Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Charles Hamilton - And Then They Played Dilla

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Hispanics Don't Get Food Stamps?

Did I miss another memo?

GOP official removed for racial remarks

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The spokeswoman for the Republican Party in Nevada's most populous county was removed from her post Saturday, after she said the Democratic Party made black people "dependent on the government."
Didi Lima, the Clark County GOP communications director, also was removed from her volunteer role as a Hispanic community liaison for Republican John McCain's presidential campaign over the remarks made earlier in the day while working at a McCain campaign booth.

"We don't want (Hispanics) to become the new African-American community," Lima told The Associated Press. "And that's what the Democratic Party is going to do to them, create more programs and give them handouts, food stamps and checks for this and checks for that. We don't want that."

"I'm very much afraid that the Democratic Party is going to do the same thing that they did with the African-American culture and make them all dependent on the government and we don't want that," she said.

In August, Lima was named co-chair of McCain's Nevada Hispanic Leadership Team, which aimed to reach out to a crucial voting bloc in a state where polls show McCain in a dead heat with Barack Obama.

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Skillz - Be Alright

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Monday, September 29, 2008

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Asher Roth - Just Listen

This is actually off of his mixtape The Green House Effect.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

RaTheMc - Anything You Like

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Camp Lo - Lumdi

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Jazmine Sullivan - Fearless (Album Review)

I have been seeing the name and face of Jazmine Sullivan damn near everywhere I go online. Now, I haven't heard anything by her, but it seems like just about everyone else I associate with online has. So, I decided I should at least see what all of the buzz is about. Just as I was prepared to give her a spin I came upon Ms. Turtle's track by track review of the album. I'm still going to cop a listen, but I think it's safe to say that she went IN on Fearless:

1. Bust Your Windows
This is her second single. I kind of want to like this song. Kind of. I really like the beat. According to wiki it was produced by Salaam Remi and samples "Bad Man Waltz" by Salaam Remi... Whatever that means, lol. Her voice isn't as grating on this song as the first single ("Need U Bad") but it's still not great. As for the lyrical content, it's about what you would expect. You broke my heart/So I broke your car/You caused me pain/So I did the same. Nothing really profound here.

2. Need U Bad
I hate this song. I just absolutely hate it. Missy Elliott's ja-fake-in thing she does irks me. JaZmine's voice irks me. The lyrics irk me. I need you bad I can't take this pain/Boy, I'm 'bout to go insane. GROSS. I'll say something positive though... It's catchy in that annoying way that you'll find yourself screeching singing it later.

3. My Foolish Heart
My guess is this is filler. It's forgettable in every way. Matter of fact, I had to start it over because I didn't realize it had come on while I was editing the intro of this review.

4. Lions, Tigers & Bears
I'll admit... I love this song. I love it so much that it got the repeat treatment weeks ago. I love the orchestral arrangement in the background - Salaam Remi does it again! The lyrics really talk to that young and girlish side of me. I'm not scared of lions and tigers and bears (oh my!)/But I'm scared of loving you.... Why do we love love when love seems to hate us? She got me on this one, I won't lie. Her voice still sounds nasally and whiny but I ignore it.

5. Call Me Guilty
The song opens with a phone call between JaZmine and her mom where she tells her mom, "Mom, he did it again... He hit me." The song goes on a hypothetical journey where she wonders if she should kill her abusive boyfriend. I almost want to give her props for boldly taking on a subject usually ignored in mainstream R&B and not trying to cover it up in metaphors. You know exactly what she's saying. The lyrics are straight forward: 'Cause if you knew what he did to me/I know I would get your sympathy/So if they catch me/I still ain't sorry/Just lock me up and/Call me guilty. The song itself, however, isn't all that interesting. It's actually quite boring.

6. One Night Stand
Hmm... I'm on the fence about this song. The chorus is pretty catchy. It starts off slow and forgettable but when it picks up it's almost infectious. Her voice is also less annoying on it. Content wise, she sings of a hook-up that went further than she intended. He was supposed to be a one night stand.

7. After The Hurricane
Predictable and boring. The way you broke my heart/and now I'm left with the pain/After the hurricane... Yawn.

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Google's iphone Killer?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Rock On Barack

I'll admit, that although the Newsweek review was not the best, I'm still amped for his new HBO special this weekend. I thought that he was keeping a fairly low profile lately because of his role in sex, lies & audio tape. Newsweek believes it may have been due to other internal conflicts.

I'm heated that I'll be at work for it. :(

The Gentleman from New York Now Has the Floor

By Devin Gordon | NEWSWEEK

Published Sep 20, 2008

Chris Rock stalked onto the stage at Harlem's Apollo Theater late on a Friday night earlier this month and opened his fifth HBO comedy special by explaining why it had been so long since the fourth. He wanted to wait, he told the audience, until the moment was just right. Rock has become the country's smartest, most essential comic by salting his punch lines with blunt social evangelism. And in a prior special, 1999's "Bigger and Blacker," he went on a riff about how the black community desperately needed a new generation of leaders, like Dr. Martin Luther King in his day—a not-uncontroversial stance, given that many of the old leaders were still very much alive. Now here was Rock, less than two months from a historic election, in the cathedral of African-American culture, arriving like a prophet to testify about Barack Obama. Everyone leaned forward: this is what we came for. To laugh, sure, but mostly to hear Rock on Barack. (HBO will air the special, "Kill the Messenger," on Sept. 27.) click here for the rest of the article

Nina B. - The Icon Mixtape

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Late Nite Online With Jimmy Fallon?

I am late on this one, but it definitely seems like a great idea. I was against him being chosen, but at least he'll have plenty of practice before hand.

Fallon Will Start ‘Late Night’ on the Web

July 21, 2008


LOS ANGELES — With a new round of shake-ups in late-night television set to begin next year, Lorne Michaels has decided to try to get a jump on things by starting NBC’s next edition of “Late Night,” with its new host Jimmy Fallon, as a nightly entry on the Internet.

Mr. Fallon has been named as the replacement for Conan O’Brien when Mr. O’Brien takes over the “Tonight” show from Jay Leno next year, and Mr. Michaels, the long-time boss of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” who also serves as executive producer of “Late Night,” told television reporters here Sunday that he wants Mr. Fallon to work out as many of the rough spots in his presentation as possible in performances on a website.

Mr. Michaels said he did not know yet which site he will use to post the shows with Mr. Fallon, but he was sure of several of the plans:

The web performances will likely begin in the fall, long before the transition from Mr. Leno for Mr. O’Brien is set to take place. The entries will not constitute anything like an entire hour-long show. “I expect that we’ll do something like five or 10 minutes,” Mr. Michaels said.

But he said they most likely will be on every night, to try to establish the rhythm of a nightly show. And he said, “I’m going to post them at 12:30 every night, so people will begin to look for Jimmy at that time.”

NBC is expected to announce the schedule for the transition from Mr. Leno to Mr. O’Brien and from Mr. O’Brien to Mr. Fallon here tomorrow. NBC executives have previously said that Mr. O’Brien will probably stop production on his “Late Night” show in February, while he moves west and prepares to lead “Tonight” from a new stage now being built on the lot of the NBC Universal studio.

Mr. Leno is expected to continue until perhaps June. Mr. Michaels said Sunday that Mr. Fallon will definitely get some time on the air following Mr. Leno before Mr. O’Brien takes over “Tonight.” He pegged the likely start date for Mr. Fallon on the television version of the show as “sometime in the spring.”

One reason for trying out the show online, Mr. Michaels said, is that the Internet will allow Mr. Fallon more freedom in terms of what he can say and do, “more opportunity for experimentation,” Mr. Michaels said. But he added that he didn’t expect the show to push the line too far in terms of content. “I think we’re our own censors,” he said.

But the main reason for the idea, he said, was the experience of Mr. O’Brien, who endured a long period of uncertainty about whether he would survive after he assumed the desk on “Late Night” succeeding David Letterman. “Conan needed time to find his show,” Mr. Michaels said. “I think this will help Jimmy to do that.”

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New Michael Moore! *said in DJ Clue voice*

I was rolling with one of my west coast winners, Leather, when I read that Michael Moore is making his newest film available for free download!!! Say what you will about Mr. Moore. He may sometimes be a little heavy handed, but he's always entertaining and tells the truth as he sees it.

Michael Moore's Election-Year Freebie

September 22nd, 2008 7:14 pm

By Brian Stelter / New York Times

Michael Moore, the political provocateur behind the films “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Sicko,” is releasing a new film Tuesday. But you will not be able to find “Slacker Uprising” at any theater.

Instead he is placing the film on the Internet for free viewing, at SlackerUprising.com. Mr. Moore said the unorthodox rollout is a gift to his fans and a rallying cry for the coming election.

“At times there’s nothing wrong with preaching to the choir,” he said in a telephone interview from his office in Traverse City, Mich. Liberals have been “pretty beaten down over the last 28 years.”

“The choir, especially on our side of the political fence, is often fairly dejected,” he observed, “and could use a good song every now and then.”

The song in this analogy is a 100-minute look at Mr. Moore’s tour of college campuses during the fall of 2004. Cameras followed him to 62 cities as he urged young people to vote for John Kerry. The resulting footage sat on the shelf for a few years before Mr. Moore spliced together a version of the film, then titled “Captain Mike Across America,” and showed it at the Toronto International Film Festival a year ago.

After the festival screening Mr. Moore returned to the editing room to give the film “more heft and substance,” he said. It includes exchanges with Mr. Moore’s detractors and their attempts to interrupt his tour, raising free-speech issues and creating some comedic moments. Some critics (including those for The Michigan Daily, at the University of Michigan, and Inside Toronto) have said the film amounts to little more than a “highlight reel” of Mr. Moore’s trip, suggesting that its theatrical prospects were dim. Mr. Moore disputes that, saying that his agent, Ari Emanuel, believed the film could net $20 million to $40 million. (“Sicko” brought in $24.5 million domestically.)

“I prohibited him from contacting any studios to ask them whether they were interested,” Mr. Moore said. “I just said straight up, ‘I want to give this away for free.’ He thought I should have my head examined.”

The Weinstein Company owned the distribution rights to the project, so Mr. Moore bought back the North American rights for an undisclosed amount. “The irony is that I believe people should see movies in theaters,” Mr. Moore said, praising what he called the communal experience. “You get so much more out of it, emotionally, cathartically.”

Perhaps for that reason Mr. Moore said he hoped fans would set up screenings and use the film to raise money for candidates. Visitors to the Web site will be able to stream and download it free, thanks to Mr. Moore’s partnership with Blip.tv, a company distributing online videos; additionally a $10 DVD will be distributed, and free copies can be requested for libraries.

Robert Greenwald — another member of the small fraternity of advocate filmmakers, whose production company specializes in tying video projects to off-line organizing — said a supporter in Alaska was already planning a screening. The film is “quite an adrenaline boost, even though it’s got a sad ending,” he said.

The ending, of course, is the re-election of George W. Bush in 2004. The film notes that voters under the age of 30 were the only demographic that Mr. Kerry won outright. “Unfortunately,” reads a graphic at the end of the film, “their parents voted for Bush.”

Mr. Moore suggested that the 2004 election results were a prelude to the Obama movement, which was “ignited by young people.”

“The road to getting where we want to be has to be filled with a certain amount of failure,” he said, drawing a parallel to the United Auto Workers’ labor movement 70 years ago.

Mr. Moore remains coy about the subject of his next movie, although he said filming was well under way. He has denied rumors that it will be a sequel to “Fahrenheit 9/11,” but he has not quashed reports that his next film will explore what he views as American imperialism. The recent turmoil of the financial markets may be giving him even more material.

“Some weeks, like this past week, I wonder if we’re going to have to credit others with the screenplay,” he said.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Zune Recommendations > itunes Genius

Don't take my word for it:

Zune's Recommendations Make Genius Look Average

By Eliot Van Buskirk

Microsoft showed us a sneak preview of the Zune 3.0 software it plans to release on Sept. 16 with the latest generation of Zune devices, and what we saw made iTunes' simple Genius feature look like a blast from digital music's past. While iTunes serves up a text list of recommended songs within your library and from the iTunes store, adding to the more basic recommendations its MiniStore feature used to make, Zune reinvented the recommendation concept by collapsing artists, albums and fans into the same recommendation engine, more accurately mirroring the way people think about music.

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Black Milk - Music From The Color Purple (Instrumentals)

Yesterday's Performance Was A Preview, Not An Aberration.

Before the season began I made a bit of a prediction on the Steelers season. I couldn't have foreseen Tom Brady going down or all of the injuries on the Colts O-line. Hell, they just got Jeff Saturday back yesterday. So I maybe wrong on my overall prediction, but my analysis still stands!

Why did we draft only one offensive line man? We wasted our first 2 picks of the draft! I still think Mendenhall will be a nice back, but he's not close to overtaking Willie Parker and that tall receiver that Ben wanted so badly can't even make the field. Did he even dress for any of the first three games this season? With a possible ownership change on the horizon those past days of being the most well ran organization in sports maybe numbered. The new owner may not be as patient as the Rooneys if he has the controlling interest and wished to use it. Many of the Yinzers were yelling for Bill Cowher's head even after a trip to the Super Bowl and tons of AFC title games. Imagine if the Yinzers had their way. Maybe we don't pick up that one for the thumb in Detroit. Could you imagine the outcry to oust Tomlin if this stuff keeps up? He doesn't have the resume of Cowher, for obvious reasons, so new ownership will not bat an eye at canning him. The personnel decisions made over the off season were inexcusable.

Luckily the Browns have lost their offensive groove from last season, but the Ravens are gaining confidence with a rookie quarterback. We better nip that in the bud, quickly if we actually have any thoughts of making the playoffs. Hoping for a wild card birth is not an option with the improved Bills & Jets teams and a Broncos' club that will be fighting the Chargers to the very end for the AFC West title. Good thing those games against the Pats, Colts & Bolts are no longer guaranteed loses.

Roethlisberger is blitzed, bothered and battered by Philadelphia's hungry defense

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mazzulla Falls, HELLO! *In Larry King Voice* (Rambling Man)

I wish the word haters would die & people would stop talking about how they have haters on their blogs & myspace pages. You aren't important enough to hate! You're an annoyance to people, at best . . . McDonald's will be providing free wifi for Zune users. Maybe when I'm in Chicago full time I can meet another Zune user? If it's a woman of age I may buy her a McFlurry . . . I wish someone cool would do something with that Blow The Whistle beat. I love the beat, but I would rather hear Elzhi, Wale, Lupe, Skillz or Mos Def(rapping only) over it. Maybe they would be funny or at least drop some cool or interesting references on it . . . Odds are if you are reading this I have read & possibly bookmarked your blog. I have been addicted to black blogs about music, movies, tech & current affairs. My bookmarking game is CRAZY! I REALLY need to organize them . . . What's the point of Imeem.com? I mean at least Last.fm connects you to people who have similar taste in music by actually tracking what you listen to. It seems that Imeem requires you to upload music for the site to be of any value at all. Shouldn't music social networking be easier than this? I like the look of the site, but I'm still trying to figure it out . . . Why do cats keep the size sticker on their fitted hats? It's not like most of them are paying attention to the size on the actual sticker since the hats usually look 2 sizes too big. I wish I could wear fitted hats, but my nugget is just too large for that. If I could I would be all over these . . .

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

When I Grow Up I Want To Be Simply Marvelous!

He's boxing incarnate! Mike Tyson was called the baddest man on the planet in his prime, but that was by those who forgot about or flat out didn't know of Marvin Hagler. If I could create a boxer in a lab, that boxer would be him. He's the only fighter I've ever seen who was truly equal parts brawler & boxer.

This Almost Makes Me Forget About The Vivrant Thing Era . . . ALMOST!

This is Tip at his best. It reminds me of Electric Relaxation & Let's Ride (Yes, I know this was from the "Dark Period", but it was a dope song). I'm actually looking forward to his next album, The Renaissance, which is supposed to drop in early November . . . but you know how firm those album release dates are. lol

If you like it go cop it . . . Gettin Up

Bonus Video: Gettin' Up [Live] w/Mos Def

Hipster Rap

What's the deal with hipster rap? *in Jerry Seinfeld voice* lol

I thought about doing a blog on this a month or so ago, when I saw an article in the Source or XXL. I don't remember they all look a like to me. I just know that they aren't Mass Appeal. I'm still pouring out liquor for that one . . . well, I would if I drank.

Anyway, there was an article about the boom of hipster rap, I thought to myself, "What the hell is hipster rap?" I'll admit that many times I'm in my own head too often, so somethings I flat out miss. I didn't even really hear the expression hipster all that often offline. So, then I began to read the article and it was just name dropping a good deal of the only artist that have come out in the last few years that I like (see: Lupe, Wale, Kidz In The Hall, Kanye & The Cool Kids). I just thought of it as good music, made by (seemingly) and for regular people. Nothing more, nothing less. I didn't see them as a sub-genre, especially Lupe, Wale, Kanye & Kidz. I'll admit that The Cool Kids and few others are a little gimmicky in appearance, but the music is good so who cares?

Why do they need find another name for music that's not about gun-clapping? I love the Clipse, Fiddy & Biggie as much as the next guy, but find another name for THEIR music. Don't try to separate the lighter fair from the label of rap. Just like I hated the term conscious rap, not that anything listed about would be considered conscious, but why not name the other stuff unconscious rap?

Anyway, this video brought this block back to the front of my brain and onto your screen:

What is hipster rap?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Duel Of The Iron Mic - M.I.A. Edition

Which Paper Planes Remix do you like best?

Royce Da 5'9" - The Bar Exam 2 (Mixed by DJ Green Lantern)

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01 Crazed Madman Intro
02 Heat To The Streets (Featuring Kid Vishis) [Prod. by Green Lantern]
03 It’s the New
04 I’m Me Freestyle
05 I’m Nice
06 Gun Music [Prod. by Green Lantern]
07 Weatherman (Featuring Sucka Free & Kid Vishis)
08 I'm The Shit Fool!!! [Interlude]
09 We Deep (Featuring Trick Trick) [Prod. by Denaun Porter]
10 Let The Beat Build Freestyle (Featuring Stretch Money)
11 Royal Flush Freestyle (Featuring Canibus & Elzhi)
12 Jockin' My Fresh [Prod. by Green Lantern]
13 Gettin Money Freestyle
14 Gangsta [Remix] [Prod. by Green Lantern]
15 Happy Bar Exam 2 (Featuring Marv Won)
16 Ignorant Shit Freestyle
17 Flow Boy (Featuring Tondalaya)
18 Been Shot Down [Prod. by Green Lantern]
19 J-Ro vs Mike B [Skit]
20 Kill Em pt. 2 (Featuring Kid Vishis)
21 Wall Street (Featuring June The Great)
22 Royce Outro

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Kidz In The Hall Go Back To School

RaTheMC - A Mixtape About Something . . . I Think!

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Free 3rd Generation Zunes . . .

for those that have either the first or second generation one.

I meant to have this post up a few days ago, but this damn thing called life keeps getting in the way! lol Anyway, the new 3rd generation Zune dropped a tad earlier than expected.

Here are just a couple of the new features that will be included in the Zune 120 GB Video MP3 Player Black (3rd Generation) as well as the software update that will be available Tuesday, September 16th for the older Zunes.

<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-US&playlist=videoByUuids:uuids:1dadcc7c-bbed-4e5c-a36a-b6bc44728ed1&showPlaylist=true&from=shared" target="_new" title="Zune Software Features - Zune Fall 2008">Video: Zune Software Features - Zune Fall 2008</a>

<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-US&playlist=videoByUuids:uuids:e9706b7e-c32e-46a4-92ea-7cb8c73746c7&showPlaylist=true&from=msnvideo" target="_new" title="Zune Fall 2008 Wireless Features">Video: Zune Fall 2008 Wireless Features</a>

<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-US&playlist=videoByUuids:uuids:52118a97-e764-4c4f-aa9e-bae2bc47ee57&showPlaylist=true&from=msnvideo" target="_new" title="Zune Fall update: buy from FM">Video: Zune Fall update: buy from FM</a>

<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-US&playlist=videoByUuids:uuids:af9604b2-195e-4b69-afb7-6f5cd17749c1&showPlaylist=true&from=msnvideo" target="_new" title="Zune Fall Update: Channels">Video: Zune Fall Update: Channels</a>

Political LOLz

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Keith Olberbmann & Chris Matthews Get The Boot!

MSNBC has decided to remove both from MSNBC's election night coverage according to the The Hollywood Reporter in an effort to broadcast a kinder & gentler telecast. lol

They will still be involved in the telecast, but they are no longer scheduled to anchor it. That job has been given to David Gregory.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

VH1's Wet Dream

VH1 couldn't find anyone from this group for either The White Rapper Show or Miss Rap Supreme? They all seem much better than anyone that they had on those shows?


You can find them here & Doomtree.net.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

It's As If Wikipedia & Last.fm Had A Baby!

well actually it's actually IMDB & Amazon.com's baby. They have come together to launch SoundUnwound.com, which is basically their attempt at becoming an encyclopedia for music that can be edited by it's users like Wikipedia for information on everything and Discogs.com, which is another music database that's edited by it's users.

I will admit that I am way too geeked for this, but I'm pretty picky in regards to the tagging of my music files. I typically go with Discogs to find missing info in regards to mixtapes & more obscure things. Sadly, Windows Media Player uses AllMusic.com to catalog music.

The site is currently in beta, but you can read more about it on their blog.

Jon Stewart aka The Truth!

Can Our Generation Be Married?

That's the question that popped back into my head after stumbling across this blog about what I would call the death of black love.

I posed this question on a message board a few years ago and thought, what better place than here to give it a second shot and get different perspectives?

How do you feel about this statement . . .

"Love doesn't mean anything. But commitment and being team players is what's important. Work towards a common goal and a marriage will last forever." - ?

Also, how do you feel about parents who stay together for the children in non-abusive relationships?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Are You Sitting On Chrome?

Is it just me or did this come out of the blue? Did anyone else hear about Google developing a browser before it was actually released? I think the days of my Fire Fox maybe numbered. Thanks to a friend, my Internet Explorer has already, basically been put out to pasture. The only time I use it now is to play youtube videos when they aren't working properly in Fire Fox. BTW, I've had that same issue with Chrome, but not to the extent I have with Fire Fox. Does anyone have a solution for this? I haven't had a lot of time to play around with Chrome, yet. But, it definitely seems to be much faster than IE & FF. Anyway here's Google's theory behind the creation of Chrome.

Google Chrome

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Torae - Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself

*Definitely go cop his album if you love that gritty mid 90's era NY Hip-Hop.

Chuck D Is In The Building . . . To Take Your Questions

Youtube has a channel called Living Legends where they are taking questions from vloggers and posing them to legends like Chuck D. Apparently it's been around for a few months, but I just stumbled upon it and thought I would pass it along.

Here's a cool Chuck D playlist put together by that channel. I really need to cop How You Sell Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul?, his latest album. I've been sleeping. Videos for the album are included in the playlist.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Did I Miss Something?/Dead This, Please?

Who let her pose for this photo? It's not like people like to portray her as an angry black woman or anything? lol

Also, will people please stop putting them in office? It is not a forgone conclusion!!! Doesn't anyone remember our last two presidential elections?

*Heavy Sigh*

Stop jinxing this shit!