BACK IN 1999, you might have found me wandering aimlessly around Manhattan, just like Black Thought in this video.
I once walked from 21st Street all the way home to 93rd and Columbus. I'd come to New York to be with a guy more than twice my age, and it wasn't working out. One night we were at a restaurant owned by P. Diddy, and he'd gone in ahead of me (important people were inside). But the guys on the door wouldn't let me in. Too young, ya see. So I walked home without him.
You Got Me was all over the TV at the time, in between episodes of NewsRadio and The Rikki Lake Show, and it mirrored my mood perfectly - lyrically, musically and visually. "We knew from the start that things fall apart, intentions shatter..." the song goes, and maybe a thirty-five year old knows, but a naive kid doesn't. "...And on the topic of trust, it's just a matter of fact that people bite back and fracture what's intact..."
Uh huh, ain't that the truth.
The Roots' You Got Me is a masterpiece in every way. The video is cinematic, apocalyptic, disturbing, and its climax jaw-dropping. Drum'n'bass on an American hip-hop record? Wow. Erykah Badu, melting into a wall? Damn.
And on the subject of Erykah Badu, it's only now, ten years later, that I've finally figured out what she's saying, having looked up the lyrics specifically for this piece.
Yeah, it helps to know.
It's 1999. It's a nice sunny day in Manhattan. In two years there'd be another nice sunny day - blue skies and blind panic - ending in much the same way as this clip does.
17-year-old Godwin Nii Lawson (right) was knifed in a park in Hackney, east London, early this morning.
Four people are being sought in relation to the attack.
His death follows that of 15-year-old Sofyen Belamouadden (left) on Thursday, and brings the total number of teen murders this year to four. 17-year-old Olukorede Fajinmi, was stabbed in the heart last month. In January, 18-year-old Isschan Nicholls died in a street fight.
Last year, 11 teenage boys were murdered in London, down from 28 in 2008.
||| This sucks. Earlier this week we heard how 18-year-old Derrick Martin (right) was to be allowed to bring his boyfriend to the prom. Sadly, some of his fellow students are up in arms over the decision.
||| Support the gays? Face our wrath! The Catholic Church strikes back.
||| Pope Benedict XVI, a predator priest and 200 deaf boys.
||| US military sees "fairer and more appropriate regulations covering service personnel thought to be homosexual" introduced.
||| Here's the new rules on that. Right, Major Alan Rogers, a gay soldier killed in Iraq in 2008.
|||Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives: "The film, its title and its marketing misrepresent the lives of transgender women and use grotesque, exploitative depictions of violence against transgender women in ways that make light of the horrific brutality they all too often face," GLAAD says.
||| Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives: Movieline accuses GLAAD of censorship, "Take a cold shower and count downwards from ten, GLAAD. You don't want to walk down this dark alley. There's far worse things lurking in it than a couple punnily-named trannies with switchblades."
||| Welfare office fierceness...
||| Malawi: Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga's lawyers plot strategies for next month's trial.
||| Malawi: Speaking at the protest was Edi Phiri (video below), a gay Malawian who suffered battery and threats in his homeland. "I urge my President and government to intervene to release Steven and Tiwonge. These two men don’t deserve the way they are suffering in jail," he said.
||| Zimbabwe: Gay rights will not be part of new constitution. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe both showed their immense ignorance in dismissing homosexuality as "madness" and "destroying nationhood". Cartoon via SGL Café.
||| African myths about homosexuality: Homosexuality was imported by European colonists. But in fact, prior to their arrival, it was "acceptable for kings, princes and soldiers to take young male lovers" in what's now the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
||| Indonesia: International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association conference cancelled, following objections from Muslim groups.
||| "If you'd kissed a woman, nothing would have happened to you," Italian police tell hate-crime victim. Factually true, perhaps, but not entirely tactful.
||| In Czech Republic, gay porn pays the bills. Report includes video.Left, Czech twins Milo and Elijah Peters perform in a Bel Ami scene.
||| Model Bernardo Velasco covers the April issue of Junior magazine.
||| A new homophobic incitement offence became law on Tuesday. The law, part of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, outlaws "threatening behaviour or materials intended to stir up hatred against people on grounds of their sexual orientation".
||| Modern dads: "The fact that I'm gay isn't an issue".
||| Utterly pathetic: David Cameron, the Conservative leader likely to be Prime Minister before the end of the year, shows his ignorance of GBLT issues as he stumbles through this interview, forgetting rehearsed lines and flailing around miserably. Cringe-inducing, and frightening at the same time.
||| MPs gay-friendly? The equality bill has cracked Westminster's veneer of tolerance, writes Ben Summerskill.
||| Still, at least the right wing British National Party is more gay friendly than before. That's all right then.
||| Right, Daniel de Jesus, who will represent Brazil in the 2010 Mr. Universe pageant, held in the Dominican Republic in May.
||| "Ancient Greeks recognized that their 'barbaric' northern neighbors, Scythians and Celts, had lighter skin than Greeks considered normal." This is interesting, as someone who's sick to the back teeth of mental midgets who insist on speaking in terms of black and white. "Deciding who is white has been not only fluid but also heavily influenced by class and culture." Quite...
||| George W. Bush wipes his hand on Bill Clinton's shirt after shaking hands with Haitians. Report includes video.
||| Religiously watch your favourite TV shows on DVD box sets? Careful - it's a slippery slope.
||| A new campaign, Music Matters, has been launched to remind us "to consume music in an ethical way". Backed by artists, retailers and record labels, the campaign provides a Music Matters Trustmark to websites offering legal music.
||| Okay, so this is from last week, but I can't shake the sheer creepiness of this video from my head, so I'm going to inflict it on you lot. Creepy vocal, creepy guy. And not in a good way.
||| ITV has axedThe Bill after 27 years on screen. Having grown up with the once-gritty cop show, I'm not sorry. The Bill has long been dead to me, ever since the infamous producer Paul Marquess took over in the late-90s. Sleazy soap operatics, sensationalism and frequent cast culls (with long-serving favourites replaced by models and former soap stars) became the order of the day.
||| The Bill cancellation: The stars who got their first big break in Sun Hill.
||| The Bill cancellation: Over the years, a number of ka-os|theory favourites have appeared: Metrosexuality's Karl Collins (left), Kidulthood's Aml Ameen (below right), Oz's Eamonn Walker (second left), Beautiful Thing's Scott Neal (anyone remember his shower scene?) were all main cast members. ka-os|theory crush Patrick Robinson is a current cast member, and let's not forget original cutey Clive Wedderburn (third left), who played PC Gary McCann throughout the nineties (and got out before the the show was raped by Marquess)...
||| ...And Taylor Lautner's chest has its own director.
||| MOC Blog ponders on Diesel Washington's indecipherable musings: "Can We please stop using Interracial??? Its 2010 already!!! Why is it every [time] a Black guy and White guy fuck its Interracial???[ That's] a 1980's term!!! If a Jewish guy fucks a Catholic guy is it [an] "Inter-religion" scene come on guys.......None of the scenes that I filmed were promoted as an Interracial I couldnt stand for it!!"
"I would also like to take this opportunity to squash the persistent rumours about mysterious 'disappearances' and emphasize that rural and urban areas are now enjoying a life of harmony and peace. I'm sure you're glad to hear this. And I'm happy you're glad."