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Responding to Don Lemon's dubious advice for young black men.
More good analysis here:
http://twitter.com/jsmooth995 So many big questions to ask about Cleveland, so much to grapple with. So much that is unthinkable but needs so direly to be thought about. I feel like it'll be a while before I can say anything intelligent about it. But in the meantime here are some thoughts about the side questions around the Charles Ramsey phenomenon.
BTW I filmed this before the reports came out about his own history of domestic violence, but I don't think that changes the message here, since I wasn't citing him as perfect or even a "hero" necessarily (I think the courage and resilience of Amanda Berry herself, and the other two women, is still the heart of the story) just saying he deserves to be treated as a 3-dimensional person who did good on that day.
Thinking about creative process, and those voices in your head that stop you from getting things done (on the video camera or otherwise). This is a sequel to one of my favorite early Ill Doctrines, "Beating the Little Hater": http://youtube.com/watch?v=0TpmJgSfZ_8
I'm archiving a couple more of last year's AnimalNewYork videos here before I start making new ones again. This one is from November 2012.
I'm archiving a couple more of last year's AnimalNewYork videos here, before I start making new ones again. This one is from September 2012.
Originally posted on 10/17/12 at Animalnewyork.com
Why this whole debate game still makes no sense, even though Obama played it right the second time around.
(Originally posted July 2012 at Animal New York.)
Why debates about hip-hop culture are a bad influence on society.
Mitt Romney's secret tapes and President Obama's secret tapes, and the crucial differences between them. (Originally posted last week at AnimalNewYork.com)
Last week I got to hang out with one of my favorite rappers, Brother Ali, and had a great conversation about self-doubt and creativity.
Also see the discussion here: http://jsmooth995.tumblr.com/post/24837014103/starkshipsaremeanttofly-jsmooth995
A quick follow up on the last video, to debunk the oldest and worst argument ever about the "N-word"
(By "last word" I mean the last word..this week.. probably.)
This video was originally posted last week at Animal New York:
How Gwyneth Paltrow might have better handled the controversy surrounding her tweeting the "N-word" from Jay-Z and Kanye West's concert in Paris.
NOTE: I'm doing two videos a week nowadays for the Animal New York website, and the new videos debut at http://animalnewyork.com/author/jay-smooth/ and then they're posted here the next week after that.
Music by Jay Smooth and Sabzi of Common Market:
Debunking the latest faux controversy about the First Lady, specifically regarding her friendship with bootylicious R&B singers. (See the random-ass article in question here: http://loop21.com/politics/michelle-obama-misstep-wants-to-be-beyonce )
The latest cable news talking point is that President Obama will be running a "campaign of fear" against Mitt Romney. I think this sounds like a good idea.
Background info: http://nymag.com/news/features/barack-obama-2012-6/
NOTE: I've started a partnership with my people at Animal New York to make videos for you more often, and the new videos now premiere at http://animalnewyork.com/ Each video will be archived here on my youtube account the week after they debut at Animal (this video was originally posted on Animal last week).
Explaining why Cory Booker, who's usually the smoothest Mayor around, took a major L on Meet The Press last week. For background info see here: http://salon.com/2012/05/20/cory_booker_surrogate_from_hell/singleton/
NOTE: I've started a partnership with my people at Animal New York to make videos for you more often, and from now on my new videos premiere at http://animalnewyork.com/ I'll still be putting all my videos up here too, but only a week or so after they premiere over there (this video was originally posted on Animal last week)
Jay Smooth helps America adjust to the news that for the first time in history, a majority of American babies born in the last year were "minorities".
NOTE: I've started a new partnership withAnimalnewyork.com to make videos for you more often, and from now on my new videos premiere at this page - http://animalnewyork.com/illdoctrine I'll still be putting all my videos up here too, but only a week or so after they premiere over there.
This is what THEY don't want you to know. An exclusive analysis of the secret letter that was recently revealed here: http://hiphopisread.com/2012/04/secret-meeting-that-changed-rap-music.html
IMPORTANT ILL DOCTRINE NEWS: I've started up a new partnership with my friends at Animal New York to make videos for you more often, and from now on my new videos premiere at this page - http://animalnewyork.com/illdoctrine I'll still be putting all my videos up here too, but only a week or so after they premiere over there. SO bookmark that page, and let me know how you like the new videos!
Honoring both the big things that President Obama did this week, and the big things LGBT activists, bloggers, etc did to help get him (and us) there.
Music by Sabzi of the Blue Scholars
After Jay-Z recorded "Glory" to welcome his new daughter into the world, I wondered what it would sound like if Republican voters made a song to welcome Mitt Romney as their now-inevitable nominee.
"Phony" featuring W.M.R.
Can't explain how uninspired i feel
Looking at this primary field
Mitt romney, I freaking hate you
I can't believe the nomination is you
False promises, false starts
Six different frontrunners falling apart
Now look who we're stuck with
The million dollar Tin Man with no heart.
One percenters, you dance for them
Then you switch up your stance for them
You are amazing, you're unbelievable
I mean literally, Icannot believe in you
Just an empty suit, who's really in control?
There's nothing in your soul except opinion polls
The fakest in a room full of fake actors
You've never paid dues, you barely pay taxes
And every time you speak it makes me hate you more and
It's not cuz your faith is Mormon it's cuz your so fake and boring.
You're boring. And Phony. So phony.
boring boring bo
You're phony it's never been disputable
You look phony in every interview you do
You look phony at weddings and at funerals
You even look phony singing America the Beautiful
You're the child of a party's legacy
Now you're the child that made that party dead to me.
You're a smarmy dog-torturing fake moderate turned fake conservative
What a terrible recipe.
See addendum here: http://jsmooth995.tumblr.com/post/14262038303/sitwherethelightcorruptsyourface-jsmooth995
A personal pledge to help everyone at untilabortionends.com keep improving their diet so they can live longer and healthier lives.
The members of that site seem quite earnest, and I hope in principle to be respectful of everyone no matter strongly I disagree, so I'm trying not to be TOO snarky here. But the underlying logic of this protest is baffling. They seem to be hoping that women who've decided to seek an abortion will visit this site and say "wow, if you feel strongly enough about this that you're making the irrevocable life-changing decision of giving up Dr. Pepper, maybe I should reconsider having a child that I can't support!"
A few thoughts on Occupy Wall Street, I've been watching it and going down there for a while now but hadn't had a chance to speak on it.
By the way when I say some news media people are "ringers," I don't necessarily mean that they deliberately obfuscate, or get orders from some shadowy figure to do so. I think they'll often just have a personal investment in the system and status quo that's being critiqued/threatened, so they'll naturally--without any need to conspire--have their perception skewed by an instinct to protect the status quo they're invested in. So though it's quite possibly not their intention to play the ringer, it's the function they wind up serving nonetheless.
"Rainbow in the Dark" instrumental provided by Das Racist:
Just a couple of thoughts on Lauryn's news last week.
Some tooth-extraction issues had me sidelined last month but I should be back in effect now. For those asking, I don't know that I have anything to say about the debt ceiling that hasn't been said, but I did post about it here: http://jsmooth995.tumblr.com/
Giving thanks to Tiffany Green and BET, for the picture that captures everything I would've said in all the videos I never made this past year.
If you were smart enough not to watch that show, here is the snafu I am referring to, and that Tiffany's reacting to in the photo:
A long and ranty ramble loosely inspired by LeBron's press conference on Sunday. Not meant to be taken too seriously, I don't have any beef with LeBron in general, and I know he was just venting his frustrations & didn't mean anything too deep. I just thought it was funny to see him basically breaking the fourth wall, and breaking the tacit agreement we have with all athletes that they'll keep pretending they're doing something important as long as we keep pretending we believe them.
Originally posted on my illdoc1more account, June 13th, 2011
A note about the media's role in hyping up Donald Trump's brief flirtation with (pretending to) run for president. Originally posted on my illdoc1more account, on May 11th, 2011. Much love to Rachel Maddow for featuring this vid on her show!
A little addendum to my old MLK video, with MLK's perspective on the different kinds of extremism, and how sometimes extremism is no less righteous than moderation. With so much discussion right now about the tone and direction of our national discourse, I highly recommend reading the entirety of MLK's Letter from a Birmingham Jail.
(Originally posted January 2011 on my illdoc1more account.)
Why you should never trust a politician who says they're "just like you."
To see more episodes, visit The GIANT Word on GIANTLife.com. Jay Smooth is a contributing blogger for GIANTLife.com: http://giantmag.com/category/exclusives/the-giant-word/
Transcript up soon. To see more episodes, visit http://giantmag.com/category/exclusives/the-giant-word/ or http://GIANTlife.com. Jay Smooth is a contributing blogger for GIANTLife.com
A rant about people who say "oh I never pay attention to poilitics because I know it doesn't matter, the whole system is rigged, every politician is the same, yadda yadda yadda."
This is one of my pet peeves so I may have gotten bit more vexed than usual.
(NOTE: Before you even comment on it, yes, yes, I know...I was trying maintain continuity and not shave until I was done but my face got too itchy.)
I've been meaning to address the historic passage of the health care bill, but wasn't feeling fully qualified to break it down, so I got the noted health care expert and standup comic Hari Kondabolu to give his thoughts on Obama's health care plan, and what he thinks we could have done to fight harder for truly progressive reform.
You can see Hari live on Thursday night here in NY, when he headlines at Comix with another great comic, Baron Vaughn.
aka "Why I'm Not Making a Video About John Mayer"
for background info see here: http://boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/02/13/and_the_hood_pass/
In case you missed it here's a PSA I helped to make last week, about the Hyde Amendment and how it affects millions of low income women and families.
Not much to say, but I couldn't just say nothing.
NOTE: Some concerns have been raised about how Wyclef's Yele org manages its money, as seen here: http://thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2010/0114102wyclef1.html
http://illdoctrine.com/jsmooth995This started out as a brief mini-video, and somehow turned into an endless obsessive rant about the minutiae of the Polanski case. This video has no entertainment value, unless you enjoy hearing "let's be clear" over and over.related links on my blog, http://illdoctrine.com