even worse than politics as usual...

K.O. said it as good as it could be said:



leadership has definitely gone out of style...
samax.
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SHO nuff!

wanna see the ESSENCE of what we stand for here at ghettoManga?
go check out the work of James Mason. he does a really fun web comic called Urban Shogun!
check him out, fam!
holla!
samax
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(Urban just means Black...)

Go out and get a FREE copy of UVC, the Urban Voice of Comics. the magazine is made by people doing the honorable task of covering comics for/by/starring/or-at-least-marginally-intersting-to Black folks (among the contributors is Omar Bilal, of the Black Superhero Museum ... holla!)
to avoid the argument between those who can't agree if we should be called "Black," "African-American," or "Them", they went with the always politically correct "Urban" (but you country negroes can cop it too!)
anyways, pointless sarcastic remarks aside, you should cop it. this way, you can catch up with what's goin' on in comics without actually havin' to READ 'em all (if it puts me out of a job, that's okay... ya'll don't pay me anyways...)! this month's issue has BRILLIANT comic artiste Kyle Baker on the cover, and a nice little interview with the award-winning do-it-all, so cop it! you can subscribe to it on their website, or badger your comicshop, record store or "urban lifestyle store" (whatever that is) to order it... they can get it for you FREE (that's in the budget, fam!)
in my opinion, this is just what we need!

peace, love, etc.
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Emonifela is BACK!

well, she never went anywhere, i guess... but i dropped by her mySpace page, and there's new music on there from my favorite underage rapper/poet/deejay... for a special treat, head over there and listen to instant classics "Be Grown" and "So Col"... also, check out my previous blog about Emonifela if you want to hear more gushing about this young hip hop phenom...
holla!
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i'm black like Don Cheadle shouting POWER(s) to the PEOPLE!

i've been reading Powers sporadicly for some time now. in fact, i'm sure i have the first several issues tucked away in my comic collection somewhere. but since then, i've mostly read an issue here and there from khalid's collection (shout out to my man bigSteelo!!!). but recently, i stumbled onto 30 or so loose issues (2 seperate runs of consecutive joints!) in Half-Price Books for a dollar a piece.
WOW! what a great comic!

for those who don't know, Powers is about Deena Pilgrim and Christian Walker, two homicide cops who cover murder cases involving super humans (or, "powers" as they are called in the world of this book). written in the style of cable cop dramas like Homicide, NYPD Blue and The Sheild, Powers' shockingly raw, edgy, R-rated storylines are accented by loose cartoony artwork and jaw-dropping cliffhangers. Powers is the indy comicbook that introduced most fans to super-scribe Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Spiderman, Secret Wars, New Avengers, Daredevil), -although a few knew him from Torso- and artist extraordinaire Mike Oeming (Cross Bronx, Hammer of the Gods).
i recommend this comic to grown-ups who devoured superhero comics as kids, but then outgrew the genre... but ONLY grown-ups: Powers has the most profanity and adult content of any comic i have ever read, and no matter who you are, you'll see cuss words used in ways you didn't see coming... still, a great great read (and reread!)

after copping these, i'm now HOOKED!

holla!

samax.
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new Champion of Children poster!

Madd Trainin' (Champions) by samax.
cop this slick 11x17 print with champ, Li'l Madd Skillz and moms Big Madd Skillz from Champion of Children... just $20 with FREE SHIPPING! while supplies last....




holla!
samax.
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Quote of the Day...

"We must stop confusing religion and spirituality. Religion is a set of rules, regulations and rituals created by humans, which were supposed to help people to grow spiritually. Due to human imperfection, religion has become corrupt, political, divisive and a tool for power struggle. Spirituality is not theology or ideology. It is simply a Way of life, pure and original as was given by the Most High of Creation. Spirituality is a network linking us to the Most High, the universe and each other. As the essence of our existence, it embodies our culture, true identity, nationhood and destiny."
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A Message from KRS ONE

Hip Hop Appreciation Week begins on May 14th 2007 and concludes on May 21st 2007. Hip Hop Appreciation Week began in 1998 as a time set aside every third week in May to acknowledge and appreciate the existence of Hip Hop itself. During this time (May 14th-21st 2007) the Hip Hop community refocuses itself through a collective review and update of its own history and core principles and elements. Principles- peace, love, unity and having fun. Elements- Breakin, Emceein, Graffiti Art, Deejayin, Beat Boxin, Street Fashion, Street Language, Street Knowledge and Street Entrepreneurialism. The idea is to celebrate Hip Hop itself.
During Hip Hop Appreciation Week artists can be asked to give sound advice on what they've learned about life and living Hip Hop this year. Schools of all sorts are encouraged to discuss Hip Hop academically and critically amongst its students and teachers. Radio DJs can upgrade their play of "conscious" Rap music over the airwaves and parents can discuss the true meaning and history of Hip Hop with their children.

During Hip Hop Appreciation Week the Hip Hop community is encouraged to:
Give the next person the right of way. Allow people to pass you. Do not block a person's forward movement.
Donate your skill or profession to someone who cannot afford it.At the supermarket give your change to the person behind you in line.Be quick to compliment and slow to criticize.
Be ready to forgive and move on.
Give 10% of your salary this week to your child's teacher.
Ease a neighbor's pressure by donating your time toward the assistance of some duty they must undertake. Give of yourself this week.Let us show our respect for Hip Hop with a sincere respect for one another.
Mensupport the women in your life. Women—comfort the men in your life. And let us all remain committed to the well-being of our children; they are the reason we do what we do. Love your children. Reserve a special love for them. Give them your time and your attention. Be patient with them. Touch them, hug them, play with them and be sure to teach them, advise them, protect them, discipline them, and most of all LISTEN to them. One of the best ways to teach our children that they are valuable is to value them. Often we must compliment them, point out their special qualities to them, fulfill their prayers, support their legitimate dreams and aspirations and let them know that we are interested in them. They are the future of Hip Hop! The preservation of our children IS the preservation of Hip Hop.
HAPPY HIP HOP APPRECIATION WEEK!
There it is.
KRS ONE
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free Hip Hop project/DJ Clue mixtape!

holla!
samax.
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A Common Enemy?

fresh off a brilliant turn as Ivy, the gentelman/ bodyguard/killin' machine from Smokin' Aces (my favorite film this year, so far) Common has recently signed onto director Timur Bekmambetov's (The Nightwatch) adaptation of Mark Millar's fabulous supervillian coming-of-age thriller, Wanted.the film will also feature Angelina Jolie (The Good Shephard, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Original Sin) , Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby, Se7en, Shawshank Redemption, Lean On Me) and James McAvoy (The Last King of Scottland, Dune).


"My character in Wanted is called the Gunsmith." says the hot Emcee/Actor. "I'm basically this dude that's a master at shooting guns. I'm training this gentleman that's coming in, who really has certain abilities but doesn't know it; I'm training him on how to be what he should be." He added, "...this movie is very exciting to even be talking about"
if you have no idea what he's so excited about, learn more about the comic series that inspired the film here
HOLLA!
samax.
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the Illest...


in case you ain't know... this is REAL hipHop...

word.

samax

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All dressed up, with nowhere to go...


the actor who brought addiction back is playing comics' most celebrated substance abuser...

heroine joneser Robert Downey Jr. is playing Tony Stark, a well-known alcoholic whose also the Invincible Iron Man... here's a look at the star in the armored Avenger's red and blue supah-soot!
holla!
samax.
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Dirk needs to listen to more Hip Hop...

photo by Brian Bahr, Getty Images
I been sayin' it forever: Nowitzki is soft. the Dallas Mavericks big man is one of the best players in the league. he can't be stopped. but he's as soft as the hairs on a peach. i mean, nobody can guard him... he's a seven footer with nice ball-handling skills and the sickest fade-away jumper this side'a Reggie Miller... unfortunately, he lacks reggie's killer instinct.


photo by Glenn James, Getty Images
still, in the fourth quarter of tuesday's game against Golden State, Dirk dug into his guts and pulled out a milleresque 12 points in the last three minutes of the game, to defeat the Warriors 118 to 112, saving his beloved Mavs from playoff extinction... now they have to do it in Oakland... and that's JUST for a chance to come back to dallas and play for the right to advance to the next round!

photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez the difference between winning and losing this series for the mavs will be Dirk's attitude. other players like his game, but they just don't fear him... and he should MAKE THEM REGRET IT!

* coach Avery Johnson's advice for Dirk about handling defenses:
"if they triple-team you, find the open man. if they double you, score on 'em. if they single cover you, KILL 'em!"
in other words, this is the playoffs... Dirk should be looking to score, and punish the other team for even THINKING they are in his league!
i think he just needs to listen to some hip hop or something... what's in A.I.'s ceedee changer, anyways?

peace (except on the court!),
samax.

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