Three Things I Hated (and Loved) About the 56th Grammy Awards

Three Things I Hated (and Loved) About the 56th Grammy Awards

I usually don’t do this. I’m usually able to find the good in anything and highlight it, but last night I was really irritable while watching the 56th Grammy Awards. And honestly, you all’s tweets didn’t make it any better.…







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HBCUs and the Hip Hop Philanthropist

HBCUs and the Hip Hop Philanthropist

This morning I learned that hip hop icon Dr. Dre and co-founder of Interscope Records Jimmy Iovine, both co-founders of Beats by Dre, donated $70 million to the University of Southern California (USC) to create the Jimmy Iovine and Andre…







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Beyonce Taught Me: Three Relationship Lessons You Must Learn from Beyonce & Jay-Z

Beyonce Taught Me: Three Relationship Lessons You Must Learn from Beyonce & Jay-Z

In case you didn’t know, I have hood tendencies, so you shouldn’t be surprised by the fact that “Upgrade U” is by far my favorite Beyoncé video. The imagery used creates a picture of the Beyoncé I love. Not the poised,…







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OBAMA’S ON FIRE!!!! (Yes, I’m Yelling…)

OBAMA’S ON FIRE!!!! (Yes, I’m Yelling…)

Update [12:33pm]: Man, bump references to Beyonce ripping out her earpiece like a thug. I just found out she was lip syncing. It’s irrelevant now. *pouts* Yesterday, the nation watched as President Barack Obama was inaugurated to his second term…







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My Favorite Big Boi Verses

My Favorite Big Boi Verses

Today, Big Boi released his second solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, and the critics thus far have loved it. You can read the Rolling Stones review here. While I still lust for another Outkast album, I’m excited to…







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Throwback Saturday: Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness”

Throwback Saturday: Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness”

I’m sure you’re familiar with  Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Otis,” the single from their joint album, Watch the Throne, which samples Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness.” But there is nothing like hearing Otis, himself, sing the original. The purity…







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Kim K Taught Me: Three Relationship Lessons Learned During the 2012 BET Awards

Kim K Taught Me: Three Relationship Lessons Learned During the 2012 BET Awards

The BET Awards aired last night, and while there was plenty of chatter about the presenters, performers and nominees, one of the most talked about individuals in attendance fell into neither of these categories. Ding, Ding, Ding! You guessed it:…







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Jigga What? Reaching into Jay-Z’s Pockets

There are two things I hate despise in this world: when people attempt to tell me how I should spend my time and how I should spend my money. I find it both insulting and presumptuous for someone to tell…







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I’m Finally Out of Timeout

Over the past couple of weeks, I took a self-imposed, pop culture timeout. I needed to get away from the fluff of life and get back to what was real. During this time, I missed a lot of happenings, and…







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You Guys ROCK!!!!

I’m really appreciative of you guys clicking and reading each day. I rack my brain on a daily basis trying to think of new and fresh material for you, and I want you to know and understand that every click you make on my site is greatly appreciated! Already, in the first month of 2011, we have managed to collect almost as many clicks as we did during all of last year. And I only have you to thank.













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Decoded: Part 1—My Initial Reaction

Decoded: Part 1—My Initial Reaction

During my unexpected winter break last week, I decided to finally crack open Jay-Z’s Decoded, our January book club selection. Before I could even read a word, I was awe struck by the beauty of the book. As someone who has laid out a couple of books, I was fascinated with the layout, graphics, and fonts and how they worked together to create graphic art. Now I understand why people have categorized this work as a coffee table book. It’s so pretty, I can’t even highlight, or write in the margins, or dog-ear the pages. 

Once I began reading Jiggaman’s story, I quickly realized that Decoded is more than a memoir. It is U.S. history told from a first-person point of view. Decoded is a historical account of how hip hop and social issues (such as crack, guns, and gangs) changed urban America and the world we all live in. It illustrates the evolution of rap music. It explains how seminal elements of hip hop culture, like Salt & Pepa’s “Push It,” NWA’s Straight Out of Compton, Dr. Dre’s Chronic, and movies like Boys In the Hood and Menace to Society, were birthed and how each influenced people throughout the world. You can’t call yourself a hip hop fan without reading Jay-Z’s Decoded.

Below is a reading guide for the remainder of the book. Please feel free to join us as we read by clicking here. If you haven’t begun reading, no worries. There is still plenty of time for you to pick up the book and start reading. Also please, Please, PLEASE send in your additional quotes, questions, and thoughts. This information will frame our final discussion that will take place on Saturday, February 5th @ 2pm. I can’t wait to see you there! Happy reading!













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January Selection: Decoded by Jay-Z

January Selection: Decoded by Jay-Z

Deep down inside, I’m a nerd. I love learning, reading, writing (duh!), and discussing. And if I’m honest, I kind of miss it now that I’m no longer in school (PRAISE GOD!!!). I’m all about creating the life I would like to live, so in order to fill that void, I’ve started a book club, and I would love if you would join!

The name of the book club is Bad Chicks Who Read. Yes, it’s a group of girls, but if you’re a man who’s not intimidated by group of intelligent, opinionated, bad chicks who read every now and then, you can join too *smile*.

The goal this year is to read one book per month, starting with Jay-Z’s Decoded. We then meet up and discuss via the internet. All the information about the first selection is listed below in the email sent out to the group. If you would like to join (PLEASE DO!!!), click here and fill out the request form telling us a little bit about yourself.

Can’t wait to read with you! Muah!













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