Tuesday, August 22, 2006

A few things in the works...

I'm attempting to beef up my reviewing skills. So I think to myself, "Self?"

And myself said, "Yes?"

I said, "Self, I have this blog where I can publish what I want to and have people read it. Do you think I can handle doing a monthly book review?"

Myself said, "Yeah. Do it."

So I will. Email me or in the comments section leave me name of any book you've read recently that you think was a good read. I'll try ot get through it and post my reviews when I'm done. I'm a quick reader, so don't hesitate to recommend any longer books. It'll take me a day or two at the most.

Also, I need your recommendations. Are there are websites that you think are well-written and savvy and need someone like me on their staff? Let me know.

Thank you for assisting me in my quest to be The Greatest.

Review: Dave Chappelle concert

Dave Still Got It
by Tara M. Pringle

I love Dave Chappelle. Yeah, I said it.

So as soon as I heard he was coming to Cleveland, headlining a show at the Tower City Ampitheatre, I immediately made plans to go, praying that I would see the Dave I loved, the Dave that had the biting social commentary along with just plain comical ol' ignorance.

He did not disappoint.

The concert began in typical fashion, with the majority of the crowd deciding to show up an hour and a half late. So for a show that was supposed to start at 7:30, I didn't hear the first joke until about 9. That gave me plenty of time to scope out the audience.

I never knew there were so many interracial couples in Cleveland. Every couple I saw was a black guy and a (insert any race other than black here) woman. I also discovered that old white people love DC too. My friend and I joked that they must have purchased their tickets using their AARP discount. The gray-heads were out in force!

The host was a funny guy, but after waiting an hour and a half for Dave, I wasn't in the mood for any opening acts.

Finally, around 9:45, he appeared. He looked just like he does on TV, like he did on Oprah - hell, he looked just like he did back when he did "Robin Hood: Men in Tights." Dressed in a black button-down shirt, jeans and some black Converse All-Stars, he looked like the comedian I've come to know and love.

He hit everyone - from politics to Donell Rawlings and Charlie Murphy, from being on Oprah to "real white people." He talked about the supposed weapons of mass destruction and why we should've known there weren't any.

"You know how I knew there weren't any WMDs over in Iraq?" he asked while chain-smoking Newports. " 'Cause America don't invade countries with WMDs. That shit is dangerous! If you know a guy's sitting in his house with an Uzi, you don't rob his house - you go to the defenseless guy next door."

Dave was hilarious. It didn't seem like he was delivering bits he wrote a few nights before - it was more like he was just talking with us, making keen observations that made us all hoot and holler. It was my first time attending one of his concerts, but believe me, if he ever makes another trip to the Buckeye State, I'm there.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

New issue of Mahogany Baby is available online. Head over to www.mahoganybaby.com and check out the new article on bed rest, written by none other than Ms. Pringle herself.


Also be sure to pick up the latest issue of Reader's Digest. Head over to www.rd.com to see what I've been up to.