Before my debut novel GUESTLIST was actually a tangible object that people could purchase and read, I told everyone that it would be available at all the usual online book retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s. (Hey, Powell’s, what the hell?)
But people asked, “Well, will it be available at [insert local bookstore]?”
“Oh, sure,” I said. “I’ve spoken with them, they pretty much said they’ll be ready when I’m ready.”
Turns out that hasn’t been the case.
You see, despite my being a local Brooklyn author and the claims of my neighborhood bookstores’ desires to support and showcase the work of local authors, I’ve been getting the run-around from damn near everyone.
Posted in Books, Cool Story Bro, Life, New York City, Op-Ed, Politics, Publishing, writing, WTF
Tagged Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bed Stuy, Book Court, Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Greenlight Bookstore, GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers, Hanson Dry, Hue-Man Bookstore, Jay Fingers, Powell's, Word Brooklyn, You've Got Mail
On last evening, I was fortunate enough to have been the special guest on internet radio show Hip-Hop is For Lovers, hosted by two lovely, intelligent hosts, Uche and Lenee. The aim of HH4L is to create a dialog about sexuality, intimacy, and relationships in hip-hop culture.
Last night, the topic was slut shaming, defined as “the deliberate act of calling a woman a slut, a whore or impugning her character in sexual terms in order to embarrass, humiliate, intimidate, degrade or shame her for actions or behaviors that are a normal part of female sexuality.” I chimed in here and there, but it was certainly interesting to hear the dialogue that was being had between the two hosts and their legion of followers, who responded mostly via Twitter and email.
Uche and Lenee invited me to speak about GUESTLIST, and afterward held a book giveaway. (Congrats to the winner, @SnakesOnABoat!). All in all, it was a great time and I am super grateful to the ladies of Hip-Hop is For Lovers for having me on the show. You can check out the show in its entirety here.
Posted in Books, Life, Music, New York City, Politics, Random, Random Cool, Video, Writers, writing
Tagged GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers, HH4L, Hip-Hop is For Lovers, Lady, Slut Shaming, Spreaker, Twitter, Yankin'
I haven’t said very much about Trayvon Martin for one simple reason: the whole situation makes me angry.
Yes, I know, it makes us all angry. We can’t believe that we live in a world, a country, an era where a 17-year-old black teen can be murdered in cold blood and his killer not be in danger of prosecution. But what I’m saying is, and those who know me know this to be true, when I’m angry, I don’t become loud or boisterous. I become quiet.
Damn near silent.
I fester and stew in my anger. It’s not healthy, but that’s what I do, partly because I’m cynical to the point where I don’t think anyone care. No one wants to listen. That goes for everyone, from the politicians and authority figures tasked with creating and enforcing the laws of the land to my own family and friends who have enough troubles of their own to be concerned with anyone else’s.
And so I’ve remained silent. Quiet. Haven’t said a word. Even as the evidence against Trayvon’s murderer George Zimmerman began to mount. Even as tapes of the 911 calls became public. Even as common sense and compassion began to prevail among the masses.
Today, I’m breaking my silence. Today, I’m a black man sporting a hoodie, as Trayvon did the evening he was murdered, to show the world that I am not “suspicious.” The pic above was uploaded to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with the hashtag #millionhoodies, and the video at the very top was posted with the same hashtag on YouTube and Viddy.
Posted in Life, New York City, News, Op-Ed, Politics, Random
Tagged #JusticeForTrayvon, #MillionHoodies, Change.org, Facebook, George Zimmerman, Instagram, New York City, Trayvon Martin, Twitter, Union Square, Viddy, youtube
Independent filmmaker and activist Stacey Muhammad tackles some serious issues plaguing black community, and black men in particular, in her feature-length documentary and web series For Colored Boys: The Evidence of Things Not Seen.
In following the true life experiences of four black men from different walks of life, For Colored Boys explores what’s perceived by many to be the criminalization, demonization, and targeting of black men in America.
As Stacey puts it, the project “looks at the ways in which the lives of black men have been affected in eight areas: the effects of racism, integration, trauma, post traumatic slavery syndrome, homicide, suicide and depression, [and] the Assassination of the Black Male Image through Media and the unprecedented number of black men targeted by the Prison Industrial Complex.”
The homegirl SoulPitchDiva posted this parody/answer op-ed cartoon to the infamous one by cartoonist Sean Delonas and published in the New York Post last week. Delonas’ cartoon is, as the Huffington Post describes it, “rife with violent imagery and racial undertones.” Yet, amazingly, no one at the Post seemed to think so before giving it the green light.
Yep, looks like Beef Season is in full swing. Check out the full cartoon after the jump.
The January 26, 2009, inauguration issue of The New Yorker features a very cool illustration of soon-to-be-sworn-in-as-President Barack Obama, as seen at right in an image courtesy of Manhattan beauty and writer/editor Molly Friedman: “[Her] brother Drew drew this.” Ha, did you see what she did there?
Additionally, if you would like a free copy of the commemorative issue, hit up The New Yorker via this link. Mayhaps this is their way of making up for shit like this.
Yeah, yeah, I’m late with it. So what, monkeys? Chill out. It’s not as if you waited with bated breath on this specific post in this particular pocket of the the blogoshphere anyway.
So, 2008. What a year, right? False starts, R&Beef, hip-hoppers getting their asses kicked, oversensitive obese people, an overrated superhero movie — where to begin? What was worthy of being deemed Air Conditioning‘s Coolest of ’08? You’ll just have to click ahead to see, homie!
Posted in Movies, Music, New York City, Nightlife, Person of the Week, Politics, Random, The Week in Cool, WTF
Tagged Barack Obama, Batman 3, chris brown, Diablo Cody, Harley Quinn, Jai Ho, kanye west, lil wayne, My President is Black, ne-yo, Script Girl, scriptgirl, Sex & the City, Slumdog Millionaire, The Year in Cool, Yung Berg