Tuesday, November 29, 2011

What's on your dash?

Sup Brehs and Breh-ettes.

I hope you all had a crack-tastic holiday. I went home (to Memphis, duh) and kicked it tough with my brehs, so I'm Gucci.

However, while I was tripping the light fantastic, I didn't get any work done, and I'm paying for it now. Thus, a filler blog post. What's on you all's minds right now? Here's what I'm looking at:

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Ubiquity of Macaroni And Cheese

Sometimes, stupidity is really damaging to people, and cannot be condoned. But sometimes, stupidity breeds awesome. This Thanksgiving, a massive amount of stupidity bred what could turn out to be a tiny speck of awesome.

The Stupidity:

The awesome.

I think it's time to GPOY with some Mac & Cheese, don't you agree? Trader Joe's Mac & Cheese, of course. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Frogs Do Not Die In Sport, But In Earnest.

I can't think of anything more terrifying than being pepper sprayed or tear gassed. When I was a kid, my dad took me to a Ku Klux Klan rally on the steps of the city court in Memphis. It was a largely peaceful protest...until tempers flared. Amidst the tumult of acrid words and tense bodies, someone threw an orange...then a bottle of vodka...I remember that particular missile floating right over my head, even to this day.

Then, tear gas. My eyes felt like they were burning clean from my skull, my face felt like I had doused it in lava. I was blind. I was twelve. I ran, leaving my father behind in an attempt to escape the tear gas. Some could question the parenting skills of my father for taking me to such a place at that tender age...but I don't. The experience taught me more about race relations and the trials that I would have to face as a person whose ideals and very existence were an affront to the American way of being than any class or symposium or group of talking heads ever has.

Did the group of protestors in Memphis deserve to be gassed? Perhaps. It was a group of disgruntled minorities, people who had been trod upon their entire lives, listening to a group of entitled members of society go on about why they were treated in such a terrible manner. Things were almost destined to go bad, the amount of animus between the KKK and blacks is legendary. The Occupy movement doesn't fit into those same paradigms. Or do they? I'm not entirely sure yet.

What do I know? I know that still, then as today, the use of chemical control agents on largely peaceful groups a deplorable act. These men should not be allowed to continue as "protectors" of the public, when they respond with this measure of force to a group of people who are doing them absolutely no harm.

I wonder though, is casual act of personal terrorism attributable to the attitudes of men, or police? Or men as police?

Who can say?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Not interested in the AMA's? Check this out. [Nerdlife]

Most of America (including this breh's household) is getting their entertainment rocks off by laughing at Nicki's personal rendition of bitches be trippin'.

Other groups of us abhor pop culture with every fiber of our beings, and are turning to the internets to fulfill our urges. So, if looking at J-Hud's culturally deplorable lacefront has caused you to switch your TV off, check out:

Young Justice Episode 12

Hell, I didn't even know Young Justice had picked back up.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna watch Enrique Iglesias' turrble ass performance. 

A Breh Wants to Know: What are you watching right now?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Help Nashville Filmmaker Robert Poole

As anyone who follows me on twitter or G+ knows, I've recently moved to Nashville, the city of the perpetual white presence. I've had a hard time acclimating, but Mrs. Breh has done a lot to help. One of the things that she's put me on to is Nashville's rather amazing coalition of black artists and filmmakers.

While I was doing my usual "ooh, there's something interesting on the internet" break at work, I came across this indiegogo campaign for Robert L. Poole's thesis film, Brother's Keeper.

A description of the project from Shadow and Act:

"When an inner-city high school prodigy finds himself ineligible for a vital college scholarship, his last resort is to hold court with a secret group of the city's most influential men. While approval from this exclusive club would no-doubt guarantee free admission to any college of Tim's choosing, it will come at the cost of a brutal initiation."
Check the campaign video:

Looks like a definite deviation from the norm, and with a nod to Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man to boot.

I know that when I get a few extra ends, I'm definitely gonna support Mr. Poole's ambition, Because Hollywood isn't about that fair representation of POC in film life, it's up to us to tell our stories. I'm all for it.

Follow Robert on G+ and Facebook as well.

A Breh Wants to know: What POC indie film projects are floating your boat right now?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Marvin's Day!

What up, brehs?

Was having an impromptu early moring convo with one of my homeboys, and he reminded me that it's Marvin's Day today! Now, several reviews of the album already exist, because most people got the album sometime last week.

This isn't a review, though. Nor is it an attempt from me to slander Drake. Too easy.

Nah brehs, this is a revelation.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Skyrim Release Quotes

Welp, pour some out on the curb for my social life.

I'm get outta here so fast I leave a Black Breh shaped cloud of smoke. But before that, what do y'all think happens when you get about 70 hyper, intelligent, excited, axe-body spray drenched man-children in a small space and make them wait up to an hour to leave the premises with their purchases?

That's right. You get quotables.

What follows here are the top quotes of the night from last night's Midnight Release, statements either so weird or funny that I couldn't help but to post them here. So, while I'm waiting on the game data to install, here you go:

Monday, November 7, 2011

Surviving race-troll arguments on the internet [race]

The days of your friendly neighborhood race-troll claiming black friends as an infallible excuse for not being a racist are long gone. These days, when a white person makes an insesnitive, inflammatory, or otherwise stupid racial comment on the internet, they pull from a tried and true arsenal of passive aggressive 2520 debate tactics. I've seen many a fellow well-meaning negro get caught up in the web of internet racial debate, and it makes me sad, y'all. It really does. 

Fortunately, I'm here to help. After extensive research, I've come up with what are perhaps the top 3 "Now why would you misconstrue my calling you a porch-monkey as racism?" arguments that white people (especially those really thoughtful, non-racist ones) use on the internet, and how to combat them. (I don't cover straw men and other hallmarks of bad debating, and you shouldn't either. Also, "I have a black friend/s" has been used to death, and I ain't talking about it no more.

That being said, put on your marchin' shoes, friends.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ann Coulter: "Our Blacks are More Impressive"

Excuse me while my head and my desk make sweet, sweet love music. Ann Coulter, not one to really watch her mouth when talking about certain groups of people, went on the Joy Behar show to defend her "Our blacks are so much better than their Blacks" statement.  After getting a little frazzled about punctuation, she goes on to say:

"The only racism you hear in America these days is against conservative blacks, and they are vicious.

There are so many *terrible* things I could say here, but I'll just pass on all of them. Instead, I'll leave you all with this:

Pic Courtesy: http://loscuatroojos.com/2008/06/page/6/

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Balanced Budget Amendment say whaaaat?

I remember coming across the above video during my undergraduate studies. It changed the way I thought about personal finance, and cause me to seriously rethink my entire approach to money. This was in direct contrast to how my mother ran our household, which was by shuffling money and bill due dates until they could all be paid. Bills were sometimes deliquent, and other times they were paid in full, but the type of financial management system that my mother employed could be called a deficit spending model. When I developed an interest in public policy and government, I wondered often why the federal govenment couldn't just pay off our debt and put the country on a "lean times" economic plan until we were able to afford all of our pressing national expenditures. Now I know why we can't.