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Chris J The Genius is in his second year at Tulane University Law School. He's also a hip-hop enthusiast/purist and a stand-up comedian. Chris J likes to consider the messages that our cultures and generations send/receive about themselves through mainstream media, fashion, politics, and the arts.

Are Music Videos Even Worth It Anymore?
July 29, 2013 – 1:47 pm | 2 Comments
Are Music Videos Even Worth It Anymore?

“…the day that you play me will be the same day MTV play videos” – Kanye West
Back when I was growing up (in the 90s), music videos were all the rage. In many cases, they …

Coming Soon: Twelve Years A Slave
July 22, 2013 – 2:08 pm | No Comment
Coming Soon: <i>Twelve Years A Slave</i>

Late last year, a film called Django Unchained premiered to much fanfare, criticism, and controversy. The controversies included the use – or overuse – of the N-word, and the fact that a pretty damn good comedy was made …

Why Maniac Will Be Scary
July 19, 2013 – 11:07 am | No Comment
Why <i>Maniac</i> Will Be Scary

Okay, we all know by now that America has an infatuation with serial killers and mass murderers. While this type of subject matter manifests itself in the media in several ways (like cover stories in …

Lupe Fiasco and When Keeping It Real Gets Misunderstood
July 18, 2013 – 3:06 pm | No Comment
Lupe Fiasco and When Keeping It Real Gets Misunderstood

At a ceremony in Chicago dubbed the Mass Black Male Graduation and Transition to Manhood Ceremony, Lupe Fiasco was just as hard-hitting, honest, and thought-provoking as he often is in his lyrics. The rapper told …

Michael Vick And The Tell-All Book Problem
July 9, 2013 – 8:40 am | One Comment
Michael Vick And The Tell-All Book Problem

After he could do no wrong in the promising beginning of his career, Michael Vick ended up fighting prison time, debt, and countless other issues to return to the NFL. In the time since, he’s …

Tesla Wants To Cut Out The Middleman… Do You?
July 8, 2013 – 1:58 pm | No Comment
Tesla Wants To Cut Out The Middleman… Do You?

Tesla Motors has boldly gone where no other company has successfully gone before. It has made completely electric cars that are sexy and alluring enough for people to want to be seen driving them! If …

Would You Go To This Church Where The Pastor Calls Out Members Personally?
July 6, 2013 – 7:18 am | No Comment
Would You Go To This Church Where The Pastor Calls Out Members Personally?

Pastors and parishioners alike can be heard bragging all the time about messages that ‘hit close to home’ and preachers who ‘pull no punches.’ These are good things within religious circles, and supposedly everyone appreciates …

Should There Even Be A 300 Sequel?
July 2, 2013 – 7:22 pm | No Comment
Should There Even Be A <i>300</i> Sequel?

Every now and then, a movie comes along that changes popular culture for good. The movie 300, released in 2007, was definitely one of those films. The brave, ruthless Spartans captivated audiences, and the picture as …

What About The Voting Rights Act?
June 30, 2013 – 6:24 pm | 13 Comments
What About The Voting Rights Act?

Much has been made over the past few days about the Supreme Court’s rulings on DOMA and California’s Proposition 8 and what these rulings mean for marriage equality in this country. However, the very important …

Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd: How Did The Brooklyn Nets Just Do That?
June 29, 2013 – 10:10 am | No Comment
Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd: How Did The Brooklyn Nets Just Do That?

All right, basketball fans. We all knew the Celtics were coming to an end, but who could’ve predicted this? It seemed that Kevin Garnett would be headed to the Los Angeles Clippers along with coach …

Is Aaron Hernandez A Stone Cold Killer?
June 28, 2013 – 4:19 pm | One Comment
Is Aaron Hernandez A Stone Cold Killer?

We all know that Aaron Hernandez has now been charged with the murder of his friend and semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, whose body was found not too far from Hernandez’s house.
However, it turns out …

Enjoy Your TVs While You Can (They’re Almost Obsolete)!
June 25, 2013 – 9:21 am | One Comment
Enjoy Your TVs While You Can (They’re Almost Obsolete)!

Ask yourself one question. How much TV do you really watch? Now look at your cable (or satellite) bill. Do you consume enough to warrant paying what you’re paying right now? No? I thought so.
What …

How Bad Does Ender’s Game Want To Be Hunger Games?
June 24, 2013 – 12:45 pm | 6 Comments
How Bad Does <i>Ender’s Game<i/> Want To Be <i>Hunger Games</i>?

Before you say anything, I KNOW this film is based on a book series. This, of course, makes the title of this post even more relevant. However, as we all know, last year’s blockbuster, The Hunger Games …

Will The Zimmerman Trial Go The Way We Think Or The Way We Hope?
June 23, 2013 – 1:21 pm | 13 Comments
Will The Zimmerman Trial Go The Way We Think Or The Way We Hope?

George Zimmerman‘s trial for the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin begins tomorrow morning. While it took a lot of organizing, protesting, letter writing, and intensity to even get to this point (recall that Zimmerman was …

Go See Fruitvale Station, Period.
June 21, 2013 – 4:53 pm | One Comment
Go See <i>Fruitvale Station</i>, Period.

Not quite five years ago, a young man from Oakland was restrained by a police officer while on a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train. The young man’s name was Oscar Grant and moments later, …

Is Hip-Hop Being Used To Profit The Prison Industrial Complex?
June 20, 2013 – 9:50 am | No Comment
Is Hip-Hop Being Used To Profit The Prison Industrial Complex?

A little over a year ago, a letter was posted to popular blog Hip Hop Is Read – reportedly by an unnamed former music executive. The letter is pretty long, but it essentially says that …

Chris Paul and Dwight Howard: Dynamic Duo?
June 19, 2013 – 8:44 am | One Comment
Chris Paul and Dwight Howard: Dynamic Duo?

We have officially entered a new era of super-teams in the NBA. We’ve got a couple of tried and true Big Three-centered teams going head-to-head right now in the NBA Finals. Of course, the San …

Hold Up. Dave Chappelle Is BACK?
June 18, 2013 – 12:39 pm | No Comment
Hold Up. Dave Chappelle Is BACK?

We all remember 2005, when we lost a luminary and Comedy Central lost a whoooole lot of money. News of Dave Chappelle‘s departure from his wildly popular sketch television series, Chappelle’s Show, spread throughout the …

Check Out Prisoners, Hollywood’s Latest Take On Revenge
June 17, 2013 – 2:21 pm | One Comment
Check Out <i>Prisoners</i>, Hollywood’s Latest Take On Revenge

Hollywood (and its audience) has a thing for the revenge thriller. We’ve seen these themes over and over again in movies such as Taken and Law Abiding Citizen. Typically, a loved one (and in most …

Hip Hop’s Most Blasphemous Moments
June 17, 2013 – 2:09 pm | No Comment
Hip Hop’s Most Blasphemous Moments

Blasphemy – the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for a religious deity.
In light of the alternate cover images for Kanye West‘s upcoming Yeezus album, and the requisite (although relatively light) …

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