“ʼCause I throw hands.” Houston-based rapper Tobe Nwigwe’s “Try Jesus” video had less than 400,000 Instagram views when mentalunrest reader Vee Cee hipped me to it yesterday. Easy to see why views tripled since then. I think the tense pandemic, economic, and injustice moments we’re living in became the perfect partners for birthing this tune […]Read More Tobe Nwigwe strongly urges you to “Try Jesus” — but not him
Valentine’s Day reminds me of a Brooklyn guy who couldn’t stand the idea of being alone on this day a few years ago, so he spent most of the daylight hours searching for a dinner date until he found one in the most remote areas of his smartphone’s address book. He then spent much of […]Read More MY VALENTINE’S DAY WISH FOR YOU
The earthly passing of civil rights pioneer, political leader, researcher and educator Julian Bond will certainly spark recitations of a half-century old era—marches, institutional agitation and societal change from a White supremacist-dominated landscape. But Bond’s lifetime dedication to equal rights, inclusive of his latter-day work, should illuminate two important realities we can learn from. First, […]Read More YOU CAN LEARN PLENTY FROM THIS JULIAN BOND QUOTE
Some followers of the Black Lives Matter movement are livid over the general public’s apparent preference in discussing a Zimbabwe lion’s recent death at the hands of an American big game hunter, as opposed to discussing the problem of race in America. My response to the Black Lives Matter movement: don’t you see the 2,000-pound […]Read More LOOK AT THIS CECIL THE LION STORY AGAIN
This is a summary of conversations I had today with a bunch of people about my response to NYC’s Snowmageddon: They: Did you go shopping for the blizzard? Me: Nah. They: Why not? It’s supposed to be a serious storm. Me: I buy food every week, and have a pantry that’s probably good for two months. Why […]Read More BLIZZARD BREAD-CHASERS
Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up. the convergence of the federal government shutdown and desperate public relations maneuvering by the Party of No Brains has made Sarah Palin’s anti-Affordable Care Act fantasy warning come true – WE NOW HAVE DEATH PANELS! BUT – the panel did not come from Obamacare; it came from the […]Read More SARAH PALIN IS RIGHT – DEATH PANELS ARE REAL!
I used Tumblr last night to cover Barilla Pasta CEO Guido Barilla’s comments about gays, but I wanted to revisit the topic to cover the weird point he tried to make in his apology: With reference to statements made yesterday, I apologize if my words have generated controversy or misunderstanding, or if they have hurt […]Read More ONE MORE POINT ABOUT BARILLA
There’s no doubt Brooklyn, or more specifically Fort Greene, is changing. For example, there was a church off DeKalb Avenue that used to hold services with its doors open so you can hear swinging Gospel tunes – and God’s word, of course. No one ever complained about the sounds until years later where the church […]Read More BILL LEE AND THE NEW BROOKLYN