Peace and olive oil grease, my good hood folkerinos! Happy holidays to you and yours as we get ready to end another year. This last year gave us plenty to write about and I’m sure the Best Of 2006 lists will be very entertaining. We still have a few weeks left so who knows what else will pop off before it’s all over. Hopefully we can coast into another year with relative peace and quiet. OH yeah, the picture is of an stone wheel press, used in making olive oil. Grinding it out the natural way is the only way we do it here at Canhead, ya know! – Big congratulations are in order to Blogcritics.org for receiving 3 nominations for 2006 Weblog Awards. The Weblog Awards are one of the world’s largest blog competition, voting ends December 15th so do the right thing and rock the vote! The home team is up for awards in Best Online Community, Best Sports Blog, and Best Music Blog. If you didn’t know how popular the amazing site is, now you know. I am proud to write a column for them and excited to hear the news! W are up against some heavy competition, as Fark, Daily Kos, Meta Filter, and StereoGum are all in the runnings. Go vote for us at the Weblog Award site and check out Blogcritics.org for the news. –PUBLIC ENEMY-X-CLAN-LIVE-HOUSE OF BLUES ON SUNSET-December 10th Sure I know what your about to say. You’ve seen the shambles of what used to be the mighty Public Enemy on stage. You miss the good old days, when the Prophets of Rage brought the noise to the stage, like no other. But since the original members all drifted away, the spirit of P.E. seemed to fade. Well this show should resuscitate the old fury, as the only member who seems to be missing from the bill is Terminator X. That’s right, Chuck D, Professor Griff, The S1Ws, DJ Lord, and the man himself, Flavor Flav will be in the building! This is PE’s first American tour in three years and the first complete tour of America in 9 years. Brother J and X-Clan will be there too. The Vanglorious crew is back with a new album, Return From Mecca, which is scheduled to be released next month. The jump off is at 8 pm, Dec. 10th in LA, check their website for local tour dates. Make sure you check for the show they roll through your town.
– Speaking of nominations, the Grammy’s have announced their Nominations for the 49th Annual Awards. The 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on “GRAMMY Sunday,” Feb. 11, 2007, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and will air on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Corinne Bailey Rae will duke it out with Mary J. Blige and The Dixie Chicks for Record of the Year, while Lupe Fiasco will try to skate away with the Best Rap Solo Performance award.
The déjà vu award will go to Eminem, as he has two nominations in the same category, for the same song. I’m not even sure how that works, but “Smack That” looks like a favorite in the Rap Collaboration category. There are other interesting nominations this year as the music industry was all over the place music wise. Lionel Ritchie, George Benson, The Pussycat Dolls, Carrie Underwood, Neil Young, and Willie Nelson are just some of the people up for awards. Stay tuned for details as they come in.
– Blogcritics on Grammy’s
Why The Grammy Awards Make Me Feel Old-Written by Tim Gebhart
– Speaking of the Grammy’s, do you know who won the first Grammy for a hip-hop records?
D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince won the “Best Rap Performance” Award for Parents Just Don’t Understand back in 1988.
Fast forward to the end of 2006 and we see Will being the parent and helping his kids to understand. Understand how to get PAID! Will and son Jaden star in the upcoming movie The Pursuit Of Happyness. They reenact the rags to riches success story of Chris Gardner. Will got the cover of Ebony magazine this month, where you can read more about the movie and Smith’s thought on making it.
I also found this additional article on Chris Gardner at SFGate.com. Read it to get the real story! – The Grammy’s on Hip Hop article by Charles Vanegas
I do consider myself a spiritual minded person. While nowhere near perfection and at times blatantly proud of my shortcomings, I do try to keep it righteous as often as possible. However, I have never understood the whole phenomenon of people seeing Jesus, Mary or any other saintly vision, in everything from potatoes chips to lumps of melted plastic. Maybe I’ll try to swing by Cheatham County, when I touch down in Nashville for the holidays and see if I can’t snag a picture of the miracle for you all. Read the story on the Virgin Mary’s stop in Tennessee here.
– NYC 105.1 radio DJ Carl Blaze shot 13 times-Click the link to read the full story. Seems the Power 105 DJ was robbed of his jewelry and shot numerous times. Thanks to a few good Samaritans in the apartment building, he was tended to quickly. Our prayers go out to DJ Carl Blaze for a speedy recovery.
– Pete Travers has a list of the 25 Best DVDs of the year. Two of my favorite new movies, A Scanner Darkly, starring Keanu Reeves, and Spike Lee’s When The Levees Broke hit the list at #15 and #20. Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” made its way on the list as well. See if your favorite DVD charted at Rolling Stone.com.
– Speaking of Rolling Stone, the new interview with Snoop Dogg is in there, with added audio clips of the interview as well.
– HipHopMusic.com has an interesting post called What Quebec Can Teach Us About The N-Word. He links to another post, but it’s his take on the Richards incident that I found insightful.
Michael Richards used the word that way because he knew he’d never have a pass for it. His lack of standup skills left him panicked and powerless in the face of these hecklers, so in a final act of desperation he reached for the one surefire weapon he had left, to shock and outrage. He went there precisely because he knows he’s never supposed to go there. And the more we try to repress the word, the more attractive it will be to racists like Michael Richards who need to mask their powerlessness by dropping a bomb in the room.
– Meanwhile, EVERYBODY has an opinion on the whole issue and the new push to stop using the N word has sterted heated arguments on both sides. Damon Wayons is in the spotlight as he was banned for using the N word in his set at the club. Not taking the route of Paul Mooney, Wayans doesn’t seem like he will stop saying it in his routine. Read more on the incident and other related articles below.
Ban Jackson, not the ‘n-word’ – by John Ridley
Cedric heckled with N-word By Jim Slotek
– Toronto Sun ‘Nigger,’ ‘Nigga’ or Neither? by Kendra Pierre