Thursday, August 28, 2014

Kidnapping Prank

This is dirty. Thank god his boy is white. Playing this trick on a black man would basically be telling him "You're going to die in less than an hour."

The Dark Knight Merges

I thought Batman moved to Paris at the end of TDKR, not Japan?

If you're someone who's lived in Japan who then moves here, America's got to be so boring to you doesn't it?

Throwback Thursday: "Big Bad Mama" -- Foxy Brown ft. Dru Hill

This video is so 90s. Even more so because it's from the "How to Be a Player" soundtrack, which means Bill Bellamy is all up in it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Respect My Gangsta: B-Real

While most of the anti-Ice Bucket Challenge sentiment out there has purely been self-absorbed whining, the one legitimate counter-argument I've heard is that a lot of the people—celebrities especially—doing the challenge live in Southern California, where water resources are drying up rapidly. B-Real, therefore, came up with a beautiful solution:

I mean, it's from the earth, so returning it to the earth (well, whatever you can't sweep up and stuff into a bowl) is technically recycling.

Justified Outrage

As usual, Jon Stewart just gets it. Faux News is a disgrace to this country.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tail Report: Hiromi Oshima

I think I'ma need a drink...

Welcome to the Game of Life

From College Humor:
This might be the greatest and freakout video I've ever seen. It's at least as good as the video from a few years back with the kid who shoves a remote control up his butt after his mom deletes his WOW account. The scene unfolds like an epic tragedy, opening with "Halo?! There's no fucking Halo?!" From there we're taken to a showdown on the back lawn with the son pleading to his father for the mercy of his games. Mercy will not be shown, and there will be no survivors.

They rightly point out that this is, in all likelihood, staged. They also rightly point out that it doesn't matter because this kid's performance is hilarious.

Monday, August 25, 2014

What Does It All Mean

I'm mad I never saw this Kobe System ad before. It would take an ego like Kobe's to put Kanye's ego in check.

Monday Kickstart: Wet Thoughts

Nick Offerman seems like a nice guy. Which makes it kind of awkward that I wish he actually was Ron Swanson.

From Mashable:
Nick Offerman, with all his grizzled wisdom and vocal gravitas, sat down to share the most profound things ever pondered in a shower.

The tidbits of brilliance originated on r/ShowerThoughts, a subreddit awash with soapsuds-covered cleverness.

If you enjoyed this video, please check out the r/ShowerThoughts Charity: water campaign and donate:

Typically I end each week's kickstart with a beautiful woman, to help inspire you to live the ensuing week to its fullest. This week I'm not doing that. Instead, I'm giving you five beautiful women, to help inspire you to give to a good cause.

From Playboy:
Always down for helping out with a charitable cause, Playmates Amelia Talon, Val Keil, Dani Mathers, Kimberly Phillips and Anna Sophia Berglund accepted Cooper’s #IceBucketChallenge and did their part to raise awareness and money to fight ALS. The Playmates have challenged their social media followers--numbering about one million in all--to pour ice water on themselves for a good cause.

And for every Playmate who takes the Ice Bucket Challenge, records it and posts it, Playboy will donate $100 to the ALS Association.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Chain Remains

I'm not even going to speak on this. It's not that I don't want to—believe me. I just don't trust myself to speak from a position of clarity. Thankfully, Jinx from Complex does better than I probably could ever have in discussing the shooting of a man in St. Louis this week, only so many miles away from the site of Michael Brown's murder.

Challenging Thought

So much love goes to Orlando Jones for this video.

A note from Jones:
This is a very serious disease* so I gladly accept the “bucket challenge”
*My heart goes out to all those who struggle with ALS but I am, of course, talking about the disease of apathy. If (and hopefully when) Michael Brown’s killer is brought to justice and convicted of 1st degree murder, it still won’t prevent this from happening again. We cannot accept this as the status quo. We MUST continue the fight at the ballot box, in the media and by working to create systemic change. I’m not naive to the dirty politics (redistricting, voter ID requirements, etc) that will try to prevent us from our goal. But I refuse to give up hope. My “bullet bucket challenge” is not about pointing fingers and it’s not about being angry. Every shell casing in that bucket represents the life of someone who fought and died in the goal for civil rights and human dignity. As a member of law enforcement (yes I really am a reserve sheriff) I will not stand idly by while others violate civil and human rights under the cover of authority and I will insist that other good cops rise to the same standard as well. As a black man I will demand more from myself and my community. I will not allow outsiders to co-opt our struggle in order to commit violence in our name. I’m channeling my outrage into action so I no longer feel powerless. It’s not about black or white. It’s not about rich or poor. It’s about us vs. them. There are more of us — from all races, genders and identities — then there will ever be of them. And we will be victorious.
"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality"
Join me.

Real Talk: Talib Kweli

If you're going to bring a brother as intelligent as Talib Kweli on to speak on something as complex and polarizing as Ferguson, at least let him speak, Don.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Real Talk: John Oliver

They say that the best way to objectively look at a situation is to step back and view it from the outside. Perhaps that's why John Oliver, a native of the UK, is able to so keenly identify and address the problems surrounding what's going on in Ferguson, MO—and the United States in general—right now. If the people in Missouri's government and Ferguson's police department took the time to do the same, the tragedy of Michael Brown's murder may never have happened.

Monday Kickstart: Tight Situation

If you're not a baby, you probably shouldn't try to sit in a baby's highchair at a restaurant. You don't see babies pretending to be grown men, paying the bill and hitting on the waitress, do you? Of course not. Babies know their role, so know yours.

His friends didn't seem very interested in helping him free himself. Who can blame them? When you get to experience a hilarious fail like that, you never want the moment to end.

This week's motivation is far from a fail, but that doesn't mean we ever want Annabelle Alana's moment to end, either.

Let's go.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Video: Dee-1 -- "Jay, 50, and Weezy"

This shit is too real. This brother got a strong mind to go with the strong flow and strong lyrics.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Throwback Thursday: "Problems" -- AZ

Seriously, how hasn't AZ gotten a lifetime achievement award yet? He's spit fire since day one, while clowns like Lil Wayne get all the attention.

*goes off to dig this album out of his crates*

Monday, August 11, 2014

Deep Breath

It's 2014, and we still haven't solved the problem of the Blu Klux Klan.

From YouTube:
In the YouTube video 100 people wearing black T-shirts harmonized in a solemn hum while poet Daniel J. Watts recited a fiery poem entitled I Can’t Breathe — a reference to Garner’s fateful encounter with police.

On July 17th, Garner, a 43-year-old Staten Island man was confronted by police for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. The police tried to handcuff Garner but when he refused they placed him in a chokehold. The incident was captured by an onlooker’s cell phone camera. The father of six can be heard telling police repeatedly that he could not breathe. However, the police officers ignored his plea. Garner died on the scene.

Monday Kickstart: Got that Fever

It's Monday morning. I hate everything, too. But when faced with these circumstances, there's really only one thing to do: watch a video of a little kid owning the dance floor at a wedding.

Here's hoping we all attack the week like that kid attacks the beat.

And if you need something a little stronger in the motivation department, maybe Valeria Orsini can help:

Let's go.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bottomless Love

Seriously, Ali's my kind of people. I don't even mean it in a sexual way when I say I want to have a No Pants party with her. Real talk.

Throwback Thursday: "Full of Smoke" -- Christión

I'm the man, today...can't tell me nothin'...

The Roc hasn't produced a more chill act ever.

Posterizing Mom

Lin was made to be a Laker.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Deep Relief

Improv Everywhere decided to bring some relaxation to the NYC underground. If they ever decide to do this in Pittsburgh, I'm in.

From Tastefully Offensive:
Improv Everywhere's creator, Charlie Todd, explains: "For our latest mission, we turned a New York City subway platform into an unauthorized luxury spa. NYC’s un-air-conditioned platforms can feel like a sauna in the summer, so we figured we might as well embrace the heat."

Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday Kickstart: Crazy in Love

My boy T.C. sent me this video, along with the comment, "I like the zone with girls named Tiffany, hair dressers, and strippers." So do I, man. So do I.

I don't know where Krystal Fang falls on the Hot/Crazy matrix, but I'd love a chance to find out.

Let's go.