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Never Forget . . .

"This is not a time for fireworks or stern lectures. It's a time for stillness and reflection. I'll mark the anniversary by spending time with some old friends and some new friends; all of them are people who love New Orleans now more than ever." -- from Ernie the Attorney, Hurricane Katrina survivor

Can we please have a moment of silence . . .

To remember those who lost their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, 2005.

Today marks the One Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, in which 1,464 people died and hundreds of thousands of familes lost their homes in New Orleans and surrounding Gulf Coast. (Peep the devastating statistics)

And don't forget about New Orleans' neighbor Mississippi. In the mist of all of the coverage directed to the Big Easy, Mississippi got lost in the mix. They are folks still struggling down there as well.

More Hurricane Katrina reflections.

Also . . .

Please surf over to Different Kitchen and read Ian's very informative round-up of post-Katrina related stories. For the survivors, it has been a year of broken and unfulfilled promises.

Also read an EXCERPT from Kevin Powell's Hurricane Katrina book, Someday We'll All Be Free.

Meanwhile, Leonard Moore, a professor of African-American history at Louisiana State University, feels that New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin's current agenda to revitalize the city doesn't include helping displaced African-American residents. "I think you are looking at basically a town that will be a playground for the rich for the next 40 years," he told Byron Pitts on 60 Minutes. "I look at the post-Katrina piece as a game of musical chairs. Once the music gets turned off, the white folks have a place to sit down, a place to sleep, a place for their children to go to school. We're [African-Americans] going back to a trailer."

And finally, don't forget to watch director Spike Lee's riveting four-hour documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts on HBO, airing tonight (Tuesday) at 8 p.m. ET.

Oh, and one more thing . . . .

Impeach President George W. Bush!


Afro Strut

While singer Corinne Bailey Rae is currently the "It" girl in pop music (and justifiable so), there's another songbird with a lot of soul and chutzpah that is totally getting slept on by the critics. Her name is Joy Denalane and she has an amazing voice -- it's big, loud and powerful. The Afro-German songbird's song "Change" (featuring Lupe Fiasco), which flips Young Jeezy's "Go Crazy" horn-filled instrumental (which is from another sample) is pure hotness! Her just-released album Born & Raised is a global multi-cultural soul music project. (What you know about that?) The collection features guest appearances from Lupe Fiasco, Raekwon and R&B newcomer Governor. Click HERE to listen to some joints. Hot ish!

Meanwhile, this leaked Janet Jackson song called "Enjoy" is off the chain! I love this track, which was blessed by production duo the Availa Brothers. I'm a big fan of the Availa Brothers and they are also on some multicultural soul shit, as well. Check out their album called The Mood -- Soundsational. The collection boasts an array of musical styles like salsa, meringue, jazz, hip-hop mixed with soul music. You need to get up on this, NOW!

On the flipside, R&B newcomer Cassie is catching mad shit for her not-so-stellar debut performance on BET's 106 & Park. And after viewing her sorry-ass performance, I would have to say that her whole image, style and vocal abilities are . . . straight bullshit. Ya heard me? Oh well, charge it to the game.

However, Cassie's new single "Long Way 2 Go" is the pure hotness. This is a certified club banger! If Cassie fucks this song up, it's a wrap for her. She better get her stuff together. Hey Diddy, help her out! Send Cassie to the school of Betty Wright for some vocal training, immediately!

And finally, Detroit native and soul brother No. 5 Amp Fiddler just released his new album Afro Strut. The collection is a follow-up to his wonderful 2004 debut effort, Waltz of a Ghetto Fly.

Soul Music . . . Soul Power


Sex Appeal

"Drop the top for the sex appeal/
Three screens, leather, wood its all over the wheel/
Twenty inch chrome rubbas go along with da grill/
The smallest thing in my jeans is a benjamin bill . . . "

-- Ray Cash, "Sex Appeal"

This Columbus, Ohio resident by way of Philly is currently making the rounds in the modeling game. She recently posed in Smooth magazine and is featured in the Aug./Sept. issue of Black Men's Magazine. In her spare time, the 19-year-old city girl -- with an eye-popping 34DD-25-43 frame -- likes to go swimming and dancing.


Business Never Personal

Best Rap Album Cover Featuring A Car: Music Poll Results

01. EPMD: Unfinished Business -- (24 percent)
02. Jay-Z: Vol. 2: Hardknock Life -- (21 percent)
03. Too Short: Born to Mack -- (19 percent)
04. Eric B & Rakim: Follow the Leader -- (14 percent)
(tie) Lil Wayne: The Carter II -- (14 percent)
05. LL Cool J: Bigger and Deffer -- (7 percent)


Miami Nice

Whose crusty feet you are looking at in this photo?

Mines, dammit!

I just flew in from Miami Beach and boy are my arms tired. Right now, I'm wishing I were back on those sandy beaches of Miami getting my tan on. And don't call me Skateboard T anymore because my new name is now "The Golden Child." Before my trip to Miami, I was mulatto, but now my skin is golden brown. I love my new tan. LOL!

I'll get back to blogging real soon, y'all. I still have to unpack my clothes, catch up on the bills and get my life back on track. I'm still in laid back mode, which is a by-product of how the folks and the social climate is down there in Magic City -- very laid back. I live in the Northeast, so it's time to transform myself into "New York hustleman" mode. It's time to get back on the grind!

Before I go, I like to give a big shout out to the "Saucy" one for being my chaperon on the trip. You can check out her Miami Beach pics HERE. I will unveil my vacation pictures in future blogs to come. But for right now, your boy is crazy busy.

If anyone plans to go to Miami, check out Nikki Beach's Sunday brunch extravaganza because it's off the chain, for real -- dancing, food, sun and fun, you can't beat it. And a big shout out to all of the beautiful ladies who were showing off their butt cheeks in thong bikinis at the beach. Ladies, you were looking quite lovely -- keep showing the booty.

I wish I was still chillin' on those sandy beaches. I was thisclose to staying in Miami -- FOR GOOD! A brotha can get used to the fun and sun of SoBe (South Beach).

Oh well, back to life . . . back to reality.