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The Unfinished Business of The First Black President

There’s a huge difference between having a President that’s Black and having a Black President.  With Barack, we thought we hit the jackpot and were finally gonna get both, but boy were we wrong.

Almost eight years into the Obama Era and we’ve still not grappled with some of the vexing issues of negritude and resolved some of the more serious quandaries facing our community.  I mean, yeah, President Obama’s done a lot, but has he really done enough to help solve black folks’ concerns?

Let’s take a moment and explore some of the most glaring failures of leadership from the Obama Administration.

10.) What room can we sit in?

When the Barack Obama took office, we were in the midst of a failing real estate market in which African Americans were disproportionally exposed to risk based on shady loans and exploding rate mortgages.  Through initiatives like the Home Affordable Refinance Program and an expanding economy that’s made homeownership an option for African American families again.  And that’s all well and good, but yo…

Can we sit in that front room (pronounced: “frunchroom”) if we don’t have company?  Can we lamp on the good sofa, maybe lounge about on its fine plastic cover while we run our toes ever-so-gingerly across the carpet with its perfectly vacuumed lines?  Can we admire the knick-knacks and brickabrack collected over the past 50 years of domestic vacations and family reunions in peace, or do we have to take our “little friends” to the other room, or worse, down in the basement like we’re some animals? The Black President could’ve given us the opportunity not just to keep or own our homes, but to truly enjoy all of our homes unencumbered by Big Momma’s rules.

9.) What do we do with our copies of “Gifted Hands” now?

Upon his inauguration, Barack Obama faced determined resistance from the Republican Party which, in its haste to appear diverse and inclusive, embraced African Americans like Michael Steele, Herman Cain, and Ben Carson.  Lawd, lawd, lawd, Ben Carson…

When I was 15 or 16, someone got me the book “Gifted Hands” the Ben Carson biography.  It was, at the time, an inspirational tale of a black man who came from beginnings like mine to become a world renowned neurosurgeon.  It let me know I could do or be anything.  But now, they got them shits on Amazon for damn near free and,  turns out, Ben Carson is a strange amalgam of medical genius, pathological personal narrative fabricator, and Droopy.  So we need the Black President to let us know if and when it’s okay to dispose of these copies of this book (and the movie) and how me might be able to do so in the most environmentally friendly yet personally disrespectful way possible.

8.) What are we gonna do about R. Kelly?

Having appointed the first African American Attorney General in Eric Holder, President Obama made reforming the criminal justice system a priority.  From the disparity in sentencing between powder and crack cocaine to ending solitary confinement in federal prisons and even commuting sentences for non-violent drug offenders, this president has made it his mission to begin rolling back the damage done from the war on drugs.  That’s cool and all, but let’s be real for a sec…

 Look, for all the clemencies and commutations of black folks in our prisons, there’s one black guy that clearly needs to be locked up; R. Kelly.  Seriously.  Yeah, we all enjoy his music and making fun of his marginal literacy can be quite the hoot, but if we can get real about Bill Cosby then we can be honest with Arruh.  He’s a pedophile and a predator, we have it on tape and if there’s one person who can be the impartial arbiter of justice here it would be the Black President.  No more talk about how he might’ve been framed or victim blaming or shifting the discussion to how dope TP2.com was, nah.  Just an edict from the Black President to finally clear this mess up since we can’t seem to agree amongst ourselves.

7.) What about these grits?

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (see: Obamacare) many African Americans were able to access healthcare and health insurance that they may have been prevented from receiving due to excessive costs.  One of the leading drivers of the high uninsured rate among black Americans was preexisting conditions, especially chronic illnesses like hypertension and diabetes.  Man, that’s really awesome.  It is, howsoever…

How are we preparing these grits, man?  Are we doing sugar and committing to diabetes or are we doing salt & pepper and doubling down on that high blood pressure?  We got coverage now, so we can go either way with this, we just gotta know.  This is a dispute requiring an executive action that only the Black President can order.  From the White House to the Waffle House, his word would be bond and we could end decades, if not centuries of brunch disputes once and for all.

6.) Are we allowed to actually hoop in Jordans?

Speaking of Obamacare, one of the hidden perks of the ACA is that it covers behavior that are considered preventative care like yoga and gym memberships.  That’s right, you can get a discount on your monthly fee at LA fitness and then use all that dough you’re saving for a fresh pair of Jordans.

But does anyone outside of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, or Jimmy Butler actually play ball in their J’s?  I mean, $200 for some shoes I can’t hoop in, I might as well buy some peanut butter Timbs and use the rest on like three tanks of gas (thanks, Obama!).  We need the Black President to make the call; Jordans, gym shoes or dress shoes, once a for all.

5.) How long are we supposed to keep this grease?

When it comes down to environmental policy, Barack Obama has taken positive stands on affirming science backed claims of climate change and taking steps to curb emissions and manmade activity that may contribute to the deterioration of the planet.  Great, but hey…

We’ve been saving our cooking oil in a Chock Full O’Nuts can on top of the stove since like 1987.  Tell us, Mr. Black President; is keeping this old dusty ass tin of grease good for the environment or what?  How are we supposed to dispose of our collective canisters of aged cooking oils in a manner that won’t turn the back of Aunty Alfreda’s house into a Superfund site?

4.) Can Puerto Ricans use the N-word or nah?

While often maligned for his inability to get cooperation from congressional Republicans, one piece of bipartisan legislation Barack Obama was able to pass was the Puerto Rican debt-relief bill.  The bill, while imperfect, provided the island protectorate with the breathing room it needed to renegotiate its debt, restructure its finances, and save itself from a future of economic doom.  That’s good, but yo…

What’s up with out Boriquen cousins and the N-word, man?  We’ve been wondering this for a while.  We need to know if the Black President will exercise the Fat Joe Exception Clause and make it official outside of New York or if those folks have been grandfathered in and we’re not accepting anymore N-word licenses.

3.) Are we ever gonna get another Fugees album?

Barack Obama brokered an historic deal to limit nuclear weapons with Iran, insuring relative peace for the coming decades and abating one of our greatest Middle Eastern regional adversaries.  And that’s cool and all, buuuuuut…

Can we get the Black President to get the Fugees back together?  Hell, we’ll even settle for the Black President just getting Lauryn Hill to her show on time.  We’ll let him ship Wycelf and Pras to Gitmo for a chance to live out that dream.  If Barack Obama can get the Ayatollah to back down on the nukes, the Black President can get Lauryn on stage before last call.

2.) Is Scooter fitna pay me my money?

Unemployment on the day Barack Obama was inaugurated was 8.3%.  Today’s unemployment rate is 4.8%.

Word to the Black President, if Scooter ain’t payin’, it’s ‘cause you weak, dawg.

1.) Is Tupac still alive?

Because Barack Obama killed Bin Laden and opened up Cuba which means he knows how to find people who are supposed to be dead (and make them dead) and now, he has unfettered access to the last bastion of Cold War isolation in the western hemisphere.  I’m just sayin’…

If Tupac Shakur is, then the Black President knows where he’s at.  If he ain’t, then he knows who killed him (I’ve seen the second National Treasure movie).  Either way, the black community needs some closure with this and the Black President owes it to us to finish his term out with the unvarnished truth about the African American Bigfoot.

Barack Obama may have had two terms full of accomplishments, but the Black President has left us all hanging.  Here’s hoping that our citrus and basketball brethren and sistren aren’t as disappointed if we elect our first orange president.

Corey Richardson

Corey Richardson is originally from Newport News, Virginia currently living in Chicago, Illinois with his wife and two daughters. Ad guy at work, Dad guy in life, and whiskey enthusiast, Corey spends his time crafting words, telling bedtime stories, and working hard at becoming the legend he is in his own mind. You can read his paternal musings at FatherlyNoir.com where he chronicles his life doing battle with all of the women with his last name.

  • Well if our boricua cousins are white, HAYLE NAW- they can’t use the Ni66a… That wasn’t hard.

    Anybody who puts sugar on their grits needs a whoopin. I bet Obama NEVER got a whoopin.. See white mama. He got time outs… The FLOTUS- got whoopins.. See black mama.

    Tupac is in Cuba with his Tia Assata per the NE along with Elvis and Michael Jackson.

    Who wants another Fugees album?

    If it’s bacon grease.. it never goes bad. Keep it FUHEVAH! ….chicken grease or fish grease? Lose it IMMEDIATELY!

    There is NO LOGICAL reason why black folks should still be supporting R. Kelly but hey Ni66as.

    Last Jordans I purchased were in ’88… I still have them and they are mint!
    You can’t actually do ANYTHING in them…

    • ” I bet Obama NEVER got a whoopin..”

      He had old white grandparents who survived the depression so he may have felt some leather at some point.

      • Iontbelievit. Old white folks beating a little black kid = slavery and his mama wasn’t having it because she was “progressive”

        • His moms probably didn’t but old people from the era of his grandparents didn’t have those sensibilities. There are two things that people who survived the depression and WWII have no f***ks to allocate towards: 1. Your hopes and dreams 2. Your progressive sensibilities

          • That white mama wasn’t having nobody beat her kids… I am willing to bet money… Keep in mind.. she also lived abroad with her kids… she was a free spirit.

            • I mean he lived with his grandparents without her for awhile so it’s possible he got that pain.

              • Sigma_Since 93

                Honolulu Slim ate Cream of Wheat while in Kansas. There was no soul food on his palate to ‘Chelly came thru.

                • That doesn’t have jack sh*t about his grandparents beating his a**.

                  • Sigma_Since 93

                    No soul food IS punishment!!! lol

                • NomadaNare

                  In more ways than one

            • Cleojonz

              Yes but she lived in countries that believed in corporal punishment. Barack caught a lash or two.

              • Indonesia… true but you know white folks are “horrified” of that.. Omg caning kids… lol That is horrible though.

            • RW

              I did a little googling and found this excerpt from an article about author Janny Scott’s bio of Barack’s mother Ann Dunham:

              Scott spoke to two people who said that Ms Dunham sometimes used corporal punishment. Don Johnston, who worked with her in the early 1990s, said: “She talked about disciplining Barry, including spanking him for things where he richly deserved a spanking.”

              Mr Obama denied this in a statement issued by the White House, saying that his mother never resorted to physical discipline.

              http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/8467718/Barack-Obama-racially-abused-as-boy-says-book-on-beaten-mother.html

          • Word. A few Shave Ices were spilled back in the day because Barry didn’t get home from school on time. Best believe! Even if his mama was tight over it.

          • miss t-lee

            Having grandparents who lived through the Depression, I know this to be true.

            • Hey my pops was born in ’32…ish was real.

              • miss t-lee

                I know you know!! LOL

        • NonyaB?

          Please believe that I be knowing liberalish 2520 that once had little paddles kept separately in the kitchen designated for whooping that azz if their kids acted up. #Don’tBelieveTheHype

          • brothaskeeper

            As a child, there will be blood. Barry didn’t catch a Blackhand to the lip, but there was an unbraided single switch applied, at the very least.

            • NonyaB?

              Laughing at the specificity of the switch type.

              • brothaskeeper

                You gotta specify! One is WAY more lesson-oriented than the other.

          • I need to watch!! Lmao

      • miss t-lee

        Yup. And they were country?

        • Prairie-a** country too.

          • miss t-lee

            Exactly. Hides were tanned on the regular.

            • May have taken a few punches to the chest too.

              • miss t-lee

                Guaranteed.

  • HouseOfBonnets
    • Amazonian Midget

      *dead*

      I fully believe Viola was drunk while filming this scene.

      • Janelle Doe

        I would agree but I think she is just that good an actress
        *previously underrated but hopefully no more

        • Amazonian Midget

          Oh for sure! Viola Davis is phenomenal! I’ve been following her for years.

      • SororSalsa

        That episode was SO black! Viola’s drunk dancing, Mary J sewing in a weave and beauty shop talk. It almost took over the episode when Cicely Tyson was cooking greens and scratching a tune out of Anna Mae’s head.

        • NonyaB?

          What show was this?

          • SororSalsa

            It’s from last season when Annalise’s mother shows up at her house to take care of her after her husband dies. Not sure which episode.

            • NonyaB?

              Thanx. Might have to get back into HTGAWM sometime.

        • RW

          Yes lawd! I have the episodes in which Cicely Tyson appears saved to my computer. They are a master class in acting by two greats.

    • PinkRose

      Viola Davis’ gifs give me ALL my life!

    • Janelle Doe

      nope.

  • Brandon Allen

    7) Ewww Grits.
    4) If theyre black
    3) You don’t want another Fugees album.
    1) He’s alive everytime you listen to Picture me Rollin.

    • TeeChantel

      “7) Ewww Grits.”

      Feds.

      • Brandon Allen

        I just love myself.

      • miss t-lee

        yup.

    • Brown Rose

      7) Ewww Grits.
      _______
      True. They are so..well gritty.

      • TeeChantel

        Depends on how you cook them and the ingredients you add to it. Add a bit of milk and butter… and they come out nice and creamy. Yummm!

        • Brown Rose

          I’ll have to take your word for it. If I chance to eat grits–got a bust out the floss afterwards.

      • brothaskeeper

        Jake.

  • Phil GoBeGreat

    Take your copies of “a gifted hand” with you to the beach and have an epic bonfire after Trump is defeated.

    Thou shalt not hoop in jordans unless they are jumpmans OR they have creased in the front beyond a passable level.

    Place R. Kelly in the hole at wherever HBO’s OZ was shot.

    The only Fugees album I want is a visual album of them talking about how they wish they hadn’t tricked off their golden years in a Mona Scott Young type reunion setting.

  • TeeChantel

    Who puts sugar in grits? And why?

    • Savages. Because they behave savagely.

    • -h.h.h.-

      gotta have sweet grits. that’s the code of the skreets

      • Sigma_Since 93

        “that’s the code of the skreets”

        You must live in the burbs. *Revokes ebonics card* and sends h.h.h. on his way https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/001e5da4165bd649e3ebd927dadfb9d4de10dfdb801523d23b1a111897013481.gif

        • -h.h.h.-

          just trying to enlighten the world and y’all here Columbus-ing and what not

          http://jawbreaker.nyc/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/FullSizeRender-7.jpg

          • Sigma_Since 93

            Hey mayne, salt grits Hallie was willing to break a brotha off a lil sum sum, That suga grits chic only wants to deal with Dwights

            • Conrad Bess

              I’ve never had grits (and not about to), but if salt grits got Halle Losing Isaiah, I think I’m gonna go with the sugar.

              • Jae Starz

                never had grits?!

                • He’s Canadian, and therefore likely of West Indian ancestry. He gets a pass.

                  • Jae Starz

                    I guess

                  • Conrad Bess

                    Much obliged.

                • Conrad Bess

                  Nope. Every pic I’ve ever seen of the stuff reminds me of baby vomit. Canadian here (via Jamaican parents); I believe it’s more an American staple.

                  • Cleojonz

                    First time I ever had grits was salmon cakes and grits from a West Indian spot so it’s not just American.

                    • Tambra

                      It is not something which we are familiar with. Corn meal or even farine ( cassava meal), not grits.

                  • JusticeNotServed

                    100. us caribbean canadians cannot relate. can we argue about roti or jerk in the comments section for once?

                    • Can we do both? What about us mixed folk? LOL

                    • JusticeNotServed

                      lol there’s an idea. can you imagine the fireworks if VSB did a West Indian vs. African American vs. African food post? the traffic would probably bring down disqus

                    • Blueberry01

                      There’s actually some overlap between West Indian and African food.

                      Some…

                    • Conrad Bess

                      I remember an article about Rhianna in the VSB where some of the VSS/VSB went off on the Real Jerk restaurant in the Work video for the way they cooked the jerk. Like Toronto got spots where we can just dig up a fire pit and whip up jerk the traditional way.

                    • JusticeNotServed

                      lol don’t they know the ground is frozen for half of the year here?

                    • Blueberry01

                      Roti or Jerk? BOTH!

              • brothaskeeper

                Don’t be tempted, Conrad! Walk away from the light!

              • Blueberry01

                I confess that I had them for the first time last year. I’m an oatmeal fan, so I was pleasantly surprised.

          • Bond grits vs. BAPS grits.

          • brothaskeeper
        • Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas! lmao

        • Blueberry01

          Correction. We don’t have grits in burbs. Only oatmeal and cream of wheat.

      • TeeChantel
        • Cleojonz

          This is y favorite gif. It will never not be funny.

      • brothaskeeper

        This is why we can’t have nice things.

    • Hugh Akston

      How can you not?

      • TeeChantel

        I need you to love life more.

        • Hugh Akston

          Y’all got issues no sugar on grits? I’ll pass

    • Dee

      Lol this conversation can not occur again in these VSB streets! It’s brutal. The claws and GIFs comes out!

    • Cleojonz

      Exactly. There is no debate here. That’s what Cream of Wheat is for.

    • Brother Mouzone

      Sugar in grits? Where they do that? That’s Cream of wheat right? Not a big fan of grits, but had some in New Orleans with shrimp mixed in and some kind of sauce…it was pure ecstacy.

    • brothaskeeper

      Philistines. And louts.

  • PDL – Cape Girl Shero

    10) You kept the house? Live in every room
    9) N/A…..Tee hee hee
    8) Said like “Doug” from SNL/Black Jeopardy…..”not a d*** thang”
    7) Salt
    6) Just like I don’t go walking in my coach pumps you can’t be scuffling sneakers playing athletics….Tee hee hee
    5) Forever……as long as it’s 1977 and Good Times is on
    4) Ummmmm, a resounding NO
    3) Lets hope not
    2)Lets hope so
    1)Who

  • “Fat Joe Exception Clause” hahahahahhaaaaA

    • Fat Joe is white… he is not an exception.. He is as white as Pitbull.

      • Brandon Allen

        But them features tho. Seriously, if we getting into skin tone, plenty of Anglo black people that are super light.

        • Those features say white dude… See Southern Italy, Sicily, Spain and Portugal.

          I’m not getting into light skinned blacks… he ain’t black.. And Black Americans need to quit lumping all Spanish-speaking Caribbean folks on the black boat. One drop doesn’t mean anything. He’s no blacker than Jennifer Lopez- WHO IS WHITE.

          And speaking in AAVE- makes a black NOT.

          • Brown Rose

            I endorse this.

            • Thank you fam! People here Spanish and wanna lump everybody on the ni66a boat.. NOT TODAY.. You don’t get a pass.

              • Brown Rose

                Truth. We do have a tendency to be the Ellis Island of everybody.

          • Brandon Allen

            I mean I agree with you. I just think this whole concept of admixture is interesting. Because if you start going off of how people look that opens a whole can of worms. Ideally, people would just not use it.

            • I get it… But I’m not going off how he looks.. I’m going off his parents… he doesn’t have black passing parents.. I mean even if he had a uber black grandparent.. he wouldn’t go in my bucket o’ blacks.. lol but when we start talking about generations past grandparents… calling someone black or white is a stretch.. we can agree for mix… because NOBODY in this hemisphere is pure anything but I’m not about to be all I’m 74% African, 12% Iberian, 4 % Chinese…etc… That’s just too much.

              • Lol@ “His momma call him Clay,
                Imma call him Clay.”

          • No Google

            School ’em.

            I have no idea why black people seem to wanna claim every-damn-body. They damn sure ain’t claiming us.

      • Negro Libre

        Puerto Rican is white lol?

        • Puerto Rican is a nationality just like Nigerian.

          • Val

            Wow, I always thought Fat Joe was an Afro-Boriqua. But it’s hard to tell because he wears his hair so short. Lol

            • L8Comer

              He looks very Latino to me. Not white and not Afro Latino at all. Maybe his great, great, great gramma was black.

              We need the Latinos to chime in. Just how we always know our own, they may have more insight into His makeup. He doesn’t look like one of us to me tho

              ETA: NWT is Afro Latina, so I’ll go with what she says lol

              • Val

                Exactly. There’s some Black ancestry there somewhere but it’s a generation or two ago.

                • L8Comer

                  It’s not enough to claim black tho imo. What do you think? Cuz aside from the white and black Latino / hispanic people aren’t almost all Latino people a mix of white, indigenous, and black people?

                  • Val

                    Most Caribbean Latinos, yes. But it’s different with many Central American Latinos where there’s a lot of Indian ancestry. And then you have a place like Panama where you will find str8 up Black folks. It’s complicated. And South America is even more complicated.

                    • Word about Panama. Some of my Bajan ancestors passed through there building the Panama Canal, and some of them liked it enough to hang around.

            • Nope and he’s actually Bori and Cuban… he doesn’t identify as afro anything….. He looks like a skinhead with that hair in… he’s balding that’s why he rocks a baldy.

              • Ah, that’s the correct answer. That explains a lot. Thanks NWT!

              • Val

                Okay, interesting, I never knew he was part Cuban.

            • Brother Mouzone

              Cats that are trying to be down or are in environments with a lot of Black people tend to cut their hair really short and/or wear a goatee…maybe to look a little less caucasion?

          • Negro Libre

            Hmmm, touche.

            Question though, especially for the hispanic/latino nationalities, what’s the minimal skin tone/color required to have the melanin qualifications to count as black?

            • It’s not about skin tone so much… It’s about actual parentage and lineage…There are entire groups of Cubans, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans who’ve not many black people in their family for whatever reason.

              Just like there are entire groups of Afro latinos with not much white blood. Palenques in Cuba are perfect examples of that…my mother’s family is also a perfect example of that… The Mambises as well.

      • miss t-lee

        I’ve always looked at Puerto Ricans as Black folks.

        • Negro Libre

          As much as they say “Ninja”, they’ve always felt as much.

          • miss t-lee

            I believe it.

        • Kas

          No ma’am

          • miss t-lee

            Yes.

            • Kas

              How you gonna say you don’t know many and then precede to argue with me about it? You must be one of those New Blacks.

              • miss t-lee

                Clearly you don’t realize it’s not a democracy over here in my world.

                Call me a new Black again and I’ll dot your i.

                • Kas

                  Color me humbly chastened. It won’t happen again.

        • Me too.

          • miss t-lee

            *daps*

            • Unless they look like whiter than Ricky Martin I just lump them all in the same barrel with Ruben Sierra and Daddy Yankee.

              • miss t-lee

                Pretty much…lol

        • Val

          It’s like with Mexicans. Some have direct Indian ancestry and some have direct Spanish/ White ancestry. With Puerto Ricans it can be a little more complicated because there can be a mix of Indian, Spanish and African.

          • In my experience though, if someone is Puerto Rican with pure White ancestry, they’ll usually just say it off the rip. Otherwise, there’s something going on.

          • miss t-lee

            Oh, i’m aware. I’m just saying…I don’t now many Puerto Ricans IRL. So I’ve just looked at them with the brush of…there were slaves there at one point, so I’m sure there’s Black goings on.

            • They just disembarked at San Juan in lieu of Charleston.

              • miss t-lee

                Yup!

        • Cleojonz

          Me too, black folks and P.R. folks pretty much grew up together in the same hoods. I’m alright with giving them a pass. They say it to each other more than they do other black folks lol.

          • miss t-lee

            I mean…especially when I just found out yesterday that Reggie Jackson was part Puerto Rican.

            • Cleojonz

              See I never even knew that! We are all just mixtures aren’t we?

              • miss t-lee

                Yeah, I saw a special on him yesterday. Noticed his middle name was Martinez, and started googling. His father was half PR and played in the Negro Leagues.

                • Cleojonz

                  You were watching Making Mr. October? I passed by it but didn’t watch.

                  • miss t-lee

                    Yup! It was really good.
                    I remembered somethings because my older bro was a huge fan, but I also learned a lot.

            • Yeah, old Reggie Martinez is. ted Williams is half Mexican.

              • miss t-lee

                Had no idea about Ted Williams.
                Wow!

              • Brother Mouzone

                The Stewart brothers that used to do sports radio in Atlanta had a segment they used to do called “Black Babe”. THey based it on the talk from old negro league players who used to say Babe Ruth looked mixed in real life…so much so that a lot of the more racist players like Ty Cobb used to openly call him ni66er on the field. He also hung out in juke joints and didn’t mind playing against Black players. Rumor was that his mom’s had the fever…lol.

                • I remember the Brother Babe segments. Oddly enough, Babe didn’t really know his parents so it may have more than a ring of truth to it. He was from Baltimore and havr that nose.

                  • brothaskeeper

                    Babe had to have been passing. His genes are too strong.

            • Val

              You saw that doc on him yesterday? I missed it. I’m going to catch it on Sling though.

              • miss t-lee

                Yup! It was really good.

          • miss t-lee

            Pretty sure he got a morena grandmother somewhere.

            • nope… Him with Menudo . him on the left looking like a Guido. Sorry to disappoint you manita!

              http://www.newnownext.com/wp-content/uploads/backlot/martinimg1.jpg

              • miss t-lee

                I remember his Menudo days.
                I’m pretty sure they found the most white looking PR’s they could on purpose.

                • They did… NEVER and black one and then they took Menudo OUT of Puerto Rico.. You remember? I did love Robby Rosa though.. don’t judge me.

                  • miss t-lee

                    I remember my homegirls liking them. I never could get into them because of the language barrier. Ricky Martin still fine as all outdoors though.

              • brothaskeeper

                Dat boy Anglo Spanish.

        • This is a Antonio Banderas- a castallano

          http://net-biographies.com/data/gallery/antonio-banderas/CDM_739677.jpg

          What’s the difference?

  • Jae Starz

    If you put sugar in your grits, it’s been nice knowing you but my mama said I can’t hang out with your kind.

  • NomadaNare

    11 After paring back some military operations and formally withdrawing from Iraq how do we get Meek Mills off the front lines

    He cant take too many more Ls and keep his girlfriend

    • Yeah I wish they would live Meek alone.. lol

    • You ole sooth sayer you.

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      Prays for more L’s. Then phase two of my master plan kicks in

      • brothaskeeper

        And tomorrow….THE WORLD!

    • HouseOfBonnets

      Haven’t been able to listen to a meek track in good spirits since last year…….sad

      • NomadaNare

        Bet you neither has Nikki

    • Sigma_Since 93

      Meek is the Eric Benet of hip hop

      • brothaskeeper

        Explain.

        • Sigma_Since 93

          Eric had his Drake moment and his career hasn’t been the same since. Despite putting out quality work, it gets little to no love.

          Meek could make the hottest record in the streets but he still would get curved by Drake and his girl who happen to be hotter than he is.

          • SororSalsa

            He did, but that was because he put out what is IMO his most accessible work at the same time he was out and around with Halle. Meek putting out the hottest record in the streets would still be overshadowed by his weak azz Twitter fingers and simp antics. To me, Meek’s downfall wasn’t Drake, it was himself responding to it.

      • SororSalsa

        Had the baddest chick in the game and f’d it up over some side tail???

        • Sigma_Since 93

          I always heard the baddest chick in the game was a cold fish in bed. That’s a crime and I could give David and Eric a pass.

  • Sigma_Since 93

    Random musings after reading the post:

    They already blame us, and Obama, for everything as it is. Can you imagine the environmental chaos that would occur if Black folks disposed of the grease being held in Crisco cans???

    Thou shall NEVA set foot in big momma’s room with the plastic coverings on the couch and rug with the 1970’s Ebony’s, Jet’s, and the Bible with all the babies names in it. I’m surprised this room has not been re-created in the Black Museum

    Did anyone else see how they did Tupac in the Legends of Chamberlain Heights cartoon????

    If a brotha can play an impromptu game of 21 in some Tims, you can play ball in some Jordans

    • Imagine a landfill with all those grease cans, then send a scientist down there to whip up some biofuels for the discarded caddys.

      • Sigma_Since 93

        Those young minds at FAMU and NCATSU need to begin working on this ASAP!

      • That is actually a useful idea. I’m surprised no one at a HBCU has thought of that.

        • *tips fedora and returns it to a rakish tilt*

    • brothaskeeper

      “Thou shall NEVA set foot in big momma’s room with the plastic coverings on the couch and rug with the 1970’s Ebony’s, Jet’s, and the Bible with all the babies names in it. I’m surprised this room has not been re-created in the Black Museum.”

      Alla’dis! With the portraits of MLK and JFK side by side.

      • Blueberry01

        My friend’s mom got rid of JFK and put Obama’s up.

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