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Remarks:

I loved the guitar solo in this song – until, that is, I looked up the video in YouTube (above) and, listening to the song over again, found out that the guitar solo in my memory was so much better than the one in the song! In fact, the song does not even have a proper guitar solo! Maybe there is some other version (or song?) I am thinking of.

Lyrics:

Nothing can make you high
Or put fire in your eyes
Or give you a chance to fly
When you need the wings
When all that youve got is doubt
And nothing can stop you from feeling down
But oh I know, I know exactly how you feel

But can you believe now
When youre on your knees now
Begging and pleading now
Can you believe
When all that youve got is doubt
And no one to pull you out
When your heart is slowin down
Can you believe

See the person I love the most
Is so far away tonight
And no other medicine or promise is
Gonna heal me up right
But I got to believe
That her and me
Will be together
Cause thats all I got
And Oh, I know
When youre down at the bottom
Can you believe

Can you believe when all hope seems gone
When your mother and father cant keep you safe from harm
Can you forgive in your heart
Can you ask for forgiveness
When nobody else believes can you believe
Can you believe in yourself

If nobodys watchin
You will never know
If somebodys watchin
You will never know
If nobodys watchin
You will never know
If somebodys watchin
You will never know
If nobodys watchin
You will never know
If somebodys watchin
You will never know

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roissygueveraWarning: As in all things Roissy, this is not a gentle, PG-13 sort of post:

Roissy in DC, a white man, told us in “Interracial Loving” about his first time with a black woman. It was like watching a train wreck.

One commenter, Haroldmaude, a black woman, comments in part:

Wow. I thought my humorous racial comments and viewpoints were always in danger of being misconstrued. And I really want to believe you’re being a bit light-hearted with this nostalgic post, but you’re not, are you? As a black woman, thanks for fulfilling the stereotypes about how/why white men date black women: it’s exotic; she’s probably used to really big black penises; a lot of other black women will find me attractive; and though the black men hate me for taking ‘one of their own’, they RESPECT me for pulling it off (???). Wow. Wow. Wow. Actually, those looks from the black men were probably more about, “There’s only one reason why he’s with her.”

This went right over Roissy’s head. He either did not understand it or chose not to. Even after she pointed out how he was stereotyping blacks he went right on doing it – while saying he was not!

For example, about stereotyping black women as exotic he says:

you’re barking up the wrong tree if you think you can guilt me into some contrite backpedaling. homey don’t play that. of course she was exotic at the time. she was my first. the first asian i had was also exotic. hell, the first time i kissed a girl was exotic. if it’s the word that ties your panties in a knot, try substituting “novel”.

Not getting it. It is like watching a troll in control of his own blog.

But it gets worse. Here is what he has to say about his stereotyping black women as being used to really big black penises:

a fair assumption on my part as most people date within their race for the majority of their dating lives. luckily for me, i’m no slouch in the big penis department.

Still not getting it.

I later commented:

Roissy: A very interesting yet sickening account. You need to reread haroldmaude’s comments with care.

That was putting it nicely.

Government figures show that white Americans have higher reading scores than blacks. But then why is it that blacks easily understand my posts while some whites have such a hard time?

Round about comment #15 some white person will do just what Roissy did: state that I am wrong while proving I am right by his very comment.

I used to think I was not being clear enough, that if I used just the right words then scales would drop from the eyes of white people. But that assumes that racism is just a simple misunderstanding, a set of bad ideas, like stereotypes, that can be replaced with better ones. Sadly, it is not that simple.

– Abagond, 2009.

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Remarks:

One of my favourite songs these days. This went to #1 on the R&B charts in 2007.

Lyrics:

OOOhh yeah oh yeah
Oooh, remember
Oooohh i remember,and i wanna know

Where were you, when I said I loved you
And where were you, when I cried at night
Waiting up, couldn’t sleep without you
Thinking of, all the times we shared

I remember when my heart broke
I remember when I gave up loving you
My heart couldn’t take no more of you
I was sad and lonely

I remember when I walked out
I remember when I screamed I hated you
But somehow deep inside, still loving you, sad and lonely

No one knew, all the pain I went through
All the love, I saved deep in my heart for you
Didn’t know, where I would go, where I would be
But you made me leave, and plus my heart it just
It just kept telling me so

ooooooooooo

I remember when my heart broke
I remember when I gave up loving you
My heart couldn’t take no more of you, I was sad and lonely
I remember when I walked out
I remember when I said I hated you
But somehow deep inside, still loving you, so sad and lonely

There was nowhere else to go, oh
Nobody else, to turn to, no
For the rest of my life, I promise myself I
Will love me first, genuinely

I remember when my heart broke
I remember when I gave up loving you
My heart couldn’t take no more of you
I was sad and lonely

I remember when I walked out
I remember when I said I hated you
But somehow deep inside, still loving you, sad and lonely
I remember when I walked out
I remember when I gave up loving you
My heart couldn’t take no more of you, so sad and lonely

I remember when I stormed out
I remember when I gave up loving you, I was sad and lonely

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johnlegend

How many times have I been in that picture!?

My wife is a huge John Legend fan; I am not. But there are some of his songs that I like for some reason. Like this one. Maybe it is because in his songs love never turns out the way it should despite your best efforts, but even so you do not lose confidence or hope but keep on.

Lyrics:

so we did it again
knowing we should quit it, but we simply won’t admit it again
oh it feels good, it’s so good, but i won’t do it again
it’s so dramatic again
after we go at it, we get mad then we go at it again
oh i love it, then i hate it, she’s my favorite again
i’m wasting time
i can’t help it she’s so fine
oh i like her style
and i love the way she talks and i smile
as much as we may try
can’t quite see eye to eye
so in the meantime, i guess we say bye-bye

(and again and again and again)
oh, and then, we do it again
we do it again and we do it again
oh, and then, we do it again
we want it again, and we want it again

so we fake it again
i think we’re gonna blow it, and we know it
but she’s naked again
we get wasted, then i taste it, then i waste it again
i can’t invite her again
’cause she’ll go from a lover to a fighter
and i’ll fight her again
so it’s over, but i told her to come over again
i’m wasting time
but she’s always on my mind
i can’t let her go
oh, she’s not the best, but she’s all that i know
as much as we may try
can’t quite see eye to eye
so in the meantime i guess we say bye-bye

(and again and again and again)
oh, and then, we do it again
we do it again and we do it again
oh, and then, we do it again
we want it again, and we want it again

so i’ve got a new friend
i wish i could forget you
but i miss you, wanna kiss you again
she’s like you, but she’s not you, gotta find you again

so we remember again
the middle of december and i took you out to dinner again
oh i love her, it’s not over, just another again

(and again and again and again)
oh, it’s another again-
i love her, it’s another again…

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Mariah_Carey_baby_picture

Note: This post does not set out to prove anything – it is just food for thought.

Here are the top ten girl names of those born in New York City in 2007:

  1. Isabella
  2. Sophia
  3. Emily
  4. Ashley
  5. Sarah
  6. Kayla
  7. Mia
  8. Olivia
  9. Samantha
  10. Rachel

Sophia and Isabella are tied for first.

Now break that down by race, where Hispanics count as a separate race:

Top white names:

  1. Sarah
  2. Rachel
  3. Sophia
  4. Olivia
  5. Ava
  6. Isabella
  7. Esther
  8. Julia
  9. Chaya
  10. Emma

The top Asian names:

  1. Sophia
  2. Emily
  3. Chloe
  4. Tiffany
  5. Angela
  6. Ashley
  7. Rachel
  8. Isabella
  9. Fiona, Jessica, Sarah (tied)

Top Hispanic names:

  1. Ashley
  2. Isabella
  3. Emily
  4. Mia
  5. Brianna
  6. Samantha
  7. Angela
  8. Melanie
  9. Sophia
  10. Jennifer, Kayla (tied)

The top black names:

  1. Madison
  2. Kayla
  3. Jada
  4. Brianna
  5. Nevaeh
  6. Alyssa
  7. Makayla
  8. Gabrielle
  9. Taylor
  10. Imani

Please note: There are white girls named Kayla, etc. These are merely the most common names for each race.

No name made all four lists.

Only two names made three lists: Sophia and Isabella. They were on all but the black list.

What I find interesting are the names that made only two lists. Why? Because I see it as a measure of how much races deal with each other as equals. That might be wrong, but for this post I will assume it is true.

Here are which names appear on only two lists:

  • white/Asian: Rachel, Sarah
  • white/Hispanic:
  • white/black:
  • Asian/Hispanic: Angela, Ashley, Emily
  • Asian/black:
  • Hispanic/black: Kayla, Brianna

I listed all six possible pairings, but only half of them have anything. These are just the pairings you would expect if you assume race in New York is a four-layer cake that looks like this:

  1. white
  2. Asian
  3. Hispanic
  4. black

With whites at the top as the richest and most privileged.

Whites and Hispanics do use some of the same names (Isabella and Sophia), but only if Asians use them too – just as if Asians are the go-between.

This seems to rule out two possible models of race in New York:

  1. Whites at the centre: If that were true, then the white pairings would have the most names. Instead two of them have no names at all: white/Hispanic and white/black. And even the remaining one, white/Asian, is outdone by Asian/Hispanic. This also shows, by the way, that names are not coming directly from a white mainstream but spread some other way.
  2. A white/Asian overclass and a black/Hispanic underclass: If this were true then the Asian/Hispanic pairing would have few to no names. Instead it is the strongest pairing of all.

You can also get a measure of ghettoization, of how separated each race is from the others, by how many names are found only on its list:

  • white (6): Olivia, Ava, Esther, Julia, Chaya, Emma
  • Asian (4): Chloe, Tiffany, Fiona, Jessica
  • Hispanic (4): Mia, Samantha, Melanie, Jennifer
  • black (8): Madison, Jada, Nevaeh, Alyssa, Makayla, Gabrielle, Taylor, Imani

To prove anything you would at least have to look at more years and go deeper in the lists to see if these patterns hold up. You would also have to study just how girl names start and spread.

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black reading scores

reading

Every two to four years the American Department of Education tests public school children across the country. They give reading and math tests to fourth graders (9-year-olds) and eighth graders, (13-year-olds).

Just to keep it simple, I will look just at the reading scores of 13-year-olds in 2007. The general pattern for math and 9-year-olds is much the same, though the particulars are different.

Note that in what follows only averages are reported. Not everyone scores at or near the average – many score way above and many score way below.

The good news is that reading scores have gone up since 1992 for both blacks and whites. The bad news is that the racial gap has not narrowed much at all: blacks still score way lower than whites:

  • 270 whites in 2007
  • 265 whites in 1992
  • 244 blacks in 2007
  • 236 blacks in 1992

The scores are on a 500-point scale. I always list scores from highest to lowest.

Poor children generally read worse than middle-class ones, but that alone cannot account for the gap: middle-class blacks read as badly as poor whites:

  • 274 middle-class whites
  • 257 poor whites
  • 254 middle-class blacks
  • 238 poor blacks

“Middle-class” in this case means your parents make more than 1.85 times the poverty level. “Poor” means they make less than 1.30 times the poverty level – poor enough to get a free lunch at school.

Here are the states with the worst average reading scores for whites:

  • 265 Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky
  • 262 Hawaii
  • 263 Nevada
  • 261 Alabama
  • 256 West Virginia

Now compare that to the states with the BEST average reading scores for blacks:

  • 259 Miltary (has its own schools)
  • 255 Hawaii
  • 253 Massachusetts
  • 252 Colorado
  • 252 Virginia

So the white 13-year-olds of West Virginia, as bad as they read on average, are still better off – on average – than blacks, even in the states that are best for them. And even the black army brats barely outscore them.

(Note that some states do not have enough blacks and whites to do a good comparison: nine states are too white – Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota – and DC is too black.)

Notice that Hawaii is in both lists: it is the only state without a racial gap. True, there is a 7 point difference, but that is within the statistical margin of error for the state.

Some states have a much smaller gap than the country as a whole:

  • Sometimes it is for a good reason: blacks do well compared to blacks as a whole – Virginia, Delaware, Alaska and the military.
  • Sometimes it is for a bad reason: whites do poorly – Kentucky, Nevada and New Mexico.

And there is one state where the gap is way bigger than in the rest of the country and, no, that state is not in the south: Wisconsin. The whites there are average, but the blacks are the worst 13-year-old readers in the whole country.

Here are the worst states for blacks:

  • 237 California
  • 236 Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan
  • 231 Wisconsin

So much for the idea that the South has some kind of lock on bad education for blacks.

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Remarks:

The woman who comes out of the black car and shakes hands with Paul Wall is Deelishis, the winner of the second season of Flavor of Love. So far as I know this is the only video she has ever been in. Does anyone know the name of the main white girl in this video?

I love the chopped and screwed version of this video but cannot find one that is embeddable.

Lyrics:

[Lil Keke]
[Intro]
I’mma break ‘em off real bad, I’mma show ’em pourin up a duece while ridin slab

[Chorus]
I’mma break ‘em off real bad, I’mma break ‘em
I’mma break ‘em off real bad,
I’mma break ‘em , I’mma break ‘em off real bad
I’mma show’em pourin up a duece while ridin slab

[Paul Wall]
Now I gotta work ma wood grain wheel
Poppin’ trunks, poppin’ pillz, still poppin’ seals
Higher than a hill with ma mind on millz
Piece and chain swangin’, bank roll, shiny grill
Baby, I got million dollar dreams, with ma mind on cream
I’m in that mean green machine clean on 19s
Flat screens in the headrest, swangin’ like a swing set
Brandy wine, paint wet, comin’ down that’s a bet
I’m in the lot chasin’ broads like a lesbian
Full of that Kush flower, I’m breakin’ off pedestrians
Higher than a street light, floatin’ like a parachute
Buzzin’ like a bumble bee, mustard green Bentley coupe
Young gangsta, Mac game, sharper than a thumbtack
Breakin’ ‘em off, makin’ all the boppers attract
Then they watch me, I’m rocked up fully loaded and sloppy
Tryin’ to hit it and quit it
And walk off like Big Papi then break ‘em off

[Chorus]
I’mma break ‘em off real bad, I’mma break ‘em
I’mma break ‘em off real bad,
I’mma break ‘em , I’mma break ‘em off real bad
I’mma show’em pourin up a duece while ridin slab
I’mma break ‘em
I’mma break ‘em off real bad, I’mma break ‘em
I’mma break ‘em off real bad,
I’mma break ‘em , I’mma break ‘em off real bad
I’mma show’em pourin up a duece while ridin slab

[Lil’ Keke]
Aye, aye
I pull up like this, untouchable white wrist
I’m hotter than warm piss, berry grape Sunkist
The truck blow mist five 50 snow bunny
Bentley continental with the mink floors dummy
Paul Wall money, dat’s expensive taste
And ‘em frilly ass fools we send ‘em to myspace
I’mma break ‘em off until the backbone broken

Stainless steel drop phantom, leave the top open
Shit done hit the fan, better cover your nose
And the Kush done start burnin’, better cover your clothes (that’s right)
Concrete crumblin’, glass shootin’ lazers
Crawlin’ and cuttin’ up on 24 razors
I’mma show ‘em how to make the slab look phenomenal
Chasin’ paper in the mornin’, call me Houston Chronicle
Hold on then u buckle up the seat belt
Swisha House, Young Don, capital TF

[Chorus]
I’mma break ‘em off real bad, I’mma break ‘em
I’mma break ‘em off real bad,
I’mma break ‘em , I’mma break ‘em off real bad
I’mma show’em pourin up a duece while ridin slab
I’mma break ‘em
I’mma break ‘em off real bad, I’mma break ‘em
I’mma break ‘em off real bad,
I’mma break ‘em , I’mma break ‘em off real bad
I’mma show’em pourin up a duece while ridin slab

[Paul Wall]
Already
Higher than the satellite, crawlin’ like a baby
Maneuverin’ thru the traffic like I’m Tracy McGrady
Still choppin’ on ‘em buttons, I’m struttin’ and lookin’ fresh
Switch hittin’ like Berkman, this is ballin’ at its best
In dat minute maid droppa’, with retractable roof
Finer than wood, wavin’ the hood, student loans on the two
The fifth wheel on the ground, and the trunk in the air
Paul Wall, baby I’m the definition of playa
Ma skillz is so ill when workin’ the wood wheel
Tippin’ 4s like a waiter, beware of the oil spill
Wide screen mind frame, panoramic pimpin’
I’m sippin’ on dat Osama, baby leanin’ like I’m limpin’
In dat 2 seater feeder, it’s me and a senorita
3 ounces up in the liter, and it’s ten up in the heater
Mackin’ a mamacita
Runnin’ game like a cheetah
I’m knockin’ ‘em out the park
Similar to Derek Jeter (Break ‘em off)

[Chorus]
I’mma break ‘em off real bad, I’mma break ‘em
I’mma break ‘em off real bad,
I’mma break ‘em , I’mma break ‘em off real bad
I’mma show’em pourin up a duece while ridin slab
I’mma break ‘em
I’mma break ‘em off real bad, I’mma break ‘em
I’mma break ‘em off real bad,
I’mma break ‘em , I’mma break ‘em off real bad
I’mma show’em pourin up a duece while ridin slab

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