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- the unavoidably racist appearance of a bunch of black people on a website, essentially branded with the techie version of the phrase "owned"
- the perverse Robin Hood-ish justice that a poor African nation is redistributing a tiny piece of global wealth with scams like these
- my admiration for the scam-baiters who tie the hands of scammers and keep them from hurting generous, if naive, people
- and more ish
For the past four weekends, I have been doing gigs everywhere but home: New York, DC, Iowa/Chicago and NYC/New Jersey. My plants are filing a wrongful neglect lawsuit against me, and black folks in Boston think I just moved in.
All that changes this weekend because I'm home.
I'll be performing tonight (Fri) and tomorrow at
The Comedy Studio
1238 Mass Ave (3rd floor of the Kong)
showtime at 8pm both nights. reserve tix
I'm writing a feature length article for the Weekly Dig
Subject: Why Do Black People Leave Boston?
Most of my black friends are amazed that I still live here, eight years after graduating college. Many think I'm the only black person in town. Others fear the racism. If you have thoughts on why black people don't seem to consider Boston a place worth settling, hit me up with thoughts or let's set up an interview. If you think the premise is just wrong, let me know that too.
I've spoken with black business owners, lawyers, college students and more. I'm looking for as many perspectives as possible and want this article to be tight. If there's someone I need to get at, please tell me now.
Email me: baratunde @ baratunde . com
Or just reply to this message.
In other news
Looking for book recommendations, check out my custom Amazon Store
Photo of Jerry Bruckheimer's real plan for The Transformers
An explanation of why I use the new web service, Twitter
Why I can't stand George Tenet, and what I learned at Princeton
That's all for now. Thanks for reading.
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Governor Deval Patrick wants to end state-sponsored , abstinence-only sex education in Massachusetts, a year after Governor Mitt Romney ordered the Department of Public Health to redirect a long-standing federal abstinence grant to classes that focus exclusively on encouraging teenagers to avoid sexual encounters. Patrick proposed forgoing the $700,000 grant, which the state has received since 1998, joining at least six other states in rebelling against increasingly restrictive federal mandates about how the money can be used. The Patrick administration points to the federal government's study of abstinence-education programs, released this month, which found that students in programs focusing solely on abstinence are just as likely to have sex as those not in such programs. At the same time, health officials say, the programs' emphasis on the failure rate of condoms and other birth control, without providing instruction about their benefits, may confuse young people and discourage them from using protection. "We don't believe that the science of public health is pointing in the direction of very specific and narrowly defined behavioral approaches like the one that is mandated by this funding," said John Auerbach, the state commissioner of public health.
I see yesterday's snafu as solely an overreaction to terr threats. The city and media did not have to react in the way they did. As was mentioned, this campaign happened in 10 other cities with not a hint of panic or paranoia. I can't believe that Boston got something right that 10 other major metros missed. I blame boston and I blame a system of "homeland security" which has to justify its existence (and budget) by overreacting to any and all "threats." I mean they blew up LED signs. The news referred to these as "devices" and "packages" just to justify their existence (and budget). In this case, the anti-terror INDUSTRY is at fault way more than buzz marketing which happens all the damn time. When Menino invokes 9/11, he is doing his own buzz marketing for the military industrial complex. As if all overreaches of state power and aggression are issued a waiver by the memory of ONE act of violence? All the bloviating and lawsuit-threatening are weak attempts to pardon a mistaken response to an absolute non-threat. The fact that the backers of the campaign were cable network folks doesn't mean anything to me in THIS case. *I* could have an idea to promote some psychic waves in the populace by placing signs around the city. that's not a terror threat. it may be a public nuisance, but the overreaction by the state, to me, is the real offense in yesterday's story.
Photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr
BIG writing announcements today, folks.
1. I am now a bi-monthly (that's twice a month) columnist for Boston's Weekly Dig!!
And you all have earned a treat. Back in November, I wrote about a nasty experience I had with the MBTA and a bus driver. Then I pulled it down while I went through some "legal" steps. Ultimately there was no major outcome, except for this new and improved retelling...
How I Almost Got a T Stop Named After Me
2. I've just released my third book! Yes, THIRD.
One year ago, I released the "MoJo Quarterly" best of 2005, and it was downloaded over 2,500 times. The idea was to release a book every three months. The idea was stupid. Annual is better. The title of the new "MoJo Journal" is.... (drumroll)
Thank You Congressional Pages!! (for being so damn sexy!)
This is a best of 2006 writing, MoJos and now photos. Free to download. $1 for a hardcopy.
THE WALSH BROTHERS
These are two brothers from Boston who are ridiculously hilarious. They are leaving Boston and moving on to big badass things in the entertainment industry out in Los Angeles. Before they go, here are some east coast shows:
Feb 3, NYC at the UCB Theatre
Feb 9th and 16th weekends at Jimmy Tingle's Theatre in Boston
Seriously, check them out while you can. These dudes are so original and so funny. See them while you can afford the tickets! Really. This is an official Baratunde endorsement, which I bestow rarely
FYI, Campus Progress and the National Black Programming Consortium are having a screening and reception this Thursday in Cambridge, Mass.
The film: Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes
The guests: Byron Hurt, director and Chuck D of Public Enemy
November 09, 2006
From: 06:00 PM until 11:30 PM
OM Restaurant & Lounge
92 Wintrop Street
Note: you must be 21+