Monthly Archives: April 2008

Asians Against White Supremacy Go!

Ripped this off of Angry Asian Man, the photo really is just too dope not to repost. It was apparently taken from a recent student protest at the University of Washington (which I visited when I went to Seattle, beautiful campus). Like he says, the sign, the woman’s facial expression, everything about it go go goes. The photo was taken by Nick Feldman.

Why White People Like San Francisco

So the Stuff White People Like blog has been taking the internet by storm (or at least among my friends), with it’s spot on analysis and study of the behavior, tastes and attitudes of white people. The recent post on San Francisco was just too funny not to repost. Here’s a sample:

“The City of San Francisco has a very multicultural population that ranges from white to gay to Asian. Within white culture this known as “ideal diversity” for its provision of exotic restaurants while simultaneously preserving property values. The presence of gays and Asians is imperative as it two provides two of the key resources most necessary for white success and happiness.

However, it is important to be aware of the fact that regions outside of San Francisco feature many people who are not white, gay or Asian. They are greatly appreciated during the census, but white people are generally very happy that they stay in places like Oakland and Richmond. This enables white people to feel good about living near people of diverse backgrounds without having to directly deal with troublesome issues like income gaps or schooling.”

Lil Keke

Lil Keke feat. Birdman ~ “I’m A G”

I guess I’m just in a music video kind of mood, and I love this southern rap shit, in all its beauty and ugliness. Working in the dirty south in a lot of towns that look just like the one in this video forces me to reflect everyday on the mind state and conditions of struggle in 2008 America, ya dig? This song slaps on a good sound system.

“Fuck a diploma, I’m smothered in the dro aroma. Still on probation if I piss I’m a goner…”

Fuck private probation and the privatization of the criminal justice system.

Dave Zirin Writes About Oakland

Dave Zirin isn’t just my favorite sports writer, he’s one of my favorite writers period. I love the way his work shows how sports cannot ever be separated from the political context that they operate in.

His latest article talks about the Oakland Warriors and the city they play in, the city I call home. He says:

“The Golden State Warriors just finished the finest season in history… by a team that failed to make the playoffs. In the epic Western Conference, G-State’s 48-34 record was only good enough for a ninth best. But the team did see Monta Ellis emerge as perhaps the fastest, most dynamic person to step on a court since Johan Kriek. It saw Stephen Jackson improbably become a second tier MVP candidate (the team went 0-6 without him at the season’s beginning) and an NBA universe weeping that the high octane crew from Oaktown won’t be pulling off any playoff miracles this season.

While it’s nice to see basketball matter again in the Bay Area, I had an entirely different kind of feeling last month when Warriors stars Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington, Ellis and the now-retired Chris Webber appeared at a “Silence the Violence” rally in their backyard at Oakland Tech.

Jackson, who’s had his share of off-the-court troubles, said, “I’ve seen a lot of violence in my life, and it could have stopped me from being where I’m at today. If I can give some kids some knowledge that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, then I’m willing to do that.”

Oakland is a place where there are too many funerals–too many parents burying too many teenagers. As longtime community activist Todd Chretien said to me, “In the last five years around 700 people have been murdered in Oakland, out of a population of less than 400,000. About half of these murders have taken place within a two-mile radius of the fields and floors where the Oakland Raiders, the Oakland As and the Golden State Warriors play ball.

“What’s wrong? Poverty and racism,” he said. “Unemployment for young black and Latino men hovers between one-third and one-half. The cost of living is the highest in the country. The schools are underfunded and under attack from Bush’s No Child Left Behind. In the last thirty years the ruling elite in Oakland have de-industrialized and taken their jobs elsewhere (and now they’re taking the As with them).”‘

Go here to read the rest.

The Most Powerful People In America

According to Joel Hirschhorn, the most powerful people in America are not the politicians, the CEOs, etc. The most powerful people are actually us, especially because of our consumer dollars. It’s not a new idea, but it was interesting to think about it in the way that he points it out. He says:

“Now is the time for all the millions of Americans that make up the 81 percent who see the nation on the wrong track to take action, to think like patriotic revolutionaries and take the power that now only exists with their spending. Sounds simple. All this strategy needs is leadership. Rather than spending so much time and energy on the media-hyped presidential campaign, we the people should demand that someone step forward to inform and mobilize consumers to become powerful citizens by using their spending as the ultimate populist political weapon.”

Easier said than done, but a good reminder nonetheless. When I was watching the Super Bowl this year, one of my friends said he wondered what would happen “if everyone turned off their TVs during the commercials.” Hirschhorn’s article made me think about that. I tend to think that the people are powerful because every social movement in history has happened because of collective action, but it is valuable to remember our power as consumers in this capitalist society. I keep trying to remind myself of this when I look at those dope ass limited edition pair of kicks I want or some other shit, I really need to practice some restraint.

T.Naka & The Guns

Bambu’s “Chairman Mao” video, directed and edited by the homie Tad Nakamura, world premier on The Cheddar Box! Just kidding, it’s actually posted over on Tad’s youtube page, along with other videos he produced (everyone who went to UCSC Oakes College has to watch “The Muralist”). Between this and my earlier post on Broken Halos, what can I say? All my homies have bookoo talent.

Below is a short doc on Bambu and the Native Guns crew Tad put together awhile back. Those brothers are the truth for real.

“The Guns Show Pt.1”

“The Guns Show Pt.2”

Today Is Record Store Day

Found out about this from Pitchfork but apparently today is Record Store Day, a global celebration of the independent record store. What this means is that on this day, April 19, 2008, record stores across the world are giving away free shit or selling shit cheaply, on top of hosting a lot of dope live acts. Peep their website to find out if a store near you is participating, and then go! I lucked out and Criminal Records (a record & comic book store, if that wasn’t made for me I don’t know what is) down the street from where I live in the A is hosting a gang of live acts, I’m definitely gonna try to peep Janelle Monae.