledge, Senior Director, Jive Records
Brian Coleman, Author, Check The Technique
Eskay, Writer, Nahright.com
Dallas Penn, Dallaspenn.com, Internet Celebrities
Lynn Johnson, Senior Editor, Fast Company
Buttahman, Director of Music & Talent, MTV
Seconds Of My Life
by Jamel Shabazz
PHOTOGRAPHY / URBAN CULTURE / NOSTALGIA
HC, 8 x 10.75 inches, 256 pages,
250 four-color photographs
Check Out The Exhibition
October 6–November 11, 2007
The powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
For more information please call