1. State of the Black Union – Every year I make it a point to pay attention to the State of the Black Union, brought to us, of course, by Tavis Smiley. Why am I so concerned with the SOBU when I’m just about as cracker as anyone can be? I’ll tell you why: it’s because of conferences like this that our future leaders in government, education, the arts, and in the professional field will be “minorities”. The heads of these movements have their shit together while we whites just float along, doing a half-assed job of things, and sit on our laurels like we’re never going to lose our thrones. Listening to some of the speakers on a typical SOBU weekend makes ME energized, much less the community for which it is intended. Want to see America’s future leaders? Catch all or at least most of the SOBU this weekend (C-Span broadcasts it). Oh, and one more thing: There is a reason why I am the only white Minister Farrakhan fan (he’s sort of a black answer to my weird love for Ted Nugent). It’s because of his electric speeches from past SOBUs! He’s amazing to watch, although I don’t agree with everything he has to say. I don’t see him on the schedule this year, though. Rats.

2. Say No To Ghetto-Ass Detroit Threads – Answer me a question: In all the four-plus years I’ve been away from Detroit, have any clothing designers considered setting up shop in Detroit? And I’m not talking about all the “humping Detroit” t-shirt makers. I’m talking actual, bona fide, high-end clothing designers! Any? ANY?!? I think it’d help. Just throwing that out there.

3. The 30 Million Dollar Sling Shot – So, how ’bout that missile test America performed earlier this week? If that doesn’t say space race, I don’t know what does.

4. Yo Gabba Gabba - All I’ve heard over the last few weeks from Kim and the kids was, “You need to see Yo Gabba Gabba! It’s a kids’ show that looks like a Dee-Lite video!” I thought this was a strange way to put it. Nonetheless, I got around to watching it yesterday and, holy shit, it is a kids’ show that looks like a Dee-Lite video! Instantly, it became my favorite day-time show. The premise is simple: no computer-generated cartoons, a crazy-cool looking DJ, H.R. Pufnstuf-like creatures, and strange indie cred with creators from The Aquabats and guests like Biz Markie, Rahzel, and Leslie Hall, amongst others. The show, obviously, tips its hat to the television age of the late 60′s/early 70′s. This is good stuff, kids.

5. Communism Triumphs Once Again – Remember that guy from “I Am Communism?” Yeah, the one who treated me like I was Communism? Well, he got the axe after losing his shit at work. Therefore, I give thanks to my most favorite boss in the world. I owe her a pizza or two or three. Word to the not-so-wise: people-skills pay off even if you have experience owning three businesses. That’s all.