That Damn Etiquette

Jose Vilson Jose 10 Comments

When I read about the recent arrest of the infamous “Soulja Girl” (synopsis: she harassed an old lady on Atlanta’s metro train system, and the video got viral. for more info, watch here), I applauded. No really, I applauded all by myself in front of my computer. This was a …






Gentrifuckation (part 1)

Jose Vilson 17 Comments

Every morning, this is what my walk to the train station looks like: That thing I circled is The Ludlow. At first, it doesn’t look too obstructive … Then, as I start to walk down Houston St., I realize how much it blocks my damn sunlight, the energy I feed …






Truth Said In Jest

Jose Vilson 7 Comments

Things to Keep In Mind When Attending a Movie / Play:1. Please turn off your cell phone when you come in the theater. I mean, as soon as. Especially if you know you have one of those annoying ringtones of some random celebrity telling you to pick up the phone. …






Ewing and I

Jose Vilson 4 Comments

An idol.The biggest of superstars. A warrior and a man all the same. That sweet fade-away. The sweat-drenched NY Knicks jersey, emblazoned with the number 33 in the back. The custom sneakers. The Georgetown alum with 2 gold medals, part of the historic Dream Team, 11-time All-Star, Rookie of the …






After Notes from the AfroLatino Immigration Discussion

Jose Vilson Short Notes 18 Comments

Yesterday afternoon, I attended a panel discussion entitled “Black, Latino, Both” sponsored by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (of which I am now a card carrying member) and el Museo del Barrio, and it took place at Harlem’s Schomburg Center. The panel featured Howard Jordan, Clarence Lusane, …






Leave Fame Alone

Jose Vilson 2 Comments

I recently saw one of the most disturbing videos of the year when I saw Chris Crocker (a.k.a. “Leave Britney Alone” guy) on MySpace, sobbing his eyes out as if he was channeling Spears’ soul himself. It was bananas. The mere fact that someone not even involved with Spears whatsoever …






This Is Not a Parade Post

Jose Vilson 5 Comments

After this post, you would think I’d be done with analyzing portions of my background. Then Sunday arrived: the annual Dominican parade. I had a meeting I couldn’t cancel in a place I couldn’t avoid. I had questions I couldn’t avoid like “Are you going?” and “Why not?” and “What’s …






And The Levee Was Gone …

Jose Vilson Jose 4 Comments

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, and then another from there to NYC-LaGuardiA. I won’t even tell you the airline’s name, but I’m wary about doing business with them again after …






U, Black Maybe

Jose Vilson Jose 13 Comments

“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?”











I Remember When … (School Edition)

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

Today, after class, I saw one of my girls from my school. She’s the one that gave me the “Man of the Year” award, which I more than appreciated. We had a nice long conversation about everything from why the hell I would even put that out on the Web …






About My Blog: Notes of Interest

Jose Vilson Jose 6 Comments

Back when I started blogging my life away back in 2003, I never thought I’d actually continue it with the intention of addressing issues of interest to me. I felt it was more a personal thought journal, something I’d use to emulate the last sequences in Doogie Howser M.D. since …






Hot Ghetto Discord / Fantastic Four

Jose Vilson 6 Comments

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 through pictures and other media. She felt that by making said website, she would show more conclusively how much of a “mess” so many of …