Monthly Archives: January 2012

Event: The Vagabonds’ #FML Listening Party at EVE (Saturday, 1/28/12)

Event: The Vagabonds #FML Listening Party at Eve (Saturday 1/28/12)

On Saturday, January 28, Miami nightspot Eve plays host to the listening party for #FML, the latest project from hip-hop duo The Vagabonds. The event is hosted by the duo of Baysiqly and E.R. as well as Vice City Cypher.

There will be live performances by The Vagabonds, plus School Bus, Dashius Clay, Shottie (of IDEE4), Vurn, and Serum & Manifesto. The side stage will host an open mic competition, plus have additional performances by Rolls Royce, Yung Spec, Tay G, Lil Gunna, Roc Sol & DJ Cheo, Straight No Chase, and Blokaholics. DJ Twin will be holding it down on the 1s & 2s.

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Books: Hot Skull by Culture Monroe

Books: Hot Skull by Culture Monroe

Hot Skull, a thriller set in Jamaica, revolves around Mark, a contract killer for the police force. After the murder a young boy, however, Mark begins to struggle with guilt. When Mark saves and falls for a seductive young woman, Stacy, he suddenly finds himself at odds with his employers and is ensnared in a fight for survival.

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Shit Mixed Girls Say (Video)

Okay, I’ve grown tired of the whole “Shit [Stereotypical Gender/Racial/Ethnic Group] Say” meme, but this one made me chuckle. Plus, it’s written and directed by the homie Layla Sola.

Hit play and have a laugh.

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The Fort Greene Smack & Cheese Competition (Pics & Video)

Yesterday, a small gathering of friends convened at an undisclosed location in Brooklyn for The First & Only Mac & Cheese Throwdown, or what I’ve decided to call The Fort Green Smack & Cheese Competition. The competition arose due to “a lot of smack talkin’ by a lot of folks” and the winner would walk away with bragging rights.

There were three entrants: my friends Cynthia, Jonathan, and Sean. Each person prepared unique and delicious takes on the dish. Dishes were judged on three official criteria (taste, presentation, innovation) and one unofficial (comfort). So, who won? Hell, if you ask me, since those in attendance were fortunate enough to taste each offering, we were all winners.

Oh, but you want to know who won the competition? Well, just check out the video above. Then hit the jump for additional photos. Continue reading

McDonald’s to Become the UK’s Biggest Children’s Book Seller

McDonald's: UK's biggest children's book seller

In the United Kingdom, over the next four weeks, massive fast food chain McDonald’s will give out 9 million Mudpuddle Farm books with their popular, kid-targeted Happy Meals as part of a tie-in with publisher HarperCollins. The promotion will include six titles from the Mudpuddle Farm series, including Mossop’s Last ChanceAlbertine, Goose Queen; Pigs Might Fly!; Jigger’s Day Off; Martians at Mudpuddle Farm; and Mum’s the Word. All books are written by Michael Morpurgo.

According to the UK’s Telegraph, sales of children’s books in 2011 averaged 1.16 million per week, or 6.4 million in a four week period. This means that, with the sales of Happy Meals, McDonald’s will be issuing substantially more children’s books than are usually sold in the same timeframe.

But don’t fret, toy enthusiasts. The Happy Meals will still come with a toy. Finger puppets relating to the series of books will also be included.

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Kim Osorio Returns to The Source

Kim Osorio and Jay Fingers

One of my favorite writers (and people in general) has returned to her roots.

At a press conference yesterday at NYC’s Muse Hotel, it was announced that Kim Osorio will be the new Editor-in-Chief of The Source magazine. Those of you up on your history know that Kim filed, and won, a sexual discrimination lawsuit against the magazine in 2005. The rather onerous conditions she worked under were documented in her 2008 book Straight From The Source: An Expose From The Former Editor-in-Chief of the Hip-Hop Bible.

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Poet Knickie D Hosts The Exhibitionist at Linger Café and Lounge (January 19)

Poet Knickie D Hosts The Exhibitionist at Linger Café and Lounge (January 19)

On Thursday, January 19, Brooklyn-based poet Knickie D hosts The Exhibitionist, a monthly showcase and open-mic night at Linger Café & Lounge in Boerum Hill.

Held every third Thursday of the month, each show has featured performer in addition to the seven open-mic slots. This month’s performers are Jamaal St. John and Deacon Jackson.

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