Tuesday, June 30, 2009

YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT IT IS!!!! (c) Ladies of 8th

I thought I was being good... I haven't bought any shoes in about 3 weeks. These broke that cycle... I tell you there is NOTHING like getting shoes in the mail... And mine DEFINITELY were less than $100 buckaroos regardless of what said... I'll be on the lookout for these in a few days :)

Monday, June 29, 2009

We want substance in the place of popularity (c) Lasers DO IT.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

B.E.T (Butts Every Time) (c) Boondocks

The Confusion that was the BET Awards and the Michael Jackson tribute

Dear Debra Lee,

Thanks for coming off of your high horse and showing your face at the BET Awards. It was the icing on the cake of a terrible show. I could thank you for single-handly ruining (and continuously not helping to save) the BET Network... but you already know those feelings.

- Disgruntled viewer

I have taken a little while to write this review, because I come from a confused, and complex place. While I absolutely abhor BET for its lack of diverse programming and the buffoonery that goes on now (Frankie & Neffie... Tiny & Toya???), I admire the BET Awards (from a distance) for what it is. The BET Awards are the Grammy's for the urban music listener. And, every year, anticipation builds for this one single night, where all questions will be answered (What is Beyonce performing? Who will take home video of the year? Who will be the break-out performance? Who looks terrible...), and this year was NO exception because #1) one of my best friends was in attendance, and, more importantly, with the untimely passing of Michael Jackson, BET had proclaimed that it was going to revamp its show, complete with an extra hour, and additional performances.

Jamie Foxx opened the show with a tribute to 'Beat it", complete with the Billy Jean garb and moonwalk spoof. It was entertaining. A reunited New Edition performed a medly of Jackson 5 songs, which was good as well. Because of the length of the show (running an additional 38 minutes after the added 3rd hour), I won't go through every millisecond (which, like a lot of the show, wasn't entertaining), but I will try and hit on the highs and the lows of the night:

The Highs: There were a few good performances of the night. Maxwell made a big return with his performance of "Pretty Wings" off his just released BLACKsummers'night album. It was a beautiful performance, and Maxwell showed that he is still the King of Neo-Soul, with his melodic voice. Jay-Z, in simple Jay-Z fashion, delivered a stellar performance of D.O.A. (Death of Autotune). The O'Jays were, by far, the best performance of the night, outshining the tribute performance (performed by Tevin Campbell, Tyrese, Johnny Gill, and Trey Songz), and proving that true talent only gets better with age. Janet Jackson gave an emotional performance and spoke briefly for the Jackson family ("To you... He was an icon... but to us... he was family" - Janet Jackson). The 90s new jack swing performance of Keith Sweat (+ not so good vocals), Guy, and BBD was entertaining (minus the vocal/sound problems?). There were also a few funny bits; the Baby Boy skit at the end had me screaming and hollering (until Ving Rhames came out and it got... weird.)

The Lows: There were... many. Jamie Foxx was a good, funny host, but I thought it was very inappropriate that he kept promoting his tour (Note to Jamie: it was the BET Awards, not the promo date in your tour). And there was also too much of Jamie performing; I would've enjoyed seeing other artists in the place of his "filler" performances. Keri Hilson was the breakout star of the night; with her 1st televised performance and winning the Best New Artist award. Her performance = Not breakout.. Her dancing was... interesting. The ending was weird, and I didn't get it. And the rest of the performance was okay at best (more lackluster than okay). Beyonce as the showstopper... well... didn't stop the show. Her weird performance "Aye Maria/Angel" (which she recycled from her tour) was not good. It was very weak, given Beyonce's past performances. I was left confused and upset. Drake's breakout performance was also weird and not good (he was sitting, due to his sprained ACL), and included Lil' Wayne and Baby, which filled the performance with so much profanity that they might as well had been mute. Ne-yo was alright, but there was just way too much of him. Like Jamie Foxx, I was starting to feel like it was Ne-yo show. Ciara sang 'Heal the World' and it was God awful! I was very shocked and disappointed (disturbed and perplexed?) that she sang a ballad as opposed to dancing for her tribute to Michael Jackson. Her voice sounded like crying cats. I honestly had a *blank stare* through a lot of the performances. And, outside of the performances, the presenting of the awards seemed a little unorganized; sometimes they would say the nominees, and sometimes they wouldn't. Also, the absence of confirmed performers (The-Dream... Chris Brown... etc.) certainly hurt the show. The tributes, although seemingly heartfelt, were all slow, and no one paid tribute to Michael Jackson's catalog of up-tempo songs, which shaped the way 99% of singers dance and perform now (Keri Hilson attempted at the end of her set, and failed miserably).

After the awards finished, I thought it was awful, awful, awful. Facebook, Twitter; all social networks were messaging, and it wasn't good. There was a lot of negative feedback about the show, the performances, etc. And, I've had to sit back, and re-evaluate the show.

As a show, it was alright. What made the show terrible was because of the emphasis and hype put on the re-vamping of the show into the tribute show. A video montage of Michael Jackson, with a tribute show at a later date, would've been a better option, instead of the rushed product that was produced. I just wasn't moved or impressed with the show as a tribute show.. I feel like the artist's tribute were lackluster (partly because it was last minute, and partly because they were just too damn lazy to get it together). As the biggest showcase for urban music, movies, and sports, the BET Awards has to step it up. With the music video (on television) slowly dying out, the BET Awards are the only avenue to showcase the biggest and brightest stars in urban sports and entertainment. It cannot continue on with these lackluster shows that they pass off as entertainment. They have to do better. This past BET Awards show was not a tribute to Michael Jackson moreso than a testament of BET's commitment to mediocre programming, putting their artist to low standards, and not setting the building blocks for the future of urban music and entertainment. (Nice try), but shame on you, BET. You have a whole year to do better (although we're gonna need a better Michael Jackson much sooner).


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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Well, I mean, let's face it. You're not exactly normal, are you? (c) Vicki Vale

...It's not exactly a normal world, is it? (c) Batman

My homie Bruce has been gettin lots of love in these streets (yes he is named after Bruce Wayne... He is an ice BAT people... DON'T JUDGE ME!!!) So I decided to share with the world (the TWO readers of this blog lol)how you can attain one for yourself. I got my buddy Bruce from the comic book store Laughing Ogre *shout out to my fav employee Jeff* in Columbus, Ohio ions ago and I'm positive that they still sell ugly dolls there... But if you aren't in cbus your best bet is to head over to "The Ugly Shop" and cop one... I fell in love with these dolls as soon as I spotted them. I am a fan of things that aren't "conventionally" beautiful so I was immediately drawn to these supposedly "ugly" dolls (they're adorable aren't they?) If you happen to stop by the comic book store and see Jeff, tell him Mia says hello! :)

*When I was in Chicago a bus driver stopped me and asked if Bruce was the doll Obama's daughter was wearing on her bookbag. I had no idea what she was talking about... But thanks to google I found out that Obama's daughter was in fact sportin an ugly doll on her backpack... but NOT Bruce :-p

Friday, June 26, 2009


Artist: J. Cole
Song Title: Losing My Balance
NC STAND UP!!! GET FAMILIARRRRR... I urge you to check out his mixtapes "The Warm Up" and "The Come Up" PRONTO!

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Figured I'd share this Reno 911 clip in attempts to lift some spirits.

RENO 911!Wednesdays 10:30pm / 9:30c
Joe Lo TruglioFunny Cop Videoserror

The annual re-teaching of the Thriller dance to Bobby will have a new meaning come this Halloween :(. *Goes to grab Thriller vinyl to cuddle with in remembrance*

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


You get THREE IWP's today folks...

Roberto Orci
Alex Kurtzman
Ehren Kruger

For those that don't know, the names listed above are the writers of Transformers 2... And while I don't know which individual is particularly responsible for Skids (the Transformer with the gold tooth pictured above) and his equally coonerific twin brother Mudflap I am blaming you all. I was already giving the first Transformers movie a slight pass in the racist undertones department because of how sweet it was... But this movie gets NO pass. You can't be wack AND have a Transformer with a gold tooth that "doesn't read." So irresponsible...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I think it is very important that films make people look at what they've forgotten. (c) Spike Lee

The Spike Lee Nike Blazer... No release info sowwie. I love the fact that his glasses are stitched on the tongue.

You're insane, aren't you? (c) Aang

Well that is what some are calling M. Night Shyamalan for trying to recreate this cartoon bliss... I'm preparing myself for the worse when it comes to this film... That way if it's even REMOTELY decent I won't be the least bit disappointed... I guess time will only tell... Trailer is below... Check it out in its entirety December 18th :)

*Shout out to Cel for gettin me hip

Monday, June 22, 2009

Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me (c) Tim Burton

Some new images of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland were released today. I am very curious to see this film. I have a mild obsession with Mr. Burton (I forgive him for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and am hoping this movie is spectacular. I am in awe of these shots... They are beautifical!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Man, we be sportin vans and we throw away Nikes (c) The Pack

... Now I wouldn't say all THAT! But these are nice... Most know that I have an affinity for blue and gold..

PS EFF Michigan.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Back in the days when I was young I'm not a kid anymore... (c) Ahmad

...But some days I sit and wish I was a kid again.

One of my fav Dr. Seuss stories The Sneetches

I know this post is a bit more random than normal so here's a lil explanation. My Mom got me a collectors edition of one of my fav Dr. Seuss books Oh, the Places You'll Go! to signify me taking the "next step" in my life and heading to Chicago for law school. That reminded me of some of the other Dr. Seuss books that I read and loved, so that is why I'm posting this story for you all today. :)

*Perhaps a not so interesting Mia fact... I referenced a Dr. Seuss story in my law school personal statement... which one do ya think it is?*

Friday, June 19, 2009


Artist: Bright Eyes
Song Title: Lover I Don't Have to Love
Fav line: You write such pretty words/But life's no storybook/Love's an excuse to get hurt/And to hurt./Do you like to hurt?/I do, I do/Then hurt me...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hey, that's Kool and the Gang (c) Jules Winnifield

Saw this tatted up Banksy interpretation in the Lou in one of Ironage's books. Those that know me know how much I love Banksy...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Norman Bates meets Mrs. Featherbottom

Thomas Parkin is this weeks IWP... for defrauding the government out of thousands of dollars by dressing like his dead mother... Don't know what I'm referring to? Just check out the feature below...

Summa Summa Summa Tiiiiiiime (c) The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff

A fun summer song! GET FAMILIAR!!

Artist: The Clipse ft. Pharrell
Song Title: I'm Good

The Clipse's new album Til the Casket Drops is comin September 8th... You best mark that on your calendar

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Music makes me highhhhh (c) Lost Boyz

Can't tell you how long I've been waiting for this...

Artist: Lupe Fiasco ft. Matthew Santos
Song Title: Shining Down

Monday, June 15, 2009

You look like you smoke squares... but you don't even smoke (c) Kaelan

That is what my lil bro said about me after I got my tragus pierced.

"Lawyer's don't have nose and tragus piercings Mia!" (c) Kaelan

He should know by now that I don't follow the rules. :-p I went back home to StL for a few days and randomly decided to get pierced with my lil cousin Siera. Initially I was going to get the stud but Kaelan encouraged me to get the hoop because "it fit my personality." My lil bro judges me a lot, I love him sooooo :)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I'm yoursssss (c) Jason Mraz

I've wanted this shirt for a while, and then I saw Mr. Mraz sporting it rubbin it in all my face and that made be bitter. I still didn't give in after that though because it's $30. However, I got uber lucky and found it in a thrift store and felt compelled to rub it in all of your faces :-p. If you want it, check out THIS site, there are a lot of nice apparel items on there. I'm just cheap... lol

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Doink Doink (c) Law and Order

No, I am not a WOW-er... not that there's anything wrong with WOW, I have a dear *cough cough* lame friend named Marcel that is a big comic book nerd. As a matter of fact he's featured in THIS previous post, and I actually got him WOW for Christmas. I simply haven't tried it, I have enough addictions (ironic considering I don't smoke or drink right?)
I am an L&O geek and found these games enjoyable. Mind you I also find Agatha Christie and Law and Order computer games entertaining as well, so I might not be a good judge of character when it comes to what I think versus what you think of entertaining. Nevertheless, I included the links to:

The Handwriting Analysis HERE <----- Your chickenscratch could explain some aspects of your personality

The Body Language Analysis HERE <----- What does the way you sit say about you?

Concentration Game HERE <----Tests your memory

The Crack Under Pressure Profiler HERE <--- for those that think they could do a better job than the detectives on the show
Check em out :)

Friday, June 12, 2009


So yesterday's talk about the remake of The Last Dragon totally inspired this week's song...

Rockwell Knuckles "See n' Say" from Knuckle Rumbler on Vimeo.

Artist: Rockwell Knuckles
Song Title: See N' Say

Yeah yeah, I know this is the second week in a row that I am showcasing an StL artist... I'm home sick, can't ya tell?  I KNOW you like this!  Want more?  Check out Mr. Knuckles at Still not satisfied?  I URGE you to download Rockwell Knuckles' latest mixtape The Glow HERE. It is pretty much ORGASMIC!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Gimme Dat! (c) Chris Breezy

Nike Hoop Structure OG Triax Colorway... Expected release date 09... WOOOO HOOO! I woulda been sad if they didn't drop these. I'm so glad that I'm following THIS GUY on twitter ... I got a sneak peak!

Don't hurt that face baby! Don't hurt that face! (c) Transvestite in the theater

So rumors have been surfacing for a while about Samuel L. Jackson appearing as Sho'nuff in the remake of The Last Dragon... I dunno how I feel about them remaking this... I am definitely biased though because I LOVE this movie sooooo much and don't want to see them ruin such a classic. Plus Sammy J is a lil old to be kickin niggas and such. I figured I'd try out my less than mediocre photoshop skills and supply you with a potential movie still. Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

::Project Natal:: "Does not care about Black People" (c) Kanye

So apparently Microsoft's Project Natal is having a problem interpreting the motions of black (dark skinned) people. Newsweek writer N'Gai Croal said that the game had difficulty registering his body movements, but didn't seem to have a problem with his friend that was of a fairer complexion. It more than likely was just a bug in his system because when Eric Dickerson, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Willie Gault didn't have any problems with natal. I need this in my life, so they better work out the kinks ASAP!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Where I wanna beeeeeee (c) Donnell Jones

Gotta love the comic book reference in the event pic invite :)

This woulda been the ultimate bday gift... However, I am stuck in C-bus :-/ NOT FOR LONG!!!!! Wooo hooo :) However, if you are in the Lou then you should without a dbubt be at this FREE (yes, it's free you know niggas love free) jam session featuring: Black Spade, DJ Needles, teresajenee, Rockwell Knuckles, Vandalyzm, Tef Poe & Corey Black

When? 2-5pm
Where? Outside Vintage Vinyl

Have fun for me... I will be drowning in my own self pity for not being able to attend...

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Swear to God Hip Hop and comic books was my genesis (c) Slug

I was a panelist on a discussion about this film this past Thursday... It was a very interesting discussion to say the least. If you haven't seen this amazing documentary called Beyond Beats and Rhymes by Byron Hurt, then check it out below...

Friday, June 5, 2009


Artist: The Offspring
Song Title: Self-Esteem
So often women sing songs about being used and abused by a cheating no good man. The Offspring put this song out there to show that low self-esteem isn't just something that affects the ladies when in a relationship...
Fav lyric: The more you suffer/the more it shows you really care/right?/yeahhhhh

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Thanks Kanye for bringing straps back (c) A whole bunch of people that don't know what they're talkin about

Converse is planning to release this velcro strapped high top beauty in the Fall/Winter 2009 collection, and that folks is all I know... I'll keep you abreast of the details as they come to me

Here is the black and gold colorway... I personally am only a fan of the white...

Grind with meeeeeeeeee (c) Pretty Ricky... or, NOT.

If you haven't heard or seen Spectacular from Pretty Ricky released a video challenging other r&b artists to step their game up I dunno how parading around in reddish/pink panty drawwwwseee encourages this but hey, you be the judge...

What does Riley have to say about this?

Click HERE if you want to hear Spectaculars explanation...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Paul Baldwin

Mr. Baldwin is this weeks IWP for having been arrested 153 times! Now if that isn't irresponsible I don't know what is... You aren't even GOOD at breakin the law, you are STEADY GETTIN CAUGHT. You sir, suck at life.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Oh God Mia, why do you need new turntables? (c) Richard and Carol Ann

... That was Mom and best friend's response when I told them what I wanted for my b-day... As if my living room didn't already look like the electronics section of Best Buy, I will have another gadget to add to the bunch come October... They are used to the fact that my self diagnosed ADD forces me to dib and dab in all sorts of things.. I'm a jack of all trades, master of none so to speak... However, they should be relieved that I didn't ask for shoes for the upteenth year in a row... Right? Needless to say DJ HERO is the answer to my prayers... I can PRETEND to be a DJ just like I have been doing for the longest with my turntables that weren't made for a video game console. Check out the video interview on DJ Hero, as well as some snap shots below :)

Monday, June 1, 2009


Fly.Union has been causing quite a stir for a while now... I'm writing this post assuming you are already hip! If not... Check em out at They leaked a new song today by the way! Check it out HERE

You got knocked the BEEP BABA BEEP BEEP OUT! (c) Smokey

I am relieved that this commercial didn't feature a number of coonazoids going off about their shoes gettin smeared with the Nelly song Stepped on My J's playing in the background... very relieved indeed.