I appeared on Arise America to chat hot topics of the week in April. Watch here, our segment begins at 1:10:25.
VIBE column, Dec/Jan 2013
For The Root, my first piece as NY bureau chief: When Were Blacks Truly Freed From Slavery?
“Put yourself in that place,” Blackmon says. “You’re enslaved, then liberated for 30 years, and then all of a sudden, a certain group of people begin a campaign to force you back into slavery.”
Here’s a look at my BET.com show “After Hours,” where celebrities come to relax. For a few minutes, I chat with artists and creatives about their work while exacting their favorite hobbies. For my first guest Big K.R.I.T., it was a little Max Payne video gaming … and I didn’t fair too well.
As a VIBE columnist, I handle the “Lose Some, Win Some” section each month. Here’s Spike Lee, who is much less cranky than people assume:
- When She’s Gotta Have It came out, Michele Wallace—a Black feminist—had some things to say. There was no outcry, like, “How can she say that about Spike Lee?” If I say something about Tyler Perry, then I’m the devil. Because he goes to church every Sunday? That’s crazy.
For EBONY: Nicki Minaj Out for Pop or Hip Hop?
Me … I can’t listen to “Starships.” I am happiest when Ms. Minaj raps and literally eats the microphone. With her lyrics, voice inflection, beauty and kooky imagination, Nicki Minaj could’ve become the biggest female emcee in history but her path shows that she’d rather emulate former tour mate Britney Spears over Foxy Brown. I don’t begrudge Ms. Minaj her fame and fortune, I just want an album I can play all the way through.
For The Root: The Making of ‘Love Jones’ - Fifteen years later, director Theodore Witcher discusses his first film and why he’s never made another:
The last scene was supposed to be raining! The original version took place outside of the club. Nina’s standing in the downpour waiting for Darius and they have their last moment together. We tested the movie, and most of the women in the audience didn’t believe a black woman would stand in the rain with her hair uncovered. This mortified me because we’re going for the big finish and you’re absorbed in this detail of whether her hair would get messed up? The studio [New Line Cinema] said, “Reshoot,” and we shot the scene under an L train track. I wanted to present a woman protagonist without vanity, which I thought would be refreshing, but I guess I failed. - Witcher
My VIBE column “Lose Some, Win Some” with Ice-T talking about the lowest point in his career:
When I went through that “Cop Killer” shit, I was cast out of hip-hop. The Source shitted on me, saying I’d given in to the powers. When the president is coming after you, it’s no longer rap. -Ice-T