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TTBoy Says:  Of all the inner-city schools to speak at, why did President Barack Obama choose Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York?

TTBoy Says:  Did anybody ever bring up Halliburton in the Bradley Manning trial?

TTBoy Says:  Why does the U.S. government blame its people for being poor?

TTBoy Says:  Which state is more racist, Florida or Mississippi?

TTBoy Says:  Do the makers of Blue Bell ice cream know their products are similar to   crack cocaine?

TTBoy Says:  Is Taylor Swift a virgin?

TTBoy Says:  Why is Dick Cheney afraid to look in any mirror?

TTBoy Says:  Is the phrase “Paper or Plastic” like asking, “Condom or Bareback?”

TTBoy Says:  Is Lady Gaga life imitating art or art imitating life?

TTBoy Says:  It’s only sexual harassment if the other person doesn’t like you.

TTBoy Says:  Entertainers are not public figures.  A public figure is elected by the People.

TTBoy Says:  Is a woman obligated to tell a man or woman she has a yeast infection before having sex?

TTBoy Says:  Should anyone divulge they have IBS before having anal sex?

TTBoy Says:  Why are heroic deeds suddenly performed when a celebrity is involved in a scandal?

TTBoy Says:  Why isn’t Natalie Merchant considered one of the world’s greatest singers?

TTBoy Says:  Who’s a harder true-to-life artist, Jay-Z or Eminem?

TTBoy Says:  Did the size of one’s bank account make Janet Jackson a true “Size Queen?”

TTBoy Says:  Isn’t it time for Hollywood to have a “Coming Out Party?”

TTBoy Says:  Does anybody remember when Madonna accepted an award stoned out of her mind?

TTBoy Says:  Why were Tobey Maguire and Robert Downey, Jr. so convincing as a gay couple in “Wonder Boys?”

TTBoy Says:  Hollywood scripts really are “stupid…” just like Melanie Griffith said.

TTBoy Says:  Who’s smarter, Sharon Stone or Marilu Henner?

TTBoy Says:  Who’d get naked quicker for a movie role, Anderson Cooper or Shepard Smith?

TTBoy Says:  Is Vladimir Putin the only man allowed to be gay in Russia?

TTBoy Says:  Is Lindsay Lohan the real “Girl, Interrupted?”

TTBoy Says:  Will Tyra Banks ever reveal the greatest orgasm she’s ever had?

TTBoy Says:  Why did Jennifer Love Hewitt decide to get pregnant?

TTBoy Says:  If Google shares the public’s information, why is their stock price so high?

TTBoy Says:  Why don’t people tell how they really feel about a friend’s terrible engagement?

TTBoy Says:  Shouldn’t more women just admit to men they just want to have sex with them and nothing more?

TTBoy Says:  Am I wrong for wanting to make God jealous by hearing my name called out more than His?

TTBoy Says:  “American Idol” producers have no idea what they are doing.

TTBoy Says:  Have President and Mrs. Obama ever been asked to dance on “Dancing With The Stars?”

TTBoy Says:  There is no such thing as a “Bromance.”  Just call it what it is…dude.

TTBoy Says:  Everyone should remember this quote, “Just because you’re done with the past, doesn’t mean the past is done with you.”

TTBoy Says:  Who uses auto-tune more, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, or Rihanna?

TTBoy Says:  People who suddenly need food stamps are humiliated to apply for them.

TTBoy Says:  Why is Syracuse, New York now one of the deadliest cities in the world?

TTBoy Says:  Why won’t they give Antoinette Tuff, of Florida, a medal for bravery?

TTBoy Says:  Is Rick Perry of Texas smarter than former President George W. Bush?

TTBoy Says:  Would Victoria Beckham upstage her husband David in an underwear TV commercial?

TTBoy Says:  Is Cory Booker a pseudo-opportunist?

TTBoy Says:  Who’s the greatest media whore of all-time, J-Lo, Madonna, or Lady Gaga?

TTBoy Says:  Has Hollywood said, “Bye, Bye,” to all its best actors and actresses?

TTBoy Says:  Did someone of importance call Rush Limbaugh a loser when he was a child?

TTBoy Says:  Would David Letterman ever refuse a sex scene in a Woody Allen movie?

TTBoy Says:  Should all breast-feeding mothers refuse to sit in the back of a restaurant?

TTBoy Says:  Should pre-nuptials include oral sex?

TTBoy Says:  Why do surfers flock to shark-infested waters?

TTBoy Says:  Who hosts the best Swingers parties, Jada and Will or Mo’Nique?

TTBoy Says:  Would Whoopi Goldberg ever tell the second White guy who’s ever gone downtown?

TTBoy Says:  Is comedian Steven Wright still depressed?

TTBoy Says:  Why don’t people with migraines understand the importance of head-banging sex?

TTBoy Says:  Would a priest admit to being molested if he fell asleep during a confessional and woke up?

TTBoy Says:  Stop saying, “the condom broke,” and just admit that the pull-out method didn’t work.

TTBoy Says:  1950’s sex advice didn’t include movement on the woman’s part.

TTBoy Says:  If a man or woman looks too good to be true, they probably have Chlamydia.

TTBoy Says:  Why is Abercrombie & Fitch still around?

TTBoy Says:  Will Bill Maher ever reveal the best Sex-Pot Party he’s ever attended or hosted?

TTBoy Says:  Why are those adamantly opposed to something usually are the ones who secretly engage In it?

TTBoy Says:  The caged bird sings differently when handcuffed and doused with candle wax.

TTBoy Says:  Whatever happened to model Veronica Webb?

TTBoy Says:  Why can’t Gerard Butler star in a Hit Movie?

TTBoy Says:  The title of Jamie Foxx’s porn film, “Some like it Foxxy!” starring Samantha Fox.  Vraiment?

TTBoy Says:  Where is Anne Archer?

TTBoy Says:  Was Irene Cara Hollywood’s first diva?

TTBoy Says:  Will the Stock Market crash once employees realize employers refuse to honor Obamacare?

TTBoy Says:  Who’s turning over in his grave, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, or Michael Jackson?

TTBoy Says:  Has had cosmetic surgery kept Renee Zellweger away from the Big Screen?

TTBoy Says:  Will Bradley Cooper be People Magazine’s first and last gay “Sexiest Man Alive?”

TTBoy Says:  Why is Perez Hilton so bitter after such a drastic weight loss?  He must be hungry.

TTBoy Says:  Is Catherine Zeta-Jones depressed because of the lack of cunnilingus?

TTBoy Says:  Will Country Music abandon Kenny Chesney like they did Chely Wright?

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Justin Timberlake, is there disparity in treatment on the Radio?


 

Is there cause for a Civil Rights Movement in Radio?

 

    

     I’m really confused.  I first heard this really incredible ditty that mixed a lot of Old School flavor with a touch of Robin Thicke minus the rap.  The song was actually sung by Justin Timberlake!  For the life of me, when I realized that, I could not believe a song like that could even get airplay.  It just sounded too Black…not Hip-Hop, but Black.  While many Black Americans, and even those who grooved to the Soulden Oldies with their Newport cigarettes and Bartles and Jaymes wine coolers, remember the somewhat carefree time period of the late 70’s and early eighties, Justin tries to bring back that emotion with a song that would only survive on the radio because of his back-up feature.  Had rap and business mogul Jay-Z not offered his pedigree to “Suit & Tie,” radio stations would not have helped the record debut first on the R&B Chart at number 9.  In lieu of that, not even His Royal Spoiledness, Kanye West, would have had such a chance to even hit the airways with a song of such tempo as J.T. has bestowed upon us. 

 

     In other words, remove Justin Timberlake from “Suit & Tie” and what have you got?  That would be a B-side to a 45. 

 

     Is Justin Timberlake an R&B singer/performer, or is he right-at-the-line Pop?  Not even the ever-effervescent Bruno Mars could have payola’d his way between the white noise.  Yet, Justin has yet to debut on the Pop Chart with the song.  Remembering a time when Hennifer Hopez entered the music world with her “Waiting for the Night,” her affiliation to make a mark on any chart was to use and nearly abuse Black artists with sheer prowess, coyness, and manipulation.  Since she split with the kind of artists and producers that fill dancehalls and occupy the charts – because of true talent, repeat performances have yet to appear in Miss Hopez’s life.  Along with that now lack of lyrical camaraderie, Hennifer is now allowing her nude body to be displayed with pleasure in films that try to show her softer-side after children.  It seems that the group Hennifer abandoned has now abandoned her.  No longer is she considered elegant, demure, or graceful.  Hennifer Hopez is desperate.  But why is Justin so desperate?

 

     Although “Suit & Tie” is a quality-song, just imagine it as Justin only featuring and Jay-Z taking the lead.  Would it make it to the airways?  Not on the Pop charts without another Black artist.  Well, Justin brought “sexy” back in his own way and wants to infect the world with a false sense of security.  “Suit & Tie” is in no way a typical Pop Song.  For the most part, the record does have meat.  It’s just a shame that a Black male artist couldn’t and wouldn’t be given the same opportunity to do the same thing.  A true feel-good period lyric, (minus the social message) has no mainstream radio play for a Black artist…mainstream meaning Pop.   Though that artist may sell millions of a cd, not even Robin Thicke could expect to be so lucky to be heard by those who wouldn’t give R&B music the time of day.

 

     Singer Maxwell most definitely could sing “Suit & Tie” without the help of grandmaster Jay-Z or anyone for that matter.  Commercially, the choice to release the record mainstream would be disastrous for his record label.  Maxwell is considered an R&B singer.   Compare Maxwell’s “Sumthin’ Sumthin’” from his ‘Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite’ with J.T.’s new single.  Funky, groovy, chillin’…only to go on deaf ears to the world outside of Soul/R&B.  Congratulations, Justin!  There is favoritism on the radio, so you are NOT the Biggest Loser!  It’s just that there are numerous artists of color who are saying, “Hey, that sounds like…!”  Then again, even Hall and Oates hit the Soul/Rhythm and Blues charts, just as George Michael did with the album that held such soulful songs like “Father Figure” and “Faith.”  I guess there was just no need to incorporate somebody else’s rap into their music…with so few of them out at the time.  Still, radio stations only make it dark when they want to.  Ole School just doesn’t seem the same without a true trooper. 

 

     Just when we thought we had lost J.T. to Hollywood’s big screen, he shows us that all men are not created equal.  They may have been created “equally.”  Just not equal.  Not everybody can afford a “Suit and Tie.”  I guess a really good actor can make you feel something from nothing.  You would never see any person of color in any of the roles J.T. has had in Hollywood.  It’s no surprise. 

My Heart Belongs to…the Contestants on “American Idol”


 

 

American Idol
American Idol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

I really pity the contestants on the next “American Idol.”

 

Ever since Paula Abdul left the judge’s platform on “A.I.” the focus has abandoned the true meaning of the show:  Discovering true musical talent.  Paula, with her quirky reviews of the hopefuls auditions and performances, constantly provided freshness for the show.  Even though she may have been overly soft, she still was able to let the contestants know that they did not bring their best.  What Paula gave gently, Simon counter-attacked with a roar.  But America expected it.  America did love Paula and her ways.  She and Simon worked well together.  Maybe it was Paula’s demeanor off the American Idol stage that rendered her vulnerable for public scrutiny.  As she was said to have interviewed in a “drunken-state” on different morning talk shows, the American public still gave Paula the benefit of the doubt and wanted more of her.  They kept viewing the show.  However, even before the goofy TV appearances there was talk about a sex scandal.  Almost like a sex-tape being shopped around, Paula’s encounter with an “Idol” contestant was the first bout of confusion for the show.  Not only did the producers of “American Idol” forgive Paula, America stood by her side.  Finally, after eight successful seasons on the ratings giant, Paula called it quits and announced that she would not be returning to the Fall 2009 season of “American Idol.”

 

 

 

There was no ploy for more money for Paula.  There weren’t even any bidding wars for Paula’s replacement.  Somehow, someway, the producers of the show must have felt that Miss Abdul was getting bigger than Simon and the show itself.  All the talk was about her.  There could only be one narcissist on “Idol” (quite similarly to the leader of the “Today” show today).  So, as Paula made her exit two lesser known icons would come and go as well.  Kara Dioguardi, singer-songwriter (fired by American Idol) and Ellen DeGeneres, actress and talk-show host with no musical experience (who quit the show as public opinion questioned her role on the show to judge talent), both could not occupy Paula’s cursed-seat.  One would have thought that the producers of “American Idol” would see the writing on the wall.  Even with messy track records, the show’s producers only proved that the show was not about the contestants, but about the star quality it was able to produce.  Enter aging rock star, Steven Tyler from the famed rock band Aerosmith.  Dude not only looked like a lady but he made every attempt to conquer the young talent as they graced the auditioning stage.  Lookers-on may have even equated that platform for a casting couch.  Needless to say, the rocker chick remained groupie-status.  Alas, Jennifer Lopez, a.k.a. Jenny from the Bloc, a.k.a. J-Lo.  Also with a not-so-stellar track record, Miss Lopez was thought to be able to bring glam to the show.  With public scandal still under her belt due to her association with Puff Daddy, now P-Diddy, mediocre record sales and inconsistent box-office success, J-Lo obviously had a great Manager/Publicist who fought to prove her worthy of the ill-fated position.  Yet, even as Mr. Tyler’s and J-Lo’s first season failed to garner improved TV ratings, producers were blind-sided by the savvy Miss Lopez when she publicly announced that she wasn’t sure of her return for a second season.  This was definitely a slap in the faces of the producers as their unpreparedness forced them to give-in to the demands of Ala-Lopez.  Again, proving the show was not about the contestants.  With the calculated and orchestrated skits about being personally attached to certain hopefuls, quite a few more talented youngsters were released from the show.  As Randy Jackson, the longest standing or sitting judge on the show, gave his critique he knew just how to manipulate public opinion.  Not that there are or were many musical geniuses sitting at home at the time of his reviews of the singers, Randy seemed to favor the more “pitchy” – according to his standards over the “pitch-perfect” according to the viewers at home.  Maybe there was a deeper payoff…somewhere.  There’s a lot we could learn from Tyra Banks’ show “America’s Next Top Model.”

 

 

 

In her attempt to prove that she is still in top manipulative form, J-Lo tries to upstage Cameron Diaz while promoting their box-office bomb, “What To Expect When You’re Expecting,”  by announcing that she wasn’t sure she would be returning to “Idol.”  That could have had everything to do with the fact that Britney Spears had just secured a $15 million payday for her role on Simon Cowell’s “X-Factor.”  With Britney being a much bigger star and “Idols” lack luster ratings, why should the network pay a sagging artist more money for nothing?  Again, this is still not about the performers.  Simon had never been a true fan of Jennifer Lopez and even said that he felt his show “X-Factor” would triumph in the ratings.  It’s first season may not have grabbed the numbers Simon stated it would in its first season, but Simon is still confident of his show’s potential.  And, to make sure Simon does not one-up them, the producers of “American Idol” have acquired a higher-caliber star to serve as a judge:  Mariah Carey.  With still having two young children on her hip, producers may have failed to see the liability such a diva could be for the show and the network.  Should Mariah need to make a maternal exit, who would be her replacement, Nick Cannon – her husband?  Still, this is not about the contestants, but about the TV ratings and star quality.  Mariah should give one hell of a finale show.  Will we ever care who the winner of the show is?

 

 

 

Were there not qualified potential judges with different baggage to bring to the show?  Take for example:  Ricky Martin, Frank Ocean, Chely Wright, and Keri Hilson?  All these performers actually do their own work.  Not only do they write and produce for other artists, they can all hold their own on a stage.  That divided $18 million paycheck, I’m sure, would be happily received by the mentioned artists.  I guess it would still be such an honor to be able to audition in front of all that brightness that sparkles and blinds us from seeing Mariah’s true beauty.  J-Lo tried to use the “American Idol” platform to promote her new album, CD…whatever.  But, with Mariah being worth roughly $300 million and counting, why be associated with an ill-fated spectacle?  If you notice, everyone who has left as a judge has always occupied Paula’s seat.  If Randy stays, maybe he should slide over…into Paula’s seat.  Let’s just hope that Mariah will really be a diva and use her own mind about who should be in the Top 20 or Top 10.  We would hate to find out there was a list being floated around before the show even started.