Day: July 22, 2008

Ga Ga Music

Reviews Are Out for Black Kids’ Partie Traumatic

With their latest release Partie Traumatic out Tuesday, Black Kids are nabbing overwhelmingly positive pop-slanted reviews for their highly-anticipated debut. Here’s a few reviews we dug up on the Florida-based, interracial band we’ve been ga ga over for months:

Village Voice:

As far as eagerly anticipated debuts go, Partie Traumatic is loose and unforced in its extreme eagerness to please. The Kids make no attempts to edit groaner lyrics or hide their obsession with melody. If they worked at Dunkin’ Donuts, they’d fill the jelly ones until they exploded.That pop enthusiasm inspires some unusual new-wave references.

Rolling Stone:

Rerecorded versions of “Boyfriend” and other songs from the band’s 2007 EP, Wizard of Ahhhs, make up the best moments of their sugary debut LP — which is a tad worrying. But with Brit-pop vet Bernard Butler behind the decks, these Floridians still toss out an impressive 10-song party grenade

Spin

Delivering bright, flat Pop Art surfaces to complement the dark, bumpy depths of their debut album, Partie Traumatic, Black Kids look and sound like a biracial Archies the cartoon act that scored 1969’s bubblegum milestone “Sugar, Sugar” right down to keyboardists Ali’s and Dawn Watley’s brunette and blonde hairdos

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Accolades Movies Will Smith

Forbes Names Will Smith Hollywood’s Best-Paid Actor

Fresh Prince-turned-King of the Box Office Will Smith leads the pack of Hollywood’s best-paid actors, according to Forbes.

Taking in an estimated $80 million over the course of the year, Smith, who is frequently called “the hardest-working man in Hollywood,” has the star power–and the talent–to bring an audience to the box office, no matter the film’s genre (from Pursuit of Happyness to I Am Legend and Hancock).

Rounding out the Top 3: Johnny Depp with $72 million this year and Eddie Murphy with $55 million.

PHOTO: AP

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Media Race Matters TV

Variety Calls CNN’s Black in America “Vanilla as Documentaries Get”

CNN’s documentary series, “Black in America,” earned negative reviews from Variety, which calls anchor Soledad O’Brien’s reporting “at best skin-deep…This project is ultimately about as vanilla as documentaries get.”

With its three parts (“The Black Woman & Family,” “King Assassination” and “The Black Man”), the series, according to Variety, “seems like a Nickelodeon special for kids who have never met a black person–aimed at an audience completely naive about the African-American experience.”

What do you think?

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Race Matters

Camping in America: “Bad Things Happen To Black People In The Woods”


The National African-American RVers Association is trying to encourage more black people to camp and dispel the myth that “bad things happen to black people in the woods.”

A survey estimates that out of the 30 million Americans who have camped, only 300,000 of them are black, making the nature-oriented pastime almost exclusively white.

Park ranger Shelton Johnson, who is black, expresses his concern: “As the so-called browning of America goes on, if black people and other people of color aren’t visiting campgrounds and parks, how is the National Park Service going to reach the public in the future?”

To alleviate the problem, the National Park Service and even a few states are adopting programs to entice black people out of their homes and into the woods.

But considering what used to take place in the woods (uhhh…lynching anyone?!) it doesn’t surprise us that black people aren’t heading to campgrounds in droves.

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Rosario Dawson TV

Rosario Dawson Gets Web Savvy with Gemini Division

Our favorite former Kid, Rosario Dawson, is starring in the new online sci-fi series, Gemini Division–the “first Web series to feature a bona fide Hollywood star,” according to Wired magazine.

In the groundbreaking series, which has been picked up by NBC, Dawson plays Anna Diaz, a New York City detective dealing with an international sci-fi conspiracy as part of a special task force called Gemini Division.

“She looks like she can kick some ass,” says screenwriter Brent Friedman, who is producing the web serial (which is shot in a confessional narrative style, a la Lonelygirl15) with director Stan Rogow and Jeff Sagansky, as part of their production company, Electric Farm Entertainment

“The thing that’s succeeded on the Web — besides, obviously, porn — is people themselves,” the 29-year-old Dawson, who co-created the comic Occult Crimes Taskforce, tells the magazine. “They’re putting up their own stuff — really off the cuff, no money involved. So we’re taking a huge risk. But it’s exciting to be part of something new. Even if we mess it up, we were the first, you know? That’s kind of awesome in itself.”

Dawson’s foray into online media premieres August 18 on NBC.com.

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Fashion Ga Ga Movies

Funny Man: Romany Malco Dresses Up For GQ

From his sexual tension-filled chemistry with Mary Louise Parker in Weeds to his funny sidekick roles in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Baby Mama and (Blindie’s personal favorite) Blades of Glory, comedic actor Romany Malco lands in GQ‘s Comedy Issue.

Dubbed “The New Funny,” Malco appears–all dressed up, of course–in the men’s style magazine, as one of the “8 serious reasons that the future of comedy has never looked better!”

Here’s some highlights from his QA with GQ:

  • The Funniest Movie Ever: 48 Hours
  • The Funniest TV Show Ever Made: Cops
  • The Funniest Person You Know: My dad! To this day, he resents his younger brother for punching his pet monkey.

PHOTO: Peggy Sirota for GQ

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