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No Love

Those Bastards!

VH1 pulled a jack move on us. They didn't air the season finale of Flavor of Love last night as promised. Instead, they did a recap episode featuring memorable momments from the show.

The season finale of Flavor of Love won't air until next Sunday (March 12).

It would have been nice of VH1 to announced that last week. Granted, I probably wouldn't have tuned in to watch last night's recap episode; but to pull this trick move makes me want to spit on the producers of Flavor of Love -- Pumkin-style. Ya feel me?

Those rat bastards.

Anyhoo . . .

Don't forget to check out Nikki "Hoopz" Alexander in the pages of King magazine, which hits newsstands this week.

So then, I guess we'll have to wait until next Sunday to see New York win it all and become Flav's boo.

I can hardly wait . . .



"Get on the grind like clockwork
Move that behind like clockwork
Keep it coming on time like clockwork
Get that clockwork (homie) make that clockwork (shorty) . . . "

-- Julez Santana, "Clockwork"

Tick Tock!
Tick Tock!
Tick Tock!

Nikki "Hoopz" Alexander's 15 minutes fame has officially begun.

The 23-year-old Detroit hottie is featured in the May 2006 issue of King magazine (with R&B vixen Kelis on the cover), which arrives on newsstands this week.

Of course, this obviously means that Hoopz didn't win Flavor Flav's heart on his hit reality disaster series, Flavor of Love. Oh well.

Hoopz looks much more feminine in her four-page photo layout for King than she did on the series. And fellas, there's a nice backshot of her, too. So cop that issue!

Here's an excerpt from the Q&A interview in the magazine:

KING: Let's be real -- Flavor Flav is no heartthrob. Either love truly is blind, or you gave the best sightless performance since Jamie [Foxx] became Ray [Charles].

NIKKI ALEXANDER: [laughs] I really liked him! I knew from the time I met him that we'd be real close. His personality and genuine attitude were attractive from jump. He's a down-to-earth person, gets along with everyone and is sincere to the mug!

K: Damn, the world's greatest hype-man had you sprung, huh?
NA: He surprised me, like "Damn, I might actually fall in love with this dude!" He made me feel so comfortable and appreciated. Not many guys do that. Of course, that comes with age. He knows how to work his shit. Since he has been on this earth so long, he knows how to make a woman feel good. He definitely could school a lot of guys.

K: Screw Hitch; sounds like VH1 needs to make Flav happen. So is it fair to say your type is "to-the-bone older dudes with gold [grillz]"?
NA: You don't have to be the cutest motherfucker to bag girls. As long as you have a good personality, treat me with respect, and I don't have to worry about no bullshit like you cheating or whatever, then you'll turn me on. Sexiness is much more than looks.

Now with Hoopz appearing in King magazine, I'm wondering what will New York do to utilize her 15 minutes of fame. Will she appear next in Smooth magazine?

In the meantime, I will be glue to my idiot box tonight, watching the season finale of Flavor of Love on VH1 at 10 p.m. ET.

Flavor of Love will probably go down in TV history as the craziest reality series on network television -- and rightfully so. It was truly a spectacle.

I'm going to miss FOL after tonight.

And for the last time: Flaaavooor Flaaav!


God Is Change

"To shape God. With wisdom and forethought.
To benefit your world. Your People, Your life.
Minimize harm. Ask questions [and] seek answers.
Learn. Teach."

-- Earthseed

Can we please have a moment of silence . . .

For sci-fi writer/genius Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006)

Octavia E. Butler died on Feb. 24 after falling and striking her head on the walkway outside of her home in Seattle. The Los Angeles Times reported that she died of a stroke. Octavia was 58 years old when she left this Earth.

Octavia changed the race and gender of sci-fi writing as being the most prominent African-American woman penning science fiction in a genre dominated by white men. She has won science fiction's most prestigious awards, the Nebula (for her novel Parable of the Talents) and the Hugo. She also nabbed other honors, including a PEN West Lifetime Achievement Award and a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant. "I consider Octavia to be the most important science-fiction writer since Mary Shelley," said Octavia's close friend Steven Barnes, who is also an African-American science-fiction writer. "She wrote about race successfully because she did it with such subtlety."

Bloggers Ronn, Lynne, JT and hardCore paid tribute.

I first discovered Octavia while in college. I was taking a Race and Racism course at Temple University and the instructor gave us a "Reading List" of books we must read by the end of the semester, which featured mostly race-related tomes.

One book on that list was Octavia's critically acclaimed time-travel novel, Kindred. The story is about an African-American woman named Dana who is transported back to the antebellum South as a slave to save her own white slave-owning ancestor named Rufus. The novel dealt with a lot of racial, class and gender issues. It was truly one of the best pieces of fiction I have read at that time.

When I was a young, struggling journalist trying to find my "voice" in my writing, I was offered the opportunity to write about Octavia Butler's Parable of the Talents for the Spring 1999 edition of Mosaic Magazine, a urban book review publication. Below is my book review of Parable of the Talents behind the backdrop of the Y2K's "Millennium Bug" paranoia:

By Trent Fitzgerald

My paranoia has settled in and I'm getting worried. As the Y2K approaches, I see cannibalism, poverty, racism and global warming in our future. Oh, my bad, it's 1999 and not damn thing has changed. However, by the end of the year we could face a bug even a can of Raid could not handle: the "Millennium Bug." The bug is in computers, which are not calibrated to translate that the year-ending digits "00" means 2000 and not the "1900s." Failure to calculate this date sensitive instruction could mean a worldwide computer shutdown. I have spoken to a few technology nerds and although there is some concern that computer driven systems may fail on January 1, 2000, there's no need to build bomb shelters.

But I'm not worried about that bug; I'm more concerned about what kind of spirituality books we will be reading today for a better tomorrow? We can find our "Spirit" in literary documents such as the Bible, Koran or Sutras, however, I found another spiritual fulfillment in reading Science Fiction. SF, as its properly called, is an obscure genre whose books are always tucked away in the back of the bookstore near the children's section.

[One science-fiction book that recently peaked my interest is Octavia E. Butler's fascinating novel, Parable of the Talents.] [And] having just finished reading it, I can tell you that Parable Of The Talents (Seven Stories Press, $24.95) is a moving, earthy, and spiritual novel. Talents is written in a "journal entry" style by Ms. Butler, whose Pattern Master book series have defined the SF genre. In Talents, a young woman named Larkin, reads from her deceased mother's journal and discovers a world in 2032 riddled with gangs, slavery, murder and a fascistic dictator.

The book's antidote comes in a form of a Religion called Earthseed where God is actually "Change" and people can shape [their own God]. The book's outlook on spirituality comes from the quotes in the [Bible-like scriptures] Earthseed like: "God is Change and in the end, God Prevails." Clearly, this is not a substitute for the scriptures in the Bible, but you can get a healthy dose of spirituality from reading Talents.

Finally, a few words from Earthseed: "To shape God. With wisdom and forethought. To benefit your world. Your People, Your life. Minimize harm. Ask questions [and] seek answers. Learn. Teach." Ah, now we are ready to step into the Millennium.

RIP, Octavia Butler.