Run to the sun while the bass goes boom

I got some amazing new music and some time. I am long overdue on this year’s mix-tape series, I’m glad to have some time to get it all together. Right now I am working on disc 2: Rebirth, Reboot. This song is featured, I can’t get enough of Zion and the Grouch these days. They bring out the west coast b-girl in me. Mad love to Oakland, they’ve been holding it down for 10 years with amazing, enlightened underground hip hop with the bass that goes BOOM!

This song is such a throwback to early NWA while being totally modern. That booming bassline was made for a stompin’ system in a car. I play this song LOUD, as it was meant to be heard. Those pounding beats vibrate your lower chakras, scratching an itch you didn’t know you had. This song is pure west coast at its finest: clever, laid-back, and hella danceable.

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Bonita got the Jezebel ban hammer

I am as surprised as the rest of you. I’m really torn. I love the community, but I stand by my comment. Their Occupy Wallstreet coverage went from sadly lacking to totally laughable. I’m sad to be losing contact with my fellow jezzies. If you want to keep up with me, please subscribe to Bonita Appleblog. And know this is really devastating to me. The community wasn’t perfect, but I always tried to help foster it with positivity and optimism.

The occupy movement needs you

You can keep doing nothing, but those that are exploiting us are showing no signs of letting up. In fact, they are getting more bold because they have been allowed to act outside the law with no negative consequences. Those that have caused others to loose homes, livelihoods and retirements continue to compensate themselves handsomely. And the media would have us believe that if we just keep working harder and spending (read increasing debt) in this consumer based economy, things will somehow get better for us. Eventually.

IT WON”T. Not doing anything guarantees more of the same. People are trying to stand up for something different and they need your help.  After the jump, pictures of democracy at its most basic level. It’s not easy but it’s exciting to see people who are willing to take a stand against corporations that are too big to fail and running amok.

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What needs to happen to you to get you to do something?

I have been following the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Seattle movements over the last few weeks. I stopped by Occupy Seattle yesterday afternoon. This was before the police arrests were made and Parks and Recreation removed the tents. I’m heading back right now.

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I just keep thinking that we all felt so great about getting Obama elected and then we went back to sleep. And now we criticize Obama but did we keep up our side of the deal? Did we get more socially aware and politically active? Because I sort of went back to my life. And now it seems things are not better, in fact, most people I know are worse off than they were a year ago.

So after the jump. a few things to think about and at least one thing you must do NOW.

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Finding a style that suits you and your life

This is the second part  of a two part series. Here’s the link to Part 1: Is your style still working for you? Are you sure?

I have always considered myself a good dresser, but that’s not the same as knowing your own style.

For me, defining my personal style was a part of a bigger process. The cosmic colonic was about stream-lining  my life. I got rid of what wasn’t working to clear space for the things that do work. In order to find the true me hidden beneath the shlumpadinka facade, I went about defining my personal style and then cleared out my closet to reflect that person back to me.

After the jump, some ideas and suggestions to help you find your own style. It’s not about spending money, it’s about getting rid of what’s not working in your wardrobe so you can easily access the stuff that does.

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Eh….no!

I use this all the time. Of course, nobody knows what I’m referring to, but it’s funny to me and it never gets old. I was so happy when I found this clip today. I LOVE Tisha Campbell so much, I’ve loved her since House Party and Martin, and I really enjoyed her on this show. They were the next generation Cosby family. She and Damon were great together as a successful, loving couple who worked hard to raise their kids well.

After the jump, two hilarious dance scenes including a killer breakdance crew dance-off. I love the Zoolander breakdace fight, but those clowns got nothing on Micheal Kyle at his 1985 High School Reunion.

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Put your back into it like your grandma do it

LAST SONG! The 3o hour dance party CONCLUDES: #30AssShakers30Hours

You know we had to have a big finish, who better to close this down than Daddy Fat Sacks Sir Lucious L. Leftfoot, The Son of Chico Dusty Big Boi. This album is outstanding, I did a post about it when it came out. In fact, just hearing it now, I am compelled to go listen to it in it’s entirety as soon as I finish this post.

I was so sad when Outkast decided to pursue solo projects. But in retrospect, it has been a good thing. Big Boi was always in Andre’s shadow. I think most of us assumed he was the lesser talent, when in fact, he is not. After really getting to know Big Boi’s flow and voice from Sir Lucious Leftfoot, I realized that for many Outkast songs, I thought his flow was Andre. Embarrassing to admit, but I’ll bet you’ve done the same without realizing it.

After the jump, a classic Outkast cut, featuring one of my favorite videos.

Thanks for celebrating with me. I really, really hope Twitter doesn’t go all MySpace on me, now that I’ve finally gotten to the party.

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In love with the kid because he’s underground

The 3o hour dance party continues: #30AssShakers30Hours

Talib Kweli is so talented. His voice is distinctive, his flow is clear. Both his parents worked at a university, his mother was a professor and his father was an administrator, so you know education was a priority growing up. I was so moved by his song, the Manifesto, that I did an entire blog post about the song complete with the lyrics for the last verse.

Reflection Eternal is a collaboration between Talib and Hi Tek and their album, Revolutions per Minute came out last year. It’s a great album, I highly recommend you purchase it in it’s entirety, preferably from a record store. This song, featuring Estelle is a favorite. So retro and modern at the same time. And I love the art direction and styling of the video, they both look so sharp.

Let me get some action from the back section

The 3o hour dance party continues: #30AssShakers30Hours

Couldn’t wrap this party up without hearing from the Boys.  Every album they drop is different from the last as they continue to grow and evolve as musicians. And it speaks volumes that they have stayed together for 25 years. (!) It’s always been an equal collaboration. I read an article about them in Rolling Stone where they joked that if one of them makes the lunch decision, the other two are like, “Oh, so your the leader of the group now.” These guys are funny, but you’ve heard their lyrics, you know this.  They also  do the most wildly creative videos.

After the jump, an AMAZING video of my favorite song off the  new album.
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It’s Friday the 13th, guess who’s playing Jason?

The 3o hour dance party continues: #30AssShakers30Hours

I’m enjoying Nicki Minaj, I have hopes for that young’un. I spoke earlier about my feelings towards Lil Kim and I know to some people, Nicki probably looks pretty much the same. But I think there is a big difference between the two women.

Lil Kim never seemed to try to get beyond always being a sexual object. And she had flow, but it felt hyper-sexual and often got nasty. Nicki is super sexy, all boobs and body. But the difference is that once she puts on the clothes and make-up,  she does all sorts of things that are anything but sexy. She writes aggressive lyrics, referring to herself as monster, crazy and other such un-sexy things. Yes, both women are sexy, but everything in Nicki’s attitude says, “My eyes are up here.” Lil Kim, not so much.

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