Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Zimmerman Can't be Racist, Right?

The more and more I hear about the death of the Trayvon Martin, the more and more messy it gets.  The whole story stinks from beginning to end.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

African American Interests

I live in Barnes and Noble.  As a lifetime bookworm, I find solace in my second home that houses thousands of books begging to be cracked open, whether it be travel guides, fiction, or how-to books for everyday life.  Although I love club B&N, there is one thing that peeves me about this place. Aside from the fact that the Starbucks Cafe/unofficial library is inexplicably packed at all times of day, I can't ignore the nagging feeling I get every time I lock eyes with the African American Interests section. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Music Diaries: Why I Love M.I.A.

I am a picky music listener.  It's very rare when someone has the power to come along and inspire me to become a fan; M.I.A. has done just that.  My first conscious exposure to M.I.A. was in 2007, when the video for her single "Boyz" popped up on VH1 Soul.  I was intrigued, to say the least, as the rhythm of the afro-beat forced my body to move involuntarily and the colorful patterns spun around on screen, casting a dizzying spell.  From that moment on I was hooked, looking up video after video of this hidden artist, wondering, why am I just finding her out?

M.I.A. is great not only because her beats are hot, but she (at times superficially) infuses seemingly meaningless lyrics with political messages primarily about the 3rd world. She also has the looks and the rap swag to boot. In celebration of  this amazingness that is M.I.A.,  I have listed my personal top 5 M.I.A. songs. Enjoy!