Essence may have scooped Vogue, sort of, in being the first women’s magazine to put Michelle Obama on its cover since the presidential election, but the Time Inc. title did so by relying on archival images. Essence’s January issue is dedicated to President-elect Barack Obama, with essays and commentary from Maya Angelou, Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Gwen Ifill and other notable African-Americans:
On Monday, Michelle Obama payed a visit to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Mrs. Obama talked, amongst many other things, about the road to victory, fashion, Gov. Palin, and her dad — who passed away in 1991 after a long bout with multiple sclerosis. Immediately following her appearance, Chris Rock was available to shake things up. Rock, known for his comedic ingenuity, cracked on everything from the Obamas, to the difference between Black and White kids, to the economy, and his new animated movie: “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.”
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In a rally yesterday, Sen. Obama criticized Sen. McCain’s Health Care plan. Most intriguing, however, was Sen. Obama’s choice of words. In his speech, Obama utilized a catch-phrase popularized by Chris Rock’s “Head Of State” character, Mays Gilliam. “That ain’t right,” Sen. Obama remarked, as he tore apart McCain’s unremarkable Health Care tax proposals.
Watch the eerie similarity between Barack Obama and Mays Gilliam from “Head Of State”:
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By: Tolu Olorunda
Staff Writer – YourBlackWorld.com
“I tell you this much, it’s up to every one of you/
Learn from the past or the future will punish you/
Power flows to those who remember/”
- Hip-Hop artist and philosopher, Canibus, in his 2002 album, Mic Club: The Curriculum.
Perhaps at this very moment, Grand-Author, Toni Morrison, is recanting her 1998 words, suggesting that Bill Clinton was the embodiment of the “first black president,” because he displayed “almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald’s-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas.” For what good is it to be an esteemed culture critic, and have the memories of an ill-conceived statement lurking behind your every mention and declaration. But upon a moments’ reflection, Ms. Morrison is merely a mirror-image of the heartfelt conviction of millions of Black folks who, having being mesmerized by the allure of a president who went the extra mile in rendering unfulfillable promises, had become emotionally overdosed and dwarfed by political immaturity. One thing is for certain however: 99% of the Black population which believed Bill “Bubba” Clinton to be the first black president holds no such sentiment anymore. With Barack Obama’s emergence as the new Messiah, most of those Black voters have little need for the “counterfeit” Black president, when the possibility of a “real” Black president is more tangible than ever before…
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Chris Rock is smoking-hot. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world last spring. During his ongoing “The No Apologies Tour,” he set a Guinness world record by playing to 15,900 people, the largest stand-up comedy performance in British history.
And his fifth HBO special, “Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger,” premieres tonight, featuring footage from performances in South Africa, London and New York. Talking from his home in an exclusive New Jersey town, while he finds “Franklin” on TV for one of his daughters, Rock, 43, reflects on this special, politics and his career.
Q. Do you do the same act for every show?
A. I definitely vary it and try to figure out something with where you are at. If I was in Detroit, I’d figure out a Kwame Kilpatrick (who recently resigned as mayor of Detroit) angle. As soon as I check into the hotel, I make sure they have all the papers. And I watch the local news. It is kind of the same show; it’s like a singer changing a line in the song.
Q. Why tape the HBO show over three nights in three places?
A. If you close your eyes, it will play like one show; you will never know the difference. My stuff works all over the world – it’s not just me. People laugh at the same things all over the world.
Q. Overseas they know who our political leaders are and seem more tuned in to American news than we are with other parts of the world. Is this your experience?
A. They know who Dick Cheney is. We don’t know who replaced Tony Blair. Forget the second guy; we don’t know who the first guy is – those of us who even know who Tony Blair is.
Q. As an early Obama supporter, do you think he’s a definite?
A. This could be like the New England Patriots. The New England Patriots should be a lesson to all about being overconfident…
Wanda Sykes brings the house down in this appearance on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.’ The Comedienne riffs on everything from Barack Obama, to uncommitted voters, to Sarah Palin and the question of media-enabled sexism. Wanda Sykes shows once again, how valuable and critical of a voice she is:
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Chris Rock, whose 5th HBO special “Kill The Messenger” premiers Sept. 27 at 9:00 PM, payed a visit to the Late Night Studios of David Letterman. In the short visit, Chris Rock cracked on topics including – but not limited to – Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, the New England Patriots, Sarah Palin, and the dilapidating U.S. economy. At one point, the grand-intellectual comedian quipped that Sarah Palin shooting a moose, and being rewarded with a V.P. nomination, is a double standard when juxtaposed with the punishment Michael Vick was awarded for a similar act. Chris Rock further took a shot at the failing U.S. economy, calling it “worthless” in the context of the global market. Chris Rock, as many are aware, is a Barack Obama supporter:
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