And The Levee Was Gone …

Jose Vilson Jose

I just got back from New Orleans, after a delay with the airport shuttle (taxis are so indispensable), a delayed flight from NO to Charlotte, …

Crazy Eights

Jose Vilson Jose

Borrowed from J. Dakar: The Rules: 1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts. 2. Players start with eight random …

U, Black Maybe

Jose Vilson Jose

“I guess in his mind, though, there’s no doubt as to what I am. Suffice it to say, people immediately peg me as “Black.” That’s fine; there’s nothing wrong with that. What’s unfortunate, though, is how limiting these labels become. What does it mean to be Black in this country? And does it allow for people who don’t necessarily fit right in that slot?”

Too Cool For School

Jose Vilson Writing

I’m surprised by the serendipity of this August 1st. A few quick notes: 1) I’m the featured artist on RainTiger’s Poetry Site for August 2007. …

Courage to Teach

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Every morning for a good 3 weeks or so, I’d been reading Teaching With Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach, a poetry compilation …

Simpsellent and A-Roids

Jose Vilson Jose

I just got back from a really good rendering of the TV-to-silver screen movie The Simpsons Movie, and it was awesome. It fulfilled its enormous …

I’m a BlogCritic

Jose Vilson Writing

I’m now a writer for a sinister cabal of superior writers. Or something like that. For my first magic trick, I speculated on why computers …

Jose on Barry (Not Literally)

Jose Vilson

Yesterday, ESPN’s Sportscenter had an exclusive “town hall” meeting in San Francisco, CA, to discuss Barry Bonds and his pursuit of the homerun record. It’s …

More or Less

Jose Vilson Jose

Many of you are familiar with Talib Kweli the artist. Since the days of Black Star, he’s blossomed into a premier face for hip-hop music. …

Hot Ghetto Discord / Fantastic Four

Jose Vilson

Just a little commentary if I may: The original purpose for the website “Hot Ghetto Mess” was to highlight the missteps of the Black community …

N-Word Reverie

Jose Vilson

This is what I was feeling last week. Before you judge, ask from whence it came. Hope y’all like … “N-Word Reverie” by Jose Vilson …