Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Odds & Ends

Former heavyweight boxing champ Lennox Lewis

According to Sandra Rose the next edition of Donald Trumps' The Apprentice will include a celeb line-up including one of my favorite people former boxing Heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. I haven't watched The Apprentice in a while but I will definitely tune in to see Lennox.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, that Omarosa person is coming back to The Apprentice again (Donald must be desperate).

For all you Amy Winehouse fans, like me, you may have heard that Amy has a new album out. Well don't be fooled. It's not really a new album. Just new to us here in the U.S. The album called Frank is Amy's debut album from 2003. Although the album is not new, from what I hear you won't be disappointed. The album is very 'jazzy' and got great reviews. I plan to buy it on my next download binge. I'll let you know more then.

Have you seen the trailers for the two "Black" films coming out this holiday season? First there is American Hustle starring Katt Williams. Can't quite remember who Katt Williams is? Well he's the one who attended the recent BET awards with a noose around his neck. Snoop Dogg, who is currently banned from entering Great Britain, will also be in the film. Too bad he's not banned from the U.S. This is one film I won't be seeing.

The other film is This Christmas starring Regina King (the voice of the Boondocks) and R&B singer Chris Brown. From what the trailer looks like the movie does not really have a plot. Just a family gets together for Christmas and the hi-jinks ensue kind of a thing. I think I'll pass on this one too.

Do they make any Black films that aren't gangster films or comedies? The last one that I remember was Akeelah and the Bee. Oh, sorry I forgot about the Tyler Perry film. I did hear that was good.

Anyway I'm not excited about any films this holiday season.

On a better note I bought Alicia Keys' new album As I Am yesterday. I normally download music but on some occasions I still buy Cd's. This was one of those occasions. I love the song No Way.

I saw Alicia perform the song Sunday night on the American Music Awards. It was a good performance (except for the Beenie Man part).

I wanted to give a link to the youtube of Alicia's performance but this is what I found, "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Dick Clark Productions, Inc." Drats! Foiled again by Dick Clark.

Moving along to news. Have you heard that Brasil has made a very, very, very big new oil discovery off the Brasilian coast? I wonder if it will bring gas prices down? Read about it here.

This past weekend I took a test. You may have heard about it. It's a test to detect if you have a preference for White people or Black people. It's called the IAT (Implicit Association Test). My result was; Your data suggest that you have little or no automatic preference between African American and European American.

Apparently just 17% of those who take the test score no preference. I guess that's a good thing not having a preference right? I was really surprised. On one part of the test it asks if you think you would have a preference. I said yes, toward African Americans. According to the chart, only 2% of takers show a preference for African Americans compared to White people. And 27% show a preference for White people compared to Black people.

The test is given by Harvard University. Here is the (link) if you want to take it. If you do let me know how it went.


That's it for now!

6 comments:

Tami said...

Hey, I got a "no preference" result on that bias test, too. That actually made me kinda proud.

I'm loving Alicia Keys' new CD. (Again, get out of my music collection!)I downloaded it last week and I actually think it is the best one yet.

Mes Deux Cents said...

Hi Tami,

That's good, I'm not the only one then. (lol) I heard about this test a while back but I was kind of hesitant to take it. I'm glad I finally did though.

Sorry about going into your collection again. I just couldn't help it. No One is sounding better to me every day. I'm going to be listening To Alicia over the holiday.

Shelly said...

Hiya,

I actually got a "Strong preference for multicultural" from the test... no surprises there really!

Also Amy Winehouses "Frank" album is really excellent. It was released here in the UK about 5 years ago and she blew up almost overnight as a result. In fact I prefer it to her 2nd one... she was much more attractive (check out the cover pic) and sassy then.

Shame how too much fame drags so many talented young people down into a spiral of destruction.

Mes Deux Cents said...

Hi Shelly,

I may go out and buy the Frank album today on your recommendation. I really feel bad for Amy, and to make it worse the media just laughs at her.I hope she gets better, she's so amazingly talented.

The IAT is really interesting. I'm glad I finally took it.

clnmike said...

Took the Harvard test as well, scored multi, but i question how accurate that test was. If all the uniculture was represented by all whites if your black how could you not score multi, to me it seems that it was made to test white tolerance of culture. Now if they had all black pics the scores might be diferent.

Mes Deux Cents said...

Cin Mike,

That's true, I had not really thought about that.

I think though that there are many Black people that probably show a preference for Whites and conversely an aversion to Blacks. That would be important information to gain about ones' self, don't you think?

Thanks

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About Me

West Coast, United States
African American, Poet?, Vegetarian, Music lover, Agoraphobic, Social Phobic

My Favorite Poet

My Favorite Poet
Staceyann Chin

My Favorite Track Athlete

My Favorite Track Athlete
Christine Arron