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Event: Touré – Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? Book Launch Party (Sept. 13)

Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness? by Touré

Whether you love him or hate him, one thing is surely true—Touré has a new book coming out, and you do not. The author/journalist has written Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means To Be Black Now, which is about, well, exactly what it says on the tin. Touré attempts to explore what it means to be black in America in the age of Obama.

Examining the concept of “Post-Blackness,” a term that defines artists who are proud to be Black but don’t want to be limited by identity politics, Touré divulges intimate, funny, and painful stories of how racial expectations have shaped his own life, and explores how the concept of Post-Blackness functions in politics, art, culture, and more. The book also includes insights from a wide spectrum of contemporary luminaries, from Cornel West to Malcolm Gladwell to Kara Walker to David Paterson to Chuck D.

On Tuesday, September 13, Greenlight Bookstore hosts the launch of the book with a party featuring refreshments and music from DJ FRiTZO, along with a chance to meet and talk with Touré.

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Movie Trailer: A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

Looks like Harold and Kumar are back and up to no good in this holiday-themed installment of their stoneriffic film series. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas stars Kal Penn (he of the Obama administration), John Cho (the badass new Sulu in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot), and Neil Patrick Harris (who’s just flat-out fucking awesome).

The plot? Who gives a shit about plot, are you serious? Oh, okay, here you go. Babies.

After years of growing apart, Harold Lee and Kumar Patel have replaced each other with new friends and are preparing for their respective Yuletide celebrations. But when a mysterious package mistakenly arrives at Kumar’s door on Christmas Eve, his attempt to redirect it to Harold’s house ends with the “high grade” contents—and Harold’s father-in-law’s prize Christmas tree—going up in smoke. With his in-laws out of the house for the day, Harold decides to cover his tracks, rather than come clean. Reluctantly embarking on another ill-advised journey with Kumar through New York City, their search for the perfect replacement tree takes them through party heaven—and almost blows Christmas Eve sky high.

That above plot description comes directly from Warner Bros. Note the number of weed/high/smoke jokes up in that bitch. Why yes, I could do better. Warners, give your boy. I need want a job.

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“Looks Like They’re Gonna Have to Find Someone Else to Write the Post!”

post_smThe 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.

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“The New Yorker” Barack Obama Inauguration Issue Cover

obamanewyorkerThe 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.

Kanye, Q-Tip, Ludacris Album Cover ReVISIONS by Joe Buck

kanye_808_heartbreakArtist Joe Buck has remixed a few recent album covers, adding his unique touch and often relating to an album’s material and vibe better than the actual cover. Buck recreated album covers for T-Pain’s Thr33 Ringz, Q-Tip’s The Renaissance, and Luda’s Theatre of the Mind, among others. And while they’re all cool, my favorite is Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak, as seen at right.

Peep all the album covers after the jump.
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The Year in Cool 2008

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!

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The Week in Cool 11-9-08

socialexperimentAutumn is such a wonderful time of year! The falling temperatures, the leaves changing color, the shift from summer to winter clothes. I can finally order hot cocoa and not be looked at like a frickin’ lunatic. I’m lovin’ it, like a cheesy McDonald’s ad campaign.

November has particularly gotten off to a good start. I’ve been working on new projects, got some things in the pipeline, and I’m finally gaining some semblance of stability. The past week has been an historic one, as you all should know. So for me, it’s been gratifying on both a large and small scale. Here’s what went down and what was cool this past week:

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