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Monday, October 26, 2009

Let's Create New Media in Chicago Media Showcase

I know I'm three weeks late with this information, but I'm really am proud for my podcast, 60 Minutes with Glenn to have been featured in the media showcase. Here's the list of everyone who was featured at the Let's Create New Media event.

Media Showcase @ Let's Create New Media in Chicago

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Check out who had presentations at Let's Create New Media in Chicago!


1. "SVELT Commerical" by David Pickett
http://www.youtube.com/nightlynewsatnine

2. "The Click Daily Show" by See3 Communications
http://www.see3.net

3. "Hello Lombard" by Sean McMenemy
http://hellolombard.com

4. "QUICKBEATS trailer" by Big Teeth Productions
http://www.bigteeth.tv/

5. "Red Shoe Project - August 2009" by Red Shoe Project
http://www.redshoeproject.org

6. An episode of "Beyond The Pedway" by Tim Jahn
http://www.beyondthepedway.com/

7. "Fashion Cents" by Kim Turner & Sean McMenemy
http://fashioncents.tv

8. "60 Minutes with Glenn" podcast by Glenn Johnson
http://www.GlennGamble.com
http://www.60MinuteswithGlenn.com


9. "Heater Werks" by Fig Media
http://www.figgy.net/

10. "Nightly News at Nine Promo" by David Pickett
http://www.youtube.com/nightlynewsatnine

11. "After The Boom" podcast by Matt Cheuvront and
Monica O'Brien
http://aftertheboompodcast.com/

12. An episode of "Beyond The Pedway" by Tim Jahn
http://www.beyondthepedway.com/

13. "Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce" by Fig Media
http://www.figgy.net/

14. "Speak Your Power" by See3 Communications
http://www.see3.net

Are you going to be presenting at our next event? You should! Just let us know and we'll get you set up!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I Will Not Apologize

I Will Not Apologize

I will not apologize
For being fly
A young man with swagger from the city of Chi
Its a pity that I--
Am made to feel guilty about all that I have accomplished
And all that I set out to accomplish

I will not apologize
For having goals
For being more than a broke nigga with a hard dick and soft lint
For knowing that there's a difference between being poor and having a broke slave mentality
For having aspirations to give my children more than I had
And I had a lot

I will not apologize
For having a great mother who loves me
Who instilled in me that I can be anything I want to be
That I'm more than just a good looking sperm donor with curly hair and light skin
I'm more than the stereotypical light skinned potential baby daddy that these black women be beggin --for

I will not apologize
For growing up in a hard working class family
For having a mother and grandmother who knew I was special
For my mother making the sacrifices necessary to send me to private school
For my not being a thug who talks about you wanting this dick all day
For demanding that my woman has real substance beyond running up her debt paying lip service

I will not apologize
For being a higher caliber black man than the lower common denominator of black men who pretend to be thugs when they really are bums
For being a black boy from Englewood raised to be a great man who respects women
For knowing that beauty in life extends beyond petty, jive-nigga, hood bullshit
For not cherishing inner city hoods and ghettos for the misdirection and dysfunction that they breed

I will not apologize
For knowing my value and knowing that I'm a king of all that I survey


© Copyright 2009
Glenn Gamble
All Rights reserved

Monday, October 19, 2009

50 Cent Has Truly Outdone Himself this time

Oh shit, Fiddy has got me in stitches. His dissing of Fat Joe has gone to a new level as he was recently rushed to the hospital due to "poisoning." Watch the two segments for more information:



Saturday, October 17, 2009

Talib Kweli Should Have Sold 10 Million Records


People always get on facebook and say that the rap songs on the radio suck. I even hear a lot of this same sentiment in passing conversation. However, people won't buy cds from rappers who are really good. Jay-Z is an overrated rapper whose albums are okay at best, yet he's the best selling rapper of all time. Common is a way better rapper than Jay-Z yet it took him a long time to develop the fan base that would enable him to consistently go gold. And the biggest anomaly is the simple fact that Talib Kweli hasn't sold 10 million records. Talib got mad skills, makes great albums --with the exception of Beautiful Struggle), has positive songs that are straight banging, and he's a thoughtful, insightful, and articulate rapper. I mean, what more do you want from a guy? He doesn't sell enough dope in his raps, is that what it is? Check out these Talib Kweli videos and you'll see that this guy should have sold 10 million records.


Talib Kweli - Get By

Cheese | MySpace Video



Talib Kweli on Def Poetry Jam

Valdez {R.I.P. Zar & James} | MySpace Video




This some cold spittin here:



This should have been one of his singles:



I couldn't find the original video for his last single "Listen" so the live version is all I could come across. Just know that "Listen" is some cold as ice spittin'!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wearing Black Face and Buck Dancing

You may think I'm referring to the Australian Blackface Performers Needing a Gut Punch article on RedEye journalist Kyra Kyles' blog, but I'm not --although I give kudos for checking those closeted racist performers and commenters on her blog. No, I'm referring to the functional illiterates who glorify ignorance --the black people who sit around and do nothing but shake their ass to these ignorant Gucci Mane songs. Granted, I saw the Buffie the Body and Gucci Mane YouTube series and I believe that he's truly a 'bama functioning out of ignorance, its the black people who listen to the radio, buy these singles off iTunes, and gyrate to these songs at the club who remind me of the blackface period in Hollywood. A special kick in the ass goes out to all the music programmers at these radio stations taking payola to play the same 10 songs every day.

Its humiliating and sickening to be a part of a generation who say its okay for John Singleton to make movies involving the stereotypical portrayal of the lowest common denominator of black people just because the producer is black. What's even more sickening is that a black producer feels as if he has to make those kind of jive nigga movies to eat. And don't get me wrong, I'm not one of those black militant types who wants to sterilize black movies for every scene of potentially offensive content, but these movies are blatantly jigga-boo offensive. Think of the movie Soul Plane. Do you honestly believe that all black people act like the character portrayals in Soul Plane? Of course not, but what offends me is that in order for black actors to get parts in movies they have to play in a movie full of character gyrating and buck dancing for chicken and watermelon. When do we get angry and demand Hollywood to produce more movies like Why did I get married or almost anything that Spike Lee produced?

And when do we stop crying at vigils and buck dancing at our children's repasts? When do we stop paying lip service to what we need to do and actually start doing? So many people screamed and shouted that we need to do something for our children when Derrion Albert was killed, but no one seems to remember their rants as his story has died down and these pseudo-activists have retreated to their lifestyles of gyrating, buck dancing, clubbing, fucking on empty stomachs, and don't nothing for their communities that echoed their demands for action. These inner-city folk and people on my facebook friends list making such demands ain't shit but a bunch of cowards who pay lip service. None of these bastards were taking the bus to Altgeld Gardens with Jesse Jackson Jr. the other day, and many of them are unemployed. Yet they showered me with criticism when I said that for the time being I'm going to do nothing but make sure I get married and raise my children to be productive citizens, that's how I'm going to give back to a society of inner-city black people who don't care to raise their children and don't give a shit about them terrorizing their own neighborhoods as long as they have a bucket of Harold's Chicken and a Friday movie to comfort them.

***Disclaimer
, the author is aware of and recognizes that there are many good parents in the inner city struggling to raise their children to be productive citizens in an often hostile environment of poor neighborhoods overrun with unproductive neighbors who half-ass parent future sociopaths who ridicule, tease, and bully these children for striving to be productive. If it isn't the bad neighborhoods run by shitty aldermen living off the democratic ticket its poor schools, lack of business growth, and a lack of jobs that these children have to combat. I'm not referring to these tireless parents who are basically tired of the same shit that I'm talking about.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

R Kelly Tattoo

I just read in the Red Eye this morning about a misguided young lady who got a tattoo of R. Kelly on her back and missed school to attend each day of his trial(http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/redeye/2009/10/whats-up-with-r-kelly.html). Its totally unbelievable how stupid people can be over celebrities. Why would you want a tattoo of a man who defiled a 14 year old girl on tape? Why the support for a pedophile who got off?

This woman missed school to attend his week-long trial and named her babies after R Kelly. Am I the only one who finds this sickening?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Black Church Folks Denying Their Own Violent Children

I had forgotten how much fun it is to create live podcasts. With that being said, Ms. Biz and I covered a really serious topic in the wake of all the newscasts about youth violence in Chicago with the most recent death being Derrion Albert, a 16 year old honor roll student at Fenger High School. Instead of talking about the usual scapegoats in our community we discussed the hypocritical black church community and their involvement in combating youth violence throughout their years, or their lack thereof. We even fielded a few calls, so without no further ado, click play to listen to the show.



This a call for black church people to claim responsibility for the actions of their very own violent children who terriorize inner-city neighborhoods across america. Their violent impact can be felt especially in the Englewood and Roseland communities in Chicago where the recent death of Derrion Albert took place. Whose kids are these that are committing the crimes? Why are church members, politicians and activists asking why when they know the answer's right under their noses? Why do our religious leaders want the police and the government to parent our children?

Friday, October 9, 2009

Chamillionaire's Twitter Business Sense --Opinion by Glenn Gamble

I'm really pumped about the existence of Twitter. At first, I hated Twitter because I didn't understand how to use it and I felt that there was no way to network with other online users. This was until I met several people at the Let's Create New Media in Chicago event who gave me business cards with their Twitter pages on them. We were also instructed to send tweets to #letscreate so I went back home, said "what the hell" and added the people I met at the event and I'm blown away with all the good content that's being openly shared back and forth. I feel that my business acumen has been sharpened tremendously in the past week and a half.

This has really motivated me to get out here on my grind, get my book hustle on, and really interact with my fans online. In the past, I've used my facebook page strictly for talking trash and didn't really take it seriously as an extension of my business and up until today, I still haven't. Now that I've seen Chamillionaire discuss how Twitter has really enabled him to interact with his fans and build loyalty, I will take social networking a lot more seriously. Don't get me wrong, I'll still be jovial, sarcastic, and downright blunt, but I have been shown the light and realize that now its time for me to really get serious about my business from this point forward. It really feels like everything's starting to come together for me with the great people that I met at Let's Create to the recent Examiner article that I was featured in -- Do black men care about black women's hair?-- to the discovery of this video thanks to thescottbishop, I feel like everything is starting to come together.

Take a look at this excellent interview with Chamillionaire.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I Couldn't Be Wrong about Drake

I might have to recant my recent claims about Drake being overrated if he keeps delivering blizzards like this! Play the video below... Drake's verse is freebase dope!

Drake- Forever

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Most Overrated Rappers and Singers

The list of overrated rappers and singers that I compiled is in no particular order, with the exception of Jay-Z being the most overrated on the list. I decided to whip up this list because I'm bored out of my mind at work, enjoy!


Jay-Z



He once called himself Jigga-man, I'll call him jigga-boo. He's somewhat of an anomaly for he has made a career and built an empire releasing album after album with a nothing but one or two good songs on them, yet he's considered the best rapper of all time. In fact, out of 11 albums Jay-Z has only put out two good albums. Don't believe me? I guess yall forgot how garbage Dynasty was, hell Volume 1, 2 and 3 were weak albums with 1 or 2 hit songs on each of them. Don't tell me yall forgot about Kingdom Come? Weak! The Black Album? Weak! American Gangster? You've got to be kidding! I still want my money back from Blueprint 2 and Blueprint 3; they're garbage too. Out of 11 albums, only Reasonable Doubt and Blueprint 1 were any good. How does this cat even consider himself to be the Michael Jordan of rap? Better question, why do Jay-Z's fans believe that bullshit? I think Jay-Z's fanbase has the brain capacity of Homer Simpson smoking crack. I really don't understand his appeal. Its not like he's an overly handsome motherfucker unless you consider a lab rat looking motherfucker handsome. So far Jigga has a one hot album every 7 album average.

50 Cent





G-G-G-G-G-G-G-Unit! I actually like Curtis Jackson to some degree. His albums suck, but he more than made up for that with all those Pimpin' Curly videos on YouTube. "Hand me my shit nigga. Motherfuckers, try to get a nigga frustrated. That's what they do to a motherfucking pimp. Wanna make a nigga don't look good." LOL... You gotta see the video that I'm referencing to to understand why I think that line is so funny.





However, when has anyone said "Fiddy is one of the best rappers of all time?" With the exception of the occasional sheltered suburbanite kid, NEVER! I'll give Fiddy props for being the hustler that I'm trying to gather up enough nerve to be. This cat is getting money off Vitamin Water, Reebok, G-Unit books, his record label, etc. Hell, he found a way to make money off mumbling which gives hope to every illiterate black child in the urban ghettos across the United States. Needless to say, I cannot ignore his wack ass songs. Songs like Wanksta, Many Men, 21 Questions and my personal favorite Paper Chaser are wangin', but the rest of that bullshit is straight corny. Did any of yall hear "I Get Money?" And even though this other song became a catchphrase used by the broke young black people who wanna be hood, but work a square ass job as someone's bitch for corporate america --I Get it In is fucking horrible. So yes, I admire his hustle which has become an inspiration to me --same goes for Jay-Z who sold cds out the trunk of his car-- his music is overrated.


Jamie Foxx





Let me make one thing clear; I love the movie Ray just like everyone else, but a triple threat... BULLSHIT! There's no doubt that Jamie Foxx is extremely talented. However, with the exception of his old tv show, his music sales from his previous album and Ray --that talent hasn't materialized on a consistent basis. Think about it, is he a huge box office draw? Not according to his box office numbers. What about his music? The same fans that like Soulja Boy Tell 'Em are the ones who actually idolize him. He has the chops, but he hasn't put out anything anyone over 25 years old would like. Naw, let me take that back, there are still a lot of people my age who haven't grown up and think that Real Housewives of Atlanta is a quality TV show. Don't think Jamie Foxx is overrated? Let's start with his acting ability. Can he hold his own? Yes, but is he a legend in the making... No. When you think of the top actors in Hollywood Jamie's on no one's short list. What about his music? Okay, would you consider him as one of the top 10 singers in the game RIGHT NOW when everyone's putting out garbage? Most people would name 30 singers before mentioning Jaime's name. Oh yeah, "Blame it on the Alcohol" was pretty garbage too. Comedy? I won't go there.


T-Pain



You've got to be kidding. This dude is a live jiggaboo characature, and an unknown organism that sings about falling in love with strippers, buying skank hos drinks, and being pretty much a trick bag. Not to mention that he sounds terrible using the talk box and sounds even worse live. How the fuck did this guy go multiplatinum is beyond me. He's an anomaly because he's not talented, not good looking, and he looks a shit turd with a Homey the Clown outfit on. I mean, look at that fucking outfit he has on in the picture. His monkey ass looks like he eats his food off the floor.





Lyfe Jennings



I think he has good intentions but he tries to damn hard with his preachy approach. I understand that this dude served 10 years in prison and I actually admire that he turned his life around, but I don't like people yelling at me at the end of almost every song. Must Be Nice was a moving video, but his lyrics weren't the most profound. And Let's Stay Together? Listen to what he's saying at the end of that song. First of all, its overrated, second he's advocating staying in relationships that are murky at best. On the other hand, he's gotten caught up in a few legal issues lately, and I hope that when its all said and done he does what he has to do to not get caught up in that kind of bs. Although he's overrated, he does possess a good voice and I hope he sings better songs in the future, and then kick T-Pain's ass at the next BET awards... just kidding about the last part.


Musiq Soulchild


I just don't like this motherfucker because he's always crying and begging for pussy. This one woman that I used to hang out with had the nerve to tell me that Musiq Soulchild is this generation's Marvin Gaye. I am convinced that TA is smoking crack --which is probably why she's still so thin after all these years. Okay, his latest single "Sobeautiful" is straight crack, but that "Teachme" was some straight crying ass "here's my pride and dignity woman. My balls have officially been detached from my body." And "B.u.d.d.y" is horrible! The beat is horrible, the lyrics are horrible, and his voice isn't suited for that track, but the people who listen to urban radio all day liked that bullshit. And let's not mention how wack "Juslisten" was.


Honorable Mention:

Drake



He's overrated, but I gave him honorable mention because he seems to have the potential to be considered one of the greatest if he delivers a few good albums. At the same time, I still don't know whether or not I like this fucker. Sometimes he's downright horrible (The Best I Ever Had), sometimes he's almost witty (Every Girl) and sometimes he's almost pretty good (Successful). Calling him the best rapper in the game right now is unwarranted, and a lot of people are even saying that he's better than Lil' Wayne. No way he's better than Weezey F. Baby -- please say the baby! (I just wanted to say that part... lol). So far, he's been nothing more than an annoying parasite that all the broke hoodrats on my facebook friends list seem to adore.





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Saturday, October 3, 2009

LIVE Today!

This past week has been hit hard with well publicized deaths of young people with the most recent being my former high school classmate Lawrence Peterson. My condolences goes out to his family and I could not imagine being a parent or a sibling of this young man who died much too young at 28 years old. I personally didn't know him well, I knew of him as the really tall cat in my Physics class who played on Lindblom's basketball team. That fact doesn't make his death any less surreal, especially with us being the same age. He's a young man who died much too young at the hands of a driver who ran a stop light http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/10/2-dead-after-englewood-crash-1-in-critical-condition.html.

I'm sharing this story because this week has been a constant reminder that tomorrow isn't promised to us. When I first saw the news from former classmates on facebook I said to myself "Oh my God, this can't be!" Not to mention that this is the same day as Derrion Albert's funeral. After coming down from the initial shock I discovered a renewed sense of urgency. Life is too short to be living with regrets, to be living with and holding on to past hurts, to be waiting for anything in life to come to you. If you want something in life GO AFTER IT NOW! If you always wanted to take that trip to a certain destination, BOOK IT NOW even if you have to book it 3-4 months in advance on your credit card to get the best deal DO IT! If you want to get that degree in nursing GET ENROLLED NOW for the upcoming spring semester. If you care about that friend that you hurt, call her up, text her, email her, and tell her you're sorry and that you love her. Don't let another day pass by without taking action. Get fucking moving right now!

In my case, I have to get out here and sell my book TODAY and not a day later, if one person says no, so what, next! Move on to the next one until enough people say yes because life is SWSWSW -- some will, some won't, so what! I have to prepare to be married with 4 children within the next 5 years RIGHT NOW. All that "you have time" or "you have your whole life ahead of you" is bullshit. The problem with us is that we don't get off our asses soon enough and we use those phrases as excuses to procrastinate, me included. As a result, two things will happen; either we'll pass away before getting around to setting our plans in motion or we'll look up and we're 80 years old seemingly the next day. Either way, death creeps up on us sooner than expected and life is short! Too fucking short and too fucking precious to be sitting up here talking about "I'm still torn by the breakup with my boyfriend/girlfriend of the past 5 years." Take your fucking power back, take your life back, take your soul back! Don't let these lousy motherfuckers suck the life out of you. If you got a dream, a desire, an idea, fucking pursue it now! What the fuck are you sad about? Okay, shed tears, burn pictures, pay your debts or lose the house and start over; whatever you have to do to move forward DO IT! Do it while you have your life, its too damn precious not to.


R.I.P.
Lawrence Peterson
Derrion Albert

Friday, October 2, 2009

Daley Finally Doesn't Get His Way --Chicago Loses Bid for 2016 Olympics

I'm happy to see that for once in my lifetime fat-boy Rich Daley didn't get what he wanted. He tried to go to Copenhagen and bully and intimidate his way into a winning bid by criticizing the other host cities and using the same tactics that he uses to keep his city aldermen in check. Thank God the IOC has bigger balls than the city aldermen and turned Chicago down. Now its time to vote porky out of office because the redlining --I mean redeveloping-- of Washington Park and Bronzeville will be put on hold. The best hope for redlining --excuse me, I mean revitalizing-- Bronzeville was for Chicago to win the Olympic games. With the economy the way it is, there's no telling how long redevelopment will take.

Of course, I checked my facebook page and saw that it was ringing with statuses left and right with people expressing how happy they were that Chicago didn't win the olympic bid for 2016. People were saying "okay, maybe Mayor Daley can focus more on the crime in the city and spend money on stopping the violence in the city." These statements were mostly coming from black people. Don't get me wrong, I love my black people, but collectively we've been addressing inner-city crime in a half-assed manner. First we want to blame our politicians, then we want to blame the rap music, then the availability of guns, then TV; in other words we want to blame everyone but ourselves for black neighborhoods having an overwhelming number of these savage crimes occuring in our neighborhoods in comparison to other ethnic groups with the hispanics being an exception. Even then, there's no excuse for our children to be violent, but the real issue here is that we're not addressing the real root of the problem in our communities: BAD PARENTING.

The parents of these criminals 95% of the time are fucking awful, yet we want to blame the police, the mayor and the rappers for our dirty laundry. As many things as I can say about Mayor Daley one thing I can't say is that he's responsible for our children terrorizing the neighborhoods. The Stop Snitching code was a code amongst criminals, not amongst square citizens harboring and protecting these pseudo-thugs who are crying like bitches when they're in the precinct singing like canaries. The fact of the matter is we're complaining about it, pretending that we're outraged, but turning our heads when senseless crimes occur. No one wants to do shit about the crime beyond saying "the mayor need to do something about the crime" and the worst suggestion was for the National Guard to come in the city. These cowardly people are saying "we need to be more active in the community," but in reality, they want someone else to actually carry out the action while they continue to preach empty declarations.

And don't say that we can't do anything ourselves. If your neighborhood is a high crime neighborhood, one way you can take it back is to copy the positive loitering movement that's occuring in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood http://www.uptownupdate.com/2009/10/blog-post.html#, but don't sit up here another minute waiting for someone to do something in your neighborhood. Unless you're going to be proactive in reporting crimes and making a stand to let these wanna-be thugs know that you're not going to tolerate their shit; you may as well stay quiet and cower in a hole somewhere. In tandem with a positive loitering movement, black people in these neighborhoods need to be better parents than they have been. Unfortunately in these neighborhood slums, black folks celebrate ignorance and ridicule education and success. Until these things change, no amount of funding will change these neighborhoods.