Antoine Dodson… Is Going Nowhere.

Really, they are. Consider this your warning.

Hide ya’ tweets. Hide ya’ sites. Antoine Dodson is taking the world by storm!

For those of you who have been living under Plymouth Rock missed the initial hooplah of the Dodson phenomenon, allow me to explain very quickly:

News spread of a news story about an attempted rape in Alabama. Though the attemped rape was quite serious, the unintentional happened with the airing of this story. The brother of the victim (A. Dodson) was able to “run” the attacker off, but not without an interview that included a boatload of choice soundclips. Within days, the clip had a bajillion views, the soundclips were being made as ringtones, and Dodson was taking over the world. No Brain. The Gregory Brothers, who frequently Autotune the News (PS- Check that out!), came up with this gem:

I included the *new!* full version, because now, The “Bed Intruder” song is being sold on iTunes. For seriously. He’s climbing in your playlist. Snatching your repeats up. I can’t stand myself for loving it. I’ve been quoting the song, singing it at the bus stop. I’ve made my own personal remixes (hide ya’ shrimps, hide ya’ fries, AND hide ya’ crumpets!). I’ve contributed to the downfall of many of my friends’ productivity by introducing them to this. I repent: I ain’t ish.

So, anyway…

What has ole’ ‘Toine been up to since he became an overnight celebrity (no Twista)? Well, obviously… he got a Twitter account. He has a website and YouTube channel. All over the internets, people are showing their love through spoofs, posts, and in the case of North Carolina A&T’s marching  band, this soon to be popular homecoming halftime show offering:

All I’ll say is this: Once an HBCU marching band is playing your musical offerings, you’re in. It does kind of make me misty for the days when I played. *raises the roof with invisible trumpet*

So, friends, with Antoine taking advantage of the opportunities and interest his way (shooot, they’re trying to get out of the projects, now!), I think he might be around for a while. In fact, in the words of Sir Shiny Suit, Antoine. Ain’t. Go! In! No. Where! *figgy figgy*

How long do you predict Antoine’s notoriety will last in the tweets, I mean, streets? Will he last for a while, eventually landing his own series on VH1? Will he disappear randomly, like a flame in a midwestern thunderstorm? Will the Dodsons escape the projects? Did anybody find Homeboy? State your predictions below.

In the meantime, I’m hiding my sprinkles.

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Of Blacktags and Brown Twitter Birds…

Hey folks,

I am blogging in the middle of a meme right now. You didn’t catch me during the Antoine Dodson fiasco, because it had been done time and time again before I deduced I waited too long (the master procrastinator in me did it). You didn’t catch me during the Montana Fishburne mess, because I don’t particularly dabble in the affairs of those in the porn industry. But this… I’m here for, and I’m on time for it!

Friends, I introduce to you… Brown Twitter Bird:

#StuffBlackPeopleTweet #BlackTags #FroBirds

Check out his hat. His fancy hat. And the smartphone. The better to @ reply you with, my dear!

Where on EARF is this coming from, you say? Let’s discuss:

Yesterday, an article was posted by Slate magazine discussing the “phenomenon” of black people on Twitter. In short, it’s main idea was, “ZOMG!! Black ppls use Twittuh? Why they do it for? They use it a lot!” Basically, a bunch of bull. Lots of people use Twitter for varying reasons, and to try and single out one demographic and lump us into one category, Mr. Manjoo, you fail.

“Black people—specifically, young black people—do seem to use Twitter differently from everyone else on the service.”

 I need the receipts on gems such as this that were spouted throughout the article. I felt it was nothing more than an “Ask A Black Guy” segment, in the style of SNL or something.

The best part of the article, however, was the illustration that came with it. Shown above, it is a  bird, much like the Twitter mascot (let’s call him “Chirpers McTweet”), colored brown, with a fitted baseball cap (with the appropriate “#” symbol, possibly for #Blacktags?), and a smartphone. As the article circulated (I posted it too- I had to), InnyVinny got an idea- “Why don’t I make the hats different colors for those who don’t like the standard ‘twitter blue?'” Then we got some other offerings: pink, blue, purple, and for those who like to rep your hoods:

*does whatever people from Brooklyn do to rep*

These spread like wildfire. I changed mine to the fro-bird, seen on my profile, as more and more requests popped up: “Lacefront! Locks! Antoine Dodson! Michael Jackson (that was mine)!” InnyVinny, quite the entreprenessa, got to work. As of now, there are 19 Brown Twitter Birds on her site and counting! And, in true “Teh Black peepuhs are on twittuh” style, the “blacktag” #BrownTwitterBird has emerged, becoming the face of the movement.

I say, throw some caution to the wind and join in the fun. Are we ringing true the point that Manjoo wished to ‘explore’ in his article? Probably. Is it fun anyway? Yep.

With that, me and my #BrownTwitterBird are dougie-ing outta here.

Chirps and Sprinkles
Beez (and Chirpy Jankins)

Dey see me rollin. Dey hatin’.

Are you going to celebrate the Brown Twitter Bird?

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Why Do I Blog?

In the style of my blog buddy Archana, I decided to do one of those tagged blogs, except I kind of came up with this on my own.

I’ve asked myself this question plenty of times since I’ve decided to pursue it. I would give myself a set number of reasons, but heck, where I stop will be where I stop.

1- I blog because I love writing.
It may not seem like it at times, but I love writing about as much as I love reading. I used to write all the time as a kid (Flashback: I remember an assignment where we had to retell a fairytale from the villain’s POV; I chose Cinderella and ended up with a 10 page detailed narrative, and I was about 11). Writing has always been my favorite outlet, from the time I started keeping a journal when I was a wee lass until now. When I felt I had no friends to listen to me, I wrote. When I couldn’t quite figure out the words to describe what I felt, I wrote. Writing was my therapy, a practice that has continued into my adult years. Sometimes, when going through the “rough patches,” as I like to call them, it’s nice to look back every once in a while and say “I got through this.”

2- I blog because I forget things sometimes.
Not like the people who have a condition that affects their memory, but sometimes there are things I think about that I basically don’t want to forget. Sometimes, they’re just things I remember from days or years past, like my Flashback Friday posts (yep, that’s tomorrow!) or the jingle tribute, but hopefully they’re things that all can enjoy… which brings me to:

3- I blog because I like sharing!
Whether it’s something that I find funny, or a random thing that happened to me, or even issues I’d like to get opinions from others about, I like sharing. If I could, I’d even share my cookies, maybe when Baby Beez comes along (in 2020 or so…), he/she/they’ll share the cookies with ya. Blame it on me being the middle child, blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol, or blame it on the boogie, I’m a sharer. I’m also good at keeping secrets and being a mediator, so if you need a buddy, I’m your gal!

In the spirit of sharing, here’s a cool find I came across this article:

100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About

Some of my favorites from the list:

  • Rotary dial televisions with no remote control. You know, the ones where the kids were the remote control. (that was me- the channel changer, water fetcher, dishwasher, etc.)
  • The scream of a modem connecting. (SCREEEEEE-URPPPPP!! wee-woo, wee-woo, wee-woo…)
  • Doing bank business only when the bank is open. (but online does help…)
  • Not knowing exactly what all of your friends are doing and thinking at every moment. (thanks Twitter! By the way, did anyone else feel lost during the DOS earlier)
  • The fact that words generally don’t have num8er5 in them. (this practice makes me sick to no end… I’d threaten bodily harm to my kids if they tried this. That’s why I don’t have any now.)
  • Pay phones. (Are these mofos extinct now?)
  • Remembering someone’s phone number. (I still remember numbers, except my own… )
  • Not knowing who was calling you on the phone. (gotta weed out the stalkers…)
  • A physical dictionary — either for spelling or definitions. (for the record, I HATE I’m a Merriam-Webster girl all the way.)
  • Finding books in a card catalog at the library. (I’m sure a kid today would think the card was the book…)
  • Blowing the dust out of a NES cartridge in the hopes that it’ll load this time. (Yesssss!! Duck Hunt on deck!)

Baby Beezes are gonna be so deprived. Hopefully I’ll be able to show them a video from the olden days of the 1980s. And a boombox. What do you all remember?

Happy Friday!


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I’ve Been Tagged! *Insert some ridiculous consequence here*

So, most people know I don’t do forwards (at least in regards to e-mail or text messages) because I don’t believe that sending said message to 80 people will make the love of my life reveal himself to me. Then again, that hasn’t happened yet, so maybe I should give it a try… ?

Anyway, back to the point. I’ve been tagged by Rich of New Dolloian to do this, so I must follow protocol. Thanks a lot, Rich!

Here are the rules…

1. Respond and rework: answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.
2. Tag other un-tagged people.

The Questions:

What is your current obsession? Learning more about God’s promises.

Who was the last person you hugged? Hmm… good question.

What’s my favorite dinner? Chicken’s always nice.

What was the last thing you bought? A few groceries.

What are you listening to right now? Background TV noise… *checks TV* TMZ has a show now?!? I’ll be…

What is your favorite weather? Those days where it’s not too hot or cold outside, and you can just walk, or sit outside with a friend or loved one and just enjoy… being.

What is your least favorite season? Honestly, I’m not a fan of summer- especially those “dog days.” Long days + Heat = Uncomfortable Beez. Not cool. Don’t judge me though if I prefer to stay inside :*)

What’s in your purse? Wow, and on the day I carried one!! Well, let’s see… wallet thingy, pens, and a church program. Tomorrow’s purse may be different though.

Say something to the person/s who tagged you (Rich): I enjoy your hats, and your blog too! I would like to see more of both please! And if I ever find my way to Australia (which is on my top 5 to visit when I get a chance), I’ll ring you! :*)

What is your favorite tea flavor? Not really a tea person, unless they’re herbal. Tazo Passion tea is good. And Peach Zinger.

What did you want to become as a child? From the time I was 4, I wanted to be a doctor. First a pediatrician, then a dentist, then an orthodontist. I think I just loved my pediatrician, and in turn, wanted to be just like her (never mind that she would try and spell the word ‘shot’ when talking to my mom, and as I asked my mom “Why is she spelling shot? I can read, you know,” at 3, she figured I was pretty special. As my writing skills peaked (around 5th grade), I wanted to write children’s books on the side.

What do you miss? The innocence that childhood brings (well, in most.)

What’s your favorite brand of jeans? Whatever fits (both my buns and my budget) and makes my arse look nice. I’m not picky.

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go? Shibuyaaaaa!!!! I missed that segment of the Japan trip, and have heard great stories, so it’s part of the reason I want to visit Tokyo again anyways.

Who do you want to meet in person? On a whim, Hayden Panetierre, I figure she seems pretty cool in interviews and would probably be fun to talk to.

What are your most challenging goals right now? Finding a job, and figuring out what I want to do with my life.

What’s your 5 year plan? I would like to either have made my career goal or be on the track towards it (either on the job or education arena), be more financially stable, knock out a substantial portion of my student loans (which relies on the previous goal), have my first car (also reliant on that financially stable thing), be stronger in my faith (I’d certainly hope so!), and if the time is right, either be married or working towards that with a special guy who may or may not be known at this time :*) Not much.

Why is today special? Because I’m alive. And you’re here too, which makes it doubly special.

What is my favourite sport to watch? Basketball. To play? Does Wii sports count? I guess it does. My blog! 😛

What’s your favourite candy? Right now? I luuuurrrve those Chewy Lemonhead (and friends) made by Ferarra-Pan. If you love Lemonheads (and his friends), you get a whole box of Grape, Apple, Orange, Cherry, and Lemon! I’d prefer a box of all lemon for nostalgia’s sake, but this candy is the isssshhhht! :*)

Candy coated greatness. For reals.

Where do you do most of your blogging? My living room/dining room.

Describe your perfect day: Does a perfect day really exist? I’d say any day that doesn’t include my usual brand of shenanigans (or randomly ridiculous happenings) is as close to perfect as it could be. A kiss from the sun, a nice breeze, hugs from a friend, a good sandwich, would be the ingredients, I suppose. I don’t want to put more thought into this than needed.

8 BLOGGERS TAGGED (I don’t know 8 bloggers yet, so what do I do?!? Well, if you find it and you read it, please copy it and let me know… I’ll make you Rice Krispies Treats. That is all.


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