Monday, September 30, 2013

YOBO (You Only Ball Once) - Drake and the Toronto Raptors

Hands up to all those 20 and 30 somethings out there that remember voting in school for the name of the new Toronto NBA team back in the early '90s.

Newsflash: You are old.

In 2016 the Huskies Terriers Towers Raptors will be celebrating their 20th anniversary.  Yes 20.

Two big pieces of news to come out of that.

One: Toronto will be hosting the 2016 All-Star game.

Two: Drake has just signed on to be their "Global Ambassador" and re-brand the team.

Whether you like him or not, you've gotta tip your hat to Drake.  First he was on arguably the most popular Canadian TV show ever (Degrassi) and now he's a part of the only basketball team in Canada (I kinda remember that Vancouver may have had a team.  Kinda).

So with this news, I have put together some suggestions for Drake and how he can tap into his network to make the Raptors "better" without having to sign LeBron James and slip some cash to Andrew Wiggins at Kansas.

1.  A new catch phrase:

YOBO - You Only Ball Once

2.  Tell every free agent that he'll sing/rap the hook on their song and promote their album.

3.  Show them that when you start from the bottom in Toronto, you actually start with a silver spoon in your flax cereal and organic milk.  

4.  The Maple Leafs pay the bills.  All you've got to do is play and not suck too too badly.

5.  Change the "Raptors" to the "Gremlins" and get the most popular mascot ever in sports history:

6.  Shoot, get Birdman and the whole of Cash Money to run the team.  If Master P and now Jay-Z can get into the business of sport, why not this guy?

(All jokes aside, Birdman is a serious business man.)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Drake - Hold On, We're Going Home ft. Majid Jordan (Official Video)

Is terriblist a word?  If not, I'm pulling rank and making it up for this video.  This is the terriblist video ever.  I thought Drake just came out with a song with Snoop Lion called "No Guns Allowed"?

Drake man.  The song had some real potential to build on "Find Your Love" and your Jimmy status from Degrassi.


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wi-Fi in Cars? Humans and Stupid Ideas

I find it ironic that news came out today that Rogers wants to turn your car into a rolling XBox and I saw a guy filling out a crossword (with a pen and newspaper) as I drove down Bayview this morning.

I'm all about technology, but this is a pretty stupid (and dangerous) idea. 

I can't text while I'm driving, but I can order a pizza and have it delivered on the 401 at 5:44 on a Wednesday evening.  And eat it too.  And fill out a crossword for good measure.

I can't wait for the new law that'll come out against people watching porn and indecent exposure as they drive along in traffic.

In other news: Rogers is now getting into the car insurance business and names Andrea Horwath CEO.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Shad - Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins)

Listen to the lyrics.  And people like to think you need a PhD to be an expert or have the authority to speak on an issue.

Tessanne Chin Ft. Busy Signal - Don't Wanna Fight - [Another Dollar Ridd...

Man.  That's all I've got to say.

Da'ville - Mirrors (Justin Timberlake Cover)

I'm sorry, but this is better than the original.  The only way it could be better is if JT himself jumped on this reggae remix as a duet with Alaine or Etana.

stromae & (major lazer) : "papamayé " (Leçon 27) (+playlist)

I'll say that if and when this remix is mastered, it has some serious potential.  Stromae doing a show in Jamaica?  Nuts.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Nearly 400 Years in the Making: 12 Years a Slave

Is it historically accurate?  Yes.

Does Chiwetel Ejiofor deliver a first class performance?  Yes.

Is it a good great film?  Yes.

Does Steve McQueen direct the history as representative of the past, present, and future?  Yes.

Will it win an Oscar?  Yes.  And here’s why.

I was lucky enough to get invited to the final screening of 12 Years a Slave at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend at the Elgin Theatre with 1,499 other moviegoers/film buffs/hot-to-trotters and at least one Django Unchained loyalist (moi).

I wasn’t disappointed.

I thought about doing a brief synopsis as is the custom for movie reviews, then I realized there’s no point.  The movie is about slavery.  This ain't fiction.  It's history.  Period.  Fullstop.  Next question.

Ok, that description may be a little too simplistic.  Yes, the movie is based on Free man kidnapped into slavery in 1841, Solomon Northup and his 1853 book, Twelve Years a Slave.  It’s a winding tale of how “(un)free” it was for all Blacks in the United States even in the “free” Northern States.  And this was well before the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and the Dred Scott Decision in 1857.
Black equaled slave.  Period.  Fullstop.  Next question.

Unlike Django, this movie will win Best Picture because it doesn’t make White audiences uncomfortable.  Yes, the word “nigger” is used throughout, but there isn’t the Tarantino shoot ‘em up violence epitomized with a Black hero winning and effectually becoming the first true Black superhero of the 21st century.

12 Years is a perfect combination of Glory, Lincoln, The Color Purple, and Django.

White people don’t have to question their own historical existence, but (women especially) are emotionally intertwined with Lupita Nyong’o’s character Patsey.

While Solomon’s narrative is tragic and Ejiofor’s performance carries the movie, Patsey’s story is horrific and Nyong'o's performance is haunting.

If someone is to win an Oscar, it should be Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress.  The scene where she begs Solomon to kill her because she can’t escape the sexual, emotional, mental, and psychological brutality suffered by millions of enslaved Black women throughout the Americas makes you realize that the penis cut deeper than the whip.  And the wounds inflicted by the former have yet to heal.

The White-Black female dynamic in slavery should be explored further in another movie.  On one hand you had White women (in this case the slave owner’s wife, Mary Epps) who many would argue were victims of the institution themselves.  On the other hand, you had Black women who were sexually exploited, victimized, and brutalized by male slave owners.  These men profited from their sexual deviance as they owned the production and reproduction of their female slaves.  The Black women subsequently faced the wrath of the slave owning wife because “he loved his Black slave and he didn’t love her.”

I could go on and on for days about this, but go and watch the movie when it’s released in October and see for yourself.  Better yet, pick up a book and read for yourself.  A good start (and short, it’s only 143 pages) on Black female exploitation is Melton A. McLaurin’s true story, Celia, A Slave.

“The sexual politics of slavery in the antebellum South are perhaps most clearly revealed by the fact that recorded cases of rape of female slaves are virtually non-existent.”   (Page 113.)

Makes you wonder how they’ve got so many light-skinned Black and dark-skinned White people in the US, eh?  Maybe that’s how Thomas Jefferson defined “freedom.”

See a link to the TIFF press conference here.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Eddie Murphy - Red Light ft. Snoop Lion

And I thought Eddie Murphy put out good music back when the only thing "smart" about mobile phones were that they were mobile.  I really like this song.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Recharge With Sun

I'll be back in a week or so with my (mental and physical) batteries charged and more posts.  This gives everyone time to read my dissertation.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Dr. Christopher Stuart Taylor (link to full-text dissertation included)

Yes, I agree, that "D-R" in front of my name looks quite odd.  Very odd.  But it's true.

On Wednesday (August 28th, 2013 at 3:15pm) I successfully defended my dissertation and completed all the requirements of my PhD.  Which means I am now a doctor that can't save your life on an airplane.  I could give you the ins and outs of racism in the flight industry, but don't ask me to give you a tracheotomy with a bic pen while delivering a breached baby.  It won't happen.

I've been poor to update my progress on my PhD as promised; however, here's the link to the final published copy of "Flying Fish in the Great White North: The 'Culture' of Black Barbadian Migration to 1967" for everyone to read and share.

Someone asked me in my PhD defense lecture how I can make "change" to a discriminatory/racist society, and I said "who knows."  After some thought, the first step is me sharing my work publicly for everyone to see/hate/like/critique/burn/praise/etc. etc. etc.  That might not be the academic way, but when I'm driving at night and the police pull me over with hands on their guns, they're not asking to see my dissertation or my credentials as a Dr.

All they (still) see is a Black man.