Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

Link-O-Matic

-Ice Cube’s high school wins the U.S. Academic Decathlon. Another Taft grad told me the other day that his son goes there now. The difference of course being that his son isn’t being bused. By the way, here’s Davey interviewing Cube on his recent tour. Not sure that I’m excited about the new record, but like a lot of old Cube fans, I am curious.

-FunkDigi’s warm tribute to his homeplace, the Bronx, complete with hot links. Related note: Henry Chalfant’s “From Mambo To Hip-Hop”–which tracks the Latino contribution to the Bronx’s musical legacy and which many of you have seen clips from on my tour–will be airing this fall on PBS. Much more info to come.

-After having her novel deep-sixed, her second from a half-million dollar two-book deal cancelled, all plans for a Hollywood drama shelved permanently (did all this happen to Nik Cohn? N.O.P.E.), and papers from here to India burying her career before it even got started, 19-year-old Kaavya Viswanathan is officially getting Jayson Blaired. For work she did during an internship at NJ paper, The Record, no less. Presumably stories on bodega openings and the like. OK, now this is what you call piling on. No apologies to John Lackey.

-RIP Michael Mixxin Moor and DJ Dusk, two West Coast legends. UPDATE: Here’s Davey D’s tribute. He also mentions that the great environmental justice organizer Damu Smith has passed. It’s really been quite a year. (Peace to Mike Nardone for the word.)

posted by @ 7:39 pm | 2 Comments



2 Responses to “Link-O-Matic”

  1. ronnie brown says:

    Mike Moore…sigh! we go all the way back to high school…his militant master mix was classic edutainment…

    please post any additional info regarding his passing…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jeff,
    I’m a student from Ms. Oakes CW R4B class (12:30pm to 2:00pm). Thanks for coming in on Tuesday, it was really great listening to you speak on your history, your writing process, and hear some of your opinions on contemporary hip hop. Thanks again!

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