This Honey You Gave Me Has Turned To Tears

Keith Clinkscales, who came to visit us at the show when he was with Vibe, had to shut down his company this week, and three well-known Black magazines are going down with it:

Vanguarde troubles cost 80 their jobs
The morning newspapers lay at the entrance to Vanguarde Media yesterday in an unread stack – a grim reminder that the staffers won’t return.
The 80 journalists and salespeople faced a cold Thanksgiving after being cut loose on Tuesday, when Vanguarde said it would file for bankruptcy.
Its three black-oriented magazines – heart & soul, Honey and Savoy – were shut down, the victims of a tight ad market and tighter investor dollars.
Keith Clinkscales, the former Vibe executive who founded Vanguarde in 1999, slumped in a conference room as he expressed his disappointment…

FOOTNOTE: That header was a quote from the poem “Asali” by Henry Dumas.

The F Word Has Its Day in Court

Today thesmokinggun.com posted a marvelous legal document that goes on for seven pages in defense of the F word, arguing passionately why it should be protected as free speech.

A Legal Defense of “f**k”
…f**k possesses incredible versatility. It can be a noun (you f**k), a verb (everything Billy touches, he f**ks up), an adjective (I’m really f**king broke), an adverb (I’ve been f**king drinking too much), an exclamation (holy f**k, Batman!), or question (what the f**k?)…

Hello from Sunny Florida

Hope y’all are doing well out there.. We’re on a brief hiatus here as I vacation in Tampa for another few days, but we should be blogging at full speed again by the end of the week. In the meantime you should check out the many cool sites and blogs listed on the right side of this page. There’s a lot of good reading out there.

Separation of Congress and Sanity

House approves national day of prayer and fasting
“The resolution, passed 346-49, says Americans should use the day of prayer “to seek guidance from God to achieve a greater understanding of our own failings and to learn how we can do better in our everyday activities, and to gain resolve in meeting the challenges that confront our nation.”
Under the resolution, President Bush would issue a proclamation designating a specific day as a day of “humility, prayer and fasting.”

Are you kidding me? Seriously, this is a joke, right?

‘You don’t win people over by killing them.’

My good friend Irina has the big front page story in today’s Bradenton Herald. It’s a great interview with a decorated vietnam vet speaking out against the possible Gulf War II.

“We should have learned in Vietnam that you can’t dictate to another country at the end of a gun,” Schaefer said. “Attacking Iraq is not going to stop terrorism. It’s going to make terrorism worse, create a reason for more martyrs who are willing to die to attack the United States…”