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Aaron McGruder and The Boondocks

the-boondocks-the-boondocks-506048_640_512“You look at society and you're poking holes, not because you hate it, but because you can see where people really need to ask themselves, "What's going on?" Socially and politically, there's so much stupidity out there, and people overlook it or they accept it. I think what the show tries to do is point those things out and make us think about them, even if it's only in our own minds”. – Aaron McGruder

Since the Al Capp created the character and comic striip “Li’l Abner” back in the 1930s, comic strips have pulled double duty as controversial entertainment pieces and humorous tools for social commentary. Comics historian, Rick Marschall says “When “Li'l Abner” made its debut in 1934, the vast majority of comic strips were designed chiefly to amuse or thrill their readers. Capp turned that world upside-down by routinely injecting politics and social commentary into Li'l Abner". Garry Trudeau continued the practice in the 70s when he began penning the strip “Doonesbury” for the Yale University student newspaper, The Yale Daily News. “Doonesbury” is regarded as the comic strip that blurred the distinction between editorial cartoons and the funny pages. Now the world has “The Boondocks” by Aaron McGruder, a cartoonist who also started off writing a strip for a college paper that eventually became widely syndicated and developed into an animated television show. Critics have recognized him as the next big thing in artistic satire.

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A Tribute: Lena Horne

Lena_Horne_in_Till_the_Clouds_Roll_By_2Lena Mary Calhoun Horne, was once considered the most beautiful woman in the world. With her tall thin body, her long dark hair, her perfectly voluptuous curves and her beautiful ebony skin, Lena Horne was an icon.

She was an African American woman who broke racial barriers just by existing. Her shape and look was so different from the mammy stereotype of the time,  paving the way for African American singers and actresses.

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne, was born June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. In her biography she stated that on the day she was born, her father was in the midst of a card game trying to get money to pay the hospital costs.

Colorz

me-n-mach Hopefully, everyone has a dream. In life we've all been in search of our destiny. Oft times we follow others, just hoping someone takes the lead. But at the end of the day, it's all up to you and I. Here's an uphill climb that's not impossible. It's hard work and these are the steps Colorz has taken in order to reach the top.

Q: Who is Colorz?
A:
When I have people ask me that, I believe strongly enough that I can tell them that Colorz is the next big thing to make a change in Hip Hop. I believe that I bring a different feeling to the music that I do.

Q: Where are you from?
A:
I'm from Fall River, Massachusetts. A small town just about 45 minuted from our state's capitol, Boston, Massachusetts. Where I'm from is a difficult place to be heard in music. It's such a small city. With so much talent smashing the competition in Boston, it leaves little room for a talent such as mine. However I'm willing to overcome the odds and put Fall River on the map

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