Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hump Day Music 4/30/14: Rapsody, Tinashe, Celldweller...



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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Think Tank Tuesday 4/29/14: Was Donald Sterling's Punishment Fair?

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that Donald Sterling is a racist. Some people are confused as to how a racist can have a girlfriend who is 1/2 black; I'd invite those individuals struggling with that phenomenom to pick up a history book documenting slavery in this country.

We've all heard the incriminating audio of Mr. Sterling revealing his disdain for black folk, but he did this in the comfort and supposed privacy of his own home. So the question is should he have been punished for things he stated in the privacy of his own home in a private conversation... before you answer, consider the implications this may have on all private citizens and how this could apply to you. Check out TMOT's take on the matter:



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Monday, April 28, 2014

Motivational Mondays 4/28/14: Keep On Pushing

When life knocks you down, what do you do? Check out Eric Thomas's approach to dealing with life's setbacks:



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Friday, April 25, 2014

Foodies Friday 4/25/14: Chianti Pot Roast, Quinoa Chilli Chow...

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Indie Webseries Thursday 4/24/14: Perils of Growing Up Flat-Chested, #NWN...

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hump Day Music 4/23/14: Dillio, Jitrui, Sharooz...



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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Think Tank Tuesday 4/22/14: Sex Tapes For Fame & Fortune

Steve Harvey chimed in on "Love & Hip Hop" star Mimi Faust's sex tape and delivers a powerful message to her and other women. Take a listen to what Steve had to say:



Do you agree with Steve's point? Share your thoughts.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Motivational Mondays 4/21/14: Levels

It's Monday and time to head back to work. As you prepare to deal with today's challenges take a few minutes to get empowered and meet this week head on with a message by Eric Thomas:



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Friday, April 18, 2014

Foodies Friday 4/18/14: Hazelnut Butter Biscuits, NY Style Cheesecake, Salsa...

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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6 Ways To Make Arsenio 2.0 The King of Late-Night

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I view Arsenio Hall as a man who will go down in history as 'The King of Late-Night.'If you're like me, you were excited when word of his return to late-night television was reported. His first late-night show was ground breaking to say the least. Appearing in the late 80s -- 1989 to be exact, marked the premier of the Arsenio Hall Show's first episode.

The show ran for 5 years and placed Arsenio's crown rightfully among late-night royalty. Known for his signature stance that resembled the 'A' in his first name before he made his entrance, a band that kept it funkier then 12 buckets of chit'lins on a hot summer day, the "woof-woof" barking style of applause from the 'Dog Pound' audience members, and breaking new artists as well as granting artists a chance to perform their songs; Arsenio had the magic recipe for success and absolutely dominated the late-night scene.

Here we are some 19 years later and Arsenio is back at it, determined to whip up a new batch of late-night awesomeness with the all new Arsenio Hall Show or Arsenio 2.0 as I like to call it. Unfortunately Arsenio 2.0 already feels dated. The magic recipe that worked for the 90s just doesn't work for today. Fortunately, I narrowed Arsenio 2.0's problems down and have provided suggestions on how to fix them (it's the least I could do). So let's dig right in!

Problem #1 Bad writers: compared to other late-night talk shows, Arsenio's jokes are at the bottom of the barrel. I found myself laughing at a few of his jokes and skits, and some of the games were just a waste of time, but there was no consistent laughing. Unfortunately my initial thought about the jokes, skits and games was that he didn't have A-list writers for the show. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse you get hit over the head with the desperate race based jokes, at one point in time they were funny but now they've just become a bit redundant.

Solution - Find better writers: If the budget won't allow for top notch writers, find the next best thing... new up and coming talent on the internet, the hungrier the better. Hungry writers =  'we don't have to pay them much because they just want their shot.' I've seen some sketch comedians online that are gut busting funny and I'm sure they'd love to work for the likes of Arsenio Hall.

Problem #2 Poor interviews: admittedly I'm no expert on conducting interviews, but I've watched enough talk shows to gather that the most fundamental point of giving interviews is to extract as much information as possible from the guest in a short amount of time. I'm going to go ahead and assume that the information should primarily be about their current project(s) they're promoting and secondarily, what they've been up to, what's next for them, rumors, etc. What I've found from watching Arsenio and comparing that experience with other late-night talk show hosts like Jimmy Kimmel is that I got more info from Jimmy Kimmel's interview of a guest then I did from Arsenio's guest.

In a matter of a few minutes I knew what Jimmy's guest did in the past, what their current project was, what they had coming up, their interests, and places they've been and in great detail I might add. One of the problems I've found with Arsenio's interviews is he spends a lot of time going down memory lane with some of his guests. If anything save those funny "remember when..." type stories for the Arsenio App. Another problem is choppy questions. He may ask about one subject and abruptly jump to another one with no smooth segues. The final problem is one that makes it seem as if he's freestylin' his questions and that's because there is too much time between his questions. For example you'll see him receive an answer to a question he asked and then after a slight delay (as if he's thinking of a new question to ask) he starts on a new question.

Solution - Have questions already prepared: I've seen Jimmy Kimmel, Conan, etc. all at some point in their interview use questions from what's been prepared on their cards, and as a result there is never any delay between questions. Why not have cards prepared with primary questions about the guest's current and future projects, as well as secondary questions about their interests, hobbies, little known facts etc.?

Here are a few suggestions that if implemented will take Arsenio 2.0 to new heights:

Suggestion #1 Youtube is your friend- in the 90s Arsenio gave major exposure to artists that other talk shows wouldn't give the time of day, and dare I say it, hip hop in particular wouldn't be as big as it is now if it weren't for Arsenio breaking new talent and giving folks their shot. It's only right that the Arsenio 2.0 continues the tradition by looking to the internet to find and break new talent -- singers, emcees, comedians, etc., who are doing their thing on Youtube  and other internet outlets can be given their shot on the new show.

Suggestion #2 Interactive is the way to go- Arsenio is on the right path with including social media on his show, but he should make it an even bigger part of the show. A show were people can interact will drive ratings through the roof if implemented properly. From simple concepts like announcing guests in advanced so viewers can generate questions via Twitter and/or Facebook for particular guests and Arsenio selecting a few to ask is an idea. *I've seen an episode of Arsenio doing this, but making it a regular part of the show would be great.

Suggestion #3 Mix in the normal- Don't just have entertainers, athletes, and other celebs on the show sprinkle in some regular folk too. Positive people who are doing big things deserve some recognition too. The media loves to show one aspect of the black community (usually its worse) always portraying black people in a negative light. What better platform to change the hearts and minds of people then Arsenio 2.0? Use that platform to share with the world the positive things coming out of the black community that the news never show. For example, the 3 black young men who recently have all the top Ivy League schools pursuing them because they graduated with GPAs in the neighborhood of 4.0, 4.3, and 5.0. The world needs to know about these boys especially other young black men if for nothing else but to inspire the minds of other young black youth to tap into their inner greatness.

Suggestion #4 Best of both worlds- Dominating TV is not enough, Arsenio needs to develop a plan to dominate virtual space as well. I came across a web exclusive of a group that performed during a commercial break. The group was "Natural 7" and their performance was awesome, had me wondering why it wasn't on the show ... but ... then I thought Arsenio may be on to something. He could do something along the lines of Oprah Winfrey's "Oprah After The Show" but with musical guests and place the videos on his Youtube feed increasing his views.

Suggestion #5 Make it or Break it- Everyone wants to be thinks they're a star these days, and there are some real gems out there hidden in the mess, so there should be a little segment where an aspiring artist performs a song and let the viewers determine that artist's fate with "make it" or "break it." Viewers can vote in a similar fashion to competition shows like "The Voice"  or "American Idol" for example.

There you have it, my blueprint for Arsenio 2.0's upgrade. By tweaking what already exists and adding a little something here and a little something there I'm sure the show will dominate late-night again.

Just in case I get haters saying, "if you think you know so much and can do better, why don't you host the show?" I already beat you to the punch and provided 10 reasons why I couldn't host the Arsenio Hall Show.

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Top 10 Reasons Why I Couldn't Host The Arsenio Hall Show

After complaining about a few things on the new Arsenio Hall Show, I imagined what if he said "if you think it's so easy come show me how it's done" and I prepared these top 10 reasons why I couldn't host the show, written in David Letterman fashion (counting down from 10):

#10 It's filmed in California and I live in Georgia. I'm somewhat afraid to fly.

#9 If I read off the teleprompter I'm sure I'll sound like a slave who's just been taught to read.

#8 I've never tried it but I'm pretty sure I suck at stand up so a monologue of jokes would be catastrophic.

#7 When the producers are communicating to me in my ear piece while the guests are speaking I'd be inclined to talk back to the producers.

#6 I hate to cut people off when they talk. We'd have to take commercial and some long winded guest would be telling the world's longest story and I'd let them.

#5 my memory works when IT wants to not when I want it to. *See #8.

#4 If I had to interview someone like Sanaa Lathan, Halle Berry or Jada Pinkett Smith I'd sweat like a pig.

#3 I drink a lot of water and always have to use the bathroom.

#2 I'm a vegetarian and more fiber equals more gas. *See #4

#1 My name isn't Arsenio Hall.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Think Tank Tuesday 4/15/14: Father's Requesting Paternity Tests

The Think Tank question for today is simple and straight to the point -- Should a woman be offended if a man requests a paternity test? Don't men have a right to now whether a child is biologically theirs from a source other than the woman's word? Shouldn't the right to know be granted to men without the stigma of not trusting the mother being attached to it? There are plenty of stories where men have raised children for years thinking they were raising their own flesh and blood only to find out they've been lied to for years:


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Monday, April 14, 2014

WTH Files: Worst Wheel Of Fortune Player Ever!

Watch as this Wheel of Fortune contestant masterfully screws up the simplest of puzzles. My favorite is his special pronunciation of the Greek Mythology hero Achilles:



I wonder what Pat Sajak was thinking during this fella's epic fails? All I'm saying is if I was Pat I wouldn't say jack either.... see what I did right there?

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Shots Fired...Joseline Hernandez Throws Shade At MiMi Faust

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TMZ reported that 'Love & Hip Hop ATL' star MiMi Faust has taken the Kim Kardashian path to whoredom stardom by releasing a new sex tape via Vivid Entertainment. Her archenemy on the show Joseline Hernandez has already let off a shot or two about the tape:


Seems like Ms. Faust is desperate for recognition or at least taking desperate measures to extend her 15 mins of fame. Why do I get the feeling that we'll be hearing about a Joseline and Stevie-J sex tape in the near future? 

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Motivational Monday 4/14/14: Give Thanks

As you prepare to head back to the grind this week, take a few minutes to get motivated with a message about being thankful and showing gratitude:


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Foodies Friday 4/11/14: Salisbury Steak Meatballs, Homemade Ice Cream, Grilled Brie & Pear Sandwich...

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Salisbury Steak Meatballs

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hump Day Music 4/9/14: Isaish Rashad, DLow, CJ Fly...



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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Think Tank Tuesday 4/8/14: Nicki Minaj vs MLK?

Who did more for black people, Nicki Minaj or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? What a dumb question right? At least one young girl thinks the answer is Nicki Minaj and her reasoning is even more foolish than the statement. This is a clear picture that this country's future is bleak if we don't get things in order with educating people. Watch the clip below as TMOT explains the big picture:



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Monday, April 7, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

Foodies Friday 3/4/14: Short Rib Sandwich, Creamy Baked Ziti, Sardines on Rye...

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Indie Webseries Thursday 4/3/14: Life Doesn't Frighten Me, Proximity, NWN...

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hump Day Music 4/2/14: Sevyn Streeter, Lil Bibby, Flying Lotus...



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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Think Tank Tuesday 4/1/14: Can We Trust The Media?


When the news reported that TV Judge Joe Brown was arrested for being in contempt of court, they painted a picture of him belligerently disturbing the court. In the clip below the audio of the incident reveals that the opposite actually occurred. What is heard in the courtroom audio appears to be more of a tirade towards the disorganized way the courtroom was run:


Now that you've heard the audio, a few questions should pop into your head, one of which is, can you trust anything the media reports? The way this story was reported had some think Judge Joe Brown was raising all kinds of hell in the courtroom and couldn't be restrained by officers, but as the audio clearly proved, that was poppycock.

If anything it showed that Judge Joe Brown disapproved of the unprofessional chaos taking place and was letting the presiding Judge know that he knew that court was out of order (pun intended.) What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below.

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