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Subway Uses Urban Slang To Sell Sandwiches

As part of their five dollar footlong sandwich promotion, Subway has transformed Abraham Lincoln into a diamond earring-wearing, slang-spewing spokesperson. The Subway website features the taglines "that's somethin' to holla about," the image of Lincoln saying "five dolla footlong....that's some serious value son," and prompts users to "give your friends a customized shoutout" by emailing or texting a holla'. Jared's sandwich shop of choice is clearly trying to reach a younger, hipper, and more ethnic demographic with its hip-hop influenced campaign. And while their five dollar revamp is not as offensive as the Obama bucks, it is being criticized by the black community for promoting stereotypes of urban and street culture.
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Ga Ga: K’Naan Kicks Off US Tour with Surprise Performance by Mos Def in New York

Canadian poet and hip hop artist from Somalia K'Naan kicked off his US tour at Le Poisson Rouge in New York's Greenwich Village Thursday night. During his performance, the thought-provoking lyricist surprised an eclectic crowd of fans when rapper-actor Mos Def joined him during his set. Mos Def has said K'Naan can "make a song anywhere...out of anything!" During his show, K'Naan also previewed music from his upcoming LP Troubadour, which like his debut album The Dusty Foot Philosopher, chronicles his rise from the rough war-torn streets of Somalia. Like most hip-hop artists, K'Naan explores themes of gun and street violence, but chooses to yield his troubled years as a youth in a more eloquent and thoughtful manner. Blindie's just ga ga over this award-winning folk-rap artist and looks forward to hearing more from him in the future!
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Outkast’s Big Boi Gets Political with “Sumthin’s Gotta Give”

After Ludacris' Obama driven song spawned headlines last week, Outkast's Antwan "Big Boi" Patton makes headlines of his own with his first single, the politically-themed "Sumthin's Gotta Give" featuring Mary J. Blige, off his solo album, Sir Luscious Leftfoot ... Son of Chico Dusty. "I chose this song first because being in the game, I feel a responsibility to entertain but also lecture about life," Big Boi told Billboard of his song which speaks out on universal health care, the recession, the war in Iraq, and the historical election. "I'd rather get people to vote instead of running to the strip club." In addition to tapping into the frustrations of today's political climate, Big Boi's music video also opens with a quote by the man who will hopefully take us out of the darkness, Barack Obama: "If you're walking down the right path, and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress."
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Subway Uses Urban Slang To Sell Sandwiches

As part of their five dollar footlong sandwich promotion, Subway has transformed Abraham Lincoln into a diamond earring-wearing, slang-spewing spokesperson. The Subway website features the taglines "that's somethin' to holla about," the image of Lincoln saying "five dolla footlong....that's some serious value son," and prompts users to "give your friends a customized shoutout" by emailing or texting a holla'. Jared's sandwich shop of choice is clearly trying to reach a younger, hipper, and more ethnic demographic with its hip-hop influenced campaign. And while their five dollar revamp is not as offensive as the Obama bucks, it is being criticized by the black community for promoting stereotypes of urban and street culture.
Read More

Ga Ga: K’Naan Kicks Off US Tour with Surprise Performance by Mos Def in New York

Canadian poet and hip hop artist from Somalia K'Naan kicked off his US tour at Le Poisson Rouge in New York's Greenwich Village Thursday night. During his performance, the thought-provoking lyricist surprised an eclectic crowd of fans when rapper-actor Mos Def joined him during his set. Mos Def has said K'Naan can "make a song anywhere...out of anything!" During his show, K'Naan also previewed music from his upcoming LP Troubadour, which like his debut album The Dusty Foot Philosopher, chronicles his rise from the rough war-torn streets of Somalia. Like most hip-hop artists, K'Naan explores themes of gun and street violence, but chooses to yield his troubled years as a youth in a more eloquent and thoughtful manner. Blindie's just ga ga over this award-winning folk-rap artist and looks forward to hearing more from him in the future!
Read More

Outkast’s Big Boi Gets Political with “Sumthin’s Gotta Give”

After Ludacris' Obama driven song spawned headlines last week, Outkast's Antwan "Big Boi" Patton makes headlines of his own with his first single, the politically-themed "Sumthin's Gotta Give" featuring Mary J. Blige, off his solo album, Sir Luscious Leftfoot ... Son of Chico Dusty. "I chose this song first because being in the game, I feel a responsibility to entertain but also lecture about life," Big Boi told Billboard of his song which speaks out on universal health care, the recession, the war in Iraq, and the historical election. "I'd rather get people to vote instead of running to the strip club." In addition to tapping into the frustrations of today's political climate, Big Boi's music video also opens with a quote by the man who will hopefully take us out of the darkness, Barack Obama: "If you're walking down the right path, and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress."
Read More