Today I learned that The Karate Kid turned fifty. Fifty! That cannot possibly be right. Like most kids of my era, I enjoyed the unlikely tale of underdog turned champion. I cheered in triumph when that lanky loser kicked the mean kid’s ass, winning both the tournament and the girl....more
Nothing makes a booklover's heart patter more than unwrapping a book... unless it's a stack of books. If the booklover in your life is anything like me, they rarely get books as gifts. I've never been sure if it's because people aren't sure what books to buy us or if they've decided we have enough books already, but I'm always thrilled when people give me a book as a gift. Here are some suggestions for titles that booklovers would be happy to unwrap this holiday season.
Turn on the television and there’s no telling what you’ll see in regards to Black people. Women in skin tight dresses on the hunt for "love". Women with the loosest of ties to basketball players throwing bows and pulling each others hair. Men dressed as women. Or men in polka dot pants and striped shirts calling for Cora. The lack of options can be frightening and make one feel as if all hope is lost for alternative images of Black folks....more
I was a little late writing this essay -- I meant to do it a week ago, but was in the middle of moving from one apartment to another. The reason we were moving was because our apartment had become Manhattan’s answer to the Amityville Horror. It wasn’t haunted by poltergeists or ghosts, but instead by extremely bad plumbing and the occasional rat riding the elevator. Also, there was no gas, going on for some seven months, and there were drug dealers on the fourth and eighth floors. Though the walls hadn’t actually bled, we’d seen blood on them, as well as on the floors and in the elevator -- some sort of “stabbing incident” was the explanation we got.
Much has been said about Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ divorce after only 72 days of being man and wife. Simply, she's a fame whore and he's a pawn caught in the game. But the extravagant fairytale wedding Kim Kardashian had and quickie divorce not long after -- and our undying interest in both -- say more about us than they do about her.