Saturday, June 16, 2012

"Pay Tithes or get SHOT!"--Creflo Dollar

One of my blog readers sent me this video of Creflo Dollar after reading my scathing post regarding his so-called ministry. Anyone that sends a dollar to Dollar after watching this video should have their head examined.

Note: In the strangest irony, Creflo calls people/church members crooks if they fail to tithe to him.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Chris Brown vs Drake: Young, rich, famous & Ignorant

Street Cred: The mindset of establishing urban authenticity emerged with the genre of gansta rap. Not wanting to be labelled microphone wankstas, i.e. soft, many rappers that spit hard lyrics felt compelled to walk the talk by living the thug life they portrayed on wax.

Take for example, legendary rapper Tupac once famously stated: I didn't have a record (criminal) until I made a record.

Fast forward: Now this dangerous and foolish mentality has infected the R&B music genre as well. Witness the mindless bottle tossing melee in a NYC club that left many hurt -- including NBA star Tony Parker -- with injuries from flying glass projectiles.

The beef: Tatted up R&B singer Chris Brown and R&B rapper Drake have been feuding via Twitter for a minute. Some say it's over pop sensation Rihanna and some say it's because Chris Brown is jealous over the emerging success of Drake.

Who knows and who cares!

The mere fact that this Thug Life mindset has two soft a$$ Drake Cupcakes -- I couldn't resist the obvious -- wimps trying to go hard like they from the hood is absurd. I call them soft because:

1. Their minds are as soft as silly putty if they think this is what being hard is about; and
2. As big mamma stated: a hard head makes a soft behind -- not being able to heed responsible advise, both these immature boys are about to get spanked legally and financially.

BTW, the object of both boys affections finds if all funny:

Rihanna "got text messages from everybody telling her what happened right after it went down," the source explains. "She just laughed. She's spoken to both of them and just thinks it's crazy. She's glad she wasn't there though!" source

Oh another day in the pseudo hood life. 

Chris Brown has posted a picture of a nasty gash on his chin - apparently sustained from a nightclub  brawl with rapper Drake and his entourage in New York. 

Brown allegedly flew into a rage after Drake taunted him by returning a bottle of champagne he'd sent over as 'peace offering' with a note reading:  'I'm f****** the love of your life, deal with it'.
Drakes crude response was clearly a reference to Brown's ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

According to website Global Grind Chris reportedly flew into a rage and confronted Drake. 
Drake allegedly threw a punch but before the singer could retaliate, another man hit Brown in the face with a bottle.

A source told the New York Post: 'They were on opposite sides of the room, Drake went over to the middle of the club to talk to someone, then words were exchanged with Chris and his entourage.
The source said someone from Drake's entourage, possibly the singer himself, threw a bottle.
'Once the bottle was thrown, all hell broke loose and there were more bottles thrown.'  Read more

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

To all the Lebron haters: LeBron being LeBron

My nephew sent me the link to this article -- thanks Tali -- and I thought, on the eve of the finals, it expressed exactly how I feel about all these bandwagon Lebron haters. Win or lose in the championship series, LBJ is still one of the greatest in NBA history -- in my book.

The author is Rick Reilly and here the original link: LBJ Haters

This whole We Hate LeBron thing reminds me of a story.
A woman is in front of an apartment house that's engulfed in flames. She's screaming, "Help! Help! My baby's in there!"
A man sprints up and says, "Which floor?"
"Tenth!" she screams. "In the back!"
He rips off his coat and goes running in. Five minutes later, he's back, coughing, choking, and handing the woman the baby.
She looks at the man with a frown and sniffs, "He had a hat."
That's life for LeBron James.
Anything short of an NBA title makes James a useless wad of pre-chewed pork gristle in your eyes. Whatever he does -- three MVPs in nine seasons -- it's never enough.
You hate him -- still! -- for the way he botched the announcement of his free-agent move from Cleveland to Miami.
Forget that hundreds of people move from Cleveland to Miami every year.
Forget that dozens of NBA players change teams every year.
It was only one mistake. Has he showed up in any police reports since? Has he cheated on his fiancée ? Has he left his children stranded in the pick-up circle at school?
Has he refused to speak to reporters after a single game this season? Has he called out his teammates for their poor play, as Kobe Bryant did twice this postseason? Has he gotten his coach fired? Been fined for criticizing refs? Asked to be traded, released or named general manager?
Has he punched anybody? Choked anybody? Screamed at any parking valets? (Mom doesn't count.)
Smashed a chair? Drop-kicked any equipment? Tiger Woods does that on the front nine.
OK, LeBron is not perfect. Threw a Gatorade cup. Punched a walking stick. Carries that stupid little man purse. But if you were to fill a plane with the most spoiled superstars in the country, he'd be boarding in the D group.
You despise him because he passes too much. Imagine that. You hate a modern NBA player for not being selfish.
OK, I'd like to see him use his bag of hoop tricks to drive more at the end of games, too. But it's not like he hasn't done it, dozens and dozens of times, including huge fourth quarters against Boston and Chicago in last season's playoffs.
You people seem to want him to take it every single time, even with Dwyane Wade as a teammate. And Chris Bosh. But it's The Big Three, isn't it? Not The Big One.
And just so you know: In playoff games, LeBron has taken 13 final shots in tight games in regulation and hit five of them to win or tie. Kobe has taken twice that and hit only seven. Can we all just take a Xanax?
Besides, he passes so exquisitely. His passes are clairvoyant, leading teammates to places they didn't even know they were supposed to go. They're as soft and buttery as croissants. Why wouldn't you want him passing?
And why is the hoops world so hypercritical of this one thing when he's so brilliant at every other part of the game? Defense? He's guarded every position against the Celtics -- the 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. "He's guarded everybody but me," says Celtics coach Doc Rivers.
Only Rajon Rondo is even close in all-around brilliance this postseason. James is second in points, fourth in steals, 10th in assists, second in minutes. He leads his team in double-doubles and the league in double standards. Wade missed an open jumper to lose Game 4 in overtime -- how come he's not "scared"?
Last year, you hated him for being a shrinker. Now you hate him for not being a closer. Every game, he must CLOSE. Was Magic Johnson a closer? A few times, yes. Every freaking time? No. And by the way, most of the time James doesn't need to close because he has been so drop-your-popcorn good the entire game.
Aren't we still playing the game of basketball? What happened to attacking the defense where it's softest? What's wrong with looking for the open shot? Aren't his 12 teammates getting paid, too?
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Getty ImagesLeBron James in 2003, around the time the expectations for him began to build.
People -- enough. This whole "Crown or Drown" thinking on James has to stop. Grown men are actually strapping microphones to their ties and saying that if James doesn't win the title, the Heat ought to be broken up. For what? For making the Finals last year? For making (at least) the Eastern finals this year? James has been with these guys only two seasons. It took Michelangelo four years to paint the Sistine Chapel. You people would've fired him in two?
But I think the reason you hate LeBron James the most is that he just doesn't seem to suffer his failures as much as you'd like him to. You want him to brood like Kobe after losses, glare like Jordan when things don't go his way, scream at teammates like Tom Brady when they're behind.
That's not James. His spirit is too light. He's too much fun. He's a 6-foot-8 pixie, a 27-year-old kid who's addicted to kidding. He's a genuinely sweet person. You think of the great athletes of our generation -- Jordan, Woods, Lance Armstrong. They all had a bit of the jerk gene in them. James is missing it. He is loved by his teammates, not feared. So sue.
That's probably going to work against him in the long run. It will keep him from being Jordan or Kobe or Kareem. It will keep him from being enough.
But isn't that somebody you want your kids to have as their hero?
Hat or no hat?

Monday, June 11, 2012

When it Comes to Politics, Are We More Racist Than We Think?

People are usually reluctant to admit their real feelings in surveys, but there's no doubt that our experiences and our prejudices play a part in the way we vote. In order to figure out whetherracial bias affected Barack Obama's results in the 2008 presidential election, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a doctoral candidate in economics at Harvard University, passed over easy-to-manipulate surveys and looked at data from another source: online searches. 

Related: My 3-year-old has race issues. Where did she learn to think that way? 

When most people are searching for information online, they're likely to be alone and less likely to censor their thoughts, he explains. "You may have typed things into Google that you would hesitate to admit in polite company," he writes in a New York Times article. "I certainly have. The majority of Americans have as well: We Google the word 'porn' more often than the word 'weather'." 

He chose a common racial insult that starts with "N" and looked for searches that used the singular and plural forms of the word. "The most common searches including the epithet… return websites with derogatory material about African-Americans," he writes in his study. "The top hits for the top racially charged searches are nearly all textbook examples of antilocution, a majority group's sharing stereotype-based jokes using coarse language outside a minority group's presence."   read entire story

Is your pleasure principle pimped?

Of course, the title question is rhetorical.

It is common knowledge that advertising wizards of Madison Avenue are paid big bucks for creating successful advertisement campaigns.

For example, in 2010, spending on advertising was estimated at $142.5 billion in the United States and $467 billion worldwide.

It is also common knowledge that Madison Ave uses the science of behavior psychology to manipulate the targets of their ads. Madison Ave have mastered tapping into the hidden desires of people to persuade them to buy things we often do not even need.

As George Clinton once stated in Funkentelechy:

Mind your wants 'cause there's someone that want your mind
Yo, this is mood control
(Yo, ho)

Saying you might as well pay attention
(This is mood control)
We can't afford free speech
(Mood, mood, mood, someone's funkin' with the mood)

Mood control is designed to render funkable ideas
Brought to you by the makers of Mr. Prolong
Better known as Urge Overkill
The pimping of the pleasure principle

Oh, but we'll be pecking lightly
Like a woodpecker with a headache
'Cause it's cheaper to funk than it is to pay attention, you dig?
Huck-a-buck, A-Lo and behold
Someone's funking with the mood control

But on a bigger level, the questions arise: Can the general populace be controlled by pimping people's pleasure and desires? 

In particular, in Urban America -- knowing that Hip Hop has been thoroughly co-opted by corporate America -- what role does our music hypnotically play to keep a people trapped in a hedonistic lifestyle?

Ra Un Nefer Amen writes in the Metu Neter (Volume 2):

In addition, the leaders of many societies, who are well trained in the secrets of behavioral control, have learned to control the populace by reinforcing their animalistic tendencies through the instrument of art. They have succeeded so well, that the oppressed themselves will be vehemently opposed to any attempts to restore art to its proper function. 

The oppressors arrange things in such a manner that a sector of the oppressed can become extremely wealthy by creating artistic pieces designed to facilitate their own oppression, and that of the majority of people. As to the majority, they are quite oblivious to the enslaving power of their pet vehicles of thrills.

Once again, as George Clinton stated: Mind your wants because someone wants your mind. 

And: Free your mind and your ass will follow.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Police: Pastor Creflo Dollar choked, hit daughter

These Mega Church ministers in the ATL are off the chain. First, we had the sordid affairs of Rev. Eddie Long and now Pastor Creflo Dollar got popped by  Po-po for domestic violence.

I know many black folks are looking for spiritual salvation: many of us are praying for a messiah to deliver us from the shackles of Western domination, poverty and deprivation. In this quest we turn to spiritual guides to provide tutelage and inspiration.

I get that. 

But, yet in still, while a rose is a rose by any other name; a Creflo Dollar is a Klepto dollar by any other name. Real talk: I can not envision giving my hard earned dollars to a so-called minister named Rev. Dollar -- ain't gonna happen. My god -- pun intended -- to his credit, this man makes no bones telling you what he is really about -- your dollars. He even looks shiesty (as they say in the hood) and shady: matter of fact, he looks more honest in his mug shot than he does in his profile shot.

What man, while claiming to do god's work, would change his name to dollar? He is making a mockery out of Christianity and the church. And get this, his mega church has over 30,000 members. Yep 30,000 folks giving their dollars to Dollar.

Prosperity ministry 101: Here's how it is done.

It begins with poor, spiritual hungry, disillusioned and desperate souls searching for their pie-in-the-sky. Enter one jack-legged, smooth, charsimatic minister who knows how to pimp the word. His bait: god wants you to live in abundance -- by this he means, I want you to finance my luxurious lifestyle. Via his upbeat sermons, the flock, following the metaphysics of the prosperity message, begins to invite more success into their lives (something they could achieve without Rev. Trick Daddy). Consequently, the flock attribute their success to Rev and devote their lives to making him very rich.

The 15-year-old daughter of megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar told authorities her father choked and punched her, and hit her with his shoe during an argument over whether she could go to a party, according to a police report.
Dollar’s 19-year-old daughter corroborated most of her sister’s story, but Dollar disputed it, telling a sheriff’s deputy he was trying to restrain her when she became disrespectful. When she began to hit back, he wrestled her to the floor and spanked her, according to the police report.
Dollar is one of the most prominent African-American preachers based around Atlanta. His World Changers Church International has 30,000 members in the Atlanta area, and the ministry has satellite churches across the U.S.
Dollar faces misdemeanor charges of simple battery and cruelty to children. He has been released from jail and his lawyer said he was expected to preach today.
Dollar said in a statement Friday he loved his children and would never hurt them.
Around 1 a.m. Friday, his 15-year-old daughter called 911. She told a Fayette County sheriff’s deputy that she and her father argued when he said she couldn’t go to a party Saturday night, according to the report.
She went into the kitchen with her older sister. When her father asked why she was crying, she told him, “I do not want to talk right now,” the report said.
Her father charged at her, put his hands around her throat, began to punch her and started hitting her with his shoe, she told the deputy. The deputy noted a scratch on her neck.
Dollar told the deputy he wouldn’t let his daughter go to the party because of poor grades.
The deputy also interviewed Dollar’s 19-year-old daughter, who said her father grabbed the younger girl’s shoulders and slapped her in the face and choked her for about five seconds. She said her sister tried to break free, but did not fight back. When her father threw the 15-year-old on the floor, the older girl ran to get her mother. source

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