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            Friday, October 31, 2008

            Caption This Photo.


            Somebody Needs To Pull An Ashley Todd On This Idiot.



            Yes, like Joe, I too would pimp the game royally, then save my biggest coup for last.

            Can you say AB The Washington Wizards' 15-Day Celebrity Contract Signee? I sure can.



            [1] Man, I watched this in real time, it was hilarious. Dude has already gone Hollywood. Look out Michael Chiklis. Joe is gunning for you!

            ** Thanks to LL for the links.

            Thursday, October 30, 2008

            Caption These Photos.


            Animal Suffering? Legalized Pimpin'? Slots? The Other Stuff On Tuesday's Ballot.





            [1] I'm shocked that nobody was to "name that tune" last week when I dropped this same hip-hop quotable. Here's a hint: the artist ain't too far removed from The Yay Area himself. Somebody please guess this one. I'm losing faith in ya'll.

            Wednesday, October 29, 2008

            Poll Position: Keith Olbermann Would Kick Bill O's Behind?!?

            Earlier this week, I asked ya'll who would win a hypothetical back alley brawl between Fox News blowhard Bill O'Reilly, and MSNBC bloviator Keith Olbermann.

            Needless to say, like most editions of Poll Position, I wholeheartedly disagree with the final result.

            Seriously folks, 81% for Olbermann? What parallel universe do ya'll inhabit? Sometimes I wonder.

            Come on. I asked you guys to take your personal dislike for O'Reilly out of the equation and size the two combatants up objectively. You make not like Bill O' (his mom prolly doesn't either), but come on, there is no comparison between the two when it comes to sheer gulliness.

            Watch him darn near rip Barney Frank a new one. {pause}



            Watch him eviscerate some poor production assistant.



            Bill tries to "get at" Barry.



            Bill O' vs Cam'ron & Dame Dash.



            Bill and Geraldo damn near take it to the streets.



            Sorry folks, there's just no comparison. Yes, Olbermann is far better educated. He's more articulate. He's funnier. He's more polished. He's more likable, even if only marginally so.

            But he would get his a$$ handed to him if he met Bill O' in a dark alley. In case you haven't noticed, most of Olbermann's highlights come when he's taking on a teleprompter, not an actually live human being who begs to differ.



            Sure, good stuff, and I agree with Keith 95% of the time, and Bill -95% of the time, but one guy's clearly got the upper hand when it comes to fisticuffs.

            This Week's Poll is all about the upcoming Maryland Referendum on slot 北京体彩网官方网站 (see the post that follows). I'm leaning towards voting for them, but I figure I should solicit the opinions of AverageNation™ so I can make a more informed decision come Tuesday.

            As usual, vote early and often.

            Caption This Photo.

            The Second Coolest Thing I've Seen In Awhile.

            . Here's the full performance.



            I read on some random site that the school should be ashamed of teaching the kids the lyrics of a convicted felon with a rap sheet longer than Manute Bol. Poppycock. These kids seem intelligent enough to me to know that it "is trickin', even if you got it". And besides, if these kids have parents willing to sacrifice enough to spend $14k/year to send them to the Ron Clark Academy, chances are those parents are enough of a presence in the kids lives to neutralize any potentially bad message. Plus,

            Nazi Kidz For Obama: Take II?!?

            and some on the web and conservative radio have smeared these kids as Nazis and Black Panthers in training.

            Any Negro with half a brain knows this is little more than discipline via rote memorization. It's also a pretty lousy knockoff of stepshows you'd see on any HBCU campus, black church, or community center for that matter. Doesn't matter, some still think Obama Psi Phi is racist, or worse.

            I chalked this up to mainstream America's total and complete ignorance of even basic day to day black culture. Turns out I was maybe half-wrong. Witness this Caucasian Craziness from an affluent LA suburb.



            I've since heard this song/video also lampooned and picked apart on The Laura Ingraham Show, FoxNews, and various other spots.

            Well, that settles it. Any kid, black or white, who sings or chants about the Obama campaign is Marxist, socialist, Stalinist, and fill-in-your-own-ist. Just . This sh*t is racist!

            Maybe it "Ain't A Black Thang". Seems like errybody "Understands".

            I stand corrected, Spool. You win (as usual).

            Question: Is it ever right to use kids to make a political statement? Think before you answer, that is indeed a loaded question.

            Tuesday, October 28, 2008

            AverageBro NewsBriefs - Some Random Stuff on My Mind Edition.

            Say it ain't so, Joe. Sounds more like "death to the McCain campaign" to me. Of course, he has no information to back this up. Props to Shepard Smith of Fox News for actually pressing this idiot on his moronic comment.

            The Palin Effigy - This is just wrong. Let the record reflect that I think such acts of cowardice are hideous and uncalled for. The fact that the local authorities are defending this as "free speech" and allowing it to stay up make it ever worse. However, the thing that pisses me off is the assertion that if this were Obama, the story would be blown out of proportion. Not true at all. Nearly a month or so ago. Did you hear about it?

            Oh, how about the effigy in Ohio last week?



            Prolly not.

            Ashley Todd - I knew this chick was lying when I first heard about the story. I mean, come on, carving a backwards "B" in some chick's face because she's down with a losing ticket?



            Negroes have been known to wild out, but I know Nigga Nonsense when I hear it, and that ain't it. Reality is, black folks don't care about politricks that damn much, despite the explosion of Obamania. Anyone with a shred of common sense would have done some 北京体彩网官方网站work. Of course, in the newfound spirit of victimology, this didn't stop the state GOP from running with the story and blasting it the moment it broke. Palin and McCain called with condolences. The whole house of cards collapsed the next day, and everyone gets egg on the face. Where's the apology?

            Barry The Redistributionist - I knew the Palin/McCain campaign was suffering, but this week's tactic of branding Barry a socialist is just too pathetic to even get upset about. Reality is, we've been paying taxes to fund things like welfare programs, community centers, unemployment benefits, and yes, schools for years. People with more money by nature pay more taxes. This keeps things balanced out, it's not socialism, it's not an Obama creation, and it ain't new. Calling it "welfare" is obviously a subliminal racist dig to play to "Middle America". Bastards. Never mind the fact that McCain just voted in favor of $700M in corporate "welfare" last month. Then again, the yokels crying about redistribution of wealth are so mesmerized by their candidates of choice (both of whom made over $1M last year) and conservative chatters (who make even more) that they fail to realize their dumb asses will never make more than $250k/year and would actually pay less in taxes under Obama's plan. These people deserve to have their taxes raised.

            The Assasination Plot - Boy, you hardly heard anything about this yesterday, but two idiots hatched a plot to murder Obama and 100 random black kids along the way. Zzzzzzzz.



            Of course, had this been a bunch of Haitians planning to off Palin, well, can you say "Domestic Bush Doctrine"? I have lost official count of just how many such incidents have been snuffed out this year, but I sure as hell hope this doesn't stop some older Black folks from pulling that lever for Barry out of fear.

            The Sad Spectacle That Is John McCain - I'm human, despite my appearances here sometimes. I can empathize with people I don't necessarily like, and I almost find myself feeling bad for John McCain at times. He has officially run the worst, more scattershot campaign in modern history, while his opponent has run the best. This Muslim approach to legislation (laugh now, figure it out later) isn't resonating. His Veep is compiling an audition tape for her next gig. His campaign manager couldn't run a Dairy Queen. And now, he's going to go down in history as the former PoW who lost an election to an effette, insufficient black man. Yeah, the guy is acting like a douche on the stump lately, but put yourself in his shoes. That sh*t has got to hurt.

            Kwame In The Clink - So, Yaw's Boy is due to get sent to jail to begin his 4 month bid today. I am watching CNN, and they show this bama in court with his wife (inexplicably still) by his side. Kwame is sitting there cheesing, and yawning like he's watching a Pistons game. Could they tack on an additional 6 months for being an a-hole? Does anyone doubt that he'll run again in 5 years once his ban is lifted? Sorry Detroit, but this is why ya'll stay losin'. And I ain't even talkin' bout' The Lions either.

            DL Hughley's CNN Show Sucks - Yeah, I went back on a promise and actually tuned in. The wife Tivo'd it, and I was a captive audience. Let's just say I hope Darryl Lynn keeps an updated resume, because I don't see that show making it past Thanksgiving.



            Again, if you just gotta support a black man, peep BET's Somebodies. Tonight's the season finale.

            World Series - I know the Rays had the best record, so they aren't technically the underdogs, but I'm rooting for them to come back and win in 7. Philly Phans are so phanatical and obnoxious. They don't deserve a title of any sort before the Nation's Capitol.

            The Shield Is Coming To An End - The best TeeVee show nobody watches is winding to an end.



            With The Wire already off the air, the era of Edgy Serial Cop Shows On Cable TeeVee is coming to a sad close. If you've never watched this show, you have no idea what you've missed. Don't bother tuning in now, you can't possibly catch up. Add one of the prior seasons to your Netflix queue and get it poppin'.

            Question: Did you hear about the Obama effigy in Oregon? Were you suspicious of Ashley Todd? Is this "socialist" tag borderline pathetic, let alone stoopid? Is the assasination plot getting the coverage it deserves? Do you feel somewhat sorry for John McCain, all things considered? How long do you give DL's show? Do you want Tampa to come back? Do you watch The Shield? Is this a new world record for Questions to End A Single Post?

            Is It Ever Okay To Hit A Girl?!?

            (sans the afro puffs), and she was not backin' down because I was a boy. In fact, I think this riled her up even more.

            This was one of those "life in slow motion" moments for me. I'd always been told by both of my parents to defend myself and not get rolled on (my words, not theirs) when someone stepped to me. I had also been told that under no circumstances was I to evar lay hands on a woman out of anger. Real boys didn't do that.

            As the mob intensified and Hammond approached me closer, I glanced at my grandma's house to find her standing by the storm door. I suddenly felt stoopid for even remotely entertaining the idea of whoopin' this young girl ass. I was raised better, and I knew it.

            Despite the throngs of kids urging me to fight, I calmly turned and walked into the house. Hammond stayed at the sidewalk, steady poppin' shit, but eventually the other kids realized nothing was goin' down, and started to dissipate. The busdriver even got back on the bus and drove away. The whole fracas was over. The cooler head had prevailed.

            When I walked in the door, the my grandma spoke to me and delivered a clear message.

            "Next time you'll have to whoop her ass, you know."

            My words, not hers.

            I'm reminded of this story every time I watch Sarah Palin take yet another potshot at Obama. She's called him a terrorist. She's called him anti-American. I think she might have even called the dude Sambo the other day, but I was watching Fox News and you know how they like editing stuff.

            Nonetheless, poor Barry can't say a thing back to the self-described pitbull in lipstick for the same reason I couldn't haul off and slap the barrettes out of Hammond's big juicy head. Because you can't hit a girl.

            The Washington Post explored this dichotomy the other day.

            From the moment Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stepped onto the national stage as the Republican vice presidential nominee, she has been rhetorically body-slamming her Democratic opponents.

            She has punched and jabbed and engaged in sarcastic -- and sometimes vicious -- trash talk. Whether one believes that her behavior is merely par for the course as a campaign comes down to the wire or that her opponents deserve the verbal pummeling or that she has demonstratively gone off the deep end, one thing is clear. Most observers seem to agree that the two men in the line of her fire -- Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden -- are not allowed to hit her back. Even in today's post-Hillary Clinton world of presidential politics, boys still aren't supposed to hit girls. Even if it's the girl who starts the fight.

            The point is not to suggest that either Obama or Biden should come out swinging ugly slurs, half-truths or outright lies. But the conventional wisdom seems to be that the men on the Democratic ticket can't tell Palin precisely what they think of her moose, her hockey pucks and her Joe Six-Pack-isms. If a fella should try, he will be perceived as a bully, as condescending, as ungentlemanly.

            As Palin smiles and winks and throws right hooks to the jaw, the men are worried about looking mean. It was no surprise that part of Biden's debate preparation included how to share the stage with a female opponent. How should he adjust his body language? What facial expressions should he avoid? The underlying theory? Don't get too butch and macho or little Miss Palin might burst into tears. Never mind that she had already likened herself to a breed of dog made famous for its willingness to lunge for the jugular and rip it out.
            The rest of the article by Robin Givhan is well worth the read, and I'd encourage each of you to peep it.

            You could argue that Obama has taken both the high, and politically expedient roads by mostly ignoring Palin. This tactic seems to work, since it's become clearer by the week that Palin is more than capable of ethering herself each time she opens her mouth without a cue card. Still, this just ain't fair. Not to me at least.

            You're prolly wondering that happened between me and Hammond, right? Well, I more or less avoided her for the next couple of weeks. I knew I'd have little choice but to whoop that butt the next time we crossed paths, and figured the path of least resistance was best.

            Strangely, after I avoided the fight and became elusive, Hammond somehow developed a puppy love crush on me. Then I had to avoid her to totally different, yet relatively more palatable reasons. Go figure. I didn't understand girls then, and I don't totally get women now.

            For those of you born after 93' that missed the Lady Of Rage reference, here's her (only?) hit single, "Afro Puffs". I wonder if the grown up Hammond looks like that. {Shiver}



            Question: Is it fair that women can attack men politically, but men can't return the fire? Could Hillary Clinton and other female Obama surrogates be doing more to shut Palin up, or is it best to simply ignore her?

            Monday, October 27, 2008

            Joe The Plumber Ain't The Only One Lining Up His Next Gig.

            I mean, seriously folks, read between the lines here. Not that line, the other ones.



            As sickening as the whole "GOP victim narrative" is, watching it explode in the past couple of weeks has been worse. First it was Poor Sarah, the Poor Joe, now Poor Elisabeth. I thought Republicans were supposed to be the strong ones. What the heck is up with all these pity parties? That's some ole punk a$$ liberal mumbojumbo, right Spool?

            I know a Grand Hu$tle sympathy ploy when I see it. These bamas ain't foolin' me.

            Question: Is Hasselbeck setting herself up for her own show, a soft landing when she gets fired from The View, or something bigger like a political office?

            Rappin' Abe's $5 Footlongs?!? Racist Or Just Lame?

            and those Tangueray spots? Or that big boosomed woman on the PineSol ads? That sexually stereotypical



            [1] Please tell me ya'll remember that one. Just awful. Felix and Oscar were cryin' inside.

            * Thanks to ANewP for passing this along.

            Poll Position: O'Reilly Vs Olbermann!!!

            I'll admit, I'm a bit surprised that the news of Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama barely lasted an entire news cycle. Apparently the GOP had already convened and figured out their plan of attack. Make it a race thang!

            You guys sniffed this out yourselves. I don't have anything more to add.

            This Week's Poll isn't going to make much sense unless you know a bit about the history between Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly. Here's a video primer for the uninitiated.

            Bill O' is heated about the MSNBC's recent Nielsen gains, and blames the NYTimes (?!?) for liberal bias. I don't think he ever actually mentions Olbermann by name, but we get the gist.



            Olbermann strikes back, in his usual smarmy, smartest-guy-in-the-class manner.



            While it's very interesting watching white guys snipe at each other on-air, I wonder which of these guys could take the other out in a back alley brawl. Are these just a couple of studio gangstas, or would they take it to the streets if the opportunity arose?

            The Tale Of The Tape

            Olbermann - Seems to have a bit of heft on Bill O'. He's covered sports in the past, so maybe some of the gulliness of the NFL teams he's been around rubbed off. His Cornell education might give him the tactical edge in technique. Banned from ESPN Corporate offices for life. Native New Yorker, but no NY swagger. Lower ratings inferiority complex could be motivating factor. German.

            Bill O' - Has the height advantage, and all things considered, just generally seems more brolic to me. Maybe it's the New York swagger. Maybe it's the extreme d-baggishness. Perhaps it's the way he shouts down every guest, even those who agree with him. Makes $10M a year, which definitely can lead to overconfidence and inflated sense of self-worth. Irish.

            My Prediction - Despite the early lead you guys have spotted the MSNBC stalwart, Bill O' would kick Olbermann's ass royally in real life, just as he does in the ratings. If you're wondering, I like Olbermann far more, but take who you like out of the equation for a moment when you vote.

            As usual, vote early and often.

            Sunday, October 26, 2008

            What's On AB's iPod?: The Obama Mixtape.

            Terry Tate Is Back!!!

            Watch the whole thing or you'll miss it.

            Saturday, October 25, 2008

            Plumber Turned Congressman?!? Say It Ain't So, Joe!!!



            The Worst John McCain Impersonation Evar!!!

            MadTV should really just hang it up. Yes, SNL still sucks, despite the whole Palin/Fey brouhaha. But MadTV has regressed bigtime, and Bobby Lee's McCain impersonation borders on pathetically amateur.

            Not Joe Biden, the kid, of course.

            Friday, October 24, 2008

            AB Meets Obama... Sorta.




            Thursday, October 23, 2008

            Peep The BET Hip Hop Awards Live Blog.

            We diiiiid it. AverageSis and AverageOlderBro rode shotgun for both hours of the very short and surprisingly well put together show. The show will obviously be re-aired about 234 times before the weekend is over, so you can watch and re-live the whole thing here at AB.com.

            AverageBro & Fam Live Blog The BET Awards: The PreShow!

            AverageBro & Fam Live Blog The BET Awards: Hour One

            AverageBro & Fam Live Blog The BET Awards: Hour Two

            9:00PM

            AB - This show got a lot better. I was about to pull the plug on this whole thing after the first 30 minutes. This is only 2 hours.

            AOB - Smooth show. No bad performances so far.

            AB - No great ones either.

            { The cipher segment returns. }

            AB - The rooftop cypher at the last awards was better. Clearly these dudes ain't freestyling.

            AS - Hot.

            AB - Who's this asian chick? First the somali cat, now her.

            AS - Yeah.

            AB - This Blaq Poet cat is hot.

            AS - That's Peter Gunz kid. Corey Gunz.

            AB - Big deal. That's like sayin' "hey, that's Pete Myers' son". Just as unimpressive.

            AS - Stop hatin'.

            AB - Yeah, he could flow.

            { T-Pain comes out with some prop to make a joke about a vocoder. It falls flat. }

            AB - He's pretty good at this.

            { Common and N.E.R.D. come onstage. }

            AB - Remember when Common was still interesting?

            { Everyone else is bored to death. }

            AS - Wake me up when it's over. This is like Planet Rock.

            { AOB gets up and starts pop lockin'. }

            AB - Go! Go! Go! Go!

            { The "Notorious" trailer plays. }

            AB - I'm there opening night.

            AOB - Me too.

            AS - Who's babysitting?

            {crickets}

            { The obligatory Russell Simmons tribute begins. }

            { crickets }

            AS - Another Obama shirt.

            AB - Bold Prediction. Obama is making a surprise appearance before this is over.

            { T-Pain performs. }

            AOB - This dude is caked up.

            AB - He's responsible for 75% of the hit songs out now.

            AS - He's actually talented though.

            AB - Agree. You could blame the vocoder, but you gotta have some talent to come up with this stuff.

            { Lil' Wayne comes out. }

            AB - Dwarf #11.

            AS - This song is lame, but it's still knockin' for some reason.

            AB - I thought this was The Dream at first.

            { Wayne and T-Pain are joined by some woman on stilts, joining the contortionists on stage already. }

            AB - The UniverSoul Negro Circus.

            { Lil' Wayne launches into some weak freestyle. }

            AS - Did he say I wanna **** Sarah Palin?

            AB - McCain old man joke. This will be on The O'Reilly Factor tomorrow.

            AOB - Didn't these fools learn from Ludacris?

            AB - Obama is somewhere crying.

            { After a middling Ice Cube performance, Ciara comes out to present The MVP Award. }

            AB - Lil Wayne winning.

            AS - Kanye.

            AB - He ain't there. Wayne is winning.

            { Lil' Wayne wins, and comes onstage with a styrofoam cup full of lean, followed by about 30 dudes, one of whom looks like he might be his pastor. }

            AB - Did he just say "I got a son droppin' any day"?

            AOB - Wow.

            { Another cipher. }

            AB - This ain't no cipher. How can you freestyle in a cipher with lines you already recorded on your album?

            AOB - The Sarah Palin line was sick.

            AB - Fabolous just aired these dudes out.

            AOB - Jadakiss was good too.

            { T-Pain sends the 903rd Obama shout out of the night. }

            AB - Leave Barack Alone!!!

            AOB - T-Pain was a decent host.

            AS - He wasn't bad at all.

            { Bow Wow and Soulja Boy close the show. No Obama I guess. }

            AS - He stole that glow in the dark suit from Chris Brown.

            AB - I thought Snap Music was toast.

            AOB - Free Bart? Who's Bart?

            { AOB does his best Soulja Boy! }

            AS - You know this song?

            AOB - Nah.

            { The show abruptly ends. Kids need to be put to bed. Holla!}

            Question - What did you think of the BET Hip Hop Awards? Do all these Obama shout outs and foul mentions of Palin help Barack or is he somewhere crying in his cereal at this Negro Nonsense?

            8:00pm

            AverageOlderBro (AOB) Is Here Now.

            AOB - TI and Luda on the same stage?

            AB - This is like MLK and Malcolm. Ghetto style.

            AOB - Right. That was pretty hot.

            AB - Katt Williams was supposed to be the host. Somethin or other happened. We get stuck with T-Pain. This is like replacing Jordan with Pete Myers.

            AOB - T-Pain made half these bamas careers.

            AB - Comparing himself to Whoopi Goldberg? Classic! First Obama shout out.

            AOB - He's actually pretty good.

            AB - He's funny. Who wrote this monologue?

            AOB - He was funny.

            AB - Why is 50 Cent dressed like a hedge fund manager? Is this what's hot in the streets now?

            AOB - Kerry Washington is tall.

            AB - It this turning into an Obama rally? I just went to one yesterday. Don't need to see another.

            {Lil' Wayne wins first of likely dozens of awards. No kids in tow. Must not be his weekend. He is already very high though.}

            AOB - Jadakiss got a job? He's hosting?

            AB - Keep gettin' money.

            {Nas comes out to perform "Hero" flanked by some sorta God's Property crew of backup dancers/singers.}

            AB - Is this Nas or Kirk Franklin? This sh*t is wack.

            AOB - Classic performance, but he needed to put more in his props.

            AB - Wack.

            {Wu-Tang Clan comes out to introduce an award.}

            AOB - Retire, please.

            AB - Too old to be rappin'.

            AB - Speakin' of Kirk Franklin... Plies!!!!

            AverageSis - Where's the set? Everything is so generic.

            AB - Plies has two college degrees?

            AOB - That's David Banner. But Plies did graduate. He's the most intelligent rapper you'll ever hear in an interview.

            AB - That n*gga is actually articulate.

            AOB - Rick Ross is a joke. This show is lame. Watching rappers perform to a prerecorded track is a waste of time. Does Rick Ross have a college degree too?

            AB - I don't think so.

            AOB - Nelly needs to retire too.

            AS - This Avery Storm dude can't sing a lick.

            AB - Somebody get that vocoder.

            8:40

            { Young Jeezy comes out dressed like Barack Obama and starts rapping behind a podium.}

            AOB - He stole Nas' idea.

            AB - And his budget.

            { Some black clad dancers emerge from the crowd. }

            AS - They supposed to be Black Panthers? I like this.

            AOB - This is the best performance so far. This is some Public Enemy stuff.

            AB - SW-1's.

            AS - The opera chick is over the top. I like it.

            AB - Steppin' Black Panthers.

            AOB - Hot.

            AB - Hot.

            AS - Hot.

            { Shawty Lo wins some random award. }

            AB - Dwarf #10.

            AOB - He is called Shawty Lo for a reason.

            AS - Ludacris looks like he works at IBM. What's with the image makeover?

            8:50

            { The "tribute to ladies of hip hop" segment begins with MC Lyte.}

            AB - "Cha Cha Cha!"

            AS - Lyte still looks good.

            AOB - Yo Yo looks like a hooker.

            AS - She needs some spanks.

            AB - What's with the hoochie dancing? She is 40! She looks like my aunt.

            AS - The Lady Of Rage is still wearing afro puffs?

            AOB - Time flies.

            AS - She still looks the same.

            AB - Salt -n- Pepa!!!

            AS - This the' joint!

            AOB - They are legends.

            AS - Pepa kept the weight off. They look good.

            AB - Damn, another Obama tribute. Push it! won't about no damn voter registration.

            AS - We know what Push It! means. We got 2 kids.

            AB - Indeed. Damn, enough of the Obama shout outs. We get it already.

            AS - White folks are gonna be scared off by this.

            AOB - White folks ain't watchin' this.

            AS - They stayed in good shape.

            AB - So now "What A Man" is a prObama song? Please.

            AOB - Dang, Spinderella got big as a house.

            AB - She is bigger than Rage.

            AS - That was hot.

            AOB - Not bad.

            AB - Not bad at all.

            After much confusion and some domain name trickery, the liveblog is on. I'll post comments every 10-15 minutes, which means you'll be a bit behind, but hey, a minor delay is better than nothing. Leave your comments you know where.

            7:15 - Waiting for my brothers to arrive. AverageSis is sitting this one out. 2 kids will do that to you.

            Tuning in to 106th and Park just further enforces how old I'm getting. I know TI is doing some good things with registering voters in ATL, but let's keep it one hunned: the dude prolly cannot vote. I get the whole "key demo" thing and whatnot, but why not pull in Hill Harper or somebody? Sheez.

            I still don't care for this Kanye "Love Lockdown" song. I'm sure ya'll will beg to differ. This video is sorta interesting though. Blurred out models? Hmmm. I guess Uncut style stuff is ok as long as there's some "artistic intent". BET needs to step up their game and broadcast in HD. Watching non-HD is like seeing a dude walking around with a boombox.

            7:25 - Ciara is trying to darned hard. It didn't take a genius to tell "1-2 Step" and "Goodies" made her a 2 hit wonder. All these scantily clad videos are fun to watch, but they smell of desperation.

            Awww snap, a new Brandy video? This video is #1, but I've never heard of it, which says more about me than Brandy's career. This sounds like one of those songs you hear when you get to the club too early. Zzzzzz.

            7:30something - Zzzzzz. Watching a "red carpet" show that was taped a week ago and very poorly edited is an exercise in futility. Plus, I've got a crying baby on my lap. Unless something even remotely interesting happens, I might sit this out until the real show starts at 8. Zzzzzz.

            7:45 - I know they say everyone on TV is short, but dang. TI and Outkast's Big Boi look like Dwarves #8 and #9. Hi Ho!

            It's Back On!!! AB.com & Fam ARE Live Blogging The BET Hip Hop Awards Tonight!

            Sorry for the confusion. The Fam's on the way. We're bloggin'. Join us in about 20 minutes!!!

            Last time was so much fun, we decided to do it again. That's right party people, AB, AverageOldestBro, and AverageMiddleBro will be liveblogging tonight's BET Hip Hip Awards right here tonight.

            We'll get started around 7:30 or so, so tune in to AB.com and catch the show with us!!!

            Obama FoodStamps? Man, Would November 4th Hurry Up And Get Here Already?!?



            [1] Yeah, I know. LaQuita. Pot, meet kettle.

            [2] Name that tune. This has to be the easiest one evar.

            Wednesday, October 22, 2008

            What Would You Do? - The YouTube Phenomenon.

            I've only been emailed this video about 48,993 times in the past week alone. Judging by the YouTube numbers (500k+ viewers and counting), I'm not the only one.

            Anyways, here's some girl who goes by the name "Scarlett", taking an unfortunate, and possibly orchestrated, tumble that has the internet goin' nuts.



            Here's the full 5 minute video just in case you like watching paint dry.



            I've always been somewhat of a private dude, so maybe I'm just going to naturally miss out on the whole YouTube/viral video phenomenon. Except for that blurb over on the NPR site, there's nothing on the internet that would make me personally identifiable. This is purely intentional. I work for an employer that actively scours the web for information about potential job candidates. They look at FaceBook, MySpace, Flickr, and of course YouTube. People are certainly entitled to having their own lives and the right to self-expression, but an employer also has the right to refuse a job if they find something out there that's questionable.

            Sometimes, I wonder if people like "Scarlett" even think about this before they film themselves doing dumb stuff that leaves a permanent electronic trail. 15 years from now, when Latarian is trying to get a job at Walmart (for the hotwing discount of course), I'm sure some 3rd shift manager is going to remember his real-life Grand Theft Auto excursion and subsequent trip to Hot97. That 1/4 page resume is headed straight for the toilet, Skinny Black style.

            Then again, most of the folks on YouTube doin' dumb stuff are young, and we know how young folks have zero concept of longterm ramifications. Chances are, if I was back at my Negro College HBCU with today's technology, I might could do something hella ignant and throw it on DailyMotion too. So maybe I shouldn't be so judgemental.

            Still, I just wish some of these folks would think first and record later.

            Question: Have YOU been in a viral video YOU'd care to share with the rest of us? What do YOU think of the whole "viral video" craze? Do you think people film first and think later about the real-world ramifications? Is this all about attention or just a sign of the times?

            Tuesday, October 21, 2008

            Obama Ekes Out The Tween' Vote. Fox News Calls Victory For McCain.



            [1] Completely unrelated note: I wonder how much the national voluntary unemployment rate has gone up since MSNBC hired Tamron Hall for their 9am newscast. Wowzers!

            Roland Martin Is Crying In His Cereal.