Real Africans, not stereotypes

Kenyans Gabriel, Benard, Brian, and Derrik poke fun at the way African men are portrayed in Hollywood movies. They have a point, and a sense of humor. I like these guys. Good stuff from Mama Hope.

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Tupac at Coachella… Who’s next?

Fifteen years after his death, a hologram version of Tupac capped off Coachella‘s first weekend. As a fan of Tupac I’m pretty moved watching it, not to mention seriously impressed by the technology. I wouldn’t call it exploitation because it’s not as if anyone buying tickets knew they were going to see this. But with the technology (and the idea for using it this way) out there, you have to wonder how far this will go. Are we going to see Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, and Bob Marley on stage soon? Not sure how I’d feel about that.

At the end of the day, I’d rather see a Tupac hologram perform than almost any other living rappers today. RIP to one of the greatest.

Only in China: “Virgin boy eggs”

I haven’t seen or heard of anything like this in Shanghai, but apparently in Dongyang, a popular springtime snack among the locals is something called “virgin boy eggs” – eggs that have been prepared in the urine of primary school boys, preferably under 10 years old.

Vendors say they collect the magical ingredient from primary school toilets after classes are finished. To make virgin boy eggs, they boil the eggs in a pot of urine, and then crack the shells and let the eggs soak in the pee for up to a day. Some residents even collect the urine on their own so they can prepare the treats at home.

Fans of virgin boy eggs  are willing to pay double the usual price of eggs because they believe it has special health benefits, such as better blood circulation and resistance to heat stroke. Riiiiight…

Credit: geekosystem

Nothin’ like a good ol’ Bible game show

TV Network GSN announced on Wednesday plans for a new show called “The American Bible Challenge”. On the show, redneck comedian Jeff Foxworthy will grill contestants about their knowledge of the Bible. The contestants will represent various faith-based organizations and their winnings will go to those charities. GSN said the questions will be “designed to acknowledge and celebrate the Bible’s continuing importance in contemporary life and culture.”

The only question now: is this the greatest TV show idea of all time, or the greatest idea of all time, period? I mean, isn’t Bible study just the best? Oh Bible, who needs friends when I can quiz myself about the Ritual Decalogue and whether or not it forbids us to cook a child in its mother’s milk? Isn’t this fun?!

On that note, here are a few other questions they should ask on the show:

In Samuel 5:9, why did God decide to give all the men of the city “hemorrhoids in their secret parts”?

In Malachi 2:3, who threatened to “spread dung upon your faces”?

In 2 Kings 2:23, was the bald man who was taunted by the children justified in calling upon two bears from the woods to maul forty-two of them to death?

Also worth nothing is that the producers of “The American Bible Challenge”, RelativityREAL, are the same producers of the barely legal Showtime series “Gigolos”, which documents the lives of real men who get paid to have sex with women in Las Vegas.

#TOMHANKS 2012

I rarely delve into politics, but I can’t resist a short film narrated by Tom Hanks and directed by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth).

“The Road We’ve Traveled” takes a look at the major events and decisions of Obama’s presidency, and features interviews from Bill Clinton, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Elizabeth Warren, David Axelrod, Austan Goolsbee, and others.

Even if you don’t care for Obama or US politics in general, you can still watch the video to see some smooth editing, appreciate Tom Hanks’ voice, and look back on what’s happened in America these past four years. And if you are an Obama supporter, you still might want to watch out for any vague or emotionally-charged language that attempts to pull on your heart strings without providing much substance (that’s not a critique of this video; rather it’s something to practice spotting in almost anything that has an agenda of some kind).